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PMCookedHave you made your Halloween dinner plans, yet? How about picking up a gluten-free pizza? If you haven’t heard, yet, Papa Murphy’s take ‘n bake pizza locations are now offering Gluten-Free Pizza. The company has teamed up with Udi’s to provide gluten-free crusts to their customers.

I was contacted and requested to try Papa Murphy’s new gluten-free pizza and report on our experience. My first response was, “Gluten-Free Pizza? Yes!” My second response was, “Wait, what about cross-contamination?” So, armed with a gift card for pizza and questions about cross-contamination, I searched out a Papa Murphy’s location to give it a try.

If you aren’t familiar with Papa Murphy’s, they are a take-and-bake business. In other words, you tell them the crust, sauce and toppings you want on a pizza. They assemble the pizza ingredients on site, where you can see them working, and wrap it up for you. You take the pizza home, unwrap the pizza, and bake it in your own oven so it’s hot and fresh.

I went to Papa Murphy’s on a typical weeknight to see how they would handle the gluten-free pizzas. It was a busy evening with several customers ordering regular gluten-containing pizzas. When we placed our order, we were first told that there is only one size — medium. Not a problem. Then I asked the hard question, “What about cross-contamination?” The young man behind the register said that they are trained to do their best to limit the risk of cross-contamination, but that they can not guarantee that it would be 100% gluten-free due to being prepared in a shared facility. He continued to tell me that the pizza crusts are kept in a separate area, and that the pizza would be prepared with freshly changed, clean gloves. So, we continued with the order.

PapaUncookedI was disappointed, but not surprised to find out that they don’t carry a dairy-free cheese. I ordered one gluten-free pizza with lots of fresh ingredients, and one gluten-free pizza with sauce and pepperoni on the side. (I added the pepperoni they provided  me and my own Daiya cheese at home before baking.) Because of the way Papa Murphy’s is set up, I was able to watch all the preparation of the pizzas. Every pizza crust, gluten-free or not, is on a tray. So, the pizza crust comes out on a tray, and goes down the assembly line. One person, with fresh gloves prepares the pizza with fresh ingredients. The pizza is then wrapped in plastic wrap and given to me to take home and bake.

The biggest risk of cross-contamination I saw was that the ingredients for all pizzas came out of the same toppings containers. It is possible that someone preparing a gluten-containing crust touched the crust and then transferred gluten into the toppings containers. The risk of that is somewhat limited by the fact that the crusts are all on disposable baking trays, and the actual touching of the crusts is limited to possibly touching the edge of a pizza. I would be more concerned about dairy cross-contaimination than that of gluten or wheat. My family felt that the risk on that night was somewhat minimal, or at least no more than eating out at a restaurant that isn’t 100% gluten-free.

PMPizzaWe took the pizzas home, baked them, and enjoyed them. They are Udi’s pizza crusts, which are thin crusts. The size is larger than the Udi’s crusts you can buy in the freezer section of your grocery store. Baking instructions called for 15 minutes at 500º. The pizzas both turned out very good. My plain pepperoni and Daiya cheese pizza was not as exciting as the one loaded up with Papa Murphy’s fresh toppings. But, it was still good. And, the good news is that no one got sick from gluten (or dairy).

Would we buy a gluten-free pizza at a Papa Murphy’s location again? Yes, but probably only occasionally. The time it took me to pick up the pizza, take it home and add my own toppings, and then bake it, was no less than it would take me to prepare my own pizzas with Udi’s frozen crusts at home. More convenient perhaps, but not a real time saver for me. The benefit of going to Papa Murphy’s is the wide selection of toppings. (Be sure to check their Allergen Guide before choosing your toppings.) Papa Murphy’s would also be a good option when traveling and visiting with friends and family.

My recommendation if you want to try Papa Murphy’s gluten-free pizza. For the first time, I would suggest going early in the day when it isn’t quite so busy. The toppings containers will be freshly filled, and less likely to have gluten from cross-contamination. There will also be fewer gluten-containing pizzas being prepared at the same time. Besides limiting the cross-conatimination, it also gives the staff an opportunity to take their time and be more cautious. Be sure to talk to the staff, preferably the person preparing your pizza, and tell them about your sensitivity to gluten. Make sure they change their gloves, and watch them as they prepare your pizza. We felt good about the process. However, if you feel uncomfortable with the looks of the preparation area, you may want to ask the staff if they have fresh toppings in the back that are less likely to have been contaminated. If you still aren’t satisfied, leave without the pizza. It’s always better to be safe than sick. If you were satisfied with the preparation, then you should feel good about the fact that it’s being baked in your own oven, and not one that is being shared with other gluten-containing pizzas. :)

UdiPapa**CeliacFamily was sent a pizza set and a gift card for Papa Murphy’s pizza as an invitation to try the gluten-free pizza and share our experience with our CeliacFamily.com readers. Feel free to add your own thoughts and opinions on it in the comment section below.

