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John Soules Fully Cooked Chicken

Fully Cooked Chicken Strips

Fully Cooked Chicken--Gluten Free

Sometimes you go into the store knowing you will not find anything gluten free.  Fortunately, during a quick trip to Food Lion recently, we DID find something we needed, and it was gluten free!

We needed pre-cooked (or fully cooked) chicken strips for tacos.  Our girls do eat chicken and our youngest especially likes tacos, but I did not think I could find already cooked chicken, since often they come in a marinade with gluten.  I found a pack of John Soules Fully Cooked chicken breast strips, and sure enough, on the top, very prominently, I found GLUTEN FREE!  And not only just the plain, but all the different flavors.

When I went home, I checked their website, and I was quite impressed.  As they put it:

We had a lot of customers ask whether or not our products contain Gluten, so we looked at all our retail products, revised the ingredients and made the changes. We are proud to make our products available to everyone without jeopardizing one bit of flavor or taste.

Wow!  Then on the page, they link to many of the Celiac websites.  Double wow!  When you look through their products on their website (http://www.johnsoulesfoods.com/products.php), you see a large variety of pre and ready to cook meats, including chicken and angus beef, even TWO FLAVORS OF CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS!  Quite a find, and impressive company.

In looking at their store locator (http://www.johnsoulesfoods.com/locate.php?miles=10&zipcode=27614&Search2=Submit), you can find these products at any Wal*Mart and Food Lion in the area.  We will definitely try some of the other products.  A great, great find!

Gluten Free Lunch Meat at Kroger

Kroger's GF Meat

Gluten Free Lunch Meat From Kroger

We definitely like our lunch meat in our family.  Many times the girls will ask for ham or turkey breast rolled up with cheese.  A meat-roll-up, which tastes much better than it sounds.  We shared how sometimes instead of a sandwich, my wife makes GF lunchables (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=388) with lunch meat, cheese, and a treat in a plastic, separated container.

Do you look at your lunch meat carefully, though?  Just like regular turkey and ham, lunch meat can have some honey glazes with gluten or other flavorings with gluten.  Recently, we were searching for my youngest’s favorite type, chicken breast.  Very difficult to find from Oscar Meyer and Hillshire Farms.  We found Kroger brand, but figured it would contain gluten.  Looking at the label, low and behold: GLUTEN FREE!  Clearly on the package.  Kudos to Kroger!  We did not check the other flavors, but chicken breast=gluten free!

Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas

Udi's Cinnamon Rolls

More Products From Udi's!

A family tradition for me, dating back as far as I can remember, is to have cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning.  Simply the Pillsbury ones in the can, we would do this every year Christmas morning.  Unfortunately, until recently, we could not do this for our two Celiac girls.  We recently reviewed Rosie’s Plate cinnamon rolls (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=963), and while yummy, for us, Downtown Raleigh is not always the most convenient place.  Recently while shopping at Earth Fare (Map It on Raleigh Cel-Kids Map), my wife found new GF Cinnamon rolls from Udi’s.  Udi’s continues to produce new products, as we reviewed their Pizza Crusts, bread, and many other things.   So now you can find cinnamon rolls in the freezer section, and yes, they even contain the little packets of frosting.  Yum!

Merry Christmas to all of you Celiacs and Celiac Supporters out there!   May your holiday season be full of family, friends, and of course, gluten free goodies!

Powdered Sugar Christmas Cookies

Cookies

Very Festive GF Christmas Cookies

Very seldom do we find something that we cannot believe is gluten free.  While looking for a different GF Christmas cookie, recently, we found one.  Simply called powdered sugar cookies, these cookies really possess a good taste, while soft in texture.  And when dipped in a glass of cold milk, yum!

As you see in the picture, after making them, our girls decorated them with some gluten free jimmies/sprinkles.  While we hope some may remain for Santa, we hope he will not put us on the naughty list if we eat them all!

Find the recipe here:

http://glutenfree.wordpress.com/2008/06/26/xxx-gf-bbq-treats/

McCormick’s Vanilla Extract

Vanilla

Vanilla Extract--A Gluten Free Food

Ok, chalk this one up to the ‘duh, that’s obvious’ category, but when I looked recently at a box of McCormick’s pure vanilla extract, sure enough, it said a gluten free food.  I would hope that most of these types of cooking agents would be gluten free, but you can never tell.  I appreciate these manufacturers that clearly label, even the obvious, gluten free-ness of their products.  I would encourage all of you to go out and only purchase from those who do a good job with information.

