American Gluten Free Review- Monthly Goodie Box

American Gluten Free Review

American Gluten Free Review- Gluten Free Treats Straight to Your Door

American Gluten Free Review

This American Gluten Free Goodie Box was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

American Gluten Free Review

I have been following American Gluten Free for a few months on Instagram and always get jealous of all the yummy goodies that I see coming across the feed. Gluten Free mini siracha key chain, yes please (I really wish I had gotten last month’s box that had one of those!). After seeing so many awesome goodies, I knew I had to get an American Gluten Free Box for myself. I was so excited when they offered to send one for Product Review Friday!

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American Gluten Free is different from your usual subscription service. In addition to yummy snacks, they also offer a wide variety of full-sized products, along with fun recipes each month! Some months even include cool kitchen gadgets. With every month having a fun theme, you will never be bored trying out gluten free goodies.

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5 Gluten Free School Lunches, That Aren’t Peanut Butter and Jelly!

gluten free school lunches

Gluten free school lunches to get you out of the lunch rut!
gluten free school lunch
Some products were donated for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own and I was not compensated monetarily in any way.

Back to School

It’s that time of year again. Early morning alarm clocks, the rush out the door, and then the quite after the storm. Back to school time can be rough, but even more so when you have to worry about a gluten free lunch for your little one, or for yourself.

There is good news though! There are so many products that make taking a gluten free lunch to school quick and easy! I whipped up all 5 of these lunches in under 15 minutes (and it would be faster if you were not stopping to take pictures!)

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One of my favorite way to make things a bit easier is to use a combination of prepackaged gluten free products and fresh fruits and vegetables. Last year I made a handy printout with lots of ideas (which you can get in my Back to School Lunches Post HERE!), this year I thought it would be nice to give you a few examples.

Now, I didn’t go out and buy anything special for this post, because let’s face it. You don’t have time to go out and by anything special and neither do I. Everything I used can be found in your local grocery store.

5 Gluten Free School Lunches

When it comes to lunch you want a nice variety of protein, whole grains, and veggies that will keep your child going throughout the day. Hopefully these ideas will give you a great start to packing gluten free school lunches this year!

gluten free lunchesHot Dog Octopus with Toufayan Pita Chips

I have a little girl who loves Octopuses. She walks around saying “Octopus!” and waving her arms, so she was thrilled with these hot dog octopus. They were so simple to make. Just a few little cuts and voila! The Toufayan pita chips are a family favorite! I also included a yogurt pouch, some broccoli and an Enjoy Life Rice Milk Chocolate Bar. Plenty here for lunch and snack time!

 

Hummus with Frontier Bites and I Hear Keenwah Puffs

I love individual sized snacks like these Frontier Bites and Hummus, gluten free lunchesbut if I can’t get a snack in an individual size, then I use my Allermates reusable bags. I won a lunch box set during MI Gluten Free Gal’s Celiac Disease Awareness Month contest and I love it. There will be no accidentally eating my I Heart Keenwah Puffs when they are in my reusable Allermates snack bag. I added a bit of broccoli and some crackers to make it a complete lunch.

 

Mini Pizzas

gluten free lunchesConfession time- up until the time I was diagnosed with Celiac I loved Lunchable Pizza’s. I know they are awful for you, so much sodium and who knows what that bread was, but for some reason I loved them. I recently discovered that if you toast a Glutino English Muffin, add some pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, it is amazing! Plus it is perfect for a school lunch. I used one of my reusable squeeze pouches for the pizza sauce (You can find them HERE).  For snacks I added a package of Goodie Girl Chocolate Chip Cookies (LOVE their Go-Bags!) and some apple slices.

Gluten Free Pita Bread Sandwich

Untitled design (47)It’s not back to school if you don’t have at least one sandwich. BFree bread has a new gluten free pita bread that is amazing! I added some First Fresh Chicken Sausage and it was delicious. Some Frontier Bites for a wholesome snack, a cheese stick,  mini no bake cheesecake (recipe coming next week!) and a tangerine make it a complete lunch.

 

Cheese with Gluten Free Multi Grain Crackers

As a kid I loved having cheese and crackers for lunch. Untitled design (49)I was never a huge sandwich fan, so it was a meal I had often. I packed this with nut free trail mix from Enjoy Life, and applesauce pouch and a Goodie Girl Cookies go pack.  Both the Enjoy Life Trail Mix and the Goodie Girl Cookies are nut free, which is so important in many classrooms. These are great snacks because they are tasty, without the worry of allergens.

 

 

Snack Time

gluten free school lunchesI find snacks to be a very important part of gluten free lunches. Some of my current favorite snacks are pictured below. Some are healthier than others, but they will all give you that little push you need to make it through the day!

