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DeBoles Gluten Free Rice Plus Golden Flax Spirals: A Review

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DeBoles Gluten Free Rice Plus Golden Flax Spirals

This is my favorite noodles for homemade macaroni.  It is not too grainy like most gluten free pastas, nor does have a strong taste of rice.  All I can say is that it really just tastes to me like pasta, regular gluten pasta.  It is also not a glob mess of a pasta, in other words it stays firm when fully cooked, not mushy like other gluten free pastas.  In fact my husband, the non gluten free eating person, likes it too, and he’s quite picky when it comes to pasta (or anything for that matter : ) ).  So give it a try and tell me what you think!

Ingredients: Whole grain parboiled brown rice flour, rice flour, golden flax, rice bran extract, vitamin premix (niacinamide ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin folic acid)

 

gluten free rice spirals

Maninis: Gluten Free Flour Review

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Maninis: All purpose gluten free flour

A Review:

While most gluten free all purpose mixes normally say “use with any recipe calling for all purpose flour,” this company does not state that.  I am happy that they do not state that, as I believe that is a fallacy, as gluten recipes are so different from gluten free recipes.  For one, gluten free flours do not really rise.  All flours are not created equal!  Maninis gluten free all purpose flour simply states that you can find recipes to use their flour with on their website.

Why I like Maninis gluten free all purpose flour: It’s all organic!  And its rice free.  As one Celiac to another, I know how much more rice we eat than regular gluten eating people.  Variety is better.  Not to mention the recent scare of arsenic in rice, which has made me more cautious of eating excess rice, which obviously is still unfortunately a major staple in my diet.  Apart, from making my own gluten free flour mix (which I may do in the future to cut costs), this helps eliminate the normal rice flour found in most gluten free all purpose flours.

This is by far the best gluten free flour I have found (I use this in most of my recipes that use flour, such as my banana bread).  The consistency is great, as well as the neutral flavor that makes you feel like your eating regular gluten flour in recipes.  Also, Maninis has many bread flour mixes that are superb, the best gluten free bread I have yet to taste or make!  So moist, and well it tastes just like the bread of the old days (gluten days)!  You can find their other mixes here:

They also have fresh pasta that you may be able to purchase in your area (however, not where I live, so I have yet to taste them), see here.

Online cost (the price recently went up): $18.99 for their all purpose 5 lb. mix (plus shipping: $12).

Click on pictures for ingredients and zoom in.  Pictures taken from here.

maninismaninis ingredients

Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti Pasta: A Review

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Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti: A Review

Trader’s Joe’s gluten free spaghetti in my opinion is not my first choice.  I personally buy it because the cost is cheap, $1.99 and it’s organic.  Maybe I still have memories of regular glutenized spaghetti, since its only been a year…This spaghetti sticks together (as is usual with brown rice pastas), which you can remedy slightly by adding extra salt to the water.  The spaghetti is also fairly gooey.  A little goes a long way, as in you can make yourself overly full if you eat too much, since it is very dense in the rice ingredient.

Ingredients: Organic brown rice and water

Package states: Gluten-free, sodium-free, Kosher certified, USDA organic, etc.

Cost: $1.99

***If anyone has found a favorite organic gluten free spaghetti feel to share in the comments.  Thanks!

trader joe's spaghetti

-Image was taken from Google images, which came from http://nutritiontransitions.blogspot.com/2010/06/peanut-noodles-with-shredded-chicken.html  (I will replace it with my own picture soon)

 

Yummy Earth Sour Gummy Worms (Gluten free): Review

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Yummy Earth Sour Gummy Worms (Gluten free): Review

I love gummy worms, especially sour gummy worms! You are never too old for gummy worms!  If you think your are, then you are not truly living! This is my absolute favorite dessert packaged treat!  I quit eating gummy worms though, because of the nasty ingredients.  Until I discovered Yummy Earth’s gummy sour worms!  They are organic and free of high fructose corn syrup.  Made with organic fruit juice, organic brown rice syrup, and organic cane sugar to sweeten!

Taste:  They aren’t really sour, they are just super tasty and fruity!  They are covered in sugar and very addictive.  Everything you want in a gummy worm!  I notice no taste difference, personally, compared to the nasty ingredient gummy worms.

Where to buy them?  Here or here

gummy worms

Ingredients of Yummy Earth Sour Gummy Worms: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Cane Sugar, Gelatin, Natural Flavors, Organic Fruit Juice (Apple and/or Pear, Black Carrot, Pomegranate), Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Carnauba Wax.

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Ingredients of Trollie Sour Brite Crawlers: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Gelatin, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Artificial Color (Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1), Natural & Artificial Flavor, Fumaric Acid.

Annie’s Homegrown Mac N’ Cheese vs. Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Mac N’ Cheese

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Annie’s Rice and Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese Vs. Trader Joe’s Rice Cheddar & Pasta

Who does not like macaroni and cheese?  Just because gluten is off limits does not mean that you cannot enjoy a bowl of “good old” mac n’ cheese; as long as it is gluten free!  In fact in my house, this is a go to meal when I just feel too tired or do not feel like cooking.

Annie’s and Trader Joe’s mac n’ cheese are very similar.  In my opinion I do not prefer one over the other.  Both brands are gluten free and GMO free.  As with all rice pasta’s, it has a slightly nutty flavor to go along with it.  Annie’s mac n’ cheese texture is more gooey than Trader Joe’s.  Trader Joe’s mac n’ cheese is a more firmer pasta, and in my opinion slightly more cheesy.  However, all in all I think they are just as good, but I just love mac n’ cheese in general!

Cost: Annie’s gluten free mac n’ cheese if your lucky and find it at Target will cost you $2.04, otherwise at a regular supermarket it costs $4 and up.  Trader Joe’s gluten free mac n’ cheese is only $1.99.

*As soon as I buy a box of Trader Joe’s mac n’ cheese again, I will be sure to post a product picture.