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I have just started a gluten free diet and do not think there is going to be much problem with dinner ideas but I am not sure what kind of things I can eat for lunch.

Yesterday I grilled some fish with vegetables and a few gluten free crackers but I am not sure what i can have quickly when i am in a rush. I used to eat things like sandwiches or oatmeal for lunch. Is there anything quick that doesn't really require cooking that I can eat for lunch?

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I just eat leftovers from the previous night's dinner most of the time.

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ypu can still have sandwiches on gluten-free bread. Or have gluten-free pizza crust in yr fridge slap on the sauce & cheese-- Voila! A fresh gluten-free pizza in 10 mts. Progresso has some gluten-free soups. Theres tuna, all sorts of salads, cheese & gluten-free crackers. Any meat with rice/vegetables & yr oatmeal is still a choice.

Your repetoire will evolve. We just started too so I'm sill figuring meals out as well.

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ypu can still have sandwiches on gluten-free bread. Or have gluten-free pizza crust in yr fridge slap on the sauce & cheese-- Voila! A fresh gluten-free pizza in 10 mts. Progresso has some gluten-free soups. Theres tuna, all sorts of salads, cheese & gluten-free crackers. Any meat with rice/vegetables & yr oatmeal is still a choice.

Your repetoire will evolve. We just started too so I'm sill figuring meals out as well.

It's recommended that you not do oats for the first 6 months to a year. Since a small percentage of celiacs react to even gluten-free oats and it takes a while to learn the diet and eat without getting cc'd, it's just better to avoid oats in the beginning and then try them when you are sure you are felling better. However there are lots of other hot cereals you can do if you like things like that: Quinoa, Grits, corn polenta, cream of buckwheat or buckwheat groats, cream of rice or even just leftover rice re-heated with raisins and brown sugar.

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- Smoothies are delicious. I use lots of fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds for crunch and fibre.

- Lots of egg dishes - scrambled, poached, frittatas, shirred or boiled. Sometimes with bacon, sometimes deviled with yummy stuff such as sour cream and chives or truffle oil if I am feeling decadent. Love eggs benedict on my gluten-free biscuits.

- When we grill anything we do extra potatoes. Roasted potatoes make excellent potato salad (nicer than boiled). Oven fries are good with potatoes or sweet potatoes. Make a quick aioli or dip.

- I make gluten-free focaccia and dip it in oil/balsamic or use as a panini.

- I also make quick breads (i.e. banana chocolate chunk or lemon poppyseed cakes or orange buttercream muffins).

- gluten-free pancakes are simple to make. I like to make various syrups for them such as chokecherry, rum and butter, maple vanilla...

- Baked sole with lemon juice (or other white flakey fish).

- Homemade gluten-free flatbreads simply brushed with herb-infused oil or used as pizza crust.

- I really enjoy Greek salad. Also when I buy fresh mozzarella I like to make Salad Caprese with tomatoes and basil from the garden.

- French toast with maple rum syrup.

- Scones with lavender jelly/other preserves or a compound butter.

- I marinate feta cheese with sundried tomatoes, fresh herbs, whole toasted coriander that I grind, lemon zest and pink peppercorns topped with extra virgin olive oil. So yummy as a topping on flatbreads, crackers, even pasta.

To add to any of the above I add lots of fruit and/or nuts. I just love roasted walnuts with rosemary or spicy almonds. SO easy to do.

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Keep it simple at first and it will be easier, you won't feel so overwhelmmed. In time you will be thinking of and making some yummy stuff! Just think of it this way...I will eat three meals a day, does not matter what they are called. A lot of us eat leftovers for breakfast, breakfast for lunch, or dinner. When I know time will be short, I cook ahead. I keep clean or cut fresh fruit on hand to grab, boiled eggs, slice chicken breast and leafy green salads. Love deviled eggs too! It depends if you can do dairy etc also. Yougurt with fresh fruit is a good one. I don't do grains much, but others eat gluten-free granola as well. You can get a lot of ideas for meals by reading the "What you're cooking tonight" thread. Hope I got the name right. I know I have! Tip...make sure you carry a shelf stable item with you in case you get stuck with no food. Hang in there!

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I tend to do a large pot of bean/lentil/veg soup at the beginning of the week to cover lunches.

Also:

spring rolls

onigiri (rice balls)

baked sweet potato with black beans and salsa

baked beans

creamed tuna

nuts, gluten-free crackers, and fruit

rice pilaf with veg

risotto (packaged...homemade awesome but not something you turn out in 10 minutes)

tabouli/grain salad with rice or quinoa instead of bulgur

bean salad

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I have just started a gluten free diet and do not think there is going to be much problem with dinner ideas but I am not sure what kind of things I can eat for lunch.

Yesterday I grilled some fish with vegetables and a few gluten free crackers but I am not sure what i can have quickly when i am in a rush. I used to eat things like sandwiches or oatmeal for lunch. Is there anything quick that doesn't really require cooking that I can eat for lunch?

thanks for all the ideas. sounds like there is a lot actually.

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For my lunches I usually have:

hot dog on an Udi's bun and some raw veggies

Leftovers

Quesedilla on corn tortillas

Baked potato topped with Campbell's Chunky Homestyle Chili and sour cream

Pizza on a kinnikinnick crust (I make my own pizza sauce and always have cheese in the fridge as well as things like ham, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives etc)

Fruit and a protein shake (Apparently I'm not allowed to mention the brand, it changes to "lame Advertisement") :rolleyes:

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Thought of just a couple more things I like to make for lunch - omelettes of all kinds and quiche. Strata is delicious, too.

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