We love cheesecake and other pies and baked goods requiring a cookie base. For the girls, we tried the gluten free cheesecake recipes, without the cookie base, but they did not care for it much. Have no fear, though–recently at Earth Fare we found ‘graham style’ cookie crumbs! Ok, so graham style is pretty lame, but these are the crushed up gf graham crackers we buy for smores. Pretty good. Now you can can find lots of uses for these…in a wide variety of desserts!
So…if you can get your child to eat Lentil soup, take some comfort in the fact that Progressive’s brand is gluten free. Right there on the label. In looking through some varieties, we also noticed Clam Chowder, Chicken Corn Chowder, Garden Vegetable, Chicken Rice, and others (GF Progressive Soups) carried the gluten free tag as well. It looks like General Mills, makers of Chex and the GF Betty Crocker mixes purchased Progressive, so they know that many of us consumers are looking for gf meals. We definitely appreciate seeing gf soups, and hopefully, we’ll see more kid friendly flavors.
As much as you would think otherwise, many dressings, marinades, and bbq sauces contain gluten. Whether to thicken or for flavor, the exception of gluten free is just that and not the rule. However, many common types either do not show gluten ingredients (and you take a risk) or some explicitly say Gluten Free.
Bone Suckin’ Sauce is one that says gluten free on the label. Not to start a turf war (North Carolinians take their barbecue seriously!), but Bone Suckin’ Sauce comes from the Western Side of the State. There, you find sauces more tomato based than the vinegar based sauces of the Eastern North Carolina. Their ingredients for the traditional sauce (and they have many other Bone Suckin’ sauces including mustard, salsa, and hot sauce) consist of:
Tomato Paste, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Molasses, Mustard, Horseradish, Lemon Juice, Onions, Garlic, Peppers, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Natural Spices, Salt & Xanthan Gum (A Natural Thickener). No MSG!
taken from their website at: http://www.buybonesuckin.com/products/Bone-Suckin%27-Sauce-16-oz.html
Definitely a good marinade for many things, including pork and chicken. Nice to see a local vendor care enough about Celiac and gluten, to label their products accordingly. You can find Bone Suckin’ Sauce in most area grocery stores, we find it consistently at Krogers.
We make a lot of muffins and breakfast style cakes in our family. Nothing beats a slice of breakfast cake, coffee (or juice for the girls), and a relaxing morning. Luckily, we can find many good mixes for muffins and some for breads. One of the girls’ favorite breakfast bread mixes is Namaste’s Spice Cake mix. Just your traditional spice cake, but gluten free. This is definitely one of the ones you don’t know is gluten free! Moist, not overly dense, and great with that glass of juice (or even coffee for the adults!) You can find it at Earth Fare, among other places.
As you can see lately, we are finding more and more variety for our children. Lots of different types and flavors of cookies and crackers for our Celiacs. Today brings another–Jo-Sef’s Square Cinnamon Cookies. We recently found these at Earth Fare.
Plan to join us at the Durant Nature Park in North Raleigh (Cel-Kids Google Map) on October 8th from 3:00-5:30 pm. More information will be coming, but plan to come out and enjoy an afternoon at the Lake!
Photo used under Creative Commons license by flickr user rharrison
Which ever way so say it, gluten free cookies never tasted so good. Mi-Del makes quite a wide variety of snacks, but their cookies definitely are a staple in our house. Ginger snaps, chocolate chip, and animal crackers, all in a bag reminiscent of those pink frosted animal crackers from long ago.
While at Earth Fare recently, we found Pecan Cookies. We never saw these before, so we definitely were excited to see the Mi-Del line grow. Such a variety of options, any sweet tooth could definitely find something to snack on!
Another thing we found during our recent Earth Fare trip was Mary’s Gone Crackers gluten free crackers. Another certified gluten free product, while also organic and Vegan. They come in a variety of flavors, including Herb and original. In looking at their website (http://www.marysgonecrackers.com/) they also produce many other gluten free options, including bread crumbs, pretzel sticks, and cookies. From the website, I am most interested in trying N’Oatmeal Raisin cookies with no oats. Makes me smile!
Even more options for our Cel-Kids, what a great time to have Celiac when you can find so many great options.
We recently stopped at Earth Fare in Brier Creek (Raleigh Cel Kids Google Map Link). While just cruising the aisles, we spotted new King Arthur’s Gluten free baking mixes. LOTS of different mixes, from pancake to pizza to cake to cookie to muffin. Even a regular multi-purpose flour. King Arthur also sells regular flour and mixes, so we definitely got excited about another popular brand coming out with a variety of gluten free choices. You may wonder about cross contamination, but their website (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/gluten-free-bread-mix) shows they are certified gluten free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). Great to see more cooking options! We cannot wait to try some of these mixes!
We reviewed Mrs. May’s snacks a few times. The nut bars (here), fruit chips (here), and granola (here) all come gluten free. While at BJs recently, we found a ‘school pack’ of their freeze-dried fruit chips. Sure enough, and clearly enough, they are marked gluten free. They come in a box of 16, with apple, pear, and strawberry flavors. A great snack to put in school lunches or when travelling.