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Trying out Pillsbury’s new gluten free dough

Pillsbury Gluten Free Dough

As a Udi’s Gluten Free Community Leader, I’m always on the lookout for ways to save our community members money. That’s why we’re having a live chat on Thursday 8/29 about ways to save money on a gluten free diet. (If you miss out the chat, you can still read the questions and comments at the Udi’s Gluten Free site here.)

I’ve found that a lot of people who are new to being gluten free immediately rush out to an expensive health food store not realizing that your local grocery store or discount store has a huge variety of gluten free foods. Not only that, but they’re from brands you know and trust, like Chex, Bisquick, Betty Crocker, and Pillsbury. Best of all, many are very affordable and easy to use. Case in point, the new gluten free dough just introduced by Pillsbury:

  • Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: 14.3-oz. tub, makes approximately sixteen 2" cookies, 110 calories per serving, MSRP$4.49.
  • Gluten Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough: 13-oz. tub, makes one 10" pizza crust, 170 calories per serving, MSRP $4.99.
  • Gluten Free Pie and Pastry Dough: 15.8-oz. tub, makes two 9" pie crusts, 250 calories per serving, MSRP $4.99.

These are starting to be available in Target stores nationwide and will be available in most grocery stores soon.

Pillsbury sent me a tub of each variety of their gluten free dough to try. So far we’ve used the pizza and cookie dough. I’m saving the pie dough for a Secret Recipe Club post next month.

Pillsbury Gluten Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough

Since I still don’t have the energy to make dinner most nights, my husband, Paul, was the one who cooked with the Pillsbury Gluten Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough. He said it was super easy to roll out. (He struggles rolling out the whole wheat premade dough he gets from the store since it has a tendency to bounce back.)

However, he felt that if he had followed the directions, he would have burnt the crust. To initially prebake it, he cooked the crust for 7 not 12-14 minutes. To bake the prepared pizza, he felt that 9 instead of 10-12 minutes was enough. So keep an eye on your pizza to make sure you’re not over cooking it. Also, the edges do have a tendency to curl up.

Pillsbury Gluten Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough

I liked that it was a thin crust pizza. The dough was crisp, not soggy, even after sitting around for a while. It had a slightly sweet taste, which was tasty. And unlike a lot of gluten free bread products, it wasn’t gritty. However, the true test was how the pizza tasted cold. The cold crust wasn’t soggy or tough. It wasn’t super crispy either, but pleasantly chewy. Besides pizza, this would be a terrific gluten free dough to use for party flatbread appetizers or mini pizzas.

Pillsbury Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

My 10-year-old daughter, Lucie, is the resident cookie maker, so I let her test out the Pillsbury Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough all by herself. She used a small cookie dough scoop (approximately 1 tablespoon) and spaced out the cookies 2 inches apart per the directions. She likes flattening the dough slightly with her fingers, otherwise she followed the directions exactly.

Lucie bakes Pillsbury Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I found the cookies were quite delicious and chewy, even after being stored in the refrigerator for several hours. They were only slightly gritty. What I also like about the gluten free cookie dough is that because the tub is good for a couple of months, you can bake up a couple of fresh cookies for yourself or your child in a toaster oven. Don’t know about you, but having a big batch of cookies sitting on the kitchen counter tempts me to overindulge.

For more information on Pillsbury Gluten Free Dough including recipe inspiration, visit pillsbury.com/products/gluten-free.

Learn how to save money on a gluten free diet! Udi’s Gluten Free Community Chat 8/29 at 8 PM EST #gfcommunity

Learn how to save money on a gluten free diet! Udi’s Gluten Free Community Chat 8/29 at 8 PM EST

So many folks complain that being on a gluten free diet is expensive. It can be if you don’t know the tricks like finding inexpensive gluten free brands, eating naturally gluten free foods, or where to find coupons for your favorite gluten free products.

Join me, Alta at Tasty Eats at Home and Rachel at Finding Joy on Thursday, August 29th at 8 pm EST at the Udi’s Gluten Free Community site where we’ll be sharing these tips and more.

In addition, we’ll be giving away four Udi’s Gluten Free Prize Packs!

