Sunday, September 2, 2012

GIG Recap: Barbecues and Picnics

Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!
I hope you are taking advantage of the gorgeous weather and are enjoying some good eats.

In June, the Chicago chapter of the Gluten Intolerance Group chatted about summer barbecues and picnics.  We tasted Kinnikinnick's very soft hot dog and hamburger buns (they are PERFECT for your gluten free summer eats!) - have you tried them yet?  The adults in the group enjoyed Bard's beer.  It is made with sorghum and tastes just like regular beer, our members said.

Below is the information we shared at the meeting:

Gluten Free Barbecues and Picnics
Just because you are gluten free does not mean you need to pass up that invitation to a summer barbecue or picnic!  Here are some tips we shared:

Bring your own bread. 
Prevent cross-contamination
Grill foods for guests with food intolerances and allergies on a piece of tin foil.  Use separate utensils as well.
Only eat safe foods
This may mean passing up that tempting side dish because you do not know who prepared it or the complete ingredient list.  Better safe than sorry!  If you have friends or family members attending as well, you may want to plan ahead to make sure that there is a variety of delicious foods for you to enjoy.  This may be as simple as a cousin setting aside some half finished appetizers for you before she adds the finishing touches (which contain offending allergens).
Bring some chips!
There are a ton of potato chips now being labeled as gluten free.  These are a barbeque and picnic staple.  Make yourself a plate early on to prevent cross-contamination.
But watch out for the dip
If there are chips and pretzels next to the dip bowl, be wary before eating any dip.  Cross contamination can easily occur if wheat items are scooped into the dip bowl.
Stay (naturally) sweet
Fruit is a great dessert for hot summer days.  Why not try fruit kabobs?   Or cutting watermelon with cookie cutters and placing on popsicle sticks?
Have fun!
Summer in the city is short-lived.  Enjoy it!

Frito Lay’s allergen list:
Heinz’s gluten free list:
Grilled corn on the cob with lots of tutorial photos:

More resources:

We have gathered some recipes that you are sure to enjoy.  As always, remember to read labels diligently to make sure items are truly gluten free.  Prevent cross-contamination in the kitchen by working with clean utensils, bowls, towels…

Gluten Free Potato Salad with Fresh Green Beans and Tarragon Dressing:
Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette and Shaved Romano and Toasted Pine Nuts:
Gluten Free Classic All American Hamburgers:
Chili and Garlic Chex Mix:
Watermelon Lemonade Recipe:
Summer Corn Salad:

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