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Happy Rainier Cherry Day!

July 17th, 2017 at 12:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

Did you know that today is Rainier Cherry Day? When I went on a recent trip to Yakima, I discovered that there is an entire day devoted to celebrating my summer love … Rainier Cherries … named after Mt. Rainier in WA state!

Rainier Cherries are a cross between a Bing and a Van … a flavor like no other … sweet, tart and creamy with their golden blush …

all together make this an extra special summer love!

Get them now while they are in their peak of the season.
Learn more about nature’s Gluten Free candy – Rainier Cherries from NW Cherries grown in WA.
Enjoy!
Lisa

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BLT Soup – Bacon, Lima Bean and Tomato Soup – Hot or Chilled

July 17th, 2017 at 12:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

Yes, that is what I said …
Bacon, Lima Bean and Tomato Soup!
Creamy thick flavor with a little bite that is a perfect base for something wonderful to enjoy, if you can’t have dairy or potatoes.

The combination of the buttery Lima bean with the tomato, salty bacon, clean bite of chives and the flavorful slight kick of the Aji Amarillo! I can’t wait for you to make and taste this one!

I know I said this before but I am so surprised as to how much I truly love Lima bean flour! I wanted to make something easy that didn’t take a ton of hot work or kitchen time.  After all it is Summer everywhere but the Pacific Northwest so lucky for us … this soup is awesome served hot or chilled!

BLT Soup

1 cup Zocalo Lima Bean flour
2 cups water
2 1/2 cup vegetable broth
4 Tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp Matiz sea salt
1/8 tsp Aji Amarillo, dried
1/2 tsp garlic, chopped

Garnish
tomatoes
bacon, cooked and chopped
red onion
chives
lime
Aji Amarillo and Limo pastes

In a medium sauce pan add Lima bean flour, water, vegetable broth, olive oil, sea salt, dried Aji Amarillo and garlic.  Mix well and heat over medium heat, stir frequently 20 -25 minutes.  Turn off heat and let cool slightly. If you are going to serve hot soup, put it into a bowl and top with chopped bacon, tomatoes, chives, red onion and Aji Amarillo.   If your guests want a little more kick, keep the Aji Amarillo and Aji Limo  out and let them add more! (Aji Amarillo is a 6. Aji Limo is a little bit hotter 8 out of 10) They work beautifully in color, bright red and yellow, together and in flavors!

Think of the base of this soup as a canvas and add other  favorite toppings.  It is the perfect creamy base to enjoy with crabmeat, scallops and your favorite veggies for a chowder without potatoes or dairy!

Use a Vegan bacon in place of real bacon to make this Vegan!

Tip – If you are going to serve the soup cold, use a chilled glass or metal bowl.  Put the red onion and other toppings in a bowl of ice water while preparing the soup. A squeeze of lime is also very refreshing as well.

Enjoy!
Stay cool … or warm … wherever you are!

Lisa


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Pickled Cucumber, Red Onion and Italian Spices

July 17th, 2017 at 12:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Cucumbers + Red Onion = Summertime flavors in a jar!
I love this combo of flavors … so fresh and tangy!
I use a canning jar because it has a wide mouth to put it all in and take it out!
I also like seeing how beautiful the colors of the light green cucumbers and the purple of the red onion … spices floating around…all melding together ready to use anytime!
1 cucumber
1 red onion
white vinegar, apple cider vinegar or white balsamic
1 Tbs olive oil
pinch sea salt
pinch rosemary, dried
pinch oregano, dried
pinch thyme, dried
pinch dill, dried
Chop up or slice the cucumber, red onion and put it in the jar. Add the vinegar to the about half way, add olive oil and then fill the rest with fresh filtered water.  Put the spices in and tightly seal the lid. Gently shake or roll the jar about to let all of the flavors mix and put it into the fridge.  Let meld at least 2 hours before serving.  Continue to add to the jar as the contents of the jar are enjoyed or as you get more cucumbers.  Some people add sugar, but I don’t because I have cut it out of my diet. It is up to you to add it but no more than a small pinch … try without first … better yet go the other way and add crushed red pepper flakes for a kick!
My grandmother used to make something similar year round for my grandfather.  She also added beets.  My grandfather ate it everyday and loved it! It made me smile with fond memories the other day when I just had to make this.  I have been using it on everything – salad in place of dressing, hamburger patty, fish, alone as a side dish or snack … the possibilities are endless, so feel free to add you other favorite summer veggies and spices.

