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Oct 14 2014

Review: Live Gfree Cracklebread

Jon was home again this past weekend and we made a trip to Aldi before he headed back to school. We picked up his favorites so he would have food for the next couple of weeks and I picked up a couple of things for myself, including the Live Gfree Original Cracklebread.

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Ingredients: Rice flour, corn flour, sugar, salt, soy lecithin

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This cracklebread has a light and crispy texture with a hint of salt that would serve as a good base for a number of different toppings. I can see PB & J, tuna or crab salad, cream cheese and cucumbers or smoked salmon. The cracklebread also comes in another flavor, though I can’t find it on the website and my memory is failing me today. I believe that it is a savory tomato or something like that.

All Aldi products have a “double guarantee”, which means Aldi will replace the product and refund your money if you are not happy with it. Aldi has locations across the US and the Live Gfree brand is here to stay!

Have you tried the Live Gfree Cracklebread? How do you like to eat it? 


Oct 13 2014

Krusteaz Debuts Gluten-Free Products

Grocery stores have different ways to stocking gluten-free food items. Some stores have a gluten-free section in both the shelf stable, frozen and refrigerated aisles, while other stores disperse gluten-free products throughout the store with other like, but not necessarily gluten-free, products. You also may find stores that do both. 

Meijer stores have a gluten-free section, but also have certain gluten-free specialty products dispersed throughout the store. For example, Gluten-Free Bisquick is with the regular Bisquick. Yesterday I found Krusteaz Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix with the other pancake mixes. It was really a fluke that I spotted it since I wasn’t really looking for it.

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I bought a box ($3.79 for approximately 9 servings) so I can try them out and when I got my receipt, I received a coupon for $1.50 off any any 2 Krusteaz Gluten-Free Mixes. What? There are more? Apparently so!

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix – Rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour, brown rice flour (rice flour, stabilized rice bran with germ), sugar, soybean oil, dextrose. Contains 2% or less of the following: sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, food starch-modified, salt, sodium stearoyl lactylate, propylene glycol monoester, mono-diglycerides, egg whites, xanthan gum, buttermilk, egg yolks, natural and artificial flavors (contains milk derivatives).

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin Mix –  Sugar, whole grain sorghum flour, whole grain millet flour, food starch-modified. Contains 2% or less of the following: arabic gum, sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, propylene glycol monoester, mono-diglycerides, sodium stearoyl lactylate, soybean oil, salt, natural and artificial flavors (contains milk derivatives), guar gum, xanthan gum.

Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Mix - Sugar, whole grain white cornmeal, degermed yellow cornmeal, whole grain sorghum flour, whole grain millet flour. Contains 2% or less of the following: food starch-modified, salt, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), xanthan gum, honey powder.

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix – Sugar, brown rice flour (rice flour, rice bran), chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, milk fat, soy lecithin [emulsifier], artificial flavor), cocoa (processed with alkali), soybean oil. Contains 2% or less of the following: salt, artificial flavor, sodium bicarbonate.

All of the Krusteaz Gluten-Free Mixes are certified gluten-free and appear to be priced lower than some of the other comparable products on the market. To see where you can find Krusteaz Gluten-Free Products near you, click here and then click on “Locate Our Products” at the top, right-hand side of the page. Have you spotted or tried any of the new Krusteaz Gluten-Free Mixes? Please share your thoughts below. 


Oct 11 2014

P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Frozen Rice Simplifies Dinner

Putting dinner on the table every night can be challenging. There are many products that can be used to help simplify mealtime, but adding the gluten-free factor into things can make it a little more complicated. Even though P.F. Chang’s has an extensive gluten-free menu in their restaurants, unfortunately that doesn’t transfer over to their frozen food line called P.F. Chang’s Home Menu. The good news is they have recently added two new products to the line that are gluten-free.

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  • Steamed White Rice
  • Steamed Brown Rice

Sure, it would be nice to have one of the amazing gluten-free entree dishes served at the restaurant available in the grocery store freezer, but this is a great start. 

Having either of these frozen rices on hand takes a huge chunk out of dinner prep time. Serve along side a protein and some fresh or frozen (steamed right in package) for a quick meal. No time to cook the protein? Grab a rotisserie chicken (Costco and Meijer both have gluten-free chickens), cut up or shred and toss with one of San-J’s flavorful sauces (the Thai Peanut is one of my favorites). 

Using the tips above, it should be possible to get dinner on the table in roughly 15-20 minutes. How do you simplify busy weeknight meals?

 


Oct 10 2014

NuGo Dark Adds Two New Flavors to Line-Up

NuGo Dark bars are some of my favorite gluten-free protein bars. The Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt and Mint Chocolate Chip are my favorites, but I don’t think I would turn down any of the varieties. I really like that all of the NuGo Dark bars are free of dairy and are made from real dark chocolate. 

I received an email yesterday letting me know that there are now two new varieties in the NuGo Dark line-up. The new flavors are also certified gluten-free, vegan and Kosher Pareve. The new flavors are:

Nugo dark spicy chocolate lg

Nugo dark chocolate coconut lg

Spicy Chocolate with Chili Peppers – Dark Chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, cane sugar, cocoa butter), Non-GMO Soy Crisp (non-GMO soy protein isolate, tapioca starch, and salt), Tapioca Syrup, Agave Syrup, Non-GMO Brown Crisp Rice, Almonds, Cocoa Powder, Gum Acacia, Natural Flavors, Cayenne Pepper, Ancho Chili, Chipotle Chili, Cinnamon, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin, Salt.

Chocolate Coconut - Dark Chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, cane sugar, cocoa butter), Non-GMO Soy Crisp (non-GMO soy protein isolate, tapioca starch, and salt), Tapioca Syrup, Agave Syrup, Coconut (coconut, cane sugar, dextrose), Non-GMO Brown Crisp Rice, Toasted Coconut, Almonds, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavors, Gum Acacia, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin, Salt.

NuGo Dark bars can be purchased in grocery stores across the US and online. Order online by October 24, 2014 and get 20% off any NuGo Dark bar by using this code:14SPY20.

Do you have a favorite NuGo Dark flavor? Which of the new varieties are you most interested in trying? I am all about the Chocolate Coconut!


Oct 9 2014

Absolutely Gluten-Free Flatbread and Crackers

I am always on the lookout for new gluten-free products, which seem to be popping up all over the place these days. As I have mentioned before, grocery shopping for gluten-free specialty products is a little like a treasure hunt. On a trip to Meijer earlier this week, I spotted some crackers and flatbreads that I had never seen or heard of before made by Absolutely Gluten-Free. More about them:

Celiacs and the many people who adhere to a gluten-free diet know that it its extremely hard to find a gluten-free product that tastes good. Absolutely Gluten Free was established to change the perception of gluten-free products, You can have your cake and eat it too! Our products are made from natural and gluten-free ingredients and in the short time that the product has hit store shelves, the reviews have been outstanding.

Our secret is using only the finest and natural ingredients. Our products are absolutely gluten and additive free!

Our ordering process is easy and hassle-free and we’re always there to help you with your questions or concerns.

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The crackers come in three different varieties:

  • Original
  • Toasted Onion
  • Cracked Pepper

The flatbreads also come in three varieties:

  • Original
  • Toasted Onion
  • Everything

The crackers can be purchased online directly from the website or in select grocery stores. Have you tried any of the Absolutely Gluten-Free Crackers or Flatbreads?