G-Free Laura Presents Winter Weekend Recipes With Rudi’s

January 17, 2014


A couple of weeks ago I was snowed into my one-bedroom apartment for three full days. At first it was nice with the whole Netflix binge marathon thing, but after a while I started to go a bit crazy.

One of the things that made my cabin fever worse throughout the entire ordeal was my cabin cravings.

You see, along with the rest of the universe, I decided to kick off 2014 by watching what I ate, including gluten-free carbs. (I just love my daily slice of Rudi’s gluten-free bread!) This was a good idea until all I had was spinach, protein smoothies, and other healthy ingredients that were in no way desirable in sub-zero temperatures.

During my captivity, I thought of all the things I wish I had the ingredients to make, including gluten-free pizza, french toast, and other taste-bud pleasing dishes.

That being said, I felt that this guest-blog was the perfect opportunity to let you all know the different items you can make on a winter weekend, all with Rudi’s products. Be sure to stock your fridge and have the below items on hand in case you find yourself in need of some winter comfort food!

Gluten-Free French Toast | Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bread

If you’re like me, you usually have at least one loaf of Rudi’s gluten-free bread in your freezer, making this recipe a must!

Kick off the next cold, winter weekend you have to spend in your pajamas by enjoying some delicious gluten-free french toast! Most of us have a pretty good idea of how to make french toast, but if you’re in the mood to mix things up, or you need some inspiration, check out the Rudi’s Gluten-Free Breakfast board on Pinterest! There’s no shortage of recipes here and you can choose which type of french toast to enjoy, from your standard cinnamon and vanilla mixture, to a more extravagant choice.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza | Rudi’s Gluten-Free Tortillas

Be sure to have a pack of Rudi’s gluten-free tortillas in your fridge so you can make this Buffalo Chicken Pizza whenever your heart desires. The ingredients are pretty simple – most of which you probably have in your kitchen.

buffalo chicken pizza

The pizza only takes a short time to prep but ends up giving you a mouthful of spicy deliciousness!

To find the recipe for my Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Pizza, click here.

Gluten-Free Pizza | Rudi’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

Let’s be honest, any excuse to make gluten-free pizza is a good excuse. If you haven’t tried Rudi’s pizza crust, hurry up and use the Store Locator tool to see which store’s freezer section you should check!

If you’re a smart pizza lover, you probably keep the ingredients in your kitchen at all times, so kudos to you – you’re set for this gluten-free option! Pull the pizza sauce out of the cupboard, the mozzarella from the fridge, and preheat the oven. This would also be a fun time to test out new toppings since you have nothing but time to spare during a winter/snow storm weekend! Maybe sizzle up some bacon for the topping or try that recipe for gluten-free pizza recipe you’ve had your eye on!

What type of food do you crave on a winter weekend? Do you keep your kitchen stocked with Rudi’s products like I do? Let me know in the comments! 


Laura Hanley, known as G-Free Laura, has been gluten-free since 2009 and reviews  products,restaurants, and writes aboutgluten-free experiences on her blog, www.gfreelaura.com. Laura’s passion for spreading g-free love has led her to become a Guest Blogger for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, writing bi-weekly reviews on the Gluten-Free Hot Products Blog. Visit Laura on FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedin, and Google + 

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“SAY CHEESE!” and Chill Out This Summer with this “UNJUNK”-ed Twist on Classic Comfort Food

August 14, 2013

Soup and sandwiches are one of life’s perfect meals.  Honestly.  There is something that is just so comforting about settling in after a long day to a bowl of soup and the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.  It is one of my favorite go-to meals.

But in the dog days of summer when the mercury is rising, sometimes that hot bowl of soup might not seem as comforting as it would in the cool evenings of spring, fall, or the cold of winter.  That’s how I felt the other day after being out in the heat for a long 17 mile run.  While a homemade soup sounded great…standing over a pot simmering on the stove just wasn’t doing it for me.

And then it struck me!

Gazpacho.  Cold soup.  My roommate had picked up a 10 pound watermelon (hey, it’s my favorite post-run food!) at the local farmers market that morning.  My CSA bin provided me with local and fresh vegetables to incorporate with it.  And…as for the sandwich…well…what pairs well with watermelon?  Feta cheese!  And so…my dinner idea was born.

With fresh ingredients and very little processed ingredients going into this dish, I was totally unjunking a comfort food classic.  It’s all part of my new diet…eating clean.  Clean eating can be a challenge, but if you approach it right and work hard to clean up what you put in your body, you’ll find that you not only feel better, but you actually enjoy your new way of eating.

