I thought I’d write a blog post about all of the gluten free food I eat in a typical day, cos, you know, why not?
This year breakfast has quickly become my favourite meal of the day. It used to be that my breakfasts were a fairly functional affair, designed purely to get some sustenance down me as I sat bleary-eyed listening to the BBC Breakfast presenters telling tales of more impending doom.
However this year I’ve fully embraced the ways of granola and made it a meal to be savoured. I like to fill up a big bowl with gluten free corn flakes, granola, fruit and lactose free yoghurt. When I’m feeling productive I make my own but a lot of the time I’m lazy and like to try out the various options you can find in the supermarkets. Pictured are Nestle’s Go Free Corn Flakes and Morrisons FreeFrom Fruit Granola, both excellent!
For the fruit I’ll either chop up whatever fresh stuff we have in the fruit bowl or raid the freezer. I keep bags of frozen blueberries or mixed fruits then defrost a portion overnight.
I find this big bowl of goodness is a really tasty way to start the day and also fills me up ready for a morning of hard work slouching at my office desk.
Now, I’ll admit it, I’m not a morning person. You’re lucky if you get more than a grunted hello out of me any time before 10am. Thanks to my big breakfast I don’t usually get hunger pangs through the morning though. But as a reward for being out of bed and vaguely acting like a functional human I like to treat myself with a mid-morning snack anyway.
These Nature Valley bars are my current favourite as they’re ridiculously good while containing less than 6g of sugar. It’s a bit of a bugbear of mine how much sugar is contained in FreeFrom products, especially snackable things. Some snack bars contain as much as 15g so I’m always on the lookout for low sugar options.
While all the big supermarkets and coffee shop chains are really upping their game with on-the-go gluten free lunch options, I always take a packed lunch to work with me. This is mainly because I work a bit of a walk away from anywhere suitable but it also helps to keep the costs down.
Typically my lunch involves a sandwich like this chicken salad number on Genius brown farmhouse bread. A bag of crisps on the side along with some cherry tomatoes, cucumber and grapes makes for a decent lunch. I also like to mix things up often having a salad in the summer months or leftovers from the night before to heat up in the microwave and stink the office out.
Yeah, it’s breakfast, lunch and tea where I’m from I’m afraid! None of that fancy ‘dinner’ nonsense.
I’m not the world’s best chef so I like nice easy teas particularly during the week. I also like meals that can be made using one pot because, as we’ve established, I’m inherently lazy. As such stir fry is a staple favourite. Normal noodles contain gluten but rice noodles are usually safe, as ever it’s important to always check the packet though! Pictured is a beef stir fry using Amoy Straight to Wok Rice Noodles and Celebrate Health Chinese Beef Stir Fry sauce (both labelled gluten free, and both delicious). I chopped up a load of veggies to go in as well and voila, one tasty gluten free meal right there.
Other similarly easy meals are whipping up a quick pasta sauce, salmon baked in the oven with gluten free soy sauce and the classic chicken wrapped in bacon.
For dessert I’ll hoover up any gluten free cake that happens to be knocking about, or usually stick with fruit and a bit of ice cream dolloped on top.