Liz Lovely Gluten-Free Cookies are Off-the-Chain

By September 18, 2013 Gluten-Free Products

If you watch Shark Tank religiously like I do (which by the way, the new season premieres this Friday, September 20th), you may have seen Cowboy Dan and Liz Lovely on the tube talking about their superior gluten-free cookies. As soon as I saw the episode last year, I of course sent the company an email asking if I could review their goodies. The answer was YES and I fell in love with the company immediately after the first bite a few weeks later.

But now I love Liz Lovely EVEN more because they recently announced the fact that they are now a 100% dedicated gluten-free bakery and are Gluten Free Certified by GFCO. This is big news because it’s great to see a company who recognizes not only the need for YUMMY gluten-free cookies, but also the need for preparation that is free of cross-contamination.

The company revealed that they would no longer be producing wheat cookies which is REALLY FREAKIN’ AWESOME in my opinion. Instead of a company succumbing to the gluten-free pressures and producing one piddly product for us g-free folks, Liz Lovely said, “Hey, we are going to put the gluten-free consumer FIRST and drop the wheat products.” Is that amazing, or is that amazing?

Box of Liz Lovely GF Cookies

The Vermont gluten-free cookie company also announced their new cookie flavor, the Gluten-Free Cowboy Cookie! All I have to say is YEE-HAW. Made with gluten-free rolled oats, walnuts and dark chocolate, this cookie is something to write home about. I enjoyed the cookies a little bit TOO much. Not to put any of the other Liz Lovely flavors down (because I’m obsessed with them all), but this one had a little somethin’ special. Maybe it was the oats? I’m a g-free oat eater, which I know some of you aren’t, but if you CAN eat gluten-free oats, I highly recommend ordering this cookie to treat yourself.

Liz Lovely GF Cowboy Cookie and Netflix

I also received samples of other Liz Lovely gluten-free flavors. The box full of goodness smelled like heaven when I opened it. I also knew that there would be consequences of the deliciousness, such as tight jeans and slight weight gain following the cookie monster session, but I knew it’d be worth it.

As a former chunker-child who was obsessed with Thin Mints in the pre-GF days, I’ve always been on the lookout for my Thin Mint replacement. I’m happy to say that Liz has successfully exceeded my expectations. To heck with Girl Scout’s Thin Mints, Liz Lovely’s Gluten-Free Triple Chocolate Mint Cookies do it way better for me. The Liz Lovely website even says “Watch out, Girl Scouts!” and boy, oh boy are they right! While these gluten-free cookies aren’t crunchy like the original Thin Mint, they’re loaded with cocoa and chocolate chips, drizzled in dark chocolate, and they scream “EAT ME!” I obviously followed orders. You should, too.

And then there’s the Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles. My mom was responsible for this flavor’s disappearing act, but I can’t really blame her. They’re soft baked cinnamon sugar greatness that will remind you of the good old days of eating homemade cookies in the kitchen with your mom. Or they can just remind you of how you need to have a standing monthly order with Liz Lovely and Cowboy Dan because who needs Mom’s baking anymore, right?

My box of cookie flavors didn’t stop there. I also had the Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cookies which are clearly amazing, just read the name. They literally put brownies to shame. SHAME. I also had some of the classic Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. Seriously…delish. The chocolate drizzle on top and the fact that the cookie is as big as my palm really sets it up for g-free success in my book. I enjoyed one of these treats after a long day of work and it pretty much made everything in the world seem better.

Chocolate Fudge Gluten-Free Cookie

Chocolate Chips Cookies Are Delish

Finally, my lucky little taste-buds enjoyed the Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies. MmMm GOOD. The crystallized ginger all up on the molasses will blow your g-free mind. It’s pretty much the perfect season to enjoy a pack of these babies, too. Hurry up and order some to enjoy this fall!

