Gluten-Free Super Bowl Food: Buffalo Chicken Pizza Sticks

By January 28, 2014 Gluten-Free Recipes

I was flipping through a must-make-these-dishes kind of blog post the other day when I got the inspiration to make the below recipe. Originally found on Inspired Taste, the recipe uses your everyday, gluten-filled pizza dough. By making the very simple switch to gluten-free pizza crust, we have the below masterpiece. Enjoy my friends!

Gluten-Free Super Bowl Food

Gluten-Free Super Bowl Party Food

It’s that time of year – time to find a recipe for guilty pleasure-ish party food to share at the Super Bowl party. This may seem difficult to the gluten-free eater as you may think that your options are limited and others might not enjoy the gluten-free alternative you add to the buffet table.

Worry no more! This recipe for Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Pizza Sticks will do nothing but make taste-buds water.

This gluten-free pizza recipe is relatively easy and there isn’t an endless ingredients list to deal with either. Check out the instructions below to see how you can bring gluten-free deliciousness to the table during Super Bowl XLVII (that’s 48, by the way)!

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 400 Degrees so everything is ready to go when it is time to heat up your gluten-free pizza crust.

Pillsbury gluten-free pizza dough

Cook your chicken on the stove top (I cooked my chicken in a pan, adding water after the tenders began to brown).  Let simmer until tender and easy to shred. **To save time on party/game day, cook your chicken and shred it ahead of time.

chicken for gluten-free buffalo chicken pizzaWhile your chicken is simmering, get your pizza crust ready to go. Grease your pizza pan and your hands so you can spread it easier. Spread the pizza on the pan.

Pillsbury gluten-free pizza crust
Cook your Pillsbury gluten-free pizza crust for the recommended 12-14 minutes on the tub.

gluten free pizza crust While your pizza crust is cooking, shred the chicken and measure 2 cups out.

shredded chicken for gluten free buffalo chickenGet the ingredients to make the buffalo sauce ready (butter, hot sauce, garlic powder, salt). Heat the butter in a saucepan then add in the hot sauce and seasonings. Stir until combined.

Pour your buffalo sauce over the chicken, making sure it is all evenly coated.

buffalo chicken gluten freePlace your chicken on your gluten-free pizza crust. Next, add your Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese, along with half of your chopped green onions.

chicken with gluten free pizza crust

gluten free pizza

Cook the pizza crust + toppings for an additional 10 minutes.Take out of the oven and sprinkle the additional green onions on top.

super bowl gluten free pizza

Step back and drool at the sight of this gluten-free masterpiece.

I cut my gluten-free pizza into sticks for party-serving purposes. You can cut the pizza into any shape that your gluten-free heart desires!

So, How’s It Taste? 

The consensus on the pizza was that it was magnificent. My mom, gluten free and not a spicy foods kind of gal, loved the pizza. She thought the Buffalo sauce had just the right amount of “kick”.

My gluten-eating stepdad enjoyed the Buffalo Chicken Pizza, too. He even requested that I leave him a couple slices for leftovers. This is a man who has a reputation of never eating leftovers, so I take that as an serious compliment.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free party dish to service this coming Super Bowl Sunday, this is the winner. Let the gluten-free applause begin!

