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Jul
13
2014

Gluten Free Pizelles

cookies

Yummy, crispy, ‘pitt-zells’

Growing up in the North, ethnic food was a staple of life.  Living outside Pittsburgh, you had your Italian section, your German section, your Polish section, etc, etc.  One of the best things of all those groups–the food!  One thing I ate a lot growing up were pizzelles.  Think a waffle cone that never gets folded up into a cone.  Traditionally they also had anise flavoring, but many people just make them vanilla now.   Obviously, traditionally they are cooked with wheat.

On a joyous day, we found GLUTEN FREE pizzelles.  You can get them online, or we actually found them at a Wal*Mart in Pennsylvania (yes, Wal*Mart!).  If you cannot find them, you can order them online: http://glutenfreepizzelles.com/.  Really a classic cookie for my family, and you can find out more about making them.  You actually get a pizzelle iron, similar to a waffle iron.  Some even come with a variety of presses, to make them in various designs.  Mmmmm!

Jul
3
2014

Marshmellow Peeps…All Year Long…

peeps

So many Peeps…

So on first glance, finding Peeps all year long, not just on holidays, may seem like a good thing.  Although I trend toward the direction of keeping them special for Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.  Regardless of my feelings, however, you can now find Peeps Minis all year long.  We found this display of them recently at the Triangle Town Center Target.  You can get 24 baby chicks in every resealable bag.  They come in a variety of flavors, including chocolate creme, strawberry creme, and sour watermelon.  Hmm…quite interesting flavors.

The good news?  Like all other Peeps, these Peeps Minis do come gluten free.  So if interested in these flavors, you can pick them up pretty much everywhere right now.  As for me, I’ll wait for Halloween!!

Jun
16
2014

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

ice cream

Soooooo Good!

Summer arrived in Raleigh, and if your family resembles ours, you eat a lot of ice cream.  Fortunately, many do come gluten free.  What about cookie dough though?  What about people with lactose issues as well as gluten?  Have no fear, just get to your nearest Target ASAP and pick up So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk dessert.  Lots of different flavors (check carefully, not all come gluten free) including COOKIE DOUGH!  If my wife and girls miss any one type of ice cream, cookie dough would appear at the top of the list.  It comes in smaller than usual containers, and comes with the ‘certified gluten free’ label.

Jun
7
2014

GF Quinoa

quinoa

“Is that a loofa?”

Surely you’ve all seen the commercial…the guy is tailgating, he throws a quinoa (kwee-no to him, keen-wah to us) burger on the grill.  He gets a little ridicule from his friends, but since it worked last time and his team won, he wants to try again.  Fortunately for us, Quinoa comes gluten free.  You can find this versatile ancient grain pretty much everywhere.  From breakfast ‘oatmeal’ type meals to burgers, to sides, quinoa also can be a pretty versatile dish.  We found Ancient Harvest brand recently at Harris Teeter.

A simple Google search will help you find a variety of recipes.  We liked all the kid-friendly ones at http://www.lilsugar.com/Quinoa-Recipes-Kids-30648160.   Turkey zucchini quinoa meatballs?    Quinoa and M&M cookies?  Quinoa cakes?  Lots of good ways to sample this grain.

May
24
2014

I Love Pomegranates

pomegranates

We All Love Poms!

So most of us would assume fruit a gluten free product.  Never hurts, though, to see the packaging listed as gluten free.  We found these pomegranate seeds recently at Harris Teeter.  You can never go wrong with giving your children fruit.  You can find a variety of products with pomegranates, including fresh seeds, juice, even some yogurts.  You can find a lot of good information about pomegranates at http://www.pomwonderful.com/.  They sell a variety of products including juice concentrate, supplements, and more, harnessing the antioxidants and other goodness.  You can find these products in pretty much all grocery stores in Raleigh.  Enjoy!