So there you go, folks. Sorry for making you crave cookies. I really think you should order yourself some of Liz Lovely’s gluten-free cookies and you shouldn’t feel guilty when you consume them really, really fast. I don’t blame you. When taste-buds fall in love, there’s nothing that can come between them and their lust for the wonderful treat that they desire.

WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Want to win some Liz Lovely swag, cookies, and just straight up awesomeness? Enter my giveaway before September 28th and you’ll have a shot at hitting the gluten-free jackpot! WOO HOO! The winner of the giveaway will receive a $30 credit for the Liz Lovely online store. That means a lot of cookies! You can enter more than once, so go ahead now, get to it!
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Gluten-Free eCookbook, Stack’d

By August 29, 2013 Gluten-Free Products, Gluten-Free Recipes

One thing I love about being a g-free blogger is getting to “meet” so many people I otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet. One of those people that I am thankful to have gotten to know in the past few years is Jessica Kahn from kitch+table. I’m 99.9% sure that we would be the best of friends if we didn’t live thousands of miles apart. However, I do still get the chance to review her products on the reg, and now her new eCookbook, Stack’d!

Stack'd Gluten-Free eCookbook

Stack’d is an eCookbook full of gluten-free protein pancake recipes. Now, I know what you’re thinking, protein pancakes sound like a chore, but I’m here to tell you that you’re mistaken. The pancake recipes in Stack’d are super easy and you barely even use any dishes to make them (ingredients are blended together in Magic Bullet-style blender), so it’s a win-win.

So far I have made the Blueberry Pancakes in Jessica’s book, and I can’t wait to try a long list of other flavors. For example, Stack’d contains a recipe for Mimosa pancakes…ummmm, is this real life? I’m totally making this for breakfast the next time I have a girls weekend with my non-GF bestie because these babies look so good she won’t give a hoot!

I highly recommend that you purchase Stack’d. The gluten-free eCookbook costs $3.49 on Amazon so don’t go telling me you don’t have the (gluten-free) dough to pay for it. That’s less than half of a burrito bowl at Chipotle, so you aren’t fooling me.

blueberry banana

Another great thing about this eCookbook is that the recipes aren’t super difficult so you can actually make them on weekday mornings as well! If you’re anything like me, you’re not trying to get into a time-intensive breakfast on a Monday – Friday morning. I’d like to personally thank Jessica for keeping this in mind when she came up with these wonderful gluten-free pancake recipes.

For those of you that don’t understand the whole “protein” concept behind the pancakes, it basically means that adding gluten-free whey protein in your pancake batter makes it a protein pancake. Not diggin’ the whey? Don’t add it! (I didn’t add it in mine simply because I didn’t have any in my pantry.)

gluten-free protein pancake

Just take a gander at the Stack’d Instagram page and your taste-buds are sure to fall in g-free love. I mean, the pictures of these pancakes are out of this world. You can also follow Stack’d on Twitter, along with its master brand, kitch+table. Show Jess, the eCookbook author, your love on all social platforms. She will appreciate it, I assure you!

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Traveling Gluten-Free on Delta Air Lines

By August 11, 2013 Gluten Free Vacation

My GFF, Elaine, recently took a trip to Spain. Now, I have never taken such a long flight after being gluten-free, but I’m assuming the first thing that many of us would think while making our travel plans would be, “What in the world am I going to eat?” Luckily, Delta Airlines is on top of things when it comes to their gluten-free offerings. Check out Elaine’s international traveling experience while on her Delta flights.

Delta Airlines Gluten-Free Meals

My friend and co-traveler booked the flights before our glorious two week trip to Spain & Portugal. Unfortunately, she forgot to mark my meal as “gluten free,” so I braved the outgoing flight with little more than an apple, two Kind bars, and the fruit salad that came with the Delta Air Lines pre-packaged dinner. Lucky for me we were able to contact the airlines later that week and arrange for a gluten-free meal, so the return flight was a completely different story…

Let me first start off by saying that I was not expecting much from Delta. They could’ve given me a shrink-wrapped GF burrito and I would’ve been happy. That being said, the gluten-free meal provided by Delta on my flight went above and beyond any expectations I had prior to the flight. All “special meals” get their food first (seriously like 30 minutes before anyone else), and both the breakfast and dinner were gigantic and filled with options.

