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Posted 12/4/2012 by batya in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:01:18 PM
I'm having DD's friend to sleep over for the first time. I am cooking dinner and want her to be able to eat everything at the table. I will be chatting with the mom before Friday but thought some pea advice couldn't hurt.

I was thinking broiled salmon or chicken (she said she likes both), steamed veg, baked potatoes.

What else would be good/safe for her to have?

What snacks are staples if you're gluten free? I want her to have plenty of choices.

She said her mom would pack food for her but I've never had a guest do that and I don't plan to now! Thanks.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:10:32 PM
This list might help Batya. Had to look it up as many of the items have different names here in the UK. So here's a US list

Gluten free snacks




I was thinking broiled salmon or chicken (she said she likes both), steamed veg, baked potatoes.



That would be fine. No sauces that contain flour etc though.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:19:22 PM
Healthy snacks or just snacks?

fruits and vegetables
Lara bars
Rice Krispy treats
Lays potato chips
Doritos
Tostitos
Starburst
Tootsie products
M&Ms (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut)


If there is a specific snack that you were thinking about having just google to see if it's gluten free. The celiac's website is helpful too. I'm pretty good about reading the ingredient labels, but when in doubt I google the product to make sure.


Jen


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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:20:59 PM
Healthy and not healthy. LOL!

Thank you both.

My DD LOVES fruit, so I always have that around.

No sauces or anything. I'm a pretty basic but healthy cook. I know to stay away from flour but will definitely speak to her mom. I was just going to use oil and spices.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:26:46 PM


For breakfast, Rice Krispies, Chex, and Pebbles cereals are GF. Not sure if they're kosher though. Or there's yogurt, or you can make eggs for them.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:31:49 PM
Rice Krispies are DS's favorite so we ALWAYS have boxes.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:37:56 PM
Even some spices have gluten in them, but it's mainly the mixed spices.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:52:50 PM
My gluten-free brother's favorite snack is packaged kettle corn (check the package, but every type we've found around here says gluten free) or just regular stovetop popcorn.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 1:55:04 PM
Be careful with the Rice Krispies. Kelloggs puts out the normal ones in the blue box. Those are not safe. Their gluten free ones are in a yellow box.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:03:15 PM
Most of the chex are gluten free (so you can do a chex mix) and the Betty Crocker mix cookies are good.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:05:31 PM
Bless your heart for being so thoughtful and caring.
I am gluten free and a whole lot of other free too. Ugh so while I would totally appreciate the fact you are willing to jump through hoops to get special stuff for me I, personally prefer my safe stuff that my mom would pack. I know I have hurt peoples feelings before because they go through the trouble of getting something special for me and because they aren't familiar with my diet they often get the wrong thing. And it's not worth the pain and suffering to try something new. I know your heart is in the right place but don't go too crazy...she may feel more comfortable with stuff her mom sends.

But that's my two cents.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:10:55 PM
My co-worker has Celiac's disease. Hers is so bothersome she has to have separate cooking pans and utensils than her husband.

You might want to ask how severe her gluten issues are. While the food you are planning to serve is gluten-free if her reaction is severe enough she may still not be able to eat it because your kitchen items have been in contact with gluten and used to prepare your "gluten-free" meal.




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Posted: 12/4/2012 3:22:31 PM
I was going to say the regular Rice Crispies are NOT gluten free - they have malt flavouring in them. If you're going the rice crispy route they need to be the brown rice ones - they are gluten free.

One other thing about the chicken (aside from the spice blend issue) is make sure that the chicken is gluten free. Sounds stupid but some frozen breasts contain chicken stock which is often NOT gluten free. Its injected into them or they are frozen with this "flavouring" depending on the brand. Even whole frozen turkeys are sometimes not gluten free. Ug. Its painful.

Another thing, make sure you open a new package of butter (if bread has been buttered then the knife goes back to the butter - its not safe anymore) if you're putting butter on the potatoes or veggies. Same thing with condiments - mayo jar, peanut butter, jam, etc, etc.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 4:44:52 PM
If her Mom wants to send food - let her eat that. You can have other things and if she WANTS them - let her have them. If you stir the food with a wooden spoon, cut it on a cutting board you have used for items with gluten, stick a knife in butter/margarine/mayo that touched bread first, take something out of old tupperware that stored an item with gluten - you will make her sick (depending on her level of intolerance).

It is not hard to eat gluten free, but I find it difficult to have both in the same kitchen and make it work well for someone who is gluten intolerant. I have found that the big bags of Nacho Doritos are GF, but the small snack size are not. My suggestion would be to go to a store that carries GF things (or take a list of a few things) - Ruffles potato chips, fresh fruit, plain M&M's, salad (no bacon bits, blue cheese, croutons), packaged applesauce, hard boiled eggs, etc. and make those available to her if she wants them. She cannot use your toaster and do not prepare anything for her in a non-stick skillet that has ever had something with gluten in it. Stainless type cookware that is clean is fine. My suggestion is to keep it very simple and for anything you make have all ingredients and preparation methods available. It's very sweet of you to try, but it can make her uncomfortable if she feels you went out of your way and she will now offend you if she does not eat your food.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to come back and ask. As you get to know her you will see what she likes and can have.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 4:58:30 PM


You might want to ask how severe her gluten issues are. While the food you are planning to serve is gluten-free if her reaction is severe enough she may still not be able to eat it because your kitchen items have been in contact with gluten and used to prepare your "gluten-free" meal.
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As the Mom of a daughter who has food allergies (including gluten), that is exactly right!

Your heart is in the right place, but she MAY be so sensitive that the cross-contamination with gluten that would occur in your kitchen (since you do cook with food that have gluten) could still make her sick.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 5:29:42 PM

Be careful with the Rice Krispies. Kelloggs puts out the normal ones in the blue box. Those are not safe. Their gluten free ones are in a yellow box.


Thanks for pointing that out!





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Posted: 12/4/2012 7:49:00 PM
OK. Then this is what I'm going to do. I take this very seriously. The girl is 15 and she said she could eat here no problem so I don't believe it's that severe. HOWEVER, I will speak to the mom and take her lead on what SHE and her DD are most comfortable with. If she's ok with me cooking and providing snacks ,I'm happy to do that.

If she isn't, I'm certainly not offended and will work it out that way. I really want to do what will be most comfortable and welcoming for her.

I'm glad I asked! Thank you.



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