Gluten Free Croutons

Today, hubby decided that we should have salad for dinner. Generally, salad is a favorite of mine, but since becoming GF I struggled with the lack of crouton options at the grocery store. Even if I were to find them, I’m sure they would be expensive, as most GF items are. Yet, when preparing dinner I couldn’t help but think that it couldn’t be too hard to make homemade croutons, and that I would give it a shot! They turned out great!!! There’s no pictures, but trust me they were delicious and super easy!

Homemade GF Croutons for One:

2 pieces of GF Bread (I used the “butts” of the bread as I don’t generally eat them.)

3 teaspoons of Olive Oil

Sprinkle of Garlic Salt

Sprinkle of Parsley Flakes

(If you were looking for a more zesty flavor you could try Velata’s Lemon Garlic Artisan Rub sprinkled on instead of the garlic and parsley!)

Instructions: Cut the bread into smaller squares, they can be as big or as little as you like. Then add olive oil, garlic salt, and parsley. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and then put on baking sheet. I already had the oven preheated to 400, and baked them for about 8 minutes. The amount of time you bake them will vary depending on how crispy you want them to be. I like mine super crispy so they may have been in there longer than others may like.

Voila, super easy, Gluten Free croutons to top your GF salad!

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Wildtree’s Gluten Free Muffin Mix

Kicking off my Direct Sales Gluten Free Mixes will be Wildtree’s Gluten Free Muffin Mix. The following recipe is copied directly from their website:

Ingredients

1 package Wildtree Gluten Free Muffin Mix

¾ cup milk, low-fat

3 large eggs

¼ cup Wildtree natural or Butter Flavor Grapeseed Oil

½ cup fresh, or dried fruit of choice, chocolate chips, nuts, or a combination

 

Method of Preparation

 

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 12 cup muffin tin, or line wells with muffin cups. Place Muffin Mix, milk eggs, and Grapeseed oil in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally. Fold in the mix-ins of your choice. Pour batter into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. 

The Scoop: Now, I’m generally one to follow a recipe quite closely, but this time I didn’t have any of Wildtree’s Grapeseed Oil, so I bought some at my local grocery store. I also added chocolate chips. Now I am a sweet lover, I have actually struggled with being Gluten Free simply because I like things to be sweet; muffins, bagels, breads, cookies. Sometimes I feel like Gluten Free recipes lack on the sweet side, so to remedy this I melted 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and mixed with the batter. I then added another 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the batter at the end. This left the muffins to be a bit more sweeter and were so delicious! 

I have not included any pictures of the process due to the fact that my mixer is on the fritz, and don’t want to share with the world how I have to make it work! 🙂 So, here they are, fresh out of the oven! They were very moist and with a minor change, very sweet!

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This box of muffin mix can be purchased from Wildtree for a retail price of $12.00 plus any shipping and taxes that may be associated. If you are a Wildtree consultant feel free to leave your link in the comments! 

The direct link to this product on their website is http://shop.wildtree.com/catalog/cfProduct_Detail.cfm?p=10780.

*These opinions are entirely my own, and I have not been sponsored or endorsed by Wildtree.*

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Direct Sales and Gluten Free

A little over 6 months ago I joined a Direct Sales Company, it was a life changer! Don’t worry I won’t be trying to get you to sign up through my blog, though if you do have interest let me know! 🙂

Joining a Direct Sales Company opened a whole new door for Gluten Free eating! There are so many great companies that offer Gluten Free selections that I had never heard of! I have ordered from a various number of them and will be posting about the products I loved, and the products that I didn’t care for. Some of these products are going to be more expensive than store bought products, which doesn’t always mean better quality. Yet, if you were to host a party, or order through a friend’s party you may just earn yourself some discounted product! 

Here’s a list of some of the companies and what they offer! 

Velata: (As of 01/01/2014 All of Velata’s Food Items are Gluten Free!) Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Caramel Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Smoked Gouda Cheese Fondue, Bacon Cheddar Cheese Fondue, Cheddar Cheese Fondue, Fiesta Queso Cheese Fondue, Santa Maria BBQ Artisan Rub, Lemon Garlic Artisan Rub, Smoked Paprika Artisan Rub, Coriander Herb Artisan Rub, Orange Mixables, Mocha Mixables, Raspberry Mixables, Peppermint Mixables

Wildtree: GF Muffin Mix, GF Pizza Dough Mix, GF Brownie Mix, GF Yellow Cake Mix, GF Bread Mix

Tastefully Simple: GF Beer Bread Mix, GF Cinnamon Apple Cake Mix, GF Fudy Brownie Mix, GF Vanilla Bean Pound Cake Mix

Kitcheneez: Garlic & Herb Dip, Southwest Ranch Dip, Italian Garden Dip, Mexican Mambo Dip, Meatloaf Quick Meal Mix, Firehouse Chili Quick Meal Mix, Cuban Beef Quick Meal Mix, Spaghetti Quick Meal Mix, Jamaican Chicken Quick Meal Mix, Eastern NC BBQ Sauce, Washington DC Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning Mix, Favorite BBQ Sauce Mix, Taco Soup Kit, Chili Soup Kit, Creamy Lime Dip, Creamy Orange Dip, Poppy Seed Dressing Mix, Our Own Italian Dressing Mix, New York Coney Dog Sauce Mix, Idaho French Fry Sauce Mix, Oregon Grilled Salmon Seasoning Mix, Illinois Chicago Italian Beef Seasoning Mix, Summer Dill Dip Mix, Sassy Salsa Mix, Bean Dip Mix, Fried Chicken Mix, Tuscany Seasoning, Alfredo Sauce Seasoning, Sausage Seasoning, Pork Roast Seasoning, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Curry Chicken, GF Brownies, GF Corn Muffin, GF Cupcake, and Turkey Seasoning. 

