Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Bagels

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Bagels

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Bagels A bagel made without gluten, come on. Gluten is what makes a bagel, well a bagel. It’s what makes the outside crust tough and chewy, and what makes the inside all soft and stringy. I happened upon this item during the months of procrastination leading up to this diet, and trying it made the decision to go wheat free easier. When I grabbed these bagels from the shelf I thought these are going to be horrible, and that would convince me that giving up wheat and gluten was a crazy idea, but trying them had the exact opposite effect on me. They were pretty goodWhen toasted.   Pretty Good but Not Great If you live in the Northeast United States you know what a really good bagel tastes like, and these bagels do not taste like a fresh made bagel shop bagel. They taste like a frozen bagel you would buy at your supermarket. Which by the way they areThese bagels can be found either frozen or fresh. I've tried both and they are very similar. .   Toasting Leeds to Boasting I probably wouldn’t be praising these bagels so highly if I didn’t toast them first. I’ve found toasting makes any gluten free bread product better. I’m not sure why this is perhaps it adds a little structure or mouth feel to the bread something that gluten would provide. I use these bagels all the time for sandwiches. I have my breakfast egg sandwiches and hamburgers on them. Just like frozen bagels that contain gluten these bagels have a texture that’s more bread like than bagel like. They lack the dense rich feel of a true bagel. This is a Tough One to Score As I sit here trying to figure out a score to give these Bagels I’m torn. On one hand if I judge them as bagels they don’t warrant a great score since they don’t come close to a bagel shop bagel. On the other hand if I judge them as a bread or roll substitute which is what I use them as they’re pretty darn good. So I’m going to score them three stars, right in the middle. If you’re buying them thinking yum bagels you can move the score down to 2.5 stars, and if you’re looking for a bread alternative you can bump the score...

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Amy’s Gluten Free Cheese Pizza

Amy’s Gluten Free Cheese Pizza

  Amy’s Gluten Free Cheese Pizza with Rice Crust Amy’s Kitchen products can be found in almost any supermarket in America, but they make so many products you certainly won’t find them all. Amy’s has over a hundred gluten free products, and I plan on trying quite a few.   It’s a Crust Thing Pizza dough is made with high gluten flours; this gives the crust its ability to hold together even when stretched very thin. This pizza uses rice flour instead of wheat and as I expected it tasted nothing like a good doughy pizza crust. The crust is thin and I thought when it cooked it would hard like a cracker, but after cooking it was still soft. In the mouth it was crumbly and had a gritty texture like cornstarch. The sauce and cheese is very bland. I doctored up half the pizza with some provolone and parmesan cheese but the pizza was still pretty boring. When I tasted this pizza I thought it’s not great but I’d buy it again, but I’ve been shopping many times since and have never been moved to pick it up.  They do make a pizza with spinach and I will give that a try if I see...

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Vigo Black Beans and Rice

Vigo Black Beans and Rice

Vigo Black Beans & Rice I’ve been eating this dish for years, so I was happy to find out that it is gluten free. There is no gluten free claim on the label but I found a list of Vigo products that are gluten free at Celiac.com here. This is an old post so I’ve contacted Vigo myself and created a PDF of Vigo gluten free products here. I’ve made this a lunch time staple for years, but I’m going to have a hard time reviewing it because I’ve been loading it up with chicken, salsa, and quinoa for so long. Here’s my recipe. The good and the bad This rice dish is high in fiber and low in fat and cholesterol, but high in sodium. The rice is vitamins enriched.   It’s good, but how do you make it more gooderWhat do you mean gooder is not a word? Have you never heard of a do gooder? Someone who steps into a bad situation and makes it gooder? The package suggests topping this dish with olive oil, vinegar and chopped onions. I haven’t tried that but a spoonful of green salsa is delicious.   How about some other suggestions thanks to facebook Oil and vinegar with thinly sliced red onion and feta cheese. Andouille sausage. Layering with taco seasoned turkey, sour cream, cheddar cheese and served with corn...

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Good Natured Gluten Free Snacks

Good Natured Gluten Free Snacks

Good Natured Selects Baked Multi grain Crisps I found these Chips at a local convenience store. They are by Herr’s Foods and they were on the shelf alongside the regular potato chips and chips. If Herrs stays behind these chips they should be available at most gas stations and convenience stores in the future.   So how do they taste Since I bought these crisps in the potato chips aisle and that’s what I was in the mood for I’ll compare them to another baked chip alternative. These crisps fall somewhere between Lays baked Ruffles and a cracker. They have ridges like baked Ruffles but are thicker/heartier. Tuscan Garden Medley – These crisps are flavored with carrot, onion, celery, garlic, tomato and bell pepper, but the onion and celery stand out most. And though I’m not a big fan of celery I would still buy these crisps again. They have two other flavors and I will review them here soon. Ingredients Good Natured Selects are made with all natural ingredients and have no added preservatives. They also contain Flax, poppy, caraway, and sesame seeds which give them a slight nutty flavor. The second item in the ingredient list is potato starch so I feared these chips wouldn’t be fulfilling or that I’d be hungry five minutes later. That’s not the case; they have a good hearty crunch and satisfied my hunger nicely. These crisps are baked and therefore have a decently low fat content 20 calories from fat for a 110 calorie serving. 2.5g fat total, and no saturated fats. They also have 1g fiber and 2 grams of protein per...

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