Rise Buddy

Some of my readers know that I am the Lead Chef at Camp Celiac every summer. One important part of that role is to spend time finding great products to have at camp that campers will love and may not be aware of. I was recently approached by Rise Buddy to try an outstanding snack product.

Rise Buddy is a healthy snack option when your looking for something salty, savory and fun. Its easy to find gluten free crackers on the market but hard to find one that comes in fun flavors and shapes. They taste similar to a normal cracker but are made from whole grain 100% brown rice. They come in four great flavors including sea salt, BBQ, Sour Cream and Onion and my favorite PIZZA!!

Rise Buddy Healthy Snacks Have it ALL:
Gluten-Free
Trans-Fat Free
Over Baked, Not Fried
Education Smart Snack Approved
Whole Grain from Brown Rice

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New England Clam Chowder

With a big snow storm in town and temperatures low, it is a great time for a big pot of a good creamy soup. New England clam chowder is a great classic very easy to make.

Ingredients:

2 large potatoes (peeled and chopped)

8oz clam juice

4 stalks celery (chopped)

3 medium carrots (peeled and cut into rounds)

1 onion

2 teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoon butter

1/3 cup flour

32 oz chicken broth

1/4 cup white wine

1 bay leaf

2 teaspoon garlic powder

38oz chopped clams with juice

1 1/2 cup half & half

In a small pot start by boiling potatoes in clam juice. In a large pot melt butter and cook carrot, celery and onion. Once onion starts to become translucent add pepper and flour. Mix until combined. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Now, add wine, bay leaf, garlic and half&half. Continue to cook for 5 minutes and then add clams with juice. Cook an additional 5-10 minutes until soup is at a low boil. Serve hot.

La Brea Bakery Bread

A good, sliced gluten-free bread is the hardest thing to find in the gluten-free world. Many of us just stick to one of the few name brands we see in stores but most of them are never that great. I recently received samples from La Brea Bakery. This is an outstanding product and available to buy online!

 La Brea Bakery is the #1 selling artisan bread company in the country. La Brea Bakery created award-winning gluten free breads that taste different than most other options available.

They offer two outstanding flavors.  A classic white that is soft with a thin crust. Also a multi-grain that is soft on the inside with a nutty crust. You can find more about each option here . 

I have sampled a great number of gluten free sliced bread and this product clearly stands out. Has all the characters a gluten-free eater is looking for. The flavor of both option is spot on tasting clean and full of fresh baked flavor. Quality is spot on, clearly coming from an artisan company and not a mass produced item. Slice size is nice, not to big or small, great for toast or sandwich. No air holes in the slices which is always important and hard to find. Both options have an actual crust that has its own character and is part of the loaf. Texture soft, smooth, fluffy and not chewy at all. Toast’s up great and hold’s up to anything I have put on it yet. 

Where to buy:

Amazon Fresh 

Find Store Locations Here

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Teasia Tea

I always love to review new products, but practical products are always my favorite to sample. K-cup machine’s have become staple in many households. Easy to use, easy to clean and always ready when you need it. K-cup machines are not just for coffee anymore they make a great cup of tea. I was recently sent a case of k-cups from the Teasia company. It included a wonderful mix of both decaf and caffeinated tea’s. No need to mess with the teabag or with looseleaf teas, just brew a k-cup just like you would coffee. The best part is k-cups can be reused so that they each make 2 great cups of tea.

Teasia Tea makes a line of natural teas from the highest quality ingredients with no artificial additives or chemicals. Teasia strives for purity, integrity, and authenticity in all teas with a goal to create a healthy alternative beverage to enjoy guilt-free in the most convenient form.

