Eating gluten free often times takes plenty of preparation. I like it when I can find something that is fast and easy. One of our favorite easy lunch meals or individual dinners when it is a "fend for yourself night" around here is Thai Kitchen. The instant rice noodle soups are a hit with my family. We don't just eat them as the package suggests though. We jazz them up a bit.
We have added all kinds of variations to this simple soup. We make the soup according to the package and then add a vegetable and a protein. Our vegetable choices are frozen peas, corn, mixed veggies, broccoli, or a Normandy mix, fresh sliced onions or mushrooms. We add these during the boiling stage to thaw them out and quickly cook them. Next we add a protein like crumbled bacon, leftover ham or chicken, shrimp, or hard boiled eggs. We let it cool and allow the soup to thicken into more of a sauce. Yum.
Not only is this dish quick taking less than five minutes start to finish, but it is inexpensive. You can make this dish for less than a dollar. Quick, easy, gluten free, and frugal! What more could you want! Oh, and it tastes great too!