Adopt-a-gluten-free-Blogger October Roundup: Gluten-Free Lunchbox Recipes and Ideas

October 21st, 2008 yum Posted in Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger, Bento, Blog Event, Gluten Free Blogs, Lunch 8 Comments »

For this month’s edition of Adopt-a-gluten-free Blogger, I chose a special lunchbox theme. I hoped to collect a selection of delicious recipes from gluten-free bloggers that would be suitable for a gluten-free packed lunch. We didn’t have as many participants as I had hoped, but I hope this post can be a jumping off point for thinking about creative gluten-free lunches. In the interest of this, I am starting a list in this post of gluten-free recipes that are lunchbox friendly. I hope you will contribute ideas and even URL’s of appropriate recipes in the comments.

Cheryl of Gluten-Free Goodness brought along a gorgeous Summer Tomato salad for our tiffin that she found at Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Rachel of the Crispy Cook contributed Susan of the Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen’s delicious and romantic chickpea crackers for our lunchtime tiffin! She said they were surprisingly easy to make. All I can say is they look delicious to me, and I’d love to try them too. :)

We were all hungry for dessert, and I was pleased to have Emily of Gluten Free Expedition share delicious-looking Mini Donut Hole Muffins from Carrie of Ginger Lemon Girl.

Meanwhile, I (Sea) couldn’t resist bringing along Carob Brownies from Asparagus Thin’s blog. They fit perfectly into a little metal tupperware and I am certain this is one travel-safe carob brownie!

I think you can agree that this would make one delicious gluten-free lunchbox, albeit one a little bit heavy on the sweets.

What do you like to pack in a gluten-free lunchbox?

For a gluten-free vegetarian lunchbox, I like foods that don’t require silverware. If they are tasty WITHOUT being heated up, that is a definite plus, although I know many of us have access to microwaves at our school or workplace.

Here are some of my favorite ideas for lunches:

*A gluten-free sandwich on TOASTED gluten-free bread (such as Bette Hagman’s, the Gluten Free Pantry Favorite Sandwich Bread, or Bob’s Red Mill GF Homemade Wonderful Bread-NOT hearty)
Tasty fillings: egg salad, veggie [hummus with avocado, sprouts and fresh basil etc.], peanut butter or other nut butter and jelly

*Japanese Inspired Rice Ball with Fillings such as..sesame spinach or Avocado.

*Thai or Vietnam Inspired Spring/Summer Rolls Instructions for summer roll and peanut sauce recipe here. Substitute sweet chili sauce if nut allergies are a concern. Wrap summer roll individually in plastic wrap so they don’t stick to each other, and make sure sauce container seals OR put layer of sauce in the roll in between layers of rice paper

Here are YOUR ideas for a gluten-free lunch….

Gaile suggested a mouth-watering Mediterranean lunchbox. Assemble a Mezze platter of gf prepared dolmas, GF crackers, hummus, a few hearts of palm, a couple of artichoke hearts, bites of tomato, cucumber slices, and a little side of quinoa tabouli. For vegans, marinated tofu cubes are nice. Those who do dairy can add a little feta. Pescatarians and omnivores can add smoked salmon. [Sea: olives and baba ganoush eggplant dip are other tasty options!]

Rachel usually brings leftovers into work as she has access to a microwave, but she also enjoys a tasty gluten-free cheese sandwich, stuffed celery and deviled eggs for lunch.

Kim’s 12 year old son Jon eats non-veg sandwiches on Pamela’s Wheat Free Bread (turkey & cheese, roast beef & cheese), Cold Pizza (Carol Fenster’s Crust topped with sauce, cheese & peppers), with various options like Fresh Fruit, stacked Hormel Pepperoni & cheese, Yogurt, Chips, Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Bars, Lara Bars (chocolate mint, lemon, key lime), Chips (Cool Ranch Doritos, Blue Corn Chips, Pirate’s Booty). She also uses a thermos for meals like Spaghetti & meat sauce; Chili, cheese & chips; and Mac & Cheese. [Sea- A thermos is so useful for a hot GF meal when microwaves aren't an option!]

Karen has access to a microwave, and uses it to heat a can of Amy’s Tomato soup or grits with cheese leftover from breakfast. Sometimes she adds gluten free crackers and peanut butter. For a portable snack, she makes her own trail mix that has pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and dried pineapple. It goes good with a gluten free pudding cup. [Sea- Homemade trail mix is a great way to avoid CC issues or suspect ingredients in some packaged trail mixes!]

*Add your ideas! you share!

I’d like this post to be a “work-in-progress” so I will be adding to it as time allows. Come back anytime!

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Adopt-a-gluten-free-blogger-Event: Gluten-Free Lunchbox Tiffin Bento Recipes

September 21st, 2008 yum Posted in Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger, Bento, Lunch 8 Comments »

Some time ago, I started an event to help the gluten-free community get to know each other a little better. This event, the “adopt a gluten-free blogger” event, allows bloggers to adopt one of their favorite gluten-free blogger and then blog about one of their recipes that they have tried. Participants send in the URL of their post and a photo of the food they created (but don’t post the recipe of the adopted blogger- just link to it in their post) and then I or other hosts post a roundup of the recipes. It has been a great way to try some new recipes and introduce new gluten-free bloggers to our readers! However, recently participation has dropped a little, so I think it might be time to shake things up a bit and make this event even more fun (and useful for readers).

I’d like to open the first ever Adopt-a-gluten-free-blogger Event with a THEME!

For the September edition of our event, please find a recipe perfect for a gluten-free lunchbox (or tiffin, or bento) posted by a gluten-free blogger. This blogger should either only post gluten-free recipes OR have an easy organizational structure that allows readers to sort by gluten-free recipes. Try the recipe as posted (to the best of your ability) and take a picture of it (in a lunchbox/tiffin/ bento if possible) and write a post about the blogger and your experience with the recipe. Write your post between September 26- October 13. Then email the picture along with the URL of THEIR post (the one with the recipe) and the URL of YOUR post (without recipe is better) TO: Seamaiden399(at)gmail(dot)com. Then when I do a roundup, we’ll have a list of gluten-free lunchbox recipes perfect for back-to-school or back-to-work lunches! The more participants we have, the better for creating a really useful list of lunch time resources!

Another way I’d like to tweak this event would be to have sign ups for various PARTS of the lunch.
To participate, please comment below with your name, blog name, and the blogger you’d like to adopt AS WELL AS one of the following categories:

Salad
Carb (may contain protein)
Protein
Vegetable
Dessert

If you don’t have a blog- don’t worry! You can still participate. Just email me your digital picture of the finished dish, the name of the dish and the URL where the recipe was originally posted. You are also welcome to share your experience with the recipe- just add it to your email or comment (including the above information.)

To start us off, I’d like to adopt Asparagus thin in the Dessert category.

Adoption List:
1) Asparagus Thin- adopted by Sea of the Book of Yum- Lunchtime Dessert
2) Kalyn’s Kitchen- adopted by Cheryl of Gluten-Free Goodness- Lunchtime Salad
3)Carrie from Ginger Lemon Girl- adopted by Emily of glutenfreeexpedition- Lunchtime dessert
4) Susan of the Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen- adopted by Rachel of The Crispy Cook- Lunchtime Carb
5) You Pick!

Feel free to use one of my “stickers” in your post!

Enjoy the roundup of the Adopt-a-gluten-free-blogger-event for August
Here’s the announcement of last month’s edition
Here’s an example of a post for the Adopt-a-gluten-free-blogger Event!
(Note: it is best not to reproduce the recipe unless you have permission from the adopted person/ author)

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