Check them all out here http://www.teasia.com/index.aspx

The flavors are all wonderful. Each is nice and smooth with a full flavor profile. I would have to say my favorite was the Chamomile Mint and Rose Black.
Do you want to win a mix of some of these great teas? All you need to do is leave a comment on this post or Facebook of why you would like to try Teasia and then follow them at one the social media links below:

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Tag them #teasiateas

Below are the prizes for 3 winners for the giveaway! Giveaway Dates 12/1- 12/20

1 box Jasmine Green Tea (36 count)

1 box Chamomile Mint Tea (36 count)

1 box Floral Variety ( Jasmine Green Tea, Rose Black Tea, Rooibos Lemongrass Tea, Chamomile Mint Tea) 36 Count

U.S. Winners Only, One Per Household, Winner will be Chosen at andom

 


Type of Tea Caffeine Level*
Black Tea 60-90 mg
Rose Tea 60-90 mg
Roasted Oolong Tea 55-80mg
Oolong Tea 50-75mg
Jasmine Green Tea 14-60 mg
Green Tea 35-70 mg
Rooibos Lemongrass Tea -None
Chamomile Mint Tea- None


General estimates of caffeine per 8 oz cup. Second brew will naturally have lower caffeine levels.

Gluten Free Dump Cake – Easiest Cake Ever

Finding an great crowd pleasing gluten-free dessert is not easy. I have been reading dump cake recipes for a long time but finally gave it a try with my own gluten-free redo. 

Ingredients:

1 20 oz can cherry pie filling ( I used a low sugar option but make sure it is also labeled gluten free since this product often contains food starch)

1 15 oz can crush pineapple (drain and save the juice)

1 box gluten-free vanilla cake mix 

1 stick butter

Start by adding the cherries and drained pineapple into a deep square baking dish that is well sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Next, slowly top with one pack of cake mix speak evenly across the fruit and pressed down a bit. Then, sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of pineapple juice over the top. Finally, evenly distribute pieces of the butter all over the top of the cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-65 min or until golden brown on top. Serve hot with ice cream or whip cream. Enjoy!!!!

Confetti Bars

Looking for a fun Halloween treat? Looking for something different? This treat is it. Similar to a rice crispy treat but packed with color and fruity flavor. With fruity pebbles now being labeled gluten-free this is a safe a addition to your next get together or exciting lunch box addition.

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons salted butter

26 marshmallows

8 cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal (make sure the box says gluten-free)

Use a large pot because mixing the cereal can get very messy. Start by melting the butter over medium heat in the pot. Once melted, add the marshmallows and continue to cook over low to medium heat. Mix slowly until butter and marshmallows are fully melted and combined. Be careful not to burn or carmalazie the mixture. Once melted, remove from heat and add cereal to pot. Gently combine the mixture. Pour mixture into baking dish and gently press down. Any size dish works depending on how thick you want to cut the bars. Let mixture cool in pan for 45 mins. Finally, cut into bars or fun shapes. Enjoy!!

Loeb’s Crunch

Who does not love something crunchy? A crunchy snack, crunchy coating on meat, crunchy salad or sandwich topping. Finding gluten-free options can be limited. Well Loeb’s Crunch has done it! They have created a line of gluten-free ingredients / toppings that will take your next meal to a whole a new level.

I recently sampled three of Leob’s Crunch gluten-free all-natural products including quinoa crunch, onion crunch and jalapeno crunch. The onion crunch reminded me instantly of green bean casserole on thanksgiving. The jalapeno crunch was my husbands favorite topped on gluten-free quinoa mac&cheese and zesty guacamole. My favorite of them all was the quinoa crunch. I have salads everyday and a handful of these little puff balls make any salad something special. I found myself snacking on them all week. Croutons tend to be greasy, dense and lack flavor but quinoa crunch was light, crunchy, full of flavor and fun to eat.

Pick a bag up at a store near you. Loeb’s crunch can be found at Walmart, Shoprite, ACME, HEB and many more stores. Find them near you at: http://loebscrunch.com/store-locator

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Visit the site: http://loebscrunch.com/ to learn more.

TIME TO WIN!! #BagelandNutButterBonanza

Undoubtedly, one of the best food combinations is peanut butter and jelly!! It’s time to take this creamy and sweet combination to the next level! Working together with Grinders Nut Butter and Sweet Note Gluten-Free bagels we bring the challenge home to you.

