Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Gluten Free Hits & Misses - Volume 1

It has been 2 weeks today that my son has been gluten-free and our household has been gluten-reduced.  And as we continue on this journey we are discovering new products almost daily.  Many of which we have never eaten or tried before.  So I thought we would share some of our "Hits & Misses" in the gluten-free/healthier eating department as we go along.

Here are a few recent "Hits" to get us started:

Udi's Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites are a definite HIT!  Dude, they taste like 2-bite brownies!  I currently need to buy more since I have been scarfing them down like mad!  TIP: these are found in the frozen foods section of the health food store and should be kept refrigerated so they maintain their freshness.  They are also soy and nut-free if this is an issue in your household.

Late July Organic Cheddar Cheese crackers.  These were a HIT and a MISS for us.  They were a definite MISS because they were in a gluten-free display at our local health food store and they are NOT GLUTEN-FREE.  The display was mislabelled and I didn't read the ingredients before I purchased.  My bad!  The HIT however, is that, although my GF son cannot eat them, I can and they are super yummy!!  Organic, no preservatives, non-GMO, etc.  I would definitely buy them again as a snack for myself.

Daiya Margherita Pizza.  OMG this pizza is amazing!  A HIT all the way!  I have to admit I was very sceptical the first time we had this.  I was totally expecting something that looked like pizza and tasted like cardboard.  I could not have been more wrong!  We have had this twice in the past few weeks and my son is already asking to have it again!  TIP: They also sell a small, personal-sized pizza that is perfect to send with kids when they go to sleepovers or birthday parties where there will inevitably be pizza.  We already have one on hand for this scenario.

We will be trying a muffin mix today, as well as a new brown rice pasta.  Wish us luck!

~ The Lazy Gourmet


  1. It sounds like your gluten-free adventure is going well. Twelve years ago, I figured out that I had celiac disease and have been of gluten-free ever since. My husband was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005, and none of our six kids eat gluten. Two were tested for celiac disease. The celiac tests were negative, but the anti-gliadin antibodies were sky-high. What did the pediatrician say? They don't need to avoid gluten. As my husband said, "That's like telling someone, 'Keep smoking. You don't have cancer yet.'" Anyway, the changes in overall health and behavior in my kids (and hubby and myself) are pretty amazing. "Dangerous Grains" by Ron Hoggan and James Braly is an excellent book. As far as food goes, it looks like you're doing pretty well. Otherwise, I would suggest Tinkyada brown rice pasta (cook it in plenty of water, for the time specified on the package, and rinse it WELL); Better Batter GF Flour (; and the blog

  2. Thanks so much for your comments Cheryl. We are only 2 weeks into this little adventure and there is certainly a lot of trial and error involved. Especially when you are feeding a 12-year-old! I appreciate your advice and will look into the book and the blog for sure. Thanks!