This super easy gluten free chicken salad is one of my favorite summer lunches! It is quick to make and doesn’t require you to turn on the oven! Which I love since I live in AZ!
HERE’S WHAT I LIKE TO PUT IN MY GLUTEN FREE CHICKEN SALAD:
This version of my chicken salad is also keto but I have included optional add-ins if you like!
4 Cups of diced gluten free rotisserie chicken or precooked chicken
1/2 Cup diced pecans
1 Cup Mayo
1 TBSP Mustard
2 Stalks of Celery that are diced.
1 Pinch Salt (or seasoned salt) and Pepper
1 Pinch Herbs de Province
3 Green onions chopped
Here are some other ingredients you might like to add: chopped grapes, dried cranberries, or chopped peppers. You can be creative and add any other ingredients you like! If you add a lot more items, you might have to add more mayo. Especially if you are like me and like it creamy!
HERE’S HOW EASY IT IS TO MAKE THIS DELICIOUS CHICKEN SALAD:
Chop all of the ingredients that need to be chopped.
Put them all in a bowl.
Add in the rest of the ingredients.
Stir to combine.
You can chill it in the fridge for a while if you like. However, you can also eat it right away too!
Serve it with some gluten free bread for a sandwich, in between two big pieces of pepper for a lower carb sandwich, with sliced cucumbers to keep it low carb, or on it’s own in a bowl with a fork. ?
These Monster Cookie Bites are super easy and fun to make if you have kids who want to help in the kitchen! You can customize the ingredients to make them work for your likes!
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THESE MONSTER COOKIE BITES?
These gluten free monster cookie bites only require a few ingredients. You can also customize them based on what you have in your pantry or what you are craving most!
You will need the following:
1 Cup of Purity Protocol Oats
2/3 Cup of Sun Butter or Peanut Butter
1/3 Cup of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
1/3 Cup of Chocolate Covered Nut Candies such as MnMs, Chocolate Covered Caramel Candies or other chocolate covered candies you enjoy!
Here are some of my other favorite ingredients to add to these: Crushed gluten free pretzels, crushed gluten free cookies, peanut MnMs, peanut butter MnMs, dark chocolate cut into chunks, dried cranberries, and other dried fruit.
WHY DO I USE PURITY PROTOCOL OATS?
I personally choose to use purity protocol oats because I think they are safer for people with Celiac Disease to consume. Purity protocol oats are not farmed in shared fields and shared farming equipment. Mechanically separated oats could be farmed on the same field and use the same equipment as wheat, barley, or rye but use a machine to remove any grains that are not oats. You can read about this more here.
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THESE NO BAKE COOKIES.
This is why this recipe is super easy!
Chop any candies that you want into smaller pieces. I recommend chopping up MnMs or things of that size.
Add all ingredients into a bowl. This is one activity most kids love to do! Dump ingredients into a bowl.
Mix everything together.
Use a cookie scoop or your hands (using your hands are a little messier) to scoop the mixture into balls.
Plop them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Refrigerate them for 30 minutes or longer.
Store them in an airtight container.
Here are a few more recipes to make with your kids in the kitchen:
Healthier Mac N Cheese
I hope love these super easy no bake monster cookie bites! I love to make them in the summertime because they don’t require me to turn on the oven! Especially since I live in AZ!
You may have visited my booth at the Nourished Festival and seen the video of this recipe there! Thanks for stopping by!
Super Easy No Bake Monster Cookie Bites
prep time: 5 MINUTES
additional time: 30 MINUTES
total time: 35 MINUTES
These super easy no bake Monster Cookie Bites are delicious and fun to make with kids in the kitchen! You can customize the ingredients based on what you have in your pantry!
Best Wishes for Gluten Free Dishes!
Here are some common names for gluten or possible hidden gluten in foods. They can be tricky to spot!
Other names for gluten ingredients in foods can be tricky. Some days it feels like gluten is in everything! It’s hard to remember ingredients that always contain gluten in foods or ones that may contain gluten in foods so I wanted to make a post about it with a printable list to make it easier. I will also post the lists to Instagram so you can screenshot them to keep in your phone if you’d like.
What makes labels so hard to understand?
IMO, the labels on food in the United States are not always clear. The FDA has regulated that all foods must disclose if an ingredient contains anything made from wheat, barley or rye or a combination of these grains. EXCEPT if it is meat, chicken or certain egg products. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES do not have to list the ingredients as well. Here’s the link so you can read what the FDA has written about it. It also states that the label gluten free is voluntary.
OK so that leaves lots of room for marinated meats, broth being added to chicken, hot dogs, lunch meat, sausage, fake crab meat, and the list goes on to have other names for gluten or hidden gluten or wheat in the ingredients. As well as beer, hard alcohol or hard seltzers to have hidden wheat or gluten and not put them on the label.
Pin This Other Names for Gluten Pin and Save it for later!
How do I know if something has hidden gluten in it?
My first recommendation, is to research the brands you like to shop. I personally like to choose brands that are certified gluten free to reduce the risk of hidden gluten. Generally, I also avoid deli meat cut at the meat counter in case of cross contamination. I don’t also buy store ground beef, chicken, turkey or lamb (or any ground meat) because they could have processed meatloaf or meatballs with breadcrumbs ahead of the ground meat. Boom…that just contaminated my meat. I buy pre packaged ground beef, lamb, chicken etc from sources that don’t make any meatloaf or meatballs lol.
