We are back with a review of 3 days eating gluten free and dairy free in Disneyland California. We hope this information can help you on your travels and/or inspire you in your kitchen! Not all of the amazing caramel apples are gluten free, but […]
Here is a quick look into Bean’s lunch bag on any given day. Hopefully you can get some ideas for something new to add to your gluten, dairy, soy, and egg free lunchbox!
Look for thermal lunchboxes or bags that are lead free and contain options for heating or cooling storage areas within. These lively lunchboxes are sure to please.
Bean is loving salads for her lunches right now, which is really easy on me! I just get her a mixture of organic veggies and fruits, add a protein and serve a treat along side. Here you see a homemade gluten free brownie. She opts to skip salad dressing. Some days we add popcorn or gluten free bread with earth balance and jam.
Here is one of Bella’s lunches. She saw another child with a meat stick, and she asked me if I could get her one. So, off to the store I went. I found a clearly labeled “gluten free” turkey meat stick made in our neighboring state. I would look for gluten free, as well as MSG free, natural meat sticks from health markets. Served with this meat stick are some organic yellow carrots (for fun), apples, a nut flour brownie slice, and organic cherry applesauce.
Jambalaya, and other curry, stir fry, or rice based mixtures will travel great in the thermos. This recipe uses a variety of meats, vegetables, herbs, broth and rice. This is a wonderful choice to make for a meal, and use left over for lunches. Recipe found here.
Spaghetti soup is one of Bean’s favorite lunches. It is a hearty mixture of vegetables, pasture raised beef, spices, and tomatoes. Recipe found here.
One of Bean’s favorite lunches: This is a La Tortilla Factory gluten free Teff shell. I warm it briefly and then spread vegenaise on the entire inner surface while warm. This prevents the shell from breaking when rolled. Then I loaded this one with spinach and gluten free Hormel Natural Choice turkey. Sometimes I put the tomatoes inside the wrap, but this time they are served on the side (easier to eat). Also served with fresh oranges and an EnjoyLifeFoods Cocoa Loco Bar. Water to drink.
We have more options available for additions to lunches than we did 5+ years ago. This lunch includes a fresh fajita salad, utilizing leftovers from the night prior. Bean likes cabbage and cilantro in place of lettuce, but you can use whatever you like! Sides include carrots, Pirate Booty, all natural fruit roll up and Honest Kids juice.
Sushi is a fun and easy to pack option served great with a variety of sides, as well!
A traditional lunch of peanut butter and jam with carrots, oranges, cookie and juice. The bread is Breads From Anna’s yeast free mix made with Flax as egg replacer. The cookie is from a Gluten Free Pantry Mix. This lunch was a hit with Bean.
Sneaking in the fruit! Here I blended organic oranges with a bit of Rice Dream Vanilla ice cream and West Soy brand Rice Milk. This drink contains one large orange. Also served with a Breads From Anna Pumpkin muffin, bacon, Laura’s Choice cookie (see baking page), and fresh beans.
A Tuna salad with dill on Anna’s Yeast Free bread with EnviroKidz gluten free animal crackers, a tangerine cup and chips (these are corn chips, but quinoa, rice, and potato are other options for the occassional chip snack).
One of Bean’s favorite lunches is pasta salad with peas. We use Veganaise for our dressing, but that does contain some soy oil. There are other options for homemade as well as commercial dressings that avoid soy. Served with salted tomatoes, apple, and Laura’s Choice cookies.
Is there a kid who doesn’t like Franks and Beans? We use dairy, soy, gluten free hot dogs and beans. Banana and parboiled broccoli followed up with a chocolate chip cookie for dessert.
Bean’s favorite vegetable and chicken stock soup with EnerG crackers, tangerines, cookie, and finger sandwiches.
Gluten free Spaghetti with red sauce kept warm in the thermos served with green beans, apple, and a chocolate brownie treat (Gifts From Nature Flour mix and recipe).
So this may not look great, but it is one of Bean’s favorites. She ate every bite. This is our taco salad. The butter leaf lettuce has Veganaise on it (contains soy, you could use the cashew yogurt recipe from our 2 week challenge in place of the veganaise). She puts her corn chips on top (millet flat bread, quinoa chips, or a non grain such as avocado would all be good subs for corn chips). Finally, she pours her pasture raised ground beef and tomato mixture on top. Taco Salad. Certified gltuen free oatmeal cookie by Gifts From Nature, and banana.
