WRITTEN by CHRIS & ANNE ENSOLL
From time to time we re-post old favourites just in case you didn’t see them first time round. This post was first published on 4th August 2016 as My Top 5 Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Expo Foods.
Being gluten- and lactose-intolerant means that I can’t eat anything containing wheat, oats, barley, rye, and milk or mild products. Lots of the usual expo food items are out for me – pasta, butties, cheese, chocolate, most breakfast cereals including porridge, and many of the standard dried expo meals. Over the years I have tried different combinations of energy-dense food that is compact, lightweight and low on packaging, and now I have my go-to favourites that I take on every expo.
1. Look What We Found ready meals
These have transformed my expo dinners. Before we found them, Anne would make a pot of bolognaise sauce, and we would double-bag it in zip-loc bags. It made a nice tasty meal, but it was heavy and there was always a possibility of leakages. Not all the meals in the LWWF range are GF and DF, so worth reading the labels if there are things you can’t eat.
2. Rice noodles
Another great find. They weigh almost nothing, take 4 minutes to cook, and go perfectly with the LWWF meals
A very quick and tasty way to consume lots of calories
4. Nuts/raisins/dried fruit mix
Great for munching on during the day
5. Mrs Crimble’s jam coconut macaroons
These are perfect expo food – they don’t crumble, and they are just as good when squashed.
6. Dried sausage
Really good for snacking on, very tasty and loads of calories. I chop it up and bag it.
Here’s a quick summary of everything that I take:
Cornflakes: Whole Earth cornflakes don’t contain barley malt, so they are gluten-free. I add hot water to make cornflake porridge
Corn thin sandwiches with jam & peanut butter - I make these up before I go, knowing that they will be soggy when I eat them
LUNCH/SNACKS THROUGH THE DAY
Corn thin sandwiches with jam & peanut butter
Nuts/raisins/dried fruit mix
Hummus and carrot sticks
Crisps (first day only) - Seabrooks Crinkle Cut Sea Salt
Fruit – apple, banana (first day only)
Whole dried bananas when we can get them
Home-made banana and cinnamon muffins or carrot cake
Jam coconut macaroons
Look What We Found meal
Muffins, cake or jam coconut rings
Tea bags - fruit or Rooibos Vanilla