Posts Tagged ‘Gluten-free diet’

Craving Cream Cheese?

In Good Eats, Recently Reviewed on November 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

Giving up dairy has been a journey in itself. At first, we went all organic and lately have tried to go entirely dairy-free. Sure we all love cheese in our family and didn’t think we could go without. Funny though, I thought I could still have a bit of cheese now and again – after all, I was the only one in our family who wasn’t lactose intolerant. And who can resist the occasional slice of pizza? Well I’ve been surprised to discover that dairy doesn’t agree with me now – after eating it, I suddenly suffer anything from congestion to stomach cramps, thank you very much.

Daiya Cream Cheese style spreadcreamcheese I’d heard about Daiya products from other vegans, so I when I saw this dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free cream cheese style spread, I thought why not give it a try? The chive and onion flavour is our favourite particularly on fresh bagels (yes, some old habits die hard). We tried the strawberry one but it got a definite thumbs down from my daughter for being too sweet. PRODUCT NOTES Looks and tastes like the real thing. Regular cream cheese eaters will be surprised how realistic it is.  BOTTOM LINE Some fake cheese products have a funny aftertaste and people I know have complained about headaches after eating them. So limit your intake, and don’t go overboard. As my Grandfather used to say, “everything in moderation.”

Another Day, Another Dessert

In Good Eats, Recently Reviewed on June 4, 2013 at 10:01 am

cookiesIf you’ve ever eaten any desserts from Sweets from the Earth, you know how rich and delicious they are. So you can imagine how excited I was to see frozen cookie dough in the freezer section of my local health food store. In our shopping flurry, I grabbed the gluten-free chocolate chip dough and later lamented it wasn’t nut free. We checked their website though and noticed they offer both types – too bad they don’t make a dough that is both gluten and nut free. Plus there are other varieties – so we’ll just have to soldier on and try them all!

Sweets from the Earth Gourmet Cookie Dough, $5.99, Qi.

doughIt’s amazing to finally find products that include quality organic ingredients just like you would use at home. Why did it take so long? PRODUCT NOTES The dough looks and performs as well as any frozen cookie dough you might have used in the past but is certified vegan. The only thing we didn’t like is that it didn’t include a suggested yield – we made 24 mouth-watering chocolate chip cookies. And they certainly didn’t last long. BOTTOM LINE Stock your freezer! You never know when you’ll be in the mood for some freshly baked cookies. Bonus: If you’ve got kids, they’ll need no coaxing at all to whip up this quick treat without using every bowl, measure and utensil in the house.