Saturday, August 31, 2013

Viviana Gluten Free Pasta Giveaway

Remember this amazing meal??  Chicken Alfredo with Gluten Free pasta and homemade sauce!

It features Viviana Foods Gluten Free Fettuccine.  Seriously, the best GF pasta I've encountered!  I was blown away by how good it was!  

The wonderful people at Viviana have donated one bag of their Italian Blend Penne to one lucky blog reader.  

I'm super excited about this giveaway because once you try this pasta you will be a believer!  Gluten Free pasta that tastes good, isn't slimy and holds up is hard to find.

If you don't want to wait for the giveaway feel free to use coupon codeIMACELIAC for 15% off your purchase!!

Use the app below to enter and good luck!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Breakfast Bagel Sandwich

Christmas came early for me when Udi's sent me an amazing box of Gluten Free goodness!  I was wowed at all the fresh products!  I will write about the different items as I try them so you can know what is tasty and worth the money.

I started this morning with the Mighty Bagels.  Since them came right from Udi's they were soft and fresh!  Who doesn't love fresh Gluten Free baked goods?!   The Mighty Bagels have cranberries, quinoa flour, sunflower seeds, pepitas, millet seeds and flax seeds.  These bagels are packed with protein and fiber to get you going.

For breakfast I made an egg and cheese bagel sandwich.  This was a great start to my day and super filling.  I didn't even have to have a mid-morning snack - which says a lot!  The taste was very good, I particularly liked the sweetness of the cranberries mixed in with the seeds.  The texture has some crunchiness to it since it has so many goodies in it.   The calorie count is a touch high but since they were so filling it all equaled out in the end.

I look forward to putting other yumminess in these bagels over the next few mornings!

Disclaimer: I was given the products by Udi's Gluten Free to try.  The opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pillsbury Goes Gluten Free

Curiosity got the best of me this week at the grocery store so I finally bought some of the new Gluten Free Pillsbury cookie dough.  A bunch of people have recently been trying the three new products and have been posting pictures on Instagram and Facebook.

Admittedly I'm not a make it from scratch kind of girl.  One, I don't have the time and two, I'm just not that cool!  So I LOVE good Gluten Free products that make life easier.

Upon first inspection the dough looked like gluten-filled cookie dough that I used to eat out of the tube.  Go ahead and admit you did the same thing!  Hubby and I could kill a tube of cookie dough with two spoons in one sitting.  The dough was easy to scoop out and even tasted good uncooked (yes that means I ate raw dough).

The end result was pretty surprising!  Legit good chocolate chip cookies.  Whatever R&D Pillsbury did was worth it.  The taste was perfect and so was the texture!  I can't wait to try the pizza dough and pie dough.

I can see these being in the house to help Little B.  It will be much easier to whip up a batch of these for her to have at a party or school function than have to get out all the GF flours and make my own.

I met Hubby at the door with these and he was wowed.  He even asked if they were Gluten Free!  I then showed him the Pillsbury tub of dough.  He had the same response I did, "those are legit!"

The Pillsbury website even has recipe ideas for the new doughs!   The site also has a $1 off coupon if you want to try some!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gluten Free In Afghanistan

Some Gluten Free people have to travel a good distance to get Gluten Free products.  The closest Trader Joe's and Whole Foods are 45 minutes from my house.  I have one reader who has to drive three hours one way to a health food store.  Getting safe products can be a challenge depending on where you live.

Now imagine what it would be like to be in Afghanistan as a Gluten Free person!  Imagine no health food stores, no easy online ordering with over night shipping and no Gluten Free menus in restaurants.  That is the reality for many of our service men and women serving overseas.  

I had the privilege of meeting Cpt. Ben Andrasik at the GFAF Wellness Event in Raleigh.  He has Celiac Disease and did a tour in Afghanistan.  He has written a wonderful memoir about his experience as a Gluten Free person in the military called Gluten Free in Afghanistan.   He discusses the challenges of eating Gluten Free food in military mess halls (cafeterias) and the negative stigmas that come with having a "disease".   

