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Aug 26 2015

Review: Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Bagels

I discovered my love of bagels when I was 11 or 12 and living in New Jersey. Of course we lived close to New York City, known for the best bagels. I would choose a bagel over a muffin or other breakfast pastry any day. When I had to begin to follow the gluten-free diet in 2006, I almost felt like I lost a family member. Thankfully, gluten-free baked goods have come a long way and there are many delicious gluten-free bagel options on the market these days. 

Trader Joe’s has always been one of my favorite places to shop for gluten-free groceries. They have a lot of options which include many different gluten-free specialty items. On my latest visit to Trader Joe’s, I picked up their name brand gluten-free bagels. They are priced very reasonably at $3.99/4-pack. 

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I lightly toasted the bagel and made a turkey and avocado sandwich the following day for lunch. These bagels have a great texture and flavor. I also tried them for breakfast on Saturday after my long run topped with peanut butter and jelly and they were equally as tasty that way. 

Trader Joe’s has locations across the US, though not all products are available in all stores, so make sure to consult the gluten-free product list before getting your heart set on a certain product. Have you tried Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Bagels? What is your favorite Trader Joe’s gluten-free product?


Aug 24 2015

Katz Gluten-Free Introduces New “Grab n’ Go” Line

Gluten-free baked goods have come such a long way in the past several years. Katz Gluten-Free has been around for almost 10 years now, which is about how long I have been following the gluten-free diet. I remember the first time I tried their gluten-free products…I thought I had died and gone to heaven! Over the years they have added many products to their line-up. Today I am here to tell you about their new “Grab n’ Go” line, which is perfect for taking along to work/school, lunch, dinner, gym, vacation, etc. “Never feel deprived again!” 

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Right now there are four different Katz Gluten-Free products in the Grab n’ Go line:

  • White Bread
  • Small Dinner Rolls
  • Powdered Donuts
  • Chocolate Cupcakes

Are you tired of watching others eat bread and rolls when you go out to dinner? Now you don’t have to! Tired of seeing your child upset because they can’t have cake or cupcakes at a birthday party? Not anymore! The Grab n’ Go products come with 8 individually packaged items that just have to be thawed and then enjoyed. No hassle, no mess, no sad faces. 

Katz Gluten-Free products are manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free facility. Their products can be found in health food stores across the US and Canada or ordered online. Next day shipping is available for $15 or it is free if your order is over $99, so stock up! 

Have you tried any of the Katz Gluten-Free products? If so, which ones are your favorites? I love the Blueberry Pie, Powdered Donuts, Chocolate Cupcakes and English Muffins. Jon loves it all! 


Aug 21 2015

Review: Gluten-Free at Brio Tuscan Grille

When my mom and step dad visited in July we ate several meals out. We don’t eat out as often as we used to, so it was kind of nice to see some of the changes made to gluten-free menus at places we hadn’t been to in a while. We went to Brio Tuscan Grille on a gorgeous, sunny July afternoon and sat on the patio for an amazing lunch. I was a little concerned about the addition of needing to eat dairy-free in addition to gluten-free, but the server, manager and chef took my needs very seriously.

Brio’s gluten-free menu has several different options, including gluten-free pastas, but I ended up settling on the Salmon Griglia Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and having them omit the feta cheese.

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The salad is gorgeous, flavorful and fresh! I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to go back and have it again!

Brio does offer one gluten-free dessert, a Creme Brûlée, but it’s obviously not dairy-free, so I didn’t have it. The cold glass of Chardonnay I enjoyed with my salad satisfied me.

Brio Tuscan Grille has locations across the US. Use the location finder on their website to find the location closest to you. Have you dined gluten-free (and dairy-free) at Brio? What did you have? How was your experience?


Aug 19 2015

Gluten-Free Bento Box Ideas with San-J

Packed lunches don’t have to be boring. They don’t even have to be in a traditional lunch box. Add some excitement to lunch time with these great Gluten-Free Bento Box recipe ideas from San-J and Carol Kicinski. San-J offers a wide variety of Tamari, Shoyu and Cooking Sauces in addition to Miso, Salad Dressings and Crackers. I am sharing a couple of the recipe ideas below, but you can view more recipes on the San-J recipes page.

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Beef & Broccoli Salad by Carol Kicinski

INGREDIENTS

  • 1½ cups      Broccoli Florets
  • ¼ pound      Roast Beef, cooked and chopped
  • ½ cup          Carrots, shredded
  • ¼ cup          San-J Mongolian Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Serves: 2

DIRECTIONS

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Drop the broccoli florets into the boiling water and cook for 3 – 4 minutes or until crisp tender. Immediately drain and place the broccoli into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Combine the blanched broccoli with the roast beef, carrots, and San-J Mongolian Sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Can be made a day ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.

Asian BBQ Chicken Wraps by Carol Kicinski

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups         Chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 4 Tablespoons  San-J Asian BBQ Sauce, plus more for serving
  • 4 cups         Coleslaw Mix, finely shredded
  • 1/3 cup         Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons      Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons      Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon      Kosher or Fine Sea Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon      Black Pepper
  • 6 large         Gluten Free Wraps

Serves: 6

DIRECTIONS

Combine chicken with San-J Asian BBQ Sauce. Can be made up to one day ahead, stored covered in the refrigerator. In a separate bowl, combine the coleslaw mix with the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Can be made up to one day ahead, store covered in the refrigerator.  Divide the chicken mixture evenly on to the wraps. Divide half of the coleslaw evenly on top of the chicken. Roll the wraps tightly, cut in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Serve the remaining coleslaw in a separate container. Pour some more San-J Asian BBQ Sauce into small covered containers for dipping the roll ups into when eating.

I love that both of the above recipes are dairy-free in addition to gluten-free and can see making both for lunch (or dinner). San-J products are available in stores across the US and online. Don’t forget they also offer their Organic Soy Sauce Tamari in travel packets!


Aug 17 2015

Daiya Adds Cheezy Mac & Cheesecake to Line-Up

Daiya cheese has been around for a few years now. They started with shreds and then moved to slices, blocks and cream cheese-style spreads. They have been expanding their product line over the last year or two and now they are including a brand new gluten-free Cheezy Mac and Cheezecake. Oh, how I miss cheesecake! In addition to being vegan and dairy-free, Daiya products are also free of soy. 

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There are three different varieties of Cheezy Mac:

  • Deluxe Cheddar Style
  • Deluxe White Cheddar Style Veggie
  • Deluxe Alfredo Style

The Cheezy Mac can be made in roughly 10-15 minutes by boiling the pasta and then simply adding the sauce and mixing thoroughly. 

There are four different varieties of Cheezecake:

  • New York Cheezecake
  • Key Lime Cheezecake
  • Chocolate Cheezecake
  • Strawberry Cheezecake

This makes my heart sing! I am excited about finding these new Cheezecakes in our local health food or grocery store. If these products are anything like the other Daiya products, I am sure they are delicious! Have you spotted or tried the Daiya Cheezy Mac or Cheezecake? If so, please share your thoughts!