Healthy food is not easy to find in an ocean of fast-food restaurants, especially when you’re on a short break from work. While there are some healthy food options out there, they come with a high cost. Whether you eat gluten-free food due to dietary restrictions or because you like the health benefits it comes with, you need to find an alternative. So, why not try and create some healthy, gluten-free recipes for yourself?
Are you searching for the perfect gluten-free lunch ideas for yourself? Look no further! This blog helps you learn about some of the easiest gluten-free recipes. Get your hands on all the ingredients mentioned and enjoy your lunch meals.
Why Go Gluten-Free?
Before we move on to some delicious and easy-to-make recipes, you should know why going gluten-free can be beneficial.
Helps in Weight Loss
Going gluten-free helps promote weight loss. One of the main components that many dieticians and trainers ask you to cut down on is carbs when you’re trying to lose weight. Bread, pasta, cereals, baked goods, and snacks all contain elements that can help you easily gain weight. These also have a lot of gluten in them.
Removing gluten from your diet helps you get rid of all of these elements that make you gain weight. You can enjoy your time not worrying about gaining any weight while eating gluten-free food.
Offers Digestive Relief
A lot of people switch to a gluten-free diet because of consistent digestive issues they may be facing. Since gluten-free food is good for a sensitive stomach, you’ll find that this helps decrease feelings of discomfort in the long run.
Issues such as bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and constipation can easily be removed with the help of gluten-free foods.
Reduced Chronic Inflammation
Another thing for you to note is that if you’re diagnosed with celiac disease, gluten can be hazardous for you. Consuming gluten-free food allows you to overcome the inflammation and pain that you have inside your system.
Since people with celiac gluten sensitivity can have a lot of inflammation in their system, gluten-free foods can help overcome this issue properly. It’ll help get rid of the fatigue, digestive issues, and any skin reaction that you may have due to your condition.
4 Ultimate Gluten-Free Lunch Recipes
Let’s have a look at some delicious gluten-free lunch recipes for you to try out today.
1. Fennel-Roasted Cauliflower with Quinoa
This dish will take about an hour to complete. You can easily store this in your fridge to have again over the week. The recipe calls for the use of cauliflower, fennel seeds, smoked paprika, olive oil, red onion, peppers, garlic, lemon juice, yogurt, and cooked quinoa.
For this to work out perfectly, you need to boil the cauliflower for 5 minutes till it’s a little soft. Transfer it to a baking tray, along with all the other vegetables and seasoning in the next step. Then, leave them to cook in the oven for about 35 minutes.
All you have to do next is mix up the quinoa, seasonings, and the cooked vegetables in a large bowl, and it’s ready.
2. Carrot Zaalouk Salad
If you’re looking to add a Moroccan touch to your lunch, then this carrot Zaalouk salad is like no other. All you need is an instant pot where you can add in all the ingredients and leave it to cook for 10 minutes, and you’re good to go.
For this, you’ll need carrots, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, cilantro, parsley, salt, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, and water. Add all of the ingredients into the instant pot and wait for them all to soften. After ten minutes, take out the mix from the pot, and use a masher to mix everything. Season with cilantro, parsley, and lemon at the end for added flavor.
You can eat this cold during your lunch break and not worry about having to heat it. Pair it up with gluten-free bread or have it as a side to your meal, you’ll enjoy it either way.
3. Beet and Potato Salad
My obsession with trying out different cuisines and venturing into different flavors landed me at a middle eastern restaurant. One of the salads that I really enjoyed was a beet and potato with corn salad. Unfortunately, my corn allergy doesn’t allow me to try it, but the waiter serving me was kind enough to offer me the same salad without corn, as the corn was only sprinkled on top of the salad.
I’m glad I gave it a try because the salad was so delicious. I’m delighted and excited to share this recipe with you as it’s super healthy, full of protein, vibrant, colorful, flavorful, and most importantly, delicious.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
1.5 lb steamed or boiled beets,
1lb boiled potato (both diced to your preferred size),
1.5 cups red/black beans,
2 boiled eggs,
½ cup tahini,
1 lemon juice,
½ lemon slices for decoration,
2tbsp plain yogurt,
2 garlic cloves,
½ tsp salt,
1 tsp mayonnaise,
mint leaves for decoration,
6–8 lettuce leaves or mixed greens.
In a bowl, add lemon juice, garlic, yogurt, and then gradually add tahini while stirring until all combined. Then add mustard and continue stirring. If the mix is very thick, add just a teaspoon of water; the mix must be thick. Add the beet and potato mixture, then mix in with sauce dressing until all incorporated. Time to decorate your plate! In a large plate, line lettuce leaves or mixed greens, add the beet mixture, sprinkle some red beans and parsley on top. Add mint leaves to the center of the plate. Decorate with boiled eggs and sliced lemons to your preference. Please enjoy, and let me know how you liked it.
4. Potato Tuna Pie
And now we have the easiest potato tuna pie recipe for you to enjoy. Whether it’s the summer or winter, this recipe surely hits it out of the park with its flavor. It’s a mix of a shepherd’s pie and a fisherman’s pie as it has a mix of tuna and potato.
You’ll need white potatoes, onion, olive oil, cilantro, parsley, tuna, ginger, garlic, mozzarella, and cheddar for an exquisite taste. You can find out more details about how to prep and create the potato tuna pie here. This will help guide you about the instructions and the exact measurements for the recipe.
It might be a little more complex than the other recipes I’ve mentioned in this blog, but it’ll be worth the effort.
Looking for more gluten-free lunch recipes? Head on to my blog, Cali Yum, and get to know more gluten-free recipes today. My healthy food blog covers a range of cuisines, including Mediterranean and Moroccan gluten-free dishes. Reach out now and get to know more about what I have to offer.