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GF Halloween CandyIt’s almost Halloween, and there will be a lot of candy at our house soon! We will meticulously sort through the candy, check my Gluten-Free Candy List, and weed out the pieces with gluten. We usually give the gluten candy to family, friends, and/or co-workers who can tolerate it. My kids are used to the drill since we’ve been doing it ever since they started trick-or-treating. They don’t seem too bothered by the ritual of diminishing their stock of candy. (And I like the idea of excess sugar going out the door!)

However, I know of some families that do other things to make their kids feel better about losing out on some of their sugar rush. Some families buy back the candy from their kids — giving the kids a few dollars — so the kids feel like they are getting something for all their trick-or-treating efforts.  Other families trade the candy for toys or trinkets, or other special treats. They may even keep a supply of their kids’ favorite gluten-free candy to trade with on Halloween night.

Here’s another idea: How about trading the unacceptable candy with some gluten-free cookies? You can, of course, make your own. But there are also lots of options at the grocery stores these days. These are some of the cookies we’ve tried recently.

 

GinnyBakes

GinnyBakes

These cookies were sent to me to sample. And although they look and smell very good, I had to have my family taste them for me. Yep, they are made with real butter, and since I can’t have dairy, I had to let my family enjoy them without me. (GinnyBakes does make a “Dreamy Vegan Delight” vanilla cookies, which are dairy-free.)

In addition to being made in a dedicated gluten-free facility, GinnyBakes takes pride in the fact that their cookies are made with organic ingredients and no GMOs.

My family tells me that they were very good. Some in the family preferred the Chocolate Chip, while others preferred the Coconut Oatmeal. The Chocolate Chip cookies are crispy and buttery, but didn’t fall apart in the packaging. The Coconut Oatmeal Bliss Cookies are bite-size “ginny minis”. They have that traditional oatmeal cookie taste with chewy little raisins and a touch of cinnamon. I’m told that they did not have a coconut flavor. My husband enjoyed the small packages that he could take to work for a snack. Each bag contained six little cookie bites. You can also purchase to-go packs of the larger cookies, with two cookies per pack.

Where to Buy? Find these yummy cookies at your local retailers, at GinnyBakes online, or at Amazon.

 

Nostalgic Cookies

NostaligicCookiesAll the cookies made at Yossi’s Nostalgic Bakery are gluten-free, dairy-free, Vegan and Kosher. In addition, they do not contain GMO’s, preservatives, corn, or oats.  My kids had to fight me to try these. These are old-fashioned style cookies, as you can see from the picture. The kids enjoyed them, but not as much as I did. I loved the unique flavors and the small size of the cookies. The cookies were not crisp and crumbly, as you might think. Instead, they had a soft, almost chewy, crumb.

The cookies all came packaged individually, which would be perfect for trading with the kids on Halloween! It would also be great for adding to lunch boxes, or keeping in your purse for a quick snack. I can even see keeping a bowl of these sitting on a desk or kitchen counter to share with friends and co-workers. My kids were a little less adventurous about the flavors. They preferred the chocolate sandwich cookies. I enjoyed the variety of the flavors. I didn’t get to try them, but the Pumpkin Spiced Linzers would be great to share with friends and family this season!

Where to Buy? Find these cookies at retailers in select locations, at Nostalgic Cookies online store, or at Amazon.

 

Enjoy Life Cookies

EnjoyLifeCookiesEnjoy Life is a brand I can really appreciate. It’s hard to find chocolate that is dairy-free, but I can always count on Enjoy Life for allergen-friendly chocolate chips (minis, mega chunks, and now regular size morsels, too). Enjoy Life’s products are also free of the top 8 allergens — so no gluten, dairy, or nuts — which makes it great for school parties where there are always a variety of allergies to manage.

