There are a number of reasons one might be on the hunt for what to eat if you don’t eat bread. You could be gluten intolerant, or looking to cut back on carbs a bit, or maybe you’re just sick of a delicious, cheap, and filling food (I can’t hide my love of bread, no matter how hard I try). There are technically plenty of foods out there that aren’t bread, it just happens that all of my favorite foods are bread or bread related, but for the sake of this list, I’ll set aside my beliefs. I may not personally go a day without bread (I have a tattoo of a baguette, for god’s sake), but there are still plenty of great lunches for those in need of a bread free midday meal, so let’s explore some options!
- Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup
See what I meant in the intro? All the best foods are carb based, including Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup. If you’re looking for what to eat if you don’t eat bread because you’re cutting out carbs, then you can move on to another item on this list. But if you’re in need of gluten free lunches that still have carbs, then load up your cart with a few of these for the week. Panera’s potato soup is filled with substantial potato chunks and nice, chewy bacon pieces that help fill you up while meeting the criteria of a delicious, bread free lunch.
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- Blake’s Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie
Hear me out: A crust is technically different than a bread, so this gluten free pot pie makes the list of what to eat if you don’t eat bread. If you’re still questioning the wisdom in putting this on a list of “not bread” foods, the filling may just win you over. As Sporked contributor Danny Palumbo described it, Blake’s Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie is filled with a filling with a base of “decadently rich and gelatinous gravy [that] is oozy, not runny. It’s also herby, aromatic, and vegetal, which nicely accentuates the clean taste of the chicken.” Gluten free lunches rarely seem so mouth watering, so I’d say this is a win when it comes to bread free lunches.
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- Tonnino Tuna Fillets with Garlic in Olive Oil
“I want you to put this in Go-Gurt form so I can squeeze it into my mouth.” Mythical Kitchen’s Josh Scherer didn’t mince words when he described his affinity for Tonnino Tuna Fillets with Garlic in Olive Oil. If Josh was willing to eat it from a tube, who says you can’t have tuna straight out of the jar for a bread free lunch? Grab a fork and dig into a tuna that’s rich extra virgin olive oil and has a big, bold garlic flavor. If you want to abide by our goal of finding what to eat if you don’t eat bread but still want to pair your tuna with something, grab a stack of gluten free crackers and enjoy a bread free and gluten free lunch.
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- Trader Joe’s Channa Masala
I could easily live my entire life only eating Indian food from Trader Joe’s, which is why this is such an essential item on our list of what to eat if you don’t eat bread. I will absolutely miss naan, but Trader Joe’s Channa Masala by itself is so filling and flavorful that I really can’t cry for too long! According to Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling, “The chickpeas are whole and firm, but give way to creamy innards. The sauce is spiced and aromatic and so perfectly balanced between salty, acidic, and sweet.” Chickpeas make a bangin’ gluten free lunch and this version gets bonus points for not only being a bread free lunch, but for being quick and flavorful, too.
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