Gluten-free Product Review: Oggi Ravioli

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I recently tried these ricotta & lemon ravioli from Oggi FoodsΒ and I definitely recommend them for a great quick weeknight dinner. Ravioli is something us celiacs very rarely get to eat so I was very happy when I found these. Only a few minutes minutes in boiling water and they are ready! I also like that they have a simple ingredient list.

I recently discovered Oggi’s Montreal made products, trying their frozen pasta, frozen pizza and frozen pizza dough. I ordered these ravioli from Lufa Farms and have also seen them at the pasta store in the main hall of Jean Talon Market.Β We tried both flavours, I preferred the ricotta and lemon and my boyfriend preferred the 4 cheese. A package makes a good meal for 2 people with you favourite sauce. I have seen a package for $7.50-$8.50, last I checked Lufa Farms was the cheapest.

I also highly recommend their pizza, which you can now find at Costco.

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Gluten-Free Product Review: Skinny Pasta Frozen Meals

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Based on the packaging I wouldn’t be a fan of these meals. I don’t like that it’s called “Skinny” pasta, to me it’s a play on the idea we should be smaller and also I don’t need my lunch to only be 240 calories. I had previously tried this product when it was under another name and loved these frozen meals. Despite my initial apprehensions I am now a huge fan of the frozen butternut squash ravioli.Β I love this product mainly because it is delicious but I also appreciate the price point, quality, ease and small ingredient list. As a working student I often have 12 hour days and these meals mean I can avoid picking up a $15 lunch that may have been contaminated by gluten. I got these in the frozen section of my local Rachel-Berri for $5.50 on sale. They take about 5 minutes in the microwave. Try them out, I highly recommend it if you miss ravioli and need a solid option for a quick back-up lunch. I tried the cheese and butternut squash and while I like the cheese one, I much preferred the squash.

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Product Review: Vegan GF bagels from Merveilles Sans Gluten

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My best friend bought these bagels for me the other day at Veganessa’s store in Beaconsfield. These bagels from Merveilles Sans Gluten (Wheatless Wonder) are so delicious and vegan. They stay fresh and soft for up to 5 days in the fridge and are amazing lightly toasted. So yummy!

Try them out if you can get your hands on them. They are delicious and almost help cure my longing for a real Montreal bagel. Almost…

I looked on their website and saw that Louise Sans Gluten in Dorval carries their products, as do a few other stores on the Island. I will keep you updated if I find other locations to buy the bagels and will try to post about Veganessa soon!

http://www.wheatlesswonder.com

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Gluten-Free Product Review: So Delicious Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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I rarely eat something and think I must blog it but this So Delicious Cookie Dough Coconut Milk Ice Cream is that good. I picked it up at the store to serve in a few days when my vegan BFF comes for dinner and I fear there may be none left. As someone who has not eaten cookie dough ice cream since the early 2000’s this was a “is this real moment”. It was doubly amazing since I have been avoiding eating too much dairy. Yes, you can have dairy & gluten-free ice cream that is incredibly delicious.

Try it for yourself. And be warned, just because it is gluten-free and vegan does not mean it is healthy. It is definitely a treat. A delicious treat you should try. I spent a lot of my childhood secretly picking through my ice cream for the perfect chunk of cookie dough and apparently I haven’t grown up at all πŸ˜‰

PS- I also love So Delicious Ice Cream Bars and other Coconut Milk Ice Creams

http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/products/coconut-milk-frozen-desserts

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GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCT REVIEW: Club House Gluten-Free Gravy

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I was having a serious cheat day where I wanted to eat all the things and I just had to pick up this gluten-free gravy from Metro to make a homemade gluten-free poutine. This gravy mix is incredibly easy, you basically simmer the package content with a cup of water for 4 mins. For a packaged gravy it tasted great and was delicious on my french fries with some cheese curds. Gluten-free gravy in a pouch really makes a homemade 100% gluten-free poutine an easy cheat meal option. They had Brown Sauce and Chicken Gravy flavours at my grocery store and it was affordable at less than $2.

http://www.clubhouse.ca/en-ca/products/meal-helpers/25-less-salt/gluten-free-brown-gravy-mix

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Gluten-Free Product Review: Caponi Tagliolini

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This pasta is amazing and you have to try it. It is expensive at $6 for 250g but it is worth it for a meal where the pasta should be the center of attention. The only place I have seen this pasta in Montreal is at Fromagerie Hamel in Jean Talon Market. I love Fromagerie Hamel with their huge selection of cheeses and this pasta is a welcome bonus to my Sunday Jean Talon Market shopping list.

Last time we served our Tagliolini with some store bought pesto and olive oil and it was perfect. Homemade sauce would make this pasta even better.

I found a link on Amazon but it’s very expensive. You can see if your local specialty store can order it for you. You should definitely try it if you can. My boyfriend who eats wheat says its better than any “normal” dry pasta he has tried!

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My favourite “healthier” gluten-free snacks of the moment

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I am always trying to eat healthier and spend less money on food. These two goals often conflict and I vary in my level of success on both fronts. You could say I have really good and really bad weeks. I try to always keep my desk and mini fridge at work stocked with snacks that are on the healthier side.Β Bottom-line is that stocking up on healthier gluten-free snacks helps keep you from eating unhealthy alternatives (chips and chocolate for me) and from being tempted by potentially unsafe meal options that could contain gluten. There are not many 100% safe gluten-free options near my work and the safe ones are on the more expense side. Packing a lunch and having healthy snacks on hand make gluten-free life so much easier.

Snacks to stack up on:

  • Nuts such as almonds, cashews and pecans(always make sure they are gluten-free and stay away from seasonings if they don’t specify they are gluten-free)
  • Yogurt (I prefer plain greek yogurt and I add things like granola, honey, peanut butter, maple syrup and fruit)
  • Gluten-free crackers
  • Nut butters
  • Gluten-free granola
  • Gluten-free energy bars (perfect for a pre-workout snack)
  • Fruits (my favourite to keep at work are green apples)
  • Veggies and hummus
  • Cheese
  • Lots of tea

A few of my current go-to’s (I took the pics in my office):

Rise Kombucha

I love Rise Kombucha, particularly the green one, which is mint and chlorophyl. It is refreshing but definitely does not fit in the budget category at all at around $4 a bottle and $9 for a larger bottle. I love the taste, it’s refreshing and I find it is good for calming an upset stomach after a getting gluten poisoned.

http://www.risekombucha.com/en/faq/

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Luna Bars

Luna bars are now gluten-free and are a great snack to keep in your purse/bag or desk for when you are starving. Half a bar is great for a pre-workout snack. I love the Nutz Over Chocolate flavour.

http://www.lunabar.com/

Bakery on Main Granola

I like to buy this granola when it’s on sale and keep it in my desk. My favourite is the Nutty Cranberry Maple. It goes great with yogurt and is also good on its own.

http://bakeryonmain.com/

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What are some of your favourite gluten-free snacks?