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Jul 1 2015

Recipe: Delicious Bruschetta

Welcome to July! Can you believe 2015 is half over already? I really don’t know where the time goes. It sure hasn’t been feeling much like summer here in Ohio. In fact the weather has been much more like spring with all of the rain and fall with the cooler temperatures. Hopefully July brings some more summer-like weather along with it!

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Since the Fourth of July is just days away, I wanted to share another recipe with you guys. This recipe is simple to prepare and perfect for entertaining.

Delicious Bruschetta

*recipe courtesy of Glutino

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Glutino Bagel Chips
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • 2.5 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions:

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Preheat broiler to high. Arrange the bagel chips in a single layer on the baking sheet. Chop the tomatoes and basil and mince the garlic. In a mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and basil. Spoon the tomato mixture onto the bagel chips. Place in the oven for 7-10 minutes. Serve warm.

As I was reading through the recipe for the Bruschetta, I was thinking of all of the other ways I could use the plain Glutino Bagel Chips. A few that come to mind:

  • Top with tuna salad (tuna + mashed avocado + sea salt) and serve cold
  • Top with tuna salad (traditional with mayo) and cheese, broil and serve warm
  • Top with marinara, mozzarella and fresh basil. 

If dessert is more your thing, top the Cinnamon and Sugar Bagel Chips with cream cheese and a thinly sliced strawberry for a sweet treat. 

However you choose to celebrate, remember gluten-free doesn’t have to mean taste-free. Enjoy the foods you can have! 

*The products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thought and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.  

 


Jul 1 2015

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Jun 29 2015

Review: Glutino Animal Crackers

There are some foods I don’t realize I miss until I taste a gluten-free version of them. I didn’t make a habit of eating animal crackers or Teddy Grahams as an adult, even after I had kids, so it had been years since I had had either of them. When I began the gluten-free diet in 2006, those two items weren’t even on my radar. Until yesterday, that is.

We recently received a shipment of Glutino products to sample and review and included in that package were two different varieties of animal crackers.

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Glutino Animal Crackers – Original – INGREDIENTS: TAPIOCA FLOUR, RICE FLOUR, CANE SUGAR, TAPIOCA SYRUP, PALM OIL, CASSAVA FLOUR, WATER, EGG WHITES, POTATO FLOUR, XANTHAN GUM, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, SODIUM BICARBONATE, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Glutino Animal Crackers – Graham – INGREDIENTS: TAPIOCA FLOUR, RICE FLOUR, CANE SUGAR, PALM OIL, TAPIOCA SYRUP, WATER, CASSAVA FLOUR, EGG WHITES, POTATO FLOUR, XANTHAN GUM, SALT, MOLASSES, CARAMELIZED SUGAR, SOY LECITHIN, SODIUM BICARBONATE, NATURAL FLAVOR, CINNAMON

Hannah (my non-gluten-free child) and I broke into these while I was making dinner the other night. I thought it would be a great idea to get her opinion, as she loves animal crackers and Teddy Grahams and has eaten them both recently. We both tried the Original variety first. I was instantly transported back to my childhood upon the first bite! I can’t believe how much these taste like the animal crackers I enjoyed as a child. Hannah agrees and added that she just had some non-gluten-free animal crackers the week before. She said if she was blindfolded she wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. The Graham Animal Crackers are like a gluten-free version of Teddy Grahams. The flavor and texture is spot on and once again, Hannah said she wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if she was blindfolded.

Glutino products can be found in grocery and health food stores across the US and online. If your local store isn’t carrying your favorite Glutino product, find the manager and ask them to!

Have you tried Glutino’s Animal Crackers? What did you think?

*The products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 


Jun 26 2015

National Chocolate Pudding Day

Today is National Chocolate Pudding Day. Did you know there was such a thing? I didn’t until Kozy Shack contacted me and asked if I would be interested in sampling their chocolate pudding. Of course I said yes, even though I knew I personally wouldn’t be able to join in the sampling. Jon and Hannah love pudding and chocolate happens to be one of their favorite varieties.

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Kozy Shack Chocolate Pudding is made from simple ingredients, including real milk, with no preservatives or hydrogenated oils. Since the package arrived mid-morning, the kids wasted no time making a pudding bowl for snack.

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Jon’s bowl was topped with Live Gfree Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, while Hannah (not gluten-free) topped hers with Thin Mints. They both raved about how smooth and tasty the pudding is and asked for more. More about Kozy Shack Chocolate Pudding:

Ingredients: Reduced fat milk, sugar, tapioca starch – modified. Contains less than 2% of cocoa (processed with alkali), salt, carrageenan, maltodextrin, natural flavor.

Kozy Shack also offers Rice and Tapioca Puddings are can be found in grocery stores nationwide. How will you celebrate National Chocolate Pudding Day? 

*The products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 


Jun 24 2015

Glutino July 4th Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

The Fourth of July holiday falls on a Saturday this year and is just around the corner. We are in the midst of cookout season which just so happens to be one of my favorite times of the year. Glutino shared an amazingly delicious recipe with us that I want to pass along to you guys. This recipe is perfect for the Fourth of July holiday to make for your family or to bring to any cookout you are invited to. 

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Using Glutino Buffalo Pretzels

*Makes 36 to 40 Meatballs
These meatballs are a lighter, healthier alternative to Buffalo wings and to regular meatballs, too. They are quick to make and crushed Glutino Buffalo-style pretzels double as binder and flavoring at once. Drizzle with hot sauce and serve. We could not stop eating these addictive treats. Bet you’ll be hooked, too.

Ingredients

• 2 ½ to 3 cups Glutino Buffalo style Pretzels (to yield 1 ¼ cups of ground pretzels)

• 1 ½ pounds ground chicken, preferably all dark meat

• 3 cloves garlic, peeled• 2 large eggs

• 1 tablespoon gluten free Louisiana red pepper hot sauce*, more to coat the cooked meatballs

• 3/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray the surface with vegetable spray. Set aside.
Place half the pretzels in the bowl of a food processor. Process until finely ground. Remove and repeat with remaining pretzels. Remove and chop the garlic until finely minced.
In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, pretzel crumbs, garlic, eggs, and hot sauce. Mix well. Add the blue cheese and stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 36 meatballs.
Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes, or until all sides are browned. Pour 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot sauce in a shallow bowl. Add half the meatballs and toss to coat with hot sauce. Repeat with remaining meat balls. 
Serve immediately.
* Frank’s Redhot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce is moderately spicy and gluten free. But many other brands are also safe. Adjust the heat to your liking. 

The picture above shows the meatballs served on a toothpick with a grape tomato, which is a wonderful way to make them easy to eat.