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Top 10 Gluten Free Bread Brands

Top 10 Gluten Free Bread Brands

Now that you need to eat a gluten free diet where do you go? What are the gluten free bread alternatives available to you? Here are ten of the best options in no particular order. Each link has multiple reviews to help you make your decision.

Enjoy baking? Don’t like the price of store bought breads? Here are some excellent sandwich bread recipes from a few of my favorite bloggers.

The Best Gluten Free Sandwich Bread ~ Don’t Mess With Mama
Another Wonderful Gluten Free Sandwich Bread ~ The Baking Beauties
Tender High Rising Gluten Free Sandwich Bread ~ Barefeet In The Kitchen
The Best Grain Free Gluten Free Sandwich Bread ~ Just A Pinch

Have a favorite gluten free bread or bread recipe? Please share it with us it in the comments section below.

Pin It To Win It Contest Giveaway ~ San-J Gluten Free Mongolian Sauce

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We love San-J products. When I found out that San-J is manufactured right outside of Richmond, I was even more excited about their products. San-J makes a variety of delicious gluten free sauces, that I use often. Their new Mongolian Sauce is fantastic. Mongolian restaurants are a haven for cross contamination due to the large shared grills everything is cooked on.  Now you can have the great taste of Mongolian in your own home. We had a blast cooking up our Mongolian style meal. It was so good we put together a quick Gluten Free Mongolian Beef and Vegetables Recipe just for you!

Now, we’re giving away a FREE bottle of San-J’s Mongolian sauce for you to try! It’s easy! Simply Pin the contest photo and one of our recipes to any health or food related board on pinterest! Don’t have pinterest or simply want more easy entries? Complete any of the other items below for additional entries! You can gain multiple enteries each day.

This contest runs from 1/25/2014 to 2/25/2014 Winner will be announced the week following 2/25/2014. Winner will be notified by email. Winner will have 7 days to claim their prize or the prize forfeits and another winner will be picked.

By entering this contest you agree to our terms and conditions.

Enter San-J Pin It To Win It Contest Here

 

Is Drew’s All-Natural Organic Salad Dressing and Salsa Gluten Free

Drew's All Natural

I recently purchased a bottle of Drew’s All natural Smoked Tomato Dressing and Marinade at my local Ollie’s. The bottle was labeled gluten free. hen I went to use it I noticed that it had a disclaimer stating that the dressing is made on shared equipment with many known allergens including wheat. I am super careful with what I eat and avoid anything processed in a facility or manufactured on equipment shared with wheat. This dressing looked exceptionally tasty so I decided to email Drew’s and ask about there processes and the possibility of cross contamination. Here is my email to Drew’s and the response that followed.

“Hi,

I was about to use your Drew’s Smoked Tomato Dressing and Quick Marinade. I see that it is labeled gluten free, but it states that it is made on shared equipment with wheat. Is there a possibility of cross contamination from the wheat? If so how is it labeled gluten free? I would like to use it on my chicken tonight, but am celiac and do not want to get sick.

Thank you,

Laurie”

Drew responded within the hour which was quite impressive.

“Dear Laurie,

Thank you for taking the time to write to us regarding our Smoked Tomato Salad Dressing.

At Drew’s, we take our responsibility of eliminating the risk of allergen cross-contamination and ensuring the safety of consumers very seriously.  Drew’s has implemented a number of comprehensive standard operating procedures for the handling of known allergens, including but not limited to:  employee training, separate storage areas for allergen products, and an allergen cleaning/sanitation cycle of all equipment between production batches.  Following the allergen clean, we test for the presence of allergens (soy, gluten, milk, coconut or egg) prior to the next production run.  This ensures the cleanliness of our production equipment and the absence of known allergens.  As an added precaution, we schedule our allergen items for production on separate days or at the end of the day whenever possible.

In addition, our facility is SQF (Safe Quality Food) Certified and items which are labeled as Gluten Free have been certified to be in compliance by the GFCO (Gluten Free Certification Organization – http://www.gfco.org/).  Both of these certifications require very strict adherence to our aforementioned allergen control procedures.  Audits and inspections are performed by the certifying agencies to verify our system’s effectiveness.

