Aug
11

Packing Gluten-Free Lunches — Menu Plan Aug. 11

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BacktoSchoolLunchMy kids go back to school this week, so I’ve got to start thinking a little differently about meals! This week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap theme is Packing Gluten-Free Lunches.

For those who are new to the gluten-free diet and are accustomed to eating sandwiches for lunch, packing a gluten-free lunch can seem like a difficult task. But really, it just takes a little bit of planning. There are lots of options! We usually pack some kind of protein with a fruit, vegetable, snack, and drink.

  • Drinks — juice or water bottles, or both
  • Protein — ham rolls, 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 — apple slices, clementines, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, applesauce…whatever we’ve got in the house
  • Vegetables — usually carrot sticks, but sometimes celery, snap peas, or spinach leaves
  • Snack — chips, gluten-free pretzels, popcorn, Mini-Muffins
  • Treats — not always, but occasionally I’ll include a gluten-free cookie or a piece of candy
  • Lunch Bags – The Pack-It freezable lunch bags have worked well for us, but after two years of use, the velcro isn’t holding it closed very well anymore. So, I’m looking at ordering some  of the new Pack-It Freezable Lunch Bags with Zip Closure and Strap. I’ll keep the old ones as back-up in case the kids accidentally leave the new ones at school.
  • Containers — I like to use these reusable Sistema Containers. I also found these cool Slim Snack Containers that look like they would work great for smoothies, applesauce, yogurt, etc. And this 5-pack of 10 oz. water/juice bottles works great for drinks. Fill them all on Sunday night, and just grab them to put in your lunch bag each morning.

What do you like to pack for lunch? I don’t bother with sandwiches, but if that’s what you like, you might want to check out past articles on Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread and Sandwich Bread Alternatives. And, of course, there are now gluten-free bread options in the grocery stores.

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for packing lunches.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Cilantro Rice

Cilantro Rice

Beef & Veggie Kabobs

Beef & Veggie Kabobs

Seven-Layer Salad with Dill Dressing

Seven-Layer Salad or Wraps

Monday – Chicken Taquitos, Guacamole, Cilantro Rice

Tuesday – Beef Kabobs, Sweet Potato Wedges, Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday – Seven Layer Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing or ingredients in a lettuce wrap

Thursday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Rice, Green Beans

Friday – Grilled Salmon, Spaghetti Squash, Simple Asparagus

Saturday – Hamburger Stroganoff with gluten-free egg noodles, Spinach Salad

Sunday – Trying new gluten-free pizzas: Freschetta and Daiya

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
Melissa’s homeschooling family doesn’t need to pack lunches for school. Instead, they are busy moving into their new house. Melissa will be making quick and easy meals to keep them fed during the chaos. Their meals this week will be Chicken Pot Pie, Paleo Crockpot Chili, Crockpot Chicken Soup, and Ground Beef Goulash. Check out all the recipe links on her full menu.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth packs several snacks for her kindergartner when a lunch is needed. It may include trail mix with chocolate chips, crackers with nutbutter, a fruit stick, a cookie or lollipop, lunchmeat, and sometimes just a regular nutbutter and jelly sandwich. She also sent her some mac ‘n cheese with leftover chili in her old Star Wars Thermos. (yum!) For dinner this week, she’ll be having Waffles, Cauliflower Alfredo, Broccoli Bacon Tomato Pasta Salad, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Milkshake with Popcorn, and Pizza. Check out her full menu for more breakfast ideas, and recipe links.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee has some fun Apple Sandwiches on her lunch menu this week, as well as Turkey Lettuce Wraps and Tuna Salad. Her dinners this week will be One Pan Chicken and Mushrooms, Super Easy Hot Wings, Baked Tacos, Pork Chops, GF Pizza, and GF Waffles. Check out her entire post for more lunch and breakfast ideas, and recipe links.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori says they like to eat leftovers for lunch, but also shares ideas for making and packing wraps. She uses Gluten-Free Rice Tortillas to make California Wraps and Hummus and Veggie Wraps. Dinner for her family this week will be Pork Chops, Simple Weeknight Chicken, Beef Stew in the crock pot, Pork Stir-Fry, Turkey Burgers, and Chicken Nuggets. Stop by GlutenFreeWeek for all the recipe links.

