10 Days of Gluten Free – Dips & Spreads For a Lunchbox

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Thank you to Linda @ Gluten Free Homemaker for putting together such a great event!  Linda has pooled together 10 experts who each have chosen an area to focus on for daily, brief tips relating to starting or maintaining a gluten free lifestyle. You will need to visit each individual blog to see their daily tips and advise. I am happy to be participating and will be sharing tips on lunchboxes and snacks!

Here are the topics I’ve covered in this series of lunchboxes: Reusable Lunchbox Wares, Sweet GF Wrap Ideas, Packing a Balanced LunchboxStocking Up w/ an Oatmeal Snack Cookie, Lunch on a Stick, GF DF Dips & Spreads for a Lunchbox, 10 GF Wrap Ideas, Making Use of Leftovers, Muffins & Waffles for a Lunchbox?!, Top Foods for a Healthy Lunchbox,

Today’s Theme: Dips & Spreads

Dips and spreads are an easy way to add zing to any vegetable, sandwich, or fruit within a lunchbox.  Some dips are substantial enough to eat alone, and some are perfect for coercing interest in those fruits and vegetables that sometimes get ignored within a child’s lunchbox.  Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing!


  • Hot Nacho ‘Cheese’ Dip: You know the nasty processed stuff they serve at concessions that all kids love?  Well I have one made with all wholesome ingredients, dairy free, gluten free, and it tastes JUST LIKE the fake cheese stuff!  Uncanny!
  • Smoked Turkey & Vegetable Dip: Delicious with your favorite cracker, rolled up in a wrap, or scooped up with crunchy Romain or endive spears…this is one of my favorite light lunches!
  • Artichoke Dip: Not your typical creamy cheese laden one, this is a light and fresh dip that can used to liven up any wrap or sandwich, as a cracker or crostini dip, or with fresh veggies.
  • Hummus: With more recipes than you can shake a stick at, pick your favorite rendition and consider adding the following to personalize it:  sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, pickled jalepenos, chipotle puree
  • Curry Ranch Dressing @ Gluten Free Goddess: i would leave the curry out, but this looks great, and I LOVE cashew cream!  I have also made a cream of soaked raw sunflower seeds, quite tasty in this application!
  • Mayonnaise-Style w/ no Mayo Veg Dip @ Whole New Mom: Perfect for all you veggie dipping!   Looks outstanding!

    Photo courtesy of Whole New Mom

SWEET (all healthy and not a dessert in-hiding!):

“10 Days of Gluten Free” Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway!

For this series, I will be offering one lucky reader a $25 Bob’s Red Mill gift card!  Here are the rules:

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
  • You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.
  • Enter by leaving a comment (WITH an email address to contact you) on this post (and other 10 Days of GF posts).
  • The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.
  • Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.
  • The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.
  • The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen!

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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25 comments on “10 Days of Gluten Free – Dips & Spreads For a Lunchbox
  1. Rogene says:

    I love to entertain so I’m always looking for ideas for this type of stuff. These look good. Thank you.

  2. Ashley Tucker says:

    Yum can’t wait to try some of these out!

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  3. Pat says:

    That nacho cheese dips looks really good. A must try sometime. Thanks

  4. solitaire says:

    love the mayonaise dressing without the eggs – will try that one soon

  5. Jessica B says:

    Thanks for the ideas.

  6. julie says:

    pb dip-yum. Thanks

  7. Emma says:

    The dips sound yummy! I make a black bean and corn salsa that is delicious – you have inspired me to make it.

  8. Natalie says:

    I will definitely try these appetizers!! These sound great!

  9. Caitlin Leyden says:

    Wow, these look so good. I usually just eat hummus. I don’t eat dips much, I probably should make some healthy ones rather than eat junk food for snacks.

  10. Angel R. says:

    Sounds yummy! My son starts kindergarten in the fall. Need lots of lunch ideas. This is very helpful. Thank you!

  11. Paula says:

    These dips look so good, I’m definitely going to have to try some out soon!

  12. Lynn says:

    They all look great, can’t wait to try

  13. Susan says:

    These dips look delicious! Thanks!

  14. Briita says:

    I love dip

  15. Cara says:

    Great recipes! Thanks!


  16. Alyssa says:

    yum! can’t wait to try some of these!

  17. Christa says:

    Great ideas! I bet my son would love the peanut butter dip. I wonder how it would work with almond butter and almond flour…

  18. meredith says:

    the peanut butter does look yummy!

  19. bitt says:

    I am all for dips and veggies. So much easier than making a lunch sometimes.

  20. Michelle says:

    These all look delicious. Thanks so much for sharing at Creative Thursday.

  21. Natalie says:

    Great recipes!! I can’t decide which one to try first!!

  22. Diane Balch says:

    Excellent collection of light healthy recipes. Thanks for sharing these and your others on foodie friday.

  23. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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