The gluten-free dinner included:

  • Orange juice & bottled water
  • Sliced fruit
  • Two packages of GF rice crackers
  • Steamed fish with rice & veggies
  • Salad
  • Butterscotch pudding (it was still a little bit frozen, so it ended up tasting like an incredibly delicious butterscotch slushie. It may or may not be the reason I’m so pro-Delta right now in my life).

The gluten-free breakfast included:

  • Orange juice & bottled water
  • Fruit salad
  • Applesauce
  • Two packages of GF rice crackers
  • Omelet with veggies
  • Butterscotch pudding/slush

The steamed fish and omelet were both served piping hot, and the rest of the food was very cold (and somewhat frozen, which did not deter from the meal). Overall, if you’re forced to fly Coach on an eight hour international flight, I’d recommend Delta’s gluten-free meal service. The in-flight movie options, however, were a different story. But I’ll save that for another day.

Elaine in Spain

While I have no pictures of the gluten-free meals that were offered, I can assure you that Elaine is a trusted source. I think this blog post can put us all at ease if we have international travel on our bucket list!

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Gluten-Free Chicken Taco Tenders

By July 30, 2013 Gluten-Free Recipes

As you may know, I’m semi-obsessed with nachos, tacos, chips and salsa, tostadas…basically anything involving a tortilla chip. So when I thought to merge my love of Mexican food with a chicken tender, I was pretty amazed with myself. The recipe doesn’t take too much effort, but the reward your taste-buds enjoy is unmatched.

Chicken Taco Tenders:

Chicken Taco Tenders

Ingredients: 

  • Dippin’ Chips Sea Salt Chips (or another Mexican-style chip), crushed
  • 2-3 boneless chicken breasts, cut in strips
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. gluten-free taco seasoning (Ortega)
  • Salsa for topping
  • Cheese for topping (Go Veggie Dairy Free Mexican Cheese)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet and set aside.

Cut chicken breasts into strips and set aside. Put Dippin’ Chips in a gallon-sized Ziploc baggie. Crush into small pieces that will be easy to coat the chicken with.

Crushed Chips

Add salt, pepper, seasoning and olive oil to the crushed chips.

Crack 2 eggs in a shallow bowl. Whisk.

Dip chicken into egg then into the chips, evenly coating each strip of chicken. Place onto wire rack + cookie sheet.

Coated Tenders

Cook chicken tenders for 20-25 minutes or until the meat is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cooked Tenders

Once chicken is out of the oven, remove it from the wire rack. The sooner you remove the chicken, the easier it will be to get off of rack without losing coating. Plate chicken tenders with salsa and cheese on the side.

Tenders + Side

Top with gluten-free salsa and cheese. Place tenders in a gluten-free wrap, or on top of lettuce.

Tenders with Cheese + Salsa

I unfortunately had no gluten-free wraps or lettuce and was too lazy to run to the store, so I ate my tenders as you see in the picture below.

Chicken Taco Tenders

 