One amazing story involves training in the woods where his meal options where: gluten-filled meatloaf, gluten-filled spaghetti or not eat after training all day.  What would you do?  

Cpt. Andrasik has many stories of Gluten Free challenges and victories during his time in Afghanistan.  

The book is an enjoyable and easy read.  I was actually able to finish it in two evenings.  As a military brat I have great respect for our soldiers and know what it is like to have a rank on your shoulder that defines you.  I have eaten at mess halls and seen the food.  As a Celiac I have often wondered what our service members do overseas and how they manage to eat Gluten Free.  It was a privilege to read this book and get many of my questions answered!

If you are interested in learning about Cpt. Andrasik's Gluten Free eating adventures in Afghanistan check it out on Amazon.  If you know a Gluten Free service person about to go overseas this would be a great tool for them. 

You can also connect with him at Twitter and Facebook.  

Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekly Menu August 26 2013

Happy Monday.  This is a big week for us because all three kids start play school next week!  This brings a big change of schedule to our house which allows the hubby and I to start working normal schedules!  Super exciting!

I'm trying some new recipes this week to mix things up!

Monday -  Beef Lo Mein - use GF gravy
Tuesday - Bacon wrapped meatballs with zucchini noodles - recipe from eMeals
Wednesday - Mexican Chili in the slow cooker (didn't make it last week)
Thursday - Chicken and broccoli pie - recipe from eMeals
Friday - Sausage and peppers with GF noodles
Saturday - Grilled chicken and veggies

 Enter to win a copy of Carrie Forbes new book, The Everything Gluten-Free College Cookbook. 

Check out  Its a new website created by Living Without magazine.  It even has articles written by yours truly!

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Don't forget to check out my cookbook on Amazon!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Gluten Free at The Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw, NC

Saxapahaw, NC is a small old mill town close to Chapel Hill and Burlington.  It has some adorable apartments, a great farmers market, a five star restaurant in a service station, a charter school and The Eddy Pub and Restaurant.   The restaurant has a great atmosphere with an indoor and outdoor sitting area. 

The bar has a ton of local beers and GLUTEN FREE CIDAR on tap!  They do have bottled Gluten Free beer and a great wine list.  They serve dinner Tuesday to Sunday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  The menu is created from locally available produce and meat.  The menu clearly marks Gluten Free items! 

I was lucky enough to run away for a girls night with three other moms!  It was the perfect location for the event.  We ate, drank and laughed until it closed.  I ordered the pimento cheese fries, meatloaf and the chocolate peanut butter tart.  I made sure to let the staff know I was a Celiac and needed a Gluten Free meal.  The GF meatloaf was such a confusing of a concept to me I actually had our waitress ask the chef what they put in it.  She came back saying it had pork sausage, ground beef, eggs, seasoning and ricotta cheese.   

The meal was awesome!  The pimento cheese fries were rockin' good.   
The ricotta meatloaf was grilled to add a nice crust to it.  The taste was amazing and it didn't fall apart.  The sides of potatoes and broccoli were yummy.  I took half of it home and ate it for lunch the next day. 

The chocolate tart was like a reeses peanut butter cup in the form of a cake!

The food was super good and I'd go back just for more pimento cheese fries!  So if you are ever in the central part of NC and want a fun meal run over to The Eddy!

Oh and when you say Saxapahaw most of the letters are silent! 


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BBQ Pork Quesadillas

Our family is a big fan of quesadillas!  We all like different filling but when I cook quesadillas everyone walks away with a happy tummy.  We have been experimenting with different Gluten Free tortillas for our quesadillas over the past few months.  We just picked up a pack of Rudi's Tortillas after trying them at the GFAF Wellness Event this past weekend.  I picked up the plain flavor to start us off.

