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Jul 29 2015

The Gluten-Free Bar Introduces New Bites

Towards the end of last year (2014) I reviewed The Gluten Free Bar Bites. They have become one of my favorite snacks and I have placed many orders while I patiently wait for them to become available in stores close by me. I got word a few weeks back that The Gluten Free Bar added a few new flavors to the Bites line-up. I have since received samples and wasted no time digging and (and sharing them with friends).

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The new varieties include:

  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Dark Chocolate Hazelnut

More about the Bites:

  • Packed with a complete source of protein derived from brown rice and pea protein (10-12 grams!)
  • High in fiber and made with all-natural (70% organic) and GMO-free ingredients
  • Certified gluten-free, vegan, and Kosher (made in-house at GFB’s dedicated facility)
  • Free of fillers, additives, wheat, soy, cholesterol, trans fat, casein and dairy
  • Sweetened with low-glycemic agave nectar, brown rice syrup, and dates instead of added sugar

So, what did I think? While Dark Chocolate Coconut is still my favorite variety, the new flavors are spectacular! These are great for on-the-go as there is nothing in them to melt! I keep a bag in my car for those times when I just can’t wait to get home to eat and the “bite-size” makes them that much easier to eat.The Gluten Free Bites are available online and at select retailers nationwide for an SRP of $4.99 – $5.99 per 4oz re-sealable bag.

Have you tried any of The Gluten Free Bar Bites flavors?

*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.

Jul 27 2015

Review: Tony Roma’s Ready-to-Eat Meat Entrees

A few weeks back we received some samples from Tony Roma’s. Tony Roma’s has a line of ready-to-eat meat entrees that are free of gluten and artificial ingredients. We received the Signature Pulled Pork and St. Louis Style Pork Ribs and they couldn’t have come at a better time. We had company in for the week and we planned on having the Tony Roma’s entrees for dinner one night.

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All we had to do is make some side dishes and heat up the meat. Both the pulled pork and the ribs took less than 30 minutes to prepare. The pulled pork heated up quickly in the microwave, while the ribs heated for about 20 minutes in the oven. We are huge fans of pulled pork and ribs in this house, so when I tell you that we were very impressed with these products, you know where I am coming from. The pulled pork was moist and flavorful and tasted very similar to the pork I make that takes 8-10 hours in the crockpot. The ribs were equally as tasty, but not quite as tender. These products make a great option if you are looking for a convenient meal that tastes like you spent hours cooking it.

Below is a recipe for pizza using the pulled pork. Man, I was drooling just looking at that picture!


Tony Roma’s Kansas City Style BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza (Gluten Free)

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • Gluten-free pizza crust of choice
  • 1 pkg. (2 cups) Tony Roma’s KC Style Sweet Hickory Pulled Pork
  • 1/2 cup gluten free tomato sauce
  • 4 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
  • 1½  cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup red onions, sliced
  • 2 Tbs. gluten free barbeque sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Preheat grill to 450°F and lightly oil the grate.

Heat Tony Roma’s Pulled Pork as per package instructions.

Lay pizza crust down flat on the grate. Close the lid and cook for three minutes, or until bottom of crust starts to become lightly browned.

Transfer crust from grill to a baking sheet, grilled side up and close the grill.

Layer crust with marinara sauce, followed by pulled pork, onions and scallions. Top with cheese.

Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.

Place crust back on the grill over indirect heat with the lid open.

Cook 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and the bottom is browned.

Remove from grill and barbeque sauce. Slice and serve!

Look for Tony Roma’s Ready-to-Eat Meat Entrees in grocery stores across the US. Have you tried any of Tony Roma’s products?

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

Jul 24 2015

Review: Coconut Dream Yogurt

Several months ago I removed dairy from my diet. It was one of those things I knew I needed to do, but put off because I really, really loved cheese. Since I didn’t have a true dairy allergy, I thought I could get away with taking Lactaid with any dairy products I ate. I quit drinking milk after the birth of our second child, so really the only dairy I ate was cheese, yogurt, ice cream and whatever dairy happened to be in any baked goods or processed foods. When I continued to have lingering stomach problems and I was certain I was not getting gluten anywhere, I knew it was time to give it up.

When I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing Coconut Dream Yogurt, I jumped at the opportunity! I missed yogurt and was excited at the thought of having it back in my life!