Thanks for joining us this week. Come back next week for more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free snacks.

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.
  • Join us again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Gluten-Free Snacks.
  • 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.

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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Aug
04

Back to School with Gluten-Free Breakfast — Menu Plan Aug. 4

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I know there are plenty of families who don’t go back to school until next month, but my kids are starting next week! So, this month I’ll be focusing on quick and easy meals to help us ease back into the school schedule.
BacktoSchoolBreakfast

This week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap theme is Quick and Healthy Gluten-Free Breakfast. “Healthy” can mean different things to different people. For us, it sometimes means adding protein, using good fats, adding fiber, extra calories for my growing kids, avoiding certain foods, low sugar, etc. The list goes on, and changes as needed, but it ALWAYS means gluten-free. To make it a quick breakfast, I cook large batches, reheat leftovers, and keep a stock in the freezer.

  • Bacon — Cook up a pound (or two) at a time, refrigerate, and reheat quickly in the morning.
  • Bagels — My daughter has really been enjoying O’Doughs Gluten-Free Bagel Thins. 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.
  • Banana Berry Smoothies with Almond milk and/or Almond flour for protein
  • Cereal — Not much faster or easier than cereal. And, there is quite a variety of gluten-free cereals these days. Unfortunately, we like the ones with lots of sugar :), so we try to limit eating them. OK, so Glutino Breakfast Bars are faster and easier…and tasty.
  • Chicken Apple Sausage — 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.
  • 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. This week, I’m making an Egg and Hash Brown Casserole for dinner. I’ll be heating up leftovers of it for breakfast the following days.
  • French toast — I like to use Udi’s bread for this. 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.
  • 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 Mix, but I can no longer tolerate the milk in it, so I’ve switched to Namaste Pancake Mix.

For a few more ideas, check our past roundups for Breakfast for DinnerBreakfast & BrunchSmoothies, and Eggs, Eggs …and Eggs!

What are your favorite quick breakfasts? Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and quick, gluten-free breakfast ideas.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Gluten-Free Pancakes

Gluten-Free Pancakes

Eggs & Hashbrowns Casserole

Eggs/Hashbrowns Casserole

Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad

Monday – Hamburgers, Fries, Roasted Broccoli

Tuesday – Pancakes (using Namaste Pancake Mix), Chicken and Apple Sausage, Berry Fruit Salad

Wednesday – Baked Ham, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Thursday – Chicken Enchiladas, Rice

Friday – Eating Out

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Eggs and Hash Browns Breakfast CasseroleTropical Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
For breakfast this week, Melissa is planning for some delicious, quick favorites:  Slow Cooker Bread Pudding, coconut yogurt and fruit, chia seed pudding, and Udi’s raisin bread toast, sausage, and fruit. For dinners, it’s going to be Grilled Chicken, Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, Chicken Pot Pie, Cabbage Roll Soup, and Paleo Chicken, Sausage and Kale Soup. Get more recipe links by visiting her full menu post.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
A lot of Lori’s choices for quick breakfasts can be found at Amazon (and other local grocery stores): Glutenfreeda’s Instant Oatmeal, Gluten-Free Chex Cereals, Nature’s Path Sunrise Mesa Cereal, Yogurt and GF Granola, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Quick Cooking Oats, Smoothies, and GF English Muffins. Check out all the recipe links for Lori’s dinners this week: Sirloin Steak, Jambalaya, Lentil Soup, Sausage and Sauerkraut, Pecan Crusted Catfish, and Tacos.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth’s busy summer has made her the queen of quick and easy breakfasts! And her favorites are easy to freeze: Lighter Gluten Free Chocolate MuffinsPaleo Chocolate Breakfast Cookies, and Peanut Butter (or Sunbutter) Chocolate Banana Bread. Elisabeth also found these amazing Refillable Food Pouches for applesauce on-the-go. Her dinners this week will be Steaks and Mushroom Steaks, Eggs with leftover Mashed Potato Cakes, Cauliflower Alfredo, Tuna Apple Salad, Grilled Cheese, Creamy Chocolate Hemp Smoothie, Pizza, Tomato & Fresh Corn Quiche, and Shrimp Stir-Fry with Teriyaki Sauce.

Check back later to see who else will be sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free breakfasts.