We appreciate your taking the time to write us – please rest assured that we share your concerns and have taken the appropriate steps to keep our consumers safe as they enjoy our delicious Drew’s All-Natural and Organic Salad Dressings and Salsas.

Should you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate in contacting our office.”

I was glad for the quick response but decided to give the product to Alan’s mom and go with something that I knew was without a doubt safe.

I know many people have different severities of gluten intolerance and different levels of comfort with gluten free products in general. I tend to be on the strict side but am really interested in how the rest of the gluten free community feels on the subject.

My question to you all is whether you eat products with statements of processed in a facility that contains wheat, or made on equipment shared with wheat, ect.  Please let me know how you feel on the subject in the comments section below.

Pinterest Shut Us Down, For No Apparent Reason

Pinterest Broke Up WIth Us

Update 1/20/2014
Yay! We have hear back from Pinterest, it seems a couple of our pins were shared around a little too much. Oops, over enthusiastic or an issue with WordPress, not sure which. Either way, we’re back up and running on our normal Pinterest page!

Until we can sort things out, we are pinning as My Gluten Free Girlfriend under one of our personal accounts and you can follow us there.

Yes, Pinterest shut us down. We attempted to log in to our account on 1/14/14, and received the following message:

Your account has been suspended for violating our Acceptable Use Policy.

What?! Ok, we log in, we pin, we share, we do what Pinterest is intended to do. Then, without any notice, we are “suspended”? No email, no “Hey, we think there is something going on”, no warning. Just gone. Pinterest’s only method to request account reactivation is a form on their website. Unfortunately, it seems they sometimes take their time responding to requests and shut down accounts on a regular basis. Bummer. We even posted to them on Facebook, and have yet to receive a response.

Pinterest suspension inquiry on facebook

Pinterest suspension inquiry on facebook

We’ll keep you posted if and when Pinterest gets back to us and how it all works out. Meawhile, if you already miss us, love our great recipes, and would still like to support us on Pinterest – make sure to follow our personal page.

Gluten Free Mongolian Beef and Vegetables

Gluten Free Mongolian Beef Stir Fry

All month long we are running a contest to win this Awesome San-J Gluten Free Mongolian Sauce. Click here to enter. Then continue on to the recipe.

I am always looking for ways to connect with local businesses with gluten free offerings. I came across the fact that San-J the makers of my favorite gluten free tamari sauce were based out of Henrico a few miles from my home. I contacted them letting them know how much i loved there products. They sent me some samples to create a recipe and contest using their new Mongolian Sauce.

The sauce is tasty by itself and is really a recipe on its own. We basically took some chicken and beef and veggies and stir fried them in the sauce. It was wonderful.  The sauce is sweet and slightly spicy and full of flavor.

I needed to bring a safe gluten free meal for a dinner at a non gluten free Chinese restaurant over the holidays. I quickly heated some leftover quinoa with some shrimp and a few veggies. I took it to the restaurant with a bottle of the San – J Mongolian sauce and it made a great meal. While everyone else was complaining about the quality of their restaurant food I was happily munching my home made Mongolian dinner.

This sauce is versatile and a great addition to any Asian inspired gluten free meal. I highly suggest you try it.

Gluten Free Mongolian Featuring San-J Sauce
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Marinate the meats in a bit of the San-J Mongolian Sauce.
  2. Chop veggies to desired size.
  3. In a pan over medium heat cook the meat until no longer pink.
  4. Add in some more Mongolian Sauce and the veggies.
  5. Stir fry everything until done.
  6. Serve over rice or quinoa
  7. Enjoy!

 

California Pizza Kitchen Gluten Free Pizza Review

California Pizza Kitchen GLuten Free Pizza Review

California Pizza Kitchen

11800 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA
23233
(804) 364-9047

http://www.cpk.com/‎

When I first read that California Pizza Kitchen would be making gluten free pizzas available I immediately went to Google to get some facts. This is not the first time the restaurant has offered gluten free pizzas. A few years ago they sold them and had a mixed response as to how gluten free and celiac safe they really were. California Pizza Kitchen realized quickly that they needed to stop serving those pizzas and research how to provide a completely safe gluten free pizza that all gluten intolerant and celiacs could enjoy with out possibility for cross contamination. In October of 2013 California Pizza Kitchen once again rolled out a gluten free menu including four delicious gluten free pizzas. This time they teamed up with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG).