Regardless of the weather or time of year at least you can taste the flavors of Summer!
As of today our Summer has consisted of 78 minutes of above 80 degrees … umm …
we have to get Summer any way we can this year!
Enjoy!
Lisa


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Beet and Kale Soup with Garlic, Bacon and Aji Limo

July 17th, 2017 at 12:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

Is it a soup or …. a warm salad?
Get your spork out because you will need it!
 spoon + fork = spork!

Wow! Either way this is awesome! I didn’t know I liked beets but this will really get your appetite going!

I was just craving some natural deep, dark colors in my food.  I’m in need of some serious nutrients today! You can’t get more vibrant than beet red and dark green kale when it comes to vegetables.

Beet and Kale Soup with Garlic and Bacon
Serves 3-4
***Beware of staining when working or eating beets!

6-8 beets and greens
4-5 kale leaves
1/4 cup Spanish olive oil, plus a little more for the pan
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup cooked bacon bits
1/4 cup fig or plain Balsamic vinegar or red wine
Matiz sea salt with herbs
3 cups vegetable broth
Aji Limo, dried

Clean and cut the kale and beet greens into thin strips, put into a bowl and set aside.

Clean the beets and cut into slices and put into a metal bowl. 
Add the Balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 tsp of sea salt with herbs, one chopped up garlic clove to the beets. Mix well.


Use a large saute pan and add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Turn the heat to medium low and add the chopped garlic and bacon.  Cook for 1-2 minutes, stir. 

Carefully add the kale and beet greens, and mix well. Caution, this will create some steam.  Let the greens cook down for about 5-8 minutes until the greens are soft and not stiff.  Add the vegetable broth.  You will begin to see  a red color in the sauce or broth from the beet greens.  Continue to cook down for 3-5 minutes.  Add the beet mixture and spread out all over the pan.  Cook for 10-12 minutes. 

Serve in bowls by adding some greens, beets and sauce to each bowl.  If you prefer a kick, add some Aji Limo on top with another pinch of herbed sea salt.  The Aji Limo will bring out the natural sweetness of the beets, enhance the flavors of the greens and finish with a spicy kick.  The textures are all there – crunch from the perfectly cooked beets, noodle-like from the greens and the silky, warm beet broth – the perfect concoction of flavors, just waiting to slurp down!

Serve before a main course or maybe as part of a multi-course meal.  It is the perfect way to get your appetite going with the sexy beet red and dark green for your eyes, the wafting aroma of the vegetables getting hot and steamy … traveling across the kitchen. Last but not least … taste … ooh la la!

The beets, kale and garlic were purchased at my local farmers market here on Bainbridge Island today.  I used fig Balsamic vinegar that added an amazing flavor to the combo of the beets and greens.  If you don’t have fig Balsamic then regular balsamic or red wine is perfectly fine. I highly recommend getting some good sea salts.  I love Matiz sea salts and as you know I use them all the time.  As for spice, I love love love my dried Aji! This is a must flavor in my the kitchen! Aji peppers are grown in Peru. There is nothing grown in America or Mexico like it!  Zócalo Gourmet imports dried Aji spices and pastes to the US so that we can experience more flavors from around the world. Please look at their web site for more info.

Enjoy!
Lisa


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Cool Beans! Banana Coffee Cacao Nib Smoothie – No Dairy!