That’s how Rudi’s feels too.  In fact, Rudi’s is starting an online magazine called UNJUNK, which will highlight Rudi’s products and other great choices that help “unjunk” your child’s lunchbox from all those highly processed, low-nutrient foods and will show you how to replace them with organic, low-ingredient list foods with high nutritional value.  It’s how clean eating works and I’m proud to see Rudi’s taking not only an interest but a giant leap in this direction.

Remember how I mentioned that grilled cheese sandwich?  Well, Rudi’s just launched another awesome campaign this month.  It’s their “Say Cheese” photo contest.  Rudi’s is encouraging fans to submit up to one photo a day of their child enjoying a handcrafted meal made with a Rudi’s product.  By doing so, they are automatically entered for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a $500 Whole Foods shopping spree!

What better reason to pull out a couple slices of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread and get a little creative with the items you sandwich inside, right?  Right!  And that’s exactly what I did when I set out to make a healthier version of a comfort food classic, pairing watermelon in the soup with the salty and tangy nature of Feta cheese.  It seemed like a match made in heaven.

Below is my recipe for a healthy spin on soup and sandwich, dressed up for the summer months.  You and your family will love the refreshing flavors and chill of the homemade Watermelon Gazpacho.  Pair it with a Gluten-Free Feta and Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich, and you took comfort food to clean food.


Ingredients for Watermelon Gazpacho (Serves 6-8):

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

  • 8 cups finely diced seedless watermelon, (about 6 pounds with the rind)
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt



  1. Mix watermelon, cucumber, bell pepper, basil, parsley, vinegar, shallot, oil and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Puree 3 cups of the mixture in a blender or food processor to the desired smoothness.
  3. Transfer to another large bowl.
  4. Puree another 3 cups and add to the bowl.
  5. Stir in the remaining diced mixture.
  6. Serve at room temperature or chilled.


Ingredients for Gluten-Free Grilled Feta and Tomato Sandwich (Serves 2)

  • 4 slices Rudi’s Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, approximately
  • 4 ounces Feta cheese, sliced
  • 1 large tomato
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • fresh ground black pepper


  1. Brush both sides of each bread slice with some oil.
  2. Using a cheese slicer, cut 2 slices of Feta cheese from the block.  They might crumble, but it still works.
  3. Slice 1/4-inch thick slices from the tomato, 2 per sandwich.
  4. Assemble the sandwiches by placing a tomato on a bread slice, top it with the cheese, place the other tomato on that, season with pepper, then top with fresh basil.  Cover with the other slice of bread.
  5. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, over moderate heat, place each sandwich on the surface and cook until golden, about 2 minutes on each side.


Karen Bradyhas been vegetarian since early 2010 and went gluten-free for medical reasons in February 2011.  She is an avid runner in training for her upcoming first marathon.  Other loves include cooking, traveling and writing, which she combines into her blog at http://veggiefoodlover.wordpress.com.  She resides in Southern Indiana and can be reached at gaelbrady@gmail.com.

Celebrating ‘BACK TO SCHOOL PREP’ with Rudi’s “SAY CHEESE” Photo Contest! Fun, Prizes and Healthy Recipes for School Lunches!

August 12, 2013

August is the month when summer vacation is winding down and BACK TO SCHOOL  preparations are in FULL SWING.  School clothes.. school supplies.. and new sleep patterns become a parents’ focus.  If you have kids with dietary restrictions of any kind, lunch prep will also be in the forefront of your mind.


Join Rudi’s BakeryKIWI Magazine and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) as they sponsor the National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, with a ‘SAY CHEESE’ photo contest!  The goal is to encourage parents, such as yourself, to have lunch in your child’s cafeteria so you can be better aware of the foods your kids are offered at school.  Even if you’re a parent who packs your kids’ lunches every day, don’t think you CAN’T be a part of this great contest!


The GRAND PRIZE is a $500 gift card to Whole Foods. Weekly prizes will be offered which will include items such as: Amazon gift cards, North Face backpacks, Razor scooters, Canon Powershot Cameras, Wiis and iPad Minis!  All visitors to the Say Cheese Site will be able to download a $1 off coupon for ANY Rudi’s Organic or Gluten-Free Product.


Here’s the basics:

  • Now thru September 15, 2013, fans can enter the “Say Cheese” photo contest by submitting a photo of your child enjoying a delicious sandwich.
  • Rudi’s Organic will select the top five photos, and from September 30th thru October 11th fans will vote on the finalists to select a winner.
  • The entry with the most votes will be named the grand prize winner on October 16, 2013.

How do you participate?

