Monthly Archives: September 2014

Gluten Free Product Review: Ancient Harvest Supergrain Mac & Cheese

Gluten Free Product Review:   Ancient Harvest Supergrain Mac & Cheese

Ancient Harvest Supergrain Mac & Cheese

Ancient Harvest Supergrain Mac & Cheese

I love to make home made mac and cheese and even prior to being gluten free I did not purchased the “blue box” that so many kids love.  In fact, as a kid I refused to eat mac and cheese that wasn’t home made.  Can you say “SPOILED.”

However, I do know a lot of families and a lot of our readers do enjoy mac and cheese that is not home made.  So I try to do product reviews of these products for them.  Because we all know, especially in the gluten free world, not all products are made equally.  I find product reviews to be essential ever since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.

I recently did a product review on Ancient Harvest’s Mac and Cheese (click HERE for review).  I spoke about how I love their pastas but found their mac and cheese not to be nearly creamy enough.  Shortly after I was contacted by the good folks at Ancient Harvest and was notified that they believe I had tried their product before they had redone them to make them cheesier and asked if I would be willing to try them again.  OF COURSE!!

This time the tasting team tried 4 products:

Supergrain Mac & Cheese White Cheddar
Supergrain Mac & Cheese Mild Cheddar (llama shaped)
Supergrain Mac & Cheese Sharp Cheddar
Supergrain Mac & Cheese Mild Cheddar (elbow)

The review took me awhile to do because even I can not eat Mac & Cheese all the time.  So the tasting team and I did it over a few weeks.  I will say first and foremost that they were right,their new recipe is MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH cheesier than their old recipe.  A HUGE difference!!  Way to go Ancient Harvest!!  I like the cheesier sauce and of course your pasta is always fantastic.

What is Supergrain pasta?  Well according to their website they state:

“… a proprietary blend of organic, non-GMO corn flour and quinoa flour.  We’ve perfected this combination to create delicious gluten free noodles that offer the same taste and texture of traditional pasta”

Now if you are like me and have a snobbish love for home made mac and cheese these are just not the same.  But let’s be real… there is NO product on the market that would be… gluten free or not.  But to be fair I expanded the tasting team for this review and brought in a Celiac mom of a child that is not Celiac but often eats gluten free.  After mom tried to explain what a llama is they tried the llama shaped Supergrain Mac & Cheese Mild Cheddar.  It was a hit with mom and she said that it was super easy with just adding milk and the cheese packet.  She even said “The llamas (noodles) were super soft and it looked just like the blue box Mac and cheese.”  She expressed  the fact that it was just like the blue box of mac and cheese she remembered and that it was what it needed to be… an easy, quick, and a cost effective lunch.  For the record, it was a bigger hit with mom than daughter, but daughter did eat it.

Now I will let you in on a little secret.  The box recommends that if you want a creamy cheese sauce to add a couple tablespoons of butter.  I did that on the second box I made.  But I also had a little half and half in the fridge from a previous baking project The added cream sure made the mac & cheese even creamier.  I would recommend that but just remember that adding the cream changes all of your nutritional info on the side of the box.

I want to add that all of their products are organic (certified).  Some of their products are Kosher.  But NONE of their products use GMOs. Way cool!

I always recommend Ancient Harvest pastas but I would also now recommend their Supergrain Mac & Cheese for those looking to replace those “blue box” of our gluten filled memories.  Check them out for further details and follow them on social media!!

Website:    http://ancientharvest.com
Supergrain Mac & Cheese:   http://ancientharvest.com/product-category/supergrain-mac-cheese/
Retailers:  http://ancientharvest.com/buy-quinoa/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AncientHarvest
Twitter:     https://twitter.com/AncientHarvest

This product is a good recipe for people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, Gluten intolerance or on a gluten free diet because none of the ingredients contain gluten.

I was provided with product but not financial support for this product review.  However, the product given was for the purpose of review but the opinions are strictly my own and have no sway on the review.  The opinions stated here are simply my own

 

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Spiced Latte Donuts Recipe

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spiced Latte Donuts

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spiced Latte Donuts

I admit it… I am one of those pumpkin spice latte fanatics, or PSL as it’s known this year, fanatics who get giddy with excitement this time of the year.  Oh sure, I was at my local coffee shop on the first day they were released waiting in line with my fellow fanatics anticipating that first sip of the season that might as well come with ethereal music!!   I know in other parts of the country and world they experience the phenomenon we know as “fall” but around here in Arizona, that is not something we see here in the Metropolitan Phoenix area.   We have other triggers.  Like Halloween goodies going up at our local stores, Facebook posts about people craving soups and chili,  the temperature being 102 instead of 115, and the release of the pumpkin spice latte.

