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Glutino Strawberry Toaster Pastry Review

Glutino Strawberry Gluten Free Toaster Pastry

Glutino Strawberry Toaster Pastry

Pop-tarts were a staple growing up in my house. I grew up with the frosted ones but as I got older I learned to like the unfrosted ones best. They at least “seemed” more healthy. When I found out I was Celiac 3 years ago I felt like I lost all connection with breakfast convenience foods. I was overjoyed to read the Glutino facebook announcement that they were coming out with gluten free strawberry toaster pastries. I couldn’t wait for them to come to a store near me. I lucked out in a big way. I entered a facebook contest by submitting a comment on Glutino’s facebook page. They had no knowledge that I was an aspiring food blogger. I won! I won a whole huge box of Glutino products which I will be posting reviews for in the next couple of weeks. I am not nor have I ever been endorsed by Glutino to write these reviews. I just thought this would be a good use of my blog space and a fun thing to blog about. Okay enough about me winning (Hey’ I’m excited I’ve never actually won anything before) and on to my review.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was the thickness of these pastries compared to other brands, these babies are twice as thick. Glutino did not waste valuable pastry space on a dry cardboard-like edge like other companies do. The second, and most smile worthy, thing I noticed was the strawberry filling peeking out of both ends of the pastry. They filled these up to eleven with extra strawberry goodness. The Glutino Strawberry Toaster Pastry was overflowing with real strawberry flavor and was perfectly sweet without leaving me feeling like I may have developed a cavity in the process. Let me get back to that lovely crust I mentioned a few sentences ago. This crust deserves a whole sheet of shiny gold star stickers! The texture and flavor are just that amazing. The crust of Glutino’s Strawberry Toaster Pastry is thicker than a normal Pop-tart with flakey air pockets. Now you might be thinking “Air pockets in a gluten free baked good? That’s impossible!” You heard me correctly though I did indeed say air pockets. You may remove your jaws from the floor now. šŸ™‚ The crust reminded me of a cross between a Toaster Strudel and a Pop-tart in all the right ways. It doesn’t have the Pop-tart style cardboard flavored crust or Sahara dry crunch. It doesn’t leave you with the Toaster Strudel greasy fingers and mouth feel. It it has just the right ratio of crustiness and softness. I can’t find any better words to describe it other than YUM! It is a win win in flavor and texture. Who actually drove to Walmart at 10 pm just to buy a toaster? Yup, that’s right, this girl did! A toaster may seem like a mundane kitchen appliance to most people, but I love kitchen gadgets and I was excited. The smell of toaster pastry cooking in my new toaster was almost too good to be true. I wanted to devour it before it even cooled enough to remove it. In summary, the Glutino Strawberry Toaster Pastries are excellent straight from the package for an on the go snack but are well worth the 30 seconds in the toaster for the added toasty flavor and warm flaky crust.

Rating by lclark: 5.0 stars
*****

The Sinfully Delicious Life Changing *108 Calorie* Coconut Flour Banana Muffin in a Mug! (Gluten free, Grain free, Dairy free, Nut free, Paleo, Low Carb, Sugar Free)

Gluten Free Banana Muffin

This muffin is a life changer! It is a whoa let me stop everything and sit down and savor this kind of muffin. Along with being the best thing I’ve ever eaten for breakfast, it is full of protein and fiberĀ (coconut flour rocks!). Just one keeps me full until a late lunch, but go ahead… have two because at 108 calories a piece you can afford it.

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5 Minute Coconut Flour Gluten Free Low Carb Muffin with Variations

Gluten Free Low Carb Coconut Flour Muffin with Variations

Coconut flour is amazingly versatile. My first foray intoĀ coconutĀ flour baking was this muffin. I was looking for a healthy grain free, gluten free flour that was low calorie and low carb. I had previously been using almond flour for my baked goods, but then I began adding up the calories and realized I needed a change. I found coconut flour which is

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Coconut Flour Gluten Free Low Carb Southern Style Buttermilk Biscuit for one

Low Carb Southern Style Buttermilk Biscuit

I was born and raised in the south the land of buttermilk biscuits, grits, corn pudding, and other amazing foods. I moved to Pennsylvania at the age of 19. They didn’t have anything quite like southern cooking up there. I was introduced to a whole new style of cooking with Ā moreĀ ItalianĀ and polish flavors. I am not here to talk aboutĀ northernĀ favorites, though. Ā That will be a whole different post. I’m here to talk about southern style buttermilk melt in your mouth biscuits.

