What to Eat for Lunch When You are Vegan and Gluten-Free

It’s lunchtime and the refrigerator is open, a blank stare across your face and the same thought that goes through your mind every day; “what’s for lunch?”.  Salad the old standby is always a good choice but you want something different and something really good, so what is the choice?  Me to the rescue.  What to eat for lunch when you are vegan and gluten-free...

One of my favorite go-to and really fills me up and it is less than 500 calories without the guacamole is Chipolte.   Fresh vegetable and crispy lettuce plus the sense of hot and cold food meted together is enticing.   Or I go over to Whole Foods and they have many wraps that are vegan and gluten-free and I purchase the package plus a few fresh veggies and I come home or even better, the ingredients are already in the fridge awaiting my preparations.

1 wrap (sprinkle a few drops of water and nuke it for 15 seconds.  The wrap is much more pliable.)

1 tbsp. of hummus

A bunch of cut-up veggies (peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce, snap peas etc.)

1 tbsp. of salsa

1 can of rinsed black beans (or any bean of your choice)

Optional:  1/4 cup of cooked brown rice

 Easy enough, just place the wrap on a plate, spread the hummus, add the veggies and top with salsa.  Fold the wrap and you may either eat it as is or fry it up with olive oil.  Not as good as Chipolte but will do in a pinch.

A veggie burger is very filling and the protein and fiber should keep you full for at least 3 hours (2 for me).  I take a vegan gluten-free bun (Udi's is still my favorite), a Costco veggie burger (of all the veggie patties I have tried, Costco still makes my favorite and it is  economical), lettuce, tomatoes, avocados and a dressing of some sort and you have a burger.  Ta Da.

Another one of my favorite sandwiches is grilling a large mushroom and making a burger much like the one above.

If pasta is in the works, Trader Joe's has many kinds and at a good price, versus the other groceries in the area.  To the pasta I either add a tomato sauce or I sauté cut up veggies with sesame oil and either add with the tomato sauce or alone.  Both ways are quite hearty and tasty.

My final option before I hit the frozen entrees (use sparingly as they are high in salt and fat and ingredients that I can't pronounce or even heard of.) is soup and crackers.  Adding peanut butter to the crackers adds extra protein to your lunch.

 Use your imagination, and culinary skills and lunch becomes easy and filling.

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