May
20
2014

Gorton’s Frozen Fish

gortons fish

“Trust the Gorton’s Fisherman…to Be Gluten Free…”

Always good to find new ‘cook and eat’ meals coming gluten free.  Recently at Harris Teeter we found a variety of grilled fish from Gorton’s.  We reviewed different brands of gluten free fish sticks in the past, but this is the first time we saw frozen, non-breaded fish.  I always used to eat Gorton’s fish sticks (non-gluten free) in the past, so I am familiar with the brand.  You can see these Salmon and Tilapia fish fillets labeled gluten free quite clearly.  A nice, quick meal in the spring, maybe add some rice, before going off to soccer, dance or any other spring activities!

May
18
2014

Raleigh’s Artsplosure Festival

festival food

Gluten Free Festival Options?

The family went to the Lemur IMAX movie yesterday at Marbles.  Afterward, we decided to walk around the Artsplosure festival, as it is right in Moore Square, bordering Marbles (Click here for Raleigh Cel-Kids Map).  Like most of you, when we attend festivals, carnivals, and fairs, we bring lots of gf snacks, as you never know what offerings your Celiacs could eat.  Right near Marbles, however, we found a booth selling Crepe Burritos, and they clearly displayed a Gluten Free options sign.

We tried to find this Urban Foods group, and find out if they are the same as the Urban Food Group that runs the Chow and Vivace restaurants in Raleigh, but we actually found that it is run by SueChef out of Asheville (https://www.facebook.com/urbanfoodsbysuechef?fref=photo).  From her Facebook page, we learned she moves all over to a variety of festivals.

We did not try one of these gluten free options this time, but you can stop by Artsplosure today (May 18th) and try one.  If you do, let us know–we are curious to see what they are like.  We are pretty excited to see options going forward for our girls, as we think we’ll see a lot of festivals on the schedule this summer!

May
16
2014

Gluten Free Yehuda Matzo Crackers

matzo crackers

Celebrate and Be Gluten Free!

Always interesting to think of Celiacs of certain religions and nationalities.  I always wonder about things like Irish at St. Patrick’s Day, and other things, but especially Jewish Celiacs.  While shopping at Wal*Mart recently, we found these gf matzo ‘style’ crackers.  Pretty interesting.  Of course it clearly states ‘not a replacement for matzo at the sider’ but nice to see additional options out there.

May
13
2014

Welcome, News and Observer Readers!

If you made it here from the article on Food Allergies in 5.13’s N&O (http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/12/3855710/how-to-eat-out-with-food-allergies.html?sp=/99/106/), welcome!  The Raleigh Cel-Kids group definitely likes seeing more interest in Celiac and eating gluten free.  Most of the participants in the group (kids, mostly) suffer Celiac, an autoimmune disease causing issues when eating gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, etc).  If not Celiac, and suffering a gluten intolerance or just eating gluten free to feel better, you’ll find a lot of great content on this site to help you in and around Raleigh.

The first thing we’d like to share is the Raleigh Cel Kids Google Map (http://goo.gl/KJEOmn).  This map shows many places in Raleigh you can find gluten free products.  Whether restaurants, grocery stores, or other places, you’ll find lots of options to stock up.  Just click on each icon, and you can find more information about a place.  Check the date on each, though, and as always, these are up to your own discretion, as menus, product lines, and other things change regularly.

Another great resource is the Raleigh Cel-Kids Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/109187702444254/).  You can ‘lurk’ and find some great discussions with our group, or you can join (it will take a day or so for approval to the closed group) and post your own questions.  A great resource for Raleigh Celiacs.

The blog itself stays pretty fresh with 3-5 posts per week.  We began in 2009, and since then, posted over 700 times on a variety of stores, restaurants, and products you can find in and around Raleigh.  If you find additional things, please share them with us!

May
11
2014

Gluten Free Cafe Cereals

cereals

More Breakfast Options!

Wal*Mart always surprises us in the amount and variety of gluten free products they carry.  Recently, at the Wake Forest location, we found  Gluten Free Cafe hot and cold cereals.   We already found gluten free soup from Gluten Free Cafe (click here) and frozen dinners (click here).  Now we found Maple Buckwheat Flakes and Brown Rice Hot Cereal.  Both sound like good morning choices.  Also notice the prominently displayed ‘Certified Gluten Free Logo.’