Vigilant Eats’ Superfood Cereal | Triumph Dining Product Review

Whether you’re going camping, on a road trip, or are just at work, make sure to have a few containers of Vigilant Eats’ Superfood Cereal on hand because you really can’t beat the convenience or taste. These gluten-free cereals have powdered hemp milk inside so you just have to add water or milk (cold or hot) and then stir with the folded up spoon that is included in each cup.

There are four Superfood Cereal flavors: Goji Cacao, Coconut Maple Vanilla, Espresso Maca Mulberry and Maca Double Chocolate. All are made with gluten-free oats yet lack soy, dairy, additives, preservatives and refined sugars. They are all also Kosher and organic.

The best part about these cereals is that they are ready in about a minute (unless you’re adding in the time to heat up your water/milk) and are packed with nutritious, low-glycemic and antioxidant heavy ingredients so you stay fuller longer and have a massive amount of energy.

It really makes up for the lack of “stick to your ribs” breakfasts that exist in the gluten-free diet world, especially when mixed with almond milk.

Superfood Cereals are made in a dedicated, gluten-free facility by Vigilant Eats, which was started by Doug Siegel. Siegel had created a cereal mix called “Doug’s Daily Dose” that included organic oats, goji berries, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and natural sweeteners that his friends liked so much, they convinced Doug to share it with the world.

Advocating not only his cereal but also “food justice”, Doug started Vigilant Eats which supports organizations like the Farm to Consumer Defense Fund a national organization that “protects ad defends the legal rights of consumers to buy directly from farms.” The cereals can be bought from the Vigilant Eats website or on amazon.com

The Piping Gourmets | Triumph Dining Review

gluten_free_whoopie_pies_from_The_Piping_GourmetThere are times when I’d like dessert but there’s nothing gluten-free for me to eat. While fruit is probably the healthiest option sometimes you really just need something chocolate! Save the fruit for breakfast and stock your freezer with gluten-free Whoopie Pies instead.

According to The Piping Gourmets website, a Whoopie Pie is a classic American dessert from the Northeast made with two small round cake-like cookies with frosting in the center. Gluten free Whoopie Pies by The Piping Gourmets are the perfect individually wrapped dessert to keep in your freezer for when you or other gluten free friends or family need to indulge. Take one out of the freezer for a few minutes, let it thaw and have a great dessert for one or take out a whole box and share. The cake part is soft and moist and the frosting is smooth and creamy. Click to continue reading »

Grab the Gold | Triumph Dining

grabthegoldI grabbed the gold on the way to work today. Really! Grab the Gold is a balanced protein snack bar that came in one of my monthly deliveries from Cuisine Cube. I always have a bar or two stashed in my work bag in case I’m hungry and not around gluten free options.

This bar is more the size and shape of a hockey puck, maybe slightly smaller. It’s round like a hockey puck. The flavor of my bar was chocolate peanut butter and had whole chocolate chips and whole oats in it. It was moist but with chunks so it wasn’t pasty like protein bars can be. The size was perfect. I didn’t feel overly full after eating the whole thing but it filled my need for breakfast. The chocolate chips made it a bit sweet but not too much for first thing in the morning. Click to continue reading »

Zema’s Foccacia | Triumph Dining

rosemary-450x767Do you participate in the Meatless Monday trend? It’s a goal in our house although it’s not always accomplished on Mondays. No matter the day, I try to plan at least one or two meatless dinners during the week.

This week’s meal was created around a rosemary-millet focaccia mix made by Zema’s Madhouse Foods. We made a tomato pesto focaccia, vegetarian potato leek soup and a green tossed salad.

The mix came in my monthly Cuisine Cube and could be made into focaccia bread or a pizza crust. We opted to top ours with some homemade pesto, sliced tomatoes and a little shredded cheese. The mix required adding egg whites (or egg replacer), water, maple syrup or agave nectar and vinegar. The directions said to mix everything together then layout on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet before adding the toppings. I didn’t have any parchment but the foil I used worked fine.

The focaccia bread turned out thin, browned on the edges and tasty. The whole thing took about 10 minutes to prep and 40-50 minutes to bake so I put it in the oven then made the soup. Click to continue reading »

Flour Buds Cornbread | Triumph Dining Product Review

There are items in my monthly Cuisine Cube that immediately excite me and ones that I plan to try later. In the case of Flour Buds Bakery Cornbread I didn’t know what I’d eat it with so I added an extra layer of plastic wrap and tossed it in the freezer.

I pulled it out of the freezer this week to eat alongside a steak salad with dinner. I took it straight from the freezer and popped it into the toaster oven with low expectations.

I expected something dry and crumbly especially after taking it out of the freezer. Boy was I wrong. That thing was delicious! It was moist, fluffy and slightly sweet, the way I prefer my corn bread. I sliced it and ate some with butter and some without because it didn’t actually NEED it. I offered to share but was happy when I didn’t have to.

I’ve tried a lot of gluten-free corn bread and this was by far the best. These professional bakers have great skills, which is evidenced in their lighter, smoother product that didn’t have any bad aftertaste like some. The 6 oz. size of the cornbread was large enough for two people. It was bigger than a standard muffin but not as large as a mini loaf.

Flour Buds is a New York-based allergy-free and gluten-free bakery with an emphasis on natural and organic. They pride themselves in offering a wide variety of high-quality healthy items, baked fresh daily.

