My Gluten-free Kitchen http://mygluten-freekitchen.com Recipes for decadent gluten-free desserts & easy family dinners. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:46:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Surviving September – 4 weeks of easy gluten-free dinner ideas http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/surviving-september-4-weeks-of-easy-gluten-free-dinner-ideas/ http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/surviving-september-4-weeks-of-easy-gluten-free-dinner-ideas/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:38:44 +0000 http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/?p=3032

Surviving September - 4 Weeks of Gluten-free Dinner Ideas that are quick and easy!

As our schedules fill up in September, it can be harder to gather as a family for a healthy dinner. Today, I’ve gathered with 3 of my blogger friends to help you with quick and easy gluten-free dinner ideas. All of these meals can be either prepared early in the day in the slow cooker, or cooked at dinner time in an hour or less.

Everyone I’ve talked to says their September calendars are quickly filling with back-to-school nights, club and team meetings, and fall sports practices and games. Like many of you, we really try to have a sit down dinner together as a family every night. Some nights, we have to eat at staggered times to work around after school stuff. I love having easy dinners for busy nights!

All four weeks of dinner ideas are tried and true recipes that appear on our dinner tables regularly. In fact, I recently did the exact 7 day meal plan that I added here!

Our families love these recipes and we hope yours will too!

Week 1 – brought to you by me (Michelle of My Gluten-free Kitchen)

Day 1: Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos – serve with Garlicky Guacamole, your favorite toppings, and safe corn tortilla chips

Day 2: Nachos with the leftover shredded chicken and other leftover toppings: Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. Cover pan completely with corn tortilla chips, overlapping. Sprinkle with cheese, shredded chicken, and black beans. Broil on low until cheese is melted. Top with your favorite toppings.

Day 3: Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork, serve with a fruit salad and sweet potato chips

Day 4: Skillet Spaghetti, serve with a salad

Day 5: Chicken Broccoli Lo Mein

Day 6: Buttermilk Pancakes, bacon, applesauce, Raspberry Peach Smoothies

Day 7: Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken, grilled veggies, fruit salad. For dessert, grab some vanilla ice cream and serve with this Homemade Hot Fudge.

Week 2 – brought to you by Megan of Allergy Free Alaska

Day 1: World’s Best Crock Pot Refried Beans in Gluten-Free Spinach Tortillas, topped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese, or Daiya Cheese {for dairy-free} – If you don’t have time for making your own tortillas, you could use store-bought corn tortillas.

Day 2: Lazy Mom’s Tomato Basil Soup {dairy-free}

Day 3: Dairy Free Macaroni & Cheese with GF chicken sausages

Day 4: Lemony Cedar Planked Salmon with Garlic & Dill and Berry Spinach Detox Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Day 5: Sausage & Veggies and Naturally Sweetened Mango Sorbet

Day 6: Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Soup (dairy-free, Paleo)

Day 7: Zucchini & Sweet Potato Hashbrowns with Fried or Scrambled Eggs

Week 3 – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties

Day 1: Mini Meatloaves with Mashed Potatoes and Veggies.

Day 2: Turkey Lasagna Soup

Day 3: Caprese Pasta Salad

Day 4: Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches served with a side of fresh veggies and Dill Dip.

Day 5: Ultimate Pumpkin Waffles, perfect served with maple syrup and toasted pecans with a side of fresh cut fruit.

Day 6: Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, serve over rice or thin rice noodles.

Day 7: Beer Battered Fish, perfect to serve with baked potato wedges and coleslaw.

Week 4 – brought to you by Wendy of Around My Family Table

Day 1: Apple Chicken Salad with Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Day 2: Grilled Cumin Lime Chicken and Salad

Day 3: Creamy Coconut Shrimp with Rice

Day 4: Quick & Healthy Baked Ziti

Day 5:  Spinach Mini Quiches

Day 6: Grilled Salmon Salad with Warm Blueberry Vinaigrette

Day 7: Healthy Bean Sausage Soup with Gluten-free Soda Crackers

The beauty of these four weeks of dinner menus is that you can pick which days you assign the meals to, and swap as needed to work with your family’s schedule. If you have other food allergies or intolerances that make any of these meals not work for you, feel free to search around our blogs for another recipe that will work for you!