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Fresh Yellow Tomato Sauce With Bilinski Mild Italian Sausage

Fresh Yellow tomato Sauce with Bilinski Sausage

Fresh Yellow Tomato Sauce With Bilinski Mild Italian Sausage
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 medium yellow tomatoes
  • 10 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives
  • 4 leaves fresh oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Bilinski Mild Italian Chicken Sausages
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
Instructions
  1. Cut tomatoes that will fit in your food processor.
  2. Process 3 tomatoes fresh spices, and garlic until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture itno a container and set aside.
  4. Dice remaining three tomatoes (or if your food processor will dice nicely use it)
  5. Strain juice from the diced tomatoes and save for drinking, soups, ect. I never waste good food but the extra juice is not needed for this sauce.
  6. Add diced tomatoes to the tomato and spices from earlier.
  7. Add up to 1 tsp salt.
  8. fry up sausages until browned to your liking.
  9. Serve sausages and sauce over bowls of warm cooked quinoa.

 

Gluten Free Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

One night recently I asked Alan what would be an interesting flavor for a chicken. We were low on groceries and when he opened the fridge he asked whether salsa would be good. I don’t know why I had never had such a delicious idea. I pulled together a few other things I had on hand and made the easiest tastiest chicken I have ever had come out of my crock pot. This chicken fell off the bones and had an amazing flavor. I thought the leftovers would be great as chicken tacos, but I had an even better idea for the leftovers. I grabbed my clean slow cooker and made this… gluten free easy chicken and sausage gumbo.

Gluten Free Crockpot Salsa Chicken
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken sized to fit your crock pot (mine was 5 pounds)
  • 1 16 ounce jar Garden Fresh Gourmet Jack's Special Salsa from Costco (Just called Garden Fresh Gourmet at regular grocery stores) or any salsa that contains a bit of sweetness
  • ⅓ cup Franks Red Hot hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic (We used Costco brand)
Instructions
  1. Remove skin and excess fat from your chicken.
  2. Pour salsa, hot sauce, and garlic into crockpot and mix well.
  3. Add in chicken breast side down.
  4. Spoon some of the salsa mixture over the chicken.
  5. Set crockpot to high and cook for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.
  6. Check for doneness with meat thermometer.
  7. Reserve leftover liquids and chicken for Easy Gluten Free Chicken and Sausage Gumbo!
  8. Eat and enjoy.

 

Simple Gluten Free Crock Pot Gumbo ~ The Leftovers Version

Gluten Free Crock Pot Gumbo

I love to take leftovers and transform them into something amazing. thus the leftovers from my fantastic Gluten Free Crock Pot Salsa Chicken morphed into this outrageously good gumbo.

We live in the south. While at the grocery store I came across some frozen okra and asked Alan if he had ever tried it. Surprisingly enough he had never had this southern staple vegetable. I had always had it fried as a child. I was wondering how to make it delicious and gluten free and then it hit me… gumbo. I had picked up some aidells Cajun Style  Andouille Sausages on special and could not wait to try it. I was super excited to get home and begin filling up my slow cooker with yum.

This recipe turned out to be so simple and so good I had two bowls. I didn’t even need to chop onions or peppers as I had reserved the leftover salsa chicken liquid and it was plenty flavorful.

Simple Gluten Free Crock Pot Gumbo ~ The Leftovers Version
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • leftover chicken and reserved stock from Gluten Free Salsa Chicken
  • 1 pack Aidell's or other brand Gluten Free Cajun Sausage (12 to 16 ounce)
  • 1 to 1.5 pounds frozen okra
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic (We use Costco Brand)
Instructions
  1. Toss leftover chicken and reserved stock in crock pot.
  2. Cut sausage into ½ inch slices and add to crock pot.
  3. Toss in frozen okra and minced garlic.
  4. Heat on high for 45 minutes.
  5. Eat and enjoy.