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Jul 26 2014

Review: Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza

Success! I found the Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza I mentioned the other day in this post and made it for dinner last night for Jon. I checked the store locator to make sure the Kroger store I was planning on going to did indeed carry the line, as not all Kroger stores do. I needed to pick up some Lara ALT Bars as they have the best selection and are often 10 for $10. Freschetta makes two different varieties of gluten-free pizza, but the Kroger I went to only offered the 4 Cheese Medley variety. The pizza was $9.99 and was not included in the sale that did include the other Freschetta Pizza varieties.

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The pizza is easy to cook…heat the oven to 450 degrees and place pizza on a baking sheet. It was done in roughly 10 minutes. The crust is thin, so it is important to keep a very close eye on the pizza so that it doesn’t burn. The instructions recommend taking it out once the cheese is melted and that is exactly what I did.

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This pizza is full of flavor and the crust has a great texture. Jon made quick work of it and it was gone before I knew it. As far as size goes, the pizza box said there are 4 servings in the pizza. I would venture to say more like 2-3. I would absolutely buy this again!

Have you tried the new Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza?

Jul 25 2014

Sam Mills Adds Pretzels & Chips to Gluten-Free Product Line

Gluten-free product lines across the board are growing in size. It is awesome to have so many gluten-free choices and by having multiple options, the prices have come down over the years. Sam Mills became the leader in the corn milling market after starting as a Romanian profile company over 20 years ago.  The product line has expanded over the years, including a wide range of gluten-free products that are distributed in over 50 countries.

Some of the new products to join the gluten-free line-up include:

  • Pretzel Twists
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Tortilla Nacho Cheese Chips
  • Tortilla Salted Chips
  • Tortilla Chili Chips

Sam Mills products can found in stores across the US and world or ordered online. They frequently test their products for gluten, using the ELISA method, with a precision of 3ppm.

I shop at 3-4 different mainstream grocery stores in the Columbus area, with Meijer being the one I frequent the most. I have spotted Sam Mills products in all of those stores, some carrying more variety than others. I noticed last week that Walmart is carrying a wide variety, including these quick meal solutions in the freezer section for under $4.00/each.

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While not everyone is a fan of frozen or processed foods, each individual must make choices that work for them. It is nice to have choices available should we want or need them in a pinch. I can remember when I first started the gluten-free diet in 2006 having very few options like this available.

Have you tried any of the Sam Mills product line? What about the new gluten-free snacks? 

Jul 22 2014

Review: Pro Bar Core Protein Bars

I feel like I am constantly looking for protein bars that taste good and have ingredients that agree with my persnickety stomach/GI system. There are a few that I rotate between, but it is nice to change things up every once in a while. The other day after a hot run, my friend shared half of her Pro Bar Core Protein Bar with me. I was uber impressed and the bar was tolerated well by my system, so I wanted to share with you guys.

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The Pro Bar Core Bars contain 20 grams of protein per bar (that’s roughly double what the bars I have been eating contain). The bars are plant-based, using soy protein as the protein source. More about the bars:

  • 4-6g fiber
  • Gluten-Free
  • 20g Protein
  • Chia and Flax Seeds
  • Organic
  • Non-GMO Verified
  • Recognizable Ingredients

There are four different varieties of the Core protein bars:

  • Mint Chocolate <—think Thin Mint cookies
  • Brownie Crisp
  • Cookie Dough
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate

If the other varieties are half as delicious as the Mint Chocolate…wow!  The bars are available in select stores across the US or online. *Please note that not all of the Pro Bar varieties are gluten-free.

Have you tried Pro Bar Core Protein Bars? What did you think?

Jul 22 2014

Freschetta Now Offering Gluten-Free Pizza

Gluten-free pizza is getting easier and easier to find. Not only in pizzerias across the US, but in grocery stores, too. Freschetta is the latest pizza company to debut gluten-free pizza. I know I was a bit concerned when I first heard this, as the first thing that came to my mind is cross-contamination. I was put at ease when I visited the website and saw the Celiac Sprue Association Seal of Approval.

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The new Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza comes in two different varieties:

Thin & Crispy Four Cheese – We cover it edge-to-edge with 100% real Mozzarella, savory asiago, rich fontina and hearty parmesan. When they melt, it’s pizza perfection the whole family can enjoy.

Thin & Crispy Pepperoni - Premium Pepperoni and real mozzarella cheese cover our extra thin crust from edge-to-edge. Gluten Free has met delicious with our Gluten Free Signature Pepperoni Pizza.

Look for Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza in select grocery stores across the US. I have been on the look out for them for a while now, but clearly I am not looking in the right place. I see now that select Kroger stores in the Columbus area carry them.

Have you tried the new Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza? What did you think?

Jul 21 2014

Review: Sushi En

I had the pleasure of spending some girly time with a good friend on Saturday. Our time consisted of a much-needed pedicure and a sushi and wine lunch when we were done. Sushi En, an award-winning restaurant, is located right next to the nail salon we went to, so it was a convenient choice.

Sushi En doesn’t have a printed gluten-free menu, but they are knowledgable about what gluten is, what foods contain gluten and offer a plethora of gluten-free choices, including gluten-free soy sauce. After taking some time to peruse the menu, I settled on the Caterpillar Roll.

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It was out of this world! The roll consists of spicy tuna wrapped in avocado and is supposed to be topped with masago, but I was told that it contained gluten. I had never really heard that before, so I asked them to leave it off and did some investigating when I got home. Turns out that while the masago (roe) is gluten-free, the solution it is cured in may not be depending on what is used.

Speaking of things to watch out for when dining in Japanese restaurants, I have included some of those below.

  • Miso
  • Imitation crab (can contain wheat)
  • Masago
  • Buckwheat noodles (may not be 100% buckwheat)
  • Tempura
  • Soy sauce (may be brewed with wheat)
  • Sauces (may be made with soy sauce that isn’t gluten-free, so ask)
  • Panko

When in doubt, leave it out. Ask questions, be polite. If you don’t feel comfortable with the answers you receive, don’t take any chances.

Sushi En is located 1051 Gemini Place, Columbus, Ohio 43240, right next to the Rave Motion Pictures theater.