Do you ever think being vegan is tough? Particularly in social settings when food is involved. What about avoiding soy too? Add gluten to the no-no list too! I’ve been vegan for over 4-years now, but just in the past year and a half I have tried staying away from soy and gluten. I’m not as strict with soy, but I rarely have gluten. And it is tough at times! I see a lot of vegan things and a lot of gluten-free things, but sometimes the combo is tough.
So I thought I’d show you some of my favourite quick & easy gluten-free eats and a simple pizza recipe.
The above picture shows some of my favourite brands of gluten free packaged food from the store (this is strictly my opinion, I do not receive any freebies from these guys – I just plain like them and think you will too). Brown rice is an easy thing to eat – it’s great in stir fry (we also eat lots of quinoa, millet, buckwheat and a bit of teff and amaranth which are not pictured). I am not a baker by any means. I never have been and never will be. I found the transition to veganism difficult with baking and pretty well gave up when I cut gluten out of my diet. I make all raw desserts now and use things like puffed millet – it’s pretty great and I especially like to use them in my snacky-ball recipe.
Rice cakes are the greatest snack food ever! I love topping them with nutbutter or avocado to have as breakfast or a snack. Yum. I prefer to make my own dehydrated crackers, but when I’m low on time, I enjoy Mary’s Gone Crackers as a snack sometimes with hummus. I thought after going gluten-free it would mean no longer enjoying pasta, but I was wrong! Have you tried Tinkyada noodles yet? They are the BEST gluten-free noodles out there. They have the best texture – trust me, I have done a lot of research! And they come in all kind of great shapes. When adding them to boiling water, add a bit of olive oil to avoid sticking and be sure to stir them immediately. I usually stop cooking them 2 minutes before the package suggests as well as I enjoy my noodles al dente.
Larabars are a fantastic snack – they are for sure my go-to snack bar. I also love Bob’s Red Mill gluten- free oats for oatmeals and breakfast porridge, raw desserts, savoury casseroles and home-made cereal. I love love love oats =) And PIZZA…
Remember pizza? With it’s ooey-gooey cheese? Super thick crust? Maybe even a ring of cheese in the crust? I used to love stuffed crust. Wow… that seems so long ago. Sounds pretty gross now. But, I still love pizza. It was always my favourite growing up, I loved the taste and have fond memories of family get togethers around a big pie.
I don’t crave it like I used to, but I still enjoy on a semi-regular basis. I have found a way to eat it in a very healthy way like I mentioned in this post. I actually don’t make this nearly enough… I should make it again.
Some nights I just like a quick & easy supper that I can throw together. On nights my husband works late, I sometimes like to make a huge production and make myself something fancy. But normally, I just make something quick & easy. I like saving the fancy things for when I’m eating with others. So my go-to is usually pizza the vegan and gluten-free way.
1-2 Rice wraps depending on how hungry you are (I used Engine 2 diet, but sometimes use Food for Life)
2 tbsp pizza sauce per wrap (I used to buy pizza sauce but now just use leftover pasta sauce I store in the freezer – or when tomatoes are in season, I make my own – future recipe coming!)
1 clove of garlic, minced
a few slices of onion, diced
your favourite veggies (I used mushrooms, bell pepper & fresh basil from my balcony “garden”)
top it with daiya or nutritional yeast (or make your own nutcheeze)
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes and broil for 1-2 minutes. I sometimes eat both of these myself, I’m actually trying to only eat 1 and serve it with a big side of veggies liked steamed broccoli.
I think this is better than what I used to enjoy anyway. YUM =)
That being said, I prefer making my own food as much as possible and we usually avoid packaged foods, but it’s nice to have these things on hand for a quick meal when you’re low on time or energy.
Happy Monday lovelies!!