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Feb 20 2015

Review: Wild Planet Tuna + Recipe

I have always been a huge fan of tuna, even when I was a child. It didn’t matter if it was in the form of tuna salad, tuna casserole, creamed tuna over muffins or a tuna melt. Recently I received some samples of tuna from Wild Planet Foods and had a lot of fun figuring out ways to eat and enjoy them.

Wild Planet Foods boasts sustainably caught wild seafood. More about Wild Planet:

Here at Wild Planet, we are serious about what we sell. Since 2004 we have been selecting only the finest quality, 100% sustainably caught seafood for all of our packaged products. We source our tuna exclusively from pole and troll catch fisheries, never using purse seine or long-line gear. Pole and troll fishing has been rated the best catch method for sustainability by a consensus of eco-organizations including The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch ® Program, Greenpeace and Fishwise. It is our goal to provide market driven change in global harvest practices as well as impact consumer choices in seafood consumption through education.

Wild Planet Foods offers a wide variety of products, all of which are gluten-free.

I received samples of the tuna, both in the can and pouch. I enjoyed the tuna in salads and gluten-free pasta and have decided I am never going back to my old tuna brand. I loved the taste and texture of Wild Planet tuna, in addition to feeling good about how the tuna are caught and canned. There is no extra water or oil added to the cans…just tuna! Wild Planet products can be purchased at stores across the US.

Before I let you go, check out these recipe from Wild Planet Foods that is just perfect for a spring picnic once the weather gets a little nicer outside.

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Wild Planet Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Makes about 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (5oz each) Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna, undrained
  • 1 jar (6oz) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (15.5oz) chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata or other olives, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or oregano, or 1 tsp dried
  • 3 Tbsp capers, drainedJuice of one lemon
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

Place Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna and juices from the cans into a large bowl. Flake with a fork to separate tuna into bite size pieces. Add artichoke hearts, chick peas, red bell pepper, olives, red onion, parsley, carrots, basil or oregano, capers and lemon juice to tuna in bowl. Mix gently to combine all ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and vinegar; season with sea salt and pepper. Pour over tuna salad and stir to combine.

Have a nice weekend! 

*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.


Feb 18 2015

NFCA Webinar: The GREAT (Kitchens) Solution to Eating Out

How often do you dine out? Have you reduced the number of times per week that you eat out since you began the gluten-free diet? When I first began the gluten-free diet in January 2006, I immediately stopped eating out. I was terrified that I was going to be “glutened” by a restaurant, especially since there weren’t nearly as many options nine years ago. Fortunately our options are much more plentiful these days, though that doesn’t always mean they are safe. Organizations like the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) are going to great lengths to help ensure those establishments that are serving gluten-free patrons are doing so correctly. 

Next week the NFCA is offering a webinar with some great information about their GREAT Kitchens program and how it can help keep you safe when dining out. More about the upcoming webinar:

The GREAT (Kitchens) Solution to Eating Out

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST 

We’ve all been there – you go to a restaurant that you think can accommodate your gluten-free needs, only to realize hours later that mistakes in handling your food were made.GREAT Kitchens is here to help!Learn how this gluten-free training program can serve as the answer to your dining out dilemmas from NFCA’s Director of GREAT Kitchens, Beckee Moreland. Bob Strate, owner of GREAT Kitchens accredited TaMolly’s Mexican Restaurants located in Texas, will talk about the difference GREAT Kitchens has made in the chain’s ability to serve safe gluten-free food, and keep their customers happy and healthy. Get all the GREAT facts so that you can advocate for your dietary needs and help us expand the gluten-free community’s safe dining options!

All you need to attend this webinar is a working internet connection and to register here.  Once you are registered, you will receive an email with instructions to access the webinar. If you are unable to attend the webinar, you should be able to access it within 72 hours on the NFCA Webinars archive page.


Feb 16 2015

Pamela’s Products Introduces Graham Crackers

When I was a child I used to love to eat cinnamon graham crackers. It wasn’t something I ate often, but when we had them, I thoroughly enjoyed them with a cold glass of milk. It is funny that when we are enjoying a food item, we don’t think about the possibility that we may never have said product again at the time we are eating it. It may only be after we can no longer find the food item or product or are not able to eat one or more of the ingredients in the item, that we may mourn the loss of it.

There are a couple of foods that I haven’t really found a good gluten-free replacement for and one of those happens to be graham crackers. Sure there are a couple of different brands of graham crackers on the market, but I haven’t found “the” one yet. 

