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Gluten-Free Friday 7/13/13

Friday, July 12th, 2013

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Today is the long awaited return of Gluten-Free Friday! Yay! Well I hope somebody was waiting? Anybody? It has been awhile since my last gluten-free post but my journey with my 2 year old son Evan continues. At this point I actually find it pretty easy to feed Evan gluten-free from home and it doesn’t really require much thought. It is when we go out that it is difficult! We rarely just pop by anywhere for a quick bite since there are still many restaurants who don’t even know what gluten-free is never mind understand cross contamination. There are however a few exceptions.


So what does this mean? It means that I must research eating establishments on line before we go. It means before we go on vacation I have contacted local ice cream shops and restaurants near our vacation rental to know the “safe” places in advance. Well and believe it or not, there is an “app for that”, actually there are many. It means I stuff my handbag full of gluten-free snacks just in case it doesn’t pan out. We get by. Honestly it is a good way to stick to vows of eating at home more often which also means I have learned to make a lot of favorite foods at home to be certain they are safe. I can now make homemade ice cream like nobody’s business!


Does it always work out? No, we have unfortunately “glutened” Evan, accidentally of course. We can usually tell, he doesn’t sleep as well, he doesn’t behave the same and his digestive system will be off for hours or even days. We are doing our best. It is a learning process and you do grow accustomed to it! At a high level that is our progress to date (5-6 months in to gluten elimination)! Lots of success and some frustration!

Now on to lunch!

Here are examples of some lunches I have packed for Evan this week:

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  • Perdue Simply Smart Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders (packed frozen, they are fully cooked and defrost by lunch)
  • Cheese Stick
  • Carrot chips (cooked)
  • Rainier Cherries
  • Red Grapes

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  • Perdue Chicken Shortcuts
  • Red Grapes
  • Pirate Brands Original Tings
  • Cucumbers

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  • Gluten-free Chex Mix topped with 3 gluten-free Annie’s GingerSnap bunnies
  • Blueberries
  • Bagel pizza made with an Udi’s bagel

All lunches shown on today’s post are packed in Lunchbots (affiliate link) containers.



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Simple Patriotic Preschool Lunch

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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School is out! For us working parents that often means the scramble of finding summer care for our children. None-the-less in many ways it is more relaxed! Most of us also manage to squeeze in some vacation time in the summer as well. My family will be packing up and heading to the New England seacoast in less then 3 weeks for a full 7 day respite! I am definitely looking forward to that!

My toddlers do actually continue year round at preschool so the lunch packing never stops. This week with Independence Day coming, is a short week for my kiddos, only 3 days. So I just had to sneak in a simple Patriotic Lunch for the holiday.

I used red and blue silicone baking cups to start with. This gave my Lunchbots Duo some additional compartments and set the patriotic background. I added strawberries in the blue cup (for contrast) and cucumber stars in the red cup. I set down a layer of Late July Mini Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches (I am not paid to promote their brand but love their organic snacks). I added a sandwich cut with a star cookie cutter and a smaller cheese star as a fun detail. A fun lunch with simple details. I might have added a fun food pick but alas just didn’t have one appropriate for this theme! That’s OK… I think the red, white and blue theme comes across enough!




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Gluten-Free Friday 5/3/13

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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Phew I made it, it’s Friday! TGIF! I am SO thankful indeed! That means it is also time to recap the gluten-free lunches I served to my 2 year old Evan this week. I know that I have previously discussed gluten-free savings so I thought I would discuss one more way I try to save! I try to save by being efficient with what I buy. As much as I would like to create an endless variety  of lunches for my son to choose from I have to shop within reasonable budget limits. I do have 4 children to feed! This means I have to find creative ways or use clever combinations to use the same ingredients in lunches more than once. Let’s face it, that is real life! I have tried to illustrate that this week.

Here is a recap of some of the ingredients used more than once:

2 times – Glutino Pretzels

2 times – cheese stick

2 times – green grapes

3 times – green beans

(If I was picturing the other lunches I served this week to my other family members you’d see just how efficient I can be).

I hope you’ll agree that even though I have repeated ingredients that the different combinations and the brightly colored offerings still look appealing each day!


GF turkey sushi


Lunch #1 (pictured above) served in an orange lunch container (sorry don’t know the brand)! On this lunch I went back to the MOMables cold cut/cheese stick sushi rolls which Evan seemed to like last time. I also served green grapes mixed with blueberries, Glutino pretzels (which Evan loves) and a banana.


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Lunch #2 (pictured above) served in a Leaflet Tight Container. This past weekend I made a special treat for Evan. A gluten-free blueberry cheesecake french toast muffin. I served one in this lunch cut in half with some pure maple syrup in the small rainbow container. This lunch also container cooked green beans and strawberries.


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Lunch #3 (pictured above) served in a Leaflet Tight container. Perdue Chicken Shortcuts for me is a great go to easy food. It is gluten-free, can be served as is OR made into a chicken salad, put on a pizza, or served tossed into stir fry etc. In this case it is indeed served as is cold. This lunch also includes green beans, Glutino Pretzels, a cheese stick and green grapes.


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Lunch #4 (pictured above) served in a Glit & Brillia 2 tier container. I think all you busy parents out there will appreciate that it is nice to have a “frozen pre-cooked chicken” on hand. I personally think in moderation a frozen pre-cooked chicken is fine especially if you are going to balance it out with fruits and veggies. I would take this over a fast food restaurant nugget any day. Obviously if you are up for it make and freeze your own so you’ll have them on hand. The problem is there are very few pre-cooked gluten-free selections available at the store. Perdue has now come out with a gluten-free chicken tender in their Simply Smart collection and I must say Evan is a fan! I have served 2 in this lunch along with plums, green beans (yes, again) and Puffins Multigrain Cereal.

You may also notice that I use reusable lunch containers, very few individual serving packaged items and no sandwich bags. These things are all friendly on the wallet and friendly to our environment! Check around my blog and you’ll find many lunchbox suggestions!

I’ll be back next Friday for more Gluten-Free fun and with any luck you’ll see some posts from me before then. Just in case go visit my gluten-free friends!

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