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Jun
30

Gluten-Free Rice Krispies

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Have you seen them yet? Kellogg’s® has finally taken the plunge into the gluten-free food market with their new gluten-free version of the classic Rice Krispies® cereal. We found it at our local grocery store this week. It was located in the regular breakfast cereal aisle, nestled right between the regular gluten-containing Rice Krispies cereals. We’ve been avoiding all Kellogg’s cereals since going gluten free because they all have malt flavoring made from barley in them. (I’m sure you already know that, but for anyone who may be new to the diet: Barley Malt is off-limits for anyone with celiac disease.)

I received a couple complimentary boxes of the new Rice Krispies Gluten Free to try this spring. I was excited to try it (partially because it’s always nice to get free gluten-free food in the mail), but I didn’t really think eating it would give me too much thrill. I mean it’s just a plain cereal, right? Well, I have to tell you when I heard the familiar “snap, crackle, and pop,” I did get a little excited. Maybe I was just being nostalgic, but it really did take me back to when I used to eat them as a child. You know…before the kids’ cereals all got added sweeteners, artificial colors, and a prize in the box. These were just how I remembered them. Including the fact that you have to eat them quickly or they will get mushy and soggy! So, I am enjoying them again — quickly, with almond milk and a little fruit.

Nutrition. My kids liked it, but weren’t as excited about it as I was. They probably thought it needed a little more sugar. I like the fact that it’s not so high in sugar! (Sugar is listed as less than 1 gram per 1-Cup serving.) More good news on the cereal box: simple ingredients and added vitamins and minerals. I’m not a dietitian or nutritionist, but look at the ingredients: “whole grain brown rice, sugar, contains 2% or less of salt, BHT for freshness.” And remember when the big cereal companies started using flours enriched with all kinds of vitamins and minerals? Well, they added those vitamins and minerals to this cereal, too. Check out the Nutrition Facts label on the Rice Krispies web page for the details. I was also happy to see that it says right on the box that it is produced in a gluten-free facility, so I didn’t have to worry about cross-contamination. (That was on the sample boxes I received. It did not have that statement on the box I purchased in the grocery store. A mistake by Kellogg’s, if you ask me.)

Rice Krispies® Gluten Free Treats®. Since they sent me two boxes, I decided to make Rice Krispies Treats, too. I used Kellogg’s classic recipe with a couple modifications. I’ve made crispy rice treats in the past with other brands of gluten-free crisped rice, but my kids never liked them. This time, they devoured them. I, personally, didn’t notice a big change in taste or texture, but my husband and the kids said they were crispier and better. If you are new to making Rice Krispies Treats, I offer a few tips:

  • Always use fresh marshmallows. Old ones take longer to melt, and over-cooked marshmallows get really tough and difficult to stir.
  • I prefer to use the mini marshmallows because they melt faster and are easier to work with.
  • Instead of buttering or spraying the 9×13 pan, use parchment paper to line the pan.
  • If you are adding chocolate chips, freeze them for a couple hours first. They will be less likely to melt while you’re adding them in. Work quickly! I find it easiest to just press the chips on top of the treats after pressing them into the pan.
  • You can make these dairy-free. The recipe says not to use any butter substitutes, but I did it anyway using Earth Balance Buttery Vegan Sticks. It worked great. I also used the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips which are dairy-free.

Where Can You Buy Rice Krispies Gluten Free? There is a product locator on the Kellogg’s website, but it didn’t work for me. I kept checking to see where I could buy the gluten-free Rice Krispies, but it still says it isn’t in my area. However, I did indeed find it at our local Wegman’s. I suspect it’s available at other grocery stores in my area as well. So, check it out at your local grocery store in the regular cereal aisle. And let me know what you think. You can also buy a case of 4 boxes on Amazon, if you can’t find it locally.

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Jun
26

Menu Plan June 27

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Olives is the theme for this week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap. I love olives. Sliced black olives are a staple in our house. We add them to every Mexican-inspired meal: tacos, nachos, enchiladas, etc. But we love Kalamatas and green olives, too. Check out what I’ve got in this week’s menu below. (Click on the pictures for links to the recipes.)

