Monday, September 11, 2006

Gluten and Dairy free lunches exposed

Here is a quick look into Bean's GF/CF lunchbag on any given day.

A traditional lunch of peanut butter and jam with carrots, oranges, cookie and juice. The bread is Breads From Anna's yeast free mix made with Flax as egg replacer. The cookie is from a Gluten Free Pantry Mix. This lunch was a hit with Bean.

Sneaking in the fruit! Here I blended organic oranges with a bit of Rice Dream Vanilla ice cream and West Soy brand Rice Milk. This drink contains one large orange. Also served with a Breads From Anna Pumpkin muffin, bacon, Laura's Choice cookie (see baking page), and fresh beans.

A Tuna salad with dill on Anna's Yeast Free bread with EnviroKidz gluten free animal crackers, a tangerine cup and chips (these are corn chips, but quinoa, rice, and potato are other options for the occassional chip snack).

One of Bean's favorite lunches is pasta salad with peas. We use Veganaise for our dressing, but that does contain some soy oil. There are other options for homemade as well as commercial dressings that avoid soy. Served with salted tomatoes, apple, and Laura's Choice cookies.

Is there a kid who doesn't like Franks and Beans? We use dairy, soy, gluten free hot dogs and beans. Banana and parboiled broccoli followed up with a chocolate chip cookie for dessert.

Bean's favorite vegetable and chicken stock soup with EnerG crackers, tangerines, cookie, and finger sandwiches.

Gluten free Spaghetti with red sauce kept warm in the thermos served with green beans, apple, and a chocolate brownie treat (Gifts From Nature Flour mix and recipe).

Breakfast anyone? Bean can eat eggs, so here we have eggs kept warm in the thermos served with bacon, fresch mangos, and a Breads From Anna pumpkin muffin. If you can't use eggs, a nut yogurt would be a good protein source to add to this meal.

So this may not look great, but it is one of Bean's favorites. She ate every bite. This is our taco salad. The butter leaf lettuce has Veganaise on it (contains soy, you could use the cashew yogurt recipe from our 2 week challenge in place of the veganaise). She puts her corn chips on top (millet flat bread, quinoa chips, or a non grain such as avocado would all be good subs for corn chips). Finally, she pours her pasture raised ground beef and tomato mixture on top. Taco Salad. Certified gltuen free oatmeal cookie by Gifts From Nature, and banana.

Gluten and dairy free hot dogs in the thermos served with corn on the cob, oranges, pineapple, and two Laura's Choice cookies with certified gluten free oats from Gifts of Nature.

GF/CF stir fry: rice, chicken, peas mixed together with homemade sauce made for an easy dish served with fruit and a Gluten Free Pantry cookie.

Okay, even gluten free casein free kids need pizza SOMETIMES! This is a KnickKnick pizza crust, corn free katsup and Toffuti cheese. This is a soy product, and we don't generally eat soy, but every now and again we may splurge on a soy cheese or some other such soy concoction. Served with carrots and Veganaise (more soy!), which could easily be replaced for your homemade mayonnaise from Garden of Eating Diet, by Rachel and Don Mastez!

Today Bean only wanted a salad, so there you have it. No frills salad of red leaf lettuce and cucumber slices served with honeydew melon. Our fun food today is the French's potato sticks (which we haven't tried, but they were verified gluten free on the French's site). And OJ. Easy lunch today.

Here are a few "new" products for us. Kinnikinnik makes a cookie called K-Toos that is the best GF/CF cream cookie we have tasted! Hormel has a deli meat out called Natural Choice. It says gluten free right on the label! That is a big treat for the girls, as we haven't purchased deli meat in years. This bread is the Pamela's mix made with eggs in the bread machine. You can see On my Mix Reviews that this mix doesn't work well with egg replacer, but you can see it works great with egg. A bit of fresh fruit and Bean has a happy lunch!


Blogger Veloute said...

I love looking at Bean's lunches :) Yummy!

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just looked at every single one of these. She is such a good eater. Jackson is getting better now. He actually eats fruits and veggies.

Her lunches are so cute you should really send them in a bento box.

Love you!


10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though you felt weird posting these, it was tremendously helpful for me since I have just figured out I am gluten and dairy intolerant and live in WISCONSIN the DAIRY STATE! Life has been interesting trying to figure out what I can eat. So.... this is helpful. Thank you for posting it.

12:02 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

Ok we need to talk about the recipe for the chicken stock and veg soup. Is there coconut milk in that?

9:54 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Shannon, of course there is! We love coconut milk in our soups. That one is:
First, I cooked a chicken in the oven the night before. I just put it breast down on a cake pan and sprinkled the back of the chicken with a good amount of salt and some pepper. I cooked it for 2 hours at 350 degrees (it was a 4.5 lb bird).
Then I used the left over chicken and browned broth from the pan to create the soup base.

Left over chicken and broth from night prior
16 ounces of water
1 large can (what is that, 20 oz?) tomatoes (I used the Muir glen with added basil)
1/2 Can thai kitchen coconut milk
1 tablesoon chilli powder (or to your taste preference)
1/4 Cup to 1/2 Cup quinoa

Cook on low heat until Quinoa is opened and then add:
1 Cup green beans
1 Cup frozen corn (optional)

12:33 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

Thank you SO much for this. 2 of my 5 children were dx as ADHD at the age of 4 and 5. They are 8 and 9. We have slowly been starting them on the GFCF diet. We are on day 6 of no milk and the difference is AMAZING!!!! In a month we will start the gluten weaning and then a month after that we will get them off their meds. I am so excited!

I have been having an extremely hard time finding lunch ideas for school lunches. My poor kids think they can have no fun food anymore. THANK YOU for changing that! I am going to print this out and show them that it will be fine! They are struggling.

I have always cooked from scratch because of my large family size (it's less expensive), I just did not know where to start with the GFCF diet.

Thanks again!

8:10 AM  

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