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Gluten free, kid friendly, on the go, protein is HARD to come by so my husband came up with these:
Slightly Messy but Tasty and Cheaper Than Storebought Energy Bars
- ½ cup dry roasted peanuts (the ones I found were not salted but they could be)
- ½ cup sunflower seeds (no shells)
- ¼ cup flax seed
- ½ cup (or slightly more) flavored craisins- I found them in orange, raspberry, and blueberry at WinCo
- 4 cups Gluten Free Rice Chex (works better if you do not crush them)
- ½ cup Natural Creamy Peanut butter (be sure to mix the oils in beforehand)
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- 1 t vanilla
Mix first 5 ingredients together in a big bowl and set aside. Heat peanut butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Combine ingredients until more or less evenly mixed with a scraper. Scoop mix into lightly greased 8×8 pan. Press into pan firmly with a metal or non stick flipper. Don’t be afraid to use some hutspa so that it will stick together. Let sit for 1 hour. Cut into desired size (10 bars in an 8×8 pan seems to work well). It may be necessary to form up bars with hands when removing from the pan (so this is not for those of you who are grossed out by a little stickiness). I cut them up and put them in snack bags to take camping with my kids.
One of the hardest things for me is coming up with lunches that are simple, fast, kid pleasers. Simple and fast rarely goes along with gluten free. Not only that but the words cheap or inexpensive are almost a joke. But I’ve got no choice. With three boys and myself all eating gluten free, budget wise is a must!
Here is one of our simple meals using regular groceries (not specialty) that also saves precious time during the middle of our school day.
It doesn’t seem that there should be a science to making rice cake pizza’s but by trial and error I have come up with some helpful tips.
One – NEVER EVER put the sauce directly on the rice cake. Unless of course you like soggy food. Experience has taught me that the sauce can melt a hole right throught the middle and cause quite an interesting anomoly. Donut shaped pizza!
Two – Don’t ever let the boys make their own pizza rice cakes using cheese sticks! If you haven’t ever tried to microwave a cheese stick I am here to tell you, do not attempt!
Three – Well, I guess there isn’t a three. So here is a lovely picture of one of the Thinglets’ favorite lunch meals. Enjoy!
My thinglets love this snack. With Chex now gluten free, it ‘s great to whip up when the sweet tooth hits. I snuck a batch last night after the thinglets went to bed so I didn’t have to share! Evil MOM 😉
What is your favorite 15 minute, gluten free snack. Healthy is great or not so healthy works for me too!
- chex cereal
- corn tortillas
- coffee (is that food?)
- chocolate (okay that’s better)
- rice cakes
- peanut butter
- green beans
- eggs (hard boiled, scrambled, omelets, green, “on a train”)
- sunflower seeds (careful of seasonings)
- hot dogs (read label)
- corn chips
- fruit snacks
- nuts (but not all trail mixes)
- red hots 😉
- apple sauce
- soup (some Progresso brand or homemade)
- jasmine rice
- sushi (most- but beware of soy sauce)
- cheese sticks (definitely a different food group than plain cheese)
- spaghetti sauce (read label, try Classico Brand)
- ice cream
- black beans
- pinto beans
- refried beans
- salad dressing (NOT asian dressings, most have soy sauce)
- rice noodles
- Reese’s (I had to counter all those veggies)
- melons (and I don’t mean the Hooter’s kind)
- french fries (if they are fried in a dedicated vat- and no it’s not the same as potatoes!)
- non wheat flour alternatives – sorghum, rice, tapioca, corn starch, buckwheat (technically a cousin to the rhubarb family), potato starch.
- pop (D.P, Coke, Pepsi translation for you non Northerners)
- fudge (some)
- gravy (if made with corn starch and drippings)
- Ahhh I’m stuck… oh how about berries
- tartar sauce (I don’t know about all but I think so)
- cereal that is simply the puffed grain ie. puffed rice (check label, kamut and durum are WHEAT)
- some brands of rice cracker
- nachos (okay people I’m running low on ideas)
- chocolate chips (did I already say that?)
- fruit smoothie drink (be careful with protein powders)
- hamburger patty’s
- salt and pepper
- crisco, butter
- creme cheese
- chick peas
- dried fruit (ha ha, not really another food but hey)
- alfredo sauce by classico (many have wheat as a thickener so beware)
So call me obnoxious 🙂 It took two days to come up with this list and I’m sure I’m missing key items. Do you have any to add? Maybe we’ll make a secone 100 list!
What’s your favorite pizza topping?
and super size me while you’re at it! Unless you are aware that McD’s fries are NOT technically gluten free according the their own website. 😦 I have been informed however that the celiac foundation tested them and found them to be within the limit to be considered gluten free.
On other business…
Summer is officially over since Sunday marked the last day of the fair!
I can still smell the kettle corn cooking. I’ve still got chicken poo stuck to my boots. Thing 1 still has artificial freckles on his face, the kind you get from falling off the sheep in Mutton Bustin’ and yet it is time to get back to reality. Time to eat meals from my own table and time to blog again lest the blog police shut me down.
Every year I cling to the last morsels of the fair just like Templeton in Charlotte’s Web. I love the fair; bad food, creative crafts, huge pumpkins and the rodeo! “The bulls and the blood, the dust and the mud!” Gotta love it.
What do you eat when you are on the go?
Thinking back on the fair and the mirage that was summer I wondered if it might be helpful to compile some of the fast food orders I make over and over and over again.
