Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread in Cleveland…

Guess where I was this weekend?

Guess who I was hangin’ out with in Cleveland?

Yep, you guessed it…me and my good ol’ buddy, Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bread!

The day was full of fun gluten-free events!

And amazing gluten-free folks…

I was having such a great time…

Just me and the bread…

Sans Gluten, obviously, hehe…

How adorable are these gluten-free fans?

I just couldn’t get enough…had to tape a few snipits for you to see these amazing Cleveland Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bread fans!

Thanks Rudi’s for another fabulous gluten-free event…

I had a wonderful time working with the fans as it was the perfect day to chat about this week’s Thanksgiving Gluten-Free stuffing recipes as you surely can believe we’re all using Rudi’s in our stuffing…No doubt about it!

Thanks Rudi’s!

 

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Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery

Last weekend I had the pleasure of representing Rudi’s Gluten Free Breads at the Atlanta Gluten Free Vendor Fair.


It truly was such an amazing experience to meet folks of all ages who live with celiac disease and gluten-intolerance.  I loved meeting and helping everyone from the little children to the elderly… showing them the delicious ways to enjoy Rudi’s Gluten Free Breads.  It was great to connect with these folks and share with them my gluten-intolerance and struggles with avoiding ‘Gluten’…I received amazing feedback on the Rudi’s Bread texture, consistency and flavor.  The crowd was honestly going wild over the bread…”It tastes just like regular bread”… “This is too good to be true”…”I can’t wait to buy a loaf and finally enjoy a ‘normal’ sandwich again”…These are just a few quotes that I heard and jotted down to share with all of you.

I displayed Rudi’s 3 yummy gluten-free breads and served them toasted with dairy-free butter and jam, but many people enjoyed poppin’ a piece of good ol’ Rudi’s right into their mouth-plain and simple…no if and’s or buts, this bread tastes delicious even without the condiments.  Now, how about that for a Gluten Free bread?  Rudi’s surely is tough to beat in my book and I have not yet come across a better bread…


Let’s just say, “Baked on the Bright Side” is exactly what you get in every bite…a touch of sunlight, warmth, trust and quality gluten-free bread…that’s enough for me to smile about…and boy o’ boy am I smilin’ when I’m eatin’ Rudi’s, hehe…

Who doesn’t want a bit of the ‘Bright Side’ in their lives…or meals?  I surely do and that’s what Rudi’s is to Me…a simple, trustworthy bite of sunshine.

Rudi’s has flavor…it has pizazzz…a nice chewy texture and a ‘normal’ bread-like consistency…it doesn’t break apart easily as many other gluten-free breads do…and therefore it can be enjoyed as a sammie, with an omelet or as a dessert bread puddin’!

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Breads are available in the freezer section of your grocery store in 3 fabulous flavors:

Multigrain


Original


Cinnamon Raisin



So, what’s my favorite? Oooo … That’s a toughy…It’s hard to choose as they’re all so tasty in different ways…I love the Multigrain when making a sandwich, the Original for making toast with eggs or a spread of jam and the Cinnamon Raisin for Fresh toast or simply just toasted with a dollop of nut butter and a drizzle of honey…

Here is a great video clip from the fair of a woman who “loves” Rudi’s!

Thank you, Rudi’s for this amazing opportunity as I could do this every weekend!

It was a ‘delicious gluten-free’ blast…

And, speaking of delicious, here is one of my favorite Rudi’s Gluten-Free Recipes:

Coco-Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  • 5 slices Rudi’s Cinnamon Raisin Gluten-Free Bread, torn into pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup macadamia nuts, ground in food processor
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, very finely chopped
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate chips
  • Topping: Greek plain yogurt
  • Topping: Fresh mint leaves
  • Topping: Unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread bread pieces in the dish in an even layer.
  • Whisk eggs in a medium bowl. Add rice milk, sugar, raw cacao, chili powder, vanilla and cinnamon; whisk the mixture until the sugar and cocoa dissolve. Pour the cocoa mixture over the bread. Mix in any un-soaked bread pieces. Sprinkle ground macadamia nuts, basil and chocolate over the top and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Bake until golden brown, puffed and set in the middle, about 45 minutes. Serve warm, with a scoop of Greek yogurt, a fresh mint leaf and a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut on top.
  • Enjoy!

Have you ever been to a Gluten-Free Vendor Fair or Celiac event?  If so, I’d love to hear about it…

Zesty Macadamia Bison Balls

Earlier this week, I met with one of my clients and I decided to introduce her to bison…we purchased freshly ground bison from Whole Foods Market and went back to her apartment to create some tasty bison balls! After scouring her fridge, I came across freshly ground nut butter and opted to add that to the ingredient listneedless to say, I was yearning for a bison ball and decided to whip them up in my little kitchen last night! I used freshly ground macadamia nut butter and a few other fabulous ingredients that I had in my fridge…the result: Amazing.

Moving forward, I will always make a note to add nut butter to my bison balls, hehe…it added the perfect texture and taste…it was beyond delish!  Just be sure the nut butter is softened before you create these balls as the softness of the nut butter combines perfectly with the other ingredients.

