Posts Tagged ‘Gluten-Free’

Simple Southwestern Salad

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
 

simple southwestern salad

We’ve had a change to our schedule with our little guy Evan recently starting developmental preschool 3 mornings per week. My wonderful husband, who has a bit more flexibility with his schedule that I, now waits for Evan to finish morning preschool before going to work. As a result he now gets home well after dinner time on those particular nights. Now add in the beginning of Little League season for my 12 year old and it has become evident to me that our dinner time schedule will need to be a little more casual on many nights. Which means a lot more simple! It doesn’t make sense after all to prepare a big family meal on nights when everyone is eating on a different schedule!

This was the first week I really shopped to our new schedule buying things that are meant to be eaten cold or that can be prepared in small portions or even individually portioned. The idea of simple dinner salads and sandwiches that can be thrown together quickly was the approach I decided to take. Given that the weather is finally warming up in these parts it is not a bad time to start eating lighter! These items can also be made in advance and easily packed if we have to run straight out to the baseball field!

Today’s Easylunchboxes container includes:

  • Southwestern salad: sliced medley of tomatoes, spinach, arugula, chicken, blackbeans and corn (a southwestern salad dressing will be included)
  • Plums, kiwi and green grapes
  • salt & pepper bagel chips

If you are an avocado fan be sure to include some in your salad. Although I don’t hate avocado, I don’t really love it either! It would have been just perfect here however with a slice of lime! This will be great for dinner and of course lunch!

Sincerely,
Deb

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Gourmet Gluten-Free Lunch for Work

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
 

gourmet lunch in lunchbots cinco gluten free

Since my Lunchbots Cinco arrived I have been spoiling myself with fancy lunches! Now I’m not going to lie, clearly I enjoy packing lunch so “fancy” isn’t really a stretch for me! To be perfectly honest I find preparing food quite relaxing and it doesn’t take much to get me to kick it up a notch! It is a great creative distraction that gives me instant gratification.

Today’s gluten-free lunch contains:

  • A salad of steamed asparagus, strawberries and feta cheese
  • Orange and pink grapefruit wedges halved
  • Celebration Medley Trail Mix by Second Nature (view allergen policies here)
  • Perdue Honey Roasted Chicken Shortcuts
  • Salad dressing pictured in Lunchbots Dips Condiment Container (chose your favorite)

How do you feel about packing lunch?

Sincerely,
Deb

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Hearty Portions (and gluten-free!)

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
 

hearty portions one

Not so long ago I read a very active, very heated, online discussion regarding the definition of an appropriate “hearty portion” for a man versus a woman. The discussion actually stemmed from a photograph of one of my very own lunches. Now nothing negative was said about the actual lunch itself but the photograph involved in the discussion did note that the lunch was for “him” (that being my husband). The point of the original post that featured the photo however, was to show how I changed things to suit my husband’s taste versus my own and was actually not a statement on portion sizes for gender. No worries I did not take the discussion personally! lol

Regardless, I thought I’d clear the air on how I feel! I actually believe that portions should be related to an individual’s appetite, health and activity level amongst other things!  The lunches I show illustrate the portions I feed my family. I always recommend you decide your own portion and adjust accordingly! The two lunches featured in this post are MY lunches and I consider them “hearty portions”. The large compartment of my Easylunchboxes container holds up to 2.5 cups of food and in both cases I have filled the compartment pretty well. This compartment alone can be a very filling portion! I skipped out on crunchy snacks or a sweet treat in both to fill out my leftovers with lots of fresh produce. This gives me the opportunity to fill my appetite with lower calorie options. The two smaller compartments hold 3/4 cup and 1/2 cup respectively. All in all that is almost 4 cups of food if packed tightly (ok 3  and 3/4)! Now generally I eat the fruit or veggie in the late morning and the leftover heat up as the actual lunch later.

hearty portions two

Lunch one (at top of post)
This lunch box contains a Rotisserie Chicken Leg/thigh along with homemade ,skin on, mashed red potatoes. Sliced Cara Cara oranges sit alongside European cucumbers cut with a crinkle cutter. Red grapes complete this box.

Lunch two (above)
Gluten free pasta (Tinkyada Brown rice pasta) is topped with tomato basil pasta sauce. Not well pictured but nestled within the pasta are a couple of gluten-free meatballs. We actually tried the Bove frozen brand which was new to our grocery store. Every member of the household enjoyed them so we highly recommend although slightly pricey as gluten-free foods often are! Made on consecutive days, this lunch also used the European cucumbers and red grapes but is finished out with mango slices and raw broccoli florets.

Sincerely,
Deb

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