First: the product is CREAM OF RICE - It is similar to Cream of Wheat but is made of RICE and therefore gluten free. We also make it with milk not water. If you have eaten Cream of Wheat (assuming you were not celiac) then it is similar to that in terms of what you can do with it.
Second: It would be intolerable to give a celiac gluten in any form. One of the first things you learn as a celiac is off the shelf cereal is bad, therefore by "cereal of choice" I mean GF cereal to coat chicken. I have used even the crumbs of our breakfast cereals - everything from Gorilla Munch to GF corn flakes. I also use the crumbs of the GF cereal in dishes that call for bread crumbs.
And the reason most cereal like Rice Crispies is off limits is that Barley malt is added as a flavoring. Some Chex are GF because this product was removed from the formula in an effort to attract celiac customers. Envirokids has a line of GF cereals and cereal bars that we alternate through to keep the kids from burning out on one cereal or snack. There are Healthy Valley and other cereals at health food stores or in the GF section of some grocery stores. There is also GF Crispy Rice cereal (sweetened and unsweetened) that we substitute for Rice Crispies in cookie recipes.
Hi, Cream of Wheat is made from the endosperm of the flour which is spelt, basically wheat based. We have been gf for 2 years or so and use Analise Roberts Baking Classics cook book. We use Gluten Free Pantry bread mixes for white and raisin cinnamon bread. GF cooking is easy and being gf is easy as long as you resign yourself to cooking. We like the quinoa noodles as the do not fall apart and do not get mushy. They make an awesome lasagne. I encourage you to make bread, it is easy with the mixes. Pamela's bread mix is good also. For lunch my daughter eats ham, or turkey roll ups with out bread, takes vegetables with dip, chips of some kind, and a bread snack like banana bread or zucchini bread that she makes with Pamela's mix. You also mention cereal of choice. All cereal is contaminated at the processing including rice crispies. The only gf cereal is now from general mills who put in a gluten free line of equipment. The boxes must be marked gluten free. The nature valley bars that are oats and honey are NOT GF. I have tested them with a home tester for gluten. Oats are very contaminated in the storage silos. Unless they say gf like bobs and some of the other brands. Hope this is helpful.
I have Four kids ages 8-3. (3 of my kids are gluten free but the whole family eats gluten free.)
You didn't mention age or if this was for school lunches but here are food that if the plants stars and grass align right they will all eat. *Pasta(Tinkyada brown rice) with gluten free sauce - I use Classico. *Pasta and cheese made with Velveeta. *Cinnamon/sugar toast made with flavored breads (I have pecan bread in the freezer today.) *They always like wraps using corn tortillas with deli meat and cheese - warm wrap with cheese and and meat on a griddle for a minute or two - kids ask for them all the time - I even do corned beef, swiss and kraut. *We do beans and cheese with the corn tortillas. *They like hot rice cereal (like cream of wheat) with some sweetener and lots of fruit - I use a can, frozen or chop fresh apples sometimes I add Cinnamon or vanilla extract. * The kids like the Ian French toast sticks, Vans waffles, Breakfast bowls (eggs sausage mix - can't remember the brand), and Deli-Mex cheese or chicken taquitos. *Peanut butter with apples or celery and raisins. *fried rice - but it take some effort. * I make chicken nuggets from chicken cut to 1 inch pieces dipped in butter and worchestershire sauce then coated with crushed chips or cereal of choice. *for in the car I keep Envirokids cereal bars, Glutino cereal bars, SpiceIsland fruit leather and fruit gummies snacks. *Kids like nuts and popcorn *If your kids are older Amy's has a black bean enchilada that is good. *Bob's Red Mill chocolate cake is the best, Pamela's pancake mix is what we use when we don't cook from scratch.
Note my kids only like the cake in from the Ians chicken nugget dinner.
Angel Food Ministries has a gluten-free box that you can purchase, on top of the basic each month, but we haven't gotten our first one yet. Can't say what it tastes like, but it's battered and sounds kid-friendly. 8-)
I also make peanut butter cookies that are gluten-free and taste pretty good. If you want to try them for an extra treat, just mix 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar and 1 egg. They bake about 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Linda C Oklahoma (CST)
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My daughter was just diagnosed and I'm trying to find some foods that are kid approved for taste. A couple of things she likes are the Applegate Farms GF Chicken Nuggets and Glutino Pretzels. I bought Glutino Duo Cheese pizza but haven't tried it yet. Do you have any suggestions?
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