Now I can’t wait to try this recipe with other nut butters…almond, peanut, cashew…O My! I’ve got some exciting ideas for other nut butter balls…coming soon!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. ground bison
  • 2 Tbsp. natural macadamia nut butter (softened)
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Optional Toppings: Nutritional yeast, salsa, Greek plain yogurt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Using hands, mix well until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Spoon bison mixture into balls (or patties) and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes; flipping the tray after 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.  Sprinkle with nutritional yeast.
  • Serve warm with salsa and Greek plain yogurt for dipping.
  • Enjoy!

In The News This Week…

Bloom is off organic grains; Prices down, but growers optimistic

SONY boss asks theater owners for healthier snacks

Celiac Disease: What Foods Are Allowed, How To Shop, Dine Out

Food To Fuel Your Workouts

Not All Power Bars Provide Good Nutrition

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10 Secret Stressors

6 Natural Remedies That Really Work

And, the best news of the week: Congrats to my Mother for earning the Teacher of The Year award at her school!  I love you, Mom…Happy early birthday!



Gingerbread Cookies

How adorable are these cute little gingerbread men and women? I couldn’t resist…as with every year I have to make my special gingerbread people.  It’s a fun, festive ritual that I take part in and enjoy every second of the process from grading cutting shapes with my cookie cutters to decorating the clothes and features on the gingerbread people.  Here is a wonderfully delicious gingerbread recipe that will surely compliment your gingerbread house this season.

I was so excited to make these gingerbread guys and gals because I used two of my new Open Sky products, my Winco Aluminum Rolling Pin, which was fabulous and created an even and smooth surface for my cookie cutters and my Copper Bowl, which was perfect for mixing my ingredients to create the gingerbread dough.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp. cloves
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. wheat germ
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted and softened
  • 1 tsp. honey or agave nectar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar or stevia
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat several baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, flax seeds, wheat germ and salt; mix well. Beat butter, honey, oil and sugar in another large bowl with an electric mixer until it forms a creamy texture.
  • Add egg, molasses and balsamic vinegar; beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal portions, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • On a floured surface, roll each portion separately to create a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut cookies using cookie festive cutters. Combine scraps and roll dough again to make additional cookies.
  • Place cookies on baking sheets.
  • Bake the cookies, about 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Decorate with icing and personalize each gingerbread man and woman.

In The News…

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Try a One Size Fits All Dinner for Vegetarians and Meat Eaters

Chef Creates Healthy Pizza

Goin’ Gluten-Free…and $25 Gift-Certificate Giveaway

Avoiding gluten, the protein found in wheat as well as grains rye and barley can be a challenge, but there’s no need to wave goodbye to your favorite foods.  If you suffer from gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, you can build your diet from vegetables, rice, corn, legumes, fruit and other tasty gluten-free foods.


Vegetables, Fruits, Seeds and Nuts

All fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts are gluten-free.  Be aware of packaged, processed vegetables and fruits such as jellies, preserves, soups, nut butters and processed, pre-made meals, which may contain gluten.  You can easily prepare homemade soups, salsa, smoothies, dressings, marinades, parfaits, casseroles, salads, chutneys and nut or seed butters using fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts in their natural state.  Green, leafy veggies such as kale, collards, chard and spinach are great options steamed as a side dish or tossed into a green smoothie.  Hearty veggies such as carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, squashes, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower and legumes are perfect for making chili or stew, while artichokes, avocado, asparagus, celery, Brussels sprouts, corn, peas and peppers are tasty in a stir-fry or stuffing.  As for fruits: apples, oranges, grapefruit, berries, melons, bananas, pears and peaches are a flavorsome addition to smoothies, desserts or parfaits with yogurt and nuts.  Try freezing grapes for a satisfying, refreshing treat and create a homemade trail mix using nuts, seeds and dried fruit for a convenient snack.  Looking for flavor? Fresh herbs add a powerful aroma and zesty taste to any dish; toss rosemary into marinades or cilantro into gazpacho.

Dairy, Eggs, Meat

Eggs and meats are gluten-free, however, be sure to read the ingredient list for processed meats such as luncheon meats, breaded variations and sausage, which may contain traces of gluten.  Dairy is gluten-free, as well, however processed dairy such as ice creams, yogurts and butters may contain gluten.  Enjoy any of the following in their natural state: chicken, beef, bison, ham, turkey, eggs, seafood, lamb, fish and wild game.

Flours and Grains

All forms of wheat, barley and rye contain gluten; however, there is a vast array of naturally gluten-free flours available, which are created from beans, seeds or nuts.  Oats are naturally gluten-free, however, cross-contamination may occur during processing, therefore purchase oats with the certified gluten-free label.  The following gluten-free flours and grains can be enjoyed guilt-free: rice, buckwheat, teff, corn flour, corn meal, lentils, flax seed, potato, polenta, millet, soy flour, tapioca, quinoa, amaranth, almond meal, arrowroot and gluten-free flour blends.  These gluten-free options require easy prep and can be used to create a hot breakfast, casserole, stir-fry or dessert.  If you have trouble adjusting to gluten-free varieties, try adding fruit puree such as canned pumpkin or prune to moisten and add flavor.

As a rule of thumb, steer clear of processed foods and reach for foods as close to the original source as possible.  Using fresh ingredients rather than pre-made, processed options is a safe way to ensure a gluten-free lifestyle.  Your best bet is to prepare meals at home so you have control over the ingredients and ensure there is no cross-contamination with gluten.


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The Healthy Apple’s coupon code is: talli2509

Rules:
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