Van’s Whole Grain Cereals

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Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 9.33.24 PMIt all started back in the 1970s at the original Van’s restaurant. It was there they first dished up whole grain and gluten free hot ’n toasty waffles. By the late 1980s, they decided it was time to bring our tasty waffles to a whole new group of customers – right in their local grocery stores.  Now, they have expanded into other foods like breakfast cereals!

You can easily start the day out right with a full serving of whole grains and 5 grams of fiber per serving.  You can get both Honey Nut Crunch and Cinnamon Heaven as flavors.  These are made with nutrient rich whole grains including gluten free oats, brown rice, millet, quiona, and amaranth.  These cereals give you a tasty and satisfying crunch without using dairy, egg, corn, high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils, or GMO oils.

We recently tried the Cinnamon Flavor.  It tastes awesome!  You would never guess that this doesn’t have the ingredients that most of the cereals in the cereal aisle do.  My kids have asked to eat this every day for breakfast for a week now!  It definitely was a hit in my house.

I can only recommend Van’s!

EAT Barbecue

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I received a 16 ounce bottle of EAT BARBECUE: The Next Big Thing. This sauce is on the sweet side, with hints of smoke and spice. I picked up some boneless chicken breasts, put it into a dutch oven, browned the chicken on each side, poured some of The Next Big Thing barbeque sauce on top and let that cook for for about 30-40 minutes or until meat is fully cooked, flipping the chicken occasionally.

The barbeque sauce was very good. I cubed the left overs and threw it into a salad for lunch. Even cold the barbeque was delicious and added so much flavor to my salad that I had no need for dressing.

I am definitely looking forward to making baby back ribs next week. This barbeque sauce is truly is the next big thing!

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Another sauce I received is a 16 ounce bottle of EAT BARBECUE:  IPO.  This sauce has some sweetness, vinegar twang, and a little warmth in your mouth.  If you like your food spicy, this for you.  Again, I like quick stress free dinners, so picked up some boneless chicken, browned each side in a dutch oven, coated it in the IPO barbeque sauce and let that cook for 30-40 minutes until fully cooked, flipping occasionally.  I served it with a side of mash potatoes and salad and my man was happy, happy, happy.  He loved the spicy twang and was impressed that it is gluten free and all natural.  I’m looking forward to whipping up some chicken wings with the EAT BARBECUE: IPO Sauce.
I liked that I can read and understand the ingredients on both bottles and feel confident serving it to my family.  It’s is our new family barbeque sauce staple.
Check out all of the EAT BARBECUE products at www.eatbarbecue.com.

Back-to-School with Udi’s Gluten-Free Foods

School is back in session and coming up with gluten-free lunch ideas that won’t bore can sometimes be a challenge.

Let Udi’s make it easier (and more fun) with our selection of gourmet snacks and goodies that last will last in your child’s school bag and locker through all those morning activities and into lunchtime.

SONY DSCUdi’s Soft & Chewy Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites: Oh man, these are absolutely delicious! You’d never believe they are gluten free. The chocolate chips in the brownie give it a nice added texture.

SONY DSCUdi’s Ancient Grain Crisps with Aged Cheddar: Initially opening the bag it definitely smells aged, but once you get it into your mouth and chew it, they taste great. The family loved it so much, that my husband, who is not gluten free, requested that I make sure to pick up more bags when I’m at the store.

SONY DSCUdi’s White Sandwich Bread: Best gluten-free bread ever. I’ve tried many other brands, but this is by far our favorite. We load it up like a Subway sandwich for lunch, and the bread holds up great… not crumbly or dry at all. The kids even love it toasted in the morning spread with butter and jam.

SONY DSCUdi’s Mighty Bagel: These bagels are awesome! They are not crumbly and dry. The kids love these bagels for breakfast out of the toaster. I’ve also made mini pizza bagels with these as an after school snack, which was a surprise and a huge hit with the kids.

SONY DSCUdi’s Whole Grain Hamburger Buns: Soft, not crumbly, good taste. It’s nice to finally have a complete hamburger, bun and all.

SONY DSCSoft & Sweet Cinnamon Raisin Bread: Soft, sweet and delectable. Warmed up with a little bit of butter spread on with a cup of coffee. Mmmm… makes me think of autumn and all it’s beauty.

SONY DSCHarvest Crunch Muffins: Yummy!!! We had these for breakfast. Even better is that it’s so nutritious made with cranberries, sweet potato, quinoa flour, flax seed, and pepitas. Great way to start the morning.

SONY DSCUdi’s Plain Tortillas: I was so excited to try these, because I honestly miss flour tortillas and was tired of the corn tortillas. Last night, I tried the tortillas for tacos. I threw 4 of them wrapped in a damp paper towel in the microwave for 20 seconds. I wrapped taco meat into the warm tortilla, but disappointed it fell apart. The second time around, I wrapped the tortillas individually in a damp paper towel for 20 seconds and what a difference! Chewy warm tortilla that held all of its taco filling together. Absolutely delicious!!! Today, I made a sandwich wrap for lunch, and again, delicious, chewy and it held the lunch meat together.

SONY DSCUdi’s Maple Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies: I brought a box of these over to my cousin’s house over the weekend. My cousin put them out and within 2 minutes they were all gone. Guests couldn’t believe these cookies were gluten free. They were a little crumbly, but soft and chewy. Extremely tasty!

SONY DSCUdi’s Cherry Walnut Granola Clusters With Omega 3: These are full of taste, great snack at home or on the go. These are clusters full of gluten free oats, ancient grains, fruits and nuts. It is good source of iron. My kids can’t get enough of theses clusters.

Because of Udi‘s products, I can honestly say my children and I don’t feel like we are on a gluten-free diet because of the variety of foods they carry. We can finally have food we have missed eating that actually tastes great and almost, or as close as it can get, to the wheat laden foods. When it comes to gluten-free foods, you can never go wrong with UDI’s brand. My only suggestion is to keep your breads, buns and bagels in the freezer to keep them fresh longer and just take it out when ready to eat it by heating it in the microwave for a few seconds and they come out warm, fresh and not crumbly.