If you're avoiding gluten and meat, figuring out what to eat for your daily meals can seem overwhelming. Instead of getting caught up in the foods you can't have, it sometimes helps to focus on the many delicious options that are still "on the table." If you're embarking on a vegetarian, gluten-free lifestyle, try out these meal ideas as a jumping off point to get you started.
Vegetarian, Gluten-Free Breakfasts
Oatmeal and Fruit
Start your day with a bowl of steel cut oatmeal. Prepare your oatmeal the night before with a slow cooker by mixing the following:
- 1/2 cup gluten-free steel cut oats
- 1 cup milk or milk substitute
- Handful of dried blueberries
Place all ingredients in a heat-safe bowl and set it on the bottom of your slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker around the bowl with water and cook on low all night long. Your oatmeal will be ready to eat as soon as you wake up.
Pancakes with Berries
Begin your day with a plate of gluten-free pancakes. Jazz them up by adding a handful of blueberries or a sliced banana to the batter before cooking. Serve with a glass of orange juice.
Gluten-Free Cold Cereal
Have a light breakfast of a bowl of Rice Chex cereal. Add a handful of fresh berries to the cereal and top with milk.
Lunch Ideas for a Meatless, Gluten-Free Diet
Delicious Wrap Sandwich
Enjoy a wrap sandwich for lunch made with a brown rice tortilla. Fill the tortilla with the following before rolling:
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup spinach leaves
- 1/2 tomato, sliced
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
Pair your wrap with a piece of fruit like an orange.
Satisfying Lunch Salad and Soup
Enjoy a salad for lunch made with the following:
- Fresh greens
- Sliced hard boiled eggs
- Cheddar cheese cut into cubes
Pair the salad with a bowl of gluten-free curried butternut squash soup.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Veggies
Make a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch using two slices of gluten-free bread. Fill the center of the sandwich with aged cheddar or fresh mozzarella, along with pesto and tomato. Then cook it in butter on the stovetop.
Gluten-Free, Meatless Dinner Ideas
Pasta and Salad
End your day with a plate of gnocchi made with gluten-free pasta. Top the gnocchi with tomato sauce and shredded parmesan cheese, and serve with a small salad.
Stir Fry and Rice
Make a stir fry for dinner using sesame oil as the base. Cook up the following:
- 1 cup cubed tofu
- 1 cup snow peas
- 1/2 cup mushrooms
- 1/2 bell pepper
Serve over a bed of brown rice and top with liquid amino acids in place of soy sauce.
Veggie Pizza on a Gluten-Free Crust
Make yourself a cheese and veggie pizza for dinner using a gluten-free pizza crust. Top the pizza with your favorite sauce, cheese and veggies before baking in the oven.
Enjoy Good Food
Just because you may have a diet that eliminates multiple ingredients doesn't mean that you can't enjoy good food. There are plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options available for anyone who needs a little help with some menu planning.