Country Gourmet Home: GF Cinnamon Raisin Bread Mix, GF Buttermilk Pancake Mix, GF Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, GF Potato Soup Mix

If you don’t see your company here and they offer Gluten Free items feel free to let me know in the comments and I will add them in!

 

*All of the information listed was found through the company’s listed corporate website. I am not being sponsored or endorsed by any of these companies, all opinions are my own.*

 

Picky Eater Where Have You Been?

Happy New Year Everyone! 

If you haven’t noticed I have been extremely absent from this blog! I am still a picky eater, and absolutely still gluten free, but I have started various new adventures since beginning this blog and it kind of fell to the wayside. Today is a new year though, and while I’m not usually one for New Year’s Resolutions, we will give maintaining this blog a shot! So, for those who are new, Welcome, and those who have previously seen the blog, Welcome Back!

Gluten Free Restaurant Dining

This past weekend hubby and I went shopping out of town. This meant that I would need to find a restaurant that would fit my gluten free needs. I was a bit worried about this until I began a quick search for restaurants in the area. 

While I may not be able to just order a burger and fries anymore, at least not with the bun, I didn’t want to be completely limited on what I ate. We ended up stopping at a Longhorn Steakhouse and once again I pulled out my phone and began searching for gluten free items I could have there. When the waiter came hubby so kindly (I’m a little afraid of asking questions), asked if they had a Gluten Free menu. “Of course!” said the waiter, much to my surprise! I was able to pick off a very large menu, and it even gave me items that were previously gluten free but with small changes would now fit my needs! 

This led into my quest for more restaurants that I could dine at with no worries! Here are just a few in no particular order:

Applebee’s- http://www.applebees.com/~/media/docs/Applebees_Allergen_Info.pdf

Chili’s- http://www.chilis.com/EN/LocationSpecificPDF/MenuPDF/001.005.0000/Chilis%20Allergen%20Generic.pdf?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Olive Garden- http://www.chilis.com/EN/LocationSpecificPDF/MenuPDF/001.005.0000/Chilis%20Allergen%20Generic.pdf?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Red Lobster- http://www.redlobster.com/health/allergy/

Longhorn Steakhouse- http://www.longhornsteakhouse.com/pdf/LH_Gluten_Free_Menu.pdf

P.F. Chang’s- https://www.pfchangs.com/mobilemenu/Item.aspx?sid=6200&mid=6&catid=84

Outback Steahouse- http://www.outback.com/docs/default-source/Gluten-Free/Gluten-Free

Arby’s- http://cds.arbys.com/pdfs/nutrition/gluten-free-menu.pdf

Wendy’s- http://www.wendys.com/redesign/wendys/pdf/en_US_gluten_free_list.pdf

KFC- http://www.kfc.com/nutrition/pdf/kfc_allergens.pdf

 Denny’s- http://www.dennys.com/files/Allergen_PamphletMarch2013.pdf

Culver’s- http://culvers-bece73af.s3.amazonaws.com/page-content/menu/CulversAllergenBrochure.pdf

Most of these links are not only handy if you are gluten free, but also if you are allergic to any other foods, as most links contain all allergens.

If you have any favorite restaurants and would like to see a Gluten Free menu from them let me know and I will try to find one!

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Yum!

Pancakes (Breakfast for Dinner!)

Last night we had breakfast for dinner, one of my favorite meals! We had previously tried Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix and weren’t too pleased. It had a weird taste to it, that neither of us truly enjoyed. Not that it was terrible, just not what we were used to. I thought that due to them being Gluten Free I was always going to run across this weird taste when having pancakes.

We decided to give pancakes one more shot and purchased a Bisquick gluten free pancake mix. These tasted just like normal pancakes! We tend to add different accents to our pancakes such as jam, syrup, butter, peanut butter, and cinnamon. Not all at once though!

What do you like to eat with your pancakes?

The Best Brownies EVER!

Brownies, warm gooey chocolate brownies. I love brownies! I often make a pan and my husband and I will grab a fork and finish it off within two days. So being gluten free I knew I needed to find the BEST brownie recipe, also lacking creativity, I bought a mix. Bob’s Red Mill brownie mix was simply the least expensive and therefore the first one I figured I would give a shot. It turned out to be the best decision ever! Not only are these super easy to make, they are gluten free, and they turn out to be the softest brownies I have ever had. Now I usually love the crusty exterior of a brownie, but I have fallen in love with these, which can sort of be described as “cake like”.

It does say in the instructions to use a mixer, but I didn’t feel like lugging out my big mixer so I mixed it with a spoon by hand. You know, the old fashioned way, and it turned out a little lumpy, but this had no affect on the overall product.

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A bag of Bob’s Red Mill Brownie Mix, butter, an egg, and vanilla is all you will need to enjoy this delicious treat! Do you have a Gluten Free brownie recipe you’d like to share?