Semi-Homemade Dishes with Allergy-Friendly Products

by Allergy Free Kitchens on June 23, 2014

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Summer for us means we have less time to spend in the kitchen making allergy-friendly meals from scratch.  What to do?  We’re embracing the idea of semi-homemade.  Thanks to a number of conscientious companies, I’ve found myself going a bit Sandra Lee (and I like it)!  The options of semi-prepared allergy-friendly foods are growing. I, for one, am thankful.  When I’m short on time or we’re traveling, it is nice to have a number of go-to products to help put meals together in a snap.

Starting with this post and continuing in the weeks to come, I will share with you some of the allergy-friendly products that are making delicious semi-homemade dishes possible in our home.

First up, Ian’s Natural Foods.

I had the pleasure of trying Ian’s Southwest Chicken Tenders while attending the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas last fall.  It was yum at first bite.  You can imagine my happiness when they later asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing some of their products and sharing my thoughts with all of you.  I was given the opportunity to choose three of their products to sample.  Of course, I requested the southwest chicken tenders.  I just had to see if they were as tasty as I had remembered.  I also requested their fish sticks and onion rings.  I’m pleased to say all three products were a hit in our home.  Here’s why:

Ian’s Southwest Chicken Tenders – The tenders were crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and had just the right amount of spice and kick.  We enjoyed them in a wrap and atop a salad of mixed greens (pictured above).

Ian’s Fish Sticks – These were delightful and the perfect fun size for our little’s lunch.  She enjoyed them with a side of raw veggies and fresh fruit.  They’re the only product I didn’t get a photo of because they went so quick.  My husband, who normally doesn’t like “fish from a box” ate more than his share.

Ian’s Onion Rings – I love onion rings and thought it would be fun to give these a try in hopes they would make a nice side for a summer party.  The onions were tender and sweet.  The coating was nice and crisp.  And our daughter asked for seconds.  I jazzed my serving (pictured above) up with a sprinkle of salt and a side of vegan bloomin’ onion dipping sauce.  Yum!  The onion rings were so easy to prepare.  No dipping, dredging, frying – just take them out of the box and bake.

If you’ve never tried Ian’s products before, I encourage you to visit their website and give this helpful tool a try.   It allows you to enter the allergy-friendly criteria you’re looking for to help match your needs with products they offer.  You can also find Ian’s products near you.

As I perused the list of products that meet our needs, I spotted sweet potato fries…I may need to try those next.  🙂

Have you tried Ian’s?  What semi-homemade dishes have you created with their allergy-friendly products?  Do tell.

Disclosure:  As stated in this post, I was provided with one box of each product to review.  The views shared are my honest opinions.  

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Giveaway – Learning to Bake Allergen-Free by Colette Martin

by Allergy Free Kitchens on May 14, 2014

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Good Golly, Miss Molly. That’s Delicious Gluten-Free Bread!

by Allergy Free Kitchens on April 22, 2014

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We like bread in this house, all kinds of bread.  That’s why I am happy to have found Molly’s Gluten-Free Bakery while attending the Chicago GFAF Expo.

On a tip from Keeley McGuire, I headed over to Molly’s booth and sampled their Mock Rye.  It was delightful.  I purchased a loaf and brought it home for the ultimate test – the hub’s test.  He can differentiate a “gluten-free” product from a “gluten-filled” product faster than I can explain which is which. After giving Molly’s Mock Rye a quick toast and topping it with a slather of Earth Balance buttery spread, he sunk his teeth into what has become our new favorite in the land of gluten-free bread.  I’m already planning a trip to the grocery store to pick up all of the fixings for a gluten-free reuben.

With Molly’s Mock Rye being such a hit, I hopped on their website to see what else they had available.  I found baguettes, dinner rolls, bread bowls and more.  I also learned a number of their products can be special ordered to be egg free and dairy free as well.  Check out this list:

  • White Bread
  • Jumbo White Bread
  • Mock Rye
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Hot Dog/Brat Buns
  • Pita
  • White Dinner Rolls
  • Mock Rye Dinner Rolls
  • French Baguettes
  • Italian Baguettes
  • Cocktail Mock Rye
  • French Rustic Loaf/Bread Bowl
  • Mock Rye Rustic Loaf/Bread Bowl

With so many choices, I’m not sure what to buy next.

Where can you buy Molly’s?  Their beautiful website has a store locator as well as the option to shop online.  If you’re fortunate to live near their location in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, you can shop Molly’s in person.

