In the spirit of National Pack Your Lunch Day - which actually happened last week, but, hey, packed lunches are always needed, right? - I reached out to some rockin' gluten free bloggers for their favorite recipes.
So, whether you're craving sweet or savory, vegan or paleo, here are ten gluten free packable lunches that are packed with flavor!
1. Gluten Free and Vegan Pizza with Pizzazz
When I'm hard-core food prepping, nothing is easier than making my favorite homemade pizza and enjoying a few slices for lunch each day! Thanks to the buckwheat flour, the crust is high in protein. You can also add whatever toppings you have on hand - though I'm preferential to lots of veggies, some Daiya cheese and a little avocado post-cooking. This tastes just as good cold as warm.
2. Grilled Goddess Wraps
Who says you can't enjoy a good wrap while eating gluten free? Rebecca stuffs my latest addiction - BFree Food's gf and vegan wrap - with goodies like homemade lima bean spread, broccoli and hearts of palm for a plant-based feast. I know I'd be green with envy if I saw someone else at the office enjoying this wrap while I chewed on plain PB&J!
3. Cajun Spiced Sweet Potato Cilantro Pilaf
Okay, I'll admit it. I didn't really know what a "pilaf" was until I read Gunjan's recipe. However, anything that has features fluffy rice, soft sweet potato and just enough spices to get your taste buds revving is an A+ to me!
4. Spiced Ginger Coconut Cashew Protein Granola Bars
The name of these bars is definitely a mouthful, but I'd happily devour a few of these! If you're really eating lunch on the run, there's no better fuel than a homemade granola bar. I also love that these are OAT FREE thanks to the inclusion of quinoa flakes. My kind of bar!
5. Salmon Sweet Potato Sliders
Who needs bread when you can use roasted sweet potato rounds as mini buns? These are super easy to whip up the night before and stay good for a few days in the fridge. You can also customize them by swapping out salmon for pulled pork or another meat, or even vegan options like jackfruit or grilled tofu. Stuff them in a lunch box on a bed of greens and devour!
6. One-Pot Vegan Mac & Cheese
If you're craving a warm and hardy lunch during these last wintery days, mac & cheese is one classic solution. Rebecca's version is packed with vegan protein (thank you Banza - and look out for my own review of this chickpea pasta later this week!) and would be delicious stuffed in a microwave-safe container and heated up right before eating.
7. Quinoa Bowl with Sweet Potatoes and Avocado Cream
The only thing better than avocado on your lunch? Having an avocado sauce that you can smother all of your other ingredients in, of course.
8. High Protein Breakfast Parfait
I'm all about the brunch (a fact that you probably already know if you follow me on Instagram) so this parfait immediately called my name. If it's wrong for a healthy lunch to taste like dessert, I don't want to be right.
9. Tropical Shrimp Salad Stuffed Avocado
Creamy avocado plus a tangy shrimp salad and sweet hint of mango? Yes please! If you want a lunch that is low-carb but will hold you over for hours, look no further than a stuffed avocado.
10. Eat the Rainbow Bowls
This is the ultimate way to revitalize leftovers hiding in your fridge. Just combine some mixed greens with whatever roasted vegetables, grain/potato, creamy dressing/avocado and protein you have on hand. Shake or stir it all together, and enjoy!
Regardless of where you're spending the most of your energy these days, we're all busy. Doing chores or homework. Driving kids to school or racing to work to make it to our meeting on-time. Even though I work from home, some days it still feels like I barely have a spare moment to grab a bite to eat!
So, why not make lunch the least stressful part of your day - and one of the most delicious - by taking advantage of these gluten free packed lunch recipes? Who knows. They might be so tasty, you even find the time to sit down, relax and savor.
*Also found at What'd You Do This Weekend, Made By You Monday, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Inspiration Monday, Terrific Tuesday, Create Link Inspire, Turn it Up Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, What's Cookin' Wednesday, RunningwithSpoons, Saucy Saturdays*
What's your favorite thing to pack for lunch? How to you balance fueling your body with getting all of your tasks done? Tell me your tips and tricks below!