Ok, so we got the vanilla extract…what will cook?  See some new, yummy, you-won’t-believe-they’re-gluten-free-cookies in our next post!

Gimbal’s Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans

More GF Jelly Beans

Recently while finishing Christmas shopping at the Wake Forest Wal*Mart, we came across Gimbal’s Gourmet Jelly Beans.  You had us at Gourmet…

We figured this would be a treat for those not on the GF diet, but when we flipped the bag over, sure enough, they clearly marked them gluten free.   In poking at their website, they VERY CLEARLY point out they are free of the 8 common allergens: http://www.gimbalscandy.com/allergen-free/.  What a great company to make this very clear both on the package and the website.  But what about the taste?

All those yummy flavors like Roasted Marshmellow (ok, ok, I know they stole that from Jelly Belly), Java, Passion Fruit, Wow! Chocolate, Strawberry Cheesecake, Blue Hawaiian, and many more.  Plus they show you a variety of recipes as well.  Great to see this!  Check out their website for even more GF candies!

Trader Joe’s Rice Pasta & Cheddar

Trader Joe's Rice Pasta & Cheddar

More GF Mac and Cheese

Another gluten free mac and cheese!  We found Rice Pasta & Cheddar at Trader Joe’s on a recent trip.  We love our Annie’s Noodles, lovingly called Bunny Noodles, but it always helps to see additional brands.

The consistency is pretty much the same.  The noodles seem a little smaller.  Lately we noticed Annie’s noodles were a little larger, so we like TJs, more like regular mac and cheese.  Another good side for chicken or beef, or with some tuna it can be a meal.  Great to continue to see more options out there!

Dad’s Pizza: We Made The Pizza!

Dad's Pizza

Time for Dad's Pizza Baking!

Awhile back we received an offer for a deal on a Dad’ Gluten Free Pizza Crust (http://www.glutenfreepizza.com/).  We reviewed the process and the company (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1013), how they ship the crusts from Idaho partially baked, and now we baked one.

You can see it looks like your typical pizza crust.  Not a gooey crust like some, and a decent taste as well.  The girls liked them and asked for me.  The only downside to Dad’s Crusts are the unavailability of them locally, needing to order them online.  Definitely worth a taste, as they are a good crust you can quickly make or even freeze.

Swirl Brownies

Marble Squares

Yummy GF Marble Squares

Looking for a yummy, quick, and gluten free dessert to make?  My mother-in-law recently made and shared a recipe for Marble Brownies.

You will need:

  • 1 pkg (19 to 21 oz) brownie mix (we of course use the gluten free Betty Crocker mix.
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

To make it:

heat oven to 350 F

1. Prepare brownie batter as directed on package, spread into greased 13×9 inch pan

2. Beat cream cheese with mixer until creamer.  Add sugar, egg, and vanilla; mix well.  Drop by tablespoonfuls over brownie batter, swirl with knife.

3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until cream cheese mixture is lightly browned.  Cool completely before cutting to serve.  Keep refrigerated.

My mother-in-law cut them into squares, placed each in a muffin paper, and served on a tray.  The girls liked this, as they could pick their square, and we liked it, since the squares were not too big.  A yummy treat for holiday parties!

Clif Twisted Fruit

Twisted Fruit

Twisted Fruit--Gluten Free!

I sometimes think that, considering all the fruit snacks our girls eat, fruit snacks should be a level on the food pyramid.  The good thing though, is that more and more of them are containing more fruit and less sugar, so I suppose we can be happy with that.

My mother-in-law recently brought Clif’s Twisted Fruit ropes over to the girls.  You can see ‘gluten free’ clearly marked on the side.  We found these once at Earth Fare, and I did not ask her where she found these ones, although I bet somewhere like Trader Joe’s, Harris Teeter, or Earth Fare.

The girls really like these–eating almost the whole box in a day.  That’s how grandparents are, I guess.  They do have a good flavor, and you can definitely taste more fruit and less artificial sweetener in them, which we can all appreciate.  Another good travel/school snack, as each is individually wrapped.