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Hi!

I am newly diagnosed and gluten-free for two months. I have also been a vegetarian for 16 years and will not be changing that (I do eat dairy). I am finally getting a hang of eating gluten-free at home through cooking and have been bringing frozen gluten-free foods for lunch at work. My biggest problem is finding foods to take with me to eat a meal if I'm not around an oven or microwave. When I'm hungry I'm REALLY hungry and snacks like nuts, bars, fruit, veggies just don't cut it. I need real and a real meal. Any ideas and suggestions? (I don't like any gluten free sandwich breads so that is already out of the question) thanks for the help!!!

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Gee, there aren't many options left. You are vegetarian, so that limits it some. You don't want to do nuts, bars, fruit or veggies. If you have an insulated bag to carry them, cheese or hard boiled eggs could work (if you eat eggs). There are gluten-free cookies, crackers, pretzels, etc., but I would not call those a meal.

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I like cheese or Pb or almond butter & crackers and fruit. To me that's a meal.

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Uh, uhm, ah, well...  have you thought about baking your own customized bread type items in the microwave, to make a single serving bun ?  Because then you could make a sandwich out of some thing.  You can make very high protein, pretty dense "breads" with some grated cheese added, such as a half chebe mix/half high protein seed or nut meal, with olive oil and egg, they are pretty filling.   That leaves the problem of what to put between the slices.  You could cook up some sort of bean based "meatloaf" and use that, I guess, with lettuce, tomato, cheese and avocado.  

Otherwise I would suggest a wide mouthed thermos and you cook extra soup or stew or even rice pasta elbows/twirlies and sauce for dinner, and the next day, leftovers packed in that.   For example, there is this thing we call speed casserole around here, you take one can of sweet corn, one can of diced tomatoes, and one can of well drained, rinsed beans,  throw it all together with some olive oil, salt, vinegar, cumin, and a dash of tabasco chipotle, and then cook it.  Serve with tortillas or whatever biscuits or microwave bread, and a green vegetable.  Makes several lunches, and goes well to potlucks as the public offering that people will eat even if it is gluten free.   You can also add some canned pumpkin to that to make a sort of soup if you add some broth and more spice. 

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I precook several sweet potatoes at once, then chop one up info fork sized pieces, and throw in.some other veg or salad, and some protein. Egg would work, or legumes etc. I find this really filling. A bit of good oil/fat helps with fullness too, olive, avocado or coconut oil are my favourite

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Take whatever gluten-free bread you can have, spread a thick layer of humus on 2 slices, place your favorite veggies(cucumber, spinach, avocado etc) on including cheese. Makes a good sandwich.You can use different humus and veggies to change this around.

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quinoa and bean salad

veggie chili (eat it cold)

veggie sandwich on lettuce (using cheese and/or hummus along with whatever else you'd put on a sandwich, like tomatoes, onions, sprouts, etc.)

rice cake w/ peanut butter (wrap is plastic wrap)

homemade muffins (almond flour is great for a heartier, more filing item)

 

oh, and drink at least 8oz of water with whatever you eat.  that will help a lot too.

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Have you tried Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free breads? I had to actually call home for my daughter to check the package to make sure it was gluten-free, even though I knew it was. You could also use rice cakes, sorry for the slip up earlier.

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