Gluten-Free Super Bowl Food: Buffalo Chicken Pizza Sticks
Recipe Type: Party Food, Pizza
Cuisine: Pizza
Author: G-Free Laura
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serve this Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Pizza at your Super Bowl party or game day celebration. It’s sure to be a hit!
Ingredients
  • 1 tub of Pillsbury gluten-free pizza crust
  • 1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. non-salted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Cups shredded chicken
  • 1 Cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 Cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 Degrees.
  2. Cook your chicken on the stove top (I cooked my chicken in a pan, adding water after the tenders began to brown). Let simmer until tender and easy to shred. **To save time on party day, cook your chicken and shred it ahead of time.
  3. While your chicken is simmering, get your pizza crust ready to go. Grease your pizza pan and your hands so you can spread it easier. Spread the pizza on the pan.
  4. Cook your Pillsbury gluten-free pizza crust for the recommended 12-14 minutes on the tub.
  5. While your pizza crust is cooking, shred the chicken and measure 2 cups out.
  6. Get the ingredients to make the buffalo sauce ready (butter, hot sauce, garlic powder, salt). Heat the butter in a saucepan then add in the hot sauce and seasonings. Stir until combined.
  7. Pour your buffalo sauce over the chicken, making sure it is all evenly coated.
  8. Place your chicken on your gluten-free pizza crust. Next, add your Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese, along with half of your chopped green onions.
  9. Cook the pizza crust + toppings for an additional 10 minutes.
  10. Take out of the oven and sprinkle the additional green onions on top.
  11. Step back and drool at the sight of this gluten-free masterpiece.

 

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Cocina De Carlos: Gluten-Free Mexican in Toledo

By January 23, 2014 Gluten Free in Toledo, Gluten-Free Restaurants

I recently visited Cocina De Carlos in Perrysburg, Ohio for dinner. My family was excited to try this restaurant due to the large menu we saw online and the noted GF icons next to several dishes, identifying them as gluten-free options.

It was nice to see the labels on the menu, making us feel safe about the food we were going to order.

Gluten-Free Menu Options

We arrived to the restaurant on a Saturday night at around 6 p.m. – it seemed to be quite busy which was a good sign that the food would be good.

We were seated at a booth and our server asked for our drink orders. Being the dedicated blogger that I am, I just had to try the margarita so I could give you all a proper review. I ordered my usual – raspberry margarita on the rocks, no salt. We also ordered appetizers. Being that nachos are my favorite dish basically ever, we got a platter of the Gluten-Free Nachos with Ground Beef, decently priced at $5.00. As we waited for the nachos, we were of course digging into the chips and salsa on the table. One of the things I enjoyed is that Cocina De Carlos serves their basket of tortilla chips with separate bowls of salsa so you don’t have to worry about bumping knuckles or double-dipping!

Gluten-Free Chips and Salsa

Once the nachos arrived, it was game time. They ended up tasting pretty good, but not the best I have had. We must remember though, I’m well-versed in the art of nacho eating so I have pretty high standards.

Gluten-Free Nachos with Ground Beef

After waiting what seemed like an eternity, our margaritas were delivered to the table. I wouldn’t say it was fabulous and I wouldn’t say it was bad, just so-so. Maybe if I return I’ll take it up a notch and have their Top Shelf Patron Margarita, you know, for research purposes.

When it came time to place my meal order, I was a bit overwhelmed. The menu at Cocina De Carlos is rather large with a lot of gluten-free options, making it hard to decide! I ended up getting the Pork-Jalapeno Fajitas. All of Cocina De Carlos fajitas are notes as GF when requesting the gluten-free corn tortilla and they are also served with Spanish rice, beans, and a guacamole garnish. I was expecting a sizzling plate full of fresh meat, peppers, and gluten-free tortillas. What I got was a bit different…

My pork-jalapeno fajitas had a heavy cheese/creamy sauce on them that I was not expecting from the description on the website – Gluten-Free Pork-Jalapeno Fajitas: Tender grilled pork carnitas with sliced fresh jalapeno, onions and tomatoes. I was also given flour tortillas with my meal after requesting gluten-free corn tortillas. It made me wonder if our server (who wasn’t the most pleasant person in the world) even understood what the gluten-free request meant. When I was waiting for the corn tortillas to be delivered to the table, my mom lent me one of hers so I could begin eating with the rest of the family.

Gluten-Free Pork-Jalapeno Fajitas

Since I’m not the biggest cream-sauce lover, I didn’t dig my meal very much.

