I live in a gluten-free food desert. While my home state of Mississippi in the deep-fried south is well known for its cuisine, none of it is gluten free. Just google it. You will see that there is not a single dedicated gluten-free restaurant in the whole state. Not one. It usually doesn't bother me, but it is depressing sometimes. I cook 99 percent of my family's meals at home to avoid cross contamination and ignorance (many people living in the state that leads in obesity, diabetes and hypertension believe that gluten is a nutrient that one cannot live without). I don't mind cooking, but sometimes it would be nice if I could just pick up something to eat on the way home from work or go out to eat once in a while--especially later this month.
I'm scheduled to have minor surgery in a couple of weeks and my amazing friends and coworkers have been so kind to offer to bring dinner or send gift cards for my husband to pick up dinner on his way home from work. While I greatly appreciate the kind gestures, I politely declined and let them know I was planning to cooking in advance to accommodate dietary restrictions in our home. There isn't a single restaurant in our area that I feel is safe, and my well-meaning friends don't have gluten-free kitchens.
We can't eat out and our friends can't bring dinner, but we still have to eat. What's a busy working mom to do? Meal prep! I always do meal prep on Sundays to make weeknights easier, but this Sunday and next, I will be doubling, tripling and quadrupling recipes to freeze to make preparing dinner for the rest of the month so easy that even my kids will be able to do it. Luckily, they are old enough to help by reheating chili, soups, casseroles, and even cooking pasta.
Laundry is a different issue.
Maybe my friends who offered to help will be willing to assist with laundry while I recover.
What are your favorite kid friendly gluten-free meals to make ahead and freeze?
Nathan's note: I did not do that to the towel.