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Enter Giveaway below to win a box of gfJules™ Gluten-Free Baking Mix.

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gfJulesboxesJules Shepard has started a new line of Gluten-Free mixes. To be more precise, she is re-launching her popular gluten-free baking mixes under a new company name: gfJules™. So, if you’re already familiar with her gluten-free flour mixes, make sure you’re getting THE Real Jules.

I’m happy to support Jules in her new venture. She has done so much for the gluten-free community. Her cookbook was one of the very first I bought when I started this gluten-free lifestyle almost 10 years ago. I bought it directly from her at a Chesapeake Celiac Support Group. You may have participated in the annual Gluten-Free Cookie Swap on Facebook and Pinterest that she organizes each year. And, we’ve all benefited from her work on the 1 in 133 organization. My family and I were glad to be able to attend the 11-foot tall gluten-free cake-building event in 2011. The event was certainly a big push to get the gluten-free labeling laws noticed, passed, and finally implemented last year.

I make a lot of gluten-free food from scratch. I have a pantry filled with a variety of gluten-free flours, but I have to say that I really like the convenience of starting with baking mixes. A tried and tested gluten-free mix that works just right for the product you want just seems to make life a little easier. Jules sent me a box each of the Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix and the Graham Cracker/Gingerbread Mix to try.

The gfJules website says this about her baking mixes:

  • “All gfJules products are free of the Top 8 food allergens
  • All gfJules products are made in a dedicated GF and allergen-free facility
  • If you don’t love it, and we can’t find a way to help you love it, then we’ll refund your purchase price”

gfJules™ Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix

  • gfJulesPancakesNo brown Rice Flour
  • No Bean Flours
  • No Dairy, Nuts or Soy
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan

I was so happy to see that this mix is dairy-free! So many of the gluten-free mixes in the stores contain powdered milk. I made pancakes with the mix, and my kids LOVED them! The pancakes browned very nicely, but I have to warn you. It is a very thick batter. The first batch I made I added some water to thin it out, so the batter would spread after being poured onto the skillet. That was my mistake because the pancakes ended up gummy inside. After reading the cooking instructions more carefully, it says to “spread the batter with a spoon so the pancake is not too thick.” OK, lesson learned.

Following the directions, the pancakes turned out much better and still moist. That makes it perfect for reheating frozen leftovers in the toaster, if you have any. :) Each box comes with two bags of mix. I found that each bag made about 16-20 pancakes depending on the size you make them.

 

gfJules™ Gluten-Free Graham Cracker/Gingerbread Mix

  • gfJulescrackersNo Bean Flours
  • No Dairy, Nuts, or Soy
  • 96% Non-GMO
  • Vegan

The graham cracker mix makes a large batch. It was quick and easy to mix them up. To roll them out, I didn’t add extra flour as the directions said to do. I simply rolled them out on parchment paper, with plastic wrap on top. That works out well for me, and I don’t have to worry about extra flour. I rolled out half the dough to about a 12″x 16″ rectangle, and cut the crackers into roughly 2″ squares. (I ended up with about 80 crackers.) I sprinkled some of them with cinnamon-sugar before baking and they were even tastier.

Perfect for some yummy s’mores, or just for snacking. This would be great for making gingerbread men and gingerbread houses for the holidays, too. You just need to add some additional spices to the mix.

 THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AND POSTED. DON’T FORGET TO REQUEST YOUR FREE SAMPLE.

Enter to win a gfJules™ Gluten-Free Baking Mix

Finally, the giveaway details! Jules has offered to give a full-size box of one of her baking mixes to two lucky readers.

  • gfJulesPancakebagsTo enter, simply leave a comment below saying which product you would like to try: gfJules™ Pancake & Waffle Mix or gfJules™ Gluten-Free Graham Cracker/Gingerbread Mix.
  • You can receive bonus entries for letting your friends know about the giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, or other social media. Just be sure to come back and leave an additional comment below letting us know where you mentioned it.
  • Make sure when you’re leaving a comment, that you put your email address in the appropriate box so that I can contact you if you win.
  • All comments/entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm EDT, Saturday Jan. 31, 2015.

Two Winners will be chosen using a random generator. Each winner will receive one box of their choice of gfJules™ gluten-free baking mixes. The winner should respond within 48 hours after being contacted by email. If I’m unable to contact a winner, another winner will be chosen. Good Luck! Keep reading for details on how everyone can get a sample of gfJules™ Gluten-Free Flour Mix.

 THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AND POSTED. DON’T FORGET TO REQUEST YOUR FREE SAMPLE.

Everyone Wins!

Jules has also generously agreed to send EVERYONE a 3/4 Cup sample of gfJules™ Gluten-Free Flour Mix. The flour is used as a 1:1 replacement that works in just about any recipe, but it will come with a recipe to make muffins. You simply need to send an email requesting a sample to Samples@gfJules.com. Be sure to include your U.S. shipping address. (Sorry, the free samples will not be shipped out of country.)

Some of the benefits of her Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour:

  • APF-SB-FRONT-e1411136820110Certified GF from GFCO
  • Certified Kosher from OU
  • Vegan
  • Made in a dedicated GF and top 8 food allergen-free facility
  • 1:1 flour that works in nearly of your favorite recipes (and it’s guaranteed)
  • the flour is tasteless and has no grit – just like the white flour you’re used to baking with
  • 18 month shelf life
  • Non-GMO

To find THE Real Jules and Gluten-Free Baking Mixes, Recipes, and Support for the Gluten-Free Community, check these out:

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DietSCDThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re exploring specific gluten-free diets. So far, this month, we’ve explored the Paleo Diet and the Low FODMAPs Diet. This week, I’m trying the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). 

The SCD diet was created to help patients with Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Diverticulitis, Cystic Fibrosis, and other digestive disorders. The diet removes foods that are difficult for many people to digest, like grains, lactose, sugar, and some beans and vegetables. Removing these foods is intended to help reduce intestinal inflammation, get the bacterial levels balanced and stabilized, and promote healing of the gut.

What you can eat on this diet: meat, nuts and seeds, dairy with no lactose, fruits, and selected beans and vegetables. For a detailed, alphabetical list of foods that are legal and illegal, check out Breaking the Vicious Cycle website. You can print a categorized list of Foods Allowed and Foods to Avoid on the SCD diet at Health Through Diet.

I had to print the list, so I could keep track of the vegetables I can eat on the diet. Unlike the FODMAPs diet, you can eat onion and garlic. (My husband will be happy about that!) You can also eat Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kale, Peas, Pumpkin, Squash, Tomatoes, Zucchini, and more. Vegetables you can’t eat include: Canned Vegetables, Cucumbers, Jicama, Okra, Potatoes, and Yams.

For breakfast this week, I’ll be eating Eggs and Veggies, Elana’s Cinnamon Bun Muffins made with honey, and Fruit Smoothies. For lunches, I’ll be eating dinner leftovers, chicken lettuce wraps, and salads.

For more information on SCD and recipe ideas, check these resources:

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

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Rainbow Veggie and Fruit Salad

Rainbow Veggie/Fruit Salad

Monday –  Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork (no bun), Roasted Broccoli, Acorn Squash

Tuesday – Beef Stew with Carrots and Squash instead of potatoes

Wednesday –Baked Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze, Asparagus

Thursday – Hamburger (no bun), Zucchini Fries, and Rainbow Apple Salad

Friday – Eating Out

Saturday – Chicken Wings, Orange Spiced Carrots, Roasted Cauliflower

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa is using her slow-cooker this week for Roasted Whole Chicken, Beef Stew with Potatoes Carrots and Peas, and Turkey and Veggie Soup. She’s also happy to have some freezer meals on hand!  Vegetable Bolognese with EggplantCabbage Beef Casserole, and Moroccan Ground Beef with Zucchini and Tomatoes round out her dinner menu this week.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
This month, Elisabeth is trying a meal planning service that provides menus for gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free meals. This week, however, she’s using up leftovers to fill her menu. She’ll be enjoying Indonesian Stir Fry, Chickpea Noodle Soup, Italian Noodle Bowl, Triple Green Quesadillas, Black Bean Tortas, Pizza and salad.

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

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 foods that work for a Paleo Autoimmune Diet.
  • 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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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DietFodmapsThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re exploring specific gluten-free diets. Last week we shared ideas for a Paleo Diet. This week, I’m trying the FODMAPs diet. 