My mom ordered the Gluten-Free Don Charly: Half of a ripe pineapple grilled and filled with chicken, grilled mushrooms, onions, pineapple chunks and melted cheese on top. Served with Spanish rice, beans, and a guacamole garnish. The Don Charly is noted gluten-free on the menu when ordered with gluten-free corn tortillas. I ended up eating some of this meal since I wasn’t that thrilled with my order and the portion was insanely large.

Gluten-Free Don Charly

 

My gluten-eating step-dad and step-brother seemed to enjoy their meals.

All in all, it was nice to visit a Mexican restaurant with noted gluten-free options on the menu, but the experience wasn’t the greatest. Our service was less than what you would expect and we had some troubles with our drink orders. While I don’t see myself returning to Cocina De Carlos in the near future, it is good to share the experience with you.

Having the option to eat at a new restaurant is always nice, not to mention several options at the restaurant itself. Hopefully our less-than favorable experience was an exception to the rule at Cocina De Carlos.

If you are interested in seeing the gluten-free options available at Cocina De Carlos, check out their online menu.

Have you ever visited Cocina De Carlos? If so, share your experience in the comments below!

 

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Easy Gluten-Free Breakfast: Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats

By January 15, 2014 Gluten-Free Recipes

Just set it and forget it!…Seriously.

One of my favorite gluten-free breakfast options is overnight oats because 1) it’s super easy 2) I can do all of the “heavy lifting” the night before 3) it’s super delish.

Below you will find one of the go-to overnight oats combos I enjoy quite often. The list of ingredients is pretty simple and you may even have everything you need in your kitchen already! Take a look at the instructions to see if this is a gluten-free breakfast option that you can handle.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats)
  • 1 Cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. flax seed
  • Agave Nectar
  • Strawberries (6 OR as your gluten-free heart desires)
  • 1 Banana (optional)

ingredients for gluten free oatmeal

Instructions:

1. Cut up the strawberries and set to the side

fresh ingredients gluten free breakfast

gluten free oats and almond milk

2. Get a piece of Tupperware out (or just a bowl with a lid), and measure out 1/2 Cup gluten-free oats. Add into the container. Then measure out the 1 Cup almond milk and add in.

3. Squeeze an “S” pattern of Agave into the container. (Yes, I measure in letters)

4. Sprinkle the chia seeds and flax seeds into the container. Stir with a spoon.

chia seeds and flax seed in oatmeal

5. Add your strawberries. Stir all of the delicious ingredients together. Place in fridge with lid on.

Gluten-Free Overnight Oats breakfast

 

In the morning:

6. Grab your tasty gluten-free container from the fridge, take off lid. Stir.

7. If you’d like to add some potassium to your breakfast, cut up a banana to add on top of the goodness you’ve already created.

Gluten Free Overnight Oats Recipe

Isn’t that fabulous? The reason why I love this breakfast is that it’s REALLY quick and realistic for those of us who are on-the-go, but you don’t miss out on taste.

Overnight oats are something I look forward to as I’m falling asleep – I may have an unhealthy relationship with food, or maybe this is just THAT delicious of a gluten-free breakfast…I’ll let you make that judgment call.

Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: G-Free Laura
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Start your day off right with this delicious gluten-free breakfast!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup oats (Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats)
  • 1 Cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. flax seed
  • Agave Nectar
  • Strawberries (I used 6)
  • 1 Banana (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut up the strawberries and set to the side
  2. Get a piece of Tupperware out (or just a bowl with a lid), and measure out 1/2 Cup gluten-free oats. Add into the container. Then measure out the 1 Cup almond milk and add in.
  3. Squeeze an “S” pattern of Agave into the container. (Yes, I measure in letters)
  4. Sprinkle the chia seeds and flax seeds into the container. Stir with a spoon.
  5. Add your strawberries. Stir all of the delicious ingredients together. Place in fridge with lid on.
  6. IN THE MORNING:
  7. Grab your tasty gluten-free container from the fridge, take off lid. Stir.
  8. Add some potassium to your breakfast by cutting up a banana to add on top of the gluten-free goodness

 

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Gluten Free at Gradkowski’s

By January 12, 2014 Gluten Free in Toledo, Gluten-Free Restaurants

Gradkowski’s is a restaurant located on the edge of the University of Toledo campus. Owned by NFL player Bruce Gradkowski, the restaurant has a nostalgic, hometown feel mixed with an intimate dining environment.

