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I am about to head out to college and i haven't had much time to get accustomed to Celiac because i was just diagnosed. i just need a little help with getting my foods. i don't really have access to an oven in my dorm so i would like to know if there are any quick microwaveable meals that i can get either online or any stores? i do have a micro-fridge. Thanks.

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There are some mico meals but they will add up$$. Are you allowed a toaster oven? If so, you could make quite a few things in it. A hotpot might be helpful. We used to use it boil pasta, make mac and cheese and instant noodle bowls. There are gluten-free versions of those too. A small automatic rice cooker might be helpful too.


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Son: ADHD '06,

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Hormel has a lot of gluten-free microwavable "meals" (they're a disclosing company). At walmart I saw a lot of them.

Dole has the mini fruit cups, which are good for snacks. And Bush's baked beans come in little cans with pop-top lids. Also, sunkist tuna comes in handy cans (so does their salmon) and some in little tear-open packets. Making a tuna (or salmon) salad and putting it on lettuce or cucumber is one of my favorite meals.

Also, if you're allowed an electric kettle in the dorm you can boil and egg in it. Thai Kitchens and Trader Joes make microwavable meals, and soups like that are like Ramen that you just add boiling water to.

Hope this helps.

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You can get some ideas if you check out "Parents of kids and babies". There are several recent threads that mention school lunches and have lots of good tips. Also under "friends and loved ones" there is one called lunch ideas that could be helpful.


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Pizza on soft corn tortillas - Place two corn tortillas on a plate, spread pizza sauce on top ( I like Enrico's) add shredded cheese (your choice, I use sharp chedder cheese) and toppings. I only add pepperoni but I am sure other toppings found on pizzas can be added, although some may need to be precooked. Put another corn tortilla on top and microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute (unitl the cheese is melted) I cut it into small pieces and eat it with a knife and fork.

Soft corn tortillas can also be used in place of bread to make "Melts" Place any cooked cold meat (turkey, chicken, ham, or tuna are examples) on 1/2 of a soft corn tortilla with cheese. Microwave until cheese melts. Add lettace and tomatoes and fold like a taco. Hormel makes gluten free deli meats that you can use.

Replace the corn tortilla with a rice cakes with the same ingredients above make an open face "Sandwich". These can also be eaten cold.

Microwaved baked potatos - Microwave potato for about 5 to 6 minutes - add cold turkey, chicken or ham, cheese and vegetable(optional). Microwave another couple of minutes

Heat refried beans and cheese. Eat with gluten free tortilla chips and sour cream.

Gluten free baked beans and gluten free hot dogs. Put 1/2 can of beans with 1 hot dog cut into pieces into a bowl. Heat and eat.

Maple Syrup, butter and gluten free bread. Place the gluten free bread on a plate, pour maple syrup on top and heat. Add butter. I like to add the butter about 1/2 why through the heating process

If you have access to a stove top you can make gluten free meals like spagetti or chili with rice or rice pasta and freeze the meals in individual meals. You might want to contact the local support group where you are going to school. Someone might be willing to let you borrow their stove one day a week.


Phyllis

Gluten Free - 30 years

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i really do appreciate all the ideas and recipes but i also have one more question. are lays potato chips good or bad? i've seen a couple of places online that say they are good but i don't really think i should trust some of these websites. i've been addicted to the chips for years and years before i was diagnosed and now i am a bit hesitant to eat them. and thanks again for all the help.

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Pizza on soft corn tortillas

Also good on a crispy tostada


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When I was in college, I lived on salads and trail mix that I made myself. I was always busy and on the go and could keep trail mix in my purse.

Nachos are really easy to make in the microwave. Just be sure your chips are the plain ones because the flavored ones can contain gluten. I use rice cheese on mine because I can't have dairy. Also canned refried beans, olives, tomatoes, onions, etc.

Daughter eats the Lay's potato chips with no problems. Just the plain ones. The flavored ones can contain gluten. Also the ruffled and wavy ones are fine. Again, the plain ones. Some people claim they have had problems with them, but she hasn't.

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