Our weekly menu already had BBQ slow cooker pork for tonight so I knew the Rudi's Tortillas would be a great fit.  For hubby and my quesadillas I filled them with tons of meat, cheese, sauce and some veggies.  The kiddos had cheese with a little pork.  I ate mine right away while the kiddos were napping.  I then loaded up the food and headed to the park for a picnic.  I was really impressed that the tortillas held up to the travel and time!  I'll count this one as a win.  The only bummer is the package only has 8 tortillas so when I cooked for all of us the bag was empty!  We will have to get another one soon!  Here is how I made Gluten Free BBQ Pork Quesadillas!

What You Need:
Rudi's Gluten Free Tortillas 
BBQ Pork - follow this recipe
Cheese of choice - I used extra sharp cheddar
Veggies of choice - I used tomatoes
BBQ sauce - I used Bone Suckin' Sauce

Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
Extra BBQ sauce

How To Make It:
Follow the directions for making BBQ pork.  

Defrost the tortillas in the microwave per the package.  Lightly grease a skillet and heat over medium heat.  Put down one tortilla and fill with desired yummy goodness!  

Cover with a second tortilla and let cook for 2 minutes.  Then flip and cook for another minute or two.  Remove from heat, slice and serve with desired toppings!

These were so good!  They were also super easy to make.  These could easily be made into BBQ Chicken Quesadillas with leftover rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken.  The possibilities are endless!

What would you put in your quesadilla??


Post featured on Vegetarian Mammas Gluten Free Fridays

Monday, August 19, 2013

GFAF Wellness Event Raleigh 2013 Recap

The Gluten Free and Allergen Free Wellness Event was August 17th in Raleigh, NC.  It was filled with wonderful Gluten Free vendors, great food and amazing people!  I love these events so much!  I love being in a room where I know it is safe to eat ANYTHING!  I also love being around people like me!  All of our stories are different but we have a common bond all being Gluten Free.  It feels like we are already friends.  

I had a table set up to meet people, pass out recipe cards, sell my cookbook and Gluten Makes Me Sick t-shirts.  So fun!!
I was honored to be the blog coordinator for the event and help over 15 local bloggers attend the event and help promote it.  They are amazing people you should follow.  See below for the list!

Now to the food...
Glutino brought their new pancakes.  They come in a fun bottle that all you have to do is add water.  They taste very good!  These would be great for a vacation when you don't want to have to bring lots of ingredients with you.  

Enjoy Life Foods had their Plentils, snack mixes, cookies and bars.  Always great to have in your purse for emergencies! 

Udi's was sampling some yummy muffins!  Always good and a crowd favorite! 

Bone Suckin' Sauce had a huge amount of food to sample!  I LOVE, LOVE their BBQ sauce and actually had to buy a jar because we were out!  They had popcorn seasoning and a really good pimento cheese mix.

Moon Rabbit Foods was there with there great baking mixes!  I really like their pie dough and brownie mix.  Erik and Mark are great guys!

Virtuous Living spices rocked it as usual.  Nichole had her spice mixes and sold tons.  All you have to do is smell them and you are a believer.  Literally I use her spices at least three times a week!  I had to buy 3 more bottles cause I am almost out! 

Luce's Gluten Free Artisan Bread brought a new product, flat bread!  Amazing!  He said it is great grilled.  He sold out of sourdough before I could grab a bag.  His bread looks and tastes like real bread! is a great resource for knowing what GF products are good.  Josh and Jayme are awesome and help the GF community so much. 

Kalo Foods had their baking mixes and cupcakes there.  So good!  These guys are also local.

Rudi's was making cheese quesadillas with their tortillas.  I may have had more than one sample, maybe!  I also just used the coupon they were passing out to buy some of the tortillas.

zPizza was there with with samples and coupons.  I heart their ZBQ pizza so much and grab one whenever I'm close to a restaurant.

Bella Monica Flatbread Company had yummy samples and Trevor even had his pizza hat.  Love this company and the people!  My freezer frequently has this in it.  