July 17th, 2017 at 12:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

So if you just gotta’ have something two days in a row …
are you addicted?

Well, I know I am to this mid-day pick me up treat!

Banana Coffee Cacao Nib Smoothie made with Coconut Milk and frozen coffee ice cubes!

 I found these totally cool beans …
coffee bean ice cube tray made out of silicone recently!

I seem to have a little bit of leftover coffee each day so it is a perfect way to not waste, freeze and make a treat … right?!?!
The silicone is soft so it makes it easy to get the cubes out.  It really works … cool beans!

I came up with the idea of this smoothie yesterday because I wanted a combo of creamy, coffee … chocolate and naturally sweet.  This was a perfect excuse to pull out those COOL BEANS that I made the other day!

Banana Coffee Cacao Nib Smoothie
serves one so please double if you are sweet enough to share …
1-2 bananas depending on size
1 Tbs of raw cacao nibs
1 tsp Maca powder
4 cool beans – coffee ice cubes
1/4 or a sprinkle of cinnamon
Put all ingredients in the blender and … blend!
If you like it icier add more cool beans.
I use the cacao nibs because it is a superfood and I love chocolate!
They are a great source of antioxidants, iron and magnesium …
it also gives it a bit of a crunch too!
I use the Maca powder because it is a great way to get natural energy and balance my body. It is a superfood too and great for fighting fatigue with vitamins, essential minerals, fatty and amino acids!
The natural sweetness of the banana is all that you need!
I added a sprinkle of cinnamon because it is good for you and helps to balance
 the natural sugar of the banana so you don’t dip too low in half an hour.
Cool
Beans!
Chill …
Lisa
P.S. I heart Fred and Friends!!!

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Happy Baby Organic Gluten Free Baby Food

July 17th, 2017 at 12:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Hip Hip Hooray! for Organic and Gluten Free Babies! Thanks to Happy Baby and Happy Family Brand Foods your baby and toddler can start their days off right with food that they like and is good for them.  Happy Baby Food is certified USDA Organic, Gluten Free, No GMOs, BPA Free (the packaging is really cool!), Kosher.
Shelf stable products and frozen foods include –
  • starting solids pouches
  • simple combos for 6+months
  • meals for 7+months 
  • happy tot meals
  • probiotic multigrain cereal
  • frozen meals
  • snacks.
I can actually say that I have tried the Happy Melts – Organic Yogurt snacks that are freeze dried in mixed berry flavor.  I liked them! Almost like a little berry meringue treat! I was just curious to see what they were like and had the opportunity to try them when I recently met a representative of the company.  I must say that this company is very involved in the community and you can buy the products online or find them at Whole Foods Markets.  Please contact the company to find out other locations in your area.

 I decided to share my samples with some experts … babies and toddlers that I know are picky eaters.  Let’s just say that lil’ Riley … loves the Sweet Potato Puffs! The Puffs come in a variety of flavors including greens, apple, banana and strawberry.  Great finger food for babies to learn tactility and self feeding.

Dr. Bob Sears, author and pediatrician is also a partner in the company.  The company also gives back to raise money for projectpeanutbutter.org for children in Malawi and Sierra Leone.  The website has a plethora of information for new parents to help make the healthiest choices for their new baby and toddler.

Happy Baby Foods gives a whole new meaning to Hip Hip Baby Hooray!

Enjoy!
Lisa


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Andalou Naturals Nutrition From The Outside In

July 17th, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

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I have to share one of my new beauty secrets with you.  It is Andalou Naturals – skin, hair and body care that is certified Gluten-Free.  It is made with Fruit Stem Cell Science, a minimum of 70% certified Organic and Fair Trade ingredients.  Who knew that looking for a natural and Gluten-Free SPF 30 for my face could be so enlightening?!

