Aldi Gluten Free Products

Aldi Live Gfree

I’ve shopped at Aldi a few times over the course of the last few years, but this week’s ad featuring tons of gluten free products brought me back in the store.  I purchased some brownie soft-baked cookies, strawberry breakfast bars, crackers, blueberry frozen pancakes, and corn fusilli pasta.  These are only a few examples of the products available and they are at much better prices than you will find at other stores.  If you’ve never been to Aldi before be prepared to spend some money on renting a grocery cart ($.25 gets you a cart and you get it back when you return the cart), you’ll also need to be prepared to pay for bags or else bring your own bags.  You will bag your own groceries too…..all these things keep the prices low at Aldi stores.

If you are looking for some bargain gluten-free products to try definitely check our ALDI.

 

Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough

 

Pillsbury

The dough boy has come out with three gluten-free products:  chocolate chip cookie dough, pizza crust and pie crust.  I decided to try the cookie dough over the weekend.  The tub, found in your grocer’s refrigerated case, cost around $4.50 and will make approximately two dozen very small cookies.  The instructions on the tub tell you to scoop the dough by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet.

After baking, this is what you get – tiny bite size morsels of yumminess.

Cookies

 

If you were a fan of the pillsbury cookie dough prior to going gluten-free then you should enjoy this product.  The taste and texture are very similiar if memory serves me.

After doing some research it would appear that Pillsbury does not make these products in a gluten-free dedicated facility; therefore if you have been diagnosed with celiac disease these cookies may have trace amounts of gluten in them.  For those that have gluten insensitivity these cookies might just hit the spot.

Ali’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ali's

My co-workers were so kind as to bring back a gluten-free cookie for me try today.  This was one big cookie.  It was about 3 inches wide and about an inch thick.  This cookie was moist and filled with great chocolate chip flavor.  It reminded me of the gluten filled cookies I used to enjoy.  I could certainly taste that this cookie was fresh and it was filled with semi-sweet chocolate goodness.   Upon visiting Ali’s website I noticed that some of her cookies were featured on Rachel Ray.  Not all Ali’s cookies are gluten free, but she does ship one dozen chocolate chip cookies or a 12″ gluten free cookie cake that can serve 12-14 people.

If you get a chance check out her site SHIPACOOKIE.COM.  It will be well worth your time.

 

Cookie

 

Let’s Go Against the Grain

Garlic Bread

My Mom recently visited my Aunt out in Colorado and came back with a gift for me.  It was a crusty delicious baguette and get this….it was gluten free!  I had not heard of the company that made this heavenly baguette, but they are called Against The Grain.  These products do not contain wheat, soy, corn yeast or rice.  Against The Grain also has a couple of products that are dairy free too.  They create more than just baguettes.   They have bagels, rolls, pizzas and pizza crusts too.  All of their products come in a variety of flavors and can be found in Whole Foods stores as well as other locations.

I made garlic bread with our package of baguettes and my family couldn’t tell that this product was gluten free.  If you haven’t tried Against The Grain yet I highly recommend checking them out.  You can find a location near you at Against The Grain.

Addicted to Granola

This past weekend I was staying with some friends at a cabin in the mountains and one of the ladies in the group brought some french vanilla yogurt and this gluten-free granola to try out for breakfast.  It was quite yummy!  I had heard of Trader Joes, but I had never frequented their store before.  Today at lunch I got a craving for that yummy yogurt, granola combo again so I found a nearby Trader Joes store and paid them a visit.

This store is loaded with yummy organic and gluten-free goodies.  I grabbed the items I came in for and left with a few more that I didn’t plan on purchasing, but everything looked so good.

This granola is sweet, nutty and packed with fiber.  I highly recommend this gluten-free goodie!

