To my friend who is now trying to figure out how in the world to eat when meals can no longer include some of your favorite foods. You probably wouldn’t feel as overwhelmed if this was just about you, but figuring this out for your daughter and making it easy to make meals for your whole family seems impossible right now. Any change you make in life that impacts your entire family in such a huge way is going to require two main things: 1) breath. Take time to breath and consider how amazing of a job you are doing. You aren’t throwing in the cookie sheet and giving up. You know you can’t really do that, so you are fighting and that takes an extremely brave mama! Don’t worry about the big meals to come and everything to figure out down the road – just take a moment to breath. 2) Keep fighting because God has it all figured out and has the support and resources waiting for you. He created food and knows exactly what you both need.
You know this, but probably can’t see it right now, but there are so many blessings in having to face this challenge. It seems like wheat and dairy are in absolutely everything, but this is your chance to really experience food and share it with your family. It takes work and it may seem like you just spent two hours making one meal, but the aroma of freshly prepared food that is safe for your whole family will lift your spirit and connect your family in a way that I have not discovered in many of my old favorite foods – I can’t really remember what those were now.
My biggest challenge is always trying to figure out what to make. There are millions of recipes online, so start with creating your go-to food list. I’ll share some of my favs that keep me from starving and encourage me to keep experiencing food. I will keep updating this list as more ideas come to mind.
Gluten Free and Dairy Free Food List
I realize you don’t have to follow a gluten free diet at this time, but these gluten free items will cover you on the wheat free side too.
- Scrambled eggs with chopped bell peppers, carrots and celery – sounds crazy, but trust me on this one!
- Vanilla Silk yogurt with KIND brand granola
- Johnsonville sausage links
- Schar multigrain bread for toast
Lunch / Dinner
- Meijer brand gluten free noodles with a package of frozen peas and carrots and cooked chicken – smother with your favorite salad dressing (i.e. honey mustard, Italian, etc.)
- Deli meat sandwich with Oscar Mayer brand meat (my fav is Turkey) and Schar multigrain bread
- Hummus with chips, chopped veggies, etc.
- Cherry chicken wrap with dried cherries, cooked and shredded chicken and Live G Free gluten free wraps from Aldi’s
- Salad with Third Coast gluten free and dairy free croutons, crumpled bacon
- Autumn sweet potatoes glazed with a brown sugar glaze: chop sweet potatoes and bowl them until they are soft. Put them in an oven-safe dish and add a half a stick of Blue Bonnet lactose free butter chopped, sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
- Jasmine rice with chopped brats, a small amount of soy sauce and frozen veggies
- Homemade pizzas using King Arthur flour (here are some awesome tips on making your favorite crust with their flour), canned mushrooms, Prego Pizza Sauce, Athenos feta cheese (has a small amount of milk in it and Meijer often has it for buy one get one free), Boar’s Head pepperoni (all Boar’s Head meats are gluten free)
- Italian pork loin filet from Meijer – already seasoned and you just bake for an hour – your house will smell amazing!
- Mango-strawberry smoothie with almond milk, vanilla Silk yogurt and your favorite protein powder
- Fruit: peaches, strawberries, mango, pineapple, cherries and anything that’s in season
- Luna Bars – my fav is Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk
- KIND Bars
- Old Wisconsin Meat Sticks