Earlier this year, I discovered the skin on my cheeks had become extra red and sensitive.  It would get worse with flares or when I would consume certain foods.  My dermatologist said that it was early stages of Rosacea.  She advised me to stay out the sun, wear a hat and wear least SPF30 on all exposed skin, preferably with zinc oxide.  So the search was on for me to find a product that would provide multiple duties, be natural, NON-GMO, moisturizing without greasiness and Gluten-Free.  I also wanted a product that would blend the unmentionable blotchiness, cover the redness and would assist me in hopefully hiding my age just a little bit longer.

Much to my surprise I found the answer to all my wishes!  I found Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses + Color Correct in Sheer Tan SPF 30.  It is Certified Gluten-Free, NON-GMO Verified, Vegan, Fair Trade and Organic.  It is the perfect combination of moisturizer and color coverage that blends so well with my skin tone. It has a bit of a yellow tone to it that hides my red patches perfectly.  I love that it has SPF30, which was not easy to find, so that I can get maximum protection and avoid further sun damage.

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I found it at one of my favorite stores, New Seasons Market, in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area.  They have a lovely wellness department that includes supplements, skin care and makeup items that are all natural.  Luckily, the stars must have lined up when I made my wish because I found it on sale! I purchased the 1000 Roses Color+Correct Sheer Tan SPF30.  I went home, washed my face and put it on.  Later that evening I realized that my face felt very happy, soothed, light – almost forgot I had any product on my face.  I tried it for a few more days and ended up going back to try more products.  I found the perfect kit to test five new products with the Andalou Naturals Starter Kit.  I purchased the 1000 Roses for Sensitive skin, additionally they also offer products for Age Defying, Brightening and Clarifying.

1000 Roses Get Started Kit that includes -Kit Contains:
– .8oz 1000 Roses™ Pearl Exfoliator
– .5oz 1000 Roses™ Rosewater Mask
– 1oz 1000 Roses™ Floral Toner
– .4oz 1000 Roses™ Beautiful Day Cream
– .4oz 1000 Roses™ Heavenly Night Cream

The day and night creams are rich and soothing without greasiness.  They absorb quickly and have a light fragrance.  The pearl exfoliator is my favorite go to when I am feeling like my skin looks a little sluggish.  The pearl exfoliator and toner also help the creams absorb more easily. The mask is purifying and gives me the perfect time to kick back for a few minutes and listen to my favorite music.

I loved the night cream so much I went back to get the full sized night cream and another kit to use for possible travel down the road. So yes, you can say I am a bit obsessed with Andalou Naturals.  I went online to learn more about the company and additional products.  I had more questions because I knew I just had to share this good news with you.  I decided to contact them.  I was connected to Amy McKelvey – Brand and Communications Director for Andalou Naturals.  We had a nice chat and I thought I would share our Q& A with you..

Lisa – I am very appreciative of the certified Gluten-Free label. What was the thinking behind getting it or what provoked the company to do that?

Amy – We still have so much to learn about the inflammatory process and ingredient sensitivities. For people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, there is a very clear need for skin and hair products that are certified gluten-free.

Over 40% of Americans are affected negatively by gluten. Reactions vary from rashes to hugely debilitating digestive and energetic responses. Studies show that up to 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, so when it came to creating our formulas over 4 years ago, we knew they had to be Certified Gluten-Free and made with the best in organic, vegetarian, cruelty-free, Non-GMO Verified, vegan and natural ingredients available.

It’s not enough to say we don’t use any gluten in our products, brands that care-brands that understand must go the extra step to get certification. Andalou Naturals’ champions label transparency and always has. We were the first personal care company to be 100% Non-GMO Project Verified. The consumer’s right to know is a cause that we will always support and defend–as a brand we make decisions that help the consumer to make informed decisions about their product purchases and their health. No one should have to guess about product ingredients.

Lisa – I have had Celiac for approximately 11 years, it seems that my skin changes all the time. I tend to have Rosacea symptoms and that is what lead me to try Andalou – 1000 Roses. Is that the best product for Rosacea? Or is there another one?

