Among Friends Baking Mixes | Triumph Dining Product Review

among-friends-cjs-double-chocolate-cookie-mix-094922976765-e1380987720642If you love homemade cookies but don’t have the time to make them from scratch, Among Friends Hand-crafted Baking Mixes are the perfect product for you. The company was started by two moms who wanted a cookie mix that was easy and nutritious. They have three gluten-free cookie mixes, one crisp mix, and even one for a moist chocolate cake.

Each of the baking mixes is named for a specific person in the life of the Among Friends creators and best friends Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson. Their mixes are super easy to make as you only have to add an egg, vanilla, and butter (or substitutes). Among Friends uses premium cocoa and chocolate with espresso to make CJ’s Double Chocolate flavor whole grain, low calorie, and of course, certified gluten-free. Phil’em Up is an oats, cranberry, coconut, and Callebaut chocolate flavor that is supposed to keep you energized throughout the day. Shane’s Sweet-N-Spicy is made with gluten-free oat flour, cinnamon, and lemon zest. It is soft and chewy thanks to molasses and won’t be in your kitchen for long before they are gobbled up. Click to continue reading »

Van’s Natural Foods Sandwich Bars, Chips and Crackers | Triumph Dining Product Review

Triumph Dining review of Van's PB&J Sandwich Bars Although it’s May and many of our New Year’s resolutions are pretty much non-existent by now, we can still get back on track when it comes to eating healthy. Here’s a new snack food to help us do so. Van’s Natural Foods, one of the biggest healthy, frozen, breakfast foods companies, launched a new snack bar collection earlier this year with gluten-free multigrain snack chips and PB&J sandwich bars.

The Multigrain Chips come in Nacho, Nacho, Man! and Might Good BBQ flavors. They are made with brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa and amaranth. Each serving comes in at only 130 calories and 18g of whole grains. These very flavorful chips are just what you would want in a snack- crispy, crunchy, not greasy, and no “bad”ingredients! While the BBQ is a bit more authentic in flavor, both bags are great to have around when you’re craving something crunchy and delicious. We can’t wait to see what other flavors they come out with. Click to continue reading »

Glutenfreeda Oatmeal | Triumph Dining Product Review

Triumph Dining Review of Glutenfreeda OatmealIf you’re often pressed for time in the morning and can’t squeeze in making a full, hearty, homemade breakfast, Glutenfreeda has a product for you: All Natural Whole Instant Oatmeal. This instant oatmeal comes in 6 flavors; Apple Cinnamon with Flax, Banana Maple with Flax, Maple Raisin with Flax, Cranberry Cinnamon with Flax, Natural Instant, and Strawberries & Brown Sugar with Flax. If you can’t make up your mind on which to try, they also have a variety pack that includes 3 different flavors (Apple, Banana and Maple).

All varieties are wheat- and gluten-free, made with natural and organic ingredients, and don’t have any GMOs. All of Glutenfreeda’s products are made in a 100% dedicated facility and have less than 5PPM of gluten. According to their website, they “welcome anyone who chooses to live on a gluten-free, diet but (they’ve) built (their) business for people with Celiac disease who have zero tolerance.”Just read the ingredients list and you’ll be amazed at how you are actually able to pronounce everything. Real ingredients for real people.  Click to continue reading »

Julian Bakery Paleo Wraps | Triumph Dining Product Review

Triumph Dining Product Review for Julian Paleo WrapsGluten-free eaters tend to rely on corn tortillas. Since we have to skip the bread or bun, sometimes those can be substituted with tortillas. Ham and cheese quesadilla anyone? Loving tortillas is one thing and it’s also nice to have options.

