Lunch Box Snacks

Lunch box ideas:

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Ants on a Log:  Organic celery and almond butter topped with currants or sliced dates

Pecan Pie:  Whole medjool dates- sliced length ways and pit removed.  Fill with chopped pecans.

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Apples/Cheese:  Sliced organic apples and cheese or almond butter

Cheese and Crackers:  Dairy alternative cheese spread:  Kite Hill is my favorite!  Spread onto Mary’s Gone Crackers or celery sticks.

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Tortilla Wraps:  layer organic sliced meat with Kite Hill dairy free cheese spread seen above.  Layer with spinach, chopped walnuts, and your other favorite toppings.

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Sliders

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These are great for portion control and fun for the kids lunches.  The problem is finding rolls that are gluten free.  Gluten Free Creations here in Arizona makes dough you can buy but it’s not available everywhere.   You can make you own with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour- recipe on the back.  Or, don’t use bread and wrap with butter lettuce.

Meat:  Use buffalo, organic grass fed beef, or turkey meatballs.  Can mix onions, garlic, sea salt, and pepper into meat patty for extra flavor.

Stack slider with your favorite toppings:  lettuce, purple onion, avocado, tomato, sauerkraut, organic ketchup, mustard, etc.

Chicken Kabobs

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Chicken Marinade

Ingredients:

juice and grated zest of 1/2 of lime and 1/2 of small orange
1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1 green onion- white and light-green parts only, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds.
2 boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts

Method:

Place lime and orange juice, zest, ginger, garlic, and scallion in a small bowl, and whisk to combine. Place chicken in a shallow dish, cover with marinade, turning to completely coat. Transfer to refrigerator, and marinate 1 hour.

 Remove chicken 30 minutes before cooking.

Heat grill, or grill pan over medium-high heat.

Remove chicken from marinade and season with salt and pepper and cut into 2 inch cubes.

Cut chicken into squares and push skewer through alternating chicken pieces with sliced peppers, pineapple, onion, mushrooms, etc.

Grill until completely cooked all the way through.

**Serve with organic brown rice or quinoa and a side salad.

Gluten Free Uncrustables

Gluten Free Uncrustables

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices Udi’s White Bread
  • 2 Tbs Almond Butter
  • 1 Tb Walnut Oil
  • 2 Tbs Organic Strawberry Preserves (low sugar)

Directions

  1. Mix together almond butter and walnut oil until creamy
  2. Spread almond butter mixture evenly onto one slice of bread
  3. Spread strawberry preserves over almond butter mixture
  4. Top with other slice of bread and use any shape cookie cutter and press firmly into center of sandwich to make a fun shape!

Salmon Brown Rice Pasta

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 bag Organic Brown Rice Pasta (get at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric (optional- to give yellow color and for health benefits)
  • 1 tsp Dill (optional)
  • 1 dash Sea Salt
  • 4 oz. Wild Alaskan Canned Salmon

Topping:

  • 6 Tbs Walnut Oil
  • 3 tbsp Red Devil or your favorite Cayenne Pepper Sauce- add more for taste

Directions

Put pasta into 2 quarts of boiling water and add a dash of sea salt (if desired). Stir frequently and cook as directed on bag until desired tenderness is reached. Rinse with cold water immediately after for better texture. Drain well.

Put well drained canned salmon in separate bowl. Mash into small pieces with fork.

Add turmeric, dill, and salmon to pasta.

Pasta topping:

Combine walnut oil and Red Devil mixture and pour over top.

**Serve with ½ cup steamed broccoli, steamed spinach, snap peas, red and yellow peppers, side salad, whatever you want 🙂

GFDF Pizza

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Gluten Free/Dairy Free Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 Brown Rice Tortilla;  “Glutino” GFCF Pizza Crust;   or use a cauliflower pizza crust (see recipe below)
  • 2 oz. Organic Italian tomato paste
  • 2 oz. Daiya “Dairy Free” cheese
  • 2 oz. Applegate Natural Pepperoni
  • Add your favorite organic veggies… Add sliced mushrooms, steamed broccoli, chopped and sautéed onion, etc

Directions

  1. Brush both sides of tortilla with avocado oil. Or, if using the crust, bake as directed.
  2. Spread tomato paste on tortilla or crust.
  3. Layer mushrooms, steamed chopped broccoli, chopped and sautéed onion (whatever vegetable you like).
  4. Sprinkle “Daiya” cheese on top and cover with pepperoni slices.
  5. Grill bottom of tortilla until lightly brown and cheese melts.
  6. Cut like a pie into triangles.

Viola! You have gluten free, dairy free pizza.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust:

Ingredients:

  • 1 head organic cauliflower, stalk removed
  • 1/2 c Daiya “Dairy Free” cheese – shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 organic eggs, lightly beaten

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until fine. Steam in a steamer basket and drain well. (I like to put it on a towel to get all the moisture out.) Let cool.

In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with the Daiya cheese, oregano, salt, garlic powder and eggs. Transfer to the center of the baking sheet and spread into a circle, resembling a pizza crust. Bake for 20 minutes.

Add desired toppings and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Egg McMuffin- minus the chemicals

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Ingredients

  • 1 GFCF “Food For Life” English Muffin
  • 1 slice “Applegate” Organic Uncured Turkey Bacon
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ sliced avocado
  • 1 oz spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp organic butter or walnut oil

Directions

Toast the muffin and coat with either butter or walnut oil. Scramble egg and add sea salt and pepper to taste. In another pan, cook turkey bacon over medium heat until lightly browned on edges. Lightly sauté spinach in walnut oil. Layer egg, avocado, spinach on muffin. Enjoy!

Natural Food Colorings

Artificial colors and flavors can irritate some sensitive individuals, causing behavioral and other problems. Studies have shown these chemicals make children hyperactive and inattentive as well as a negative impact on their ability to learn. Excito-toxins, like MSG and aspartame, lead to hyperactivity and can lead to neurological cell death. These chemicals also feed into the oxidative stress cycle to which an autistic child may be particularly vulnerable.

Healthy and Natural Food Colorings:

  • Red: beet juice
  • Orange: carrot juice
  • Yellow: turmeric
  • Green: spinach juice
  • Blue: blueberry juice
  • Purple: Blackberry juice, red cabbage boiled- water turns purple