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Gluten-Free Friday 11/2/12

Friday, November 2nd, 2012


It is time once again for Gluten-Free Friday! Please note that my family is not gluten-free and these posts are brought to you by request of my friends at House-54 where they are 100% gluten-free, 100% of the time! Check out their blog for more recipes and ideas! I simply hope to inspire some great lunch ideas for my gluten-free friends! Most of my lunches are easily adaptable to be gluten-free but on Fridays I do the work for you! Please seek out House-54 with any questions!

Rather then point out once again all the wonderful gluten-free bread products on the market I thought this week I would take a different approach. I decided to skip the bread and go straight for the lettuce! This week I made lettuce wraps! Why not, fresh veggies, all of them, are naturally gluten-free? I filled my wraps with an easy chicken salad. Yum!

To make the chicken salad I combined diced Perdue Shortcuts cooked chicken, diced red grapes, a spoonful of relish and mayo to taste. Please note that that most but not necessarily all mayo is gluten-free. It is my understanding that the vinegar in some mayo can contain products with gluten. From my searching it appears that Hellman’s Mayo is gluten-free. The relish is a similar situation so double check if you have concerns. Heinz Sweet relish is one that my research shows to be gluten-free. Mix all of these ingredients, taste and alter as necessary.

To make the wrap, take 2 washed outer layers of iceberg lettuce and lay out so they overlap, place your chicken salad at one end. Roll the lettuce around the chicken salad as if rolling up a tortilla or sandwich wrap. Cut your wrap in half and use food picks or toothpicks to secure if necessary. I have added fresh carrot chips, additional red grapes and Snyder’s EatSmart Popped Salt & Vinegar Potato Crisps as snacks. My children LOVE those chips!

Now I am only gluten-free on Fridays but if you are looking for gluten-free lunch ideas 7 days a week, please visit my good friend Keeley over at Keeley McGuire Blog! Gluten free lunches are posted daily! Enjoy! Happy weekend everyone!

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Gluten-Free Friday 10/26/12

Friday, October 26th, 2012


TGIF, eh my friends? To that end it is time for gluten-free Friday! Once again I want to mention that my family is not gluten-free and these posts are brought to you jointly with House-54 where they are 100% gluten-free! Check out their blog for more recipes and ideas! I simply hope to inspire some great lunch ideas and especially for my gluten-free friends! I think you know most of my lunches are easily adaptable to be gluten-free but on Fridays I’ll do the work for you! Bear with me as I go through this education process and seek out House-54 with any questions!

Today I decided to go with something very simple and very kid friendly. A banana and a hot dog, what could be more kid friendly? I’ll tell you… the Banana Dog!

The folks at the grocery store must certainly think I am kooky by now. Each week I wander around with my iPhone taking pictures of gluten-free products! This week I stumbled up the hot dog rolls. There are several brands available out there so check your local store or order online! The ones I encounter most often are Udi’s and Rudis! I am also noticing that these products tend to be pricey (so sorry my gluten-free friends) so do note that most of these companies carry coupons on their websites or Facebook pages so always check before you go shopping!

  • Take your roll and spread with your favorite peanut butter. Most peanut butters are gluten-free but do check your brand if you have concerns!
  • You can add your banana whole or cut in half as I did!
  • I then grated some Enjoy Life chocolate on the top (just a teeny amount).

You could really have fun with this but I kept it straight forward for simplicity. You could add jelly for “ketchup”, you could cut up kiwi for “relish”, you could add raisins or some gluten-free granola. So many options! Now let’s talk snacks!

This lunch contains:

Also note that you can treat bananas for browning just as you do apples etc. You can use a purchased anti-browning product, or use vitamin C disolved in water, or lemon juice in water etc. I personally do not treat my bananas in sandwiches as in the short time between preparing in the morning and the school lunch time itself, I do not find that the banana degrades that much. Try and decide for yourself! :)

I hope you enjoyed today’s gluten-free Friday and tune in next week when I’ll be back at it again! Today’s lunch was featured in an Easy Lunch Box!



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Gluten-Free Friday 10/12/12

Friday, October 12th, 2012

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.

Thank you!


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!


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