Against the Grain is another of my favorite frozen pizza brands.  Their new pepperoni is very good.  Another staple in my freezer. 

Daisy Cakes is my all time favorite cupcake place and they were my neighbor at the show.  I said obnoxious comments to everyone about them all day trying to convince everyone their GF cupcakes where the best ever!

The Celiac Cakery had very yummy samples.  The red velvet cake and donuts were very good!

Simply Gluten Free magazine had great deals for their magazine subscriptions.  I have a huge crush on Carol and her food photography!

CPT Ben Andrasik was their selling his book Gluten Free in Afghanistan.  As an Air Force brat I can relate to his story.  I grabbed a copy of his book and am making good progress on it already!

NC Food Bloggers:
Marlow from Gluten Hates Me
Kathryn from Chachas GF Kitchen
Erin from Cooking with Erin
Jeff fron Gluten Free in NC
John from Triangle Explorer
Jessica from Kettler Cuisine
Elliot from Eat Raleigh
Laura from Carolina Epicurean
Kim from Triangle Localista

I also love to meet readers of the blog and am honored when people say they are helped by it!  Thank you so much for being a part of my Gluten Free journey and if I can help you at all please let me know!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Weekly Menu August 19 2013

Thanks to everyone that came out to the GFAF Wellness Event in Raleigh this weekend!  It was so good to meet so many of you!  I'll do a write up about all the awesome Gluten Free goodies and people I meet tomorrow.

Until then here is our menu for this week.  My sweet hubby is slowly healing from his back surgery and getting back to work this week.  All the meals this week are family favorites and basic comfort foods!  

Monday -  Veggie Lasagna - using this recipe just adding tons of veggies and no meat.   Using De Boles Rice lasagna noodles.
Tuesday - BBQ Pork Roast with Bone Suckn Sauce and Virtuous Living Spices
Wednesday - Chicken with white sauce in the slow cooker
Thursday - Scalloped potatoes and hamburger 
Friday - Mexican Chili in the slow cooker
Saturday - Leftovers and maybe a date night with hubby if I'm lucky!

 Enter to win a copy of Carrie Forbes new book, The Everything Gluten-Free College Cookbook. 

Check out  Its a new website created by Living Without magazine.  It even has articles written by yours truly!

Do you Like I'm a Celiac on Facebook???  Don't miss the updates, links, giveaways and great discussion!

Don't forget to check out my cookbook on Amazon!

Need help planning your families weekly menu?  Check out eMeals.  Use Promo code "summer" for 15% off!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Chicken Parmsesan

For dinner last night we enjoyed Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan!  It was so easy to make and tasted like we were at a restaurant.  And of course didn't cost an arm and a leg!  I served it with some yummy Gluten Free noodles and GF red sauce.  For the pasta I use Tinkyaka brand and the sauce is Classico.  Both are Gluten Free and tasty.  

This was a huge hit with the kids.  I have pictures of Little A shoving a handful in his mouth!  Needless to say the kids all got bathes after dinner.  I take this as a compliment.  Hubby almost licked the plate, again a compliment!
What You Need:
3 chicken breasts
1/2 cup of Tall Papa bread crumbs, Italian Blend
1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 egg
Sliced mozzarella cheese

1 bag of GF pasta
1 jar of GF red pasta sauce

How to Make It:
Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Start to boil water for your pasta and cook according to the package.  Lightly grease a casserole dish for the chicken.  Get out 2 shallow bowls: in one put the stirred egg and in the second combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.  

Take the chicken through the bowls, egg then bread crumbs.  Bake for 30 minutes.  In a small pot heat your sauce over medium heat.  Once the chicken is cooked spoon some sauce over the chicken and top with the sliced mozzarella.  Put the chicken under the broiler for 3 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.  

Serve the chicken beside or on top of the noodles and sauce.