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Salad in a Jar {Gluten-free} http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/salad-in-a-jar/ http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/salad-in-a-jar/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:36:55 +0000 http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/?p=3022

I’m thrilled to have my friend Cindy, the blogger behind Vegetarian Mamma, guest posting here today. She’s sharing her vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, easy salad in a jar! I love this idea!

Salad in a Jar -Vegan, Gluten-free, and easy lunch from Vegetarian Mamma

With school back into full swing, my days are getting even busier.  With the busyness often comes neglect.  The neglect of me!  It always happens around lunch time.

You know how the day starts…get the kids up, get them breakfast, pack their lunches, get the kids off to school, start chores, run some errands and then…whoops it’s lunch time and I don’t have lunch!  Often times it’s after lunch and I realize I’ve missed lunch!

This year as the kids go back to school, I am making an effort to be better prepared for myself and not neglect lunch time.  I have had great luck with salad in a jar before.  I prep the salad jars on Sunday evening and store in the fridge for the entire week.  I do not store mine with dressing.  I add salad dressing the day of.

Salad in a jar is easy and convenient.  You can eat the salad from the jar or dump into a bowl!  The jars are great to take along with you as you run errands!  That way you know you’ll have safe and tasty food to eat while you are out.

If you like the idea of salad in a jar, check out this fun Southwest Salad in a jar to switch up your weekly salads.  If you are looking for a homemade salad dressing idea, check out Tangy Honey Mustard Dressing and Southwest Vegan Ranch Dressing.

Salad in a Jar {Gluten-free}
 
You can layer ingredients one at a time in the jar, or you can mix all the ingredients. Its your salad, you pick!
Recipe from:
Serves: 1 salad in a quart jar
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup garbanzo beans
  • ¼ cup edamame (cooked)
  • 1 hard boiled egg, diced
  • ¼ cup black olives
  • ½ cup button mushrooms, diced
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into quart sized jar. Top with lid.
  2. Store in fridge until ready to eat.
  3. Top with your favorite dressing when you are ready to eat!

Cindy Gordon is the founder and recipe creator at Vegetarianmamma.com Cindy shares gluten-free and allergy friendly recipes, product reviews and information on her website Vegetarian Mamma. Her family loves to spend time in the kitchen creating simple and easy gluten-free and allergy friendly meals and snacks! You can connect with her on facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram and google+.

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My Gluten-free Journey and 3 Tips for the Newly Diagnosed Celiac http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/my-gluten-free-journey-3-tips-celiac/ http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/my-gluten-free-journey-3-tips-celiac/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:55:20 +0000 http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/?p=3007

This post has been made possible thanks to my partnership with Udi’s Gluten-Free.

In June 2010, with a new round of stomach pain and other symptoms, I was sent to a gastroenterologist for an endoscopy. This wasn’t my first endoscopy, but it had been many years since my previous one. This time, they were looking for an ulcer, thinking that explained my constant stomach pain. Given the stress I had been under during the previous year, it was our best guess. At this point, I’d had 18 years of playing “stump the doctor” with my various symptoms and health issues.

About a week later, my head buzzed as my doctor talked about my endoscopy and lab results. Instead of telling me I had an ulcer, or worse, telling me they didn’t know what was wrong with me, he said words I’d never heard before:
“Your small intestine showed marked villous blunting.”
“Your tTG and IgA scores are the highest I’ve ever seen!”
“…diagnosis of celiac disease”
“You can’t eat any gluten ever again.”

I was sent home with the stack of various test results and lovely photos of my esophagus, stomach and small intestine. Umm, thanks!

Though my head was spinning, and from more than my constant brain fog, I was extremely relieved to finally have a diagnosis after so many years of doctors shrugging their shoulders. The doctor gave me no information on celiac disease or gluten, just told me to go “Google it”. I headed home and started searching the internet and checking out books from the library.

