Gluten-Free Friday 10/12/12
It is Friday once again! That means it is time for my efforts to inspire lunch ideas that are Gluten-Free. I have to say I am learning a bunch and am astonished at all there is to consider to be certain your food is gluten-free. That being said I am astonished at the choices that are available out there on the market! This lunch is a great illustration of that very thing!
I got an idea to make Mummy Pizza for my son Brendan’s lunch on Pinterest. I am sure many other bloggers have tried this but you can find the very one that inspired me here (see link). Just as a reminder, my family is not actually gluten-free and this post is related to the efforts of our friends at House 54. For more information and gluten-free recipes please check out their website!
So to start my pizza I set out to the grocery store to find out if there was such thing as a Gluten-Free English Muffin. You know what? There sure is. There are actually many varieties to choose from! I found one brand in the Gluten-Free aisle but the majority I found in the freezer section (pictured below are some of what I found).
Next I checked the label of my Prego Tomato Basil Garlic sauce that I had in my cabinet and sure enough it very clearly was marked Gluten-Free. So far so good, onto the cheese! I assumed that all cheese is free of gluten but that isn’t always the case. Some processed or packaged cheeses can contain gluten as part of an anti-caking additive. My cheese was sliced mozzarella ordered straight from the deli. I sliced my cheese into strips and arranged over my sauced muffin!
I then used black olive slices for the eyes. My research shows that black olives in general are gluten-free but contain vinegar which is also known to cause issues for people with Celiac Disease. So please be aware and substitute for something else if this is the case for you. Finally I used small pieces of red pepper for the pupils of the eyes and for the Mummy’s smile. I placed the muffins on a foil lined cookie sheet and popped in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes and the finished product is shown above!
I got out my Lunchbots Uno container and got to work building Brendan’s completed lunch. I added fresh apple slices, broccoli and cucumbers. I put some peanut butter in a small square container for dipping. You could use any nut or seed butter of your choice checking the label for gluten-free status. I am finding a good guideline to be if it isn’t clearly marked you should at least be suspect.
I then wanted to add pretzels (pictured under the pizza) since they also dip well with peanut butter and thankfully I found out that Synder’s of Hanover makes a line of gluten-free pretzels hurrah! To be honest I used a Snyder Pretzel that I had in my cabinet but I would have skipped it had I not spied the gluten-free ones at the grocery store and knew that it could be substituted. Finally I added pistachio nuts which yes, are naturally gluten-free!
My lunch (or rather Brendan’s) is complete and I, my friends, am learning a lot about what it takes to live Gluten-free. For more questions and suggestions head on over to House-54 where they are 100% gluten-free, 100% of the time.
Oh and since this is a Halloween themed lunch why not add a treat to top off my trick? So today I added 2 Enjoy Life Crunchy Double Chocolate Cookies in a separate small container. Completely free of gluten and completely delicious!