Now that “fall” is in the air, I am playing around with the ideas and concepts of pumpkin foods.  Every year this happens and every year I think I am going to do it…. but this is the year.  As I was standing in line to get my Pumpkin Spiced Coffee I realized I was just staring at the donuts.  Practically drooling I began to wonder.. why is it that I never craved and desired donuts prior to being diagnosed with Celiac Disease??  And why do I want one so bad that I could picture myself pushing past people, jumping the counter and yelling “GET OUT OF MY WAY” ??  I guess this will remain on the mysteries of the universe.

So today I bring you my pumpkin spiced latte donut.  Of course it’s gluten free but trust me this baby is tasty.  I usually bake my donuts so that they are not so “guilty” but I needed to find a way to justify the impulse purchase of a small deep fryer I found at Walmart for twenty bucks.  So today’s recipe is extra fun.  Plus with this “fall” heatwave around here it’s nice not to heat up the house with the oven.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!!
Click here for Recipe….

Gluten Free Dining Review – Nourish, Gilbert AZ

Gluten Free Dining Review –  Nourish, Gilbert AZ 

Gluten Free Dining Review -  Nourish, Gilbert AZ

Gluten Free Dining Review – Nourish, Gilbert AZ

I walked into a restaurant and I could order anything I wanted.  It may have felt like a dream but it wasn’t!!  It really happened.

Nourish is a place where every single dish is gluten, soy, diary and peanut free!!  In addition, they have a wide selection of items that are corn and egg free, as well as Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw and Paleo choices.  It could be a mecca for all people with food issues.

I was excited to learn that a Nourish moved into my neighborhood.  Well, not in my neighborhood, but the community next door.  Prior to this I have been putting off going to Nourish for awhile, simply because it was not convenient and at least a 40 minute drive.

Gluten Free Dining Review -  Nourish, Gilbert AZ

Gluten Free Dining Review – Nourish, Gilbert AZ

Handsome Hubby and I went down there and had dinner.  Whenever there is salmon on the menu it is hard for me to pass on so I selected the Teriyaki Bowl with salmon.  Handsome Hubby chose the BLT Wrap, some Way Better Chips and we split an order of the salted carmel bars.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meals.  It was not heavy or “processed”.  I have to say, as much as I love salmon, many times when I go out for a meal and I select the salmon it is dry and overcooked.  Not at Nourish!!  The salmon was PERFECT!!  And I mean perfect!!  Flavorful and firm, moist and seasoned.  I can not remember ever having a piece of salmon so well cooked, not even in a five star restaurant !!

Handsome Hubby’s wrap was packed full of goodness and freshness.  He does not “have” to be gluten free but he eats it all day and every day except when we go out and he can select something full of gluten.  He did not seem to miss the gluten whatsoever.  His wrap was served with Way Better chips which is always tasty and a bit addictive.

Gluten Free Dining Review -  Nourish, Gilbert AZ

Gluten Free Dining Review – Nourish, Gilbert AZ

We shared the rich and decedent salted carmel bars.  As good as they are they are very rich and even with our sweet tooth we are glad we shared.  But when is the last time you ordered a gluten free meal out and were offered dessert?  Well at Nourish they have a nice selection.

Speaking of selection, they really have a great one.  They have breakfast, lunch and dinner options.  Need to run in for a quick safe snack, Nourish can help you!!  Remember EVERYTHING IS GLUTEN FREE.  With tasty options from burgers, salads, seafood and dessert it was really hard to select just one meal.  I will definitely be trying something different next time cause everything sounds so fulfilling!

The only downside was cost.  If we went with the family it might not be the most cost effective option out there.  Now I am realistic and need to remind you… everything is gluten free and gluten free means more expensive.  We all know that whether we are talking a meal or a cake mix we are going to pay more.  In addition this is not a corporate chain with the backing of a multi million dollar conglomerate.  But rest assured you are getting a quality meal and remember.. not only is it gluten free…. its free of fear because every single item they serve is safe!!!  Now I may not be able to eat there often but to know that I am not going to be sick from untrained staff or cross contamination… well let’s admit it… that is PRICELESS!!!

