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Back to School is the theme at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this month. This week, we’re sharing our ideas for Gluten-Free Snacks.

My kids always need a little extra energy at the beginning of the school year. So, I like to have something quick and easy for them to eat when they get home. It gives them a little a break from schoolwork before they get started on their homework or head out the door for activities.

Last week, I mentioned some snacks in our Ideas for Packing a Gluten-Free Lunch. This week, I thought I’d share a few more snack ideas. Fresh fruit and vegetables are probably the easiest healthy snacks to have ready. I know a big juicy slice of watermelon would keep my kids from reaching for the cookies or the candy bowl. They’ll also enjoy these snacks:

Gluten-Free After-School Snacks Ideas and Recipe Links:

Apple Slices with Peanut Butter

Cashew Cherry Chocolate Snack Bars @ Celiac Family

Cheesy Kale Chips @ Minimalist Baker

Dark Chocolate Reese’s Protein Bites @ Cotter Crunch

Dried Fruit – raisins, craisins, dates, etc.

Frozen Grapes

Fruit Kabobs @ Celiac Family

Goldfish Crackers @ Elana’s Pantry

Hummus with gluten-free Crackers, Tortilla Chips, or Veggie Slices

Make Your Own Snack Mix/Trail Mix @ Celiac Family

No-Bake Cliff Bars @ Gluten Free Always Blog

No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars @ Oh She Glows

Peanut Butter No Bake Energy Bites @ Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Pizza Bites using Pillsbury Pizza Dough @ Celiac Family

Popcorn (gluten-free brands)

Pretzels (gluten-free brands)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins @ Celiac Family

Smoothies — 10 recipe links @ Celiac Family

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Potato Salad

Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Vindaloo

 

Monday – Fish Tacos, Pineapple Mango Salsa

Tuesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Potato Salad (1/2 recipe), Green Beans

Wednesday – Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts

Thursday – Grilled Hamburgers, Fries, Roasted Broccoli

Friday –  Spaghetti with Chicken, Spinach Salad

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Chicken Vindaloo, Rice

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa’s meals last week started with Trader Joe’s Frozen Chicken Tacos, Brisket, and Paleo Ground Beef & Cabbage Skillet. Salmon Patties, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Bean and Cheese Enchiladas, and Chicken Apple Sausage, Kale and Rice Soup. For more recipe links and lunch ideas, check out Melissa’s full menu post.

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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It’s a new month, and a new school year will be starting soon. It may seem early, but we’ll be packing up gluten-free lunches for school this week.

Should you buy lunch at school?
I applaud the many schools that include gluten-free lunch options for students. I understand that many families have been satisfied with it. I think it’s great if that works for you! We, however, have always preferred to pack lunches to take to school. Every school that has offered “gluten-free” lunches for my kids, has also warned us about possible cross-contamination with gluten. The schools couldn’t guarantee the food would be truly gluten-free. Taking that risk of consuming even a small amount of gluten on a daily basis at school didn’t seem like a good idea for us. Plus, the school nurses at each school we spoke with, also recommended that the kids bring their own lunches. If the school nurses don’t feel confident in the gluten-free food being offered, then neither do we.

To start the packing, I like to use the Pack-It freezable lunch bags. They now have a variety of different styles and patterns to choose from. We have seen the velcro closures wear out over time, so I would recommend one with a zipper closure if you and your family are going to use them a lot like we do. Some of them also have long shoulder straps and adjustable handles that make them easy to carry or attach to a full backpack.

Fast and Easy vs. Frugal Finds. You can buy many things in small serving-size packaging: chips, pretzels, popcorn, apple slices, carrot sticks, etc. But if you want to save some money, just invest in reusable small containerszip-style bags, and bottles. You can even portion the food into the containers on the weekend. Make enough for the whole week, and packing your lunches in the morning just got faster! We usually get it all packed in 5-10 minutes each morning.

Food to Pack. We keep it as easy as possible: a protein, a fruit, a vegetable, a snack, and a drink. We may change it up a little throughout the year as needed (or just for some variety). The kids seem to eat more during the first couple weeks and on testing days, so we may include an extra snack.

