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Jan 26 2015

Review: Aldi Live Gfree Pancakes

Aldi has come a long way in the past year when it comes to gluten-free specialty products. Their store brand, Live Gfree, has become a permanent fixture in the stores with a diverse product line. When I ran into Aldi last week to pick up a loaf of the Live Gfree White Bread, I spotted the Live Gfree Pancakes for the first time. I picked up a box of the Homestyle and Blueberry varieties.

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The pancakes can be found in the frozen aisle close to the other breakfast food items. Each box contains 12 pancakes (4 servings).

Homestyle Ingredients: Water, white rice flour, soy flour, sugar, vegetable oil (soybean), tapioca starch, yellow corn flour, dextrose, salt, baking powder (sodium acid and pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch and mono calcium phosphate), soy lecithin.

Blueberry Ingredients: Water, white rice flour, soy flour, sugar, vegetable oil (soybean and/or canola), tapioca starch, yellow corn flour, dextrose, salt, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch and monocalcium phosphate), blueberries, soy lecithin, fructose, fruit juices (elderberry, watermelon and huito), natural flavor.

I was excited to have pancakes after my run on Saturday and even more excited that they took only 1-2 minutes to heat up and serve. I topped mine with fresh blueberries and maple syrup and then dug in. I thoroughly enjoyed these pancakes. The taste and texture is very close to homemade, but a lot easier. These pancakes cost under $4/box, though I am having a problem remembering for sure if they are $2.99 or $3.99. Jon agreed that these pancakes are amazing and wants me to make sure we are stocked with them all of the time. I reminded him he has a car and is able to go to Aldi whenever he pleases.

Aldi has a number of other products that are naturally gluten-free. To see where the closest Aldi to you is, check the store locator on the website. Have you tried the Live Gfree Pancakes? What do you think?

Jan 23 2015

Review: Cascadian Farm Organic Berry Vanilla Puffs

I am always on the lookout for new, quick breakfast ideas and snacks for Jon. I heard there was a new gluten-free cereal from Cascadian Farm Organic, so I kept my eyes open for it when I went to the grocery store last weekend. I was surprised that I found it the first time I looked for it, so I picked up a box.

Cascadian Farm Organic Berry Vanilla Puffs are corn puffs that are whole grain, gluten-free and non-GMO.

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Ingredients: Whole Grain Purple Corn*, Yellow Corn Meal*, Sugar*, Whole Grain Yellow Corn Meal*, Tapioca Syrup*, Sunflower Oil*, Sea Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Vanilla Extract*, Natural Flavor*, Vitamin E Added to Preserve FreshnessMAY CONTAIN SOY AND SESAME INGREDIENTS.*Organic

Each serving contains only 7 grams of sugar, 100 calories, 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. Both Jon and I really enjoyed this cereal. I like to eat it with vanilla almond milk, while Jon prefers cow’s milk.

This is the first gluten-free cereal from Cascadian Farm Organic, though they have many other gluten-free products that are naturally gluten-free. These products include frozen fruit, frozen vegetables, frozen potatoes, fruit spreads, juice concentrates and relish. Look for Cascadian Farm Organic products in your local grocery store.

Have you tried the new Berry Vanilla Puffs? What did you think? 

Jan 21 2015

Review: Udi’s Gluten-Free Ziti & Meatballs

Last fall I shared some exciting information about Udi’s Gluten-Free adding some new frozen meals to their impressive product line-up. Recently I have spotted some of these new products in our local grocery stores and purchased a couple to try them out. Today I am going to review the Udi’s Gluten-Free Ziti & Meatballs that I found last week at Walmart when I ran in to look for school supplies and waterproof boots. I just can’t help wandering around to look for fun, new gluten-free food items.

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The Ziti & Meatballs is a frozen, DIY meal that serves two average people or one hungry teenager. Each portion contains 18 grams of protein and goes perfectly with an Italian salad and gluten-free garlic bread (use Udi’s French Baguettes).

I can’t believe how quickly this meal cooked and how good it tasted! The aroma in the kitchen smelled like we had been cooking all day long! Jon fell in love and even though he proclaimed the meatballs to be a little too round, he asked me to buy it again. I like meals like this to help him learn to prepare his own food. The price was roughly $8.00, which isn’t bad considering it serves 2

Udi’s Gluten-Free Ziti & Meatballs can be found in the gluten-free freezer section of your local grocery store. If you are looking for something specific, check with your store manager.

Have you tried Udi’s Gluten-Free Ziti & Meatballs? What did you think?

Jan 19 2015

Coors Goes Gluten-Free

Next month Coors Brewing Company, located in Golden, Colorado, will introduce its very first gluten-free beer. The new gluten-free beer, called Coors Peak Copper Lager, debuts in Seattle and Portland.

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Coors Peak Copper Lager, made separately from gluten-containing beers, will be made with brown rice, malted brown rice and protein from peas. There are 170 calories per bottle (12 ounces). It appears that for the time being this beer will only be sold in Seattle and Portland. Let’s hope that changes and it soon becomes available across the country. 

Coors Peak Coppery Lager joins Anheuser-Busch’s Redbridge, New Grist, Bard’s, New Planet and Green’s in the gluten-free beer market. There are others that are technically considered gluten-free, but are actually “gluten-removed”. They check-in at under 20ppm gluten, but this girl steers clear of them.

Jan 16 2015

Among Friends Gluten-Free Baking Mixes

I found a new-to-me gluten-free baking mix when I was shopping at Costco last week. It caught my eye because of the unique packaging and ingredients. AmongFriends Hand-Crafted Baking Mixes are certified gluten-free and non-GMO. When I got home and began to research, I learned AmongFriends offers a nice variety of gluten-free mixes.

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Those different varieties include:

  • ‘Liv it up Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Shane’s Molasses Ginger Cookie Mix
  • Trish the dish Fruit Crisp Mix
  • CJ’s Double Chocolate Cookie Mix
  • Phil’em up Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Mix

More about AmongFriends Gluten-Free Mixes:

With our gluten-free mixes, you can haveyour cake—and eat it too. Yes, our mixes are absolutely delicious. But they’re also certified gluten-free, non-gmo, and whole grain. No white starches, gums or fillers. One bite will convince even the most ardent skeptics. That’s our gluten free promise: the best taste and texture AND the best nutrition.

Costco carries the Phil’em up Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Mix, which sounds absolutely divine! The mixes are sold 3 to a package for $9.89 at Costco. They can also be purchased from the AmongFriends website or various other grocery and health food stores in addition to Costco. 

Have you tried the AmongFriends Gluten-Free Mixes?