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Gluten Free at Walt Disney World: Sunshine Seasons

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My family visited Walt Disney World in December of 2014. I am gluten intolerant and allergic to soy, but do not have Celiac disease. Near the end of our vacation my son and I stopped for a quick breakfast at Sunshine Seasons in EPCOT. I knew that if I spoke up, somebody from the kitchen would bring out the big allergy book and figure out exactly what I could eat that was safe. However, we were in a rush, and frankly, I was sick of all the hassle.

So I looked in the ready-made section and found this Antipasta salad that looked like it was okay. I paired it with coffee and an Enjoy Life bar, and paid for it with a quick service credit. Otherwise the total price was close to $17 as I recall.

I took a big risk with the prosciutto because often times pork products contain gluten, but luckily I didn’t get sick.  Any boy was that salad yummy!

Gluten Free at Walt Disney World: Tokyo Dining

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My family visited Walt Disney World in December of 2014. I am gluten intolerant and allergic to soy, but do not have Celiac disease. Everywhere we went at WDW I found safe places to eat. At Tokyo Dining at Epcot, the manager came to our table to help me choose things from the menu.

Salad.

Salad.

Sashimi.

Sashimi.

My meal also included green tea ice cream for dessert. Everything was excellent!

Gluten Free at Walt Disney World: Cinderella’s Royal Table

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My family visited Walt Disney World in December of 2014. I am gluten intolerant and allergic to soy, but do not have Celiac disease. Everywhere we went at WDW I found safe places to eat. Cinderella’s Royal Table was no exception. The chef came to our table to personally go over the menu with me and offered lots of options.

Fresh g-free bread and my own butter.

Fresh g-free bread and my own butter.

Salad.

Salad.

Salmon.

Salmon.

Cheesecake!

Cheesecake!

I would whole heartedly recommend Cinderella’s Royal Table to the g-free guest. Please note, I made our reservations 180 days in advance in order to secure us a spot!

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Gluten Free at Disney World: The Liberty Tavern

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My family visited Walt Disney World in December of 2014. I am gluten intolerant and allergic to soy, but do not have Celiac disease. The first table service restaurant we visited was Liberty Tavern in The Magic Kingdom. The chef came out to speak to me before I placed my order. This was my first encounter to how amazing WDW is at handling food issues.

I ordered the gluten-free pilgrim’s platter with a cappuccino. It was outstanding! The chef whipped me up a special gluten free brownie alamode sundae for dessert, that I devoured before I thought to take a picture. You’ll just have to trust me on this one, it was pure heaven.

I would definitely recommend The Liberty Tavern and hope to visit there again someday.

Gluten-Free Swiss Steak in the Wonderbag

My American freezer.

My American freezer.

Americans are infamous for their obscenely gigantic refrigerators and I’m no exception. My freezer is usually so packed that something falls out and hits me in the head every time I open it.

That’s a sharp contrast to the mission countries that Wonderbag serves; places where Wonderbags mean reduced deforestation and increased quality of life. Wonderbags can be the difference between a mom being raped on her way to gather extra firewood for dinner, or staying home to help her children with their school work.

That is very sobering.

My American kitchen is a world away. But I’ve found that Wonderbags can improve my quality of life too.

Wonderbag in action!

Wonderbag in action!

This year for Lent my family is trying to simply dinner and focus on family, and our Wonderbag is part of that plan. We are following an old-school/new-school meal plan:

  • Meatless Mondays
  • Taco Tuesdays
  • Wheat-less Wednesdays
  • Throwback Thursdays (leftovers)
  • Fish on Fridays
  • Souper Saturdays
  • Sunday Chicken Dinner

The beauty of this plan is that the kids know what to expect for dinner and I have a clue about what to cook. If I go grocery shopping on Friday, it works out great. We clear out the fridge Thursday night and have fresh fish on Friday.

Swiss Steak--Absolutely delicious but steam's getting in the way of my picture.

Swiss Steak–Absolutely delicious but steam’s getting in the way of my picture.

Today is Wheat-less-Wednesday and on the menu is Swiss Steak made from a bunch of things from my freezer and pantry. The picture doesn’t do it justice; this meal was so yummy my kids asked for seconds. It makes a really good meat, veggie, and gravy concoction that is excellent over rice.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lbs cube steak
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 2 onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 T butter
  • 2 T Worchester sauce
  • 2 T sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 packet organic ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese
  • rice (for serving with the Swiss Steak)

Directions

  • Sautee the butter, meat, mushrooms, onion, garlic and carrots in a Dutch oven until the meat is brown and the mushrooms have shrunk (about 15 minutes). The veggies will cook down and make a broth that will begin to boil.
  • Add in the seasoning and cheese.
  • Boil for 5 minutes.
  • Cover the bot and bag in your Wonderbag for 4+ hours.
  • Serve over rice.

For more information about Wonderbag and their mission to help the planet and improve the lives of women, please check out their video.

 

Here in America, Wonderbags can be purchased online through Amazon. Every time an American purchases a Wonderbag, a woman in Africa gets one too.


Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker with Recipe Cookbook, Red Batik

 

Why I eat Gluten Free

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Here’s my “I Brake For Moms” column from today’s Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130922/BLOG5205/709229991/Going-gluten-free-ended-two-years-of-agony–  Feel free to ask questions!