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:

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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.

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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.

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Our CEO, Jane Miller: An Inspiration to Us All!

April 9, 2013

Dear Gluten-Free Readers,

Since March was Women’s History Month, we couldn’t help but mention our wonderful CEO, Jane Miller on our social media platforms!  Even though we are in the midst of April, I wrote a brief follow-up to provide a more in-depth introduction of Jane and her website, JaneKnows.com.

Jane is an inspiration to all, especially young women who seek to excel in the business world. Aside from running a $100MM + food company in the very competitive organic and gluten-free food industries, Jane recently established JaneKnows.com to help young professionals build a career they love. By sharing the hard won insights from both her successes and her stumbles, janeknows.com is here to help us avoid the pitfalls and embrace the opportunities that lead to a satisfying career

As a young professional who graduated from college no more than 8 months ago, I am very lucky to be working under Jane’s wing. Jane is an incredibly upbeat, reassuring, energetic and fun-loving mentor with an excellent sense of professionalism.

Fortunately, for young professionals outside of the Rudi’s office, JaneKnows.com shares Jane’s invaluable advice through straightforward, informative weekly articles and video posts.

“Jane Knows was born out of the idea that the business world can be difficult to navigate and the choices can seem insurmountable. To be blunt, it can really suck. Politics, unwritten rules, mean people—it is all out there. But that is just the external stuff. What happens when you do things to sabotage yourself? Self-sabotage happens a lot and many times you don’t even know you are doing it…until it is too late! So after thirty years in business, making lots of mistakes and then rebounding, I decided it was time to help the next generation of leaders avoid the School of Hard Knocks. Let’s face it: life throws obstacles at us all the time, shouldn’t there be a better way to overcome them based on someone else’s experience?”

Become a fan of Jane Knows on Facebook and visit janeknows.com to learn more about Jane’s incredible journey and building a career you love.

Warmest Regards,

Dominic

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Irish Breakfast Sandwich by Guest Blogger Sarah Platanitis

March 15, 2013

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day in my house.  When friends visit on the weekends, they know a hearty morning meal will be in their tummies before we set out to do all the fun things that we have planned.

This Sunday, we are going to the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  It’s the second largest parade in the United States so it is very important that our sunrise standard be nourishing and suitable for the occasion.  Hello, yummy breakfast sandwich with Irish cheese and sausages!

The market up the street just started carrying gourmet sausages that are gluten-free and made in the traditional UK-style in tasty flavors like apple, fennel and roasted garlic.  These sausages are bigger, thicker and more finely ground than their cousins here in the States.

The sausages are easy to cook and make a simple sandwich into more of a mini-Dagwood.  Make one for yourself on Sunday and remember the Irish proverb, “Laughter is brightest where food is best.”

Irish Breakfast Sandwich

(Serves 4)

What You Need

-8 slices Rudi’s Gluten Free Multigrain bread

-1 16 oz carton of Better’n Eggs

-4 Irish sausages, flavor of your choice

-1 small block of KerryGold Dubliner cheese

-1/4 cup cilantro

What You Do

-Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add sausages and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Drain then brown in a skillet on medium-high heat.  Set aside and cut lengthwise and widthwise once cool.

-Shred the entire block of KerryGold Dubliner cheese.  Set aside in small bowl.  Rough chop the cilantro and set aside in a smaller bowl.

-Separate and arrange the slices of Rudi’s GF Multigrain bread on the toaster oven bake rack.  Add a pinch of shredded cheese to each slice.  Keep toast warm after the cycle is completed so the cheese melts completely.

-Measure out ½ cup of Better’n Eggs (equivalent of two eggs) into a small skillet over medium heat.  Swirl the pan around to create a crepe-like thickness.  Take a hearty pinch of shredded cheese and sprinkle all around.  Use a spatula to pull in the edges to create a square.

-Plate one slice of toast, neatly arrange the cut sausages to fit then add the egg square.  Sprinkle a pinch of cilantro and top with the second slice of toast.

Need this sandwich to go?  Wrap it tightly in parchment and cut in half.  Want a condiment with a little kick?  Dip a corner of your sandwich in some Ballymaloe Jalapeno Relish.  You may be able to find it in the international section of your grocery store.  If not, don’t worry, you can mix a little barbeque sauce and Sriracha together.

About Sarah in the Kitchen: Sarah grew up a “restaurant kid” and spent most of her childhood pretending to be Julia Child.  Her blog (sarahinthekitchen.com) is a place for kitchen musings and her food writing, photography and illustrations

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Burritos made with Organic Ingredients!

March 14, 2013

Dear Gluten Free Readers,

Having trouble thinking of healthy breakfast options that will keep you from getting pinched?  While shopping in the produce section of my grocer yesterday, I was pleasantly reminded that St. Patrick’s Day could be one of the easiest holidays to eat healthy while abiding to the “Green Theme!”

Whether you are trying to cure that nasty hangover or just want to provide a tasty, hearty breakfast, a Gluten-Free breakfast burrito made with Rudi’s Gluten-Free Spinach Tortillas is an easy-to-make breakfast option that will never let you down!

Ingredients (Makes 5 Breakfast Burritos)

1 Pack of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Spinach Tortillas
1 Organic Green Bell Pepper
1 Organic Jalapeño
¼ lb of Organic Arugula
1 Bundle of Organic Green Onions
1 Organic Avocado
1 Can of Amy’s Organic Vegetarian Beans
5 Organic Eggs
1 Jar of Your Favorite “Verde” Hot Sauce (I prefer Horsetooth Hot Sauce “The Green”)
1.5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil


 

Directions

  1. Pull Rudi’s Gluten-Free Spinach Tortillas out of the freezer (they will thaw quickly)
  2. Start by pouring approximately 1.5 Tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan on med/med-high heat.
  3. Pour a full can of Amy’s Organic Vegetarian Beans into a small pot on med-low heat.
  4. Slice the Green Bell and Jalapeño peppers and add them to the saucepan stirring them frequently Note: For those who like their meals extra spicy, add an additional Jalapeño to your sauté. Be sure to slice your peppers small enough so you avoid pulling all of your peppers in a single “burrito” bite.
  5. Chop the Green Onions and set aside for a final garnish.
  6. Continue to stir the peppers.
  7. Crack 5 eggs in to a large bowl and scramble them with salt/pepper.  If you are not dairy-free, add milk to the scramble.
  8. Once the peppers are soft and caramelized, pour your eggs into the saucepan.
  9. Cook eggs until finished.  Be cautious, since the saucepan is already hot, the eggs should be finished in less than 3 minutes. Do not overcook the eggs!
  10. Warm tortillas in the microwave covered with a damp paper towel. Alternate tortillas with paper towels. Microwave for 30 seconds to one minute, depending on how many tortillas.
  11. Remove saucepan from heat and begin to build your burrito.

Add the eggs and peppers first, then the beans. Garnish with diced Avocado, Green Onions and Arugula. Top with your favorite hot sauce.  For those who are not dairy-free add your favorite shaved Queso Blanco cheese.

I hope you have good burrito wrapping skills!

Enjoy!

Dominic

 

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