I only have a picture of the Soft-Baked Cookies here, but we’ve also enjoyed the crispy, crunchy variety they make. In fact, I think I like the crunchy cookies better. The soft-baked cookies are cake-like in texture. Almost like a brownie, but not as rich and fudgy as you would expect a brownie to be. They are small — only one or two small bites and it’s gone!

Where to Buy? Find these at your local retailers (Enjoy Life convenient store locator). Or purchase online at Amazon or other online retailers.

 

*GinnyBakes Cookies and Nostalgic Cookies were sent to Celiac Family free of charge to sample and provide an honest opinion to Celiac Family readers. If you have tried any of the cookies mentioned above, I invite you to leave your own opinions in the comments below.

Other Cookie Reviews by CeliacFamily

Animal Cookies

Animal Cookies

Mi-Del Cookies

Mi-Del Cookies

Pillsbury Cookie Dough

Pillsbury Cookie Dough

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GFPumpkinsPumpkin is the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. Pumpkin is a terrific source of anti-oxidants, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, and minerals. Perfect for supporting your health during the season, right? It also has a great seasonal flavor and color to add to your meals.

So, what are you doing with pumpkin this season? Roasting? Stewing? Steaming? I found some great online sources to give you (and me!) some additional ideas.

Directions for cooking your own fresh pumpkin:
Roasting a pumpkin at The Pioneer Woman
Baking, Boiling, and Microwave methods for cooking pumpkin at All Recipes
Slow-Cooker method at Practical Stewardship
Steaming and Boiling directions at About.com’s Southern Food

Pumpkin Breakfast
Bacon Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes by Silvana at Food & Wine
Pumpkin Biscuit Blossoms
at Gluten-Free Palate
Pumpkin Coconut Chocolate Muffins at A Healthy Life for Me
Pumpkin Donuts at Gluten Free on a Shoestring
Pumpkin Spice Muffins at Elana’s Pantry

Pumpkin Desserts
Gooey Pumpkin Spice Latte Chocolate Pudding Cake at Oh She Glows
Pumpkin Pie Roundup of over 40 gluten-free recipes at All Gluten-Free Desserts
Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies at Land O Lakes
Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake at Gluten Free Easily
Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Chip Cookies at Boulder Locavore

Pumpkin Dinners
Crockpot Paleo Pork and Pumpkin Chili at Primally Inspired
Crockpot Pumpkin and Maple Pork Tenderloin at The Skinny Fork
Pumpkin and Chicken Baked Pasta at Simply Quinoa
Pumpkin Chicken Chili at I Breathe…I’m Hungry…
Pumpkin Chili at The Gluten-Free Homemaker
Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole at Angela’s Kitchen
Pumpkin White Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers at Avocado Pesto
Steak Chili with Pumpkin at Liv Gluten-Free

Pumpkin Drinks
Pumpkin Pie Martini at Simply Gluten-Free
Pumpkin Smoothies at Incredible Smoothies
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte at Beard & Bonnet

More Pumpkin Recipe Links
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds at Simply Recipes
Edible Pumpkin Pie Play Clay at Fun at Home with Kids
Pumpkin Gingersnap Protein Balls at Body Balance
Spiced Pumpkin Granola at Against All Grain

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for including pumpkin in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Flank Steak

Flank Steak

Cilantro Rice

Cilantro Rice

MondayChicken Nuggets, Fries, Green Beans

Tuesday – Crockpot Pumpkin and Maple Pork Tenderloin, Rice Pilaf, Sautéed Spinach

Wednesday – Chicken Taquitos with Shredded Mexican Chicken, Avocado Salsa

Thursday – Flank Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli

HalloweenPumpkin Chili, Cornbread

Saturday – Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole with leftover chicken and Cilantro Rice

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Corn-Free
Melissa has a Rustic Pumpkin Soup with Bacon on her menu this week.  Mmmm…sounds delicious! She is also planning for Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Spaghetti Bolognese, Hamburger Soup, Beef Stew, and Beef and Cabbage Soup this week.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth says she prefers butternut squash and sweet potatoes to pumpkin, but she has it on her menu this week anyway. She’s making Pumpkin Ice Cream, Shirley’s Crustless Pumpkin Pie, and Pumpkin Waffles. For dinner this week, she’s making Spaghetti and Meatballs, Veggie Soup, Vegan Nachos, Smoothie and Popcorn, Sweet Potato and Bean Enchiladas, and Pizza.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Pumpkin this week.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing gluten-free menus and gluten-free Breads.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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GFFennelFennel is the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. Fennel is new to me. Well, not exactly new. I’m familiar with the mild licorice or anise flavor. And, I’m not new to using Fennel Seed in recipes. But, I can’t recall ever buying fresh fennel. So, I figured it was about time I tried it.

