Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl Foods ~ Gluten Free

I just wanted to share with you some of the tasty treats I made to satisfy my Gluten Free needs.  The first tasty treat is just simply some Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  I saw on an add for Sherri's Berries where they added football "laces" in chocolate to make them look like little footballs.  The leaves didn't hold up to well, note to self "go ahead and remove the leaves before taking pictures".  I am not the best Chocolatier but my guests were impressed, so the goal was achieved.  The taste was amazing.

The next little treat was some very yummy wine jello squares.  If i had taken more time I would've cut these out with some cookie cutters instead of cutting them by hand.  They were so tasty - everyone loved them.  I think next time I till double the batch or make them in a smaller pan so they are thicker.  These were made with 2 different types of Moscato and a dash of Chambord to give them a slightly pink color.  Nothing like an adult Jello Jiggler.

Last but certainly not least by any means: Cocoa Krispy Footballs.  Oh my goodness these were so good.  Partly because I found chocolate flavored marshmallows instead the regular marshmallows.  It made these treats just that match more delicious.  They were a huge favorite of the night. Plus I just used my leftover white chocolate from my strawberries.

I really need to learn how to take better pictures and hopefully that will come with time and experience.  Hey that will give me another excuse to make these again.  LOL.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gluten Free Tamari Soy Sauce Packets ~ Oh My!

Since I live in the middle of nowhere Illinois little finds like these are hard to come by and when I do find them I feel like the luckiest gal in the whole wide world.  I have just recently acquired a love of sushi but knowing that I cannot trust restaurants to provide Gluten Free Soy Sauce is a real disappointment.  Now I do not have to worry about that anymore. 

San J products makes an Organic Tamari Soy Sauce in packets.  I found it while shopping in St. Louis at Whole Foods, and yes I do have to drive over 2 hours to shop at places like Whole Foods but it is completely worth the effort.  (Sorry the picture is so poor) 

This little box has 20 packets included of the organic goodness.  I did not copy down the nutrition facts for this ~ sorry ~ I was just too excited.  I keep a full size bottle of Gluten Free Soy Sauce at home but to have these handy little travel packs now to take with me anywhere I must go has just made my day.  A box cost approx $3.50 which isn't cheap but we all know we pay a price for convenience.  In fact I expected it to be quite a bit more. 

Whole Foods has even done more to make the Gluten Free shopping experience more enjoyable.  They now have these little shelf tags denoting products that are Gluten Free.  I found a ton of stuff that I had never been able to find back home in our town of 40,000 people.  Now that I know what's available I can take it to the local Grocery Store and ask them to order some in.  They are great about that, in fact they even have a whole dedicated Gluten Free section which I just love.

Well I hope you enjoy this little find and am excited to know that the manufacturers are thinking about us Gluten Free people more and more.


Passage for the day ~ John 15:7  NLV  If you get your life from Me and My Words live in you, ask whatever you want.  It will be done for you.

How refreshing is that!  Drink in those words!  I  think they will become this weeks memory verse.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gluten Free Traveling - Go Picinic

If any of you travel even a little bit you know that you get hungry while on the road.  I have to travel for work at least once a month and many times more than that.  So I am always looking for GF friendly snacks that fit into all my other special dietary needs.  While in the Denver airport a month ago I noticed the Go Picnic brand Gluten Free meals.  What a Fantastic Idea!  Each meal contains a protein, some GF crackers, fruit gummies or applesauce, a salty snack and a sweet snack.  Here is the one that I had and enjoyed.

The Turkey Stick and Crunch.  And it was good.  Now there's a shocker.  For about $5 you get everything pictured on the box.  Nice little snack size portions too so you don't bust your calorie budget for the day.  I will admit that the cookie in this pack is a little grainy ( I still haven't gotten used to the Rice Flour grainess it adds to baking ) but the taste was good. 

They have several varieties available, even a Tuna version, but I wasn't brave enough to take Tuna on the plane in case it smelled like strong Tuna.  I will try that one from home just to be sure.  I love Tuna but if you've ever been on a plane and someone brings something on (like grilled onions and peppers ) then it permiates the entire plane and doesn't smell nearly as good as it did in the restaurant.

Too be completely honest - I would've LOVED to have had a giant piece of pizza, but, it isn't worth the terrible tummy ache or the accompanying terrible bouts of diahreahha that follow.  So I remind myself "Pizza BAD! - Gluten Free - GOOD!!!!" 

Sometimes when you've been GF for a long time you forget how bad you feel when exposed to Gluten.  For me, it only takes one quick reminder to learn that lesson all over again.

Good luck travelers, and be sure to look for these handy little snacks while jet setting around the world.