  • Protein — deli meat sliced thin rolled up, meat cut into sticks or cubes, bacon strips, chicken nuggets (or leftover chicken from dinner cut into bite-size pieces), nut or seed butters on crackers, hummus, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks
  • Fruit — banana, apple slices, clementines, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, applesauce, peaches…whatever we’ve got in the house
  • Vegetables — carrot sticks, celery, snap peas, spinach leaves, cucumber slices, sweet pepper slices, jicama, etc
  • Snack — chips, gluten-free pretzels, popcorn, Mini-Muffins, crackers
  • Treats — not always, but occasionally we include a gluten-free cookie or a piece of candy
  • Drinks — juice, water bottles, lemonade, Gatorade
  • Napkin and Utensils, if needed.

Don’t forget about leftovers as an option! I love to eat leftovers for lunch because it’s fast and easy. Pasta SaladsRice SaladEgg Salad, and Corn and Black Bean Salad make great lunches. It’s even better when you have a microwave available at work or school to heat up those yummy leftovers from the night before: chiligumbosoup, casseroles, Indian Chicken, etc.

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Wild Rice Salad

Mexican Chicken Pizza

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

 

Monday – Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders, Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

Tuesday – Corned Beef, Roasted Red Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts w/Rosemary & Garlic

Wednesday – Chicken Apple Sausage, Wild Rice Salad

Thursday – leftovers

Friday –  Mexican Chicken Pizza

Saturday – Balsamic Salmon, Rice, Asparagus

Sunday – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salad

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
This week, Melissa is posting her meals from last week for review. Her family ate Sandwiches, Split Pea Soup, Chalupa Salad, Cornbread Taco Bake, Cheesy Sausage Pasta, Spanish Omelette, and Hamburger Soup. Check out her full post for lunch ideas and recipe links.

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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It’s a new month, and a new school year will be starting soon. Time to start thinking about a good start to the day with a Healthy Gluten-Free Breakfast. Every year, I review and update our Quick Breakfast Tips:

1. Plan Ahead. Planning ahead allows me to make the most of my time. One morning I’ll fry a pound of bacon, then quickly reheat the leftover bacon on other mornings. Another morning I’ll chop up fruit for a fruit salad, and use the leftovers later in the week for smoothies.
2. Make large batches and freeze or refrigerate leftovers when you can. I’ll make big batches of muffins, pancakes, French toast, etc. and freeze the leftovers so I can quickly reheat them on busy early mornings.
3. Use dinner leftovers for breakfast. We will often reheat Chicken Apple Sausage or other meats for breakfast. You can also use leftover meats and veggies for a quick egg scramble, frittata, or potato hash.

My family’s favorites for breakfast:
I’ve included links to other websites (some may be affiliate links) for more specific information on gluten-free products. Be aware that some celiacs have reactions to packaged gluten-free foods. Please read labels carefully, and make good decisions for yourself and your family. Consult your doctor, if necessary.

