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Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

November 23, 2015

You worked hard for that tasty Thanksgiving feast, why not enjoy the leftovers?! Below are some simple, delicious ideas to put extra food to good use.

Turkey Soup

Combine 2 cups of stock, leftover turkey and veggies, and spices of your choice (we love to add rich fall flavors like ground mustard, honey, and even fresh apples) in a large pot. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until turkey is hot.

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Just layer your desired amount of these two leftovers between slices of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Bread. We also suggest adding a slice of Swiss cheese and grilling on each side so it’s warm and melty.

Stuffing Patties

These are a great vegetarian option. Combine leftover stuffing with leftover mashed potatoes and mold into patties. Fry lightly in a pan until slightly browned and crispy. These can be served with gravy, cranberry sauce, or even on a bun as a hamburger patty substitute!

Cranberry Parfait

Spoon some cranberry sauce, yogurt, and granola in layers into a glass for a healthy, holiday flavored breakfast or snack!

Thanksgiving Breakfast Hash

In a skillet, toss together some stuffing, sweet potatoes, bacon, eggs, and anything else you would like to include,  and saute for 8-10 minutes. Top it all off with salsa or hot sauce for an irresistible breakfast!

Gluten-Free Lunch Packing Tips

November 19, 2015

Packing lunch for a gluten-free kid can be challenging, especially when you have to do it every.single.day. We rounded up five fun, gluten-free lunchbox ideas from some of our favorite Instagrammers for some lunchtime inspiration!

Mini rice-cracker sandwiches are a yummy, safe treat to pack in your kiddo’s lunch. Brianne from Cupcakes and Kale Chips shows us how to prepare a gluten-free lunch complete with fresh fruit and veggies!

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Packing more than one lunch? Check out this side by side by Green Plate Kate! She created this protein packed gluten-free lunch with leftover steak, almond butter and honey sandwiches, fruits and veggies, and mini breakfast muffins for dessert!

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Make lunchtime more fun like Polka Dots and Pig Kisses did with this Halloween themed box! She used gluten-free tortillas to make mini mummies and cut apples to look like baby chicks!

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If you like to keep it sweet and simple, check out this gluten-free lunch box from Dana’s Dose of Wellness. She combined protein, veggies, fruit, and a slice of sweet paleo banana-blueberry bread for a tasty, balanced box.

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This fabulous bento box lunch from @mom_of_gffoodie  is great for kiddos who might have multiple food allergies! It’s completely gluten-free, dairy free and nut free, but your little one won’t feel like they’re missing out. Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftover chicken and quinoa!

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Names For Gluten You May Not Have Heard Of

November 5, 2015

If you are gluten-free, then you’re probably used to scanning food labels for things like wheat, barley, and rye. While these are the most common grains that contain the gluten protein, they are not the only ones.  Gluten can be found in many foods containing grains or flour, but they are not always clearly labeled. Below is a list of some other common ingredients that contain gluten to look out for

Durum

Also knows and macaroni wheat, this high protein grain is often used in the making of pasta and bread (two foods gluten-free people tend to avoid.)

Farro

A combination of grains of specific wheat species, farro is a food you want to steer clear of if you are gluten-free. Farro is commonly combined with other grains and flours for baking, or can be used on its own in salads and soups.

Graham Flour

Graham flour is a type of whole wheat flour that uses the entire grain in the milling process. Unsurprisingly, Graham flour is used in the making of graham crackers and pie crusts.

Khorasan Wheat or Kamut

This large ancient grain wheat can be served as it stands, or milled into flour. It can be found in many gluten-heavy foods like cereal, cookies, pancakes, pasta, beer and bread.

Malt, malt extract, Malt vinegar

Malt is a cereal grain that is dried in a specific way called “malting.” The extract is often used in brewing, distilling, and baking of certain foods. Malt vinegar refers to the process of malting barley and then brewing an ale to turn in to vinegar. Anything with the word “malt” in it likely contains the gluten protein, and is probably best avoided.

