San-J | Triumph Dining Product Review

file_6_3I use soy sauce a lot when cooking. When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease and discovered that most soy sauces contain wheat, I was worried that my favorite meals would never be the same again. San-J was the first company I came across who made gluten-free soy and I’ve been a big fan ever since. Their Gluten-Free Tamari Soy Sauce completes Sushi Sunday and their Sweet and Tangy Cooking Sauce allows me to make home-made sweet and sour chicken again! They have recently released a line of Japanese-style instant soups.

The soups come in two flavors – Gluten-Free White Miso and Gluten-Free Wakame -and are ready simply by adding boiling water. As with all of San J’s gluten-free products, this new line of soups is Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). It’s another safe product that’s great for traveling and is quick and convenient! Click to continue reading »

Happy Family Foods | Triumph Dining Product Review

organic-puffsHappy Family Foods makes a bunch of fantastic meals and snacks for babies and toddlers and lots of them are gluten-free, which makes this celiac mama very happy!

Everything they make is organic and yummy. My daughter enjoys homemade meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner so it’s their snacks that I love and use. They do Happy Puffs, Happy Munchies and Happy Creamies. My 10-month old daughter is a big fan of all three. She crawls over and climbs up on me as soon as she sees the bag or hears me ask her if she wants a puff.

Happy Puffs are melt-in-your-mouth, Cheerio-style snacks without any processed sugar. Here are the flavors: Apple, Purple Carrot and Blueberry, Banana, Greens, Strawberry, and Sweet Potato. Your little ones may be ready for these once they can eat solids with larger pieces and use their jaws to mash food with their gums. Click to continue reading »

Aldi Private Labels Gluten-free Line | Triumph Dining

aldi_logo1LiveGfree is now a permanent addition to all Aldi stores. The store’s line of 17 gluten-free items includes pastas, cookies, baking mixes, pizza and wraps. Price points range from $1.89 for brown rice spaghetti, 16 oz.; to $4.99 for a 10-ounce frozen pizza.

Aldi started testing LiveGfree in May and gluten-free diners quickly embraced the line, so much so that a change.org petition was filed to persuade Aldi to keep LiveGfree products on store shelves.

The launch of LiveGfree comes at a time when gluten-free product sales are expected to grow 48% to $15.6 million by 2016, from $10.5 billion last year, according to research firm Mintel. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free on Top Chef Boston | Triumph Dining

top-chef-boston-chowdah.0_standard_800.0We’re liking the new season of Bravo’s Top Chef! One of the 12 contestants, one who is gluten-free himself, hopes that his healthy dishes will earn the judges’ praises and let him walk away with the top award.

The contestant, Gregory Gourdet, likes to experiment with spices and will be cooking mostly gluten-free and dairy-free dishes. This will be a refreshing change for Bravo since many reality TV cooking shows have ignored or downplayed these diet restrictions. Click to continue reading »

Spider Pizza | Triumph Dining

Halloween Spider PizzaThis Halloween I’m planning to ignore the candy and sweets. Yes, I’m sure I’ll probably end up nibbling some chocolate anyway but I’m not planning for it. Instead I am going to concentrate on savory festive foods instead.

Since Halloween is on a Friday I need options that aren’t too hard or time consuming to get on the table during the week. That’s why I’ve decided to make Spooky Spuds or Spider Pizza. Both require cheese, pizza toppings of choice and a little decorating skill.

Spooky Spuds are potato skins topped with shredded white cheese and decorated with cut outs from pepperoni, bell peppers, olives or anything else you can think of. Follow the directions below and make sure to allow time to bake the potatoes prior to decorating them.

The other option is Spider Pizza. This really isn’t different from any other pizza you’d make except for the decorations. I’ll use one of the Udi’s or Still Riding gluten-free, ready-made crusts I have in my freezer for the base but you could also make your own crust. Top with pasta sauce, shredded cheese and spiders cut out of pepperoni slices or formed with sliced black olives. Click to continue reading »

Pumpkin Seeds | Triumph Dining

pumpkin_seedsThere’s something satisfying and stress relieving about pulling out wads of seedy goop from your Halloween pumpkin. I like that squish between my fingers, but it’s probably not for everyone. Even if you don’t like the process of harvesting pumpkin seeds you should at least try eating them.

We recently published an article about health benefits of eating pumpkin but we didn’t want to fail to mention that there are health benefits in the seeds too. First we’ll talk about why they are good for you then we’ll show you how to make them at home.

• Heart healthy – a 1⁄4 cup of pumpkin seeds contain almost 1⁄2 of the recommended daily amount of magnesium

• Vitamin rich – pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B and fiber

• Plant-based Omega3 – pumpkin seeds and nuts are a great source of plant-based Omega3s

• Good cholesterol – pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol

• Kidney Stones – pumpkin seeds help prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation

• Inflammation – pumpkin seeds have been shown to help reduce inflammation

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Gluten-Free Harvest Pumpkin Spice Bars | Triumph Dining

pumpkin recipeThere’s something about turning the calendar page to October that gets us thinking about pumpkin. These pumpkin bars have a light texture, are full of cinnamon, ginger, raisins and nuts, and are topped with cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker Gluten Free yellow cake mix

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup water
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
3 eggs
1 cup raisins, if desired

1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting
¼ cup chopped walnuts, if desired

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease bottom and sides of 15x10x1-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.

2. In large bowl, beat all bar ingredients except raisins with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in raisins. Spread in pan.

3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about 2 hours.

4. Spread frosting over bars. Sprinkle with walnuts. For bars, cut into 7 rows by 7 rows. Store in refrigerator.

Pumpkin Soup Recipe | Triumph Dining

 

pumpkin-soupWhile fall naturally lends itself to baking, this savory is a good way to satisfy a seasonal pumpkin craving, too. Serve with salad for a light dinner.

Ingredients

·        3 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee, light olive oil, or any fat of choice

·        1 medium yellow onion, chopped

·        1 medium apple, cored and chopped ( I prefer a sweet-tart variety)

·        2 carrots, chopped

·        2 cups veggie or chicken broth

·        1½ cup pumpkin or winter squash puree (see note above for fresh squash)

·        2-3 sage leaves (whole)

·        ⅔ cup canned coconut milk

·        2 tablespoons maple syrup (amount depending on apple and pumpkin sweetness, do to taste)

·        2 teaspoons (or less) lime juice, to taste

·        Sea salt to taste Click to continue reading »

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin

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It’s pumpkin season again. In addition to decorating your doorstep for Halloween with them, did you know all the health benefits for you, your family and your pets?

Help for your eyesight – A cup of pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which can help your eyesight, particularly in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Great source of fiber – Pumpkin is a great source of fiber with three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories. A small amount added to your dog’s food can also help them with their own elimination (plus my dog loves it). Click to continue reading »

Superseedz | Triumph Dining Product Review

super-seedzOne of the best parts about carving Jack-O-Lanterns is the roasted pumpkin seeds that come with it. If you’re a pumpkin seed fan who doesn’t want to have to gut a pumpkin every time a craving pops up then the next best thing are SuperSeedz.

From spicy to sweet to naked, SuperSeedz come in eight different flavors; Really Naked, Sea Salt, Cinnamon and Sugar, Coco Joe, Tomato Italian, Curious Curry, Somewhat Spicy and Super Spicy. In the fall, these seeds could replace your normal snack of nuts and chips. They are a fantastic high protein, low carb snack. A fourth of a cup is a serving size and has 160 calories, Potassium, Protein, Magnesium, Zinc and Manganese. Click to continue reading »