Gluten-free bento lunch ideas

It was right around this time last year that I decided to eliminate gluten from my diet to see if it would actually improve my mood and energy. Prior to this change I would wake up in the morning and after 1 hour would feel extremely lethargic like all the energy in me had been depleted in one sitting. Initially, I blamed my underactive thyroid for this problem but I think we need constant reminders that what we put into our bodies affects the way we function in the world. I had already started packing bentos for work but when I started cooking gluten-free, I noticed a huge difference in my energy levels. My body had a dramatic response to the nutrient dense, gluten–free foods I was eating. No more fogginess at work and a huge improvement in skin, hair, and nails. When it comes to packing lunch, bentos are great for monitoring contaminants and controlling portions. If you need some ideas for packing lunch for your kiddos or for yourself during the work week, here are lunches I’ve prepared that worked really well for me. Most of them are leftovers from the night before or quick meals I can put together in the morning.

bainganbartha

Stegosaurus onigiri, baingan bartha (eggplant), spiced chick peas and mixed root veggies.

barbacoa_salad_pears

barbacoa with salad and balled pears

bbq_pulledchick_bbqs_

BBQ pulled chicken sandwich with gluten-free roll and BBQ sauce

bellofritata

Mushroom & cheese frittata, quinoa, sugar snap peas, and garlic & rosemary sweet potatoes

bento

Fruit bento: oranges, blueberries, strawberries with poppy seeds, banana slices, and mini sandwich with cheddar cheese.

bnsquash_tharvarti_gfbread_pecanccc

Roasted butternut squash and rosemary, grape tomatoes, arugula, and turkey havarti on gluten-free bread, gluten-free pecan chocolate chip cookie

 

chick_mushfr_sandssauce

Chicken & mushroom fried rice, cucumbers with tomato, and sweet chili sauce.

chickensalad

Grilled chicken salad with spring mix.

chuckroast_bbqpearsalad

Chuck roast with pear and walnut salad + BBQ sauce for dipping.

eggs_rootvegmasala

jasmine rice onigiri, eggs, and masala roasted root vegetables

gf_ftstrips_tom_hbe

gluten-free french toast, hard boiled eggs, sliced roma tomatoes in a tiffin box.

gfbreakfast

roasted yukon potatoes, paleo bread with jam, bacon, and eggs

gfchicksalad

Chicken salad, banana peppers, pickles, gluten-free dinner roll

gfpasta

ground beef and corn pasta noodles, marinara, garlic gluten-free roll, chips, and gluten-free cookie

GFtunasalad

quick chicken salad, and gluten-free sandwich bread, banana peppers

hummus_sturkey_arugula

hummus, arugula, smoked turkey deli slices, tomato, onion, pecans

leftoversteak_horsrasauce_japcb_pumpwalnutmuff

leftover steak, baby greens, gluten-free cookie and muffin, horseradish sauce, blue cheese.

mahi_mango

Pan seared mahi mahi, mashed potato, mango salsa.

mussels_greenbeans

stir fried mussels on kale, onigiri, pickled carrots, blueberries and mandarin orange, sauteed green beans and grape tomato

rbh_avocado_arugula_gfcc

roast beef and havarti sandwich on gluten-free bread, arugula and avocado, chocolate cookies

roastedbeets

Roasted beets with gorgonzola cheese crumbles, paleo bread, roasted garlic, grape tomatoes, spring mix, and grapes.

tamagoyaki_waterspinach_squid_rice

A Vietnamese bento: omelette, squid and vegetables, water spinach, and jasmine rice.

viet5spicenoodles

A Vietnamese bento: 5 spice beef stew with rice noodles and salad.

 

 

 

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