Seitan

Seitan is the Japanese equivalent of wheat gluten, and is actually made from the gluten protein.  Most common in Asian cuisine, seitan is often used as a substitute for meat or tofu. This is one food to stay far away from since it is essentially pure gluten.

Semolina

Semolina is actually derived from durum wheat, and is commonly used in the production of pasta, cereal, and puddings or porridges.

Substitutions For More Nutritious Meals

October 27, 2015

 

Instead of Eggs, Try Flaxseed

If you are a vegan, or simply don’t have an egg on hand, you can use a mixture of flaxseed and water to get the same binding effect that will give your baked goods structure. Combine 1 Tbsp. of ground flaxseed meal with 3 Tbsp. of water and stir. Allow the mixture to thicken for a few minutes and add to the recipe in place of one egg.

Instead of Oil, Try Applesauce

Applesauce is a great stand in for oil in many recipes like cakes, muffins, and breads that are meant to be slightly dense. You get the benefit of moisture, yummy flavor, and all the nutrients applesauce has to offer! Generally, the rule is to use ¾ the amount of applesauce as you would oil in a recipe. This means that you can also reduce the oven temperature by 15-20 degrees and reduce the cooking time about 5 minutes.

Instead of Refined Sugar, Try Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is made from the sap of the coconut tree, and because it is naturally derived, it retains some of the nutrients and minerals found in the coconut palm itself.  It also may have a lower glycemic index than traditional sugar, meaning it doesn’t spike your blood sugar as much after you eat it. Coconut sugar has a sweet, caramel-y taste, and can be used in place of white or brown sugar in baking. Coconut sugar is a little coarser than other types of sugar, so it may be beneficial to let it soak for a few minutes in recipes using liquids.

Instead of Butter, Try Avocado

Avocados are a great substitute for butter when baking because of their natural, creamy texture and their significantly lower calorie count. In fact, you should only use about half the amount of avocado that you would butter because of the fruit’s natural richness.  Avocados have a very mild flavor, so you don’t have to worry about your baked goods tasting funny, plus they bring with them a slew of nutrients and vitamins!

Instead of Potatoes, Try Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a surprisingly versatile food that can serve as a sub for anything from rice to pizza crust, but we think they work particularly well for mashed potatoes. If you are looking to cut down on carbs (and make room for all those yummy holiday pies), then this might just be your solution. Start by washing and chopping cauliflower florets into small pieces and cook in boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Pat dry, transfer into a food processer, and puree with a little olive oil and chicken or vegetable stock. You can also add garlic, chives, cream cheese, sour cream, or anything else you would put on mashed potatoes!

Delicious Fall Flavors (Besides Pumpkin)

October 20, 2015

From pumpkin spice coffee to pumpkin spice candles, there seems to be a pumpkin version of everything. Fall is a pumpkin lover’s paradise, but if you don’t count yourself among pumpkin lovers, we’ve got some foods that are just as yummy for fall! Check out our list below to get into the autumn spirit, sans the pumpkin.

Butternut squash

Creamy, savory butternut squash is a fall staple. It’s great in soups, sauces, or roasted in the oven with salt and pepper. We love to pair it with a little brown sugar and cinnamon for a fragrant fall treat. Check out our recipe for butternut squash soup here!

 Caramel

Caramel is delicious any time of the year, but we especially love it in the fall. Caramel apples, caramel popcorn, and salted caramel hot chocolate are just a few of our favorite treats of the season. It’s also a lovely, cozy scent to have around the house. Try a sweet caramel sauce drizzled over gluten-free bread pudding!

Cinnamon Apple

Apples are delicious on their own, but add a touch of cinnamon and you have next-level flavor. Crockpot or microwave cinnamon apples are an easy take on this fall favorite, and only require a few ingredients! You can also make a killer cider right on the stove! Try cinnamon apples in a pie, a crisp, or a crumble, or make a cinnamon apple breakfast treat with scones or muffins. This is a flavor you can’t go wrong with!