When you have to eat gluten free you tend to avoid fast food like mothers across the nation avoid having to change dirty diapers on the primitive floor of the fair bathroom where there is no warm water, no soap and likely no towels when you are down to your last wet wipe! None the less when the occasion arises most every mother will just get the job done.
Here is my “menu” for those times when fast food is inevitable.
- yogurt parfait (NO oatmeal)
- salad (NO croutons and NO chicken- not even the grilled one!)
- fruit and walnut salad (DON’T eat the candies walnuts the second ingredient is wheat)
- 100% beef patties (NOT the Angus patty)
- McRib Pork Patty.
The salad dressings do not contain gluten ingredients. All but one are soy free. The Italian dressing is the only one that does not contain milk.
I usually order a yogurt parfait and fries but I just read on the McDonald’s website that the number 2 ingredient is a vegetable oil which includes Natural Beef flavor in which one of the ingredients is hydrolyzed wheat. And all this time I though fries were gluten free! WAAAAAA!
I rarely order a plain meat patty because the chances that somebody puts a bun on accidentally then yanks it off and sticks the patty in a boat (crumbs and all) is something I don’t like to gamble on.
Wendy’s is my favorite. In my town it is the best fast food bet if I don’t want to get sick, though I have had the occasional cross contamination issues that go along with chancing it “out on the range”! Truly only 1 in 100. That’s pretty good.
- grilled chicken patty
- 100% beef patty
- fries (I think but can’t verify online right now)
- salads (minus croutons, NOT including the Asian salad-or just leave off the noodles)
- most of the dressings are without wheat (be aware that soy sauce has wheat so stay away from Asian dressings/marinades)
I usually order one of their wonderful salads.
A chicken patty with my favorite dressing to dip, a sour cream and chive potato and a big swig of good ol’ Dr. Pepper!
- The low carb $6 burger-
There is still hope for french fry eaters (unless you are allergic to soy). I had stopped eating Carl’s fries when they changed to the “fresh cut” version because I noticed the breading and assumed it was wheat. I actually spit a couple out in a panic and threw three boxes of fries away on that assumption. Browsing their website I found that the “breading” is actually rice flour so it appears that french fries are still in my future! Don’t eat the zuccini or crisscut fries though.
Since they have the low carb option Carl’s will make any of their sandwiches on lettuce! They even have real lettuce! The chicken (even grilled chicken) is not okay the marinade contains soy sauce.
View the complete Carl’s ingredients list here.
I hope this helps. Here are some other fast food chains and restaurants I’ve left off since I don’t have much experience with them, our little town doesn’t offer a lot of options! 🙂
Please visit Linda’s new and improved “What Can I Eat That’s Gluten Free” and don’t forget to check out the other great recipes this week!
See I’m silly, do you suspect my serious compulsion? I have a compulsion for words and I love alliteration! 🙂
That aside, I spent the time it takes to brew my morning coffee swatting flies! Why flies you ask? My darling Thinglets can not resist the great outdoors but since mom doesn’t cook during the summer they also can’t resist multiple trips indoors for a snack. During the summer I slack in the eating and the cleaning department, I reserve most of my cleaning rampages for the dreary days of winter. Please pay close attention to the word MOST as I am not good at practicing what I preach!
The result is a summer slackin’ mamma, several snackin saps and a serious amount of smackin’ stinkin’ segmented sailing suckers!
Since I’ve been a regular participator in Linda’s weekly blog carnival, previously “What’s for Dinner Wednesday” I decided I couldn’t let down the troops so this week I don’t have a recipe but more of a slackers gluten free survival map!
Never fear though, I will be back soon with full tummy recipes since in the Northwest summer is but a passing fancy! We have guests this week and I plan to bring you my brother in law’s (Lil Sis’ Hubby) “Famous Fish Taco” recipe. So tune in next week!
In the mean time-
Gluten Free Goof’s Slacker’s Survival Map:
The first stop is my sock drawer! No I don’t have any science experiments brewing in there just a “treasure map” of sorts that helps me get my head out of the clouds when it comes time to eat! Food preparation is one area that I am somewhat of a procrastinator. I am not confident, I am picky and yet I have grand ideas that often flop (unless my hubby is helping- he is an uninhibited cook)! Sooo, it helps me to have a simple plan to fall back on and yet not be bound to!
Sounds much too complicated for FOOD! For crying out loud those six mouths are simply six pie holes!
After I have fished out my treasure map I wistfully make a paper airplane out of it and send it sailing off of the deck, past the pigs, the horses, and the vegetable garden where I am reminded there are numerous summertime treasures we don’t get to enjoy everyday! Second stop, garden of weedin where we get our veggies fix’!
If there is extra time and I want to impress the rats I might stop by the BBQ on the way back to the house and create a dish for the critics!
When there is no extra time my map ends up as fuel for the barbecue and I whip up my go to summer meal complete with Sweet Baby Ray’s drizzly grin!
Occasionally I forget the whole thing and let my seven year old create his own masterpiece!
So in case there is any question, my treasures are featured all over this page! No need for maps or compasses my husband and I have been thoroughly blessed with the four adorable children God has trusted us with!
3Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
children a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their enemies in the gate.
Aaarg, I hope you’ve enjoyed this treasure hunt, come back next week for a seriously good installment of Linda’s new and improved “What Can I Eat That’s Gluten Free” and don’t forget to visit the others this week!