Overwhelming. That’s the word I would use to describe my first feelings as I figured out what it would mean to eat gluten-free. I’ve heard from many others that they felt the same way when they were diagnosed. It is totally normal to feel that way, and also to mourn what this change will mean to your lifestyle and your family’s lifestyle.

Thinking back on that point in time, there are a few things that really helped me get through those first few weeks. I thought I’d share them with you in hopes that they would help you with your transition.

1) Find a gluten-free mentor. Ask your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or doctor for the name of someone with celiac disease that would be willing to talk to you and help you get started. A friend’s celiac aunt met me at the park within a week of my diagnosis and brought me a gift basket full of her favorite products, as well as several pages worth of tips she’d written out. This was so incredibly helpful for me! Even if you can just pick someone’s brain over the phone for a few minutes, just for some encouragement and tips, it can really help. I really think this kept me from having a meltdown! An online community can also be a great source for “virtual mentors”. Great tips and helpful people can be found online in gluten-free forums like Udi’s Gluten Free Community. Getting a doctor’s referral to a dietitian or nutritionist can be helpful as well.

2) Enlist a friend or family member to help you purge your pantry and kitchen. My husband helped me with this process. We referred to lists of unsafe ingredients that we found online and in books and went through our pantry and freezer item by item. By getting all of the “off-limits” food out of the pantry and kitchen, it not only removed any temptation from those products, but it removed any risk for cross-contamination too. We packed all of the food, condiments, strainers and toaster up and were able to distribute it to 3 families in our church. They were blessed by it, which really cheered me up!

3) Take a look at your favorite recipes and see what you can do to adapt them to gluten-free. I found this much less overwhelming than trying out all new recipes for myself and my family. Almost all of my family’s favorite recipes could be converted to gluten-free very easily by just swapping a few ingredients. We could still enjoy chicken tacos, just switching from flour tortillas to corn tortillas and making sure to buy a gluten-free broth and seasonings. We could still have grilled cheese sandwiches or club sandwiches if I picked up a gluten-free bread like Udi’s. Our favorite spaghetti dish - easily gluten-free by switching to a gluten-free noodle.

I’d love to hear about your gluten-free journey or your tips for the first few weeks after diagnosis.

Learn more about living gluten free! Visit http://udisglutenfree.com/community

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Udi’s Gluten Free. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Celiac Research Study looking for participants http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/celiac-research-study-looking-for-participants/ http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/celiac-research-study-looking-for-participants/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:44:47 +0000 http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/?p=2998

The following post is sponsored and written by CeliAction. I am sharing it for informational purposes only so that my readers with celiac disease can consider participating.
CeliAction Research Study looking for participants

Did you know there isn’t a single drug approved to treat celiac disease? Currently, attempting a gluten-free diet is the only option recommended by doctors, but a clinical research study called the CeliAction Study is researching if an investigational drug improves any symptoms of the disease.
You may qualify for the CeliAction Study if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with celiac disease by a healthcare professional
  • Are attempting to be on a gluten-free diet
  • Have experienced at least one moderate or severe symptom of celiac disease in the past month

If you participate in the CeliAction Study, you:

  • Will be able to maintain your current diet restrictions
  • Will be provided with study-related care at no cost
  • Do not need medical insurance to take part
  • May be compensated for time and travel
  • Will help advance medical research for celiac disease

To learn more about this research study and see if you qualify, visit www.CeliActionStudy.com
or call 1-855-3333-ACT.

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Peach Oatmeal Cookie Crisp {Gluten-free} http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/peach-oatmeal-cookie-crisp-gluten-free/ http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/peach-oatmeal-cookie-crisp-gluten-free/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 03:37:07 +0000 http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/?p=1781

Gluten-free Peach Oatmeal Cookie Crisp - The peaches are topped with oatmeal cookies in this cross between a cobbler and a crisp.

Peach Oatmeal Cobbler, Peach Oatmeal Cookie Crisp, Oatmeal Cookie Peach Crisp, Peach Delight… so many name ideas for this recipe. It was hard to come up with the appropriate name for this dessert I created recently.

