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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 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
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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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Gluten-Free Calzone Recipe

By April 16, 2013 Gluten-Free Recipes

Megan is a fellow resident of the Buckeye State that I connected with via Twitter. She has a lot of great recipes that are not only gluten free, but also free of the top 6 allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, AND shellfish. You can visit her site, Top 6 With a Side of Gluten, to find delicious, allergen-free recipes, as well as tips for gluten-free and allergen-free living. In the meantime, take a look at the amazing veggie calzones she so graciously decided to share on my site! They’ll make you want to hop right into the kitchen & get down to business!

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Hi, I’m Megan and it’s good to meet you. I blog about living with Celiac Disease and multiple food allergies at Top 6 With a Side of Gluten. Please enjoy my gluten, peanut, tree nut, soy, fish and shellfish free recipe for veggie calzones. This recipe is perfect to make on the weekend because it’s a bit time intensive but totally worth the wait!

Before I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, my mom always made cheese and pepperoni calzones with Rhodes frozen bread dough. They were so good, chewy and perfect for a hearty meal. Since I’ve been gluten free, I experimented with several variations to see what I can make that’s similar. While gluten-free flour doesn’t yield the same chewy calzone (gluten is a binding agent that makes dough elastic), this crunchier, vegetable-packed version is a great variation on an old favorite.

Gluten-Free Veggie Calzones

Est. Prep Time: 2 hours, 50 mins (50 mins prep & baking, 2 hours for dough to rise)

Gluten-Free Calzone

Calzone Dough

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour blend (I use Jules’)
  • 1 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp olive oil for brushing
  • Canola oil spray

Veggie Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup spinach, stems removed
  • 3/4 cup red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp basil (McCormick is GF)
  • 1/4 tsp oregano (McCormick is GF)

Optional

  • Pizza sauce for dipping (I like Dei Fratelli because it’s gluten and soy free)

Instructions: 

Mix all of the ingredients (except 1/4 cup of the water) in a bowl. Start by mixing with a spoon and finish with mixer with dough hook. Add additional water by teaspoon until dough is soft and smooth and formed into a ball. Stop mixing when you reach this consistency.

Place soft dough (shouldn’t be crumbly at all) in greased bowl, covered, and let rise 2 hours in a warm place in your kitchen.

Calzone Dough

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Split dough in half and form into two balls. Place one ball of dough on a piece of parchment paper. Press into a circle (about 8-10″ diameter). Fill with toppings (cheese first) and sprinkle with herbs. Repeat process with second dough ball.

Calzone Ingredients

 

Fold Calzone

Place on a pizza pan (keep parchment paper underneath). Fold circle into a half moon shape. Seal calzone by pressing down on edge with a fork sprayed with canola oil spray. Repeat process with other ball of dough.Cut four slits on top of calzone. Brush with olive oil.

Bake 450 degrees for 18-21 minutes until toppings are bubbling out.

Cool for 5 minutes and serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

Gluten-Free Veggie Calzone

Enjoy!

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MeganMegan Scherer was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2008 and is allergic to 6 of the top 8 food allergens. Her blog, Top 6 With a Side of Gluten, provides tips, recipes and inspiration for people who follow special diets. Follow Megan on Twitter and Facebook.

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The Britney Spears Gluten-Free Soundtrack

By January 23, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

I don’t care what you think about her life choices, lack of shoes, or all-around confusing actions, Britney Spears basically made a soundtrack that speaks to my journey with the gluten-free diet.

 

Gluten-Free Soundtrack

 

Annnnnd here we go:

Toxic 

When you have come to the realization that gluten is toxic for your body, but you still have a deep, passionate love for it. It’s like that bad boy you know isn’t good for you, but you can’t help the fact that you are so attracted to it.

Baby One More Time

Within the first few months of the diet you want just one more slice of pizza, one more piece of cake, one more fried chicken wing…

This feeling lasts for a while, and you give into your long for said items.

Oops!…I Did It Again

You gave into your cravings just one more time, but it was a big ‘Oops’ as you suffered the consequences. You are reminded of this mistake for hours, or even days, after it is made. You tell yourself that this definitely won’t happen again.

Stronger

You are getting used to the gluten-free diet and are starting to feel healthier and stronger as a result. You aren’t really THAT sad about not eating gluten anymore because you know the decision to go on a gluten-free diet was a smart one. You’re way better off without it.

Radar

Gluten is always on your radar, and you constantly check out ingredients lists and ask several questions when dining at a restaurant. You notice all of the gluten-free tags at the grocery store, and your ears perk up whenever you hear those two words spoken aloud.

Til The World Ends

The gluten-free diet is a lifelong thing for you, and you will be on it till you’re last dying breath. People that aren’t gluten-free make remarks about the restrictions of the diet, and say how horrible it must be, but you reassure them that you are perfectly happy with your lifestyle. You know you will continue to eat this way up until your last meal…or until the world ends, either one.

Does Britney speak to your gluten-free journey? What song are you currently playing?

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Separate Gluten-Free Appliances: Are they necessary?

By January 19, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

A question that many new gluten-free eaters ask themselves.

Do I really need to go out and buy a new toaster? Will I really get sick from crumbs?