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Coconut Dream is made by Hain Celestial, which has a line of non-dairy products made from various ingredients such as rice, soy, almond, sprouted rice, coconut and cashew. The Coconut Dream line initially started out as Shelf-Stable Non-Dairy Beverages and then Frozen Dessert Bites. Now there are five different varieties of Coconut Dream Yogurt.

  • Plain
  • Blueberry
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla

The line is:

  • Made from real coconuts
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Excellent source of calcium

I didn’t know what to expect as I went to sample the yogurt. I wanted to remove the thought from my head that it would taste like the yogurt I was accustomed to. I was really impressed with both the smooth texture and taste of this yogurt. So creamy and flavorful and just a subtle hint of coconut flavor. Look for Coconut Dream Yogurt in your local grocery store.

Have you tried Coconut Dream Yogurt? What about any other non-dairy yogurts?

*The products mentioned in this blog 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. 

Jul 22 2015

Review: Lance Gluten-Free Sandwich Crackers

Do you remember eating sandwich crackers as a child? I sure do. My favorites were the kind with cheese in the middle, as I was not a fan of peanut butter as a child (I’ve since come around). While I didn’t really eat these types of crackers on a regular basis, once I began the gluten-free diet and I couldn’t have them, they looked a lot more attractive. 

Lance, best known for their sandwich crackers, recently introduced two different varieties of gluten-free sandwich crackers.

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Cheddar Cheese – Rice Flour, Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil and/or Soybean Oil), Rice Starch, Cheese Powder (Whey, Maltodextrin, Cheddar Cheese [Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Butter [Cream, Salt], Buttermilk, Natural Flavors, Salt, Yeast Extract, Sunflower Oil, Paprika Extract [Color]), Dairy Whey, Sugar, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Potato Starch, Salt, Corn Syrup, Cellulose Gum, Nonfat Dry Milk, Oat Fiber, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Locust Bean Gum.

Peanut Butter – Rice Flour, Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil and/or Soybean Oil), Peanuts, Rice Starch, Sugar, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Cornstarch, Potato Starch, Corn Syrup, Cellulose Gum, Nonfat Dry Milk, Oat Fiber, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Locust Bean Gum.
Allergy InformationCONTAINS: MILK, SOY, PEANUT

Both varieties are certified gluten-free and egg-free and should be on the shelves of grocery stores across the US. I found them for under $4/box at Meijer in Westerville, Ohio. 

I had both Jon and Hannah (not gluten-free) sample these crackers to get opinions from someone who has recently had the regular, non-gluten-free Lance sandwich crackers. Hannah said she could not tell the difference and really enjoyed them. Jon immediately fell in love and may have already finished one of the boxes. 

Have you spotted or tried the new Lance Gluten-Free Sandwich Crackers? Share your thoughts below.  

Jul 20 2015

Review: The Worthington Inn

I had the pleasure of spending a special evening with my mom last week when she was in town. We spent some time sifting through local restaurant recommendations and ended up choosing The Worthington Inn. The Worthington Inn was built in 1831 as a private residence and though it has changed a bit in appearance over the years, the current owners work hard to maintain the traditions, which include offering the finest quality food and service in Central Ohio. I love that they use as many local, natural and sustainable ingredients as possible.

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When we arrived, we knew we wanted to sit on the patio/porch, as we were treated to a gorgeous day weather-wise after a lot of rain. Everyone else had the same idea, so waited at the bar with a glass of wine for a table on the front porch. We didn’t wait long for our table, so we were thankful we didn’t settle for a table inside. 

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The menu had the gluten-free items labeled clearly, though I want to mention that they don’t use a dedicated fryer, so use caution when ordering. Since I also avoid dairy now, I was told the chef would make my meal without gluten or dairy. I asked about a couple of different dishes and settled on the Beef Worthington. 

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Twin filets, salt roasted fingerling potatoes (dairy-free in place of the gruyere potato gratin), sauteed aspragus & oyster mushrooms and Cabernet demi (the chef omitted the blue cheese from the demi). 

This was one of the best meals I have ever had. Ever. The filets were cooked to a perfect medium rare and had a wonderful flavor. The potatoes and vegetables were also cooked perfectly and the Cabernet demi was divine. My mom had the same meal, but she was able to eat the gruyere potato gratin and said it was outstanding! 

The only other time I have dined at The Worthington Inn was in 2001 for a Holiday party. I can’t believe I live so close to such an amazing place and I never take advantage of it! I highly recommend The Worthington Inn and will be making sure to add this to my list of favorite Central Ohio restaurants.