Gradkowski’s dishes are made-from-scratch using ingredients sourced through local food purveyors and growers. The items offered are unique and ever-changing with the seasons. If you take a look at the menu, you won’t see a separate gluten-free only menu because a majority of the dishes can be prepared gluten free upon request.

I have visited Gradkowski’s on several different occasions. They have various meals to choose from to suit almost every mood, from gluten-free pizza to a New York strip steak! The drink menu is also very unique, making it the perfect place to stop during a night out with friends.

On my most recent visit to the restaurant, I was with my mother (also gluten free) celebrating a personal achievement. We arrived at the restaurant at around 5:30 p.m. on a Friday evening, just before the crowd started to filter in. We were both extremely hungry so we ordered somewhat of a shmorgishborg of food to split between the two of us.

Gluten Free at Gradkowski's

First off, my mom ordered the Bleu & Ginger Picked Walnut salad – Bleu cheese with ginger-pickled walnuts and sliced anjou pears. Served atop frisee lettuce tossed in a white balsamic & maple syrup vinaigrette. For me not being the most salad-loving person in the world, this was pretty darn tasty. My mom especially loved it. I prefer Gradkowski’s apple cider vinaigrette dressing instead, which comes on their Bleau Apple Bibb salad. I raved about the dressing so much during a past visit to the restaurant that the server gave me an extra serving of the apple cider vinaigrette in a to-go container! (P.S. the staff is super nice at the restaurant!)

Next up on our celebratory meal menu was the gluten-free Smoked Margarita pizza – smoked buffalo mozzarella, sweet basil, plum tomato sauce. I failed to snap a pic before I dug into it, so I apologize for the half-eaten pie shot below. The gluten-free pizza at Gradkowski’s is delicious and not overpriced like other places. They don’t even upcharge for the gluten-free crust – it’s pretty much awesome. Oftentimes we order the Ultimate Pepperoni pizza, enjoying what my mom calls “The best gluten-free pizza in Toledo” for only $8.90 (compared to the usual $15 charge for anything that combines the words gluten-free and pizza)!

Gradkowski's Gluten-Free Pizza a

After we enjoyed our appetizer of pizza (weird, I know – but we were REALLY hungry), we were ready for the real treat of the evening.

We ordered the Pat LaFrieda Dry Aged New York Strip Steak. The menu description states Master butcher Pat LaFrieda’s dry aged 40-day bone-in New York strip steak, grilled to preference. Served with sautéed brussel sprouts & butternut squash, finished with a bacon vinaigrette and truffled boursin mac’n cheese. As you probably guessed, we didn’t get the mac’n cheese with the meal, but replaced it with DELICIOUS gluten-free garlic mashed potatoes.

Gluten-Free Steak Gradkowski's

Gradkowski's Brussel Sprouts and Squash

Gluten-Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes

To make a long story short, the steak was off the chain. The plate pictured above looks pretty intimidating, but my mom and I split it, enjoying every last bite. (Literally, I don’t think there was any meat left on the bone.)

This meal was only one of the delicious experiences I’ve had at Gradkowski’s. One of the things I love most about this restaurant is that I do not go and always get the same things. There are so many options to choose from that each visit brings a new dining experience, which is sometimes hard to come by in the gluten-free world.

If you are in Toledo and looking for a restaurant to have a great gluten-free meal at, Gradkowski’s is the place to go!