  • You, the parent, will snap a photo of your child enjoying a tasty sandwich, preferably made with your favorite Rudi’s Organic or Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bread.
  • Parents upload the photo to the ‘Take Your Parents to Lunch Site’ and fill out the official Official Entry Form.
  • Parents are invited to share their image with friends to spread the fun and encourage others to enjoy and share their tasty sandwich choices, as well as partake in joining their kids for lunch!

For more information on the Say Cheese  photo contest and Rudi’s Organic and Rudi’s Gluten-Free products, visit rudisbakery.com.  For more information on National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, visit myhealthyschool.com.  For more information on KIWI, visit kiwimagonline.com.


Looking for lunch recipes to help “UNJUNK” your child’s lunchbox from highly processed, low-nutrient foods, and replaces them with low-ingredient list foods with high nutritional value?  Check out the following:


So, ADD eating lunch with your kids to your ‘BACK TO SCHOOL TO DO’ list.  Even if it means taking a 30 minute break from work.  Your kids will love having you there.  You will get to enjoy the cafeteria experience.  Snap a few cute pics and send them in to Rudis!  This could also be an opportunity for you to get to know the cafeteria staff and find out more about what food they serve.


You just may be surprised to find that your kids JUST may be able to jump in the lunch line with their peers this year!  As a parent of children with multiple food allergies, I NEVER thought my kids would be enjoying hot lunch.  With some perseverance, kindness and incredible cafeteria ladies, my kids look forward to salad bar, hot dog, chili and hamburger lunch days at school!  You’ll find us in the lunch line with our favorite rolls from Rudi’s!

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Daniella Knell, is the owner of  Smart Allergy~Friendly Education.  Her passion for allergy awareness and education is driven by having 2 children with 6 of the top 8 allergens.  You can find her presenting in local schools and hospitals, offering one-on-one consulting, and promoting her SAFE food allergy labels locally at Jake’s Gluten-Free Market in Boise.  Her personal mission is ‘to alleviate food allergy fears one classroom at a time’ while helping others – children and adults – realize all of the resources available to help them navigate the twists and turns of their food allergy journey.  Follow her at: www.smartallergy.blogspot.com, Facebook, Linked In or Twitter

Rudi’s Bakery and KIWI Magazine Help Parents “UNJUNK” Their Kid’s Lunchbox with “Say Cheese” Photo Contest and “Take Your Parents to Lunch Day!”

August 1, 2013

Happy August 1st !  August 1st holds a special place in our hearts because it signifies that time of year again where as parents we are preceding the daily countdown to the first day of school!  After a long summer with the kids, we are all eager to prepare our kids for the beginning of their new academic calendar.  This all being said, here at Rudi’s we understand that preparing your child for school (i.e. school shopping) can be a long, tiring process.  With all of our attention devoted to ensuring that our children have completed their summer reading and have the proper educational tools for class, it is easy to overlook a very important aspect: A balanced and nutritious school time diet!


This is why Rudi’s is pairing with KIWI magazine and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) to sponsor National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day with a Say Cheese photo contest!  The annual National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day campaign allows parents to experience school-provided lunch with their children. The goal is to encourage parents to have lunch in their child’s cafeteria, so they become aware of the food their children eat every day. Together, parents and food service providers are developing healthy nutritional habits for future generations. For more than 35 years, Rudi’s Organic Bakery has been making the lives of families healthier and happier by baking nutritious and delicious breads, made with entirely organic and GMO-Free ingredients!  With no exceptions, Rudi’s breads have the cleanest ingredient labels that exclude the nasty stuff including high-fructose corn syrup and ingredients that require a P.H.D in chemistry to pronounce!  Therefore, our partnership with KIWI magazine is a natural extension of this commitment.


“We are committed to making the world a healthier place, so sponsoring Take Your Parents to Lunch Day made perfect sense for us,” said Doug Radi, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Rudi’s Organic. “We believe in a better school lunch program and are thrilled to support initiatives that are working to improve what our children eat every day at school.”


To celebrate Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, Rudi’s Organic is getting deliciously cheesy. Now through Sept. 15, 2013, fans can enter the Say Cheese photo contest by submitting a photo of their child enjoying a delicious sandwich. Rudi’s Organic will select the top five photos, and from Sept. 30 to Oct. 11, fans will vote on the finalists to select the winner. The entry with the most votes will be named the grand prize winner on Oct. 16, 2013.


The participation process is simple.

