People are often mystified by the thought of eating gluten-free. “What on earth do you eat?” or “There’s no way I could do that!” are both regular reactions. While I do sort of agree (a really good croissant… sigh), it’s not actually that hard. Below I’ve written up four basic ideas for meals. This set of options assumes you are willing and able to cook.
–> Got a week where you’re not up to it? The packaged foods post is pending…

I know how to cook, and I’m going to!
Breakfast options:
2 scrambled eggs
1 small baked potato or sliced baked sweet potato
1 small apple or 1/2 c chopped fruit

2 gluten free pancakes (homemade)
1 T maple syrup
1 orange or 1/2 c chopped fruit
1 c milk

1/3 c quick cooking kasha
1 T sliced almonds
1 T chopped pecans or walnuts
1 t ground flaxseed
2 T dried mixed fruit of choice, chopped
Chopped fresh or frozen fruit, like berries, apple or pear
2 t maple syrup or brown sugar
Milk to taste

1 fried egg
1/2 c cooked brown rice
1 c shredded raw cabbage
1 T sesame dressing

Lunch options:

1 1/2 c lentil vegetable soup
1 piece cornbread (homemade) or 1 c rice
Milk, or other beverage
Fruit of choice

1 1/2 c enchilada casserole (use lots of vegetables!)
1 c salad or carrot sticks or fruit of choice
Water

1 piece frittata or crustless quiche
1 c vegetable sticks or fruit of choice
Trail mix or crackers
Water

4-5 spring rolls
3 T peanut sauce
1/2 c brown rice or fruit
Green tea

Dinner:

Pasta with White Beans and Greens
Fruit or homemade pudding or custard

Chickpea or Lamb Vegetable Tagine with Rice
Fruit or homemade pudding or custard

Salmon Artichoke Patties
Salad or steamed vegetables
Rice or quinoa pilaf

Shrimp Risotto
Italian Roasted Vegetables
Homemade pudding or custard

Comment: These menus are light on dairy since celiac patients often have a hard time with dairy. I would recommend adding it during your snacks, or just an extra glass of milk if you enjoy it. Feel free use fake milks or drop the dairy, just be sure you have other sources of calcium and protein in your diet.

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