Craving Crushing Gluten-Free Dishes

October 19, 2015

Living gluten-free isn’t always easy, and sometimes if feels like you’re missing out on your favorite foods. We have been there, and that’s why we put together this list of craving crushing dishes that taste just as good without all the gluten. Check out the recipes below, and as always, make sure to take a look at our recipe page for more great gluten-free ideas!

Baked Chicken Parmesan

A classic comfort food that you can enjoy with no gluten! Our recipe is simple and tasty, perfect with a side of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Garlic Toast.

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Grilled Cheese

Who doesn’t love the warm, melty goodness of a grilled cheese? We know we do, and we have a pretty awesome gluten-free version here!

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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are a great way to wake up in the morning, not to mention a tasty midnight snack! There aren’t many options for gluten-free cinnamon rolls out there, but we made some with our Plain Ciabatta rolls that are to die for!

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Mini Ciabatta Pizzas

A new spin on pizza, these little guys are a great (gluten-free) after school snack. The best part is picking your own toppings!

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

Make this once and you’ll fall in love! You don’t have to give up bread pudding just because you gave up gluten. Try our tasty recipe here!

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5 Creative Crafts To Do With Fall Leaves

October 16, 2015

The air is getting crisper, the days are getting shorter, and the trees are finally showing their beautiful fall colors. Piles of crunchy red and orange leaves are fun to jump into, but if you are looking for a mellower fall activity that you can do with the whole family, then we have some ideas for you! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite crafts that can be made with leaves from right outside your front door!

Leaf Stamps

Leaf stamps are an easy, fun craft for aspiring artists and nature lovers alike! You will need

  • 2 pieces of paper
  • Masking tape
  • Paint and a paintbrush
  • Fun shaped fall leaves

You can pick any shape or size of leaf you want, the more unique the better! Start by taping down both pieces of paper to a table or flat surface. Lay your leaf face down (so the spines are facing up) and hold it in place while you and your little one paint the back of the leaf until it is evenly coated. Next, you will carefully pick up the leaf and lay it face up on the other piece of paper. Gently press it down with your fingers and then slowly peel it off the paper. Voila! You have beautiful leaf artwork! You can do one leaf per page, or layer a bunch of stamps on top of one another for a collage effect.

Leaf Puppets

Put on a fall puppet show with these super cute DIY leaf puppets! This is a great craft for your kids to get creative. Put out craft supplies of your choice and let them decorate their leaves with little googly eyes, stickers, and washable markers. Glue Popsicle sticks to the back so they can easily hold on to their puppets while they perform.

 Leaf Lanterns

One of the easiest crafts on our list, all you need is a roll of wax paper, an iron, and leaves of your choice! Start by arranging your leaves on the wax side, and then place a second piece of wax paper of the same size on top. Gently press down with an iron set to a medium-low heat. Allow them to cool, then connect the two edges of the wax paper with clear tape so you have a cylinder. Place tea lights (or electric tea lights) in the center and watch the lanterns glow!

 Leaf Magnets

Similar to leaf puppets, you and your family can decorate leaf magnets however you like! After you’ve beautified them, laminate the leaves so they don’t crumble or break. Using a glue gun, attach small magnet strips to the back and let dry for at least a half hour.

 Leaf Crowns

For the little princess or prince of your house! Grab a brown paper bag and cut off the bottom so you have a ring of paper. Wrap it around your child’s head so it fits, and then staple the back of the bag in place. You can either choose to paint it, or leave it as is while you decorate it by gluing or stapling leaves all over the crown. Simple as that!

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Guide to a Make-Your-Own Sandwich Bar!

September 23, 2015

Instead of stressing over what to serve at your next get together, provide a build-your-own sandwich bar! This ensures everyone can safely eat something they like, and makes preparation and clean-up a whole lot easier.

