Perdue has done a nice job coming out with options for gluten-free lifestyles. We find many of their products (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=perdue) gluten-free. From their marinated chicken we find at BJs to their breaded chicken strips we found at Harris Teeter. While at Kroger recently, we found their breaded breast tenders in new packaging. You can actually see the chicken now, as opposed to the previously found resealable bag. Interesting!
It doesn’t get any better than the holidays for a bunch of snacks. We are currently up in Pennsylvania, visiting family, and still amazed at how many gluten free snacks you can find pretty much everywhere. For hors d’oeuvres, before dinner last night my mother put out pumpkin pie dip from Roberth Rothschild Farm and a variety of pretzels. For the non-Celiacs, we had cinnamon pretzels. She also put out Glutino pretzels for the three Celiacs in attendance. All could eat the dip, though, in its separate, non-contaminated container.
Wow. I like my dips, but never quite had one like this. You would not want it to become part of the usual rotation, as you could taste LOTS of sugar, but for one night, pretty good. My mother found it in a chain grocery store up here, but in Raleigh, looking at the website (http://www.robertrothschild.com/store-locator/), you could find it at Kroger, Harris Teeter, and other places. Definitely a good treat if you do any entertaining this holiday season, or beyond!
We at the blog hope each of you receives the chance to spend the holidays with family, enjoying whichever holiday(s) you observe. 2013 was a great year for gluten free products, and we hope 2014 will be just as good!
We’ll be doing some travelling over the next week. The posts will slow down some, but we’ll fire them up again soon.
So what kid doesn’t need more candy this time of year? I remember growing up with Mallo Cups, up in Central Pennsylvania. They were made by the Boyer company, which grew so large to even have an amusement park named after it, Boyertown USA, which has since become Lakemont Park in Altoona, PA.
Anyway, back to the candy…
Recently when stopping at Sheetz, we noticed a display of these, and sure enough, they clearly say gluten free. So we picked up the giant size 4 pack. So what exactly are Mallow Cups? Well, they sort of look like a peanut butter cup, but on the top, you will see some bumps, which are a little bit of toasted coconut inside of the chocolate cover. Inside, where you may expect peanut butter you will find–marshmellow creme! Mmmm!!! Good, terrible-for-you snack when travelling this holiday season. Nothing like a little more hyped-up kids in the car, right?
As Homer Simpson would say, meattttttt! Luckily most meat comes gluten free. Even so, we like to see a company come right out and blatantly post it. We regularly buy Harvestland rotisserie chickens and spinach & feta chicken sausage from BJs. (See more posts here) While shopping there recently, we came across kielbasa. I LOVE kielbasa. The girls, surprisingly, like it as well. Good to see Harvestland continuing to come out with new products, more on the healthy side and labeled gluten free!
Need something quick for the holidays? Family coming and need a meal idea? Well, we finally found the pre-packaged gf pizza crust dough from Pillsbury recently at the Kroger on Falls of Neuse and Strickland. Great idea, put some dough in a plastic tub that you can refrigerate and use whenever. They also make cookie dough this way, but we have yet to find it. The dough makes a thin crust pizza, which we made in the oven. Not too bad either. Not good as this homemade crust we made here: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=3125, but a decent crust. Nice to just have something quick we can have on hand and make when we need it.
The holidays are coming, so we’ll need lots of gluten free snacks around. Ok, maybe not need, but definitely want. Chips, dips, salsas, lots of snacks. Luckily we can find lots of gf snacks. Dips, usually we can find some, and lots of salsas. While on a recent trip to Harris Teeter we found a new line of gluten free salsa, Arriba. Made by Riba Foods (http://www.ribafoods.com/), you can actually find a large number of gluten free dips and salsa. While their website does not really show much in the way of which products are gluten free, we definitely know that some of their salsa does come gluten free. We picked up mild (I know, we’re lightweights!) smoked salsa. Yum! Good flavor that all of us enjoyed. We will definitely pick more up again.
Over the years, we have watched more and more snacks come gluten free. A few years ago, we started seeing brands like Glutino offer gluten free pretzels. Of course the next logical step for the gf brands was to sell pretzels in different flavors like chocolate covered. Then we saw the national brands like Snyder’s of Hanover. Then the national brands began selling their gf pretzels in flavors. So then, it makes sense to begin seeing small snack packs being sold in a large bag. We recently found gluten free 100 Calorie Packs of gf pretzels selling at Wal*Mart. You buy a large bag, and receive 8 8-oz bags of pretzel sticks, at 100 calories per bag. Snyder’s put out a nice press release here: http://www.snydersofhanover.com/2012-08-02-16-45-34/43-snyder%E2%80%99s-of-hanover%C2%AE-adds-100-calorie-packs-to-its-gluten-free-pretzel-offerings.html.
While this does not really change too much, as we could always put pretzels from the larger bag in baggies for lunches and travel, it does indicate that people are buying these, and obviously in large numbers if Snyder’s wants to release new products. Good news for Celiacs everywhere!
I guess it was just a matter of time–more like a matter of days–until we found the only other national pasta brand selling gluten free pasta. We recently found Mueller’s GF corn and rice pasta in penne, fusilli, and spaghetti on a recent trip to Harris Teeter. That rounds out all the big players, and with all the competition, we can expect lower than usual prices. We can definitely appreciate that!
You know what time it is? Yup, when the regular products we buy everyday put on a Christmas wrapper that we cannot avoid. Nice, though, for the Celiacs out there that so many of them come gluten free now. Not that we need more fruit gummies or that Angry Birds remind us of the Holidays, but it is nice having the option to participate in the glut of commercialism this Christmas.