I have been seeing products made by Gillian’s Foods for the past few years while shopping at my local health food store. I was never drawn to them before, though I am not sure why. It could be that I was stuck on favorites or that they were never on sale? What I now know is that I was missing out! Gillian’s sent me some complimentary samples of their pasta & croutons to try out.
A little more about Gillian’s Foods:
My daughter Gillian was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1992 when she was six years old. Click here for more information. As an infant she was plagued by anemia, colds, ear and other infections and had a general appearance of frailty. Small in size, she lacked muscle tone and coordination. It was a long and frightening journey to a definitive diagnosis, spanning several years and many doctors and hospitals. Yet knowing Celiac Disease is treatable and that Gillian with the proper diet would grow and develop normally was an incredible relief to her family.
Learning what foods were and were not safe was an exhausting process. Many additives are wheat-based and found in most common foods. Safe foods are flours and starches made from rice, corn, potato, tapioca, arrowroot, beans, peas, and nuts. Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, and dairy products without gluten-containing additives, flavorings or dyes are also safe.
For me, an executive chef, finding a palatable bread that would not fall apart in Gillians lunch box was my new mission. Much research and experimentation over several years finally resulted in a bread that Gillian gave a thumbs up. Gillians Foods is proud to offer what we think is the best gluten-free, lactose-free bread on the market today.
Our facility is dedicated to a gluten, wheat, tree nut & peanut nut free environment.
Our products include gluten free rolls, gluten free bread, gluten free pizza dough, gluten free pizzas, gluten free pie shells, gluten free pies, gluten free bread crumbs, rice flour, potato flour, tapioca flour, gluten and wheat free mixes. You can choose from our wheat free, gluten free and dairy free foods that will help you maintain a balanced, healthy diet — without sacrificing the taste you deserve. We provide foods you love, without the harmful ingredients you must avoid.
The pasta is made from whole grain brown rice and cooks in under 10 minutes. I prepared the spirals for Jon and Hannah one night last week. The pasta did not fall apart and tasted much like the Tinkyada or Trader Joe’s pastas that I use on a regular basis. We had leftovers from this meal and reheated it the following day with no breakdown at all of the pasta. I could see this holding up well in a dish that is made ahead of time & then frozen for a later date.
Along with our pasta, we had salads with Gillian’s croutons. These were impressive! These croutons brought me back to my childhood days! I remember those small, tiny crouton squares that my mom used to buy for us in the 80′s and Gillian’s were very close to those! I love the crunch! These weren’t too dense or at all chewy, both things that I have experienced in gluten-free croutons before.
In the past I have tried Gillian’s apple crisp and the French rolls. I really liked the apple crisp. The French rolls were okay, but I wasn’t overly excited about them, which may be due to the fact that I am infatuated with Trader Joe’s French rolls.
I had no idea that Gillian’s Foods makes as many gluten-free products as they do. New to the line up are – English muffins, Italian style pizza crusts, and 2 variety packs. Those items are joining the already large line made up of cakes, chicken entrees, garlic bread, cookie doughs, brownies, pumpkin pie, pie crust, dinner rolls, sandwich bread, bread crumbs, flours, mixes and pizza dough. Who knew?
Gillian’s Foods can be found in these stores or ordered online.