Prize Pack 1

  • Pizza CrustUdi's Gluten Free Pizza Crusts
  • 1 Pack Mighty Bagels
  • 1 Retro Back-To-School Udi's Lunchbox
  • 1 Pack Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
  • 1 Bag of Vanilla Granola

Prize Pack 2

  • Pizza Crust
  • 1 Pack Mighty Bagels
  • 1 Retro Back-To-School Udi's Lunchbox
  • 1 Pack Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
  • 1 Bag of Vanilla Granola

Prize Pack 3

  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • 1 Package Lemon Streusal Bagels
  • 1 Reusable Grocery bag
  • 1 Pack Jalapeno Chedda Ancient Grain Crisps

Prize Pack 4

  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • 1 Package Lemon Streusal Bagels
  • 1 Reusable Grocery bag
  • 1 Pack Jalapeno Chedda Ancient Grain Crisps

Hope to see you on the 29th HERE or in the dialog box below.

New to being gluten free? Join us for a Udi’s Gluten Free Community chat Tues July 30 @ 8PM ET

New to being gluten free? Join us for a Udi’s Gluten Free Community chat Tues July 30 @ 8PM ET

Are you new to being gluten free? Then join me, Liz of The Lemon Bowl, and Alta of Tasty Eats At Home for a LIVE CHAT on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 8PM EST on the Udi’s Gluten Free Community site for tips on how to get started living la vida gluten free. You can join us here or in the dialog box below.

We’ll be answering questions to help those new to the gluten-free lifestyle. And we’ll be giving away tasty treats from Udi’s Gluten Free such as tortillas, sandwich bread, muffins, granola, and Ancient Grain crisps – yum!

Join us for a chat on keeping gluten free during summer travel on Monday, July 1st 8PM ET #gfcommunity

beach

It’s been a hectic summer for my family between the various kids’ camps, entertaining, house guests, and getting ready for a family camping trip. If you’re like us, you may be completely off any sort of a routine when it comes to work, sleep and even eating. That’s why it’s super important to pay attention to your gluten free diet during the summer – especially if you’re traveling!

We’ll be discussing gluten free travel and more at the Udi’s Gluten Free Community on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 8 PM ET. We’ll also be giving away some delicious Udi’s Gluten Free goodies. You can join us here or in the discussion widget below.

Here’s to a happy, fun and healthy summer whether you’re spending it at home or at the beach!

Bourbon & Chocolate Pecan Pie

Bourbon & Chocolate Pecan Pie at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

As an Udi’s Gluten Free Community leader, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that I can easily make gluten free – especially desserts! We had a guest over recently, who I wanted to make something special for to thank him for connecting me with my new kinesiologist. (The doctor has done wonders for my shoulder and helped me avoid another surgery.)

Since we had a bag of pecans in the freezer – courtesy of my husband’s former landlord who has a pecan tree in his yard – I thought I’d make a gluten free version of Martha Stewart’s Sorghum-Sweetened Chocolate Pecan Pie.  I had made it at Thanksgiving and loved the mixture of bourbon, sorghum, coconut palm sugar, and chocolate along with the pecans. Plus, it gave me an excuse to use some leftover chocolate.

Bourbon & Chocolate Pecan Pie at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

I used a premade gluten free crust from Wholly Wholesome. I wasn’t totally happy with it as too hard to cut! Next time I use the crust (the package came with two), I won’t prebake it as maybe that’ll help. Feel free to use your favorite gluten free pie crust recipe, mix, or premade crust. Or try making a crust out of rice cakes like I did with my Chocolate and Almond Freezer Pie.

Like my freezer pie, this is not a light dessert, so make sure to serve up small pieces! However, I promise not to come over with the Diet Patrol if you want to serve it up with a scoop of ice cream or some whipped cream. In my opinion, it’s yummy and decadent enough without the added goodies.

