Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mini GF Baked Meatball Subs #UdisGlutenFree

My daughter loves when I make homemade meatballs. We eat them for supper with gluten free spaghetti and then pack the leftovers for lunches with marinara for dipping.

It had been a while since I've made Meatball Subs at home but was inspired to make a cute mini version when I purchased my last package of Udi's Gluten Free French Dinner Rolls! The rolls are not only gluten free but dairy, soy, and nut free too.

These Mini GF Baked Meatball Subs are perfect for parties, dinner, or packed for work and school lunch: 


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lunch Made Easy: Healthy & Fun School Ideas

As many of you know, I don't blog every lunch from every school day... but, I do share them daily on our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

So, I try to put together "round-up" posts every so often for the blog where you can get a bunch of healthy school lunch ideas in one spot!

As always, all our lunches are completely nut free (no peanuts, no tree nuts). They're also all gluten free and many are dairy free or top 8 allergen free. Perfect for your food allergy family or if your child attends a school that has a "free from" classroom. 

Here's what we've been packing:


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lunch Made Easy: Food Allergy Awareness Love #TealTakeover

This week, May 10th-16th, marks Food Allergy Awareness week for 2015. This is something we actively participate in each year. 

There are great ways to get involved within your community to raise awareness, including handing out bracelets, information sheets, reading an allergy-friendly book to your child's class, sharing information on social media, and May 12th is #TealTakeover Day.

Teal is the color of food allergy awareness. By wearing teal today, you can help support your friends and family by raising awareness for food allergies. Little Miss loves sporting her teal and I love making her a sweet lunch to go with it. 


Monday, April 6, 2015

{Gluten Free} Breakfast Pizza with #UdisGlutenFree #Recipe

Since my daughter had to give up gluten over three years ago, our breakfast options have changed dramatically.

Gone are some of her old cereal favorites. No more of those warm cinnamon rolls that come from a tube. Said goodbye to store bought donuts and muffins too. 

We make a lot of homemade gluten free & allergy friendly muffins, pancakes, and oatmeal now. And that's okay!

I'm thankful on mornings we're in a rush and need a "quick fix", however, for items from Udi's Gluten Free! Items like their Mighty Bagels, Cinnamon Rolls, and their new Breakfast Burritos.

Still, my Little Miss loves having a hand in making foods with me and Gluten Free Breakfast Pizza is one way we can keep things simple and fun - even in the mornings!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lunch Made Easy: GF Hawaiian Pizza Quesadilla #Udisglutenfree #Recipe

My mother has never been a big fan of pizza. 

As a child, you could eat it every day. Who am I kidding, as an adult I could too. So, whenever we craved it she would most often opt for something else. There was one flavor, however, that she would make an exception for: Hawaiian Pizza.

In our family of five, I was the only other one who would eat it with her. I obsessed over loved pineapple growing up, so the idea of it being on a pizza I found both odd and delicious.

Fast forward to my adulthood, Hawaiian Pizza is something I don't have often. I can't say it is something the fella would ever want to order and Little Miss is still on the fence when it comes to Pineapple (except when baked in a cake). So, to get my fix, I make my own personal {gluten free} Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas thanks to Udi's Gluten Free tortillas! 

But I warn you... these taste better than the actual pizza! 


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Super Hero Allergen-Free Plate {Review & Giveaway} #MySafeFamily @SafeHappyFamily

I've followed Holly & Chris from Safe & Happy Family via Instagram for some time now. They are the founders of Safe & Happy Family and food allergy parents.

They started their company as a way to bring a little more fun and ease to food allergy families lives. (Sounds like my kind of people, right!? We're all about focusing on the fun!) ;) 

They were kind enough to send us one of their adorable dishware items to review and giveaway choice to our readers! 


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

{Fancy Nancy} Book Character Dress-Up Day + Paris Theme Lunch!

For quite a few many years now, Little Miss has loved all things French and Paris themed.

It all started thanks to Fancy Nancy
She has almost the entire book series + now all the Nancy Clancy chapter books. Plus a couple Nancy dolls and board games. She loves her!

For her 8th Birthday she had a Fancy Nancy themed cupcake party. Then, this past Christmas, she got all new bedding and decor items for her room to create a Paris "Fancy" French theme in lieu of toys.

So, of course, when Book Character Dress-Up Day at school showed up on the calendar again, she knew exactly who she wanted to be! FANCY NANCY. And I absolutely had to make a fun themed school lunch to go with it!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Horizon Organic GF Macaroni & Cheese #MealtimeSolutions #Ad {How to Make Tuna Goo}

I'm often asked by our readers what some of my favorite quick-fix dinner options are. Let's face it - we all lead busy lives. Managing a full-time job, website, family, volunteering, and kiddos after school activities can often leave us home late and scrambling to fix supper.

Macaroni & cheese is one of those meals. You know it will be ready in under 30 minutes, kids love it, and it's a staple to keep on the shelf in the pantry.

That's why I was so thrilled when Horizon Organic released their new Gluten Free Macaroni & White Cheddar Cheese! It's a WIN-WIN-WIN with great ingredients, delicious taste, and convenient... It's the perfect dinner trifecta! 


Monday, March 2, 2015

GF Family Tips: Keep it Kid Friendly! #UdisGlutenFree

Since my daughter was first diagnosed with food allergies, and then later a gluten intolerance, I've made it my mission to have fun playing with food

It can be easy for kids with special diets to feel left out - missing birthday party or class treats, candies, or even something as simple as enjoying the same hot lunch their friends do at school.

By getting my daughter involved with me creating in the kitchen, we keep things exciting and fun by focusing on the great foods we can have!

That's why I'm so thankful for amazing brands, like Udi's Gluten Free, that offer us gluten free & allergy friendly products for our family.



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lunch Made Easy: DIY Mini Pizzas {Build Your Own Gluten Free Pizzas}

Each time I visit my daughter at school during a lunch period or while chaperoning a field trip, I can't help but look and notice what all the other kids have packed/ are eating. Many of them pull a Lunchables from their backpack. Some even accompanied by a can of soda.

I get it - it's easy. And the labels are so deceiving... "Whole Grains", "Great Source of Calcium", "100% White Meat", etc.

It's when you actually flip the container over and read what's really in those items that it makes you shake your head. 
That was me. I use to buy those things. Especially when they were on sale. 

Super easy, right!? But oh, so, wrong for your health. 
Then trying to explain to your child why they can't have them is difficult. Granted Little Miss cannot because of the allergens & gluten, but it's still tough since she feels like she's missing out.

That's why we make our own! For years now, we've done our own homemade cracker stackers, nachos, nuggets, etc. 

Today is no exception! Little Miss was so thrilled to have her DIY Mini Pizzas packed for school, just like her friends.


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