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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
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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!
  • • 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
  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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Thankful for the Gluten-Free Community

By November 7, 2012 Giving Gluten-Free Thanks
Gluten-Free Community

Wednesday, November 7th – I am thankful for the gluten-free community.

You would be hard pressed to find a group that is as tight-knit as the gluten-free community. Heck, I’ve never even officially “met” the individuals that I have come to describe as my friends, but, I know I can always count on them. Whether it be to 1) brighten up my day, 2) give me support, 3) share awesome recipes, ideas, and events, or 4) make me hungry with their pictures of amazing gluten-free food (aka EVERY gluten-free Instagram account) , the g-free community has it down pat.

When I started  tweeting and blogging almost two years ago, I would have never dreamt of the success that I have now. You may ask what I mean by success…well, I believe that success is measured by each person’s individual standards. To me, success with G-Free Laura means that people actually care about what I have to say. I also believe it is measured in the quality of relationships you form through social media or your online brand. When measuring by these personal standards, I have been EXTREMELY successful, thanks to you.

I know that my followers believe in me just as much as I believe in them. I know that I can find out anything I need to know with a simple tweet. I have learned so much from my the online gluten-free community, it’s kind of crazy (in a good way). I also have to give many thanks to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness for doing all that they do for gluten-free awareness.They invited me last Spring to become a guest-blogger on their Gluten-Free Hot Products Blog. At that moment, I realized that I must be on to something if the another website wants to utilize my thoughts and opinions, let alone the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness! So, thank you to the wonderful ladies there that I have come to know as my g-free friends.

I also must give thanks to each and every gluten-free company whose mission is to spread g-free love. What would we do without them? We love their products. We love their recipes. We love their blogs. We love their committment to everything gluten-free. Thank you.

What are you most thankful for when it comes to the gluten-free community? Do you have a favorite blog, company, or helpful website? Share with us so we can spread the word.

Feel free to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, and follow my blog. I will gladly help you with anything you need, or simply give you support during your g-free journey.

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Zatarain’s Gluten-Free Jambalaya

By October 18, 2012 Gluten-Free Products, Gluten-Free Recipes

I love it when I find out products are gluten-free.

I experienced that loving feeling this week when I was asked to participate in the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness sponsored Zatarain’s Gluten-Free Campaign. After being “assigned” the Jambalaya Maque Choux recipe, I was immediately excited since I had not eaten this spicy, soul food in I don’t know how long.

The recipe is actually quite easy too, and that’s saying a lot coming from me! What do you need? You can find the ingredient list below, or visit the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website.

Zatarain’s Jambalaya Maque Choux

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 lb. gluten-free Andouille sausage, cut into 1/4 in. slices
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (my vegetable drawer only had yellow bell pepper)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix
  • 1 cup frozen corn

The first thing you have to do is heat up the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add your sliced sausage in and cook it on up for about 2 minutes. Then, add your celery, bell pepper and onion, stir for about 3 minutes or until the sausage is browned and the veggies begin to soften.

Next, you stir in the water, tomatoes and Rice Mix, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and take a seat while your skillet of awesomeness simmers for 20 minutes. Then, you stir in the corn and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender.

Remove the skillet from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes (even though the wonderful smell will make you want to dig right in). After you’ve counted down each and every second, fluff your jambalaya up and begin serving.

The above recipe should serve 6 people (or if you eat as much as I do, maybe you should split that number in half).

So what did I think of this jambalaya? AWESOME. My stepdad (who helped me cook it of course) loved this gluten-free jambalaya too, and he loves his gluten more than the next guy!

You all know I like my fair share of spicy hot flavor, and I sure did get it with this recipe. I haven’t had jambalaya in a very long time because 1) it’s not something you can get too often up in the buckeye state, and 2) I would seem skeptical of a restaurant having a gluten-free version with all of the spices involved. SO, that’s why it is even better that Zatarain’s offers Celiac’s and those with Gluten Sensitivity a chance to enjoy some Louisiana lovin!

Mmm, mmmm, GOOD!

You can even make the recipe a bit healthier and substitute the sausage with turkey sausage, etc…but I chose to not care about calories and go hog-wild (literally).

For more information on Celiac Disease, and to help spread Celiac Awareness, visit the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. You can also find Zatarain’s full list of gluten-free products on their website!

Enjoy jazzin’ it up with Zatarain’s!

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Gluten-Free Energy Bars

By October 13, 2012 Gluten-Free Products
No Opportunity Wasted


When most people think of energy bars, they think of unappetizing, undesirable looking, chalky-chocolate. But, I’m here to tell you that those days are over. Gluten-free N.O.W. Energy Bars are now here to save the day with their chia seed, Manuka honey, and soft-baked newton bars.

N.O.W. bars come in a variety of types & flavors. The gluten-free  soft-baked newton bars are available in Manuka honey, and strawberry. The moist crust of these bars bring back memories of soft-baked apple pies, and are sure to give you the fuel you need with their 32g of carbs and 4g of protein.

The more hyped-up bars, with 42g of carbs, 11g of protein, and 280 calories, are available in three different flavors: White Chocolate, Fruit & Nut, Honeycomb with Chia & Raisins, and Peanut & Caramel. These have the ingredients to fuel you through your long workdays or workout.

For my full review of each gluten-free bar, visit the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Gluten-Free Hot Products Blog.

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Gluten-Free Larabars

By September 19, 2012 Gluten-Free Products
Larabar Uber Bars

Larabar has answered many gluten-free prayers for me. First off, the original Larabar’s are absolutely delish and are not on my DO NOT EAT, YOU WILL GET SICK Celiac Disease/Gluten Sensitivity list, so thumbs up on that one. Secondly, the brand has recently unveiled a new line of über Bars, the perfect gluten-free snack. Now what is so überlicious about these bars? Let me tell you…

Larabar’s gluten-free diet friendly über bars come in 4 different flavors – Bananas Foster, Apple Turnover, Cherry Cobbler, and Roasted Nut Roll. Let’s start off with the fact that these healthy gluten-free snacks are named after desserts. Pretty good sign, eh? I must admit I was skeptical at first since the bars look like a pile of assorted nuts [and nuts aren’t my thing], but that feeling was quickly replaced by addiction.

To see why I am so in love with these gluten-free bars, and to read about a lot of other thoughts and feelings I have on the subject, visit the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness blog. You won’t be sorry, I promise. You can also visit the Larabar website and show your #gfreelove by following them on Twitter @larabar!

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Gluten-Free Bakery in NJ

By August 31, 2012 Gluten-Free Products
Butterfly Bakery Cookies

I’ve had quite a few gluten-free cookies in my day, and have dealt with several issues associated with them – too crumbly, weird after-taste, unnecessarily thin, too crunchy, and just plain old cardboard-tasting. In the beginning of my gluten-free journey, it at times felt like a never-ending struggle to find a good gluten-free cookie. But, I am happy to say, things have changed in the g-free world! Our wonderful gluten-free bakeries out there are onto something, and I was lucky enough to experience the magnificent chocolate chip cookies and blueberry muffins of The Butterfly Bakery.

To read my full review of Butterfly Bakery, visit the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness blog – Gluten-Free Hot Products Blog!


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