This post linked to Gluten Free Homemakers Gluten Free Wednesday and Vegetarian Mammas Gluten Free Fridays

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mixing It Up Gluten Free Bakery Review

At the Gluten Free Expo in Washington DC this past spring I met a sweet lady named Linda who just happened to have a Gluten Free bakery called Mixing It Up Gluten Free.   I was very excited when she sent me a box of her goodies to try!  Cause who doesn't love fresh Gluten Free baked goods, right?

The box included: banana nut bread, granola, a cinnamon nut muffin, a brownie, and an oatmeal raisin cookie.  

All of the products were good but the star of the show was the oatmeal raisin cookie!  It tasted just like my grandma's cookies!  The taste and texture were perfect!  I could eat a pile of these.  
 I really enjoyed the granola on some greek yogurt with some fresh blueberries.  The taste was great and it was very filling!

Mixing It Up Gluten Free has an extensive product list to meet anyone's tastes and needs.  

The bakery is located just outside of Charlottesville, VA.  You can find these yummy GF treats in a number of retail locations in Virginia as well as order them online.

Disclaimer: I was given the products to try.  The opinions and photos are my own. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weekly Menu August 12 2013

We had a great family vacation in Gatlinburg, TN last week.  Found some good Gluten Free restaurants too!  I'll do a post later this week with details.  We even had a couple close encounters with a bear and I mean CLOSE!

Thanks for all the support this last week!  I love you all so much!

Monday -  Red Robin - friends are bringing us take out!
Tuesday - Chicken and Mushrooms - using eMeals Recipe
Wednesday - Parmesan Chicken over GF pasta breaded with Tall Papa bread crumbs
Thursday - Honey-Dijon Pork Chops - using eMeals Recipe
Friday - Dinner at Bella Monica!!!!!! Family eating leftovers
Saturday - One Dish Wonder

Super Exciting Stuff Going On!!!

1 - The GFAF Wellness Event in Raleigh is this weekend!! August 17th from 10am-4pm.  Come eat loads of GF goodies and meet fun people!
2 - Don't forget to enter to win a copy of Carrie Forbes new book, The Everything Gluten-Free College Cookbook. 
3 - Check out  Its a new website created by Living Without magazine.  It even has articles written by yours truly!

Don't forget to check out my cookbook on Amazon!

Use Promo code "summer" for 15% off!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Life With Food Allergies

I am so excited to tell you about a new online resource for people with Celiac Disease and food allergies!!!  My Life With Food is a brand NEW website just for you!  It will feature recipes, tips from experts and posts from people like ME!!  The website is hosted by one of the great resources available to us, Living Without magazine.  

Please show your support for this new site and check it out as it launches TODAY!  Also please do me a favor and visit it tomorrow Friday August 9th as I will be the featured contributor for the day.  

Guys, I'm so honored to be a part of this project and can't wait to help even more people in our community through it!  Thanks so much for being apart of this journey with me!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Weekly menu August 5 Vacation Edition

We made it to the beautiful TN mountains for vacation with hubby's family! Poor hubby had a rough ride due to his back surgery. Six hours like this wasn't fun.

When on family vacations we still make a menu. It helps a ton on the wallet and time is restaurants with young kids isn't always enjoyable.

Vacation menu
Monday- taco salad

Tuesday - spaghetti with salad

Wednesday - One Dish Wonder (check recipe page for recipe)
Thursday - Chicken stir fry
Friday - dinner out

All these meals are easy to make Gluten Free and the whole extended family is happy. They also can't tell that it is GF!

We also made a breakfast and lunch menu. Just basic items like cereal, eggs, bacon, GF pancakes, sandwiches and leftovers.

A few news items!

Check my post from last Friday about a giveaway for Carrie Forbes new cookbook!

Don't forget about the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event in Raleigh August 17th! Lets meet!!

Also some big news coming August 8th about an amazing new resource for the Gluten free and Allergy world! So excited to tell you all about it!

Sorry if this post format is weird, I'm using my phone due to lack of wifi in the mountains.

Have a great week!

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