As with any product, please be sure Molly’s products are deemed safe for your dietary restrictions, always read labels and inquire about cross contamination, even if you’ve had their products before. 

If you’ve tried Molly’s products, please let me know what your favorites are.  If you try Molly’s as a result of this post, let me know what you tried and what you thought.

This is not a sponsored post.  I purchased their product at the Chicago GFAF Expo, was very happy with it, and wanted to share what we thought of it with you. 🙂

 

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2014 Chicago GFAF Expo in Review

by Allergy Free Kitchens on April 14, 2014

This past weekend marked my second annual trip to the Chicago Gluten & Allergen Free Expo. Once again, the seven hour drive to Schaumburg, IL (and the seven hour trip home) was worth it.  Fourteen hours in a car was a small price to pay to spend time with people who inspire, educate, and help our family live the free life.

Over the next few weeks, I will share with you my favorite finds and moments from the GFAF Expo, but I wanted to give you a sneak preview of five allergy-friendly products/companies I’m thrilled to have found there.

  • Smart Flour Foods (Gluten-Free, Vegan Pizza Crust) – If you have been looking for a gluten-free, vegan pizza crust, be sure to visit Smart Flour.  Their plain pizza crust, brushed with a little olive oil and served warm right out of the oven, was fabulous.  Serve it up like pita bread.  Dress it up with your favorite pizza toppings.  Oh, the possibilities.  More on that to come.
  • BFree (Gluten-Free, Vegan Wrap) – Hoping for a gluten-free, vegan wrap that doesn’t crumble when you roll it?  BFree did it!  They are new to the US, so distribution isn’t widespread, but I’m trusting as people try their products, that will soon change.  They also offer tasty gluten-free breads.  The breads contain eggs, the wrap does not.
  • Amore di Mona Couverture Chocolat Speciale (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan Chocolate) – What’s an event without chocolate? Thankfully, I didn’t have to find out.  Amore di Mona Couverture Chocolat Speciale sampled some of the most beautiful chocolates I’ve found in the world of allergy-friendly chocolate.  Their creations are vegan, low-glycemic, non-gmo, nut free, soy free, gluten-free and extraordinary.
  • Ginny Bakes (Organic, Gluten-Free, Vegan Cookies) – Want an organic, gluten-free and vegan cookie that tastes like “buttah”?  Check out Ginny Bakes.  Their Organic Vegan Dreamy Delight Cookies live up to their name – dreamy!
  • Red Apple Lipstick (Gluten-Free, Paraben-Free Makeup) – The Red Apple Lipstick booth was THE place to be. What a fun group and what great products. Beautiful colors. No gluten. Paraben free. Made in the USA.  I’m so happy with my purchase – so are my lips.  😉

If you don’t want to miss future posts about these products (and more), you can subscribe to allergyfreekitchens.com in the right sidebar.  To see pics from the GFAF Expo follow me on Instagram or Twitter!

Important:  Before trying any of the above products, please be sure they are safe for you.  Contact the manufacturers for potential cross contamination with your allergen(s), view the information on their websites, and always read labels.  Some of these products are not Top 8 Free.

Were you at the Chicago GFAF Expo?  What were your favorite finds?  Please let me know in the comments below.

Here’s to livin’ the free life,

Wendy

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Giveaway – 5 One Day Passes to the Chicago GFAF EXPO

by Allergy Free Kitchens on March 31, 2014

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The Chicago Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is coming up in less than two weeks!  I’m so excited about it.  Last year was fantastic and this year I have the added bonus of attending as an official GFAF Expo Blogger.  Why is that such a bonus?  Because the EXPO has given me the opportunity to offer five of my readers a FREE one day pass!

Those who win a free one day pass get:

  • Regular admission entrance into the Expo (Winner picks what date – April 12 or April 13)
  • The opportunity to meet and talk with 150+ vendors
  • The chance to try an outrageous amount of free samples and pick up loads of coupons
  • A tote to help you carry around all of your freebies and purchases
  • A selection of informative and helpful classes
  • The opportunity to meet and talk with some of your favorite gluten-free and allergy-friendly authors and bloggers

Those who choose to attend Sunday will have the chance to see the Radio Disney Chicago Road Crew.  They will be there from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. with prizes and interactive entertainment!

If you are on the fence about whether or not to go, be sure to read this post and visit the official GFAF Expo website.  You can also follow all of the GFAF Expo chatter on Facebook and Twitter.

You’ve gotta hurry!  The window for entering the giveaway is short.

Good luck and I hope to see you in Chicago!

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