Pamela’s Products is debuting a line of gluten-free graham crackers that should be arriving in stores soon. 

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More about the new Pamela’s Grahams:

We are excited to bring back a favorite taste from your childhood with Pamela’s amazing gluten-free graham crackers! The latest new product from Pamela’s comes in both Traditional Square and Mini Size, available in Honey, Cinnamon, and Chocolate. Get ready to enjoy ooey gooey s’mores, make parfaits, crush into a pie crust or snack straight from the box. We will keep you updated right here in our newsletter on our progress and efforts in getting them to a store near you.

I am most excited about the Cinnamon Grahams, of course, but I am sure that I will like them all. I can see homemade graham cracker crusts for mini cheesecakes in the near future! Pamela’s Products can be found in stores across the US and online. Hopefully we will be seeing these on the store shelves sooner than later. 


Feb 13 2015

Immaculate Baking Debuts Gluten-Free Cookie Mixes

Immaculate Baking was one of the first companies to make gluten-free refrigerated cookie doughs. Now they are branching out and have introduced a line of gluten-free cookie mixes to make at home. The mixes come in three different varieties and only require the addition of a few basic ingredients. I spotted them in our local Meijer grocery store the other day right along with the other baking mixes.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix – Ingredients: Rice Flour, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural flavor), Brown Sugar, Sugar, Potato Starch, Potato Flour, Leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate), Xantham Gum, Salt.CONTAINS SOY INGREDIENTS.

Double Chocolate Cookie Mix - Ingredients: Sugar, Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural flavor), Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Tapioca Starch, Leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate), Salt, Guar Gum.CONTAINS SOY INGREDIENTS.

Sugar Cookie Mix - Ingredients: Rice Flour, Sugar, Potato Starch, Leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate), Xantham Gum, Salt.MAY CONTAIN SOY INGREDIENTS.

More about Immaculate Baking:

Since 2008, we’ve launched our lines of refrigerated baking doughs to high acclaim and many happy tummies. Beginning with ready to bake cookie dough, we introduced Chocolate Chunk, Triple Chocolate, and Vanilla Sugar, all made with organic flour and sugar, as well as our Naturally Delicious flavors like decadent Supremes, Ginger Spice, and Peanut Caramel Milk Chocolate.
Immaculate also committed to changing the face of the canned dough market by bringing popular items like Cinnamon and Crescent Rolls, as well as Biscuits and Scones, to consumers nationwide.
Most importantly, the past few years have been times of intense listening. You asked for Gluten Free options, and we responded with new, delicious Gluten Free products.
We also forged an early partnership with the Non-GMO Project and re-introduced our canned dough products with Non-GMO Project verification. We are also pursuing this verification on every product we make, including cookie dough and pie crusts.

Look for Immaculate Baking products in grocery stores across the US and online. Have you spotted or tried the new gluten-free baking mixes from Immaculate Baking?


Feb 11 2015

Crunchmaster Valentine’s Day Recipe + Candy Tips

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. That means there are going to be lots of holiday shaped candies all over the place. While the normal versions of some of these candies may be gluten-free, that doesn’t mean the special versions are gluten-free. It is more important now to be diligent about checking the label of each and every thing you or your loved ones eat. 

Another way to enjoy the holiday is to make treats at home. This recipe from Crunchmaster for Gluten-Free Fruit Tart is perfect for the occasion. 

Fruit tarts

*Recipe courtesy of Crunchmaster & Amie Valpone

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 box gluten-free vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh orange zest
  • 1 box Crunchmaster Cinnamon & Sugar Grammy Crisps
  • 3 tbsp. dairy-free milk (almond, rice or soy)
  • 2 tbsp. honey1 pint raspberries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8 x 8 inch heart-shaped baking dish with nonstick baking spray; set aside. Make pudding according to package directions; add cinnamon and orange zest. Set in the refrigerator to chill. Place Crunchmaster Grammy Crisps into a sealable bag. Using a rolling pin, crush crackers into fine crumbs. In a large bowl, combine crushed crumbs with dairy-free milk and honey; mix well to combine. Transfer mixture into prepared baking dish. Using a fork, press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until crust is set. Remove from oven; set aside for 10 minutes to cool.Remove pudding from the fridge; spread pudding in a thin layer across the graham cracker crust. Top with raspberries, then sprinkle with mint.

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day?