I Heart Keenwah

Enjoy Life

Frontier Bites

Wild Garden Hummus

Stonyfield Yogurt

Goodie Girl Cookies Go Packs

 

Hopefully these gluten free school lunches give you some fun ideas and help you think outside the box a bit when it comes to preparing lunch for your kiddo. What’s your favorite gluten free lunch? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

 

Review- Sun Basket, Fresh Organic Meals, Straight to Your Door

Review- Sun Basket- Fresh Organic Meals, Straight to Your Door

Untitled design (37)These meals were provided by Sun Basket free of charge. This had no influence in my opinions of their products. This post contains affiliate links.

The End of Fast Food

I am so over fast food. Given, there isn’t much I can eat from Fast Food Joints, but the few things I can generally are so expensive. For myself, my husband, and my toddler I easily spend $20.00-$30.00. For the same amount I can get a real meal, with fresh organic ingredients delivered to my door.

Sun Basket 3 Meals Free

Sun Basket offers a wide variety of choices (8-12)  each week of gluten free, paleo, and vegetarian meals, with allergens clearly listed. All ingredients are organic, with wild caught fish, and grass fed meats. All meals take under 30 minutes to prepare and are nutritionist approved with an average of 500-800 calories per meal. .

The Sun Basket Experience

Packaging:

Sun Basket cares about their impact on the environment. Boxes came with clear instructions on recycling and ingredients such as beans, crushed tomatoes and spices came in these great reusable plastic containers with lids. I saved all of them because they are perfect for using for lunches or making dressings in.

All the ingredients came in a bag labeled for each meal, with meat and fish packaged separately at the bottom of the box, securely placed between ice packs.

Recipes:

The recipes were simple, but the flavors are outstanding. Sun Basket also offers “Customer Favorites” that you can reorder if you love a recipe and want to try it again.  There were so many choices, including a breakfast dish.

We chose 3 dishes to try- Salmon with Roasted New Potatoes and Green Beans, Chipotle Chilaquiles with Black Beans, and Pork with Fennel Plum Salad.

Untitled design (38)Salmon with Roasted New Potatoes and Green Beans

This dish was my favorite. The combination of flavors are amazing, with mint, lemon and a drizzle of greek yogurt, I would have no issues eating this meal once a week. I have been craving it ever since I made it. I will be ordering this again.

Chipotle Chilaquiles with Black Beans

Untitled design (39)My husband chose this dish, and honestly wasn’t even sure I wanted to try it. I am glad I did, it was so good. Tons of flavor, with just the right amount of spicy and so easy. It took about 15 minutes to prepare. For my toddler I just gave her some of the chips, black beans and queso fresco separate because it was a bit too much spice for her.

Pork with Fennel Plum Salad

TUntitled design (40)his dish was toddler and parent approved, without any adjustments. Lots of flavor with a pan sauce, roasted sweet potatoes and plum salad. We all devoured it. I had no idea my child would eat plums, but she loved them. So simple and so much flavor.

 

Clean Up:

Clean up was very simple. Just a few dishes and it was done. Because everything is proportioned, there was not any waste.

Is it Enough Food:

Yes. It is enough food for 2 adults to have decent sized portions and my 20 month old toddler. My husband sometimes would have liked seconds, but next time I will probably have some rice or a big salad available.

Allergies:

Sun Basket uses best practices when preparing ingredients. All allergens are clearly listed. They are not a completely gluten free facility, but are very careful in ingredient preparation and I had no issues or reason to think I would.

Cost:

Meals cost 11.50 each which is enough for 2 adults and a toddler. I actually tried buying the ingredients to make one of the recipes myself, and it cost me almost the same amount, so I was fairly impressed with the pricing, especially since all the ingredients are organic. For 21.00 a dinner, it is definitely cheaper and healthier than eating out and ready in less time.

I love choosing my meals online and having them sent to my door. It may just be the stage of life I am in (work at home mom, with a toddler, who also is involved in a ton of community activities), but it is great. I also feel confident that my family is eating healthy meals when I use a service such as Sun Basket.

Try it Yourself:

You can use this link to get 3 free meals, which brings the cost of 3 meals for 2 people to about 35.00. Cheaper than going out, so I think it is definitely worth a try!
Sun Basket 3 Meals Free

Blue Apron Review

Blue Apron Review

Blue Apron Review- Are there feasible gluten free options?Blue Apron ReviewThis Meal Box was provided by Blue Apron free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Blue Apron Review

As part of my journey through boxed meal services, I could not leave out Blue Apron. Blue Apron is a well known meal service that allows you to pick the meals you would like to try and they deliver the ingredients and recipes to your door.

Blue Apron offer several naturally gluten free options each week, and several that can easily be converted.

Overall, I enjoyed the food and recipes, as did my husband.

