10 Days of Gluten Free – Skewers,Kabobs, & Toothpicks

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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: Lunch on a Stick!

I don’t remember when I first thought to serve lunch with a toothpick….but it opened up a whole new world to me!  It’s amazing how kids will try things based solely on the fact they are on a stick!!  I won’t try to understand why novelty plays such a huge in kid psychology, but it does, and this is no exception.  Come along as we explore some ‘lunch on a stick” ideas. Don’t forget that many of these would be even more alluring with a tasty dip served along with it!

Note:  I have served these two ways: either skewered on long sticks, or all the bite size pieces in a reusable container and a toothpick so my kids can poke their own goodies.

What ideas can YOU conjure up for us?

Savory (see above):

  1. Cubed deli meat (natural ones w/ no gluten fillers!), cubed allowed cheese (could even add cubes of your favorite gf bread here too!)
  2. Leftover grilled meat and vegetables
  3. Leftover roasted meat and vegetables
  4. Carrots and celery (remember the dairy free veggie dip from Whole New Mom?) Other veggies would be good too: red pepper, cucumber, radish, etc.
  5. Grilled Vegetables (I marinate mine in a lemon/garlic/olive oil and serve w/ a garlic aioli)
  6. Favorite meat skewers
  7. Meatballs


  1. Pina Colada: chunks of pineapple, banana, drizzled or served with coconut butter and toasted coconut
  2. Fresh fruit: Serve with one of the fabulous dips from yesterday’s dips post!
  3. Strawberry Shortcake: strawberries, diced vanilla cake, and served with honey-sweetened marshmallow creme dip
  4. Fudgey brownies and raspberries
  5. Diced apples (tossed w/ a touch of lemon to prevent browning) served w/ nut butter dip

Doing the toothpick method

Don’t forget to visit each blog to see other helpful advise and hints!

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry

“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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28 comments on “10 Days of Gluten Free – Skewers,Kabobs, & Toothpicks
  1. Lynn says:


  2. Amber says:

    Hi Tessa,

    So cleaver! I love doing the fruit kabobs. :-) This would also make a super fun birthday party activity!

  3. alicia says:

    Love these ideas!

  4. Wendi S says:

    Great idea for making lunch fun!

  5. Pat says:

    You have some very neat ideas for kids……grown-ups might even enjoy then at parties.

  6. Susan says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  7. Love the idea of cake and strawberries on a stick. Yum! Nice photography too.
    dlbrandmeyer @ gmail.com

    • Well we are talking strawberries and cake here Diana!! Not too hard to go wrong with that combo! I was inspired by ingredients I had on hand…I usually have some cake or cupcakes on hand to bring to b-day parties or school celebrations, and I was experimenting w/ a recipe that called for the marshmallow creme and had a TON leftover to create something with! Thanks for your comment!

  8. Emma says:

    Everything tastes better on a stick! :)

  9. julie says:

    great ideas, thanks

  10. Angel R. says:

    One word … YUMMY!

  11. Hmmm… how to keep my 7-year old son from poking his friends when his lunch is finished? Love your ideas, though. Thanks for sharing! :0)

  12. Briita says:

    Love the strawberry shortcake idea

  13. Cara says:

    This is awesome! I have never thought of doing this!

  14. meredith says:

    those skewer photos are making me hungry!

  15. bitt says:

    mmm I want a stick of raspberries to dip in fudge! yum!

  16. Natalie says:

    OMG!!! Your photos are beautiful! The ideas are wonderful! I have so enjoyed these gluten free days!

  17. Mary says:

    What great ideas! I don’t have little ones at home anymore, but so many of these could be used for apps and even desserts for cookouts or barbecues! Thanks! ~ Mary

  18. Lisa says:

    What a great idea for the kids! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  19. What a fun and creative way to pack a picnic lunch or keep the kids interested in what is on their plate. One of my favorites is Caprese Salad on a toothpick — quick and easy! Thanks for sharing at Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  20. 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! :)

  21. Lately my 4.5 year old has started with some food pickiness- I’ll definitely try this food on a stick trick! Thanks!

  22. Diane Balch says:

    Nothing is more fun then playing with pointy objects. Thanks for sharing your kabobs on foodie friday.

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