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.
  • Join us again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Packing Gluten-Free Lunches.
  • 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.

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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Jul
28

Gluten-Free Jicama — Menu Plan July 28

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JicamaJicama is the theme ingredient for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap. Maybe you’ve seen jicama (sometimes called yam bean or Mexican yam) at your local farmers’ market or grocery store and just passed it by because it looks like a round potato. It is a tuber like a potato, but it is very unique.

Remove the peeling and you have a white fruit inside. You can cut it into strips or cubes and eat it raw. It has a wonderfully crisp texture and a slightly sweet flavor.  Unpeeled, Jicama will keep fresh in your pantry for a few weeks, and doesn’t brown after cutting. That’s what makes it so great combined with other fruits — in a fruit salad or simply raw on a fruit platter.

You may also like to add it to other salads, soups, slaws, and stir-fries that need a little crunch. Jicama doesn’t add a lot of flavor to a dish. It adds texture and crunch. You may think of using it instead of cucumber or water chestnuts in your recipes.

Nutritionally, jicama is high in fiber and vitamin C. Just be sure to remove the peeling and stems, if present, as they contain a mild toxin.  This week, I’m adding jicama to my Chicken Salad, Stir-Fry, Egg Rolls, and Rainbow Apple Salad. But, I did find some recipes with jicama that look really good, so I may need to try some of them soon.

Do you eat jicama? Tell me in the comments, your favorite ways to eat it. Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for adding jicama to your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Chicken Salad with curry, grapes, and pine nuts

Curry Chicken Salad

Pork Egg Rolls

Pork Egg Rolls

Rainbow Apple Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Monday – Eating Out

Tuesday – Cilantro Lime Shrimp, rice noodles, sautéed summer squash

Wednesday – Adding Jicama to my Chicken Salad, serving with Tropical Fruit Salad and greens

Thursday – Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Jicama, serving with rice

Friday – leftovers

Saturday – Gluten-Free Egg Rolls with ground pork and thin strips of jicama

Sunday – Grilled Chicken Breasts, Rainbow Apple Salad made with cubed jicama instead of apples

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
Melissa is adjusting to her new life in Arizona by planning slow-cooker and grilled meals to keep the heat outside. Her menu includes grilled white fish and cauliflower, Hamburger Soup, Chicken Apple Sausage and Kale Soup, Pulled Pork, and Pumpkin Chili. For more recipe links, check out her full menu.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori has her Jicama Watermelon Salad on her menu this week. She’s also planning on adding jicama to her Beef Stir Fry this week.  The rest of her meal plan includes Baked Fried Chicken, Tostadas, Cobb Salad, Turkey Burgers, and Pizza. Find more recipe links at her post this week.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee is making Crunchy Chicken Salad for dinner this week. It uses celery, apple, and pecans for the crunch, but I’ll bet a little jicama in it would be great, too! On her menu this week, you’ll also find links for delicious gluten-free recipes for Simple Shrimp and Grits, Individual Lasagna Bake, Steak and Peppers, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, and Easy Cheese Quesadillas.

Thanks for joining us this week, check back with us next week as we share menus, recipe links, and ideas for a Quick (& Healthy!) Breakfast.

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.
  • Join us again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Quick Breakfasts.
  • 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.

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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Jul
21

Gluten-Free Cilantro — Menu Plan July 21

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CilantroCilantro is the theme ingredient for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap. I love how the addition of cilantro to a meal gives it such a fresh taste. It’s usually pretty easy to find in the grocery stores at any time of the year. But, it is even more abundant during the summer, and can be found at local farmers’ markets. A big bunch for 50 cents can go a long way to giving your meals a lot more flavor.

Keeping cilantro fresh is actually easier than you may think. My dad likes to put the stems in a glass of water (or an Herb Keeper) and keep it at the back of the refrigerator. It keeps fresh for at least a couple weeks. I’ve also read that some people put the stems in water, but keep it on the counter like a bouquet of flowers. I often don’t bother with either. After a quick rinse in water, I shake off the excess water, tear the leaves off the stems, and add the leaves to the meal.

This week, I’ll be using cilantro in our Cilantro Rice, Spaghetti Squash, and Corn and Black Bean Salad. I also like to use it for Pork Chops with Black BeansSouthwestern Chicken SaladCilantro Lime Shrimp, and Steak Fajitas (recipe coming soon!).