The FODMAPs diet has been reported to help reduce symptoms of IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, and other gastrointestinal problems. So, if  you are on a gluten-free diet, but still experience frequent problems with bloating, constipation, cramping, diarrhea, etc., you may want to consider looking at the FODMAPs diet. FODMAPs is an acronym for Fermentable Oligo- Di- Monosaccharides And Polyols. The diet focuses on eating a diet LOW in those types of foods. It avoids carbohydrates high in fructose, lactose, fructans, galactans, and polyols.

The goal of the FODMAPs diet is to keep your intake of FODMAPs low, but you do not have to eliminate them completely. It is similar to the Paleo diet because it avoids wheat and gluten, legumes, and sweeteners. Unlike the Paleo diet, the FODMAPs diet allows grains like rice and corn, and dairy foods that are low in lactose.

I was surprised that the FODMAPs diet also restricts onion and garlic. I love onion and garlic! But, maybe I’ve been loving it too much. :) You’ll find a good list of foods to eat, and those to avoid on this diet at the Stanford Health Care and at the IBS Group websites. I also like this post of the 8 Signs of FODMAP Intolerance.

For breakfast this week, I’ll be eating oatmeal, eggs, and Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins. For lunches, I’ll be eating chicken rice soup, baked potatoes, and chicken lettuce wraps.

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for low FODMAPs meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Flank Steak

Flank Steak

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

Monday –  Baked Chicken, Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Broccoli

Tuesday – Spaghetti and Meatballs, tossed green salad

Wednesday – Chicken Nuggets, Potato Chips, Carrots

Thursday – Flank Steak, sautéed spinach, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Friday – GF Waffles with a Tropical Fruit Salad (no mango, no dressing)

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – GF Pizza, Spinach Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa has some great meals planned for the week. She starts with Spaghetti, Pot Roast, and Caribbean Roast Chicken. Beefy Noodles, Coconut Curry Chicken, Beefy Short Ribs, and Chicken Pot Pie finish out the meals for the week.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has a couple meals this week that would work on a low FODMAPs diet: Zucchini Pasta (also Paleo) and Beef Stew (but leave out the peas). She has some other yummy meals that could work for the FODMAPs diet if you left out the onion and garlic (ugh!): Sausage, Kale, and Spaghetti Squash BoatsSlow-Cooker Turkey Vegetable Soup, and Weight Watchers 0-Point Vegetable Soup. For more gluten-free meal ideas, check out her full menu this week.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Low FODMAPs meals.

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 foods that work for a Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).
  • 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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Diet2015Happy New Year!! Are you making goals and resolutions for 2015? Weight-loss and healthier living often make it onto new year resolutions for a lot of people. After a holiday season of splurging on sweets and excess, I’m definitely putting healthier eating at the top of my list. If I happen to lose a little weight, that will be good, too.

This month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re going to explore gluten-free diets that focus on healthy eating and healing your gut. This week, we’ll start with the Paleo Diet. 

The Paleo Diet restricts eating all grains, so no wheat, corn, or rice. You also can’t eat legumes, dairy, or sugar. So, what can you eat? Your diet can include meats, eggs, vegetables, fruits, seeds, and tree nuts. Some people like to further restrict the diet by eliminating high-sugar fruits and vegetables, like pineapple and potatoes. I’m starting easy this week, so I probably won’t be so strict.

So, why Paleo? A paleo diet removes foods from our diet that contain toxins and are more difficult to digest. For you and me, that might mean a happier gut, no bloating, reduced allergy symptoms, clearer skin, better sleep, more energy, clearer thinking, a better mood, and more.

I wanted to start this month with the paleo diet because I know I consumed too much sugar over the holidays, and I needed to reset my body to a healthier state. I know from past experience, that when I was on the Paleo diet, my overall feeling was that I had more energy, felt lighter, and happier.

Unfortunately, I also felt hungry. So I’ll have to have some healthy snacks with protein (maybe Fruit and Nut Bars without the rice cereal) to fill me up and get me through the week. I’m going to be drinking smoothies this week for breakfast. They’ll be mostly fruit, with some almond milk for protein. For lunches, I’ll keep it simple and eat dinner leftovers or eggs with veggies. 