From their website:

How we are different: Our menu has dietary icons, indicating food allergy and restrictions, including corn-free (orange), egg-free (teal), nut-free (brown), vegetarian (pink), vegan (blue), raw (green) and paleo (reddish orange).

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ALL DISHES are GLUTEN FREE, SOY FREE, DAIRY FREE, PEANUT FREE, and NONSENSE FREE!

Website:   http://www.nourish123.com
Menu:   http://www.nourish123.com/menu-gilbert/
locations:   http://www.nourish123.com/locations/
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/nourish123
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/nourish123

This establishment is a place recipe for people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, Gluten intolerance or on a gluten free diet because none of the ingredients contain gluten.

I was NOT provided with product or financial support for this dining review.  The opinions stated here are simply my own.

 

Gluten Free Garlic Cheesy Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Garlic Cheesy Bread

Gluten Free Garlic Cheesy Bread

Garlic is wonderful.  It is hard for me to pass up garlic cheesy bread.  And I don’t know a single person who doesn’t enjoy it.   So much so that I am at a loss of words at trying to entice you to try this recipe… so instead today I am going to share some interesting information about my friend the garlic…

Garlic is in the onion family

Let’s count them: it could help with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease and artery hardening.

Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties.

Some research indicates that garlic’s anti-bacterial properties might help to prevent food poisoning.

April 19th is national Garlic day.

There are over 300 varieties of garlic.

Lemon juice can used to neutralize the strong garlic smell.

Garlic contain 17 amino acids.

Rubbing raw garlic on your skin is said to be a great way to treat acne.

Some people believe that you can use it to remove a splinter.

It’s anti-fungal properties is helpful in dealing with athlete’s foot.

Garlic is a member of the lily family.

Its said that the original Olympic athletes in Ancient Greece were given garlic – possibly the earliest example of “performance enhancing.”

Garlic is believed to be able to help boost your immune system thanks to the vitamin B6.

The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.

Some people make garlic ice-cream.

Garlic is believed to repel insects.

Most of the garlic grown in the US is from California.

Said to help regulated blood sugars

Folklore says it keeps vampires away

So grab a bulb of garlic and lets all enjoy some Gluten Free Garlic Cheesy Bread!!!

 

Click here for recipe…

Easy Gluten Free Slow Cooker Roasted Pork Recipe

Easy Gluten Free Slow Cooker Roasted Pork Recipe

Easy Gluten Free Slow Cooker Roasted Pork Recipe

As many of the readers know, I get a huge kick out of cost effective meals.  Gluten Free people spend SO much on food that I am eager to offset that cost by making the most of everything that is on sale.  Now, I am not like one of those “extreme coupon” people.  Don’t get me wrong I actually have a co-worker and friend who is one and I can sit and listen to her talk about that forever.  I just don’t have the time, energy or drive that it takes, although I wish I did.  So saving as much as I can and making cost effective meals is a HUGE deal to me.

For several months now I have been working on this special project.  Ever since I have discovered the beauty that lies within a pork butt I have been in “Hog Heaven” so to speak.  I have found really good prices on pork roast.  Now I am not a butcher and I am not sure that they are pork butts or shoulders but I really don’t think it matters.  I get these pork roasts on sale, as low as 0.99 cents per pound up to $2.49 per pound, and I make the most of those sales.

I start each off as a basic pork roast!  As you will see from the recipe it’s just about the pure and wonderful flavor of the pork.  Serve it with you favorite side dishes that you would serve with a beef roast, like veggies, mashed potatoes, corn, rice, pasta, etc.  This is really a flexible tender roast to eat, and the mild juicy roast goes so well with such a variety of favors that you can not possibly choose wrong side dishes.

As delicious as this roast is… it is only the beginning because what makes it so incredibly cost effective is the LEFTOVERS!!  You can take this roast and turn it into SEVERAL leftover meals… creating new and exciting dinners each time!!   I am not kidding when I say I have turned a 5 pound pork roast into 5 meals feeding a family of 4.  I have done up to 7 meals but 4 to 5 is the most realistic.  So let’s break that down.  I did buy this roast at 0.99 cents per pound, and I made 5 meals out of it… a buck a meal for the protein?  Holy smokes I cant help but be impressed with myself!!  Create a gluten free menu or meal plan using this roast recipe followed by the recipes using the leftover roast.

So stay tuned!!  Today is the pork roast recipe and I will be sprinkling in more recipes on what you can do with the leftover roast!!

Click here for Recipe….