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Gluten Free Beef Stew

This image is a stock photo. It is not chicken stock or beef stock. It is simply an image I had to pull from the interweb because I got hungry and ate all the stew. No, I did not save you any, sorry. Ā I promise to take photos of my beef stew next time I make it. Until then you get to see this pretty photo which actually looks like my beef stew but with a much better food photographer behind the camera.Ā I can’t seem to make my food look as tempting in photos as it does in real life. Anybody have some tips?

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Gluten Free Beef Stew
 
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  1. Brown the meat.
  2. Add all ingredients to the pot and simmer for 4 hours or until the veggies are to the consistency that suits you.
  3. Eat.

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Gluten Free Easy Beef and Three Bean Chili

Gluten Free Easy Beef and Three Bean Chili
 
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When the weather turns grey and cold, I turn to chili. Its comfort food and can feed Alan and I for a week with little cost and effort.
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Recipe type: Meat, Entree
Cuisine: Chili
Ingredients
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 4 to 5 oz can green chiles
  • 2 28 oz cans diced tomatos
  • 1 28 oz can tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef and drain the fat.
  2. Combine everything but dry spices in a large stock pot.
  3. Cook on medium high for 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Add dry spices to stock pot.
  5. Cook until desired thickness is achieved. (usually 6 to 8 hours total)
  6. Eat

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Dr. Lucy’s Costco Chocolate Chip Organic Gluten Free Cookies

Dr. Lucy’s Costco Chocolate Chip Organic Gluten Free Cookies

costco-cookies
We’ve had much better cardboard.

These cookies taste like cardboard covered dirt and leave a soap like taste in your mouth.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 0.5 stars
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Almond Meal Graham Crackers – Grain Free, Gluten Free

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Summer vacations are some of the times I remember most from being a child. No school and endless warm days stretched ahead of me.

My brothers were both cub scouts and my father was the scout master for their troop. The cub scouts did a ton of fun summer activities which I got to tag along on with my mom as a chaperon. My favorite of those activities were the camping trips.

Being cub scouts they were not much more involved than a night or two at a state park campground, but to me at age 7 they were the height of adventure. There was fishing and exploring by day and a roaring campfire by night. There were homemade dutch oven meals and of course smores. I have never been a big fan of the gooey marshmallow and prefer to eat my chocolate bars unmelted. I did enjoy the fact that I could eat as many graham crackers as I pleased while watching the boys run around with flaming marshmallows.

Graham crackers have been one of the items I have missed since going gluten free. I tried a few different recipes before finally settling on this one as my favorite so far. I will be working on a recipe that relies less on almond flour in the future as I know many of my readers have nut allergies. For now enjoy your summer, eat a graham cracker, and feel like a kid all over again.

Almond Meal Graham Crackers - Grain Free, Gluten Free
 
These are quite easy to make and a delicious grain free gluten free alternative to store bought graham crackers.
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Recipe type: Snack, Dessert
Serves: 8
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Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325
  2. Mix all dry ingredients well.
  3. mix in wet ingredients, slowly.
  4. Chill dough ( I put mine in the freezer for 15 minutes)
  5. Roll dough between two sheets of parchment to desired cracker thickness. *make sure dough is evenly rolled or thicker toward the edges. If edges are thinner than middle the edges may burn (still yummy though)*`
  6. Remove top piece of parchment.
  7. Score with knife to cracker size. This makes them easy to break apart after baking.
  8. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes.
  9. Cool and break apart.
  10. Eat and Enjoy!
  11. Place bottom parchment with dough on cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

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