Packed lunches don’t have to be boring. They don’t even have to be in a traditional lunch box. Add some excitement to lunch time with these great Gluten-Free Bento Box recipe ideas from San-J and Carol Kicinski. San-J offers a wide variety of Tamari, Shoyu and Cooking Sauces in addition to Miso, Salad Dressings and Crackers. I am sharing a couple of the recipe ideas below, but you can view more recipes on the San-J recipes page.
Beef & Broccoli Salad by Carol Kicinski
- 1½ cups Broccoli Florets
- ¼ pound Roast Beef, cooked and chopped
- ½ cup Carrots, shredded
- ¼ cup San-J Mongolian Sauce
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Drop the broccoli florets into the boiling water and cook for 3 – 4 minutes or until crisp tender. Immediately drain and place the broccoli into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Combine the blanched broccoli with the roast beef, carrots, and San-J Mongolian Sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Can be made a day ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.
Asian BBQ Chicken Wraps by Carol Kicinski
- 3 cups Chicken, cooked and shredded
- 4 Tablespoons San-J Asian BBQ Sauce, plus more for serving
- 4 cups Coleslaw Mix, finely shredded
- 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Kosher or Fine Sea Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- 6 large Gluten Free Wraps
Combine chicken with San-J Asian BBQ Sauce. Can be made up to one day ahead, stored covered in the refrigerator. In a separate bowl, combine the coleslaw mix with the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Can be made up to one day ahead, store covered in the refrigerator. Divide the chicken mixture evenly on to the wraps. Divide half of the coleslaw evenly on top of the chicken. Roll the wraps tightly, cut in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Serve the remaining coleslaw in a separate container. Pour some more San-J Asian BBQ Sauce into small covered containers for dipping the roll ups into when eating.
I love that both of the above recipes are dairy-free in addition to gluten-free and can see making both for lunch (or dinner). San-J products are available in stores across the US and online. Don’t forget they also offer their Organic Soy Sauce Tamari in travel packets!