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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 Boxes for the Boys…

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012


At last 4 days of rest is near! You won’t be seeing too many lunches over the next few days as my family enjoys the Thanksgiving holiday. Today felt like sort of a precursor to the holiday and I wasn’t in the true spirit of lunch packing. My boys did still need to eat however. Now I have been told that what is simple to some may not really be so simple to all but I promise you this really was.

I popped my Lunchbots Uno and my Lunchbots Duo on the counter. I took out one cucumber and one clementine orange. I grabbed one loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter. OK yes, I did grab some cutters too! I peeled the orange and then pulled it apart into halves (one for each box). I sliced and added some details to my cucumbers and added those to each box. I then cut out 2 star shapes for Brendan’s sandwich and added peanut butter – sandwich done. I pulled out my CuteZcute cutter and allowed Trevor to pick which face he wanted (there are 4 choices but the panda it was) and then I added peanut butter – sandwich done. Finally I tossed in Popcorners for Brendan and pretzels for Trevor. Both lunches done in minutes! I did throw in a couple of panda food picks to decorate Trevor’s lunch. I had them handy so why not?


I assure you it took me longer to edit these photos then to make these lunches lol!




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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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