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Oct 20 2014

Review: Krusteaz Gluten-Free Pancakes

We didn’t waste anytime sampling the new Krusteaz Gluten-Free Pancakes that I found at Meijer last week. Jon came home over the weekend, so Aaron made a batch of pancakes for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

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The mix requires the addition of water, milk and egg. We tried the pancakes with both milk and almond milk and the results were pretty much the same.

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Jon asked for a big plate of pancakes, so that is what he got! Aaron served up these oversize pancakes on a serving platter we usually use to serve turkey at Thanksgiving. The pancakes are light and fluffy and full of flavor. I will definitely be purchasing this mix again to keep on hand for weekend mornings, especially since it was under $4.00 for a box that served us all weekend.

Have you tried the Krusteaz Gluten-Free Pancake Mix? I can’t wait to try the other Krusteaz Gluten-Free products.

Oct 18 2014

Review: Aldi Live Gfree Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets have always been a popular food item in our house. Before there were any gluten-free frozen chicken nugget offerings we would make them from scratch using a gluten-free flour or breading mix. While those are very good, sometimes time does not allow for homemade chicken nuggets.

Aldi’s Live Gfree line has frozen Chicken Nuggets for $4.99/bag, which is considerably less than the other gluten-free nuggets on the market.

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The nuggets are made from all white meat chicken raised with no antibiotics. They are milk, egg and nut-free in addition to being gluten-free.

Ingredients: chicken breast with rib meat, water, corn starch, salt, battered and breaded with water, rice flour, tapioca dextrin, corn starch, salt, spices, spice extractives (including extractives of paprika and turmeric), garlic powder, onion powder, ground celery. Breading set in soybean oil.

These nuggets can be made in the conventional oven, microwave oven or deep fried. Jon opted to use the microwave and the nuggets were ready in approximately 1 minute (6 nuggets). Cooking time may be longer for more nuggets. Jon enjoyed the nuggets and said that while they are smaller than some of the other gluten-free nuggets, they taste just as good.

Have you tried the Aldi Live Gfree Chicken Nuggets? What did you think? 

Oct 17 2014

Recipe: Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls

A little over a year ago I tried Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites and fell in love. They are a great portable, healthy snack. When I opened up my email and found this recipe for Popcorn Balls, I knew I had to share them with you guys, especially since Halloween is right around the corner. What a cool way to add some fun to your Halloween celebrations!

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Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls 


  • 5 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated buttery spread (Earth Balance)
  • 2 cups vegan marshmallows (Dandie’s brand)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bag Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, 6 pieces, roughly chopped 


In a 4-6 quart heavy pot, add buttery spread, marshmallows, cinnamon and sea salt. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off heat and add vanilla extract and Pistachio Chewy Bites. Stir well, mixing until uniform. 

Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to portion out the mixture into 10 balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet.    

Enjoy when cooled. 

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Pistachio Chewy Bites retail for $5.99 for a 6 pack or  $12.50 for a 16 pack and can be found online or in select stores across the US. 

Oct 16 2014

Applegate Recalls Gluten-Free Corn Dogs

Applegate Naturals is issuing a voluntary recall of their Gluten-Free Beef Corn Dog. The product doesn’t meet Applegate’s standards and they regret having to issue the recall. The product involved in the recall looks like the photo below and has a “Best Before” date of April 21, 2015.

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More about the recall:

What product is affected by the recall? 10-ounce packages of Applegate Naturals Gluten Free Beef Corn Dogs with the “Use By” date of April 21, 2015. Please note: this is the ONLY product affected by the voluntary recall.

How much of this product is out in the marketplace? We have confirmed that 972 packages of Applegate Naturals Gluten Free Beef Corn Dogs are potentially affected and were distributed to a limited area. The shipment of this product has been tracked, and all retailers with affected product have been notified.

Are any other Applegate products affected by the voluntary recall? No. Only Applegate Naturals Gluten Free Beef Corn Dogs with the “Use By” date of April 21, 2015. No other Applegate products are affected.

Why is Applegate removing this product from stores? One of Applegate’s customers, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) of Aurora, CO, reported that this identified batch of Applegate Naturals Gluten Free Beef Corn Dogs may have not been refrigerated properly. No reports of illness or injury have been reported. UNFI has contacted retailers and verified that shipments were made to stores in six states: Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Our customers can be assured that the issue that led to this is being investigated.

If you believe that you may have this product in your freezer, please read below:

What should customers do if they have an affected product and how do they get reimbursed? Customers can return any affected packages of Applegate Naturals Gluten Free Beef Corn Dogs to the retailer where they were purchased for a full refund.

Where can I go for more information? Customers with specific questions can email us at help@applegate.com or call us at 866-587-5858.

Oct 15 2014

Review: Breakfast Best Meat Lovers Breakfast Bowl

One of the areas Jon has been struggling with is breakfast. Sure he can eat the gluten-free toaster pastries, but there isn’t a lot of protein in those and he is often hungry long before his next meal rolls around. He is limited in his dorm room with what he can prepare, so when we found these frozen meals from Breakfast Best at Aldi, we bought a couple for him to try. 

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The frozen meals can be prepared in his microwave in approximately 4 minutes and contains 21 grams of protein. The first thing I did was flip over the box to make sure the product was gluten-free. No need to read through the ingredient list…the back of the box says “gluten-free” right on it.

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Jon thoroughly enjoyed this breakfast and hopes that it will become a staple he can depend on until he moves into a home with a full access kitchen. Once he moves, he will be able to prepare healthier meals from basic ingredients as opposed to eating mostly processed foods. 

I love that Aldi has the options available for him and for others who need quick, simple gluten-free meal solutions. Have you tried the breakfast bowls from Breakfast Best?