OK, I made this recipe on the fly one night for dinner, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out! It is beyond simple, and it’s not only quick to prepare but also to cook.
Now, I pity those reading my blog because you don’t have my incredible grillmaster & husband to grill for you, but do the best you can anyway! The secret: cook ’em slow . . . and don’t burn them. If you use medium heat and turn every couple of minutes (covering chicken in your favorite gluten-free barbecue sauce), your Grilled Barbecue Chicken Skewers will turn out as moist, juicy and flavorful as ours did. This was a TOTAL HIT with the kids, too!
5-6 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into thick strips (or 10-12 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins)
GF Barbecue sauce (and long food brush)
skewers (metal or wooden — I prefer metal because they are reusable and heat conducts through the metal to cook the inside of the meat better)
Carefully weave skewer through meat. Set aside.
Grill slowly on medium heat, turning over every couple of minutes and applying layer of barbecue sauce a couple of times.
Serve with mashed or baked potatoes, sweet potatoes or rice along with vegetable.
Here is a great blog post about how to prepare healthy school lunches for your gluten-free child.
And here are some ideas from my book, Gluten-free Cooking for Busy People, that I am still attempting to publish:
Sometimes you just need a quick, easy lunch. Leftovers are a great option, of course. I have found packing lunch for my sons each day a bit challenging at times, but here are a few ideas for quick lunches.
> Tuna mixed with mayo or Miracle Whip®, scooped up with tortilla chips (try stirring some shredded cheese into the tuna, or even chopped up apples, celery or seedless grapes); serve with a veggie & fruit (pudding cup for dessert!)
> Salad with canned tuna/chicken (drained) on top, drizzled with GF salad dressing
> Peanut butter & jelly sandwich (on GF bread); serve with GF chips, veggie, fruit, string cheese
> GF lunchmeat & cheese sandwich (on GF bread); my son likes this toasted, then I wrap in aluminum foil. (This can be heated in the microwave at school.) Serve with GF chips, veggie & fruit.
> GF macaroni & cheese (buy this boxed; there are lots of options available, or check out my recipe in the Quick Recipes chapter).
> Hard boiled eggs are a great “side dish” in the lunch box.
> Homemade “lunchables:” GF crackers (ie. rice crackers), GF lunchmeat (I like Hormel® Natural Choice) cut into squares/circles, GF cheese slices cut into squares/circles.
> Meat-roll-ups: take a slice of cheese and a few slices of GF lunchmeat; break cheese slice into 3-4 long strips & wrap a slice of lunchmeat around it. Serve with sliced cucumbers & fruit.
> Hummus with tortilla or GF crackers, fruit & veggie.
What do YOU like to pack for a healthy GF lunch?
Have you heard!??!
The FDA just came out with new guidelines for labeling gluten-free products!
This makes it even easier to choose safe products for us and our families! WOO HOOOOOOO!!!
Check out this link below for the scoop!
Did you know that bed wetting (or day wetting), tummy aches, colic, not sleeping well, being a “difficult baby,” being cranky, having congestion, and fatigue can all point to a gluten intolerance?
Did you know that autoimmune disorders are linked to gluten-intolerance?
Is your child not a very good eater or picky eater? This too can point to gluten-sensitivity.
Here is a link to a great article about a mom’s decision to put her children on a gluten-free diet. The improvements in the children’s health are remarkable. Her son, who couldn’t keep up with the other kids on the soccer team, can now outrun them all! She herself has MS (muscular sclerosis), an autoimmune disorder, and has found much relief because of her GF diet. I dare say, by getting gluten out of her children’s diet, she may have prevented a possible development of MS in her kids. We will never know for sure, but we all know the tendency to develop the same diseases that our parents/relatives have.
Finally, parents, after you read this article, I BEG YOU to switch to a GF diet for your children if they suffer from similar problems. It is our responsibility as parents to care for our kids, and if that means they would be better off on a GF diet, then the effort and expense are totally worth it.