5 Grab & Go Gluten Free Snacks

Fresh fruit and vegetables are the best gluten free snacks and of course we all know whole foods are always best for us, but sometimes you need something shelf stable, in a wrapper, or easily portable that won’t get squashed in your bag. And sometimes you just want something crunchy to snack on that isn’t a carrot. Because this is real life and no one’s diet is completely perfect all of the time, here are my top five grab and go snack choices that are gluten free and yummy….

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PackIt Lunchbag Review

You might recall that we chose the the PackIt Mini Coolers as our go-to lunchbox for the 2012-2013 school year. I purchased five of the PackIt lunch bags in August 2012 along with some thermoses and miscellaneous lunch packing goodies. We started off with five Pack It insulated lunch bags – (Ethan has red with robots, Noah has navy with signs, Dylan had black, Lucas had the grey one, and Brian has the striped blue one to take a lunch and snacks to work.)

First let’s revisit how well those lunchboxes survived after a full school year…
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Autumn Recipes: 12 Weeks of Recipes and Shopping Lists

Sunday morning I tend to browse Amazon for books to add to my Kindle for the week. I usually pick up a book or two to read from Kindle Unlimited and then I check out the cookbook selection to get some new recipes and ideas for the week too.

This week I picked up my blogging friend Kate’s seasonal cookbook Autumn: A Season Of Easy Cooking. And then we promptly went grocery shopping and picked up ingredients for a few of the meals.

We actually made the Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps tonight. I had most of the ingredients already, just had to pick up a few things. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef and I omitted the fish sauce (Brian’s gout and fish sauce do not get along) I splashed in a little sesame oil when I was browning the turkey up. They came out really good. I doubled the batch so we have some for lunch tomorrow too.

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Delicious Cooking Magazines to Give as Gifts

Food Network Magazine

Our top pick and one of the few magazines we actually have a subscription to. Every issue of Food Network Magazine features the all-star cast of Food Network. Whether you’re learning how to make the best beverages of the season, getting a peek inside a Food Network Star’s kitchen, or making homemade pizzas, you’ll always see something you won’t find anywhere else. The mini-cookbook pullouts each month are always packed with fun recipe collections too.

The Food Network Magazine reader is a total food enthusiast–passionate, imaginative, and sees cooking as an expression of their creative spirit. Whether it’s a quick weeknight meal or planning a dinner party with friends, the Food Network Magazine reader loves to experiment with new ideas and add a unique signature twist to every meal.


In each bi-monthly issue, you’ll find compelling travelogues, engaging profiles, signature recipes and useful reviews-everything you need to know about the fascinating people, places, flavors and cultures of all things potable. Imbibe is your indispensable guide to all that’s fit to drink.

Imbibeis the magazine of liquid culture. It is a completely new way of looking at drinks %u2014 as a distinct culinary category, deserving in-depth exploration of history, ingredients, preparation, artistry and consumption. From wine, spirits and beer to coffee, tea and everything in between, Imbibe celebrates the world in a glass.

Taste of Home

Taste of Home is still America’s #1 cooking magazine. Enjoy 100+ home-style recipes and tips, each a kitchen-tested family favorite made with everyday ingredients.

Taste of Home Magazine is one of the only publications that includes a full-color photograph of every dish described. These photographs show you what the finished product will look like and whet your appetite. As an added bonus, some of the recipes come on removable cards that you can tear out and save in your recipe box.

Vegetarian Times

Vegetarian Times is written for those at the forefront of the healthy living movement. Published nine times a year, it provides delicious recipes, expert wellness information, and environmentally sound lifestyle solutions for both full-time and part-time vegetarians.

Pages filled with beautiful photography and articles from leading experts, Vegetarian Times will be of interest to anyone with a passion for eating healthy while staying environmentally conscious.

Louisiana Cookin’

Louisiana Cookin’, a bimonthly magazine now in its tenth year, is dedicated to presenting the best of the state’s cuisine to an ever-increasing audience.

Issues are packed with recipes for luscious dishes from home cooks and famous chefs, visits to famous and out-of-the-way restaurants, explanations of local ingredients and methods, and descriptions of Louisiana’s celebrations that center on our wonderful food.

Simple & Delicious

Simple & Delicious gives you 100+ fail-proof, easy-to-fix recipes and tips that promise mouth-watering meals fast! You’ll love the helpful grocery lists and 30-minute meal ideas, plus secrets from the S&D Test Kitchen for speedy shopping, simple storage, and quick meal preparation.

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