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What Do You Bring For Yourself When Everyone Else Can Eat The Bafett?
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I have to go to the kid's swim dinner party and have to bring my dinner. What should I bring for myself? It is super hot here. It will be at a senior center. They are just renting the room. Thanks, I'm stuck.

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What will everyOne else be having? Sometimes I try to stick close to that. Although, one can never go wrong with a big salad and homemade dressing, especially if it's a hot day!

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I always use that situation as an excuse to go to my favorite gluten free bakery and pick up a chicken salad arepa (which is a sandwich), a cupcake (sometimes 2) and usually a half dozen cakepops and some brownies or cookies. I'll bring the arepa and whatever dessert I want, usually a cupcake. Of course I'm not afraid to be different. B)

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I always use that situation as an excuse to go to my favorite gluten free bakery and pick up a chicken salad arepa (which is a sandwich), a cupcake (sometimes 2) and usually a half dozen cakepops and some brownies or cookies. I'll bring the arepa and whatever dessert I want, usually a cupcake. Of course I'm not afraid to be different. B)

MMMM...cupcakes!! 😍

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This is where you can really shine by making some of my favourites which are easy to make, take and keep nicely at room temp:

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Barbecued Ribs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Marinated Feta Cheese with homemade gluten-free black peppercorn crackers

Sweet potato fries and an interesting dip such as blueberry "ketchup"

Potato skins

Roasted carrot hummus and intriguing vegetables

Chicken and dumplings

Pizza - great hot, room temp or cold

Quiche

Chewy chocolate chip cookies

Shortbread

Fruit tarts

Brownies

And, since you mentioned it's hot, why not a feta, toasted pine nut, basil and watermelon salad?

It is simple to make something naturally gluten free and the dessert items are also very easy.

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In a situation like that, I generally bring leftovers, 'cause I don't want to cook. ;)

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I usually bring a salad full of tons of veggies and grilled chicken.

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I usually bring some gluten-free turkey from the deli, some cheese and cracker and some snacks like fruit, applesauce, cookies, yogurt (if I brought an ice pack). It's not that far off from what I brought for lunch back in high school but it's tasty, dependable, easy, not fussy and in a pinch you can pick it up at the grocery store on the way. I went to the movies with friends a couple weeks ago and on the way found myself starving. I stopped at the local market that has all boars head deli so I know it's gluten-free got some turkey and cheddar grabbed a box of gluten-free crackers and I was all set. I won't lie, I ate it during the previews : ) Yay! Hope this helps and good luck!

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Depending on the situation I either stick close to whatever everyone else is having or make that my excuse to stop for take-out gluten-free pizza (we have a great place where the owner if celiac! yum).

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If it's too hot to cook and you don't have refrigeration where you'll be, then the easiest thing is to bring individually wrapped things, like cups of tuna and applesauce, a bag of crackers, a little hummus, carrots, etc. Even refrigerated things like yogurt, cheese sticks, and hard boiled eggs will keep for a little while at room temp. Roll up lunchmeat and cheese slices around pickle or cucumber spears. Treat yourself to some Pirate Booty or a Snickers bar to make up for having to eat differently from the rest. They will want what you have!

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