Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gluten Free Tuesday

Breakfast on Tuesdays is a favorite for the kids. We have oatmeal! It is not just any oatmeal is MY oatmeal. Thick and creamy with healthy additives that start our morning out great.

Helen's Oatmeal
3 cups Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Oats
1 Can Full-fat Coconut milk
1 egg
Toppings: Maple syrup, butter, raw seeds and nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, craisins, dried apricots

Pour the can of coconut milk into a large bowl (I use the large Pampered Chef batter bowl since it also doubles as a large measuring cup) and add the egg. Fill bowl with water until you have reached six cups of liquid. Beat with a whisk, making sure to blend the milk, egg and water well.

Pour liquid into a medium sized pot and heat just to boil. Add three cups of oats and cook to desired consistency.

Serve and top with your favorite toppings!

  • Oatmeal
  • Coffee 
  • Water
Lunch- Tuesday is park day with families from our church so we picnic lunch at the park. Picnicking gluten-free is much more family style, finger food dining then a sandwich and chips. It is more a bite of that and a handful of this. Here is what I packed:
  •  String cheese (and dairy free cheese for Betsy)
  • Gluten-free fruit snacks (I have pinned a few natural fruit snack recipes that I am looking forward to trying in the near future)
  • GF Pepperoni
  • Taquitos
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Frozen veggies
  • Pistachios
  • Water
  • Tea/Lemonade or Juice
For snack we have begun an adventure in popsicle making. I have been buying Luigi's Italian Ice from Sam's for awhile and have really wanted to find a healthier way to treat the kids this summer so I bought a popsicle mold and started with Nutella Popsicles and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip for Betsy. Super easy blend 1/3 cup Nutella and 1 2/3 cup milk and pour into mold and freeze. They were so yummy. Betsy's pops were easy too! 1/4 Peanut Butter (all natural of course only peanuts and salt listed in the ingredients), 1 TB Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips and 1 cup almond milk blended and frozen. I tasted both...they were great!

  • Chicken, Bacon and Apple Salad (with spinach/lettuce mix from the garden, a Fuji apple, celery, bell pepper, chicken from Polyface farm, and nitrate free bacon)
  • Dressing for salad - I blended 2/3 cup Raw cider vinegar, 1 1/3 cup light olive oil, 1 TB mustard, fresh parsley, 4 cloves garlic, 1/4 onion, salt and pepper)
  • Cheese and Gluten-free crackers (we found these at Sam's club and love them!)
Our garden is quickly being depleted of it's leafy greens as the temperatures

keep increasing...92 tomorrow. I will be so sad when we can't just go outside and grab what we need. Must remember to start earlier next year and plant more!

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