Enjoy a fall picnic with delicious gluten-free sandwiches made on BFree bread products
When I say “picnic,” you probably think of summer. But fall’s actually a better time to have a picnic outdoors! It isn’t stinkin’ hot, your food won’t get gross from the heat, the bugs and bees aren’t as aggressive, and you can put on a sweater or hoodie and enjoy dining in the crisp fall air. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy all the hallmarks of fall–squirrels gathering acorns, gorgeous blue skies, and colorful leaves falling from the trees–as you eat. Whether you have your picnic in the backyard, a park, or other favorite locale, here are the gluten-free noms and nibbles you should pack for your fall feast!
Bring an assortment of gluten-free sandwiches to your picnic. Although you may feel limited being a gluten-free eater, you’re really not! There are a wide variety of meats, cheeses, nut butters, and breads available for sandwiches. Get some inspiration from these five sandwich combos, all featuring various BFree bread products. Why BFree? Because, simply put, they’re the best gluten-free bread brand I’ve tried. Their breads are hearty, don’t fall apart or have huge holes, and they’re delicious. Multiple times, for multiple products, I had to check the packaging to make sure it really did say “gluten-free” on there. These breads taste so good, and have such an appealing texture, you really won’t believe they’re gluten-free! (Not sure where to buy BFree products? Click here for their product locator to find your BFree favorites in a store near you.)
Chicken, mozzarella, and tomato: Sure, salads are healthy, but sammies are yummier! This is a sandwich inspired by a traditional Caprese salad. Layer slices of Applegate Organics roasted chicken, sliced mozzarella cheese, and sliced tomato on a BFree Soft White Roll. Garnish with a basil leaf or two.
White chocolate strawberry PB&J: If you like sandwiches that taste as sweet as candy, this is for you (and definitely for your kids, who will undoubtedly love it). Take BFree’s Soft White Sandwich Bread and layer strawberry jam on one side, then layer Peanut Butter & Co.’s White Chocolate Wonderful on the other side. Put ’em together and cut into two triangles. Why two triangles? Because somehow it just tastes better that way! Pairs nicely with a fresh fruit salad. Also, it’s a fun vegetarian option for picnic guests who don’t eat meat.
Classic ham and cheese: You can’t go wrong with this one! Layer Applegate Organics Honey Ham and sliced cheddar cheese on a BFree Brown Seeded Roll. Goes well with a dash of your favorite gluten-free mustard.
Very veggie wrap: In the middle of a BFree Quinoa and Chia Seed Wrap with Teff and Flaxseeds, layer lettuce or baby spinach, sliced tomato, sliced peppers, and even a few sliced onions. If you’re feeling particularly seasonal, sprinkle on a few Craisins (the Original ones are gluten-free). Wrap it up and enjoy!
Roast beef and provo pita: Hot roast beef sandwiches are absolutely mouthwatering, but this cold sandwich hits the spot as well! In a BFree pita, layer Applegate Organics roast beef and sliced provolone cheese. Serve alongside a fresh green salad. If you prefer this sandwich hot instead of cold, save the cold version for your picnic and make the hot version for lunch, when you can pop it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Either way–YUM!
Gluten-free tip: Not all condiments are gluten-free! Do your research and make sure you purchase gluten-free ketchup, mustard, relish, or other condiments.
You don’t have to skip popular picnic sides just because you’re gluten-free! But you may have limited store-bought choices, so here’s how to make your own.
Pasta salad: Try this flavorful gluten-free Italian Pasta Salad from Iowa Girl Eats.
Fruit salad: Luckily, fruit salads are naturally gluten-free! Cut and combine your favorite fruits or try this delicious, seasonal Autumn Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Dressing from Kitchen Treaty.
Ambrosia: This naturally gluten-free ambrosia recipe from Alton Brown is the perfect sweet side to your favorite Sammy!
Gluten-free tip: Salad bars at grocery stores are hotbeds of cross-contamination. To ensure your green salads, fruit salads, or chopped veggies stay safe for you to eat, buy them whole and cut them up yourself at home.
What’s a picnic without the treats? Try these easy-to-pack snacks that everyone will enjoy.
Chips: Many potato chips are regional flavors! In Pennsylvania where I am, there are tons of Utz and Herrs chips that are gluten-free. Utz marks gluten-free status on the package; Herrs doesn’t, but they have a very comprehensive allergy chart on their website so you can clearly see what’s gluten-free and what’s not.
Pretzels: Once again, Glutino for the win! Whether you go with traditional pretzel twists or one of their flavored pretzels, like Fudge Covered or Salted Caramel Covered, you’re in for a treat! Bonus: Due to the cooler fall temps, the fudgy pretzels won’t melt in your hand!
Fruit snacks: You can’t get yummier—or cuter!—than Annie’s Homegrown fruit snacks, which are naturally gluten-free. I found their Organic Bunnies & Bats fruit snacks at Target—perfect for fall!
Move over, summertime lemonade! Fall picnics call for the following fun beverages…
Apple cider: Many regional brands of apple cider are gluten-free. Just read the ingredient label carefully to be sure!
Ginger ale: Honest Tea makes an amazing organic golden ginger ale “Honest Fizz” soda. Naturally gluten-free and totally tasty!
Iced tea: All Snapple iced tea varieties are gluten-free. To save on costs, we buy ours in bulk at BJ’s.
Which sandwich are you most looking forward to trying? Let me know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this article were provided to me for review purposes. This did not influence the article in any way; my opinions are my own. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t cover it here. See my personal disclaimer for more details.