I got the idea for a dessert like this from a friend a few years back, and then put my own twist on it. I asked my friends on Facebook for name ideas and received all of the above, and more. While it looks more like a “cobbler” does, the topping is nothing like a cobbler topping, which is biscuit-like. In this dessert, cinnamon, sugar and peaches are tossed together and topped with my favorite gluten-free oatmeal cookie dough and baked until cooked through. That’s right, instead of the usual sugar/butter/oats topping for a crisp, this is topped with oatmeal cookies! Served warm, with a scoop of ice cream, this dessert is a perfect summer dessert!

Baking Gluten-free Peach Oatmeal Cookie Crisp

I use a Medium Cookie Scoop to make it super simple to scoop the oatmeal cookie dough onto the peach filling. No mess and super fast!

Make sure you use certified gluten-free oats when you make this. I have several I’ve used and recommend:

I’ve tested this recipe with both Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend All Purpose Flour and gjJules flour blends and recommend either.

I love the simplicity of this dish, as it really allows the flavors of the peaches to shine. I’d love to hear from you if you try it out!

 

Peach Oatmeal Cookie Crisp {Gluten-free}
 
Recipe from:
Ingredients
Peach base:
  • 11 cups sliced, peeled fresh peaches (about 5 lbs.)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. gluten-free all-purpose flour or cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
Oatmeal Cookie topping:
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened (or non-dairy substitute like coconut oil or Earth Balance sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. xanthan gum (omit if flour blend contains xanthan)
  • 1¾ cup good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour*
  • 2 cups certified gluten-free rolled oats or quick oats
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray a 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
Peach base:
  1. In a bowl, gently stir together sliced peaches, sugar, cinnamon, flour and lemon juice until peaches are coated evenly.
  2. Spoon peach mixture into greased 9x13" baking dish. Spread evenly.
Oatmeal Cookie Topping:
  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat butter (or alternative) on medium speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, vanilla, egg, xanthan gum, and 1 cup of the flour. Beat until thoroughly combined. Beat in remaining flour. Turn mixer to low speed and mix in the oats, stopping just when thoroughly mixed in.
  3. Use a large cookie scoop or rounded tablespoon to scoop the cookie dough all over the peach mixture.
  4. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until lightly browned and peach mixture is bubbly.
Notes
Good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour: I recommend gfJules, Gluten Free Mama, or King Arthur Flour.

Linking up at Gluten free and DIY Tuesdays, and Gluten free Wednesdays with gluten free easily and gluten free homemaker.

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June and July Favorites {plus a giveaway!} http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/june-and-july-favorites/ http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/june-and-july-favorites/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 04:19:49 +0000 http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/?p=2958

We were traveling at the end of June/beginning of July, so I decided to put my favorites from both months together in one recap post. Make sure you enter the giveaway at the end!

My Gluten-free Kitchen's June and July 2014 Favorites

My favorite finds:

I found so many yummy gluten-free treats during the Bay Area gluten-free bakery hop that I did in June. Ready to go again!

Newly gluten-free? Check out these 10 tips for starting a gluten-free diet.

Hubby and I had an amazing time on our very first trip to the eastern part of the US. I particularly loved Pennsylvania and will post about all of the yummy places we ate there soon.  I can tell you that I’m still thinking about how much I enjoyed my first ever cannoli at Grandma’s Grotto. It was so incredible!

I’ve already told my hubby that I REALLY want one of these gluten-detection dogs

or one of these portable gluten scanners (Can you imagine how handy this would be?!)

I bought these sandals before our trip and love them!

This dress from Target is perfect for summer travel. I was super comfortable in it and got so many compliments too!

This Lego representation of the 50 states is one of the coolest things I’ve seen!

I need to try out some of these: 6 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day.

On these very hot summer afternoons, my kids have been watching these 3 movies over and over: The LEGO Movie, Rio, and Rio 2

This article served up just the right mix of conviction and encouragement for me as a mom.

 

5 recipes I want to try soon:

Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs – Perfect for using up our cherry tomatoes!

