Saturday, May 21, 2011

Gluten Free Bakery pies

It has been quite a while since I was last able to have a meat pie, or any pie for that matter, since I made the switch to a gluten free diet. Imagine my delight when I spotted a range of gluten free pies at Go Vita Shellharbour City in the freezer section.

So far I have tried the Beef and Mushroom pies ($10 for 2) and the Thai Chicken Pies ($11.42 for 2) but I am sure I will eat my way through the range of pies which is listed below. For more products visit their website and ask your local stores to order them in!

Prices are for a pack of two, unless otherwise stated
$ 9.05 Beef
$ 8.95 Beef & Bacon
$ 8.95 Beef & Mushroom
$ 8.95 Beef, Tomato & Onion
$ 8.95 Beef & Vegetable
$ 9.49 Vegetable
$ 10.46 Chicken
$ 11.35 Chicken & Vegetable
$ 10.38 Curry Beef
$ 11.42 Thai Chicken
$ 9.63 Vegetable Thai
$ 9.80 Cottage
$ 6.93 Apple
$ 8.54 Apricot
$ 7.40 Pineapple
$ 9.98 Pepper Steak
$ 12.41 Party Beef Pies (pack of 6)
$ 12.77 Party Chicken Pies (pack of 6)
$ 13.38 Party Vegetable Pies (pack of 6)


Gluten Free Bakery on the net

Go Vita Shellharbour

Syndian Gluten-Free Lentil Burgers

Another gluten free product spotted at Go Vita Shellharbour in their frozen and refrigerated section is the Syndian burger patties. 

I love lentils and I should eat more of them. I often add them to soup but it had been a while since I have eaten a lentil burger. 

I found it tasty but I must admit I added a little bit of lemon juice for some needed acidity and it really complemented the ingredients of  lentil, brown rice, vegetables, tahini and seeds. 

You can cook them in the oven, the microwave, on a bbq or health grill

Syndian products include

  • Burgers, Patties, Bites
  • Classic Range Burgers
  • Gourmet Dips
  • Gourmet Soups
  • Pastas
  • Ready Meals

To view the full range of Syndian products visit their website and become a fan of their Facebook and twitter accounts

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Gluten Free Friands at McDonalds

Ever walked into a McDonalds and thought
'is there anything here which is gluten free?" 

Unfortunately they do not offer a gluten free bun or wrap option but they DO have gluten free friands in McCafe! Only $2.40 and absolutely delicious. So far I have tried the raspberry friand and chocolate friand. On the McDonalds McCafe section they list more gluten-free products:

  • Orange & Almond - Mini 
  • Gluten Free Triple Choc Fudge Cookies 
  • Gluten Free White Choc Chunk & Macadamia Nut Cookie
  • Jaffa torte
  • Almond and Orange Loaf
They also have garden salads which are tasty and healthy. Even better is to order a classic seared chicken without the mayonnaise and bun!

Classic Seared Chicken: 100% marinated chicken breast chicken breast with salad leaves

Other menu items which are gluten free include:

  • creamy ranch dipping sauce
  • honey mustard dipping sauce
  • salad dressing -italian
  • hashbrown
  • garden salad
Some items which contain gluten that surprised me:
  • iced coffee
  • sundae - hot fudge
  • vanilla chai latte
  • caramel flavoured syrup
  • hazelnut flavoured syrup
  • vanilla flavoured syrup
  • frappe (all of them)
  • soy milk
I love hot fudge sundaes and never thought they would contain gluten. 

Read the nutirition: food sensitivities list for more information

McDonalds Food Sensitivity overview

McCafe Menu items

Monday, May 16, 2011

Books: The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods

The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods: Creating Old Favorites with the New Flours

The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods: Creating Old Favorites with the New Flours
By Bette Hagman

The latest addition to the bestselling series of cookbooks that have sold more than 350,000 copiesnow in paperback

In this latest addition to the Gluten-free Gourmet series, Bette Hagman turns her hand to hearty, filling foods that were once off-limits to celiacs. Using the new gluten-free flours that are now available she puts old favorites such as macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, and lasagna back on the menu. Best of all, these more than two hundred all-new recipes are so mouthwatering delicious you won't believe they're gluten free.

Products: Orgran Multigrain O's with Quinoa

I've noticed the Orgran Supergrains Multigrain O's with Quinoa on the shelves of Woolworths and Go Vita for a while now. I don't normally eat cereal for breakfast, choosing to make cheese melts with gluten-free bread. Out of concern for my cholesterol and fat intake I decided to buy what looked like a healthy cereal that I could also nibble on dry as a treat.

When I opened the box and had my first taste I was initially a little disappointed but then I could taste the subtle vanilla flavour. The  more I ate the more I enjoyed them.

Orgran Multigrain O’s with Quinoa is a nutritious breakfast superfood made from 80% wholegrains and 15% protein rich legumes and contains no added cane sugar.

Brown Rice (70%), Yellow Pea (15%), Quinoa Real (10%), Brown Rice Syrup, Dextrose from Maize, Psyllium (2%), Pear Juice Concentrate,
Calcium Carbonate (1%), Emulsifier: Monoglyceride from vegetable,
Natural vanilla, Salt, Turmeric

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Products: Orgran Rice and Millet Spirals

I must admit I've had a love / hate relationship with gluten-free pasta and spaghetti. I love being able to eat pasta without getting stomach cramps and other symptoms when I eat wheat. What I didn't like was the texture of the pasta after it was cooked. Some brands are very fragile and can go to gloop when cooked.

A few months ago I spotted Orgran Rice and Millet Spirals in Woolworths and I was intrigued. Made of brown Brown Rice (94.5%) and Stoneground Millet (5.5%) they taste nice and whenever I have cooked the pasta it has kept its shape and form. Finally a pasta that is healthy AND tasty!

I love the Orgran range and get excited whenever I see a new product. Check out their range today!

Products: Orgran Biscotti

I have been enjoying a number of Orgran products and tonight I tried the Orgran Biscotti classic choc oven baked cookies. To be honest when I was in Go Vita Shellharbour I thought it was a cookie mix that I had to cook up myself. Imagine my surprise when I opened the bag and they were ready to eat!

A moreish morsel of chocolatey goodness and gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, yeast, soy and nut free!

Made of maize starch, raw sugar, palm vegetable oil, brown rice flour, coconut desiccated (sulphur dioxide), pea flour, cocoa (3%), brown rice syrup, Psyllium, vegetable gum: guar, raising agents: sodium bicarbonate,
calcium carbonate, salt, Emulsifier: Monoglycerides from vegetable, natural vanilla flavour.

I personally love the tiny bits of shredded coconut which makes it a really nice texture. It was my first time to try them but definitely won't be the last!

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