If you like chicken tenders and you like tacos, this recipe is for you. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Gluten-Free Chicken Taco Tenders
Recipe Type: Dinner, Appetizer
Author: G-Free Laura
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 3-4
Combining my love for chicken tenders and tacos into one, amazing dish!
Ingredients
  • Dippin’ Chips Sea Salt Chips (or other Mexican-style chip), crushed
  • 2-3 boneless chicken breasts, cut in strips
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. gluten-free taco seasoning (Ortega)
  • Salsa for topping
  • Cheese for topping (Go Veggie Dairy Free Mexican Cheese)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. Cut chicken breasts into strips and set aside. Put Dippin’ Chips (or other Mexican-style chip) in a gallon-sized Ziploc baggie. Crush to small pieces that will be easy to coat the chicken with.
  3. Add salt, pepper, seasoning and olive oil to the crushed chips.
  4. Crack 2 eggs in a shallow bowl. Whisk.
  5. Dip chicken into egg then into the chips, evenly coating each strip of chicken. Place onto wire rack + cookie sheet.
  6. Cookie chicken for 20-25 minutes or until meat is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. When out of oven, take off rack (the sooner you remove chicken from rack, the easier it will be). Plate chicken tenders with salsa and cheese on the side.
  8. Put desired amount of salsa and cheese on top of each Chicken Taco Tender.
  9. Serve over lettuce, in a lettuce wrap, or in a gluten-free tortilla and enjoy!

 

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Gluten-Free Stuffed Turkey Burgers

By July 11, 2013 Gluten-Free Recipes

While watching The Chew on ABC one day, Mario Batali’s sons gave me a fantastic idea. They had made “Pocket Burgers,” which is a hamburger with the toppings inside of the burger.

WHY HAVEN’T I EVER THOUGHT TO DO THIS BEFORE?

I made a version of their recipe that is somewhat healthier using ground turkey instead of beef, plus this nifty recipe for Tomato Chutney.

Gluten-Free Stuffed Turkey Burgers:

Gluten-Free Stuffed Turkey Burger

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 package of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • Pinch of allspice
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4-5 drops of gluten-free hot sauce (optional)
  • Gluten-free bun (I used Kinnikinnik)

Instructions:

Halve your grape tomatoes for the chutney. Place into small saucepan with cider vinegar, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, salt and pepper.

Tomatoes

Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.

While tomato chutney is simmering, form patties with your ground turkey. You will need two patties for each burger you will make. I recommend making patties that are about 1/4 inch thick and 4 to 5 inches in diameter.

Turkey Burger Before Stuffing

When tomato chutney is done, place mixture on top of one ground turkey patty then place another patty on top, enclosing the edges. Repeat for the number of burgers you will be making.

Turkey Burger + Tomatoes

Place the turkey burgers on the foil-lined grill.

Once turkey burgers are cooked through, serve on top of a gluten-free bun.

Gluten-Free Turkey Burgers

Gluten-Free BunsGluten-Free Stuffed Turkey Burger

You can personalize this recipe any way you’d like by using different gluten-free ingredients for your stuffing. I highly recommend trying this recipe next time you’re having a burger night. Your taste buds will never be the same!

Which toppings would you choose to stuff your burger with? Let me know in the comments, maybe I’ll try yours next time!

Gluten-Free Stuffed Turkey Burgers
Author: G-Free Laura
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 4
Stuff your burgers instead of topping them for a juicy, gluten-free turkey burger!
Ingredients
  • • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • • 1 package of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • Pinch of allspice
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4-5 drops of gluten-free hot sauce (optional)
  • Gluten-free bun (I used Kinnikinnik)
Instructions
  1. Halve your grape tomatoes for the chutney. Place into small saucepan with cider vinegar, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  2. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. While tomato chutney is simmering, form patties with your ground turkey. You will need two patties for each burger you will make. I recommend making patties that are about 1/4 inch thick and 4 to 5 inches in diameter.
  4. When tomato chutney is done, place mixture on top of one ground turkey patty then place another patty on top, enclosing the edges. Repeat for the number of burgers you will be making.
  5. Place the turkey burgers on the foil-lined grill.
  6. Once turkey burgers are cooked through, serve on top of a gluten-free bun.

 

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NFCA’s Gluten-Free Summer Block Party

By July 3, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences, Gluten-Free Recipes

Who needs Wendy, Ronald, or The Colonel when you can make your own gluten-free chicken nuggets?!

