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Betty Crocker Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Betty Crocker has done it again!IMG_6623

It’s tough finding a good gluten free dough (pizza crust, biscuits, pie, etc) as most gluten free doughs are extremely sticky and unable to roll with a rolling pin. However, as with all other Betty Crocker mixes, like their Devil’s Food cake that I’ve tried, this pizza crust turned out great!

Product: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Pizza CrustIMG_6629
Price: $4.99
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes, I would tell them that it don’t rise as much as their gluten counterparts.

  • Not very sticky! I had to use a little corn flour on my fingers when I punched it out but I bet I could have used a rolling pin.
  • Was not crumbly and weak after it was cooked! This is amazing for something gluten free!
  • It was not overly grainy and I wouldn’t have noticed if it was because of the cornmeal bottom I added.
  • It had a crunchy texture, like a thin crust pizza. They do not rise as much as their gluten counterparts.
  • Is a great substitute for pizza crust with gluten or store bought frozen gluten free crusts.
  • Easy to make.
  • I added polenta (corn meal) to the bottom of the crust.

Check out that pizza holding it’s shape under the weight of all of those toppings!


But let’s get back to the beginning…

The dough formed well and rose slightly during it’s proof stage.


This is the dough on the pizza stone with cornmeal under neath after it came out of the oven. It has some cracks in it but that didn’t make it loose it’s integrity.


I piled it high with toppings (pepperoni, dairy free cheese, green peppers, onion, garlic, fresh basil and dried oregano)




The finished product was so good that I ate half the pizza in one sitting. Next time I could use a rolling pin and get the crust a little thinner.


Easy instructions, like all of Betty Crocker’s mixes.




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Tolerant Black Bean Rotini (pasta)

Ever wonder how to reduce the starch in pasta? How about noodles made entirely from black beans or lentils? I couldn’t wait to try this high protein substitution for pasta and it exceeded my expectations.

Product: Tolerant Black Bean Rotini
What I paid: $??
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • High in protein – 22g per serving
  • High in fiber – 15g per serving
  • High in iron and a low glycemic index
  • One ingredient! Black beans!
  • Held it’s shape
  • A good flavor, if you like black beans =)
  • Gluten free
  • Cooks in the same amount of time as regular pasta
  • You will feel good about eating it!

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Daiya Fire-Roasted Vegetable Pizza (Dairy Free and Gluten Free)

I have a love hate relationship with pizza because growing up I couldn’t eat it with cheese (have you ever had cheese-less pizza?) and then my diet changed to gluten free, so basically pizza was out entirely unless I made it at home. What a pleasant surprise to see Daiya Fire-Roasted Vegetable Pizza (gluten free and dairy free) in the freezer case! Then to eat it was the second surprise.

Product: Daiya Fire-Roasted Vegetable Pizza
Price: $?? (I had a coupon)
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Cheese was melty
  • Crust was deliciously thin and crunchy
  • Great sauce seasonings

Daiya cheese is not my top pick for homemade pizzas. However, whenever the pizza is ordered from a restaurant with Daiya, they seem to be able to melt the Daiya so well that it tastes good and so this was a pleasant surprise to be able to cook a pizza at home with Daiya cheese and it taste good.



Aleia’s Gluten Free Italian Breadcrumbs

20130420-171632.jpgProduct: Aleia’s Gluten Free Italian Breadcrumbs
What I paid: ~$4.99
Buy again: Yes.
Recommend to friends: Yes.

I was pleasantly surprised to see gluten free Italian bread crumbs in the gluten free aisle of my grocery store (Safeway in CA) because since going gluten free I had missed my classic Italian breadcrumb encrusted chicken. It was my easy, tasty go to protein option that paired with many side dishes.

Tonight, I branched out from chicken and made meatballs with these breadcrumbs. They held together well and smell good.

The meatballs came out very well! Even after they were frozen and then thawed they tasted great on a meatball sandwich with gf roll and rice cheese.

I’ve also made chicken encrusted with breadcrumbs and sea scallops encrusted with these bread crumbs. Both very very good.

The breadcrumbs have a short shelf life posted on them, but they seem to last way past the expiration date.
20130420-171625.jpgGF breaded chicken