Gluten Free Cupcakes in Roswell, GA

 

When this gluten-free bakery opened several months ago I was thrilled to try one of their cupcake creations.  My Aunt is currently visiting us from out of town and today is her birthday.  She suffers, like many others, from celiac disease so she cannot have anything with gluten in it.  I decided to pay another visit to Gluten Free Cutie and pick up a dozen cupcakes to celebrate her birthday.  I decided on two flavors:  The Devil Went Down to Georgia and Papas Banana Fosters.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia is a chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache center and chocolate frosting.  The Papas Banana Fosters is a vanilla bean rum cake with a carmlized banana center and a vanilla faux buttercream frosting.

This bakery also offers cake pops, round cakes, whoopie pies and some ice box desserts like banana pudding.  Not only is this bakery gluten-free, but they are also peanut, soy, egg and artificial dye free and most items are dairy free and vegan.  For those that have dietary restrictions this bakery gives you lots of yummy options to try. 

They also have a club card so for each $5.00 you spend you get one hole punched and after 10 punches you get two free cake pops or two free cupcakes.

So, what are you waiting for?  Hightail it over to Gluten Free Cutie and grab a cupcake or twelve like I did!

Michelob Ultra Light Cider

Admittedly I have never been a big fan of beer.  I find the taste to be rather unpleasant and the smell most foul; however back in my gluten laden days I did enjoy a cider from time to time.  I do cook with beer so I thought I would give this new naturally gluten-free light cider a taste.  I was stuck by the light apple taste and the amount of fizz you find in this drink.  This cider is 4% alcohol and is best when served ice cold so don’t let it warm up on you.  I’ve already seen lots of mixed drink recipes utilizing this product so feel free to check it out and let us know your thoughts!

Gluten-Free Cutie

One of my coworkers was out at lunch yesterday and happened to notice this little gluten-free bakery that opened 2/14/12 in Roswell, Georgia.    They specialize in gluten-free, dye free, peanut free and soy free baking.  Most of their menu items are also vegan and dairy free.  My coworker was kind enough to bring back a cute pink cupcake for me to try.  It was beautifully packaged in a little box and had a cute paper cupcake liner. 

Now, I will admit that I have never had any baked goods that are dairy free and vegan.  The vanilla cake was more moist than most of the gluten-free baked goods I have tried in the past.  I loved the strawberry filling inside the cupcake.  The frosting had a different taste and texture than what I am used to having, but it was light and not too sweet.  I absolutely hate overly sweet frosting…YUCK!  All in all it was a yummy little treat. 

They have lots of flavors to choose from on their menu like The Southern Bell which is a tea infused lemon cake, lemon zest and lemon faux buttercream frosting.  If you don’t like that one, how about The Devil Went Down to Georgia which is chocolate cake, chocolate ganache center and chocolate frosting.  They also have cake pops and whoopie pies.

If you are in the area please check out Gluten Free Cutie and give them your support.  They will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 2nd at 12:00 p.m.

 

Free Gluten-Free Cupcakes Recipe book on kindle

Do you want to make lighter cupcakes that don’t taste like they are gluten-free?  If you answered yes, pick up a free copy of this kindle book and add it to your kitchen bookshelf.  There are 24 delicious recipes inside including recipes for grasshopper cupcakes, ginger cupcakes and banana and chocolate cupcakes.  Get your copy of this book now!

Grilled Chick Fil A Nuggets

I heard a coworker talking last week about Chick Fil A‘s new grilled chicken nuggets and I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  Could this be?  A gluten-free chicken nugget option with gluten-free dipping sauces?  I was intrigued, but I patiently waited and ordered them this week for lunch from the Roswell Road (Sandy Springs) location.  I decided to also order a side salad and waffle fries since I didn’t know the size of the grilled nuggets.  Boy, am I certainly glad I did that because if I had just ordered the six pack nuggets and salad I would still be starving right now.  These nuggets are on the small side so make sure you order more of them or plenty of sides to fill you up.  The nuggets do deliver on taste though.  They are well seasoned and juicy and did I mention they are GLUTEN-FREE

Your kids can enjoy these nuggets as a much healthier alternatives in a kid’s meal served with squeezable applesauce and milk.

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