bring your lunch to work day

it’s not an official holiday, but for those days when you can’t get out for lunch I’m sharing 5favs  recipes that just happen to be both meatless and gluten free to help when you have to bring-your-lunch-to-work . 😉  (most recipes would have to be made the night before, but are fairly easy and most important, healthy!) tell me what you think.

soup + salad

dairy-free butternut squash apple soup (modified recipe* via the roasted root, image is mine)

pear salad w/walnuts & dried cranberries via minimalist baker

tips: garnish soup with gluten-free popcorn (gives you the same crunch of croutons, w/out the gluten) – and eat a few handfuls  (I like Skinny Pop) for a low calorie/healthy mid-afternoon snack; pack salad ingredients in separate Ziploc bags and don’t assemble until ready to eat 

no noodle pad thai (no cook option!)

no noodel pad thia via cookie + kate

tips: keep vegetables chilled and separated from dressing ingredients and if possible, don’t mix dressing until right before you’re ready to eat; omit tofu for soy-free option. 

soup + sandwich

vegan sweet potato parsnip bisque via sweet potato soul

collard wraps w/roasted veggies, quinoa & brown rice via what’s cooking good looking

tip:  omit grains for a roasted veggie variation of the collard wraps

robust salad

massaged kale and roasted sweet potato quinoa salad
massaged kale and roasted sweet potato quinoa salad via savor home

tip:  remove feta cheese for a vegan version

quesadilla + salad

quick vegan, gf quesadilla via pure ella

green salad w/lemon vinaigrette via ina garten/food network

tip: try to toast the gluten-free tortillas before you assemble the quesadilla’s.

*butternut squash apple soup: I modified this recipe from the roasted root with the following changes–I did not use a crock pot, but simmered it on the stove for about 75 minutes, I used 2 cups of water as opposed to vegetable stock and used an immersion blender at the end to get a creamy consistency, and to make this soup vegan- I omitted the protein powder as noted in original recipe.

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