 

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Gluten-Free in Cleveland: Luxe Kitchen & Lounge

By January 5, 2014 Gluten-Free Restaurants

My best friend lives in Cleveland so I’ve been continuously exploring the gluten-free options available when we decide to eat out during one of my weekend visits. Up until recently, my favorite restaurant in the area was Johnny Mango’s in Ohio City, due to their delicious nachos and excellent margaritas. But, from now on, Luxe Kitchen & Lounge will be considered the winner in my gluten-free book whenever I’m looking for dinner and drinks during one of our girls’ weekends.

Gluten free in Cleveland

My bestie, Alana and I visited Luxe for the first time as part of our New Year’s Eve celebration. We planned to have dinner and drinks before the ball dropped without entirely knowing what our options would be.

As soon as we were sat at our cute table by the window, we knew we had made a good decision. We were able to watch the snow fall outside as we sipped on wine, enjoying the atmosphere and music. There was a special New Year’s Eve menu offered by the restaurant, in addition to the regular menu.

While there was not a designated gluten-free menu, the server notifies the chef of any restrictions and the dish is prepared to those specifications – AKA there isn’t some16-year-old line cook annoyed when their boss tells them to change their gloves. Instead, you have an educated chef preparing a delicious gluten-free entrée!

For starters, Alana and I requested a bottle of wine (there was no “by the glass” drinking for us, it was New Year’s Eve!) and Beef Carpaccio with smoked tomato bearnaise, pecorno, arugula, and lemon. It was so good! I failed to take a picture of it to share with you all, but I’m sure you’d love it, just take my word for it.

Gluten-Free New Year's Eve

After we enjoyed the atmosphere and the great people watching, we were served our main dishes. We both ordered the Pork Osso Buco – I specified how I needed it to be prepared gluten free and Alana said that hers could have as much gluten as necessary. But, as the dishes came out, they were exactly the same.

**Let this be a lesson to people who don’t believe that gluten-free food is good. You unknowingly eat gluten-free dishes all the time, you just don’t realize it.

As we picked up our utensils and began to dig in, we were instantly impressed. The pork literally fell off the bone and into the side of sweet potato and brussel sprout hash with marsala pan jus. Talk about a great way for your taste-buds to ring in the new year!

Gluten Free Pork Osso Buco

We both cleaned our plates, enjoying every last bite. We told one another how we would definitely be returning during my next visit, the question was whether it would be for dinner or Sunday brunch!

If you find yourself in the Cleveland/Ohio City area and are looking for a place to have a spectacular gluten-free meal, Luxe Kitchen & Lounge is the place. Check out their website for more information and look for future posts on my website!

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KIND Snacks Cyber Monday Deal

By December 2, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

KIND Snacks is serving up a Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday deal this year!

From December 2nd to 3rd, KIND will offer $10 off of their KIND Healthy Indulgence Cube, which normally retails for $42.50! All you have to do to get the $10 taken off is enter GIVE at checkout.

The BEST part about this deal is that you not only receive $10 off of the tastiest gluten-free snacks around, you also help to give back at the same time. For every cube purchased, KIND will make a donation to City Harvest, a food rescue organization that is dedicated to feeding the hungry.

KIND Cube

If you like KIND Snacks as much as I do (I keep a stash in my desk at work), this is the perfect way to give back this holiday season! You can be philanthropic simply by buying yourself or a loved one a cube today because your purchase will help to feed 12 people in need!

Check out the KIND Healthy Indulgence Variety Cube on their website. You will see that it includes a variety of delicious KIND bars which are what I consider to be my go-to gluten-free snack bar. They’re also healthy (hence the whole ‘Healthy Indulgence’ part of the name), so they’ll even fit in to your new year’s resolution diet plan!

Hurry up and buy before Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday are over! Don’t miss out on this great deal and incredible opportunity to give back this holiday seaon!

Have you tried KIND snacks before? What’s your favorite?

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