As a fellow Gluten and Wheat Free individual for the past 4 years, I have found it particularly difficult to eat Gluten and Wheat Free whilst eating something nutritious and something that tastes good. I am still after 4 years finding it difficult to find something healthy to eat that is also convenient however, I have found a few recipes that I have always stuck to eating when I need to find something quickly. I will include three different meal and recipe ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as healthy snack ideas.
Generally, I don’t really eat breakfast but I am now trying to eat it more often each week. The three go-to breakfast ideas I tend to have each week are:
- Medium Boiled Eggs
- Tesco/Nairns Free From Porridge Oats
- Homemade Fruit Bowl
These are the typical go to breakfast ideas for me on the days that I do eat breakfast at home. With each of these breakfasts I would either have a Coffee or a Cup of tea with or without sugar depending on my mood.
I will generally have 2/3 medium boiled eggs with two slices of toast and butter with a little coarse sea salt on each of the eggs. the bread I use for toast is the Genius Toastie bread. This make really good toast as it doesn’t tend to fall apart very easily and also tastes so similar to normal bread.
When I have porridge for breakfast it is usually mixed with Semi-Skimmed Milk and on the top i sprinkle a little Light Brown Muscovado Sugar. If I have porridge in the morning I would take out the sugar from the tea or coffee. This is so that I do not consume high levels of sugar throughout the day. I tend to use the Tesco Free From Porridge Oats as they come in 450 gram bags and this lasts for around 9 servings if used exactly on the packet.
Finally, I will have a homemade fruit bowl. I tend to use the fruits that are already in the fridge and in the fruit bowls however, I do like to have certain fruits in the morning and this I feel sets me up for a more healthy feeling day as it is a light breakfast that fills me up especially. The fruits that I tend to have include pineapple, red seedless grapes, raspberries, banana and satsuma segments. With this I usually have a form of coffee depending on my mood.
For lunch I generally tend to stick to foods that I am able to cook easily or have cooked multiple times. These foods involve pasta, curries and salads. When I am eating lunch I really like to have a lighter lunch if I am going to be eating a larger amount of food with my evening meal.
The pasta that I use is the Tesco Free From Pasta. I generally use the Fusilli Pasta as I prefer this type. With this I usually have either Heinz Tomato soup and Mature Cheddar cheese on the top or I make a can of tuna, sweetcorn, red seedless grapes and cucumber for Tuna Pasta Salad. I tend to go for a box curry from Tesco as this is easy as well as being Gluten Free. There are two specific curry’s that I eat and these are Tesco Chicken Korma with Pilau Rice or the Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala with Pilau Rice. I find these easy to prepare and to eat when I am having a busy day. Finally, if I am after a healthy meal for lunch and also if I am after a lighter style meal I will go for a ham and cheese salad. The ham is generally a Thick Cut Yorkshire Ham from a Deli and the cheese is one of 4 these are: Mature Cheddar, Austrian Smoked Cheese, Port Salut or Boursin. With this is will have the general salad vegetables as well as red seedless grape.
Finally, for dinner as I live at home I do eat what is cooked however, there are some types of food that is cooked more commonly than others. The overall amount of food that I consume in the evening is dependent on the amount of food that I have had for lunch. This is because if I have had a smaller lunch I will have a higher quantity of food for dinner and visa versa. The foods that we generally have for dinner at home include Paella, Homemade Chicken Nuggets and Salad and also Jacket Potatoes.
In the Paella we tend to have chicken, chorizo and cod fillets, within the rice flavoured with saffron. This is cooked fairly regularly as family members have lived in Spain and is considered as an easy meal for us to cook. Homemade Chicken Nuggets are so easy and a lot healthier than the typical ‘shop-bought’ or ‘takeaway’ chicken nuggets. The chicken that is used are the Chicken Breast Mini Fillets however they are cut length-ways in half and then in half width ways. They are then covered in flour, egg-wash and then breadcrumbs in order to give them a proper chicken nugget feel. These are served with general salad as well as either mango chutney or tomato ketchup. Finally, the last meal that is cooked on a regular basis are Jacket Potatoes. The fillings with these are usually either Cheese, Tuna and Sweetcorn or Baked Beans. Generally, all of these fillings are out on the plates with a small side salad in order to ensure that there are some vegetables being eaten throughout the day.