Friendly Gluten Free Foods

Adventures of a recipe tinkerer and food explorer


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Sweet Loren’s cookies

Delicious!! Vegan, dairy free, and nut free!

Product: Sweet Loren’s Sugar Cookies

Found At: Safeway
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Great taste
  • Tastes buttery
  • Good texture

Rolled half the cookies in cinnamon and sugar mixture to make snickerdoodles. Both were amazing. Tasted buttery.

It comes in multiple flavors, sugar cookies, double chocolate and chocolate chip. They also have edible cookie dough.

The chocolate chip cookies were good too!


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eMeals: Quinoa patties (black bean and flax)

This recipe from eMeals.com turned out well. The spices made it taste great! (EMeals, July 11-17, 2017, vegan plan)

Without any greens on hand, I made it a sandwich with Franz Gluten free hamburger bun and topped it with avocado and local tomatoes. The patty fell apart a little so I may add more flax meal next time for binding. But who doesn’t love eating messy foods – makes you feel like a kid again.


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BFree Bagels

Bfree bagels

Finding a good gluten free bagel is hard. Most are too small to slice well or put any toppings on it. This one is a decent size and holds it shape well.

Product: BFree Bagels, plain

Price: $5.99 from Safeway
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Toasts well
  • Tastes good
  • Good texture

It pairs very nicely with vegan cream cheese like this Tofutti cream cheese.


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Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Cookies

I spotted these in the Safeway grocery store and thought I’d give them a try. Wow. I can’t believe they are vegan, gluten free and nut free. They taste great.

I put them in the freezer before baking because I wasn’t sure how long it would be till I could make them and so they are thicker than what the picture on the packaging shows. I cooked them for 18 minutes instead of the recommended 10-15 because they were frozen.

Product: Sweet Loren’s Gluten Free Fudgy Brownie cookies

Price: ?? Not sure
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Very chocolatey
  • Easy to make (just put them in the oven)
  • Easy to make just one or two instead of a whole batch
  • Doesn’t taste gluten free or vegan

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Cheese Alternative Reviews

Go Veggie!

I love Go Veggie!’s products, from their cream cheese (my cream cheese review) to parmesan to their shreds. In looking at their website for this blog post, I realized they have both vegan mozzarella cheese and lactose free (non-vegan) mozzarella cheese. I’ve only had their lactose free shreds, which contain milk protein (casein). The cheese melts, stretches and tastes good.

  • Stretches
  • Melts
  • Tastes closest to real cheese out of all cheese alternatives I’ve had.
  • Not vegan (some products)
  • Lactose free

 

So Delicious Vegan Mozzarella Cheese

So Delicious Coconut cheeseThis was surprisingly good tasting even though this shredded cheese doesn’t spread in the oven (photo right). When eating it, though, the cheese stretches similar to real cheese.

  • Vegan
  • Doesn’t melt
  • Stretches
  • No soy
  • Base: Coconut

 

Miyoko’s Vegan Mozzarella

Comes in a ball like traditional mozzarella. The first half of the ball, I cut into pieces and wrapped in pizza dough with some pizza sauce. It melted into the dough and was gooey and delicious. Then I put it in the oven on gluten free bagel with pizza sauce and was surprised that it didn’t spread or change shape at all (see photo). When biting into it, it was more like mush than a cheese texture.

  • Base: Cashew & Coconut
  • Vegan
  • Doesn’t spread when heated
  • It gets soft but doesn’t stretch.

Daiya Mozzarella cheese

Once again, I was surprised to find that there were two versions of mozzarella cheese from this company when looking at their website for this blog. Except this company has an artisan version verses their original mozzarella shreds, both vegan. While the Daiya cheese does melt, it seems to taste and look better when I order it in a restaurant verses when I buy it in the grocery store and put it on home made pizza.

  • Tapioca, pea or potato protein, and coconut oil
  • Vegan

 


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eMeals.com Creates a Vegan Plan!

I have been using a meal planner for over a year that is saved me time at the grocery store, time in the kitchen and I no longer agonize over what to make. It helps that the app is amazing.

eMeals is a subscription-based service that provides you seven recipe per week based on a two person or family meal plan for just $5/month if you get the year plan. The recipes are easy to create, usually contain just a few ingredients which translates to spending very little time in the grocery store. The recipes are varied for anyone’s tastes preferences, which allows me to try recipes I probably wouldn’t have picked if I was searching the internet for a random recipe (see french onion soup below).

They have many categories from heart healthy to gluten free to diabetic to Paula Deen comfort foods. I was using the vegetarian category in September, when I changed my diet to be mostly vegan. I would substitute the dairy for dairy-free alternatives and the gluten for gluten free alternatives.

Then they came out with a vegan category, which has been excellent. I mentioned that their app is amazing, they have a ‘cook mode’ where it steps you through the recipe in a wide screen format which is perfect for my iPad. (Rice, bean and corn recipe here)

The eMeals app is well designed and easy to use (see photos below). The tabs at along the bottom of the app allow you to go into cook mode, add it to your shopping cart (which makes it quick and easy to get items at the grocery store), and the ability to share and add it to your list of favorites. Photo to the right of the recipe below (added spinach and avocado). (eMeals app, Week Nov 22-28, 2017, Vegan plan)

Another meal created from an eMeals recipe. I never would have gravitated to make french onion soup on my own. Used gluten free bread and vegan cheese. (eMeals app, week Oct 4-10, 2017, Vegetarian plan)


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123 Gluten Free Biscuit Mix (Cinnamon Buns)

123 Gluten Free came through for satisfying my craving for cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon buns recipe is printed inside the box of the Southern Glory Buttermilk Biscuit mix or on their website. I’m on a vegan kick right now so this was the perfect dessert because it doesn’t contain eggs and allowed me to substitute the milk/heavy cream with coconut cream.

Product: 123 Gluten Free Biscuit Mix

Price: Listed as $8.99 on their website
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • The mix was fast and easy to make.
  • You can make it as cinnamon-y as you want! I put on a lot and it wasn’t quite enough IMO.
  • I used 1 can of coconut cream instead of the heavy cream + half&half that the recipe calls for.  I did not add lemon or apple cider vinegar to make it buttermilk.
  • Rolling it was a little difficult because I wanted to use my fingers like real cinnamon rolls but it crumbled in my fingers so I had to use the plastic wrap to roll it, which worked fine.
  • For the glaze icing, I used hemp milk and powdered sugar (omitted the butter).
  • They didn’t rise much, if at all, for the two hours in the fridge that the recipe calls for.
  • The outside edges that touched the heavily “buttered” pan turned crunchy – yum.

I scarfed down four cinnamon rolls before realizing I should blog about it. The glaze was a little thin when I put it on, so it seeped down into the cracks of the roll.