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The Blue Apron Experience

Packaging:

Untitled design (96)I was not thrilled with the Blue Apron packaging. Every item comes wrapped in plastic, even the squash. It seemed a bit unnecessary, however I did like that the meat was double packaged. With the exception of the “knick knacks” everything was just in one box, so I had to sort out all the ingredients. While it is nice that everything is included, things like mayo were in little plastic bottles and it was practically impossible to get out.

Recipes:

Untitled design (95)The recipes were clear and concise. No fancy tools required.  Recipe had to be read carefully ahead of time and make sure that everything was prepped. It felt like there was a lot of prepping. While the recipes were easy and didn’t take long to actually cook, it did feel very involved, which is a bit difficult when you have a toddler running around.

Clean Up:

Untitled design (94)The cleanup wasn’t bad. Minimal pans, the cleanup was actually the easiest part, which is always a good thing for me.

Is it Enough Food?

Yes. It is enough food for 2 adults to have decent sized portions, as well my toddler. The dishes were not  kid friendly, but I was able to make it work. Blue Apron does offer family meals that I think I would look into next time.

Allergies:

Everything is individually sealed and allergens are clearly labeled. There was little concern for cross contamination.

Cost:

It is about 20.00 a night for enough to make two adult meals and feed a toddler. This seems to be about average. The meals were very tasty and we did try somethings that I would definitely make again, such as the Catfish with Ponzu Sauce. However, for me, with boxed meal services I am looking for ease more than complex flavors.

Final Thoughts

Blue Apron is a little bit hard for me to justify purchasing. The food is delicious. If you would like to expand your cooking skills and taste buds, this is for you. For my family it was just to involved and I had to adjust to much to make it gluten free (though I now know how to make buttermilk biscuits using gluten free Bisquick so that’s a win!). I hope this Blue Apron Review helps you determine if it is something that will work for your family.

Try it yourself:

If you want to try it out, I got a code for you. I have several friends that swear by Blue Apron, so give it a try for yourself and let me know what you think! Click the banner and get 3 meals free (basically half off one week, so it’s not a bad a deal if you want to try it out!) 

Watermelon Spritzer with Gluten Free Vodka

Watermelon Spritzer

Watermelon Spritzer with Gluten Free Vodka, perfect for a hot summer night!
Watermelon SpritzerI received Stoli Gluten Free Vodka free of charge, there was no obligation to write a review, it just happened to work great in this drink!

Hot Summer Nights

Miami summer nights are hot. Not just a little hot, a lot hot. The kind of hot where you take a shower because your sweating, and you are sweating in the shower. You would think that this sweltering heat would keep Miamians inside, but it doesn’t. Summer is full of cookouts and beach outings at all times of day.

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This past 4th of July I was at a cookout at some friends house. During the afternoon, while kids were swimming and adults were barbecuing, there was a huge bowl of watermelon that everyone was snacking on. Watermelon is perfect on hot days. As the afternoon turned into night, someone had the idea to soak the cubes of watermelon in vodka and it was a hit.

Watermelon Spritzer

Watermelon Spritzer

Now, like most adults, I like a drink now and then….especially when we are outside at night and the spiked watermelon cubes gave me a great idea. They were a bit strong for me, but the flavor was there.

I had been sent a bottle of the new Stoli Gluten Free Vodka by Breakthru Beverage Florida and I had been trying to figure out what to do with it. Stoli Vodka is different from a lot of Vodka’s because it is made with corn and buckwheat which are naturally gluten free grains.

The only thing I had ever made with vodka before  was Penne with Vodka Sauce (which is amazing, go and check it out!). The 4th of July party gave me the perfect idea of a drink to make with the vodka, thus the Watermelon Spritzer was born.

watermelon spritzer

The Recipe

I’m going to admit it. I don’t like strong drinks. Where most people have a mimosa that is Prosecco with a splash of orange juice, I have orange juice with a splash of Prosecco. This isn’t a very strong drink, however feel free to adjust to taste.

My favorite part of this drink is that is really simple…Just 3 ingredients. Watermelon, Vodka, and Sprite. Have kids? Leave out the vodka. It is really good as well! I found that it doesn’t need any other sweetener because of the watermelon and the Sprite. I added the mint for just a little bit of color.

This is the perfect, simple, refreshing drink for summer. Enjoy!

Watermelon Spritzer with Gluten Free Vodka
Watermelon Spritzer with Gluten Free Vodka
Amanda Kanashiro

  • 1/2 cup small cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 shot gluten free vodka (for children leave out the vodka)
  • Sprite to fill glass
  • ice

  1. Add watermelon to the bottom of the glass.
  2. Crush with the back of spoon to break up watermelon and release juices.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Add gluten free vodka.
  5. Fill glass with Sprite.
  6. Enjoy!

Serving Size: 1 drink
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