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

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

Monday –  Grilled Chicken, Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Broccoli

Tuesday – Beef Stew with red potatoes and carrots

Wednesday – Southwestern Chicken Salad (minus the corn and beans)

Thursday – Bacon-Wrapped Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Spinach

Friday – Hamburger patties, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Baked Ham, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa’s menu has a couple recipes that would work for a paleo diet: Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Chili (leave out the dairy) and Eggplant and Tomato Stew. Also on her menu this week is Iranian Kebob, Chicken Thighs and breaded eggplant, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Chicken Breast with Pasta and Cherry Tomatoes.

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

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 foods that work for a Low FODMAPs Diet.
  • 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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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AppleFritterPlateLast month, I was invited to participate in the Krusteaz Blogger Bake-Off, and I was eager to join and try the new Krusteaz gluten-free baking mixes. As a way of introducing their new line of gluten-free baking mixes to the gluten-free community, Krusteaz is sponsoring a contest for bloggers to create a gluten-free recipe using one of their new gluten-free baking mixes. They sent me two boxes of each mix with a “Gluten-Free Bake-Off Kit.” I’m told the Double Chocolate Brownies, Blueberry Muffins, and Buttermilk Pancakes are all very good. I wasn’t able to enjoy them because they all contain milk products, which my body doesn’t tolerate very well.

I was, however, able to enjoy the Krusteaz Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Mix. (Although the ingredients label says it may contain milk, I didn’t have any trouble from eating it.) It’s a very sweet and tasty cornbread. I used it to make Cornbread and Sausage Dressing for Thanksgiving this year. It was so good, we ate the leftovers for breakfast! But that’s another recipe. ….

I guess because the cornbread is so sweet, I thought it would be perfect for making a sweet breakfast treat for the holidays — Cornbread Apple Fritters! I love having a baking mix to give me a head start on a tasty breakfast. So, with a few additions to the mix, I created a recipe that is delicious and easy to prepare!

Gluten-Free Cornbread Apple Fritters Recipe

Ingredients:

AppleFrittercloseupKrusteaz Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Mix
1 Cup Almond Milk, unsweetened
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 large Egg
3 Apples — peeled, cored, and diced (3-4 cups)
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
2 Tbsp Sugar
1-1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Vegetable oil for frying (enough for 2 inches of oil in a sided fry pan or a quart in a deep fryer)
Powdered Sugar for dusting the tops (optional)

Directions:

  1. AppleFritterFryHeat vegetable oil to 375° F. On the stove, heat oil in a pan with tall sides. Or, use an electric deep fryer.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Prepare apples by peeling, cutting out the cores, and dicing. Then toss them in the medium bowl with the cinnamon-sugar mixture to evenly coat the apples. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together one package of Krusteaz Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Mix with 1 cup almond milk, 1/3 cup oil, and 1 egg.
  5. Fold the apples into the prepared Krusteaz Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread batter.
  6. Scoop a ball of about 2 Tbsp of batter at a time into the heated oil. I cooked 5 of them at the same time. Fry the apple fritter batter for about 3 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned.
  7. Remove cooked fritters from the oil and place on paper towels to remove excess oil and cool down. Those apples will be hot!
  8. If desired, dust the fritters with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Additional Notes:

  • Makes about 24 fritters, depending on the size you make them.
  • Prep time about 15 min, or less if you’re faster than me at peeling apples.
  • Total cooking time 25-30 min.
  • I cooked these using both methods — on the stove and using an electric deep fryer. The electric deep fryer is better at keeping a constant temperature, but both methods worked fine.
  • I used Golden Delicious apples, but feel free to use your favorite baking apples.
  • If the fritters aren’t cooking through fast enough, try making them a little smaller.
  • To keep fritters warm before serving, consider placing them in a warm oven (200° F) until ready to eat.
  • Krusteaz Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Mix ingredients: “Sugar, whole grain white cornmeal, degermed yellow cornmeal, whole grain sorghum flour, whole grain millet flour. Contains 2% or less of the following: food starch-modified, salt, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), xanthan gum, honey powder. May contain milk, eggs and soy.”

Want to know more about Krusteaz Gluten-Free products?

 

KrusteazBakeOffThe recipe and comments above are my own, however, Krusteaz did sponsor my participation in the Blogger Bake-Off. I was sent a Krusteaz “Gluten-Free Bake-Off Kit” with two boxes of each of the new Krusteaz gluten-free baking mixes, along with a tote bag, spatula, and gift card for buying ingredients. Krusteaz is also awarding three contest winners additional gift cards to Crate and Barrel.