Breakfast anyone? Bean can eat eggs, so here we have eggs kept warm in the thermos served with bacon, fresch mangos, and a Breads From Anna pumpkin muffin. If you can’t use eggs, a nut yogurt would be a good protein source to add to this meal.
Gluten and dairy free hot dogs in the thermos served with corn on the cob, oranges, pineapple, and two Laura’s Choice cookies with certified gluten free oats from Gifts of Nature.
Ok where do I begin? First, we had JUST enjoyed 1900 Park Fare the day prior and it was my new favorite, but I thought my husband may enjoy the non character version so I suggested Grand Floridian Cafe. We had not trouble getting night prior reservations for breakfast.
Upon being seated, our experience was negative all the way around. First, the server was very sweet, but she took it upon herself to start discussing our gluten and dairy allergies and telling us what we can and can’t eat. She didn’t know what she was talking about, however, which was bizarre. Normally a chef comes out, which we did ask for after that strange interaction.
Next, the wait was SO SO SLOW! I couldn’t understand it as I knew there was a huge buffet next door and I could see the restaurant was not even close to busy. We waited. And waited. And waited!
So, we were already over it when our food arrived. My teen’s steak looked like a burnt puck and I was told it tasted about the same. She asked for med rare, but got scorched. Then, to make matters even more disappointing, all the food was only so so. At the price point these meals are set, I expected to be delighted with every bite. Instead I was longing for a local diner or to be back home where I could prepare a better meal for a fraction of the price. We had an additional meal, not pictured. My youngest ordered the eggs Benedict because she loved the ones she had next door the day prior, but these were vastly different and drowning in sauce to the extent that she could taste nothing else. She didn’t care for her dish, either. This was a total disappointment and the next time I am looking for breakfast near the Grand Floridian, it will be at 1900 Park Fare, for certain.
This was a last minute choice and we were able to book reservations the night prior without trouble. Our favorite has been Crystal Palace for years and years, but this just may be a new winner! I especially loved the guac and salsa options on […]
Again, I don’t know why I didn’t take meal photos, but there were plenty of safe and enjoyable options for us here. We always like the dessert, which is simple but yummy! This is a great choice for our larger gatherings with little kids because […]
It was a beautiful, but surprisingly hot spring day at Disney Springs. We stopped at Vivoli il Gelato in hopes of something dairy free. They had a special of the day which was a lemon sorbet and strawberry sorbet with a canned sparkling water sweetened beverage poured in. The whip cream seen on top is not dairy free, but ordering without that would be a safe bet. They can clean serving spoons before hand, but there is risk of cross contamination of course. These were incredibly tart for the kids, and they didn’t love them, but it was cold and refreshing while we listened to a high school band play Disney classics by the water. It was a lovely little stop.
We had another delightful morning meal at Crystal at Palace this spring. It is always a family favorite. This time around, my daughter said “Mom, I would really LOVE it if the chef could make me a crepe. Do you think they can do that here?” I said that while they may not, there was no harm in asking. Well, the chef busted out the magic and brought her a savory crepe, which she adored. I didn’t post the other photos because they are almost exactly the same as the ones below, so take a look, but everything was delicious. We had gluten free dairy free vanilla glazed donuts, and the chef offered us Mickey waffles, but we declined. You cannot go wrong at Crystal Palace!
I ducked in to grab my husband a coffee while he rode Star Tours for the 3rd time, with the kids. I asked if they had anything gluten free this time, and they did. They had a Mickey Mouse shaped macaroon in bright green or bright red. I didn’t get it, because the intense food coloring did not appeal to me, but it was nice to know that there is an option other than EnjoyLifeFood cookies. I would assume that cross contamination is an issue, however, as they share the case with all the other baked goods.
One morning, we stopped at Pepper Market for a late breakfast while visiting with family. I find that it is much easier to order here than it used to be now that they have done away with the paper system that was oddly confusing. I went to an open window and asked about an option to make a gluten free dairy free pancake. The person at the counter called my request to the kitchen and got it started. My daughter liked her pancakes, and the serving was large. I did ask for adult portion, knowing she loves pancakes.
