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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Gluten Free Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Crinkle Cookies

8oz gluten free pretzels (such as Glutino)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powder sugar

 

Abbreviated instructions

Food process pretzels for 1.5 mins. Wisk dry pretzels, cocoa, and baking powder together. Beat remaining ingredients (except powder sugar) in separate bowl. Combine. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours.

Preheat 350. Form balls, roll in powdered sugar, put on ungreased cookie sheet/parchment paper. Cook 15-20 mins. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to wire racks.


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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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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)