Gluten-free Vanilla Wafers – Boy have I missed vanilla wafers!

Gluten-free No Bake Cinnamon S’mores Bars – I can make these and not smell like a campfire!

Homemade Fudgecicles – I love chocolate!

Gluten-free Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake – Our peach trees are full of peaches so I can make this soon!

 

and now for the giveaway:

back to school giveaway: Enter to win $400 cash just by following these bloggers on Pinterest!

I’ve teamed up with a bunch of other bloggers (some gluten-free) to bring you a fun giveaway. You can enter to win $400 cash to use for back to school! Seriously, how fun would this be to win?! If I could win, I’d get a new laptop for my kiddos.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins with Almond Streusel Topping {Gluten-free} http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/white-chocolate-raspberry-muffins-with-almond-streusel-topping-gluten-free/ http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/white-chocolate-raspberry-muffins-with-almond-streusel-topping-gluten-free/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:15:53 +0000 http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/?p=2907

Gluten-free White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins with Almond Streusel Topping- a yummy mid-morning treat!

I recently asked on Facebook what everyone’s favorite muffin was and a few people mentioned white chocolate raspberry muffins. While I had seen that combo before, I actually had never had them myself. To the kitchen I went, and created these gluten-free white chocolate raspberry muffins with almond streusel topping!

We grow raspberries in our backyard, and this is prime picking time, so I told hubby I needed some for baking. He brought in about 2 cups of fresh red raspberries for me. I used a mounded cupful in this recipe (while I munched on the rest!)

I considered adapting my gluten-free lemon blueberry muffin recipe, but instead decided to try an entirely new muffin recipe. I found this muffin recipe over at the blog Winter Monroe and it looked perfect! I made just a few changes to make it gluten-free and suit some of my preferences. I used Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour and it worked beautifully.

 

Gluten-free White Chocolate and Raspberry Muffins with Almond Streusel Topping

Walnuts are not my thing at all, so I made an almond streusel topping instead. I really loved this almond streusel topping and plan on using it in other recipes for sure. If you have nut allergies, you could just omit the nuts from the topping and have a plain streusel topping.

Let me know if you give these a try! I think you’ll really enjoy them!

Linking this post up at #glutenfreefridays and gluten-free Wednesdays with gfe and The Gluten-free Homemaker.

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins with Almond Streusel Topping {Gluten-free}
 
Recipe from:
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Almond Streusel Topping:
  • ¼ cup good all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 2 Tbsp. salted butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped almonds
Muffins:
  • 2 cups (8½ oz.) good all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (tested with Gluten Free Mama's Almond Blend)
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum (omit if your flour blend has xanthan in it already)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted (or margarine or mild-flavored oil of your choice)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¾ white chocolate chips
  • 1 mounded cup fresh raspberries
Instructions
  1. Use paper liners to line a standard 12-cup muffin tin or spray each cavity well with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°.
Topping:
  1. In a small bowl, use a fork or pastry cutter to mix together flour, butter, sugar and almonds until crumbly. Set aside.
Muffins:
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs, melted butter, and buttermilk together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, using a spatula to stir. Do not overmix- batter will stay lumpy. Use spatula to gently fold in the white chocolate chips and fresh raspberries.
  3. Use a large cookie scoop to scoop batter into 12 equal portions in muffin tin. Sprinkle almond streusel topping evenly over the muffins.
  4. Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs but no wet batter.
  5. Cool in muffin pan for 5-10 minutes, then gently remove to cool completely on wire rack.
Notes
*These muffins stuck to the paper liners a bit for me, so you might prefer to use greased pans instead.

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Rio2 Family Movie Night http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/rio2-family-movie-night/ http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/rio2-family-movie-night/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:05:46 +0000 http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/?p=2910

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group, Pop Secret and Fox Entertainment, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #PopForRio2 http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

My kids were super excited when I surprised them with a family movie night this weekend! While they were up cleaning their rooms, I got everything ready to go, so this is what they came downstairs to see on our coffee table:

Family Movie Night with Rio2 and Pop Secret. Did you know Pop Secret popcorn is gluten-free?

