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Menu Plan for Non-GF Houseguests

Posted By Heather On August 24, 2009 @ 2:26 am In Dining Out,Kid-friendly,Menu Plan,Product Advisory,Recipes,Salads,What's for Dinner? | 3 Comments


Do you ever struggle to figure out what foods to serve to visiting friends and family who aren’t on a gluten-free diet? You want them to like what you’re serving, but you don’t buy or cook with gluten. Last week we had family come to town to stay with us while they toured the area. We added two adults and two small kids to our meal plans. None of our guests were gluten-free, so I thought I’d share with you what we did for meals.

I tried to fix meals that are naturally gluten-free. I also tried to keep meals simple enough to satisfy the kids‘ taste buds. And some days, we went sightseeing with them and got back late, so we needed meals that were quick to fix. I didn’t cook and bake as much as I wanted to for them. The kids probably wouldn’t appreciate more elaborate meals anyway. Instead, I spent more time catching up with family I don’t get to see very often.

Breakfast Items

  • Cereal [3] – We had a lot of varieties on hand: Koala Crisp, Panda Puffs, Honey Nut Chex, Rice Chex, Cinnamon Chex, Brown Rice Crisps, Brown Rice Crisps with Berries, Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles.
  • Waffles [4]
  • Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread [5]
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit – blueberries seemed to be the favorite, but we also had bananas, strawberries, cherries, and apples.


  • Sandwiches – My cousin bought regular bread for sandwiches, so we had to be careful about cross-contamination. My cousin used a clean spoon to scoop out the peanut butter and jelly to avoid getting bread crumbs in the jars. (Thanks for understanding, Lorie!) And, plates, utensils and preparation area were cleaned thoroughly. For more gluten-free sandwich ideas, check out my post on alternatives for bread [6].
  • Cheese slices
  • Pepperoni and bologna
  • Hot dogs
  • Crackers [7]
  • Fruit
  • Chips: corn chips, tortilla chips, potato chips

Snacks & Desserts


Monday – Boston Market [13]
Yep, we cheated the first evening and picked up food at Boston Market on the way home from afternoon activities. Boston Market is a great place to find gluten-free meals. We ordered a chicken family meal with mashed potatoes, corn, and steamed vegetables. I also got an additional rotisserie chicken to make sure we had enough. (For a limited time, it’s only $1.99 to add on to your order!)  It’s always great to have extra chicken to use in other meals later in the week, too. Check out their menu [14] with gluten content indicated. If you don’t have a Boston Market located [15] near you, check out some of these other restaurants [16] with gluten-free menus.

Tuesday – Flank Steak
Flank steak marinated in a gluten-free soy sauce with ginger, garlic, and molasses was grilled and then thinly sliced. We served it with a tossed salad, corn-on-the-cob, and steak-cut french fries.

Wednesday – Chicken Tacos [17]
Another day out sightseeing, so I put chicken in the slow-cooker in the morning and had Mexican chicken [17] ready when we got home. We quickly heated corn tortillas and crispy shells to serve with chopped lettuce, tomato, onion, black olives, black beans, and shredded cheese.

Thursday – Bonefish Grill [18]
Our family visitors generously offered to take us out for dinner. We talked about local restaurants that have gluten-free menus [16] and they decided to try Bonefish Grill, since it was new to them. It’s my son’s favorite restaurant. The only GF item on the kids’ menu [19] is grilled chicken, so that’s what he gets, along with steamed vegetables with no seasoning. He cleans his plate every time, which is saying a lot for my skinny little Celiac. :) My husband and I always start dinner with the Saucy Shrimp appetizer [20]. For dinner, I had the Ahi Tuna with mango salsa served with jasmine rice and steamed vegetables (no seasoning). It was so good! Another favorite of mine on their gluten-free menu [21] is Lily’s chicken (topped with spinach, artichoke and goat cheese) with garlic mashed potatoes.

Friday – Southwestern Chicken Salad [22]
After eating so much at Thursday’s dinner at Bonefish, I was ready for a lighter meal. So, we used leftovers from Wednesday’s meal to build our own salads. The kids didn’t exactly eat salads, but they ate some of the ingredients separately. We also had some hot dogs to heat up for the kids. Hot dogs with cheese in a corn tortilla always works well.

Saturday – Hamburgers
I was told this was a favorite of my cousin’s daughter, so we decided to have hamburgers one night. I was a little concerned about serving gluten-free buns to those used to eating the glutenous ones, but it wasn’t a problem. The youngest kids didn’t want buns, one wanted bread instead of a bun, and the adults enjoyed our favorite GF rolls: Against the Grain [23]. I made a red potato and green bean salad [24] for the adults, and served steamed green beans and French fries for the kids. OK, the adults ate the fries, too. :)

Sunday – Leftovers
We had a great time with family, but their vacation time was over. With our guests gone, we tried to finish up the leftovers in the refrigerator.

Need more menu ideas?

For more Gluten-Free Menus, visit this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap, hosted by Manda at Aspargus Thin [25]. Her theme this week is grapes. This weekend I made a very tasty Chicken Salad [26] using grapes and leftover chicken from Boston Market.  Thanks to Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness [27] for continuing to organize the Gluten-Free Menu Swap.

As always, there are hundreds more menu plans (not necessarily gluten-free) at OrgJunkie.com [28].

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[4] Waffles: http://celiacfamily.com/today-is-pancake-day/

[5] Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread: http://celiacfamily.com/chocolate-chip-zucchini-bread/

[6] alternatives for bread: http://celiacfamily.com/sandwich-bread-alternatives/

[7] Crackers: http://astore.amazon.com/celifami-20/detail/B001CWV4PA

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[9] Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread: http://celiacfamily.com../chocolate-chip-zucchini-bread/

[10] The Gluten-Free Pantry Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix: http://astore.amazon.com/celifami-20/detail/B000EVIDUY

[11] Glutino Chocolate Wafers: http://astore.amazon.com/celifami-20/detail/B000EVE40W

[12] Adean Dream: http://www.andeandream.com/about_2.htm

[13] Boston Market: http://www.bostonmarket.com/home

[14] menu: http://www.bostonmarket.com/restaurant?page=allergens

[15] located: http://www.bostonmarket.com/locations?section=restaurant

[16] other restaurants: http://celiacfamily.com/eating-out/

[17] Chicken Tacos: http://celiacfamily.com/slow-cooked-mexican-chicken/

[18] Bonefish Grill: http://www.bonefishgrill.com/

[19] kids’ menu: http://media.bonefishgrill.com/menus/kids_menu.pdf

[20] Saucy Shrimp appetizer: http://celiacfamily.com/bonefish-saucy-shrimp/

[21] gluten-free menu: http://media.bonefishgrill.com/menus/gluten_free.pdf

[22] Southwestern Chicken Salad: http://celiacfamily.com/southwestern-chicken-salad/

[23] Against the Grain: http://www.againstthegraingourmet.com/products.html

[24] red potato and green bean salad: http://celiacfamily.com/red-potato-and-green-bean-salad-recipe/

[25] Aspargus Thin: http://www.asparagusthin.com/

[26] Chicken Salad: http://celiacfamily.com/not-my-moms-chicken-salad/

[27] Gluten Free Goodness: http://www.gfgoodness.com/2009/07/20/menu-plan/

[28] OrgJunkie.com: http://orgjunkie.com/

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