We have been asked a LOT about how people can help our family. One thing that always comes up is of course- meal trains. Because Esella and I have celiac disease- we can’t accept foods made outside our home unless they are made in a GF home/kitchen OR unless they are from trusted restaurants.
(This is especially true for E who got “glutened” at Disneyland and is now even more fearful of foods).
Anyway…I believe there are two different meal train-type- things that have been set up for us….and I will provide information for those when I have them. For now…I wanted to share how you can help through these trains or even outside of them- if you do not have a GF kitchen.
- Gift cards to Restaurants that are safe
- Gift cards to Doordash or Grub Hub that we can use to have food delivered.
- Drop off foods at our door that we can eat/snack on
- Drop off ingredients for a meal at our home
- Come cook a meal at our house that can be eaten then OR frozen for later.
- Offer to take our kid(s) for a few hours on the days after chemo (or sleepovers). This round- my hard days were #2 & #3 after. I have Chemo on Thursdays- so these are always the weekend. We had 2/4 gone most of Saturday the first round and it was really helpful!
Giftcards for Meals:
- Life Is Sweet, Danville
- C Casa, San Ramon
- California Pizza Kitchen, Walnut Creek
- The Counter, Walnut Creek
- Red Robin, Concord
- PF Changs, Walnut Creek
- In n Out, California
- Mixt, San Ramon
- Yalla Mediterranean, Walnut Creek
- Ike’s Love and Sandwiches, Danville
- Mariposa Bakeshop & Cafe, Oakland
- True Food Kitchen, Walnut Creek
- Urban Plates, Pleasant Hill
- Danville Harvest, Danville
- Mariposa Bakeshop & Cafe, Oakland
Meals that could be dropped off to be prepared (IDEAS)
- Tacos (mission flour tortillas, hard corn tortillas, and soft corn tortillas; ground beef or chicken breasts, shredded taco cheese, chunky medium salsa, onion, 3 bell peppers of any colors, sour cream)
- Pasta (box of barilla pasta, Aidell’s meatballs (2 packs) or Aidell’s sausage (whatever flavor), red pasta sauce OR pesto sauce, veggies like onions, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, etc.) A salad with cucumber and tomatoes is nice to go with it- and a 2 pack of bagettes for garlic bread is nice too- Schaar (usually found fresh), or Against the Grain or Udi’s (found frozen).
- Three frozen pizza’s GF with a side salad (Cheese, Pepperoni and maybe something like chicken or something on it- a more “grown up” pizza….ha)
- Grilled Cheese and soup: Bread, Cheeses, GF soup, simple salad.
- Chicken Skewers with sides: Costco has chicken skewers that are GF and easy to heat up. These go great with many sides- we usually do a veggie and a carb (potatoes, GF frozen French fries, rice, etc).
Foods that can be dropped off:
- Chex cereal (Corn, Vanilla, Chocolate, or Peanut Butter flavors)
- Natures Path GF Oatmeal- Brown Sugar Maple flavor
- KIND Granola (Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Oats & honey)
- Bob’s Redmill 1 to 1 GF flour
- Gluten Free Bisquick
- Annie’s Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese
- Pacific Foods Creamy Tomato Soup
- Pacific Foods Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
- White Rice
- Barilla Gluten Free Pastas
- Microwave Popcorn (POP secret or other brand- with butter- check label)
- Pirates Booty
- Veggie Straws (make sure it’s GF)
- Mandarin Oranges (little cups)
- Ortega Hard Yellow Corn Taco Shells
- Nut Thins Crackers
- Z bars- Protein Bars- Peanut Butter or Chocolate Chip
Perishable but Freezable (can be found either fresh or frozen)
- Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White Bread (kids favorite bread)
- Canyon Bakehouse Everything Bagels
- Canyon Bakehouse Heritage Bread (adults like this one)
- Canyon Bakehouse hotdog & hamburger buns
- Nature’s Path Gluten Free Frozen Waffles
- Udi’s Bagels- white (freezer section usually)
- Udi’s hotdog & hamburger buns
- Freshetta Gluten Free Cheese Pizza
- Freshetta Gluten Free Pepperoni Pizza
- Milton’s Cauliflower Crust pizzas (2 packs at Costco)
- CPK GF Pizzas
- Frozen strawberries (use for smoothies)
- Ore-Ida Tator Tots- family size
Fresher foods that should last a bit in the fridge
- Aidell’s meatballs (Italian, caramelized onion- nothing with teriyaki)
- Aidell’s Sausage (most flavors- we don’t like mango- double check its GF- nothing with teriyaki)
- Farmer John’s Bacon
- Sliced cheese (medium cheddar-most used, provolone, swiss, jack)
- Italian Dry Salami (double check it’s GF)
- Mission GF soft “flour” tortillas
- Mission GF corn tortillas
- White or Yellow onions
- Sweet potatoes
- Any other potatoes (love them all)
- Bell peppers of any color
- Grapes (I prefer red/purple but my kids like all of them)
- Grape tomatoes
- Organic vanilla yogurt
I will continue to keep this list updated as we think of other things to add. If you have questions- PLEASE reach out and I can answer them (like specific GF brands of foods you are wondering about). In addition- Everett is a “vegetarian” meaning…he doesn’t eat meat but he does eat lots of fruit and dairy ;).
Also- I don’t love cilantro. Just saying.
But I do love tacos. And guacamole. And Bacon. And salads…..