  • Bacon — Cook up a pound (or two) at a time, refrigerate, and reheat quickly in the morning.
  • Bagels or Toast — We enjoy O’Doughs Gluten-Free Bagel Thins when we can find them. Spread with nut butters for some protein. Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich or an Egg and Bacon sandwich and eat it on the go. Our current favorite gluten-free breads are Glutino, Glutino Raisin Bread, and Rotella’s.
  • Cereal — Not much faster or easier than cereal. And, there is quite a variety of gluten-free cereals these days: CheeriosChex, Fruity Pebbles, and Lucky Charms cereals seem to be the easiest to find in the stores. You can even find them in individual servings. Unfortunately, we like the ones with lots of sugar :), so we try to limit eating them.
  • Chicken Apple Sausage (or any favorite!)— For those days when we’re needing more protein.
  • Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins – Mix these mini-muffins together in 15 min, bake in 10 min. Still too much time? Consider baking and freezing them on the weekends, or whenever you have more time. I also purchase Garden Lites Chocolate Zucchini Muffins when I can find them.
  • Eggs — Hard-boiled eggs are great to grab for an on-the-go breakfast or lunch. Cook in advance, peel, and store in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Scrambled eggs are quick and easy to cook. I like to put them on top of leftover vegetables for a quick and filling breakfast. I also like to make Egg and Hash Brown Casserole when I have more time on the weekends, then heat up leftovers of it for breakfast the following days.
  • French toast — I like to use Udi’s bread for this, but any drier gluten-free bread will work. A quick scramble of eggs, almond milk, and cinnamon to dip the bread. Then fried on the stove for a quick, hot breakfast. Top with fruit and drizzle with maple syrup.
  • Fruit! — I like to serve fruit with every breakfast. Fresh berries, bananas, and oranges are the usual at my house. Or make a fruit salad the night before: Berry Fruit SaladRainbow Apple SaladTropical Fruit Salad.
  • Oatmeal — If you can tolerate oats, you may enjoy a warm bowl of gluten-free oatmeal in the morning. Try Glutenfreeda’s Instant Variety Pack or Quaker’s Gluten-Free.
  • Pancakes – Cook up a double (or triple) batch on the weekends, freeze the leftovers, and pop them in the toaster in the morning. Works great for waffles, too! I love Pamela’s Pancake Mix, but I can no longer tolerate the powdered milk in it, so I’ve switched to Namaste Pancake Mix.
  • Smoothies  — These are great for dumping fresh and/or frozen ingredients in the blender for a quick, filling breakfast you can drink on your way to work or school. We like Banana Berry Smoothies with spinach and almond milk or almond butter for added protein.

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Grilled Flank Steak

Monday – Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower, Cucumber Salad

Tuesday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Roasted Red Potatoes, Slaw

Wednesday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Rice, Green Beans

Thursday – Hamburgers, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli

Friday –  Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta, Sweet and Spicy Arugula Salad

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Flank Steak, Spinach Salad

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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This month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’ve been exploring Fresh Summer Fruits and Vegetables. So far, we’ve shared gluten-free ideas and gluten-free recipe links for Fresh Berries, Fresh Beets, Fresh Cherries, and Fresh Okra.

The theme of this final week of July at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Fresh Peaches, but don’t forget about Fresh Nectarines. I don’t know about you, but I often buy nectarines instead of peaches. I choose whichever looks, feels, and smells the best. There are lots of great recipes to try. Most of the recipes are sweet treats, but there are also recipes for salads, breakfast dishes, and entrees. Try some of these with me!

Gluten-Free Recipes with Fresh Peaches or Fresh Nectarines:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Indian Chicken

Chicken Rice Bowl

Rainbow Apple Salad

Monday – Indian Chicken with Fresh Nectarines, Rice, Green Beans

Tuesday – Rice Bowl with Shredded Chicken, Guacamole

Wednesday – Grilled Lamb Chops with Spiced Peaches, Arugula Salad

Thursday – leftovers

Friday –  French Bread Pizza, Rainbow Apple Salad (with Nectarines instead of Apples)

Saturday – Grilled Chicken and Asparagus, BBQ Peaches with Balsamic Reduction

Sunday – Chili

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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24

Gluten-Free Okra — Menu Plan July 24

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This month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re exploring Summer Fruits and Vegetables.

We shared some great Gluten-Free Cherry recipes last week. I may have to try a few of the desserts this week. For this week’s menu plan, I’m exploring some new and some favorite gluten-free recipes for okra. Do you eat okra? I’d love to read how you like to eat it. Share your favorite recipes and ways to eat okra in the comments.

Gluten-Free Fresh Okra Recipes This Week:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

Monday – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Tossed Green Salad

Tuesday – Southwest Chicken Taco Salad, Avocado Salsa

Wednesday – leftovers

Thursday – Chicken Wings, Crispy Spiced Cauliflower and Okra

Friday –  Balsamic Salmon, Rice, Oven Roasted Okra in 20 min or less

Saturday – Pork Chops with Black BeansCabbage Slaw with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Sunday – Grilled Pepper Jelly Chicken, One-Pot Cajun Pasta

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
Categories : Menu Plan
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