My second recommendation, is to not buy any saucy or pre seasoned meats. Examples are: turkey that is self basting, chicken that has gravy, pre-seasoned tri-tip, kabobs that are marinated. They are on my sketchy list! They may be ok but I am not willing to be the guinea pig to try them out. I know this may cause more work for you having to make everything homemade but I think it is worth the extra work to feel better personally.
My third recommendation, is to read the ingredient list. Don’t be afraid to ask the manufacturer questions. Most have phone numbers or emails.
My last recommendation, is if you can, purchase a gluten detector like I have. I use the Nima Sensor and it has never been wrong! It has saved me so many times!
Here’s the list of ingredients that always contain gluten:
Here’s The Good News!
I feel like the first part of this post is heavy! Here are all the things I can’t eat.. here’s what I don’t do..etc I always try to look at the bright side.. it’s in my blood! lol! I am B Positive after all! All fruit, veggies and all unseasoned real meat, fish and eggs are gluten free. That is a lot of options on what to eat right there!
I find if I stick to the outside of the grocery store when I shop it makes eating gluten free a lot easier! So many packaged and processed foods make it a little more tricky!
It might take a little practice at first but I know you can get the hang of it!
Here are A Few of My Favorite GF Recipes: I hope you like these. They are easy to make and you don’t have to worry about lots of ingredients!
Creamy Broccoli Salad
Pecan Crusted Ahi with Mango Salsa
Inside Out Egg Rolls
What Does Gluten Free Mean on A Label?
I wanted to link my post on what does gluten free mean on a label so you can understand the different certifications or voluntary gluten free labels on foods. They mean different things so I hope this helps clarify the different symbols!
I hope these lists help you with the other names for gluten or hidden gluten ingredients in foods. I also posted them on my Instagram so you can screenshot them or save them for a quick reference.
Best Wishes for Gluten Free Dishes!
Holiday parties can be a difficult time to navigate not getting glutened! Check out my helpful hints of how not to get glutened during the holidays!
That is the question of the hour right now! Holiday parties are happening all around and there are glutenous crackers waiting to dip into your safe dip and a crumb trying to fall into your bubbly!
It literally can feel like you are avoiding hazards all around you like surround sound.
So, do you stay home and fake a cold or claim to be busy all the while watching Elf again for the 100th time or do you brave the party?
Here are my top ways to Navigate holiday parties and NOT get GLUTENED!
Top Ways to not Get Glutened:
Since I like to cook, I always offer to bring my own food. I know your host might feel bad but depending on the situation sometimes I insist. If your host is really good about being cognoscente of your food issues then use your best judgment.
If I am not bringing my own food, I bring a dish to share that I know is safe for me to eat. Depending on the situation, I put a serving of said dish aside in a small container. Just to make sure not to get cross-contaminated.
Bring a snack in your bag. A protein bar or a beef stick can help tide you over until you can get to a safe food place. Holiday parties are known for flowing alcohol, so being on an empty stomach and drinking is awful so a quick snack is sometimes a lifesaver.
Communicate the food needs with your host. I know sometimes you might feel like a pain in the butt but it’s better than being sick for weeks. Usually, after talking to the host they agree to either number one or two above.
Walk the food area and get a sense for what is being served. Is it safe to eat the cheese right beside the Ritz crackers? Is the dip being dipped into by gluten crackers? What can I eat? If the answer is nothing, go to your emergency food.
I bring my Nima Sensor. IT saves my life all the time. It is not 100% and you still have to use common sense but it catches gluten in items that I would have no idea there was gluten.
Here are some ideas of what to take to a party:
Cranberry Maple Pecan Baked Brie
BLT Sandwich Skewers
What do I do if I get Glutened?
This will be different for everyone because our bodies respond to gluten differently.
I usually carry enzymes with me in my purse that help my body get rid of gluten. These are not a way for me to purposely eat gluten but a way of protection just in case.
If I suspect I have ingested gluten I take one right away. I also take activated charcoal. It helps my body to rid the toxins from gluten.
Sometimes, I cry.
I start taking my Glutamine supplement as soon as I get to where it is. I carry it in my suitcase when I travel and always have it at home. It helps my gut heal. I take a powder so it is mixed with water and easy to digest.
I try to stick to bland foods and liquids for a while. Bone broth with collagen is also healing to the gut. Lots of bone broth.
Family and Friends are more important than food:I know that the holidays are often centered around food and what we are preparing, but our family and friends are more important than any food. If you are at someone’s house and they forgot about your food issues and they don’t have anything for you to eat for dinner, remember the real reason you are there. To get together and celebrate life with your friends and family.
Hopefully, you have an emergency food item packed in your bag, but if you don’t it’s ok. Enjoy your time. Your tummy might growl but it’s ok. The time you spend talking, laughing, and being around loved ones is more important than Great Aunt Ann’s dried-out turkey.
Also, don’t forget the foods that most people will have on hand that are always gluten free: fruit and veggies. They can be a lifesaver!
I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Holiday Season:
From my family to yours I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and you get the opportunity to share your life with those around you. I hope you make memories and have joy-peace and love! Don’t let fear keep you from your holiday parties!
Best Wishes for Gluten Free Dishes!
I am so glad you are here!