Bourbon & Chocolate Pecan Pie at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Bourbon & Chocolate Pecan Pie

Based on Martha Stewart’s Sorghum-Sweetened Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 gluten free pie shell
  • 1/3 cup gluten free all-purpose baking mix
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon (I highly recommend Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey.)
  • 1/2 cup sorghum syrup
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped (I used Green & Black’s 70% organic dark chocolate.)
  • 1/2 cup buttery spread, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together gluten free all-purpose baking mix, coconut palm sugar, and salt.
  3. Stir in eggs just enough to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Stir in bourbon, sorghum, pecans, and chocolate.
  5. Pour melted buttery spread into bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.
  6. Place pie shell on a baking sheet.
  7. Pour pie filling into shell and bake for 35 minutes. The top should be set but the center may be slightly gooey. (Test by jiggling the pan. The center may move a bit, but the sides won’t.)
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Serve at room temperature and store in the refrigerator.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 55 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
  • Serving size: 1 slice

Win Udi’s Gluten Free goodies at our Monday, May 20th summertime chat at noon EST #gfcommunity

summertime laptop at the beachMy kids have only two more days of school! So I’m already planning for day trips, summer camp, and family camping trips – what about you? Let’s chat about what you and your family is doing this summer on Monday, May 20th (that’s TOMORROW!) at noon HERE on the Udi’s Gluten Free Community site. (Or in the widget below.)

Udi’s Gluten Free Community Leaders Toni from Boulder Locavore, Sarah from Sarah Stanley Inspired, and I will be discussing summertime fun and food!  We’ll be sharing some great gluten free dishes for all of summer's different outings from camping to potlucks to barbecues!

And we’re also giving away some terrific prizes from Udis’ Gluten Free that will be perfect for your summertime food plans including:

  • 3 packs of hot dog buns
  • 3 packs of classic hamburger buns
  • 3 packs of whole grain hamburger buns
  • 3 boxes of snicker doodle cookies
  • 3 loaves of white sandwich bread
  • 3 boxes of blueberry muffins

Hope to see you at the chat on Monday, May 20th HERE (or below) at noon EST/9 am PST!

Let’s chat about celebrating Mother’s Day at Udi’s Gluten Free TODAY at 2pm EST #gfcommunity

Let’s chat about celebrating Mother’s Day at Udi’s Gluten Free on Tuesday, April 29 at 2pm EST #gfcommunityJoin me and several of the other Udi’s Gluten Free Community leaders for a LIVE CHAT celebrating Mother's Day TODAY on Monday, April 29th at 2PM EST! We’ll be chatting about how to stay celebrate Mother’s Day gluten free, whether we’re dining out with our families or being cooked for at home.

We’ll also be giving away some great Udi’s Gluten Free products during the chat!

  • bags of Cherry Walnut Granola Clusters
  • bags of Blueberry Cashew Granola Clusters
  • packs of Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts
  • packs of Mighty Bagels
  • boxes of Snickerdoodle cookies
  • loaves of Cinnamon Raisin Bread

You follow the chat here or in the widget below. I hope you can join us!

Healthy Gluten Free Slow Cooker Pasta

Healthy Gluten Free Slow Cooker Pasta from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.comAs I explained in last month’s Secret Recipe Club post for Spaghetti with Spicy Cauliflower Sauce, making pasta is a bit of an ordeal at my house since I only have two proper burners on my stovetop. So when I saw Robin from Robin Restored’s post on Crockpot Spaghetti, I thought, “This is the recipe I have to make for this month’s Secret Recipe Club challenge!”

Robin explains that Crockpot Spaghetti is her mom’s go-to recipe for family parties and people complain if she doesn’t make it. Robin’s version is sure to please, but I wanted to health it up a bit and make it gluten free. So here’s how I changed it:

  • I used the leanest ground beef I could find instead of ground chuck. Buy the leanest you can find at your local store. If you read labels, you’ll notice that it has less fat than ground turkey. Feel free to use ground venison or buffalo, too. If you can find and afford organic or “natural” (grass fed with no antibiotics used) beef or buffalo, go for it!
  • I used fresh ingredients like onions and garlic instead of powders and fresh mushrooms instead of canned.
  • Instead of pepperoni slices, I decided to try it with chicken Italian sausage from Trader Joe’s. Their sausage is precooked, so I was able to cut it into chunks before placing it in the slow cooker. If the sausage you use isn’t precooked and you’re worried about it falling apart during cooking, place it whole into the crock. Then slice it up before serving.
  • I used V8 instead of plain tomato juice since we had a bottle in the pantry. Any veggie and tomato juice blend will do!
  • I also added some additional veggies – two yellow squashes. You could also use zucchini, eggplant or cauliflower. Slow cooking practically dissolved the squash and mushrooms, so their presence remained hidden from picky people in my family who claim not to like vegetables. (That’s my daughter, Lucie, who only eats carrots and cauliflower these days.)
  • Finally, since I'm a Community Leader at Udi's Gluten Free, I'm always interested in making gluten free recipes, especially for the slow cooker. So I used brown rice penne pasta, and my family never noticed! Feel free to use whole wheat pasta instead if you don’t eat gluten free.

Slow Cooker Pasta from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

All in all, good reviews from the family and super easy and quick to make. The leftovers heat up well in the microwave without the pasta getting too mushy.

Healthy Gluten Free Slow Cooker Pasta from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Healthy Slow Cooker Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 1/2 fresh oregano, minced)
  • 1 (15 ounces) can tomato sauce
  • 4 ounces mushrooms (cut large mushrooms into halves or quarters)
  • 3 1/2 cups V8 juice
  • 1 package Italian flavored chicken sausage, sliced into bite sized chunks
  • 2 yellow squash, cut into a large dice
  • 1 (16 ounce) package brown rice penne pasta

Directions

  1. Over medium heat, place ground beef, onion and garlic into a large skillet. Cook until meat has browned. Drain well.
  2. Place browned meat into a large (6 to 8 quart) slow cooker.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, except pasta. Stir well.
  4. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 3 1/2 hours.
  5. Add pasta and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until pasta is done.
  6. Turn off slow cooker. Serve and enjoy!
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Hours 30 Minutes
Total Time: 9 Hours
Servings: Serves 8 with lots of leftovers
  • Serving size: 1/8 of recipe

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Quick and Easy Nachos with Udi’s Gluten Free Plain Tortillas!

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Nachos at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

As a part of my work with the Udi’s Gluten Free Community, I try to serve as your go to source about Udi’s Gluten Free new products. One new offering that got me really excited was their new gluten free plain tortillas. One of the foods I really missed when I first started eating gluten free were tortillas. (Since I was eating corn free for a while, I couldn’t eat those either!) I’m sure many of you – especially those with gluten free kids – feel the same way since tortillas are something many of us eat regularly. I couldn’t image having any sort of Mexican style dishes from quesadillas to taco night without them!

About Udi’s Gluten Free Plain Tortillas

Udi’s Gluten Free’s tortillas come in two sizes – small and large. Also, you may have to search in the refrigerator or freezer section of your store to find them, as they need to be refrigerated. I learned the hard way and had them out on the counter for a week when they started getting moldy.

As far as taste and texture goes, I like them a little better than the brown rice tortillas I usually purchase. They’re less chewy, especially if I cook them in the microwave for 10 seconds before making a wrap with them. Unfortunately, the tortillas are a bit fragile and tear easily, but this is true of other gluten free tortillas I’ve tried. So make sure to store them perfectly flat in the refrigerator. If you don’t, they’ll tear in the package.

Udi’s Gluten Free plain tortillas

The reason I gave you that warning because I didn’t store them flat, and had a package of broken tortillas that were useless for making breakfast egg wraps or hummus and arugula rollups. So I decided to make lemonade with lemons, or in this case, nachos with torn Udi’s Gluten Free tortillas!

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Nachos at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Nachos

This is a great way to use up leftovers from taco night or an easy party dish to make for your gluten free guests.