What is your perfect combination? What is the ingredient you add to your classic nut butter sandwich? Think outside the box, no jelly, something new and unique.

Sweet Note Bagels + Grinder Nut Butter + (your pick) = the best sandwich ever!!!

Can you fill in the blank? Think you have the best missing ingredient?? Let’s hear it!! Winner gets a bundle gift of Sweet Note Bagels and Georgia Grinder Nut Butters …. Give it your best try and you may win!!!

A bit more about these two great brands:

Sweet Note Bagels- Finally, a New York Style Bagel that is gluten-free, tree nut-free, soy-free, egg-free, dairy free and more! These bagels come in many flavors and are easy to prep in the oven or microwave. The first gluten-free bagel on the market to be crispy on the outside, soft on the inside but with the New York style texture I grew up with. The best part is this super special product is easy to find Shoprite, CVS, Whole Foods or one of many stores near you. Check out this link to find Sweet Note Bagels in your area Location. You can also have an order shipped to your home with the Online Store. Sweet Note is also donating to Camp Celiac this year where I volunteer. Very happy to have our campers give them a try.

   
 

Georgia Grinders Nut Butter- This company makes a wonderful, home style nut butter. Flavors consist of original almond, honey almond, cashew, no salt butter  and much more. Everything made with the highest quality of ingredients, all-natural and non GMO.I am always looking for healthy (paleo friendly) nut butters and this is one of the few that has no added sugar or oil. I have tasted many all natural almond butter but Georgia Grinders is doing something very special. The nut butters are smooth, cream and filled with flavor. The quality of the ingredients being used shows from the very first taste. Buy online at online store or a store near you. When shopping online use code “guiltfreefoodiecutie”.

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It’s your turn. Come up with your favorite match for this classic sandwich and you could win!! Tell me your third ingredient in a post, blog response or Facebook. Make sure to tag it #BagelandNutButterBonanza

Winner will be announced soon. 

  

 

First Fresh Chicken Sausage Review

I am always happy to review new gluten-free product that are something special. Recently, I received a sample of  delicious Chicken Sausage.

Sausage is one of those items that can have hidden gluten. Between the seasoning, flavors and outer casing it is important to read labels and ask questions. The family that created this product has experience with Celiac Disease first hand and have created a product that is both completely gluten-free and healthy. Chicken sausage has 78% less fat then the tradition products on the market. Made with a short list of real ingredients:

Ingredients: Chicken breast filet, chicken skin, water, contains less than 2% of: salt, spices, natural flavorings, dextrose, sodium citrate, sodium diacetate, packed into a collagen casing.

It browned well and was great both on its own and in a simple tomato sauce. The flavor of the herbs and spices really was evident.

Check out there website and find a location to pick some up:

Our Sausage

Peach Cobbler

For Easter dinner the number one request was to make a real southern peach cobbler.  I have done plenty of fruit crumbles but this was a new challenge. To make a gluten free cobbler that was super easy and stayed moist. This recipe is a bit different then the tradional ones because it is layered with the cake part on the bottom and the fruit on top. My peach cobbler was a hit, best part of Easter dinner by far!! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

2-10oz bags Frozen peachs

Juice 1/4 lemon 

1 cup coconut sugar divided by into 2 parts

3 tablespoons butter (melter)

1 tablespoon cornstarch 

1 cup gluten-free flour (cup for cup worked great)

2 teaspoon cinnamon 

1 pinch salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup milk 

Start by placing peaches, juice of the lemon and half the sugar into a pot. Cook over medium heat 15 minutes until peaches start to become soft and liquid starts to boil. Add the corn starch, mix well and continue to cook over low heat for 5 more minutes.

While peaches cook pour melted butter into a deep round baking dish and set aside.

In another large bowl mix flour, other 1/2 cup of sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Once mixed well add milk and continue to combine. Now, scoop the batter into the baking dish of melted butter in. Once peaches are ready gently place them on top pressing down lightly. No need to mix. Bake at 35o degrees for 45 min.

Serve hot with ice cream 🙂