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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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Quinoa “Meat” Balls (Meatless, Gluten Free)

Using Aleia’s Gluten Free Bread crumbs (a staple in my house) and this recipe as a base, I made some delicious protein packed Meat-less meatballs.

Quinoa “Meat” Balls (Meatless, Gluten Free)


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 small can of tomato paste (with Italian herbs, if possible)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup Aleia’s Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
  • fresh or dried basil, oregano, parsley to taste (optional)


Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line two cookie sheets with parchment, or spray with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, mash the beans with a potato masher or large fork until almost smooth (but leave a little texture). Add remaining ingredients, including quinoa, and, with clean hands, knead the “dough” to combine well.
Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, scoop the mixture and roll into balls. Place on cookie sheets and bake in preheated oven 25-35 minutes, rotating the pans about halfway through, until the balls are dry and well browned on the outside.

Serve immediately, or store in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Makes about two dozen. May be frozen.


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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.


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Gluten Free Pantry French Bread & Pizza Mix

Product: Gluten Free Pantry French Bread & Pizza Mix
Gluten Free Pantry French Bread & Pizza MixPrice: $4.40
 Buy again: No.
 Recommend to friends: No.

I bought this when it was labeled as Gluten Free Pantry and the packaging looked like this. They have now been labeled with Glutino brand. I haven’t run into a Glutino brand product that I haven’t liked, however, when I tried this “Gluten Free Pantry” mix, it was too sticky, like Gluten Free Pantry’s pie crust mix.

I wouldn’t buy this again because of the hassle of the ingredients (adds egg and vinegar) – it’s easier to go to my local gluten free bakery and pick up a pie crust from them.


Mariposa Bakery (Gluten Free Bakery)

Mariposa Gluten Free Bakery

Mariposa Gluten Free Bakery

If you live in San Francisco or Oakland, CA, keep an eye out for these gluten free baked goods! Their brownies and penguinos pop up in small stores and coffee shops.

Mariposa Gluten Free BakeryMariposa Baking company is a gluten free baking company. I happen to wander past their counter in the Ferry building, saw their donuts and thought to myself – those look like the gf donuts I buy in the store (see previous post). I was happily surprised to see that EVERYTHING is gluten free. Many items are dairy free too. I’m looking forward to trying their butternut squash ravioli.

I’ve tried and recommend these:

  • Pretzels
  • Fruit Danish
  • Penguinos
  • Rosemary rolls
  • Cinnamon Rolls – they are filling – best to share with a friend!
  • Pumpkin Muffin

Happy Gluten Free Snacking!

Mariposa Gluten Free Dinner Roll

Mariposa Gluten Free Dinner Roll