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 3 large or 5 small Udi’s Gluten Free Plain Tortillas, torn into bite sized pieces (or enough to line your oven safe dish)
  • Your favorite healthy nacho toppings – low fat Mexican style grated cheese, chunks of queso fresco, salsa, olives, leftover fajita beef, chicken or pepper stir fry, diced onions and tomatoes, no fat refried beans, etc. Get creative!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Spray an oven save dish with cooking spray. (I used a glass pie plate.)
  3. Line dish with torn pieces of Udi’s Gluten Free Plain Tortillas.
  4. Place dish on highest rack of the oven and cook for 10 minutes until the tortilla pieces start to get a little bit brown and crispy.
  5. Remove dish from oven. Cover tortilla with your favorite nacho toppings.
  6. Place dish back in oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and toppings are heated through.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 1 large platter of nachos
  • Serving size: varies

Join us for a #glutenfree springtime Easter chat on Thursday at noon EST! #gfcommunity

Easter eggs

Join me and several other Udi’s Gluten Free Community Leaders - Sarah, Jo-Lynne, Toni and Rachel - for a Celebrating Springtime and Easter live daytime chat this Thursday March 21 at 9 am PST/noon EST! We’ll be discussing celebrating springtime and Easter with gluten free recipes, favorite family traditions, Easter egg hunts, spring gardening, and more!

We’ll also be giving away some Udi’s gluten Free goodies! Hope you can join us here or in the chat box below.

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Disclosure: As an Udi's Gluten Free Community Leader I'm compensated for my time and efforts on their behalf.

Gluten-Free Crepes with Chilean Fruit and Orange Vanilla Sauce

Gluten-Free Crepes with Chilean Fruit | At This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.comAs a community leader at Udi’s Gluten Free, I’m always on the lookout for healthy, delicious and easy to make gluten free recipes. That’s why I was excited that the folks at the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association sent me this recipe for gluten free crepes to share with you!

You'll need a crepe pan (an 8" omelet pan should do fine), and if you've never made crepes - some patience! It takes a little bit of practice to get the crepes just right, so expect to feed the first few tries to the dog.

About Chilean fruit

Chile’s fresh stone fruits and berries are now in ample supply in supermarkets throughout North America. If you’re concerned about safety of the produce coming from Chile, know that their fruit growers and exporters are passionate about providing the freshest, highest-quality fruit to consumers. That's why they've invested in state-of-the-art facilities and maintain the highest standards for food safety and quality.

For more delicious recipes from the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, visit fruitsfromchile.com/recipes. And for more gluten free recipes, check out Udi’s Gluten Free Community.

Gluten-Free Crepes with Chilean Fruit | At This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Gluten Free Crepes with Chilean Fruit and Orange Sauce

Recipe from the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk or soy, rice or coconut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter or buttery spread (melted)
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 peaches, sliced in 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced into quarters (or equivalent mix of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • Optional: add whipped cream, yogurt or ice cream if desired.

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and milk together. Add melted butter. In a small bowl, blend flour, salt, sugar and baking powder and add to liquid mixture, and blend until combined. Refrigerate for one hour.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine orange juice and granulated sugar and simmer until mixture is reduced to 1 cup. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, blend, and set aside.
  3. Lightly wipe the surface of a small nonstick skillet with butter or canola oil. Place skillet over medium heat. Pour approximately 1/8 cup of batter into hot skillet, tilting skillet until batter spreads evenly into a thin layer. Cook crepe until lightly brown, about two minutes, then flip with a pancake turner or spatula.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the sliced peaches and berries. Spoon sliced fruits into the center of each crepe. Fold in half. Fold in half again forming triangle, four layers thick. Place two crepes on individual serving dishes and add 1/4 cup of orange vanilla sauce.
Prep Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Servings: Serves 8
  • Serving size: 2 crepes
  • Calories: 177
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated fat: 2 g
  • Sodium: 209 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 63 mg

Recipe and photo used with permission of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association

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Disclosure: As an Udi's Gluten Free Community Leader I'm compensated for my time and efforts on their behalf.

Join me and Udi’s Gluten-Free for a Movie Awards chat this Tuesday at 8 PM EST

Join me and Udi's Gluten-Free for a Movie Awards chat | At This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Are you throwing a party for the big Movie Awards Ceremony? If so, join me and the Udi’s Gluten Free Community tomorrow at 8 PM EST for a chat about the best gluten free appetizers and drinks to serve your gluten sensitivite guests while you watch the celebrities walk down the red carpet. We’ll also be chatting about gluten free celebrities, movie themed foods, and more.

