Summer Waldorf Salad

Hey all, sorry for the brief hiatus in our lunchtime posts! We have been super busy working on building the new CDF website.

Today we threw together a super yummy Waldorf chicken salad with golden raisins, champagne grapes, candied walnuts, apples and a greek yogurt-mayo-and orange dressing. We served it on a bed of arugula (and had some fresh berries on the side). Not including the berries, the whole salad came out to $2.64 per person!
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Representing celiac on the radio!

One of our interns, Henry, made a guest appearance on a radio show this morning! He shared about his experiences with celiac disease, being diagnosed, and staying gluten-free. We hope that his experiences were able to help and encourage others. Have you ever shared about your journey with celiac disease with others?


Q
I have always ate at Chipotle and loved it, but I'm a bit nervous when I see the person at the front handling my bowl with the same gloves that just touched tortilla. I don't want to hold up the line and ask them to change their gloves though...what should I do?
Anonymous
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Don’t be afraid to ask restaurant employees for what you need. If you are really sensitive, and the possibility of cross-contamination genuinely scares you, then ask! The worst that can happen is they will say no! And if they say no, head on over to someplace that will respect your dietary needs.


Today for lunch, the interns set up a sandwich bar! This time we went with Italian flavors! Plus a kiwi/blueberry salad and kettle cooked potato chips! 


THE FIRST TIME I HAD GLUTEN FREE FRIED CHICKEN AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED

wheniwentglutenfree:

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Oh yes, indeed.


Review: Mendocino Farms 

Hallie again! This weekend I stopped by Mendocino Farms to check out their gluten-free options. I was pleasantly surprised! In addition to the ever wonderful salad, Mendocino Farms does, in fact, offer gluten-free bread. Mendocino Farms is dedicated to serving real food. Food that fresh and prepared right before your eyes. You can definitely taste the difference. 

The thing that surprised me the most, though, was their attention to the gluten-free customers. In addition to labeling everything on the menu that applies with a GF at the end, they also ask customers if they would prefer that the staff use a clean cutting board and knife. How thoughtful of them, and this is good news for those of you that are super sensitive!

I ended up getting the Caprese sandwich on the GF bread and…man. It was tasty. 


Today for lunch we grilled chicken sausages on the panini press, with zucchini, red peppers, and mushrooms. Plus some convenient, yet tasty, Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice and a berry salad. 


Review: Eating Gluten-Free at Disneyland!

Hallie here! Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend the day at Disneyland, and I was a little bit worried about being able to find things to eat at a theme park, other than bags of chips and apples. I came prepared with some fruit and a granola bar (Disney will let you bring in a few snacks without ado) so breakfast was taken care of.

But by 12:30, I was STARVING. And I was not disappointed. Mickey knows how to deliver. We ate lunch in the restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and when I mentioned that I had Celiac, the kitchen manager came over to talk to me and go over the menu. She kindly and expertly explained how they could make every item gluten-free and I ended up going with the option that was already gluten-free, the salmon with risotto. The meal came with a side salad, sans croutons and dressing, and they were even so kind as to bring out two of the best-tasting gluten-free rolls I have ever tasted. I also asked about other gluten-free options, and the manager mentioned that the breakfast service does have contamination controlled gluten-free waffles, lots of fresh fruit, chips, popcorn, giant turkey legs, and that there were a few places that had separate fryers for french fries. 

Later, we wandered into some sweet shops (obviously) and I scoped out the things one shouldn’t eat unless one is at Disneyland. There are plenty of things covered in chocolate, just watch out for the krispie treats (not gluten-free rice krispies) and the cake pops. 

Last but not least, Mickey ice cream bars are most DEFINITELY gluten-free :) 


For today’s lunch we fell back on our trusty classic, quesadillas! Using Trader Joe’s handmade corn tortillas! With intern Carly’s black bean and corn salsa to go with! 

For today’s lunch we fell back on our trusty classic, quesadillas! Using Trader Joe’s handmade corn tortillas! With intern Carly’s black bean and corn salsa to go with! 


Q
How much weight did you all gain from pigging out all the time??
Anonymous
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We work out. :) We also run the occasional 10k for Team Gluten Free and try to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. Eating gluten-free can sometimes be more calorie-dense than eating non-gluten free, so we try to balance that with exercise and healthy snacks. 


this would be an easy, no-bake summer treat! …chocolate chip cookie dough (diet-friendly, high protein, vegan, gluten-free)
click here for recipe

this would be an easy, no-bake summer treat!

…chocolate chip cookie dough (diet-friendly, high protein, vegan, gluten-free)

(via wanderlustandpb)


Wednesday Lunch: Chicken Salad

Today we made a low-fat chicken salad replacing mayonnaise with Greek yogurt. Yum! We also added some broccoli for an extra veggie and crunch. We topped the chicken salad on arugula, and served it with Silver Hills Gluten-Free Chia Chia bread and Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins.

What did you have for lunch?


Chicken burrito bowl with lots of veggies!
What did you have for a gluten-free lunch today?

Chicken burrito bowl with lots of veggies!

What did you have for a gluten-free lunch today?


Today we had Grilled chicken with corn tortillas! Friday Fiesta! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Today we had Grilled chicken with corn tortillas! Friday Fiesta! Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Explore Asian Pasta, take two.

Explore Asian brand Mung Bean Fettucini (top left) and Soybean Spaghetti (top right) gluten-free pasta is delicious! We tossed both of these protein-rich pastas in pesto and served them with Italian sausage that we grilled on our panini press with a healthy side of broccoli. So much yum!

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