Lots of folks these days eat grain free, gluten free, GAPS, paleo, primal, etc. Right now, I am a choose-my-own-adventure eater – I eat all kinds of real food but aim for grain free meals (especially avoiding wheat that hasn’t been traditionally prepared) because I personally consume less food and generally feel better when I don’t.
Some grain-based dishes (sandwiches, pastas, stir-fries, etc) are mostly all about the other non-grain ingredients. Take grilled cheese sandwiches for instance. I feel confident that a grilled cheese sandwich – made with sprouted or true sourdough bread, lots of grass fed butter and cheese, and served with a side of cultured condiments – can be a wonderfully nutritious meal. Just because you are looking for grain free meals, doesn’t mean you have to bypass a comforting melty cheesy lunch like this one.
Don’t eat dairy? Skip the cheese and substitute bacon fat or coconut oil for the butter. The onions and veggies melted in fat will still provide you with comforting and filling meal.
Grain Free Melt Ingredients
The fun thing about this lunch is that anything goes, really.
- 1 medium onion, sliced or chopped
- at least 1 tablespoon of butter or bacon fat
- Seasonal veggies (about 1-2 handfuls) – A great opportunity to use up whatever you have in the fridge.
- 1/2 cup – leftover meat, chopped (or use more veggies)
- Plenty of grass-fed cheese, shredded
Some Grain Free Melt Concoctions To Try:
- Chicken, bacon melt – with onions, peppers, and cheddar (pictured above)
- Burger melt – Steak (or ground beef), mushrooms, and onions with swiss cheese
- Classic tuna melt - with a pile of shredded kale
- Creamy broccoli and chicken (add a dolup of sour cream or greek yogurt)
- Mexican melt – topped with salsa, sour cream, sliced avocado.
- Greens and cheese – skip the meat and melt onions, greens, and lots of cheese
Grain Free Melt Method
- Saute the onion in fat over medium low heat until translucent.
- Add the veggies and continue cooking until desired consistency.
- Add the chopped meat and cook until warm.
- Top with cheese and cover, cooking until melted.
- Season as desired, and serve.
Do you serve up grain-free melts?
What are your favorite concoctions?
What other grain free meals do you love?
Want more grain free meals on a budget? Stay tuned, they’re coming soon!
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