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September 27, 2013

Gluten Free 6 Layer Taco Dip


No that is not a typo- this is a recipe for 6 (SIX) layer taco dip, aka 7 layer taco dip minus the olive layer. So this could be 7 layer taco dip if you want to add the olives, but you get what I mean :) Net Net- I am not a fan of olives!
One of our close family friends made this delicious dip for our Housewarming Party (see all the details HERE) and it was a hit! The dip was served in our first official serving dish which was so thoughtfully signed.


I made this dip twice last weekend for a friends get together and football BBQ, both times gone in 60 seconds, ok well it lasted a little longer, but needless to say, GONE by the 1st quarter of the football game. Enjoy!

Ingredients


16 oz can of refried beans, (you can use the jalapeno Rosarita brand for a little extra flavor, heat in microwave for 30 seconds or so they spread easier)
2-3 mashed avocados mixed with a 1 tbsp. lemon or lime juice 
1/2 package of McCormick's Taco Seasoning mix (Be careful as Lawry's Taco Seasoning contains wheat)
3 tbsp. mayo
2 tbsp. sour cream 
4-oz. mixed shredded jack/cheddar cheese
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2-3 tomatoes seeded and chopped or 15 cherry tomatoes finely cut

Layer refried beans, smashed avocados, taco spread, shredded cheese, green onions and tomatoes. Serve with corn tortilla chips. easy & delicious! 

September 24, 2013

Gluten Free Fall Baking Round Up

Kicking off the first week of Fall I wanted to showcase some of my delicious pumpkin inspired recipes from last year. These creations are just too great to only mention once on this blog, so I brought back my favorites.  Click on the name of each for the complete recipe. 





September 17, 2013

Sweet Marie's of Kauai- Gluten Free Delectables


It is time to start planning a vacation, who is with me?!?!?! Last August Mark and I had so much success vacationing in Kauai, HI (post here). I had to share with you one of the island's gluten free gems. I was pleasantly surprised to come across Sweet Marie's, a gluten free bakery, cafe and local favorite on the beautiful island of Kauai. Sweet Marie's offers breakfast, lunch and an array of baked good for dine in or take out.  Sweet Marie's not only caters to the gluten free diet but also caters to other allergies including egg, dairy, oats, wheat, rye, barley, or spelt. I immediately emailed Marie and explained our travel schedule and when we would be landing. My goal was to make Sweet Marie's our first stop once we landed. I wanted to pick up a few items to have for the week, whether for a snack, breakfast item or dessert (hey we're on vacation!) Click HERE for the entire menu.
 
 
Once we landed we enjoyed a turkey meatloaf which was moist and delicious for $8.99.
 


We also enjoyed a 10'' cheese pizza perfect for sharing for $19.99.


We also stocked piled several treats including muffins, cookies and her famous Triple Chocolate Explosion for the week! 

I recommend calling ahead and placing an order for pickup based on your flight schedule to guarantee specific flavors/goodies are available. Marie can also package items for the plane trip home. Below is her contact information:

Phone: 808-635-8229
 
Thanks Marie for providing a gluten free haven for individuals with  dietary restrictions. I'm looking forward to seeing you and enjoying your delicious creations in October! Save a few for me :)

September 13, 2013

Gluten Free Giveaway- LUNA Protein Bars, Happy Celiac Awareness Day! {CLOSED}

Congratulations Shannon Garrett  (@AutoimmuneRN) for winning the Luna Bar Giveaway!

Happy National Celiac Awareness Day! 


Joining me in the celebration today is LUNA, the makers of the whole nutrition bar for women! I have been a fan of LUNA Protein Bars for quite some time, check my post out HERE and HERE. Whether I’m on the go, need an afternoon energy snack at work, or before yoga class, my bag is not complete without a LUNA bar in the side pocket.
Thanks to LUNA, one lucky reader will receive a box of 12 LUNA Protein bars in his/her favorite flavor. LUNA Protein Bars come in 5 delicious flavors: ChocolateMint Chocolate ChipChocolate Peanut Butter (my fav), Chocolate Cherry Almond and Cookie Dough and contain the following:
  • Less than 200 calories per bar
  • 12 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber
  • Core 4 nutrients: calcium, iron, vitamin D and folic acid
  • NO GMOs
  • No trans fats or hydrogenated oils
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • Considered LOW GLYCEMIC due to portion size and the balance of protein/fats/carbs/fiber
  • No artificial flavors or preservatives
With millions of Americans affected by Celiac disease now is the time to spread the word of a gluten free snack that Celiacs can enjoy everyday!