Amy – One of my dearest friends has Celiac and it took a long time for her to get a diagnosis. I empathize with your journey and know that it has been very difficult at times. I love that you are actively sharing, educating and celebrating. Our 1000 Roses Line is formulated specifically for sensitive and reactive skin. The line is dermatologist tested and clinically proven to reduce redness and calm irritated skin by reviving the skin’s hydro lipid barrier. The Get Starter Kit is a great way to experience the routine for under $20  Serums are very important for rosacea, as they deliver critical nutrients deep within to address inflammation and cellular damage, so I would add to this kit the 1000 Roses Absolute Serum in the morning and the Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum at night. Turmeric is a powerful ingredient that works to block inflammation and increase circulation. Our consumers with rosacea rave about this combo.

Lisa – I really appreciate the SPF 30 in the CC & BB products. Does Andalou plan on adding SPF to the body lotions any time soon?

Amy – Our SPF 30 CC & BBs are the best! We do have a lot of new products launching soon but we do not have an SPF body lotion, as of yet. What a great idea though. I love our body lotions and butters made with organic and fair trade shea, cocoa butter, aloe vera, emollient rich plant oils, superfruits and Fruit Stem Cell Science®. I’m putting in a request to product development now!! Thank you.

Lisa – What is the most popular Andalou product?

Amy – We have a number of products that are consistently ranked in the top industry wide—but the number one seller is our Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream. When you have dry skin that is mature or showing signs of aging prematurely this cream is your ally. It is clinically proven to increase elasticity by 87% and renews cells while stimulating collagen production. Consumer’s love waking up to a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and skin that is supple and revitalized—properly nourished and hydrated. It’s a dreamy product.

Lisa -How do you decide which product to use if you want to accomplish all – Age Defying, Clarifying, Brightening and have Sensitive skin? Not to be funny but don’t we want it all? I am guessing that some of the properties are similar throughout each product or can you clarify a bit more please?

Amy – Fruit Stem Cell Science® is clinically proven, award winning Age Defying Innovation, so all of our products, at their core are Age Defying. The different lines were created to help the consumer identify and address their key areas of concern. Naturally, most consumers have many areas of concern. I’m 43 and while my skin is primarily dry and showing more signs of aging, it is also sun damaged. I garden and have spent a lot of time outdoors–while I use the Age Defying line I also use the Brightening serum, BB and Probiotic + C renewal cream regularly to address hyperpigmentation. I also love the 1000 Roses Toner and Eye Revive Gel and the Clarifying Lemon Sugar scrub is amazing when I’m hormonal and showing more oil production in my skin. Start with one line and then incorporate different treatments from lines that are also areas of concern. They all work beautifully together. Email support@andalou.com if you have any questions about which products are right for you.

Lisa – Can you please give me a bit of background about the founders and the company?

Amy – I love our founders and what they have done for the natural products industry. They are fearless leaders who are guided by an innate desire to create affordable, clinically proven, clean products that are good for people and planet. While Andalou Naturals is only 4 years old, Stacey and Mark have built numerous brands that have defined everything that our industry has come to stand for. Beauty Without Cruelty, Avalon Organics, Alba Botanica-I mean, it’s great when brands decide to do the right thing, but when they do what’s right before it’s trendy or in demand—that’s just wildly exciting! A lot of people don’t know about our founders’ commitment to supporting women’s education, equality and empowerment worldwide. 100% of the net proceeds from our A Path of Light Hand Creams directly supports Vital Voices Global Partnership, Open a Door Foundation and SHE-CAN scholarships and their shared commitment to support the next generation of young women leaders.

“When we launched Andalou Naturals it was with the intention to create a sustainable source of revenue for socially responsible people and projects; A Path of Light® is at the intersection where entrepreneurship meets philanthropy.”