The founder, Pam Goldberg, is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and she eats gluten free. You can order this cornbread and other Flour Buds items from the Cuisine Cube website. Enjoy!

Thumbs Cookies | Triumph Dining Product Review

ab3097291fc0f073d9e32d669a594c87I got a cute little box of these tiny round cookies called Thumbs in my Cuisine Cube this month. If you see them somewhere run away. These melt-in-your-mouth buttery buttons are too addicting! You can’t eat only a few. Good thing the box was small because it was gone in a flash!

The cookies are about the size of your thumb print and lightly dusted with cinnamon and sugar. They are not soft but they aren’t crisp and brittle either. Think of a tiny butter or sugar cookie. Click to continue reading »

Neat | Triumph Dining Product Review

neat-italian-mix__13897.1405355072.220.290When I was in high school I went vegan for a time. I only made it about four months before the delightful smell of buffalo wings reached my nostrils and I ended up caving. Luckily, in that time, I had learned about organic and free-range meat choices and never had to go back to the awful fake meat products (or “feat” as I called them) which were the only things available at the time.

Recently I came about the Neat meat replacement mixes because they weren’t made out of tempeh and tofu. Instead, these mixes are made from pecans, garbanzo beans, gluten-free oats and cornmeal, and spices. I had seen quite a few raves on Amazon and couldn’t believe that something people liked so much could be 100% vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and not contain any GMOs.

There are four flavors of Neat: Original, Mexican, Italian and Breakfast. Original is to be used as a replacement for ground beef in burgers, chili, and Sloppy Joe’s. Mexican is to be used as a replacement in tacos, nachos and enchiladas. Italian can be used in pasta and meatballs while breakfast is a replacement for sausage in dishes like sandwiches and quiches. Click to continue reading »

Paleo People Fruit & Nut Clusters | Triumph Dining

414eaZx+seL._SY300_For busy households like mine, snack mixes that you can trust are gluten-free are an absolute must for the pantry. Paleo People has a snack line of Fruit & Nut Cluster snacks that are not only certified gluten-free but also grain-free, sodium-free, soy-free, dairy-free, non GMO, and made from all natural ingredients.

These snacks are available in four flavors: Cacao Nut, Apple Crisp, Cappuccino Crunch and Banana Nut Crunch. While often compared to a granola, these cluster snacks are a bit more moist and chewy, though there is still a distinctive crunch.

The Cacao Nut is perfect for a chocoholic. The raw cacao powder is lightly dusted on all the almonds, raisins, pumpkin seeds and various other nuts and adds the robust but not overly sweet taste of the cocoa nibs mixed in. If you add this to yogurt it really brings out the chocolate flavor. Click to continue reading »

Finnriver Farm Cider | Triumph Dining

images-2At Finnriver, cider making isn’t their only venture, but it sure is one of the tastiest. Finnriver Farm is a 33 acre organic family farm, artisan cider, and event venue located in on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. They are a certified organic and salmon safe farm where you can find an assortment of berries, vegetables, flowers, honey bees, chicken, ducks, pigs, and goats as well as heirloom apple orchards. From those apple orchards comes the apple juice that is fermented through the winter using both traditional and contemporary methods to make the Finnriver Cider. Click to continue reading »

Pairdd | Triumph Dining Review

If you’ve seen the online ads for “meal in a box” services such as Blue Apron or Plated and wished there was a gluten-free option available, you may be in luck. Pairdd is a new Wisconsin-based company that will ship you gluten-free ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes each week so you can cook your own gluten-free meals without any hassle.

With Pairdd, you decide which meals you would like to make for the following week and pay for them on the website before each Sunday. On Tuesday, your ingredients will arrive at your doorstep, pre-measured with the recipes you chose from gluten-free bloggers, chefs and businesses. All the prep work is taken care of ahead of time so you can have your meal on the table in under an hour.

You can choose to make the meals the day you receive your box or keep them refrigerated for up to five days for meat-based dinners or two days for seafood-based dinners. The Pairdd boxes are sent to you with FedEx PeriShip, which is tailored to perishable items so there’s no need to worry about a box getting delivered to your home while you’re at work.

Pairdd has six weekly menu options either a la carte for $15 a serving, though each order is two servings, or through a weekly subscription of $50 for two meals (4 servings). This company takes a lot of the legwork and guesswork out of eating gluten-free. Sometimes a product is not clearly labeled gluten-free, or a manufacturer makes other products that contain gluten, resulting in cross-contamination. Pairdd double checks the ingredients in its meals whenever possible.

“We’re reading all labels and we also attempt to make phone calls to manufacturers to make sure that they are prepared in a place that doesn’t have any gluten around,” Casey Lanto, one of the company’s founders, said. “There’s certain products, say blue cheese, where it can be grown on gluten containing bread. Some blue cheese isn’t clearly labeled on whether or not there’s gluten in it.”

Also convenient is that Pairdd offers up their past recipes of a la carte items on their website so if you have already cooked your meal for the week, you can easily find inspiration for the rest of your dinners.

Unfortunately, Pairdd only serves the Wisconsin area right now but hopefully will be expanding soon! If you’re lucky enough to live in the delivery area, get your first week free by signing up on their website though you do have to pay shipping fees.