Archive | Gluten-Free Product Reviews

01 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten-Free Pasta from Brands You Know

Gluten-free pasta is becoming more easily available, both at restaurants and in grocery stores. I’ve recently seen gluten-free varieties from major brands like PC Organics, Barilla and Catelli. Not only that, but grocery stores are even stocking gluten-free pastas – from these mainstream brands and long time gluten-free brands – in the regular pasta aisle.

While it’s great to see such progress in the market, I actually missed the launch of these new products because I’ve stopped going down those aisles in the grocery store!

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15 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

ClubHouse Gluten-Free Gravy Mixes

Club House Gluten-Free Turkey GravyJust in time for Thanksgiving (which was this past weekend), Club House introduced gluten-free gravy mixes! This is great news for the many gravy-making-challenged folks out there (like my entire family) who also have to prepare gluten-free foods.

My mother-in-law recently saw a commercial for Club House’s gluten-free turkey gravy mix and decided to try it out with us this weekend. The instructions call for as much turkey drippings as you want (the more, the better!), plus water to a maximum of 1 cup, and the mix. Due to an unfortunate kitchen debacle, we didn’t have any drippings so the gravy was made with just water.

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08 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Dish Freely: Find Gluten-Free Dishes at Restaurants

Dish Freely is a new iPhone app I just found out about that helps those eating gluten-free find dishes at nearby restaurants that they are able to eat. Users can also add new restaurants and dishes, and rate the ones they’ve tried.

I cannot tell you how awesome an idea I think this is. I’m a huge fan of location-based apps, food apps, and well… apps in general (I do work in mobile marketing, afterall). Combining those with  a tool that helps me find food I can eat safely is just brilliant. And with the numbers of people eating gluten-free increasing every week, an app like this is going to be so helpful to so many people.

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01 July 2011 ~ 5 Comments

Caesar’s Gluten Free Vegetable Lasagna

One of the things I miss is the convenience of frozen meals. I know they’re typically not the best nutritionally, and they often cost a lot, but on days when you just don’t feel like cooking they’re better than fast food. But they’re filled with additives that contain gluten.

While gluten-free frozen meals do exist, you can’t just run into any supermarket and pick one up. They’re usually found at specialty shops, like Portions in Guelph.

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22 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Bountiful Pantry Country Corn Chowder

On a trip to Vermont this past winter, I came across Bountiful Pantry soups at several shops. Several of their soups are labeled gluten-free. I love corn chowder and decided to try it.

All of Bountiful Pantry soups are packaged, dried ingredients, and preparation is merely adding liquid like stock, milk or water. Ingredients are listed on the back, and they all contain foods you can actually recognize – corn, potatoes, onions, etc. The clear packaging shows off all the ingredients as well.

But despite the gluten-free label, the ingredients I could read and understand, something in the soup made my stomach unhappy.

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17 April 2011 ~ 1 Comment

San Zenone Organic Corn Pasta

I normally eat brown rice pasta, but decided to try a new brand of corn pasta I saw on the shelves at my grocery store – San Zenone’s 100% organic corn pasta from Prairie Harvest.

Corn pasta tends to be a bit more expensive than brown rice pasta, but it tastes less “nutty” than rice pasta and doesn’t get gummy when you cook it. I actually found San Zenone tasted much like what I remember wheat pasta tasting like, so this might be a good one to try if you’re new to gluten-free pasta. I had it with some tomatoes, olives and oil, and found I didn’t need a thick sauce to help camouflage the taste.

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09 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Boulder Canyon Rice & Adzuki Bean Chips

I’ve always loved tortilla chips, but since going gluten-free they’ve become my go-to snack. But plain ol’ tortillas can get a little boring sometimes, so I decided to give these chips by Boulder Canyon Natural Foods a try.

I had no idea what an adzuki bean was – turns out it’s common in China and Japan – so I wasn’t sure how these would taste. I wouldn’t say the chip has a particularly strong or identifiable flavour, but it was subtley different than a corn chip. The red chilies give it a very mild heat.

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19 December 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Irresistibles Gluten Free Macaroni & Cheese

I recently discovered that Irresistibles, one of the private brands sold in Metro and Food Basics stores, has a gluten-free, boxed macaroni and cheese – yes, a gluten-free “kraft dinner”.

Obviously, with being totally in love with all things mac & cheese, I had to try it out.

Sadly, it didn’t live up to my memories of actual Kraft Dinner. The white rice pasta had a strong flavour, and the powdered cheese sauce had barely any flavour at all. I was left eating a bowl of rice pasta that was orange.

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10 August 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Mary’s Organic Crackers

I’m just gonna put this out there: I hate rice crackers. I mean, ick. They’re almost flavourless, except what flavour they do have is salty and bland and weird. So I when I first went gluten-free I tried a few brands and then promptly decided to eat corn chips for the rest of my life.

Well, last week at the grocery store, I came across Mary’s Organic Crackers. And I have to admit, they weren’t bad. I bought the Original flavour, but my store also carried Herb. They are organic, Kosher, Vegan, dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free and manufactured in a nut-free facility. Whew!

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29 May 2010 ~ 2 Comments

El Peto Pancake Mix

I’m not a from-scratch baker. I prefer my baking to come from a box, where all I have to do is add milk and eggs, and maybe oil. But since going gluten-free, I’ve been wary of trying packaged baking mixes. I know my chocolate cake turned out well, but I just expect that it’s going to bad. And that I wasted a lot of money. But when my local Bulk Barn was selling all El Peto products for 40% off, I grabbed a box of pancake mix and gave’r a try.

I was pleasantly surprised! They tasted like pancakes! And no weird mouth-feel!

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