Friendly Gluten Free Foods

Adventures of a recipe tinkerer and food explorer


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Breaded Baked Zucchini, vegan (no oil)

These came out better than expected.

Spices

  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oregano

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add spices and 2 Tbsp vegan parmesan to 1/2 cup of gluten free bread crumbs.

Put 1/4 cup of shaken Just Egg into a Separate dish.

Cut zucchini into 3/4″ rounds then dredge in egg then breadcrumb mixture. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20-23 mins.

Add salsa or marinara sauce and enjoy.


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Pushkin Bakery Review #2

Had some time before picking up my sister at the Sacramento airport so I stopped by Pushkin Bakery for a haul. Pushkin is a DEDICATED wheat/gluten free bakery. They now have a park-let with seating outside and serve sandwiches and hot foods (some food items contain diary). I opted for the dessert counter (which is gluten free and dairy free).

It was great to look over my previous review so I was less likely to order the same thing twice or order something I didn’t really care for.

TL;DR stick to the cupcakes, scones and cookies.

  • Strawberry rosemary cupcake ($3.75) – see review below
  • Strawberry rosemary scone ($2.90) – see review below
  • Chocolate crinkles ($2.99) – Delicious! see previous review
  • Brownie ($2.99) – see review below
  • Blueberry lemon scone ($2.90) – see review below
  • Dudes ($1.95) – These are amazing (PB & chocolate chips!) see previous review
  • Banana chocolate chunk muffin ($2.99) – see review below
  • Blueberry cobbler ($2.99) – see review below
  • Lemon bar ($2.99) – tart and very lemon flavored. The crust was a little grainy. Received this last time for free, probably won’t get this one again.

Strawberry Rosemary cupcake was pretty darn good! People who enjoy sweet and salty at the same time will enjoy this very much. It had a strong rosemary flavor accompanied by a salty topping frosting. It had one or two small chunks of real strawberry in the cake and a few pieces of rosemary leaves. Overall it was light and delicious.

Strawberry Rosemary Scone was unique and good. It tasted like pie dough, wasn’t a noticeable grainy texture like some other products of theirs. The combination of strawberries and rosemary is great! There were only a few chunks of strawberries and it had a rosemary flavor throughout.

Brownie fudgy, chocolate but so sad it’s grainy.

Blueberry Lemon Scone was good for a gluten free scone. It is dense, tastes like pie dough, not very sweet and has plump blueberries. It has a slight grainy texture.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffin tastes like chocolate chips with a mild banana flavor, but it’s not the typical moist banana bread that I’m accustom too, even when it’s made gluten free. It was dense and dry, almost grainy.

Blueberry Cobbler had plump blueberries throughout. The grainy flour was noticeable throughout which detracted from the experience of cobbler.

As you can see from the photos below, there were many other options to choose from. I don’t think you’ll go wrong by ordering anything here.


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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