Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New and Improved Products!

I have been crazy busy with Graduation, Picnics, Family Reunions, and summer parties coming it is hard to spend hours of baking from scratch. These products have made my life simple for all these busy days. I use Pancakes for a sandwich wrap and hook it together with a tooth pick. Using pancake for bread reminds me of Oga’s Restaurant Sandwiches. I have always loved a fast spaghetti pasta salad that has noodles that taste good.

The best pasta in the world is:

1) De Boles Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Spaghetti Style Pasta- I love this pasta because it taste fantastic and doesn’t get mushy after a couple of days. The key is to make sure you don’t over boil the noodles. It is the only pasta out there that has great nutrition. It is made with Brown Rice Flour, Quinoa & Amaranth. Only has 1.5 grams of total fat, 12% Fiber, 30% Folic Acid, 15% Iron, 40% Thiamin, 30% Niacin, 15% Riboflavin. A quick pasta salad is putting together Olive Oil, Tomatoes, Black Olives (canned sliced), chop a small onion (the smallest you can find), and some parsley. When it comes to pasta salads you have to experiment. Also DeBoles has Gluten Free Mulit Grain Pasta in different shapes such as Penne.

Gluten Free Pantry has always had quick and easy dessert mixes and flours. Now with a different look and improved taste, this is a must in all pantries. Glutino & Gluten Free Pantry's mission is to provide a healthy lifestyle to all those with Celiac Disease and those who follow a gluten-free/wheat-free diet. They are the two brands of gluten-free foods made with the goodness of home. You can put your trust in this company because they make sure they use good quality gluten-free ingredients. They have more than 60 gluten-free products from meals- breads and even desserts. They also have a tasty All Purpose Flour that I use in all my recipes where I substitute the wheat all purpose flour with Gluten-Free Pantry's all purpose mix.

Some of the Gluten-Free Pantry that I most recently tried:

2) Gluten Free Pantry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix: This simple mix makes 25-36 delicious chocolate chip cookies depending on the scoop size. It contains chocolate chips. You can also make chocolate chip bars by putting the mix in a 7x11 inch pan. I also added Nestle's chocolate chunk chips to make it even more chocolate. The ingredients: White Rice Flour, Chocolate Chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, coca butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), brown sugar, sugar, potato starch, potato flour, sodium bicarbonate, salt, sodium acid, pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate.

3) Gluten Free Pantry's Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix: This is one of their better products because they are chewy and is very moist. I like to eat it right out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Has an easy-to-follow recipe that even small kids can help with. Each package makes a single 9x13 pan of fudge brownies. It also has a recipe on the box to make it low-fat. Ingredients: Sugar, Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin), Cocoa Powder, White Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Corn Starch, Xanthum Gum, Salt.

4) Gluten Free Pantry's Brown Rice Pancake Mix- Irish Soda Bread or two batches of delicious pancakes or waffles. The pancakes turn out soft and fluffy. I didn't get a chance, but there is a recipe on the box on how to make Irish Soda Bread. In my pancakes I like fresh blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chips, and even raisins with cinnamon. I have also used a pancake for making a turkey sandwich. If you make then big you can use it as a wrap or you can use them to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Another way of using this mix is for making Muffins. Ingredients: Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour, Corn Starch, Buttermilk, Granulated Honey, Baking Powder (Corn), Sodium Bicarbonate, Salt, Xanthum Gum.

5) Beth's All-Purpose GF Baking Flour- I substitute this Gluten Free flour for Wheat All Purpose flour. Just remember to add 1 tsp of xanthium gum for every 1 cup of Gluten-Free flour. This mix is trans-fat free and cholesterol free. Ingredients: White Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Guar Gum, Salt.

6) Glutino Breakfast Bars Strawberry: I have never cared for these bars when they first came out. They have defiantly improved the taste. This bars reminds me of those Fruit and Grain bars except better. The improved taste is great. The one thing I would change about this product is adding more fiber and nutrition to it. This bar would be great for on the go, keeping in your purse, snacks, and even lunch for school and/or work. It is gluten-free, milk/dairy free, low in fat, no trans fatty acids, and no sugar added.

7) Erewhon Gluten Free Crispy Brown Rice Cereal: This cereal does crackle and pop like Kellog's Rice Crispies. It is made from whole grains of organically grown brown rice. It is also low fat, low sugar. It is great for making rice crispy treats. If you eat it for breakfast you may want to put some fruit in it. The only problem with this cereal is nutritional value because it doesn't have any fiber or vitamins and calcium. This has always been the problem with gluten-free foods.

8) Gluten Free Cafe Chicken Noodle Soup Can: I was so excited to see canned chicken noodle soup that is gluten-free. I have missed that fast and easy lunch. Gluten Free Cafe Soups are the only line of gluten-free foods fortified with vitamins and minerals to provide nutrients that may be missing from certain diets and pro-biotic to aid with digestion. It contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, folic acid and vitamin D and minerals-- iron and calcium.

Pamela’s have been in business since 1988 because she wanted everyone to have delicious foods. Her product’s has had a far reaching impact on the gluten-free food market and the Natural Food Industry. They continue to take pleasure in finding new flavor combinations and creating tasty new products to celebrate with friends. These are a couple of new and new improved products that I have tried recently:

9) Pamela's Pancake Mix: Pamela' productss have always been my favorite because the taste is never gritty and is all natural. Plus this mix makes up light and fluffy. You can also use this mix as an All Purpose Flour Mix too. My friends don't even know that it is gluten-free because it taste just like regular wheat flour. On the package has a couple of recipes and baking tips.

10) Pamela's Cornbread Mix: I was excited to see that Pamela came out with a cornbread mix. I have always loved corn bread. This mix is made from organic corn. On the bag has many different recipes from buttermilk cornbread , Sweet Pepper Cornbread, Cranberry Orange Cornbread.. This is the best Cornbread mix I have tasted and I have tasted many cornbread mixes. It is even better then Jiffy’s cornbread. Pamela;s mix is very moist and sweet but not too sweet. I love pouring warm milk on it. This is a must in gluten-free pantries, but also non-gluten free pantries

11) Tropical Source’s Chocolate Chips: These chocolate chips taste have been improved. These are well worth it. I feel that Tropical Source taste the same as Nestle, Hershey’s, and store brand chocolate chips. If it were me I would get whatever chips are on sale or cheap. If you are dairy-free then you may want to get Tropical Source.

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