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Weekly Menu Plan – Week of July 4th

I was so busy prepping for our gluten free 4th of July party yesterday, I forgot to post my menu plan!  Well, better later than never, I say! 😀

We had a wonderful time and nothing feels better than knowing all the food at the party is 100% gluten free…no risk for cross contamination and everyone feels included.

And that, is priceless.

One of my new friends, fellow gluten free blogger Jennifer from Friendship Without Bread, stopped by with her lovely family and we had a GREAT conversation about gluten showing up in many “natural” products, like diapers and feminine pads (I’ll refrain from adding my childish commentary to that one). 😉

I know “they” say that the gluten protein is too large to enter through the skin, but even so…that doesn’t mean you can’t have a topical reaction to it, or even have it sneak into your mouth by way of eating something after having washed your hands with glutonium handsoap.  Jennifer shared something in her blog post, “The Hidden Danger of GREEN for Celiacs” that really struck a cord with me, about the problems her son had with Huggies Natural diapers…my youngest son had a very similar problem when he was still diapers (ironically, Huggies Natural) with open, bleeding wounds on his bottom.

Have you ever noticed a topical reaction to non-edible products that contain gluten?


BBQ Ribs and Chicken using my Homemade Barbecue Sauce (I went this route in order to eliminate the need to buy expensive gluten free buns for everyone), Potato Salad (I used the new Soy-Free Veganaise…I actually like this stuff better than my old favorite, Hellmans!), Cole Slaw, Pasta Salad, Deviled Eggs, Raw Veggies with Dill Dip (for our dairy friends) and Hummus (dairy-free), Quinoa Salad (my friend Renee from Beyond Rice and Tofu brought this and it was delish!), Watermelon, Dairy-Free Ice Cream for dessert


Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, grilled artichokes, salad


Unbelievable Chicken (I will use coconut nectar instead of brown sugar…thank you to my reader, Lindsay for this recipe recommendation!), Quinoa Salad with Lime and Fresh Mint


Shrimp Salad


Sweet Peach and Mustard Grilled Pork Chops, Salad


Lovely London Broil, Grilled Vegetables, Salad with Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing


Grain-Free Salmon Cakes (I’m going to try these without the egg), Salad with Gluten Free, Dairy Free Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

I have several product reviews coming up this week, including one that my husband has been wanting to write for a long time…all about Gluten Free Beer!  We took advantage of several of our gluten beer loving friends (including one who is a brewer himself and owns a local brew pub) yesterday and did a blind taste among several different gluten free beers:

New Planet’s Tread Lightly Ale, 3R Raspberry Ale, and Off Grid Pale Ale

St. Peter’s Sorgham Beer

Green’s Blonde and Dark Ales

Budweiser’s Redbridge

I thought the results of this taste test were very interesting.  There was a hands down #1 favorite among my beer samplers, as well as a unanimous vote for last place…

Can you guess the first and last place gluten-free beers? 😀


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  1. Stephanie says

    oh, I didn't know they made soy-free veganaise. great! my son can't have egg or soy.

  2. I still have to try the soy-free vegenaise–really want to for my poppy seed dressing. Thanks so much for the mention, Heidi. You're the best!

    Two more things … I don't totally buy into the gluten not passing through the skin thing because of the size of the gluten molecules. "They" also say that gluten doesn't pass through the distillation process and while I do drink distilled alcohol, others swear that they feel better if the alcohol is grain free to begin with (my son is one of them). Sometimes "facts" are proven wrong later and as a you say, a topical reaction is still possible. Many have DH type issues, but are never diagnosed with them.

    Second thing, people will LOVE the gf beer review I'm sure. I'm not much of a beer drinker, but I'm picking Tread Lightly Ale for the best and Redbridge for the worst. Tell Mike he also needs to get some Daura (a Spanish gf beer) to try next time. Folks love that one. Made with some barley in beginning, but beer is 6 ppm after processing.



  3. My Celiac son developed a terrible diaper rash when using a sample of Huggies Natural diapers and wipes! Very interesting post!

  4. Michelle Olejar says

    FYI…huggies is not friendly to a sensitive tush. The Natural wipes are really no different than the regular ones and they have literally given both my son and nephew chemical burns (ouch!). I prefer pampers sensitive, but seeing both my children are no longer in need, I only purchase them to take make up off. If it doesn't sting my eyes, then probably ok for the rear end. However, I had not thought of the gluten connection and maybe should think about that. I personally have not had a problem with skin products but I am very conscious of perfumes and scents more than anything. My mom has severe breathing issues from the poisons in perfumes (yes you heard me right on that) and discovering my son's asthma is more chemical based as well ups the anti on that. Thanks goodness I am officially an "it" in the female products department but I wouldn't doubt that all that effects a person. I had severe PCOS and Endometriosis and hmmmm, could there be a connection? I don't know but I wouldn't doubt it. Putting gluten directly into or on tissue that is so sensitive can probably do a lot of harm.

    I am finding that my reactions to gluten have changed over the year. A crumb will make me sick but in the past if I went out of the way to cheat I can feel great. What that says to me is that reactions alone cannot be relied upon to know if you are or are not getting gluten. The whole picture is needed for me….skin, headaches, canker sores, digestion, insomnia, etc. It is fairly easy to call something "natural" but whether it is or isn't is another story. Kind of like "gluten free" products out there that claim to be but aren't necessarily.