Category Archives: Lunch Ideas

Fast and Easy Black Bean Burger

Want an easy, quick way to make a vegan or vegetarian lunch or supper?  How about a black bean burger?   I never made a black bean burger before this attempt. Truthfully, I was hesitant.  However, I loved every bite of it!   Granted, it doesn’t taste like beef, but it was good.  I was satisfied.  I felt like I did my body something good. If you want to make this sandwich for yourself, you can get the recipe here.  (All I changed was to use gluten free rolled oats in place of instant oats).

Basic Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Soup’s on the menu at least once a week during these winter months.  And today I bring you a hamburger and vegetable soup.  This basic soup is the perfect one pot meal when you add your bread of choice and a green salad.   Ladle up!  And do not forget to check out my Pinterest boards or like the Facebook page!  Shared at Real Food Wednesday. Gluten Free Friday . Basic Hamburger Vegetable Soup From: Peggy of Allergy Free Test Kitchen Ingredients: 1 lb. ground round or ground sirloin 1 onion, chopped 1 1/2 cups diced carrots 1 cup diced … Continue reading

Savory Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy. Savory. Simple. Delicious. Healthy. Allergy Free. You can have it all. I never tried a squash soup before and I shouldn’t have waited so long!  It is delicious!  And easy! Even meat lovers will find this soup satisfying.  Make it for lunch or supper on a chilly day.  It will warm you right up! After you cook your squash, you may have more squash than you need for the soup.  Use any extra squash in either this delicious Apple Pie Surprise Smoothie or Not Your Mama’s Chocolate Shake. Also shared at: Make Your Own Monday, Melt In Your Mouth … Continue reading

White Bean Quesadillas

I have a new favorite mid-day meal.  I never tried quesadillas before, and I am not sure why, but with a creamy inside and crunchy outside, these make for a good, quick lunch.    I was flipping through a vegan cookbook of mine and found a recipe for white bean quesadillas.  The problem was the only ingredient I had on hand was the white beans.  So I had to come up with my own version and I think I stumbled upon something delicious the first time out the gate. This is easy to put together and if you do not use … Continue reading

Sloppy Joes With Real Vegetables

Have you seen those commercials on TV?  The ones where a little girl is dressed up as a sandwich (sloppy joe) costume and she is in a school play?  It’s a play about vegetables and she “belongs” in the play because that particular sloppy joe mix has vegetables in it.  Well, I beg to differ, but I highly doubt that can qualify as a serving of vegetables.  Especially when you take into consideration all the sodium and high fructose corn syrup that is most likely in the canned good. I’m just saying.   And let’s not forget that a lot of canned … Continue reading

Fast and Easy Turkey Burger

Do you need a quick weeknight meal?  Something easy to put together and that requires few ingredients?  Today’s recipe is just that.   In fact, it is so easy; one can hardly call it a recipe. Today’s meal idea is made from ground turkey. It does lend a different taste than beef, but it is only slightly healthier than ground beef.  I had always assumed it had less fat than beef, but when I did some research I found out that ground turkey has only slightly less fat than beef.  But one thing I found out that surprised me was that ground … Continue reading

Must Have Pasta Salad

When I think of pasta salad I think “hot summer lunch.” But it does not have to be hot or be summer to enjoy a pasta salad. And it does not have to be lunch. It could be a side dish or salad to a meal. It could even be a snack. Pasta salads are a great way to get in some raw vegetables. And you do not really have to follow a recipe. Use whatever vegetables you want or have on hand. And all you need is a little dressing to pour over top. Or you can even make you … Continue reading

Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free Chicken Salad

Do you need a quick meal? How about a chicken salad sandwich?  It is fast, easy, and delicious when you use Earth Balance Mindful Mayo-Original (remember it is dairy, egg and soy free-see review.)  Use up leftover chicken, or you can quickly grill or even microwave chicken if you have to.  Or go ahead and use canned chicken. Add the Mindful Mayo to cut up chicken, some crunchy celery, a little onion and just like that…a quick meal when you add a vegetable, salad or chips.  Place on gluten free bread if needed (not pictured here) and chow down a meal … Continue reading

Dairy, Soy, and Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Every kid likes mac and cheese, right?  And let’s admit it folks…adults do too! And I admit I used to buy the boxed kind.  Only, I was too cheap back then to even spring for the Kraft!  I still try and watch the grocery bill.  Who doesn’t these days?  But cooking allergy free also means an increased grocery bill whether you like it or not.  I’m getting used to the higher prices of allergy free cooking.  All this to say the homemade macaroni and cheese is more expensive when you add in dairy free cheese and gluten free pasta, but it is … Continue reading

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