Here’s a few of my favorite easy, fast, microwavable foods for our daughter:
1. Amy’s gluten free Mac & Cheese. Both boxed and frozen are great–though the frozen seems to have a more creamy consistency
2. Ian’s gluten free Fish Sticks
3. Bell and Evans gluten free chicken nuggets
4. Dr. Praegers gluten free frozen products: Spinach Littles, Sweet Potato Littles, etc
5. Peas of Mind puffets (there are several gluten free flavors)
And for on the go snacks, gluten free pretzels and the “Just Tomatoes” line of dried fruit is great (Just Strawberries & Bananas is great)
When I was pregnant I had pretty bad morning sickness. I was at a loss on what to eat because not only could I not eat wheat and oat products, all grains other than potatoes and rice were giving me headaches. I didn’t know what to eat that was gluten free and would absorb the acid in my stomach. I oddly enough found instant mashed potatoes to be the thing. I had them every morning when I woke up. These and rice cakes were very good at settling my stomach.
Apple FlaxPancakes (makes about 10-15 pancakes)
2-3 apples (we like honey crisp apples or gala apples, but use
whatever you like)
1/2 capful of flax seeds (cap meaning the cap to the coffee grinder)
soymilk–or whatever milk you like
pumpkin pie spice
vanilla extract or vanilla powder
I take the apples, cut out the core and put them in a Cuisinart to get
them finely grated. Put in a bowl
Grind the flax and add
Add the eggs
Then add as much milk as you’d like to get them to the
thickness/texture that you like your pancakes.
Then add as much pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and cinnamon as you’d
like. I add a lot of this–it makes them taste really good and cuts
out any flax taste.
Stir it all up and what I do is smell them and see if I want more
spices–I generally do it until it smells like a really yummy apple
spice pie kind of thing.
I cook them on a griddle w/Coconut Oil, which is supposed to be really
good for you, but you could obviously use butter or whatever you like.
Then, if you like this sort of thing, I make this amazingly yummy
berry topper. Trader Joes has a frozen bag of mixed berries–it’s
blackberries, raspberries and blueberries (I think it’s better w/out
strawberries). While I’m cooking the pancakes I put about a 1/4 to a
1/2 bag of these berries in a pan, add some vanilla powder and slowly
heat them up. Once they start melting I mash then and stir them so
it’s a warm mushy berry mix.
We put the warm berry mix over the flaxpancakes when they’re done and
add a bit of maple syrup on top and it’s sooooooo yummy. I call it
my “Swedish Berry Mix” because it reminds me of Swedish pancakes with
As you can see, everything in this is totally healthy for you, but it
really tastes like a treat. We love them because we’re not zonked
out by sugar after–it’s actually just a bunch of really good foods
and with the berry topper, hardly any maple sugar is even needed.
I have a really good book to recommend–it’s called the Gluten Free
Bible. It has all sorts of info on what you can eat, can’t eat, etc.
Also tells about restaurants that have gluten free menus like
Outback, PF Changs, etc. It’s an excellent resource for anyone wanting to eat a gluten free diet
Elizabeth Snyder recently asked me for some info on Gluten. I thought I’d post what I sent her:
Here’s the breakdown:
Gluten is in wheat, oats, rye, spelt, durum, seminola, graham flour,
wheat starch, cornbread, wheat germ, bran, bulgur, rusk, couscous,
barley malt, soy sauce, rice malt, hydrolyzed or texturized vegetable
You’re okay with wheat and/or oat grass because the grass doesn’t have gluten.
I think oat germ has gluten because I know wheat germ has gluten.
A good friend of mine, Morgan Snyder, started a great company–it’s a search “agent” that continues to search for items you’re looking for. a www.allth.at He just sent me some allth.at search listings for gluten free beer. It gave all sorts of great info–for instance, there’s actually a Gluten Free Beer Festival in Derbyshire! That’s reason alone to take a trip to the UK! Thanks, Morgan! 🙂
PAMELAS. OMG, this stuff is the bomb! You seriously cannot tell they’re gluten free and actually I have a friend who thinks the pancake mix tastes better than regular pancakes. The chocolate cake and brownie mix is soooo good! I make ours with coconut oil and it has this great coconut/chocolate flavor. YUM!