Twisted Fork–Another Option for GF Dining
We recently went to Twisted Fork for my wife’s birthday. We had been the years ago, before kids, but we did hear they can provide a variety of gluten free options. Twisted Fork, located near Triangle Town Center (click here for Raleigh Cel-Kids Google Map) is one of the Michael Dean restaurants, including a variety here in the Triangle. They do a good job notify you of gf options on their permanent menus. One daughter had a cheeseburger on a gluten free roll and the other just had a plain chicken breast. We did not feel comfortable about the fries being gluten free, so one chose yogurt and the other fruit as their sides. Since we could actually order off the kids menu for them, they actually could choose a dessert as well. The only gluten free item was fruit with whipped cream, but my girls sure didn’t mind!
Nice to go out to another restaurant in the area instead of Red Robin and Chick-Fil-A. Twisted Fork did a nice job, even color coordinating the plates. We will definitely go back!
I DO Love Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Not much more you can say when the brand is ‘You Love Chocolate Chip Cupcakes.’ Especially since we DO love chocolate chip cupcakes. We found these four packs recently at Whole Foods. Great to find some already made cupcakes, especially a different variety. Whole Foods Bakehouse also makes some delicious cupcakes, so more and more options is a great thing! These cupcakes are made by American Gra-Frutti, a gluten free bakery in Georgia. On their website (http://www.agrafrutti.com/), you can find a wide variety of gf products including breads, cupcakes, muffins, and crackers. You can find their products in a variety of stores, but you can also order, what looks like all their products, by mail or email. Check out their website for more.
You see on the label dairy free as well–many times we hear of children both gluten and dairy intolerant. This will definitely help those people!
Hormel Lunch Meats
We review quite a lot of lunch meat. Why not, since you can do so many things with it for school lunches. Our girls like meat roll-ups (sounds awful, we know, but they love it) with cheese. They rarely like it with a sandwich though, liking to stick with the classic pb&J. While at our Harris Teeter recently, their large gluten free tags stuck out at us and we found the Hormel Natural Choice lunch meats. They come in a variety of flavors/styles, all with some lower salt and fillers, so an overall healthier lunch meat. Not a bad price either!
We all would like to take the opportunity to wish all our readers a terrific Christmas and safe travels throughout the week. We hope you all appreciate our work this past year, and we will be back for more gf goodness next year!
Yummy GF Nuggets
Well, we finally found the holy grail of chicken nuggets–Perdue Chicken’s gluten free breaded chicken nuggets. We found them at the Harris Teeter at Falls of Neuse and Durant. We commented recently about all the many things we have found there gluten free, and now we finally found the chicken nuggets that so many raved about. So we tried them, and they definitely live up to the hype. I can tell that they are not quite full chicken nuggets, but the difference is so slight. The breading gets crunch just like chicken nuggets, and they contain all white meat chicken. The girls liked them, so that is all that matters!
Mini Gluten Free Cakes
Yeah, who doesn’t like cake, especially when they come in individual servings. Ok, some may not agree that that is a one-person-size, but you better believe I will eat the whole thing, as will my girls! We found these ‘World’s Best Carrot Cakes’ recently in a cold bin at the Whole Foods in North Raleigh (Six Flags and Strickland). On their website (http://www.worldsbestcarrotcake.com/) you will see that not all their products are gluten free, but no worries since they offer these mini cakes gluten free. Yet again another great way to help kids deal with Celiac. We always send cupcakes (my wife freezes a batch and pulls them out when needed) for parties, but you could just as easily now send one of these cakes if pressed for time. Or how about the upcoming holidays? We know you’ll find lots of cake, pie, and cookies…not sure it they will be gluten free? No worries, bring one of these along. More and more options help everyone!
Target Brand Vitamins–Gluten Free!
Up and Up the label says. For Celiacs, we applaud that mentality, especially if it means they will continue to be gluten aware, labeling like they did with these vitamins. For the most part, vitamins are gluten free. Some though still coat them in a wheat flour to prevent them from sticking. Many though, have changed to corn flour, rice flour, or no flour at all. We reviewed others, included BJs kids vitamins (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=2254), Lil’ Critters (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1769), and both come gluten free. So now Target offers up another variety for Celiacs. Nice to continue to see store brands also being marked as gluten free.
Apple Tart=Yummy Apple Pie!
When we went to the Whole Foods Glutenfree Bakehouse tour in the Spring (link), Lee Tobin told us sometimes they make tarts. Recently we found them, and whatever frangipane means, to us it means YUM! We picked this up, and I am not quite sure what a tart is, but this tasted just like an apple pie. Fresh crust and pie filling, along with a good, flaky top.
How awesome to go into a store and pick up an already made baked good. If you have yet to go to Whole Foods with a Celiac in the family, you are missing a lot. While the prices are slightly higher on all products across the board, we do not mind this for fresh baked goods our girls can eat. Bravo to Lee and the Whole Foods Bakehouse group for continuing to put out great breads, baked goods, and Frangipane tarts!!!
Utz, With a GF Sticker!
We reviewed Utz in the past, with their huge list of gf products here: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=utz. The real reason I wanted to review these kettle Classics is for a story I played a role in. At work, in a school system, I work pretty close with a director in charge of parental involvement. Getting parent representatives of all the schools in monthly for meetings to review grading, technology, and so many other things. These meetings occur at night, so they regularly provide snacks. This year’s group has a Celiac parent. An administrative assistant came to me to ask what to get. I could say go to Food Lion or Walmart, to the gf sections. Or just some cheese and fruit. I also said check out the Utz chips, as most are gluten free. She picked up this bag of chips, and I was very impressed with the gluten free sticker. Great labeling from Utz! Even people not familiar with Celiac can easily find gluten free items.
More Gluten Free Chicken
While looking for the elusive Perdue gluten free chicken nuggets (which we did find–to be reviewed in a later post), we came across just bare chicken breast fillets. The name pretty much says it all-plain chicken breasts. The difference between this and the chicken you may buy in the meat section is these are already trimmed and frozen. So you just defrost and marinate or grill, much of the fuss taken away. The larger thing here is the fact that we see more and more items in regular stores, like these at Target. Better labeling, and better awareness. With this, you could make your own chicken nuggets with GF Bisquick (recipe here: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1563), cut in a salad, marinade and grill, or maybe just some bbq sauce.