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Blueberry Corn Muffins

Don’t these look scrumptious?

They are made with Betty Crocker’s Yellow Cake Mix plus cornmeal.

The recipe can be found here at bettycrocker.com.

Please also check out all the other recipes using the new mixes.  There is a section specifically for the gluten-free mixes, but you could also adapt many of the other recipes which use the normal ones.  Just remember that the gluten-free mixes are about half the size as the normal ones, and adjust as necessary.

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Whole Foods Gluten-free Bakehouse


If you live near a Whole Foods, take advantage of their special Gluten-free Bakehouse section, which offers amazing products including breads, muffins, pie crusts (for pies or quiche!), pizza crusts (my favorite), desserts, biscuits, hamburger buns (can’t wait to try these!), and granola.  They are usually in the freezer section of the store.  They aren’t cheap, but they are delicious, and they just might save you in a pinch when you can’t or don’t want to bake your own treats.

If you go to this website, you will find a list of all their products with a link at the bottom for nutritional information for all of them.

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Traveling Gluten-Free

Traveling takes a little more forethought and planning when you’re eating gluten-free.  You can’t just stop at any old restaurant along the way or even assume that there will a place to eat in the airport.  There are many places that will work, but just in case, I always keep a good stash of food with us.  In fact, having safe food at hand is so important that I pack food before clothes, because we all know that it’s never good to see Mommy the kids in a full-blown hunger melt down.

It’s helpful to carry along food that can pack and keep well.  For car rides, I pack lots of apples, Nature Valley Almond Crunch bars, several types of trail mix, cheddar rice cakes with Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese Spread (and plastic knives), chocolate rice cakes with a jar of peanut butter, and Honey Rice Chex.

For plane trips, I bring an entire food carry-on with Almond Crunch bars, apples, rice cakes, a package of Hormel Naturals deli meat packed inside a large Ziploc bag with an ice pack in it, and trail mix.  Be careful of anything “liquid”.  This includes peanut butter in a jar, and I know from experience that airport security has no sympathy for under-privileged gluten-free eaters.  They’ll take that peanut butter right out of your bag, no matter how much you beg.  Usually you can find fruit and Lay’s chips in an airport if you need it too.  And, most hamburger places can accomodate you if needed.

I plan enough food to last us the trip, then if we do find a restaurant where we can eat, it’s a bonus.  If not, we’re still set.

If we’re in the car, I’ll even pack food for our stay.  We traveled 5 hours away a few weeks ago to visit friends for 2 days, and I had more food sacks than suitcases.

If we’re flying somewhere, I visit the grocery store once we get there to stock up.  You can buy a cooler there, fill it up, and eat most meals that way.  We’ve even brought an electric skillet and a crock pot with us to cook in hotel rooms, and most rooms have microwaves now.  That means you could eat cereal, microwave eggs, or gluten-free oatmeal for breakfast.  Lunch could be microwave quesadillas or rice cakes with meat and cheese, chips and fruit.  And dinner could be your restaurant meals.  Dinner could also be canned chili with Fritos, quesadillas, Taco Salad with canned beans, or Baked Potatoes.

Even though it seems daunting, planning is the key.  You just have to get used to putting food into your agenda.  And, you have to prepare yourself to be a traveling grocery store, which means you may need an extra suitcase just for food.  In the end though, it’s cheaper than eating out, usually healthier anyway, and much more peaceful knowing you’re prepared.

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Gluten-free Dinner Rolls

Before going gluten-free, I had 2 ways to make warm, delicious dinner rolls for a special meal.  One was to go the homemade route, mixing up dough, letting it rise, mixing again and again, until the beauties were ready a few hours later.  The other was to open the freezer door at the grocery store, put the package in my cart, and run home to pop them in the oven and throw away the package so everyone would think I did it by scratch.

These gluten-free rolls are a happy medium between those two.

If you start with a great bread mix, you can mix up the dough as instructed, then put them right in muffin tins to rise.  If you fill the tins up 2/3 full and let them rise to the top (usually 30 minutes), you can put them right into the oven.  Be careful on cooking times; mine just took 12 minutes.  When they come out, you’ll have yummy, hot rolls that are so worth the effort!

My favorite mix to use is Bob’s Red Mill’s “Homemade Wonderful Bread Mix”.  You can find it here.  I’ve also used my favorite bread recipe from Bette Hagman’s book, “The Gluten-free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy”, which gives a browner roll.

As always, make as many as you can with the mix, or even do 2 mixes at once.  You can freeze them and pull out as many as you need.  You can also use them for sandwich rolls, breakfast sandwiches, or mini hamburger buns. I’ve even brought my own to restaurants to eat with my meal.

Don’t be dinner roll deprived any longer!   Enjoy!

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Oatmeal

DSC_0230Ahhh, comfort food!  Oatmeal just warms the tummy, doesn’t it?

It’s also full of good nutrition and fiber, and it is very easy to add nutrition boosters to it such as ground flax seeds and ground walnuts.

Because it’s processed on equipment with wheat, oats are not considered gluten-free.  When you see oats listed in ingredients, stay away.  And, if something is labeled as “wheat free”, it probably is NOT gluten-free, usually because it contains oats.

However, there are some companies that grow, harvest, and process oats in a gluten-free way, allowing us to eat them.  My favorite is Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats, which you can buy from Amazon.  They also carry them at my local Sprouts, and the whole store heard an audible cheer  when I found them that glorious day a few months ago.

The great news is that now with gluten-free oats, you can have oatmeal, homemade granola, fruit crisps, and oatmeal cookies.  Yippee!  Thank you Mr. Bob and your lovely Red Mill for bringing oats back into my life.

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Brownie Bake-Off

I put 3 kinds of brownies to the test in a very scientific experiment to see which would come away with the prize of “best brownie”.  To make things fair and interesting, I included 2 gluten-free brownies, 1 brownie full of gluten and sin, and 10 tasters.

DSC_0497The 3 competitors were:

red team- Betty Crocker’s GF Brownie Mix

yellow team – Betty Crocker’s regular Brownie Mix

blue team – Gluten Free Girl’s homeade recipe:  http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/2007/05/brownies-gluten-free.html

DSC_0499First up – Betty Crocker’s GF Mix

They say it’s a little thick, and they aren’t kidding!

Easy to make

8×8 pan size

$4.29 a box

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This is Betty Crocker’s regular mix

13X9 pan size

$1.79

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And, this is a recipe from glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com

Really fun to make by swirling the melted chocolate into the batter

I don’t have an exact price, because I used ingredients I had on hand, but probably the cheapest option.

You get to plunge the pan in ice water after it bakes too, which I’ll bet is great fun for any brownie.

Each person got small pieces of brownies with colored toothpicks in them, then rated their favorites in order from most to least.  7 People tasted all 3 kinds, and 3 people (my 2 kids and me) just voted on the GF ones.

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………………….And, the winner is……………….!!!

Betty Crocker’s GLUTEN FREE MIX!!!!!!!

The tasters agreed that they were all good, and the scores were pretty close.  glutenfreegirl’s were a little too sweet for most people, but I want to try that one again with less sugar.  The GF mix was more fudgey, and the regular mix was more cake-like.

I still have a few tests to run before I’m settled with my favorite brownie.  I’d like to find a homeade version, mostly for a cheaper option.  But, for now, the Betty Crocker mix will be my choice for quick, easy, and yummy.  Let me know what you think too!

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