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Jul 6 2015

Review: Live Gfree Frozen Cheese Ravioli

I have a love/hate relationship with Aldi. I love their low prices and gluten-free options, but I hate that some of those gluten-free options aren’t permanent fixtures in the stores. I understand not continuing the items that may not sell as well, but I hear all too often that a favorite Live Gfree product is no longer available. It seems Aldi debuts several Live Gfree products at a time and then only keeps a few around for good. 

That being said, I still love to shop at Aldi and their Live Gfree line has many products that Jon loves. One of his newest loves is the Cheese Ravioli. This is not the frozen meal version you just pop in the microwave, but a resealable bag of frozen ravioli you can make all at once or in smaller portions. 

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These ravioli didn’t take long to cook on the stove. We simply followed the instructions on the package, which took less than 15 minutes. Jon chose to add Prego Three Cheese sauce to his ravioli, but you can choose whatever your heart desires. He raved about the texture and flavor and wants to me buy them again as long as they are available, but I am not optimistic since they are listed on the website

Do you have a favorite Aldi Live Gfree product? What is it?


Jul 3 2015

Holiday Recipe: Yellow Cake with Raspberry & Chocolate Frosting

Bob’s Red Mill is our July 2015 sponsor, so I wanted to take some time to share this awesome recipe from Bob’s Red Mill that would be just perfect for any Fourth of July celebration. This recipe uses their brand new Gluten-Free Muffin Mix and is soy-free in addition to being gluten-free. 

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Ingredients

Yellow Cake*

  • 16 oz pkg Gluten Free Muffin Mix 
  • 1/4 cup Sugar 
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 3  Eggs 
  • 1/4 cup Oil 
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 

Raspberry Frosting

  • 4 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar 
  • 1 1/2 cups Butter soft
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp Milk if needed
  • 1 cup Raspberries 

Chocolate Ganache

  • 5 oz Dark Chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 

Instructions

Cake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.In a large bowl, combine sugar, milk, eggs, oil and vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add Gluten Free Muffin Mix and mix until thoroughly combined.Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 – 30 minutes. Remove parchment paper and let cool completely before frosting.

Raspberry Frosting

Combine powdered sugar and soft butter and mix on low speed for 1 minute to combine with an electric mixer.Increase speed to medium and mix until light and fluffy, 3 – 5 minutes.Add vanilla extract, raspberries, and milk if needed to adjust consistency, and mix until raspberries have tinted the frosting pink but have not completely blended into the frosting, about 1 minute.Slice cooled cake in half through the center, creating two equal layers. Spread an even layer of raspberry frosting on top of one layer. Place the second cake layer on top of the frosted layer and then frost the entire cake. Transfer to the refrigerator to set for 15 minutes before applying ganache.

Chocolate Ganache

Place chopped chocolate in a medium sized bowl and set aside.Heat cream in a small saucepan to just simmering but NOT boiling. Pour hot cream over chocolate and whisk to melt chocolate and create a thick and smooth ganache.Without letting the ganache cool, remove cake from the refrigerator and pour the very warm ganache over the top of the cake, allowing some ganache to drip down the sides of the cake. Let set for about 15 minutes then serve.

Recipe Notes* For a chocolate cake, add 2 Tbsp cocoa powder to the Gluten Free Muffin Mix before combining with wet ingredients.

Bob’s Red Mill offers a wide variety of gluten-free products that can be found in grocery and health food stores across the US and online


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

Thank You To Our July 2015 Sponsor!

Websites can be expensive to run, ranging from bandwidth costs to paying writers, and Celiac-Disease.com is no exception. Fortunately, we have had a great sponsor for many years now helping us to keep the virtual lights on.

If you find yourself or someone you love needing to eat gluten-free, Bob’s Red Mill is a great place to start. Bob’s Red Mill has been a staple in the gluten-free community for as long as I can remember. Most notably, Bob’s Red Mill offers their popular gluten-free all purpose baking flour, but over the years they have added all sorts of new gluten-free products to their lineup. You can choose from cereals, oatmeals, and baking mixes like cookies, cakes, and pancake mixes.

If you’d like to give them a try, you can find a store nearby and grab this $1 coupon to try them for yourself!!

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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.