Not everyone in our family had seen the first Rio movie, so at Wal-mart I actually bought the DVD two-pack with Rio and Rio2. They had a super deal that I couldn’t pass up on the 2-pack. We watched Rio on a weeknight this week, but I didn’t tell them I had bought Rio2 also. Then on Saturday night I surprised them all with the Rio2 movie and Pop Secret popcorn for a family movie night.

It is really rare for me to sit and join them to watch a movie, so my boys kept asking, “Are you really going to watch it with us?” [Enter Mom guilt here!] Let me tell you, I realized I’ve been missing out by not watching movies with my kids more often. My youngest snuggled with me the whole time! My 10 year-old practically stopped breathing several times as he was laughing so hard. I got such a kick out of watching him!

Both Rio and Rio2 were fun family-friendly movies. I definitely recommend seeing them both! I loved the themes of bravery, love and family throughout Rio and Rio2. Watching the movies together was time well spent and convinced me that we need to have more movie and popcorn nights! On a week where both my son and I were sick, this was the a great way to spend a Saturday night together.

I have to include this pic of my kids. Can you tell they liked the movie? Totally enthralled! The only time they tore their gaze away was to get another bowl of popcorn!

Kids enthralled with Rio2

This wouldn’t be a post fit for a food blog without mentioning the food – movie theater popcorn! I don’t know about you, but as a celiac, I’m very wary of ordering popcorn at the movie theater. Even if the ingredients are gluten-free, there is way too much risk of cross-contamination from employees touching hot dogs and pretzels there for me to be willing to take the risk. Why risk it when you can just make popcorn and enjoy a movie at home?

Pop Secret Popcorn is gluten-free

Pop Secret microwave popcorn is gluten-free! Here is what they say on their website: For gluten/soy, all popcorn is free of glutens from wheat, rye, oats and barley. However, all of our products do contain corn gluten (modified corn starch). Our microwave flavor providers have also assured us that our flavorings are gluten-free as well. My readers with nut or peanut allergies will be glad to know that the popcorn is produced and packaged at a facility that is free from tree nuts and peanuts too.

While they had a variety of Pop Secret flavors, I picked the movie theater style for a fun treat. It did not disappoint! We polished off two bags between the 4 of us and that was with me cutting my youngest off after 3 full bowls! I have a feeling my kids will be asking me to pop the other bags of popcorn for snack soon. We also enjoyed munching on plain M&Ms for another safe, and colorful, treat!

If you are heading to Wal-mart to pick up the Rio2 movie and Pop Secret popcorn, look for a display like the one below. I found it back by the movie section at my store. You can also print off a coupon to save $1.00 on any Pop Secret popcorn! (while supplies last)

Rio2 Family Movie Night

Have you had a movie night with your family lately? I’d love to hear what you watched! If you haven’t picked up your own copy of Rio2 yet, I’d recommend it as a great choice for a family movie night.

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3 Bay Area Gluten-free Bakeries you don’t want to miss! http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/3-bay-area-gluten-free-bakeries/ http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/3-bay-area-gluten-free-bakeries/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:36:22 +0000 http://mygluten-freekitchen.com/?p=2870

3 must visit Bay Area gluten-free bakeries. If you are planning a trip, make sure you get to these!

I’ve never been so blissfully full as when I visited three incredible gluten-free bakeries in the Bay Area all in one day! Last month, when I was on my way to the CDF Conference, I planned a long layover in San Francisco so I could bakery hop. My partner in crime, Charissa, ended up needing to work at her new job, so she sent her husband to pick me up at the airport and visit the bakeries with me. Patrick & Charissa own and operate Zest Bakery, which I’ll get to later, as it was our final stop on the bakery hop, so enjoying treats at gluten-free bakeries was right up his alley too!

Let’s begin our gluten-free Bay Area bakery tour:

Three Bay Area Bakeries You Shouldn't Miss

Our first stop was Mariposa. I had the pleasure of trying a few of Mariposa’s amazing baked goods last summer during a quick trip to San Fran with my family. That time I visited their little location in the Ferry Building on Pier 1 and was super impressed with their cinnamon rolls and hoagies. I’ve been following them on Facebook for a while, so I knew they had started baking croissants, so those were top on my list to try. My hilarious chauffeur, Patrick, drove us to their main Oakland location.

