Tuesday, March 5, 2019

What's in My Kids' Gluten Free School Lunches: Tuesday

I wanted to begin by emphasizing the importance of rotating foods if you or your children are prone to food allergies. If you are eating the same thing every day, and exposing your system to the same foods, you are going to increase your chances of an inflammatory response to them. If there was one thing I consistently heard from all the doctors I saw, it was to rotate your foods. That being said, do what you can do. My children can't seem to live with out chocolate for one day. I try to make a non-chocolate treat or snack and I find someone melting chocolate chips on top of it. 🤷It is also difficult to rotate milk/cheeses as we only do goat and sheep. But I have tried my best to rotate foods where I can.

Monday was a whirlwind. So stay tuned for next Mondays' lunch menu. This is how I prepared for today's school lunch. I had left-over roast chicken from a recent dinner and tore it into bite sized pieces. Then made a chicken salad of sorts using these ingredients:

I used to use a homemade mayo (I don't like to use store-bought because of soy) but one of my girls said it made the wrap too oily because it separated in the heat so this is my lower fat version. Of course, if you add a bunch of shredded cheese like I did here it's not that much lower fat but at least not oily.

chicken salad wraps
I wish I could tell you exact measurements, but with seasonings I just keep sprinkling a little more and taste until I like the results. I would say I had about 4 cups of shredded chicken here, and about 2.5 cups of goat yogurt, 3 Tb. chives, 1.5 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1/2 tsp. onion powder.
For the wrap, I use these from Trader Joe’s, I lay it flat on a torn piece of tin foil, folded at the top, spread some chicken salad down the middle, sprinkle with shredded Manchego cheese, wrap it up, then wrap the wrap up in the foil. The reason being, these wraps are a bit crumbly. So this was my solution to containing the mess.
To this they add, Beanitos, either white or black bean chips, (in the final picture it has the black bean version) fresh fruit, and a Kind bar. I can get both at Kroger in the natural section, or order on amazon. Here are the ingredients of both if interested:

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