The Triumph Dining taste testers recently tried Julian Bakery’s Paleo Wraps. These wraps are raw, vegan, starch free, gluten free, grain free, yeast free, soy free, non-GMO and low carb. They can claim all this because they are actually made of only three ingredients: coconut, coconut water and unrefined virgin coconut oil. They are produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility and come seven to a package.  Due to the preservation process of dehydration, they can be shelf stable for nine months. Each wrap is 70 calories.  Click to continue reading »

Gallo Lea BBQ Pizza Kit | Triumph Dining Product Review

CAM05310I usually shy away from MAKING pizza crust. I only have a small window of time to prep and cook dinner so making my own crust seems like too much work

When I got the Gallo Lea BBQ Pizza Kit in my Cuisine Cube, though, I had to try it.

The BBQ pizza kit includes sauce, crust mix and parchment paper. You need to add water, a pizza pan for cooking and any other toppings you choose. I had leftover chicken so I chopped that up, put it on top of the sauce and topped the whole thing with mozzarella cheese. It was great. And fast.  Click to continue reading »

Pretzel Perfection Garlic & Herb Pretzels | Triumph Dining Product Review

bildeIn college, when I did some snacking from vending machines at work, I’d opt for pretzels. After all they are fat free, would fill me up and they aren’t candy. That was before I realized that they would give me a stomachache. Every time. Back then I didn’t know anything about gluten or gluten free but I did know that those dense little flour filled snacks were not a good idea.

Fast forward to today. Along with biscotti, cookies, Quinn Popcorn and rice pilaf in my recent Cuisine Cube was a bag of Pretzel Perfection Garlic & Herb PretzelsClick to continue reading »

Quinn Popcorn | Triumph Dining Product Review

Triumph Dining Review of Quinn PopcornPopcorn is a popular snack in our house whether it’s popped, in kernels, microwaved or traditional. We try to stay away from the popped and unhealthy varieties in the store and also limit the amount of microwave popcorn we eat.

Quinn Popcorn was developed by two parents who set out to create a microwave popcorn that anyone could feel good about eating. First they transformed the bag. They got rid of the chemical coatings and left a bag made only of paper that can be composted when you’re done. Click to continue reading »

Dolci di Maria Chocolate Chocolate Chip Biscotti | Triumph Dining

dolci_biscotti_ext_220It wasn’t one of my finest parenting moments but when the Dolci di Maria Chocolate Chocolate Chip Biscotti arrived in my Cuisine Cube I wanted to open them immediately and have them for breakfast with my tea. But of course if I was going to eat them then, the kids would need their own sample as well. What else was I supposed to do?  I taught them how to dunk.

These Italian style biscotti tasted like the real thing to me. They were solid and crunchy with chocolate chips inside and granulated sugar dusting the top. They held together well and were awesome dunked in milk or hot tea. They arrived in my box with 4-5 slices of biscotti intact inside their packaging.

Dolci di Maria’s products are gluten free, dairy free and casein free. All products are made using organic ingredients where possible and created in a dedicated gluten-free facility so there’s no risk of cross contamination from other flours. The company was started by the mother of a gluten-free son so that he could have something good to eat and be able to share with his friends.

To order visit the Stock-Up section of the Cuisine Cube website.

Passover Cupcakes from Kara’s | Triumph Dining

passover_cupcakeIf you’re in Northern California, there’s a sweet new addition that needs to be added to your Passover this year- Flourless (and GF!) Fudgy Cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes.

This cupcake is available all month long at any of Kara’s shops, or by order online for pickup or delivery. It is made with Scharffen Berger cocoa powder and sprinkled with C&H confectioners sugar and a festive blue fondant Star of David.

The texture and taste of the Flourless Cupcake is spot on, incredibly moist, light (for a GF cupcake as we all know they tend to be more dense) and a great chocolatey flavor without being overly sweet or overly chocolately. These make a great addition to any Passover dinner, or even as just a treat for any day. Click to continue reading »

Noglu: Gluten-Free in Paris

nogluParis in the springtime. Who can resist? Who can resist Paris anytime of the year, actually?!

In a city known for its pastries, Noglu is a gem, conveniently located in the 2nd. Click to continue reading »