  1. Parents snap a photo of their child enjoying a yummy sandwich, preferably made with delicious Rudi’s Organic or Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bread
  2. Parents upload the photo to the Take Your Parents to Lunch Day microsite and fill out the official entry form
  3. Parents are invited to share their image with friends to spread big smiles and encourage others to enjoy a delicious sandwich


The grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card to Whole Foods Market in addition to being featured in a Rudi’s Organic advertisement. During the campaign, Rudi’s Organic will brighten the day of fans across the country with weekly prizes, given to random photo contest entrants. These weekly prizes include: Amazon gift cards, North Face backpacks, Razor scooters, Canon Powershot cameras, Wiis and iPad Minis.


To help parents pack a healthy lunch for their kids this back-to-school season, all visitors to the Say Cheese site will be able to download a $1 off coupon redeemable for any healthy, kid-pleasing, Rudi’s Organic or Rudi’s Gluten-Free product, including:


For more information on the Say Cheese photo contest and Rudi’s Organic and Rudi’s Gluten-Free products, including Sandwich Breads, Tortillas, Wraps, Buns, Rolls, Sandwich Flatz, Bagels and English Muffins, visit rudisbakery.com. For more information on National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day visit myhealthyschool.com. For more information on KIWI, visit kiwimagonline.com.

Throughout the month of August, we also will be providing new ideas to “UNJUNK” your kid’s lunchbox.   Though blog posts, Facebook posts, Tweets and Pinterest boards, Rudi’s Organic and Rudi’s Gluten-Free will provide healthy product recommendations and lunchbox packing practices to ensure your child enjoys a tasty lunch without the junk!

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MANA – envisioning a nourished world

July 16, 2013

Health and wellness is our first priority at Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery. We’ve been making the lives of families healthier & happier simply by baking breads a brighter way for over thirty five years. That’s why when we heard about MANA, we wanted to jump in and help!

MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive AID) is a ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) made of a fortified peanut paste that has been carefully formulated to provide a child’s basic nutritional needs. MANA serves to address severe cases of malnutrition in children around the world . Roughly three servings of MANA a day for six weeks can save the life of child suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Much of their product ends up in a village setting, treating the world’s most fragile kids, most often by empowering their moms with simple healthy ready to eat food.

If you go to Rudi’s Gluten-Free Facebook and “share” our MANA photo on your wall or a friends wall, Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery will donate one mana pack!!
Click Link to Visit MANA’s website for further info: http://mananutrition.org/

Quick Tips: The Best Methods to Buy, Store, and Handle Rudi’s Gluten-Free Products!

June 12, 2013

Here at Rudi’s, we strive to create the most naturally sourced gluten-free bakery products on the market at the best value.  We take pride in the fact that our products are competitively priced while every single ingredient across our entire line of products is GMO-Free.


This all being said, we acknowledge that gluten-free products are more expensive than there gluten counterparts.  The last thing we want is for our products to go bad before they are entirely consumed.  Since our products are made without GMO’s, they can be subject to accelerated deterioration if not handled properly.


Here are some valuable tips on how properly purchase and store Rudi’s Gluten-Free products to ensure the highest levels of taste, texture and freshness:



For Rudi’s Gluten-Free Breads, Buns and Rolls

  • Avoid buying any Rudi’s Gluten-Free Breads that are sold outside of a freezer.  Please notify both your grocery store manager and Rudi’s if you find this to be the case during your shopping experience.
  • If stored outside the freezer, Rudi’s GF Breads have a shelf life of 5 Days.
  • If you and your family/friends do not typically consume a loaf of bread within 5 days, always store your bread in the freezer.  The best thawing method is to separate a portion of the loaf you need for a 3-5 day period and refreeze the remaining part of the loaf.
  • Slices can be hard to separate if they have not been thawed long enough.  Our gluten-free bread is most likely to thaw by the time you get home from the grocery store.  To guarantee easy separation of slices, insert wax paper between slices before you refreeze the bread.   This way you can separate the slices when they are frozen and then accelerate the thawing time by putting them in the toaster.
  • Rudi’s Gluten-Free bread will last 6 months when stored frozen.
  • Do not store gluten-free bread in the refrigerator because it will accelerate dryness in the bread.



For Rudi’s Gluten-Free Tortillas

  • Rudi’s GF Tortillas can survive 10-14 days at room temperature and 30 days in the refrigerator.
  • Therefore, unlike our breads, buns and rolls, Rudi’s GF Tortillas can be sold outside the freezer in stores that have high product turnover.
  • That being said, our tortillas will always last longer if you store them in the freezer once you get home (Tortillas thaw very quickly)
  • Rudi’s Gluten-Free tortillas will last 6 months when stored frozen.