I went looking for some inspirational gluten-free recipes, and I found plenty of them online. Some of the recipes I found call for fresh fennel, and some call for using fennel seeds. I even found some recipes that were a a little surprising. I’m looking forward to trying some of them this week and throughout the season.

Recipes using fresh, raw fennel:

Recipes that cook fresh fennel:

Recipes with Fennel Seeds only:

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for including fennel in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Easy, Hearty Gumbo

Easy, Hearty Gumbo

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

MondayWhite Chicken Chili with rice

Tuesday – Greek MeatballsFennel, Cucumber, and Mint Salad

WednesdayGumbo with Rice and Garlic Bread

Thursday – Fennel and Sausage Pasta Salad

Friday – French Bread Pizza, Celery, Fennel, and Green Apple Salad

Saturday – Pigs In a Blanket with leftovers

Sunday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders, Caramelized Fennel and Onion Risotto, Roasted Broccoli

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa has a delicious menu lined up for this week. She’s starting the week with Smoky Chipotle Chili Cheese Mac, Mongolian Beef, and a Rice Bake. She’ll continue the week with Bean and Cheese Enchiladas, Salmon Patties, Honey Lime Chicken Tacos, and a warming Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth says she doesn’t use fresh fennel, but has used fennel seed to season sausage. For dinners this week, she’ll be making Paleo Pumpkin Waffles, Easy Clam Chowder, Sweet Potato and Bean Enchiladas,  Chipotle Copy Cat Beans and Rice, and Pizza.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Corn-Free
Melissa is working with a tight grocery budget, but still manages to come up with tasty, filling meals. This week it will be Rustic Bacon and Pumpkin Soup, Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joe’s, Chicken Pot Pie, Paleo Chili, Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili, and Tuna Noodle Casserole.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Fennel this week.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for gluten-free meals with Pumpkin.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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ApplesThe cool fall weather blew in this weekend at my house, and all I can think of is warm, comfort foods. Fortunately, with Apples as the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week, that fits right into my menu plan.

This week I’ll be eating raw apples for snacks and salads this week, but I’m also cooking it up — Sautéed Spinach with Apples and Onions, Chicken and Apple Sausage, Pork and Apple Curry, and Honey Apple Cider Glazed Salmon. Yum!

I also found lots of Breakfast and Dessert recipes I need to start trying (double Yum!):

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for including apples in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Rainbow Apple Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Monday – Pork Chops with Sautéed Spinach with Apples and Onions from Vegalicious

Tuesday – Chicken Apple Sausage with Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Wednesday – Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Broccoli

Thursday – Angela’s Pork and Apple Curry with Jasmine Rice

Friday – Honey Apple Cider Glazed Salmon, Rice, Spinach

Saturday – Pizza, Rainbow Apple Salad

Sunday – Beef Stew, GF dinner rolls

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa is still thinking about Sweet Potatoes this week, and said she used them to make soup and Sweet Potato Pie. [again, Yum!] On her menu this week, is Amish Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole, Honey Rosemary Chicken, Sweet n Sour Chicken, Baked Tacos, Chilaquiles, and Southwest White Chili.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Corn-Free
Melissa spent some time over the weekend stocking her freezer, so she has half of her meals already prepped this week. Her family will be enjoying Cabbage and Beef Soup, Beef Stew, Paleo Beef and Veggie Soup, Chicken Pot Pie, and Italian Wedding Soup. Stop by MomsPlans.com for all the recipe links.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
This week, Elisabeth is planning to make Apple Dumplings and Apple Cider Donuts. She’s also working on a recipe with Apples and Sweet Potatoes. Can’t wait to see it. Her dinners this week will be Omelets with Veggies, Lentil Potato Soup, Chicken Nuggets and Butternut Squash Nuggets, Cauliflower Alfredo, Sweet Potato/Bean Enchiladas, and Pizza. Find all the recipe links at her menu post this week.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for yummy Apples this week.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for gluten-free meals with Fennel.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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