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. 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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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 😉

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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Gluten-Free Product Review: Sabatasso’s Gluten-Free Pizza

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My mom picked me up these Sabatasso’s Pizzas at Costco. The price is right at $12 for 2 pizzas. Almost unheard of in the gluten-free world. And while the price is right thankfully the taste was just as good. For frozen pizzas these are great. It’s a simple cheese pizza and would make a great base for all sorts of toppings. While I try to stay away from pre-packaged food this is a good option when you are in a rush, just pop it in the oven. It also made the perfect late night snack after a night out. Even celiacs need unhealthy pizza at 2 am!

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Gluten-Free Product Review: Udi’s Tortillas

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Udi’s gluten-free tortillas are by one of my favourite Udi’s products. I have had enough dry gluten-free wraps to last a life time and these wraps are super soft and sturdy. They heat up quick in a pan and are just as good  as a soft wheat tortilla (my non-gf friends says even better than the real deal). I love to use mine for veggie or turkey wraps and they make for a great late night breakfast burrito. There is something satisfying about eating something that tastes just like something you normally can’t eat. I love corn tortillas but I missed gluten filled tortillas. I definitely recommend these tortillas for anyone who has had enough of dry brown rice wraps!

http://udisglutenfree.com/product-category/tortillas/

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GF Product Review: La Venezianne Gnocchi

2014-01-24 13.35.44La Veneziane makes my favorite gluten-free pasta and I almost broke into a dance when I saw this gnocchi on the shelf of a healthfood store on Parc. A friend of mine tried to make gluten-free gnocchi on our first date and it was quite a failure (sorry N!). Gluten-free gnocchi is not the easiest thing to make, never mind it being messy and time consuming to prepare.  The last time I had real gnocchi was over 10 years ago in Florence so it is difficult for me to properly compare but in my humble opinion I think La Venezianne gnocchi is great.  I definitely recommend this product, it’s quick to cook, delicious and brings back memories of a food I oh so missed.

I cooked my gnocchi (it only takes 1-2 minutes) and added it to a pan with butter, garlic, parmesan, chili flakes and a little gnocchi water. Perfect little meal!

http://www.molinodiferro.com/en/gnocchi/gnocchi-senza-glutine

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GF Product Review: Glutino English Muffins

2014-01-13 20.37.51I love these versatile little buns/english muffins. They don’t look like much but are great toasted, as a pizza base, garlic bread or used as burger bun. They also stay soft after being toasted (unlike most gf toast) so they are great for making sandwiches for lunches or picnics. While not particularly healthy they are satisfying, very yummy and low in fat and calories for gluten-free bread.

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To make a delicious and easy mini pizza just cover them in tomato sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings and pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes. This is a great option to bring along when people will be having regular pizza you can have your own mini pizza.

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The perfect sandwich with gf turkey slices, swiss cheese, tomato and lettuce.

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GF Product Review: Betty Crocker Frosting

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I am a huge fan of Betty Crocker frosting. Most of their icings are now labeled gluten-free. They are great paired with their cake mixes or as a filling between two gluten-free cookies. While this frosting is full of funny ingredients and not so healthy, I sometimes appreciate a classic cupcake out of the box with super sweet icing like my mom used to make when I was a kid. There is also something to be said about the zero difficulty factor. I definitely recommend keeping this frosting in your cupboard as a gluten-free go to!

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