Gluten-Free Summer Block Party

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness asked me to join their Gluten-Free Summer Block Party and gave me a challenge: Create a recipe using Blue Diamond Nut Thins and Go Veggie Dairy-Free Cheese. The dish was meant to be served at a summer party or get-together in efforts to break away from the mundane summer-party foods. The goal was for everyone to enjoy the dish (even the gluten-eating folks), proving that gluten-free food can be served to everyone!

Seeing that I love a little spice in my life, I came up with a recipe for Gluten-Free Spicy Garlic Buffalo Chicken Nuggets with dairy-free cheese on top. Who wouldn’t love that combo?!

You can find the recipe here.

Making the Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets

I did a trial run of the nuggets at home one evening and gave myself a HUGE pat on the back after tasting them. I couldn’t believe how good they were! They weren’t difficult to make AND they were baked, not fried, making them a much healthier alternative than the nuggets that gluten-eating folks are used to eating.

Gluten-Free Spicy Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

After I knew my recipe would be a hit, I made sure I had the necessary ingredients for a get-together that I was hosting later that week with college friends. This meant that my audience was beer-drinking, twenty-something’s that are under the illusion that gluten-free food isn’t the greatest. I had to prove their taste-buds wrong and serve up nuggets that they’d enjoy!

My gathering was at a cabin at the lake so I made my nuggets ahead of time in the oven at home. I packed the cooked nuggets (stored in Tupperware), a package of Go Veggie Dairy-Free Mexican Cheese, a side of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce, and some toothpicks.

Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients for Nuggets

Serving the Chicken Nuggets at the Party

Once it was time to get the gluten-free chicken nuggets ready for the party, I simply reheated them in the cabin’s microwave. I placed a few sprinkles of Go Veggie Dairy-Free Mexican cheese on top of each one. Once they were all heated up, I placed a toothpick in each chicken nugget and arranged them on plates.

Go Veggie Dairy-Free Cheese

Gluten-Free Eating at a Summer Party!

By the way, please don’t pay attention to the non-classy plate ware. Our weekend at the lake wasn’t necessarily meant to be classy, if you know what I mean. (Picture 24-year-old boys shot-gunning beers on the patio)

Regardless of all of that, when my friends arrived, they each snagged a few chicken nuggets, dipped them in the hot sauce and appeared to enjoy the taste. One of my friends even said, “I can’t tell the difference between gluten-free and gluten food.” Victory!

How’d They Taste?!

The majority of my friends thought that the gluten-free chicken nuggets were good! There was one person that didn’t care for the taste of the dairy-free cheese, but you’ll have that. All in all, I think I did a great job proving our food is actually tasty to the unlikeliest of folks.

Taste Tester

Gluten-Free Believer!

This recipe would be perfect for a get-together at your house since you would have all of the necessary tools at your disposal (a.k.a. the oven). I think the fact that I was able to successfully serve the chicken nuggets without using an oven makes the recipe even more desirable! It proves that you can venture outside of the summer-barbecue-box and cook up some exciting options for your party guests!

Gluten-Free Spicy Garlic Chicken Nuggets
Recipe Type: Party Food, Horderve
Author: G-Free Laura
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: – –
My recipe for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Gluten-Free Summer Block Party. The perfect food to serve at your summer party or gathering!
Ingredients
  • • 1 box of Multi-Seed Nut Thins (crushed)
  • • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • • 1/4 tsp. Garlic powder
  • • 2 eggs
  • • 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • • Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce for dipping
  • • Go Veggie Dairy-Free Mexican Cheese, Shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place wire rack on top of baking sheet.
  2. Combine crushed Nut Thin crackers, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder together in a shallow bowl.
  3. Whisk two eggs in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken pieces in egg then into cracker mixture, evenly coating each piece.
  4. Place chicken nuggets on top of wire rack. Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Take chicken bites out and sprinkle Go Veggie Dairy-Free Mexican Cheese on top. Place back into oven until melted.
  6. Serve chicken nuggets with toothpicks and Buffalo Hot Sauce on the side for dipping.

 

 

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