Of course we suggest you include the classics, like lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc., but this is also a great chance to get creative! We love the idea of a DIY grilled cheese bar with assorted cheese and a Panini press at the end. Trying to slip in more veggies? Make a build-your-own Caprese station with fresh tomatoes and basil leaves! Include a build-your-own salad station for even more customized flavor.

A build-your-own is also a great option for burgers and sliders, and you can make sure there is no cross contamination between Rudi’s Gluten-Free hamburger Buns and traditional hamburger buns. This works for tacos, hot dogs, burritos, anything you want! It allows all your guests to enjoy the meal regardless of their diet, because there is something for everyone!

Tips:

  • Allow people with dietary restrictions or allergies to build their sandwiches first to reduce the chances of cross contamination
  • Make sure you have separate serving utensils for each topping you put out
  • This is a great idea for kids birthday parties! Everyone can have a sandwich they like and no one will feel left out due to food allergies
  • Set out dishes with yummy sandwich spreads like honey mustard, garlic aioli, hummus, and chipotle mayo
  • Include a fun build-your-own ice cream sandwich bar for dessert!

Free Family Fun!

September 4, 2015

Family outings can be a hassle, not to mention expensive. Here are a few ideas for activities that the whole family will enjoy that are FREE! 

Have a picnic

This is an easy way to make lunch (or dinner) a whole lot more special without spending any extra money. The location is the best part! A park with a playground is always a great choice, or you could check out a local beach or lake. Even setting up a blanket and basket in the backyard is a fun way to spend the day for everyone.

Go for a Drive

Start by choosing your destination, maybe a park or hiking trail that you’ve never been to before. We suggest keeping it under an hour each way because kids in the car for too long tend to get restless. Be sure to pack snacks and coloring books or activity books, and make a playlist or CD with your family’s favorite songs so you can all sing along!

Themed Potluck

Having a potluck is a great way to include extended family and friends, and setting a theme makes it even more fun! Pick anything you want; breakfast for dinner, a finger food feast, or even a luau or tailgate theme. You can even put up some homemade decorations and let your kids dress up to match your theme to make it a real party!

Backyard camping

A tent and a few sleeping bags in the backyard = camping made easy! Make some microwave s’mores, tell ghost stories, and learn to make shadow puppets and it’ll feel just like camping (plus, you always have the option to sleep in a bed J)

Make a music video/family movie

This is perfect for kids who love to ham it up on camera. Use a smartphone or camera to film the kids singing and dancing to their favorite songs, and then use a simple editing program (most computers have some form of this pre-installed) to add fun effects. It’s a great way to make family memories and make cute home videos you can save forever.

Gluten-Free Guide to Picnics!

August 3, 2015

Summer time should be full of pool days, popsicles, and of course, picnics. You can’t go wrong with picnic staples like PB&J, fruit salad, and corn on the cob; but if you want something more inspired, then this post is for you. Keep reading for inventive options perfect for your next Al Fresco outing!

Try serving a yummy fruit salad and a delicious savory salad as side dishes. A tomato, avocado, cucumber salad tossed with oil and vinegar and sprinkled with Feta cheese is a great blend of flavors (and a great way to sneak in vegetables!) If you just want to bring one dish, the tried and true strawberry spinach salad is a good mix of fruits and veggies, and you can even add mangos, avocados, blueberries, and walnuts for some extra yum!

Swap out your sandwich for a tasty wrap! Just layer your favorite meat, veggies, and spreads in the center of a gluten-free tortilla and roll it up. Try experimenting with different sauces and spreads to find your perfect wrap. We love these Vegan Veggie Wraps to bring on the go!

Refreshing lemonade is a great way to brighten up any picnic, especially when it’s mixed with mango, strawberry, peach or watermelon! Flavored lemonade is easy to make and oh so delicious, and it’s an easy way to bring your picnic to the next level. The easiest way is to blend frozen fruit of your choice with lemonade and serve over ice!