To Enter:

OR

2. Follow GlutenExchange and LUNA Bar on Twitter and tweet- I’m celebrating #National #Celiac Awareness Day with a chance to win #glutenfree @LUNAbar from @GlutenExchange. 
(Please leave a comment here saying you did so.)

OR 
2. Follow @GlutenExchange on Instagram

This giveaway will be open until Tuesday, September 17th at 8:00 pm PST. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Wednesday, September 13th and will have 48 hours to contact me at theglutenexchange {at} gmail {dot} comwith their mailing address or another winner will be selected.

 Disclaimer: I have received samples of each flavor of LUNA Protein bars, free of charge, compliments of LUNA. They will also be sending a box of LUNA Protein bars to the winner of our random drawing, free of charge. However, the opinions expressed in this Blog post are mine and mine alone and reflect my honest and favorable opinion about LUNA bars.

September 9, 2013

Brazi Bites, Gluten Free Brazilian Cheese Bread, Product Review & GIVEAWAY! {CLOSED}

Congratulations Cindy Aiton (@normawatson) for winning the Brazi Bites Giveaway!


Football season is here and whether you are a die hard fan, or sideline snacker, I am sure we can all agree, it is a great reason to get together with family and friends. To kick off the Charger's football season today, I am hosting a giveaway till Thursday to celebrate the Fall season and time of bite size munchies. 

I was excited when Brazi Bites contacted me to review their cheese bread snacks, commonly known as Brazilian cheese bread that fit the football snack size bill. Brazi Bites started in 2005 in the Pacific Northwest and have since expanded into Whole Foods across San Diego. Great news for us, huh? Click HERE to find a detailed list of stores that carry Brazi Bites. 

Brazi Bites come in three different flavors: Original, Fire-roasted Jalapeno and All-Natural Bacon. All of which are naturally gluten free and contain 100% natural ingredients. These little bites of goodness are the perfect complement to a Sunday football get together, as a delicious snack or accompanying an everyday meal. Can you guess which flavor was my favorite? All-Natural Bacon. The only disclaimer I have is that you will indulge in several, I couldn't stop after 1,2, 3 or 4, so plan accordingly. OK you have been warned. :) From freezer to serving plate in 20 minutes, they are the ultimate last minute go to snack. Brazi Bites have a crispy crust with a soft fluffy middle = a perfect pop in your mouth snack in between touchdowns. 
Below are a few Brazi Bites Stats:
  • Naturally gluten free
  • Made from 100% Natural ingredients
  • Wheat Free
  • No Trans Fat
  • No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives
  • No Sugar
Below is a complete list of ingredients per flavor:
Original: tapioca starch, eggs, milk, parmesan cheese (part skim milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), safflower oil and/or soybean oil, cheddar cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), water, salt.

Fire-roasted Jalapenotapioca starch, eggs, milk, parmesan cheese (part skim milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), safflower oil and/or soybean oil, cheddar cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), fire-roasted jalapeño (jalapeño peppers, water, citric acid, salt), water, salt.

All-Natural Bacon: tapioca starch, eggs, milk, parmesan cheese (part skim milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), safflower oil and/or soybean oil, cheddar cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), all-natural nitrate-free bacon (pork, water, sea salt, turbinado sugar, celery powder), water, salt.


Now is your chance to win all 3 flavors of Brazi Bites, just in time for the next football Sunday lineup, see details below:

To Enter*:
1. Follow GlutenExchange and Brazi Bites on Twitter and tweet- 
Football season is starting off right with a chance to win #glutenfree @Brazi_Bites from @GlutenExchange. 
(Please leave a comment here saying you did so.)


2. Follow @GlutenExchange on Instagram

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, September 12th at 8:00 pm PST. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, September 13th and will have 48 hours to contact me at theglutenexchange {at} gmail {dot} com with their mailing address or another winner will be selected.

*One winner per household, email address or home address.  (U.S. Only)
Disclaimer: I was provided Brazi Bites at no cost and for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.