Posts Tagged ‘Lunch’

 


gluten free dairy free caesar salad dressing with croutons

Photo: Amy Fothergill

Running out of gluten-free and dairy-free lunch ideas for your kids lunchboxes for school or summer camp? This can be a particular challenge when most traditional options revolve around bread and cheese. Of course you can always use gluten-free bread to make the traditional turkey or peanut butter and jelly, but why not think outside the standard lunch box fare and prepare a fresh salad? Children are often big fans of Caesar salad for the creamy dressing, pleasantly non-bitter romaine lettuce and the crunchy croutons. I love to use Easy Lunchboxes since it’s easy to keep everything separated; the croutons would be a bit mushy if I put them on in the morning!

I usually make this dressing with Parmesan cheese but have had a few people request a dairy-free version. I adapted this recipe, which is a fan favorite, by eliminating the cheese and adding (more…)


Gluten-Free Mini Corn Dogs Recipe

April 24th, 2012 by Jenny Manseau

Jenny Manseau Gluten Free Works

Bryan loves corn dogs and for many years I would even take a bite of one of them.  It was a texture thing to me…I always thought that the corn bread batter would be soggy and mushy and I wanted nothing to do with them.  When Bryan came to visit me in California we picked up a box for him (they weren’t gluten-free), but when he left I still had half a box…they ended up in the trash. I told him at some point I will give them a try.

A few months ago I as fortunate enough to sample some of the Applegate Farms new corn dogs - they were delicious!! To my surprise the coating was crunch and not soggy at all. Ever since Bryan has been asking for me to make some…he would really love them to be full of gluten but he’s a good sport and eats what I make.  Maybe I’ll surprise him and make some regular ones for him anyway.

Yesterday I decided to make some mini corn dogs just to see how they would (more…)

Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten-Free Hamburger Bun Recipe with Hot Dog Bun Tips

February 23rd, 2012 by Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten Free Works Author Teri Gruss

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Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns Photo 2010 © Teri Lee Gruss

Tired of eating juicy grilled burgers on a heavy, dry, flavorless gluten-free buns? This gluten-free hand-shaped bun recipe makes soft, yeasty authentic looking hamburger buns. It’s adapted from a recipe by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt which appears in their cookbook 125 Best Gluten-Free Recipes.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes 6 Buns (more…)

Daring Cooks Make Tamales!

February 17th, 2012 by Heather

Gluten Free Works Author Heather


gluten free tamale recipeImagine my excitement when I read that this month’s Daring Cooks’ Challenge had a Mexican theme! You know that I have a love affair with all things cullinarily Mexican. Maranda of Jolts & Jollies was our January 2012 Daring Cooks’ hostess with the mostest! Maranda challenged us to make traditional Mexican Tamales as our first challenge of the year!

I found it interesting that our local Whole Foods, which tends to carry produce from around the world, much of which I’ve never even heard of, did not carry dried corn husks. Before freaking out and making a trip to the city to check the International Market, I thought about the ethnic diversity of the people in my town.  I teach at an elementary school where 27% of our students are hispanic.  Surely, these families do not shop at Whole Foods to get ingredients for their ethnic dishes.  Where do they go? (more…)

Healthy Take on Tuna Salad – Avocados!

February 4th, 2012 by Kimberly Bouldin

Kim Bouldin Gluten Free Works

I am always looking for a way to make my current meal choices healthier. This not only helps my body, but it helps me to get out of a rut that I sometimes seem to fall in with foods.  I find something that I like and I like to eat it a lot.  Sometimes daily.  Tuna melts are one of those favorites.  In addition to limiting tuna to 2-3 times per week, I don’t know that I need melted cheese & mayo on a regular basis.

Avocados were on sale this week when I went grocery shopping – 5 for $5.00.  They were the big ones, too, not the tiny ones.  I wanted to incorporate avocado into my lunch, but knew I needed more protein, so the avocado tuna salad was born.

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Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten Free Lasagna Recipe

January 31st, 2012 by Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten Free Works Author Teri Gruss

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Gluten Free Lasagna Recipe 2010 (c) Teri Lee Gruss

A good gluten free lasagna recipe can be challenging for gluten free cooks because several of the usual ingredients may contain gluten. Italian sausage, processed marinara or tomato sauce and packaged seasonings may contain gluten as an additive. And of course, the majority of lasagna noodle products are made from wheat flour.This recipe is an adaptation of a Tyler Florence recipe called “Drop-Dead Lasagna” featured in his book Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen. Serve this rich, herb-laden gluten free version of lasagna to anyone, anytime, anywhere and comments will include “This is the best lasagna I have ever had!”

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes (more…)

The Fabulous Gluten-Free Bean Bake

January 17th, 2012 by Claire Harrison

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gluten free bean bake

Bean bakes are the best thing to come my way, foodwise, since I learned that I was not only lactose intolerant and needed to diet but also gluten-sensitive. Seriously.

I’ve now made three versions:

 

The taste of each isn’t like anything I’ve had before, but is delicious and (more…)

Gluten Free Recipe: Warm Millet Salad

November 27th, 2011 by Paul

Paul Gluten Free Works

gluten free warm millet salad

About one month ago, I put out my Breakfast Millet article to rave reviews. I had gotten so many emails thanking me for putting out the article and most of them requesting that I put out another one for a savory millet dish. As I am not one to disappoint may I just say…..the millet saga continues.

I seriously never get tired of talking about millet. Delicious, healthy and versatile millet is a lot like rice and can be the vehicle to transform even the most mundane dish into something exciting. To get the scoop on the health aspects and back story of millet, (more…)

Gluten Free Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Sandwich

November 19th, 2011 by Kimberly Bouldin

 

gluten-free thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwich

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Sandwich (c) 2011 Kimberly Bouldin

With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching,I have been itching to find ways to eat the leftover turkey. I know this may seem odd,as there is no leftover turkey yet,but I am anticipating leftovers,as we have never not had them. I wanted to get creative this year and mix things up. Yeah,turkey soup and mashed potato bowls are great,but I wanted to create a unique turkey sandwich. I didn’t want anything complicated,just a different way to enjoy the (more…)

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There are lots of ways to pack a healthy gluten-free school lunch. Start by including your gluten-free child in the weekly menu planning process- this will increase the odds that he or she will actually eat what you pack for them!

Good quality proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats are key to improving your child’s diet. These tips and resources will help you plan and pack healthier gluten-free school lunches for your gluten-free child.

Suggested Reading:

Gluten-Free School Lunch Recipes and Tips
School Lunchbox Safety


Difficulty:
Average
Time Required: Varies – Plan ahead to save time!

Here’s How:

  1. Start with a healthy protein
    • High quality gluten-free deli meats (See tips for product links)
    • Gluten-free cheeses and cheese spreads
    • Chicken and turkey salads
    • Left-overs (homemade chicken gluten-free noodle soup, vegetable beef soup, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, lasagna, tacos, fried rice with eggs, etc.)
    • Nut butters and jam sandwiches (more…)