Toufayan Gluten Free Wraps, Original Flavor

Toufayan Gluten Free Wraps, Original Flavor

Before going gluten free quesadillas were a fairly routine meal at my home, and since gluten forms the fiber that holds thin doughs together I knew both tortillas and thin crust pizzas were going to be tough to replace. I’ve tried every gluten free tortilla/wrap I could find and Toufayan is by far the best. The best thing I could say about the others is they’re OK. Some had a hard odd texture, others were to thick, while others just crumble and fall apart. Toufayan tortillas are very thin, they are also very flexible, I’m not sure what’s holding them together. So far I’ve only used them in a quesadilla but I’m sure they would hold up perfectly well as a wrap. In fact in the past I’ve had no desire to try the other brands as a wrap, but can’t wait to make a wrap with these. On its own the original wrap has very little flavor, which is fine since the spicy fillings have more than enough. If I was using them as a wrap I would try one of the other two favors, Garden Vegetable or Savory Tomato. The texture of these tortillas is spot on, in fact if I was given them at a restaurant before I went gluten free I never would have noticed. So far I have only found these tortillas at Fairway Market, but the Toufayan website says they are available at most supermarkets. These tortillas come fresh not frozen, but I froze them without any noticeable change. Which is good because the next time I get to Fairway I’m going to buy a few...

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Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Just when I needed a sweet and delicious treat I find one, Udi’s gluten free chocolate chip cookies are yummy. They are not greasy like some store bought soft cookies I’ve tried before. These cookies are soft not crunchy with a toffee like flavor, which I assumed came from some nut by products. I was wrong; these cookies contain no soy or nuts. These cookies are very good when they are compared to a store bought cookie not a homemade or bakery cookie. You can think of them as a much better version of a Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookie. They’re not cheap about eight cookies for six bucks but they stay soft for a while after being opened, so I always try to keep a tub in the cupboard.   I know your all waiting for the rating. I was going to give these cookies a 4 star rating but I knocked it down half a star because before I got a chance to write this review I tried another great cookie by Tate’s Bakery. Could this be my first 5 star...

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Late July Organic Gluten Free Red Hot Mojo Snack Chips

Late July Organic Gluten Free Red Hot Mojo Snack Chips

Late July Organic Gluten Free Red Hot Mojo Snack Chips I grabbed these chips the other day and can’t wait to try some of their other flavors. Mojo snack chips are organic tortilla chips with a kick. I like a little spice so these chips were just right for me, they have enough flavor to be eaten alone or work well with salsa. Flavored with jalapenos, red pepper, garlic and sea salt, these chips come off like a nice hearty tortilla chip with a little spicy heat. There is a subtle jalapeno flavor but not strong like other jalapeno flavored chips. They have a full rich texture like a crunchy whole grain corn chip; in fact they contain 18 grams of whole grains per serving.  All the flavors are integrated into the chip rather than being a chip with a powdery flavoring sprinkled on top. Mojo Red Hot Snack Chips are Gluten Free Vegan Non GMO Organic Contain no Trans Fat, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Flavors, Colors, Preservatives What’s the skinny on the fat? These chips weight in on the fatty side of my 30% of the calories coming from fat rule, with 46 % of their total calories from fat, but they have zero Saturated or Trans fats so I can forgive them. How to calculate the percentage of calories from fat To figure out how many calories come from fat checkout the nutrition facts panel on the back of your food package. Divide the calories from fat by the total calories per serving then multiple by 100.  For example if each serving has 60 calories from fat and 130 total calories, divide 60 by 130 which equals .4615… Then multiple by 100 to get 46.15 or roughly 46% It’s Better to Give How about something besides these chips to make you feel all warm inside; Late July Organic donates 10% of the profits to the American Camp Association an organization that offers summer camp scholarships to needy...

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Udi’s Gluten Free Thin and Crispy Pizza Crust