The above questions are asked at the same time that the overwhelming feeling of what has my life become? starts to set in.

Do you have a dedicated gluten-free toaster? I do. I went out and got one the day I went gluten-free. If I was going to do this whole change my lifestyle thing, I was going to do it right. That’s just the kind of person I am though. I don’t half-*** anything, so I definitely wasn’t going to cut any corners as I got myself healthy. No way, no how.

But, not everyone feels the way I feel. Maybe they don’t get the same symptoms from gluten that I do, and see this all as a bunch of jargon that their doctor told them. Maybe they just don’t want to go out and buy another appliance, or maybe they don’t have the extra funds to go purchase yet another thing for this diet.

I understand where you’re coming from if you’re on the fence. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t have my own opinions regarding it all. We are all entitled to that, aren’t we?? I’m pretty dead-set on the dedicated appliance thing too, so when I decided to do the below experiment, regardless of the outcome, I knew it wouldn’t change my dedicated-appliance practices.

Does a non-dedicated toaster pose a serious threat?

What is GlutenTox? It is a kit that allows you to test for traces of gluten, whether it be 5ppm or 20ppm. I was given a couple kits from Emport LLC at the Celiac Awareness Tour in Cleveland.

I didn’t want to test actual food though, I wanted to test something that we all can relate to. So, the first thing that popped into my head was testing the gluten-eater toaster in my household.

If I toasted gluten-free bread in the gluten toaster, would it be contaminated?

GlutenTox Experiment

Experimentation Time

So here’s what I did:

1. Read the GlutenTox directions and got everything I needed: Gluten toaster, gluten-free bread, GlutenTox testing tubes.

2. Toasted a slice of Rudi’s Gluten-Free bread. Scraped as much of the top layers off as I could, which yielded one scoop of crumbs.

3. Put the bread crumbs to the test.

The Results

The test strip (which looked like a pregnancy test so I didn’t post any pics online…didn’t want people to get the wrong idea!) had a blue line across the middle. If a red/pink line appeared after 10 minutes, there would be traces of gluten found in the sample.

So I waited….

Ten minutes later the timer went off. What were the results?

NO RED/PINK LINE!

Not going to lie, I was kind of ticked off. Had I been taking unnecessary measures the past 3 years? Are my toaster-beliefs all a lie?!

These questions were running through my head as I wondered how I would write to all of you that the test was negative, and that the gluten toaster didn’t contaminate my bread. BUT, that’s when I realized that there’s still too many unknowns…

Did I scrape every part of the bread? Did every crumb make it into to the little test tube? If I didn’t scrape some tiny little space on the bread, I would still have ended up eating it, resulting in a gluten-induced illness.

Analysis

Even after analyzing the data I collected, I still wouldn’t use the gluten toaster. The threat is still there. I didn’t have a positive this time, but I might next time.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t get in bed with the Devil.

That’s my opinion. What’s yours?

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Have you tried Rudi’s new soft & fluffy gluten-free bread yet?

By January 13, 2013 Gluten-Free Products

Being that I am a creature of habit, I am 100% serious when I say that I eat a slice of Rudi’s multi-grain bread every day.

My routine: Wake up. Make omelette. Toast Rudi’s. Enjoy.

So, when I started seeing promotions for Rudi’s new ‘soft & fluffy’ recipe, I was very intrigued and excited for my daily routine to get THAT much better.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Rudi’s old formula, and loved nothing more than a toasted piece paired with either my eggs, peanut butter, or better yet….a turkey sandwich at lunch time. But, after seeing the promotions, I was sure to keep my eye out at the grocery store. I wondered when this ‘new’ bread would make its way to my freezer section at Kroger. When it had arrived, I purchased my loaf and looked forward to my next breakfast.

How is it different?

I know that you see companies improve their products all the time, but you can never really tell.

You can tell with this bread.

When I opened up the bag and took the loaf out, I noticed at first touch (even when frozen), that this bread was different from before. Then, when the toaster popped up and my bread was ready, the touch was just as Rudi’s described…fluffy.

Bring soft & fluffy back to your life.

If you are an avid Rudi’s eater, I’m sure you are enjoying this new formula. If you aren’t an avid Rudi’s eater, why don’t you give the bread another chance? Toast it. Top it. Make it into a sandwich.

Win a little somethin’ somethin’.

Rudi’s has decided to do a little giveaway to help promote their new recipe. You can enter on their Facebook page, and have a shot at winning $1,000. I don’t know about you, but I could do A LOT with $1,000.

You don’t even have to win the $1,000 reward to benefit either. By entering, you get a $2 off coupon for Rudi’s gluten-free bread!

It doesn’t even stop there either! I am doing a giveaway on my Facebook! Between the dates of January 14th and January 18th, by simply writing on my Facebook page, you are entered to win some Rudi’s goodies!

Just finish this sentence, “My favorite thing to make with Rudi’s gluten-free bread is  _____________. “ and the below goodies could be yours!

Soft & Fluffy Giveaway

  • Reusable sandwich bags
  • Sandwich press
  • Gluten-free cookbook with sandwich recipes
  • Colorful ceramic plates

 

Giveaway!

 

Enjoy the new fluffy bread, I know I am!

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