Rosie's Biscuits-Now At Earth Fare
We finally remembered to pick up a pack of Rosie’s Plate buttermilk biscuits at Earth Fare. We heard awhile ago that Rosie’s was starting to carry gluten free products there (yeaa!) and picked some up on our latest trip.
Besides buttermilk biscuits, we also saw pizza crusts and cinnamon rolls! Yum! We can’t wait to try those as well. You can find them in the frozen section of the Brier Creek Earth Fare (Raleigh Cel-Kids Google Map Location)
We picked up a four pack of biscuits and brought them home to cook with a pork barbecue dinner. They need to cook in the over and seem to cook longer than regular biscuits, but they get golden brown as well. We put out jelly, jam, and butter, and the girls really liked preparing their own gluten free biscuits. They were not heavy like many gf breads, and the girls both ate theirs up. We will definitely purchase more again! But maybe the cinnamon rolls next time!
Mrs. May's Fruit Chips
We reviewed some products from Mrs. May’s in the past (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=mrs.+may’s), their gluten free granola mix. This time we found a addition to a school lunch, snack, or car-trip: Mrs. May’s naturals in apple, pear, strawberry flavors. These freeze-dried fruit chips are individually wrapped, so you can just throw one serving size in a lunch. We found these at BJs. They came in a box of about 20 pouches.
GF Pizza Crusts at Whole Foods
After our most recent Cel-Kids event in Morrisville, we stopped at the Raleigh Whole Foods to stock up and see what new GF products they carry. We found these new Rustic Crust brand gf pizza crusts. Rustic Crust (http://www.rusticcrust.com/gluten-free-pizza.html) makes a variety of crusts, and now they make a gluten free crust, which is, according to their website:
Made in the USA in a gluten free facility
Awesome! Another pizza crust to sample. These are different from the frozen types–they are just on the shelves, not cold, similar to the Boboli pizza crusts. So we did just that–picked up one of the Boboli and one of the Rustic Crusts. We’ll have a pizza-making night with the girls!
Make Your Own Yummy Cookie-Brownie Bars
We recently found a recipe on Betty Crocker’s website for Cookie-Brownie Bars. You use a Betty Crocker GF Cookie mix and a Betty Crocker GF brownie mix. I just need to say–yum! A great recipe to try, they even look yummy!
- 1 box Betty Crocker GF chocolate chip cookie mix
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 box Betty Crocker GF brownie mix
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 13×9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.
- In medium bowl, stir cookie ingredients until soft dough forms. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto bottom of pan.
- In another medium bowl, stir brownie ingredients until well blended. Drop batter by tablespoonsfuls evenly between mounds of cookie dough.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until cookie portion is golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For 24 bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
Makes 24 yummy bars!
find the recipe here: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/cookie-brownie-bars-gluten-free/280af8c3-78e2-4a88-ac2b-70921f5393d7
GF Chocolate Covered Pomegranate Seeds
Another great find from our recent Trader Joe’s trip! We bought this small little box of dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. Reminded me of something like Raisinets or similar type thing, but with more crunch. Definitely a great little treat–we all LOVED them! Good little gluten-free treat!
Udi's Pizza Crusts--As Good As Their Bread!
After trying and throughly loving Udi’s bread (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=818), we decided to try their frozen pizza crusts. Wow! Very impressed by these. We had a ‘make your own pizza’ night at our house, and the girls made their own Udi’s pizzas. They are about the size of a medium pizza you would get at zPizza or Mellow Mushroom. We just put pizza sauce and cheese on them. They baked up to a golden brown, and stayed pretty soft. Yum! A good consistency, very similar to regular pizza crusts. Not dense, like many of the frozens, and not gritty either. A definitely purchase we will try again. Pick them up at Earth Fare in Raleigh at Brier Creek (Cel Kids Google Map: http://preview.tinyurl.com/2gybkee)
Taco Shells--From Trader Joe's
Our girls don’t venture out of their comfort food zone too often. We pretty much stick to Hebrew National hot dogs, lunch meat, and rotisserie chickens. No ground hamburger, leaving me as the only one in the family who eats it. All that changed with our recent trip to Trader Joes. We picked up some Trader Jose’s (funny!) Taco Shells. Usually, there is all sorts of worry regarding hard and soft taco shells. Wheat flour either used to make or used to prevent sticking of shells. Trader Jose’s are clearly marked gluten free.
We took some home, cooked them up, and low and behold, the girls LIKED tacos. I filled them with ground hamburger, cheese, lettuce, and salsa. And they each ate a whole one! Hurray for Jose!
Another GF Rotisserie Chicken
Awhile back, we hit the motherlode–a store prepared rotisserie chicken at BJs (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=669). While the average family may not see the big deal, any family with food allergies/intolerances understands the greatness of picking up pre-prepared meals. Celiacs cannot do that often, due to all the extra filler ingredients in these products.
When shopping at BJs recently, we also discovered Perdue rotisserie chickens also come gluten free! Great news! We picked one up, took it home, and voila, dinner served!
GF Cheesy Hashbrowns
Yes, we found the elusive Cheesy Hashbrown Hamburger Helper GF version. This is the second we found, after stocking up on the Chicken Fried Rice (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=746). We took high expectations into the Cheesy Hashbrown version, as I love the Chicken Fried Rice, and the girls will eat that.
We prepared it as a side to chicken instead of adding hamburger, according to the recipe. First we noticed the bright orange cheese mix that is added to the potatoes. Quite unnatural. When we tried it, we noticed not a lot of flavor. I guess a meat would provide a little more flavor, but I expected something like a Velveeta taste to the cheese, but it was pretty bland. So not high on our ratings, but if you needed a meal in a pinch, which is what Hamburger Helpers should be, not an everyday thing, these work. Thanks to Betty Crocker for continuing to provide great gluten free products.
Potato Flyers--Gluten Free but VERY Salty!
I mentioned our recent Trader Joe ‘stocking up’ of gluten-free supplies recently. One of the things we picked up were Robert’s Potato Flyers. Robert’s makes an entire line of snacks, including our favorite Pirate Booty (reviewed here http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=pirate) with just about everything gluten free.
The Potato Flyers were advertised as baked potato crisps. We figured these would be a good snack for a picnic, after-school, or in the car. While they do contain a good potato taste, they are much saltier than the other Robert’s snacks. To the point of needed a glass of water right away! I like salty snacks, but these contained an exorbitant amount. I decent snack, but probably not something you want to give your Celkids too often.