Udi’s Gluten Free Thin and Crispy Pizza Crust

Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust As I said on the day 11 post of the 30 day wheat free diet  I love Pizza, I love it just about any way you can get it. I live in New Jersey and I love the thin east coast style with greasy cheese and a bread like crust, I also love deep dish Chicago style that I first tried while delivering pizzas for Teddy’s a pizzeria owned by a transplanted Chicago pizza man, I love pizzas with funky topping from the California Pizza Kitchen as well as pizzas I grill myself. I even like, notice I didn’t say love frozen pizzas, I’ll always keep one in the freezer for when I’m running around and too busy to make something else. So Far I’ve Been Almost Pizza Free For 11 days, That must be a Record So far I’ve been Wheat Free for about a week and a half, and I’ve only tried one gluten free pizza, Amy’s Frozen Gluten Free Cheese Pizza, not too impressive. I told myself I would keep one in the freezer in case of emergency but I still haven’t bought another. But today…  I Finally Found a Decent Gluten Free Pizza It was one I made myself using Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts. They are pre-shaped, precooked crusts that come ready for you to put any topping you want on them. I buy these at room temperature at my local Whole Foods but they can be frozen for up to six months. I’ve used them fresh and also frozen and cannot tell the difference. Fresh Food is Better This pizza tastes as good as almost any frozen pizza I’ve tried, but since I make it myself using fresh ingredients I’m sure it must be better for me. Making this pizza takes only a few minute longer than a prebuilt frozen pie. The crust is a little less than a ¼ inch thick so when I use it frozen it always thaws out while I’m putting the toppings on. Speaking of toppings I find myself using tons of fresh vegetables when I make a pie from scratch. I’d say I get two full veggie servings on each pie. (Side Note)  I’ve noticed after going wheat free that I’m eating much better without even trying. Since I have to make all my food in advance I’m using better ingredients and a lot...

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Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks Review

Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks Review

Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks This was another product I bought before I decided to go gluten free, and like Udi’s bagels I was again pleasantly surprised. These pretzels while not being the best pretzels I ever tasted were perfectly fine, as a matter of fact if I didn’t know they were gluten free I would have eaten them and thought they were just regular store brand pretzels. Lots of crunch and super fine These pretzels have a pronounced crunch almost like a pop when you bite them but they are not rock hard or difficult to chew. The texture while chewing them is not course at all in fact it is like they are made from super fine flour. I wish they actually had a little courser mouth feel like some of the whole grain pretzels. This may be because the first two ingredients are corn starch and potato starch. Remember Snacks are Called Junk Food for a Reason Like any pretzel these are pretty low fat. They are also milk and casein free, but they do contain soy. Sodium is fairly high 420mg or 18% of your daily value. They also contain no fiber or protein. Like most snack food they are pretty much just empty calories. These pretzels come in sticks and twists, I prefer the sticks, they somehow taste better to me, perhaps it’s because they have more salt on them but it’s easy to knock off if it seems to be too much for you. I plan on using the twists to make gluten free Chex Mix, and when I do I’ll let you know how it comes out. Wheat Belly Hits the Nail on the Head I bought these pretzels while I was reading the book Wheat Belly and I made an interesting discovery. I would sit down late at night to read and thought it would be great to nibble on a gluten free snack, so I opened these pretzel sticks and found I couldn’t stop eating them. Every time I stuck some in my mouth my hand went right back to the bag to grab more.  I knew it wasn’t the flavor, I thought they tasted good but not great. I also wasn’t famished so why was I eating like I haven’t eaten in days? Then I turned the page and read how many gluten free snacks use food starches instead...

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Rienzi Gluten Free Corn and Rice Rigatoni

Rienzi Gluten Free Corn and Rice Rigatoni

  Rienzi Gluten Free Corn and Rice Rigatoni I found this pasta in the regular pasta aisle at my super market. It’s made by Rienzi a traditional pasta company, and because of this I had high hopes, Could this be the pasta I have been looking for? Sadly no. It did have a very nice texture, but I wasn’t a big fan of the flavor. How’s it Look? This pasta looks good, as a matter of fact if it didn’t say gluten free on the box I would have thought it was normal pasta. It has a nice yellow color, not the dull grey of the brown rice pastas I’ve tried lately. How’s it Taste? After cooking this pasta it had a nice springy appearance. Most of the gluten free pastas I’ve tried are very spongy almost mushy. You have to watch your gluten free pasta when you’re cooking it to get an al dente texture, never over cook them. This pasta has a nice texture when I tasted it; as a matter of fact its texture may be the closest to regular pasta that I’ve tried. The flavor on the other hand is not very traditional. It has a very noticeable corn flavor. The more I ate this pasta the more I disliked it. I had it with a red marinara sauce and did not like the combination of corn flavor with red sauce and parmesan cheese. A Certain Place a Certain Dish My wife makes a Tex-Mex Lasagna and I think this pasta would be great in it, and it might not be so bad in a strong pesto sauce. I will try it and let you how it works out, until then I don’t think I’ll buy or use this pasta...

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