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for adding cilantro to your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Chicken Rice Bowl with Avocado Salsa

Chicken Rice Bowl

Marinated Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Monday – Rice Bowls (Cilantro Rice) topped with Shredded Mexican Chicken and Avocado Salsa

Tuesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday – Eating Out

Thursday – Flank Steak, Spaghetti Squash with Sauteed Mushrooms, Zucchini, and Cilantro

Friday – Parmesan Chicken NuggetsCorn and Black Bean Salad

Saturday – Grilled Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Watermelon

Sunday – Pizza, Strawberry Spinach Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori loves cilantro and has it in almost every meal this week! She’ll be having Lime Cilantro Rice with Roasted Chicken, Bean BurritosChicken PhoAsian Peanut Pasta, and Fish Tacos. Only the Chef Salad she has planned doesn’t have cilantro in it.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
I don’t see cilantro in Kimberlee’s menu this week, but you could certainly add it to the Tomato and Cucumber SaladChicken Enchiladas, and Crunchy Chicken Salad on her menu. You’ll also find on her menu Individual Lasagna Bake, Cheeseburgers, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, and Cauliflower Pizza Crust.

Thanks for joining us this week. Check back with us next week for more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for adding Jicama to your meals.

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.
  • Join us again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and meals with Jicama.
  • 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.

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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Jul
14

Gluten-Free Summer Squash — Menu Plan July 14

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SummerSquashThis week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap theme is Summer Squash. Don’t worry if you don’t have a garden teeming with squash, there is always an abundance at the farmers’ markets and the grocery stores this time of year.

Everyone in my family enjoys yellow squash and zucchini. I don’t usually do anything special to cook it. I slice them and toss them with a little olive oil and sea salt. Then, I either saute it on the stove or roast it in the oven. It’s all pretty quick and easy! This week, I’m going to try a couple new ideas: Stuffed Summer Squash and Grilled Summer Squash with a Mint Vinaigrette.

For more ideas, check out the Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipes I found a couple years ago. Sometimes I’m amazed at what people can do with these vegetables: muffins, bread, frittatas, and even pizza crust!

Do you have a favorite way to eat summer squash? Let me know in the comments below. And, don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for eating summer squash.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice Salad

Monday Southwestern Chicken Salad

Tuesday – Steak Fajitas, Avocado Salsa

Wednesday – Stuffed Summer Squash posted at Rubies and Radishes

Thursday – Eating Out

Friday – Grilled Steaks, Grilled Summer Squash with a Mint Vinaigrette posted at Williams Sonoma

Saturday – Grilled Chicken, Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori likes to put zucchini in her Minestrone Soup. You’ll also find it in her Ground Turkey and Squash Pasta, which is on her menu this week.  The rest of her menu this week includes Lasagna, Chicken Fried Rice, Lamb Burgers with Yogurt Sauce, Baked Salmon, and Baked Chicken Taquitos.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Menu
Angela joins us this week with a plethora of recipes to share:  Sweet Bell Pepper SaladGround Turkey & Veggie Tortilla Casserole, Pizza Chicken, and Baked Eggplant Zucchini Spaghetti, to name just a few! Also on her menu this week is Zucchini Cake Pancakes, Pineapple Pork Chops, Tex-Mex Chili for the Slow-Cooker, Rainbow Quiche, Sticky Chicken Legs, and Savory Zucchini Pancakes. You can check out all of her gluten-free/dairy-free squash recipes at her menu post this week.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth says she prefers winter squash over summer squash. However, she has found some tasty ways to eat zucchini: Zucchini Spaghetti, Grilled Veggie BurritosZucchini Potato Bake and Fabulous Zucchini Grinders. She also found a variety of ways to eat zucchini in The Classic Zucchini Cookbook. For dinners this week, Elisabeth’s family will be enjoying Gluten-Free Waffles, Cumin Black Bean Quinoa Salad (adding zucchini), Broccoli Quesadillas, Pizza, and Smoothies.

Thanks for joining us this week, check back next week when we’ll share ways to add cilantro to your meals. 

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.
  • Join us again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and meals with Cilantro.
  • 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.

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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