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Simple Gluten Free Meals

We’ve recently had an opportunity to serve a family in our church who follow a gluten free diet. It can be intimidating to prepare a meal for someone with a dietary restriction but there is no need to stock your cupboards with unusual flours or buy expensive prepared foods. Here are ten ideas I came up with, all around 30 minutes and $10 to prepare.

Rotisserie chicken, fresh orange slices, bagged salad mix
With this one you could just pick it up on your way, no prep required.

Chili or taco soup, tortilla chips, sliced pineapple
As easy as cans of corn, beans and tomatoes, ground beef and season.

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green salad
Substitute rice chex for the bread crumbs or leave them out altogether.

Chicken curry, rice, steamed broccoli
Chicken thighs, cooked with veggies in coconut milk and curry paste…yum.

Rice pasta or spaghetti squash with marinara sauce, green salad, apple slices
Trader Joe’s sells a very good brown rice pasta for about $2/bag.

Crockpot pork roast, rice, green salad
Here is a great rub recipe.

Pulled pork, baked potatoes, grapes
I’ve heard the Lloyd’s brand is gluten free and already prepared

Baked salmon, green salad, carrot sticks
Any fish could be great, whatever is on sale.

Crustless quiche, fruit salad
We really like this quiche recipe, just don’t make the crust. 

Hummus with chopped raw veggies
I think most brands are gluten free but check the ingredients.

If you enjoy bringing a sweet treat, here are a few ideas. Again, no special ingredients required!

Cocoa Powder Brownies
So good! You can leave out the flour altogether or sub in a little almond flour.

Peanut Butter Cookies
Made with items already in your cupboards.

Ice cream or pudding
Most brands are gluten free or make your own.

Thanks for your desire to serve one another.  May others see Jesus’  goodness in our love for one another.


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Hope

Hope seems to me the rosiest word, the most promising, brightest, most hopeful word in our language. I think we can endure anything if we have hope.

This week I felt for the first time HOPE that a dream might be fulfilled. And peace if it isn’t.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope… 1 Peter 1:3

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Prov 13:15

Though he slay me, will I hope in Him. Job 13:15


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Loving the others

I was recently reading a post about a teenage girl with cognitive delays and some of the struggles she faces. It brought tears to my eyes, and I prayed as I read that my boys would be loving and humble enough, filled with the Spirit, to love people like this. To freely love and be a friend to people who our culture does not accept.

As I was praying these things for my boys I saw that I need to be that person. That I need to allow the Spirit of God to fill me with love for people who are very other than me and not particularly desirable by our culture’s standards. So my prayer is that I will love those people and that God will use that example to build an even more radical love in my boys.

I recognize in myself a tendency to be comparing constantly, trying to be found ‘better’, neglecting to see my complete brokenness, unworthyness, my sin. This prevents me from seeing the beauty that is the image of God in others. That God may change my heart to love more fully.


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Gathering

We had a small gathering at our house tonight. Many were invited, few came, but it was really a huge encouragement. I was struck by the importance of community, how small gestures can mean a lot, how much I appreciate my godly heritage, and how blessed we are by generous friends.


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Hope and heartsickness

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

We’ve become much more familiar than we’d prefer with deferred hope, especially in these last two years. It can be easy to perseverate on our ‘sick’ hearts, on the injustices that’ve caused our pain, on the stress that we’re experiencing. But we have so much to be thankful for, and while we don’t know if our hope will ever be fulfilled short of heaven, we have several ‘trees of life’ to praise about.

Our sweet son
Another small babe on the way
Extended families who care about us
All our physical needs being met, and in abundance
A loving, encouraging, fun marriage built on the solid Rock
Eternal life from the Bread of Life, Light of the World, Resurrection and the Life