More GF breaded chicken!
Who doesn’t like quick and easy meals? Especially when you can pick them up at a regular grocery store you are stopping at anyways. While on recent trip to Target, we needed something quick for dinner. Enter Applegate Naturals chicken breast tenders. Applegate Naturals (http://www.applegate.com/) makes a very extensive line of ‘healthy-ish’ and GMO free products. Lots of low salt lunch meats, sausages, bacon, hot dogs, and more. Many come gluten free as well. You can actually follow this link: http://www.applegate.com/products/search?q=gluten+free to see all their gluten free items. Like I mentioned, lots of options. Multiple varieties of bacon (Sunday Bacon??), nuggets in all sizes, variety of sausage, organic beef burgers, turkey burgers, hot dogs, and a large selection of lunch meats and cheeses. Four pages of gf products. We have only ever seen the tenders, but we will be on the lookout now!
So about these chicken tenders? Pretty good. We like all these chicken tenders/nuggets, as we can just fire up the toaster over, since they come pre-cooked. They do share microwave prep instructions, but when we microwave any meats, they usually come out like a bouncy ball. All white meat, not looking all processed like the ones Jamie Oliver always shows. Actually pretty good. One daughter like them plain, the other dipped in ketchup. Me, I prefer my nuggets dipped in bbq sauce. However you choose, they were pretty good.
Snow! Snow! Snow!
Hope you all stay warm and safe through the next couple days. Enjoy lots of snow cream, icicles, and other wintry treats. Here’s a blast from the past for a gluten free snow cream recipe:
Mountain White Bread
We do not try and review too many breads these days as our girls like to stick with some favorites like Udi’s and Rudi’s. My mother-in-law makes bread for the girls from time to time as well. We did find a new one to try recently at Earth Fare.
Canyon Bakehouse (http://canyonglutenfree.com/) makes a variety of interesting products. In browsing their site, I cannot say I ever saw gluten free foccacia before. My wife and I used to eat quite a lot of that before she went gluten free. They also sell a gluten free rye, muffins, hamburger buns, and hot dog rolls among other things.
So how does it taste? My wife tried it with the girls. They tried one sandwich and wanted to go back to Udi’s. My wife finished the loaf, and while she like the taste, she found the bread a little too sticky, even when toasted. That, of course, transitioned into it also being difficult to cut. So for your everyday school lunches, probably stick to Udi’s and other popular brands. You can find many of our reviews on bread and bread products here: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=bread. Definitely try Canyon though, and we will continue the hunt for the elusive gf foccacia they sell…may need to order it!
More GF Yogurt
Thankfully yogurt seems to be one thing, across the board, not containing gluten. You do need to watch out for the ones that contain wheat or oats, or come with the little ‘mix’ with various candies and grains, but overall, you can find a lot of gf brands pretty much anywhere.
On a recent Target trip we found Siggi’s certified gf yogurt. Siggi’s (http://siggisdairy.com/v2/) comes from an Icelandic immigrant to the US looking to make a skyr, Icelandic-style strained yogurt. He succeeded with these tubes! You can find many varieties of tubs (orange and ginger sound good to anyone else?), varieties of tubed yogurt, drinkable yogurts, and probiotic yogurts. Definitely a lot of choices!
We do a lot of yogurt tubes in our house. With one daughter having a late lunch at school, we will freeze the tubes, then they can act to both keep the rest of her lunch cool while slowly melting in time for lunch. Both girls like their yogurt tubes. We like Siggi’s because unlike some other national brands, you will not go into sugar shock eating these ones. Definitely a lot less sugar.
Nature’s Path GF Cereal
We found a new cereal on a recent shopping trip, Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla from Nature’s Path. Nature’s Path seems to be kicking their gluten free products into high gear. In the past, we found their gf waffles and granola (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=nature%27s+path) in stores, but now we see even more. Lots of new bars and snacks, plus some cereal lines. We see it in Whole Foods, regular grocery stores, and in this case, a double bag in BJs.
Nice to provide a little variety too. Our girls consume a LOT of Chex cereal–Vanilla, Cinnamon, Honey Nut, and Plain. They like it, but like variety too. This definitely is one to try. A good crunch cereal, even good out of the box without milk or in yogurt. Good taste and not too sweet.
Yum! GF Girl Scout Cookies
With Celiac, we wait for a couple sacred cows, if you will, to come to the gluten free side of things. We’ve finally found our gf donuts, although not yet at Dunkin Donuts. The next was gluten free toaster pastries (Pop Tarts). We found Glutino here.
So two out of the three GF trinity. The third being Girl Scout cookies. We never thought that would happen. We heard, a year or two, they tested some in the Midwest, but nothing ever came of it. Then this year, the rumors started. Widely shared chocolate chip shortbread gf cookies. True? Sure enough April, on the RaleighCelKids Facebook page shared the truth and she was taking orders. The great news? We picked up our two bags (and three non-gf boxes for Dad) yesterday. I had one daughter in the car, so we opened a bag and taste-tested. They remind me a lot of Ian’s Cookie Buttons. A dense, shortbread with chocolate chips. Not too bad…but they definitely leave you wanting a tall glass of milk. Hopefully they will see enough to ensure more next year. Would be awesome to have two varieties next year. For this year, see April on Facebook to order some yourself.
Yoghurt? Well, It’s Gluten Free!
Hmmm…Australian styled yogurt (or yoghurt–they like that spelling, I guess) made in Colorado. You just never know what you may find. We did find this yogurt at BJs recently. You see they clearly mark it gluten free and all natural as well. I do like that, as we hear more and more about foods either genetically modified or organic without steroids or other chemicals.
You can learn more about the product and flavors at http://www.noosayoghurt.com. Noosa is found on Australia’s sunshine coast, where apparently this yogurt, sorry–yoghurt was first made. Then the company decided on Colorado to be closer to dairy farms. And the rest, is history…giving us yet another gluten free yogurt/yoghurt variety.
One of the things that always surprises non-Celiacs when I talk to them is the need to be ever vigilant with everyday products like toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and vitamins. Well, they tell me, surely those do not contain gluten. Unfortunately some do (or maybe did), either in the vitamin or as an ‘unsticking’ agent so they do not stick to each other in the container.
In the past we found a variety of vitamins not containing gluten. You can read more here: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=vitamins. On a recent trip to BJs, we found new ones–generationearth, which I believe to be a BJs brand. We tried to find a solid, Flintstoney-type, but could only find the gummy vitamins. No worries though–the girls like these, and we feel good to make sure we supplement their regular eating.
It’s Gluten Free…and I Helped!
Anyone catch that random reference in the caption? You remember those old Shake-n-Bake commercials? You know, the little girl with dimples, good-old fashioned in her little dress, ‘It’s Shake-n-bake, and I helped.’ Of course, Celiacs cannot be so cute in helping with dinner, until now, at least. We recently found large bags of Ian’s gluten free breadcrumbs (original and Italian style) at Kroger. We have seen other varieties and even recipes to make our own, but never saw the nice, resealable bags until now. Will be interested to try these out.
More Ready-to-Bake Doughs
When I see these new gluten free doughs, I hear the Pillsbury Doughman in my mind. Heehee indeed, when you can buy ready to cook cookie dough (or maybe just eat it out of the container!). We recently tried and review the Pillsbury Pizza Dough (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=pillsbury) and now found the rest, cookie and pie/pastry on a recent trip to Kroger. We did not try them yet, but play to soon. Still trying to detox from all the holiday candy and cookies. We will share our thoughts after trying them.