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Category Archives: Quick Lunches/Snacks: Gluten Free

Go Picnic Gluten Free Boxed Lunches

I don’t usually buy boxed lunches or frozen dinners because cost wise per ounce they are expensive and they usually are not very filling. However, a few weeks ago Go Picnic had a $1 sale on some of their boxed lunches because they were short dated. Even with shipping they were less than $2 a meal so I bought 12 of the Steak Nuggets and Cheese.

The boxes came fairly quickly and just in time for a road trip, so as I was packing my in car bag I grabbed 2 of the lunches. Somewhere along the way I got hungry so I grabbed one and was pleased to discover that the box opens up to be a sort of a tray.

Inside I found a small bag of Jack Link’s Jerky, a small bag of Crunchmaster Multiseed crackers, a little thing of Copper Cowbell spreadable cheese, a little bag of Sweet Perry Orchards trailmix, and an Almond Roca Buttercrunch Toffee along with a plastic knife.

I am not a big fan of spreadable cheese so I started with the cheese just in case it was gross I would have some other flavor to follow. I was surprised to find the cheese was quite yummy and I quickly ran out of cheese but still had a few crackers. The crackers without the cheese are ok, nothing special but not horrible either.

I then moved onto the jerky. I am not a fan of Jack Link’s jerky and the steak nuggets are not any better. So I quickly moved onto the trail mix, which I love. It has big banana chips in it which are one of my favorites plus the ginger peanuts are really good. The trail mix totally makes up for the steak nuggets!

Then onto dessert. I love that there is a little dessert included, which many times I save for when I have a sweets craving. I had never had an Almond Roca Buttercrunch Toffee before but I love them now.

Amazingly this little lunch is usually filling enough for me. It is great for on the go because I don’t have to worry about refrigeration and it does not take up a lot of room in my bag/purse.

I will probably not order from Go Picnic again though unless they have another short dated sale, just because I cannot justify the cost for my budget.

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3 Ingredient Bean Salad

I love being able to just open the frig and grab lunch or a snack.  So when I was planning for my recent girls weekend I checked my cabinets and found a can of corn and a can of black beans.  I know the two go together well but what would I flavor them with?  I opened my frig to see what dressings I had open and instead I spotted some leftover salsa.

I drained and rinsed the black beans, drained the corn, threw both into a bowl and poured in the salsa (probably about 3/4 cup).  Mixed it all together and yum!  I love it, it takes only minutes to make and a cup makes a great filling, low calorie snack.

Since my first try I have also added green pepper, which didn’t compliment the flavor in my opinion just added extra work.  I also tried Roasted Garlic and Parmesan salad dressing instead of salsa.  That wasn’t bad, but I liked the salsa better.  Lastly, I tried a can of pre-seasoned black beans because they were on sale, they did add a bit of extra flavor but not enough to pay extra if the beans weren’t on sale.  That may be partly because I rinse my beans which I am sure takes away most of the extra seasoning.

3 Ingredient Bean Salad

1 can organic black beans

1 can organic yellow or sweet corn

3/4 – 1 cup of your favorite salsa, I haven’t found a favorite so I just buy what is on sale.

Rinse and drain beans.  Drain corn.  Mix all ingredients together.  Keep refrigerated.

It takes me about a week to eat and the salad holds up just fine the whole time.  I think this will be my go to recipe when I have last minute guests or invites to dinner.  As always posting a recipe has made me hungry, I think I’ll go make this right now.  I’m feeling adventurous though so I’m gonna through in a jalapeno!

This recipe was entered into the Gluten Free Salad Challenge at

 

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Tuna and Crackers

I cannot stomach watching my husband make a tuna sandwich.  The amount of mayo he uses to make his tuna “salad” is just gross!  I keep hearing all the health benefits of eating tuna and how it is a great low calorie protein source but the way most people/restaurants make tuna sandwiches undoes most, if not all, the health and low calories benefits.

So I decided to try something different, now this may not be new or groundbreaking for anyone else but I was thrilled.  I drained my can of tuna into my dogs bowls and I do mean drained…I squeeze the heck out of the can until it is dry.  In a bowl I mixed the tuna and a large amount of my oh so yummy horseradish mustard.  I just happened to have a couple of gluten free crackers on a plate (see my review of Blue Diamond Cheddar Cheese Nut Thins.) so I scooped some onto the cracker and OMG it was yummy.  The cheddar cheese cracker perfectly complimented the mustard/tuna mix.

As always I tabulated my calories to enter into my food log and I was thrilled to find that this highly nutritious and quite filling snack/light lunch was just 240 calories!

Tuna – 100 calories

Nut Thin Crackers – 16 crackers 130 calories

Mustard – 10 calories

Now I am hungry so I am going to go eat the last can of tuna before my hubby does…

 

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Sprouts Sandwich: My new favorite lunch

The main thing I find difficult with gluten free eating is the bread.  I have not found a bread alternative that compares to say freshly baked Italian bread. I do like the Ener-G brand though.  There breads at least have “real” bread texture.  Recently I have been eating Ener-G’s Light Rice Flax Loaf that I purchase at Woodman’s for around $4.

Sprouts are a food that I have always loved especially in subs and wraps.  Due to there expense and quick expiration they are rarely found at restaurants, unless the restaurant is noted for its vegetarian/organic foods.  On my recent trip to Outpost Foods I found a mixed container for sprouts, I think they called it Spring blend for just $2.50.  I bought some with the intention of having a nice big salad but I got so engrossed in looking for new gluten free foods at Outpost that I ran out of time and had to quick check out with what I had when I realized my hubby would be home in 30 minutes and I was 20 minutes away from home and hadn’t even started his birthday cake!  (I was thrilled to get home and find that my 16 yo son had baked the cake and already had it cooling when I got home.)

Sooo long story short, the next day I went to make myself lunch and all I had on hand that was gluten free was bread, mustard, sprouts, tuna, and some crackers.  I was in the mood for sprouts so I grabbed the bread, horseradish mustard, and sprouts.  I lightly toasted the bread, spread a generous amount of mustard and then piled on a huge amount of sprouts.  I took my first bite and immediately sent the sandwich down so I could start toasting the bread for another!  The sandwich was delicious and the 2 sandwich’s together were only about 220 calories.  So my new go to super-easy, super-quick lunch is a sprouts sandwich with a side of whatever fresh fruit/veggie I have on hand which for me is usually a bell pepper or grapes.

Alright so not that you need a recipe, but in case you skipped everything above and are just looking for the recipe…

Sprouts Sandwich “Recipe”

Ener-G Light Rice Flax Seed Bread, 2 slices

Your favorite brand of mustard, I used horseradish mustard

Fresh sprouts, I like when they are a mix of a couple of different seeds/flavors

Lightly toast bread, slather on mustard, top with sprouts, and enjoy!

 

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