Simple Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Breakfast and Lunch Ideas

Being someone who prefers vegetarian or vegan options, but can’t eat gluten, I know how difficult it is to find meal ideas that satisfy both categories. It is especially frustrating if, like me, gluten actually causes digestive problems. So here’s a quick two recipes that are easy to make with ingredients that can be found just about anywhere.

Breakfast: Mixed Yogurt Bowl

This one is really straightforward (and yummy). And if you’re anything like me, you always find a reason to add chocolate into your breakfast.

Ingredients:

– Banana (1,2 or 3 depending on how hungry you are!)

– Cranberries

– Gluten-Free (chocolate) Granola

– Yogurt (any flavour you prefer)

Ideas for ingredients I didn’t use but can be added:

– Shredded Coconut

– Cocoa Nibs

– Dates

– Blended Frozen Fruits

– Berries

– Nuts: Almonds, Cashews, Macadamia etc.

Simply add all the ingredients together to make a gluten-free breakfast bowl. Go crazy with the ingredients! Gluten-free doesn’t have to be boring- the different flavours and textures mixed together might even beat the plain old bread you can’t eat.

If you don’t want the lactose, simply switch the yogurt for non-dairy yogurt, frozen fruits blended with non-dairy milk or just skip it altogether. I’d love non-dairy yogurt options, but unfortunately, they are very scarce in my country and the ones we can find are extremely expensive.

Lunch: Quinoa with Vegetables

Even if you rarely cook, this one is difficult to botch!

Ingredients (Serves 1):

– 2 Small Potatoes

– 1/2 Broccoli

– 1/4 Cup Quinoa

– Salt/ Garlic Salt

– Pepper

– Olive Oil

– Cooking Sauce of Your Choice – I used teriyaki cuz it was on hand

Steps:

1. Wash, then cut the potatoes and broccoli into bite-sized chunks

2. Put the potatoes into a medium-sized saucepan and pour in enough water to cover the potatoes.

3. While the potatoes boil, prepare the quinoa

– Wash quinoa in a strainer if not pre-washed

– Put quinoa into a small saucepan

– Turn on low heat till quinoa starts to pop like popcorn :p

– Add slightly more than 1/2 cup of water

-Cover quinoa till cooked

4. Test potatoes with a fork. Just before they are fully cooked, add broccoli on top of potatoes without adding more water.

5. When potatoes and broccoli are fully cooked, drain water from saucepan and add a dash olive/coconut oil, a dash of teriyaki sauce, garlic salt and pepper and fry in same saucepan for 5-7 minutes.

6. Enjoy:)

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