We wanted to order pizza to the room one night, but for the gluten free girl, we walked to Pepper Market and got an order of tacos on corn shells. To make this dairy free, order without cheese. She really enjoyed it. We did ask for the chef to come out and ensure safety, which went quickly during the evening (not as busy as the morning). They didn’t have a good dessert option to offer with the dining plan, but they had these gluten free Hilltop cookies to try. My daughter didn’t have much to say about the cookies, but she loves tacos and she really enjoyed her dinner.
As I mention below, we were happy to find that the restaurants at Coronado Springs Resort have improved, dramatically, from prior years when it comes to gluten free dairy free food options. We went to the Maya Grill for dinner, and we could easily look […]
During our trip to the Coronado Springs Resort, we decided to give Pepper Market, Maya, and the other eateries of the resort a chance to redeem themselves from past trips. The results? A success! To start with, I noticed that some of the menus posted […]
Well, we braved the pre order option and used the filters to choose our Wheat Free Dairy free foods. We found out that if you do this, a chef will not be offered. They will just let you seat yourself and your food comes out. We were OK with this, but if you don’t think you’ll like that option, then you probably shouldn’t pre-order. We found the system a little confusing because no one explained how it would work (no one said, go get a drink, or we’ll find you, or you’ve already paid). But I was able to ask a very friendly cast member and we figured it out.
My husband was not excited about the system of ordering and he was already determined to dislike the meal. To his surprise it was his favorite of the trip. My daughter agreed that the pork roast was delicious! She absolutely loved her lunch and she proclaimed the green beans and potatoes were also very tasty. I chose the quinoa cake and salad, because I knew I would want a lighter lunch option. It was also quite good, but I only ate about half of it after such a huge breakfast. I was grateful I ordered light. The quinoa cake was well seasoned and the beat cubes on top were delightful. The olives chopped into the salad greens were a nice touch.
Now, my daughter has always wanted to try a French Onion Soup, but we have never found one gluten free and dairy free. When you order the soup with the wheat filter, it gives you the option to eat the French Onion Soup without the bread crumb and cheese topping. This was confirmed on our receipt, so when I saw all the cheese, I sent it back. They brought out a second batch without any cheese and they explained that they did make it gluten free, but they left the safe cheese on for my daughter. It was not clearly labeled this way in ordering, so that was a bit confusing, and she ended up eating the cheese free version (which her tummy appreciated). She loved it, and she was so happy to have tried French Onion Soup, at last.
The soup and entree were the stars of the show. My daughter was disappointed with the gluten free cream puff. She said the dough was very hard (rock like) and that the lemon filling was incredibly tart, which she did not enjoy. As it turns out, a scoop of rice dream would have been a better choice for her, but it was fun to try something new. I ordered the only dairy free option I could find, which was a sorbet. I chose the lemon sorbet, but it was bitterly tart. I ate a little, but left the rest behind. While Be Our Guest has mastered the lunch entrees, they have a room for improvement in the world of gluten free dairy free dessert offerings. We are still disappointed that the French Meadow Bakery items are no longer offered on property, or the babycakes (Erin McKenna) in a restaurant like this. I did ask, via email, the Special Diet department if there were any other options for us, but they did not get back with an answer. So, this is what it is. We didn’t walk away hungry and we had a wonderful, and quick, lunch experience.
We decided to give the Kona Cafe another try, but this time, for breakfast. We had a large group of 12, so finding a non character non buffet option took priority. Our seating was great, and we had a fabulous time as well as wonderful service. The gluten free dairy free waffle was in place of the biscuit that would have come with this meal. I would guess the waffle was made with Bob Red Mill’s gluten free pancake mix because it had that cornmeal taste to it. The chef did a fantastic job with it, however. Unlike our experience at Mara, this waffle was cooked perfectly. The rest of the dish was good, though nothing amazing to report. We received rice milk and earth balance butter along side. The Kona coffee was a treat, as well.
Back again in June 2013 for more goodies! I can’t rave the brownies enough. But my stomach does get a bit mad at me when I eat this two days in a row. Still, what a nice treat option! Attached to the BabyCakes bakery is the Pollo Campano quick service restaurant where you can order rice, salsas, and chicken.