And, don’t forget to review this week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap at Celiacs in the House, where Wendy is hosting this week’s roundup.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Pizza with Pepperoni, Sliced Mushrooms and Olives

Tuesday - Rice Bowls with Shredded Chicken and Avocado Salsa

Wednesday - Wild Rice Salad with a Parmesan Dressing served with Rotisserie Chicken

Thursday - Greek Pasta Salad made with leftover Chicken and Kalamata Olives

Friday - Burgers without buns this week, Corn on the Cob, Green Beans

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SaturdayEating Out

Sunday – leftover night

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
You’ll find the rules, as well as the current and upcoming schedules, at Gluten Free Goodness. Thanks to Cheryl for her continued efforts at keeping our menu swap going.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Laura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Jun
19

Menu Plan June 20 – Blueberries

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The Gluten Free Menu Swap is here this week, and the theme is blueberries. Blueberries have become one of my favorite fruits for several reasons:

  • They’re quick and easy to clean;
  • They need no additional preparation – no peeling, slicing, coring, etc.;
  • They don’t spoil too quickly in the refrigerator;
  • They’re delicious raw in your breakfast cereal and fruit salad;
  • They’re also a delicious addition to muffins, pancakes, cakes, pies, etc.; and
  • Perhaps most importantly, eating blueberries is beneficial for good health.

Like most weeks, we’ll eat blueberries with our breakfast this week. I don’t often have blueberries with dinner, unless it’s in a fruit salad. But, I think I’ll try a new recipe this week for pork chops with a blueberry sauce. Are blueberries one of your favorites? Check the roundup below to see if other bloggers are loving blueberries, too. Next week, visit Wendy at Celiacs in the House for the Gluten Free Menu Swap and ideas for using olives in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Broiled Tilapia, Rice, Asparagus

Taco Tuesday - chicken, lettuce, tomato and avocado

Wednesday - Berry Fruit Salad, Roasted Chicken, Corn

Thursday – Pork Chops with Savory Blueberry Sauce. I thought I’d try this quick recipe posted at the kitchn.

Friday – Southwest Seven-Layer Salad. My new idea to use up leftover shredded chicken is to layer it with lettuce, black beans, corn, avocado, etc. I just need to come up with a good, spicy dressing.

Saturday – Haddock, Sweet Potato Fries, and Spinach Salad. I’ll make a spinach salad with blueberries, almond slivers and poppyseed dressing.

Sunday - Leftovers and a Fruit Pizza for dessert

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is not a fan of blueberries, so in her house it’s usually just raw blueberries for her husband. Her menu this week includes Chicken and Quinoa, Mahi Mahi with Kale Pesto, Beef Stew, and Sniffle Stew.

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen is joining us this week, and she is enjoying the local sales for blueberries! She’s making coconut yogurt parfaits with blueberries and blueberry cookies for breakfasts this week. She also has a fabulous recipe for Chicken Blueberry Mango Salad on her menu this week. Check out her recipes for Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes and Spinach Burgers, too.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness manages the headquarters of Gluten-Free Menu Swap. There you will find the rules, the current and upcoming schedule, and links to past roundups. For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to me at celiacfamily AT gmail DOT com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Laura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.

 

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Jun
06

Menu Plan June 6

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Simple Foods is the theme for this week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap. I think my family eats simple foods every day with an occasional meal that requires a little extra work. My young kids (6 and nearly 8 ) are slowing expanding their food choices, but really prefer plain foods most of the time. For the roundup of simple gluten-free foods, visit Cheryl at Gluten-Free Goodness.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Simple Foods deserves a simple menu this week. :)

Monday – Boneless Pork Chops grilled, Rice, Berry Fruit Salad

TuesdayGarlic Shrimp Pasta (plain cooked shrimp chilled for the kids), Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday – Burgers (no buns), Fries, Tossed Green Salad

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Grilled Chicken, Rice, Green Beans

SaturdayEating Out- kids’ choice

Sunday – Grilled Steak, Corn, Brussels sprouts

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
You’ll find the rules, as well as the current and upcoming schedules, at Gluten Free Goodness.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Laura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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