We’ll also be announcing our own winners – by giving away some Udi’s Gluten Free goodies that is! We’ll be giving the following Udi’s Gluten Free Prize Pack to FIVE lucky winners:

  • 1 package of Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust
  • 1 package of Udi’s Gluten Free Classic Hamburger Buns
  • 1 package of Udi’s Gluten Free chocolate chip cookies
  • 1 package of Udi’s Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownie bites
  • 1 package of Udi’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
  • 1 Udi’s Gluten Free dry erase board

You can follow the chat here or in the embedded discussion box below. Hope you can join us!

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Disclosure: As an Udi's Gluten Free Community Leader I'm compensated for my time and efforts on their behalf.

Are you ready for some football…chat that is? Join us at the Udi’s Gluten Free Community on 1/23 at 8 pm ET! #gfcommunity

football

Will you be throwing a party for the Big Game and wondering what you’ll make for your gluten free guests – or yourself? If so, join me, Wendy at La Phemme Phoodie, Alta at Tasty Eats at Home, Sommer at A Spicy Perspective, and Toni at Boulder Locavore on the Udi’s Gluten Free Community website on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT to discuss gluten free entertaining and cooking for the Big Game!

We'll be sharing our favorite appetizer, drink and party dish recipes along with tips on how to entertain gluten free. In addition, we'll be giving away Udi’s Gluten Free prize packs! And if all you want to discuss is who you think will win or what Beyonce will wear, we’re happy to chat about that, too!

You can join the conversation here on the Udi’s Gluten Free Community or in the widget below. Hope to chat with you then!

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Disclosure: As an Udi's Gluten Free Community Leader I'm compensated for my time and efforts on their behalf.

Wine and Rosemary Quinoa

Wine and Rosemary Quinoa at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

On the Udi’s Gluten Free Community website, one of the naturally gluten free foods my fellow community leaders and I like to recommend to members is quinoa. It’s a terrific source of vegetarian protein, too. However, lately I’ve noticed that my kids don’t like it all that much. In fact, they tell me quinoa tastes kind of gross. One way I combat that is by rinsing the quinoa before cooking. Another thing I try to do is dress it up by combining it with salt, spices, and some veggie add-ins like diced roasted peppers during the cooking process.

One successful quinoa recipe I regularly feed to my family is based on this recipe from Mizkan. Instead of couscous, I use quinoa (I use Bob's Red Mill Organic Grain Quinoa) and have adjusted the amounts of water and Holland House White Cooking Wine accordingly. It makes a great side dish when serving grilled steaks or smoked beer can chicken, and it makes great use of the rosemary we have growing in the garden.

In the pictures, it’s hard to see the tiny bits of rosemary. Believe me, it’s there. Also, I checked the ingredients of Holland House's cooking wine, and it's gluten free, too.

Wine and Rosemary Quinoa at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Wine and Rosemary Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup Holland House® White Cooking Wine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed (or 1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped )
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except for the quinoa.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil on high heat. Let boil for 1 minute.
  3. Remove cover, pour in quinoa, and replace cover.
  4. Bring back to a full boil, then turn heat down to medium low.
  5. Bring back to a full boil, then turn heat down to medium low.
  6. Cook for 12 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed by quinoa.
  7. Remove from burner and let sit for 15 minutes. (Keep lid on.)
  8. Remove lid, stir quinoa and serve.
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • Serving size: 1/4 to 1/6 of recipe

Wine and Rosemary Quinoa at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Save money with Holland House

You can download a coupon for 50 cents off your next purchase of Holland House cooking wine here. Also, for more recipes using Holland House, sign up for Mizkan’s Splash for Cash e-newsletter for a chance to win up to $600. (Mizkan is Holland House’s parent company.) Finally you can connect with Holland House on Facebook.

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Disclosure: As an Udi's Gluten Free Community Leader I'm compensated for my time and efforts on their behalf.

Mizkan, the parent company of Holland House, provided compensation for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own.

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