I loved the huge, open bakery. Check out all the goodies in their long cases. There were also tables and shelves all over with more of their treats all packaged up nicely. I could have poked around there for an hour, but honestly, once I set my eyes on the ham and cheese croissants, I was done browsing. The employees were friendly and helpful, and warmed up my croissant for me. It was SOOOO good! I never thought I would eat a good croissant again since my celiac diagnosis. If I lived near Mariposa, I’m quite sure I’d be stopping in there every week for one!

Check out Mariposa’s website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also order items to be shipped to you!

3 Bay Area gluten-free bakeries you shouldn't miss, including Miglet's

Our second stop was Miglet’s Gluten-free Bakery in Danville, CA. On a previous trip I fell in love with their doughnuts, but alas, on this trip they were almost all out of them. I had one doughnut and then got a variety of cupcakes to go to try later. Charissa and I dug into the cupcakes that evening. The chocolate almond cupcake (upper right in the collage) and the chocolate chip cookie cupcake (middle right in the collage) were my favorites. They were all gorgeous! I loved the added toppings on the cupcakes. If I lived near Miglet’s, this would be our Saturday morning destination for doughnuts, and where I’d pick up a special cupcake for a friend!

Check out Miglet’s website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

3 Bay Area gluten-free bakeries you need to visit, including Zest Bakery.

Our final stop was Zest Bakery. After becoming friends with Charissa this past year, and rooming together at several events, I’ve just been dying to get to her bakery. It did not disappoint! I actually pre-ordered a few items that I was dying to try, like a maple doughnut (I wanted to lick all the icing off that thing- so good)!  Charissa made sure the quiche they made that day didn’t have any onions, so I could enjoy it and boy was it good! The triple berry muffin was without a doubt, the best muffin I’ve had in my life, gluten-free or not!  I wished later that I’d bought a half dozen to take with me! Another favorite treat was their Almond Cake. It was seriously amazing, and if I hadn’t eaten the last one they had, I would have bought more for later. It was simple and sweet and just so good! If I lived near Zest, I’d show up with my laptop and munch on muffins, quiche and almond cake all day while I blogged!

Check out Zest Bakery’s website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also order items to be shipped to you!

If you have a trip to the Bay Area coming up, I highly recommend you hit at least one, preferably ALL of these bakeries! I’m already dreaming about the next time I can get to them!

Special shout-out to my terrific hosts on this Bay Area gluten-free bakery tour! Patrick was an awesome and hilarious foodie to tour with. Charissa was awesome to arrange everything and help me taste test many of the items we bought that evening.

Hosts for my Bay Area gluten-free bakery tour

Disclaimer: Visiting all of these bakeries in one day will probably result in a sugar high and a few pounds of weight gain, though I thought it was so worth it! :)  All opinions are my own. I bought everything on my own dime, none of this was sponsored.

 

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The following post is sponsored and written by CeliAction. I am sharing it for informational purposes only so that my readers with celiac disease can consider participating.

Celiac Clinical Research Study - Call for Participants

Managing celiac disease may be more than just a gluten-free diet.
A clinical research study called the CeliAction Study is researching if an investigational drug – which would be taken as a supplement to an attempted gluten-free diet – improves any symptoms of celiac disease.
You may qualify for the CeliAction Study if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with celiac disease by a healthcare professional
  • Are attempting to be on a gluten-free diet
  • Have experienced at least one moderate or severe symptom of celiac disease in the past month

If you participate in the CeliAction Study, you:

  • will be able to maintain your current diet restrictions
  • will be provided with study-related care at no cost
  • Do not need medical insurance to take part
  • May be compensated for time and travel
  • Will help advance medical research for celiac disease

To learn more about this research study and see if you qualify, visit www.CeliActionStudy.com or call 1-855-3333-ACT.

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