~Stacey Kelly Egide, Founder & CEO of Andalou Naturals

It just so happens that June is not only the beginning of my favorite season – Summer – it is my birthday month.  I wanted to celebrate with you and now you can enjoy one of my new favorite products at 25% off your order until June 30, 2015, by using the special code GF25.

Just go to their site – Andalou Naturals to learn more about all of their products and to begin shopping now.

Thank you to Amy and Andalou Naturals for joining in on our celebration this month! I also want to thank them for making such incredibly luscious products that are certified Gluten-Free.

Salud!

Lisa

I paid for all of the products mentioned in this post.  I was not paid to post this.  I will not be paid if you place an order with Andalou Naturals.  This post is just my thoughts and inside scoop on my favorite things to help keep us all looking and feeling beautiful, from one Gluten-Free Foodie to another. 


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Corbett Fish House East Vancouver, WA

July 3rd, 2017 at 12:35 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

There are many things that I truly love as a treat.  I must say that there is one place that I love to go to because literally everything on the menu is absolutely fabulous and Gluten Free.  That place is Corbett Fish House.  After 10 years, the iconic Corbett and Hawthorne Fish House, 2 locations, in Portland, Oregon, are pleased to announce a location in Washington state.  I am beyond thrilled to share with you the newest location for the 100% Gluten-Free menu – Corbett Fish House in East Vancouver/Camas Wa.

Why am I so excited?  Because I love fresh sustainable fish and local ingredients.  I have conducted some extensive research, which means I have tried just about everything on the menu.  Everything is purely delicious!

Let’s start with the fact that there are no Gluten ingredients anywhere in their kitchens so there is no risk of cross-contamination.  Wow! A full service restaurant that offers: appetizers, lunch, dinner, happy hour menu and dessert!

 

The Fish-n-Chips – fish is made with a rice flour, rice bran oil that produces a flavorful and non-greasy fish.

Happy Hour Menu-

Salads with grilled fish

made from scratch soups, chowders and desserts.

 

Go check out Corbett Fish House – East Vancouver/Camas – totally Gluten-Free menu today!

 

 

 


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Gluten Free Tapas at Pollo Bravo

August 11th, 2016 at 3:51 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

Are you traveling to Portland, Oregon any time soon?  If so, you must take note and put this on your Gluten Free Pdx list. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to find the most delicious Gluten Free Tapas at Pollo Bravo Tapas Bar located in the Pine Street Market.

If you are like me it is all about the experience. We like to visit the latest and greatest with everything we do. Pine Street Market is one of the hot new trends in food experiences which expands beyond just one restaurant or cafe. Pine Street Market is a food hall with multiple restaurant food booths styled as a market place or piazza in southwest area of downtown.

The minute we walked into the Pine Street Market, I felt a rush of culinary excitement.  We could see shared tables in the center and vendor booths along the perimeter.  Additionally, some of the booths offer more intimate bar style seating.  While we continued to be drawn in and walk a few more steps, I could hear music and laughter in the background.  People were having a really good time. It is fun to see this vibrant energy created while the chefs and servers rush about preparing freshly made food and drinks.   There is nothing virtual about Pine Street Market, this is real-time entertainment for your senses.

 

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I continued to look around, I knew I had to have a real taste experience as well. The hunt was on and I had to see if any of the vendors offered Gluten Free food.  So I kept my fingers crossed and ventured around to a Spanish Tapas Bar called Pollo Bravo.  I asked the staff behind the bar if they offered Gluten Free tapas.  The servers were so incredibly sweet and excited to say, “Yes! we have a variety of Gluten Free Tapas”.  I was hooked, so of course we gratefully sat down at one of the tall tables.

Our server asked what we liked and offered us some Gluten Free Tapas ideas from the menu.  I asked the server asked about ingredients and she kindly explained most of the tapas are naturally Gluten Free.  The chef came over at one point and asked if I had any other questions. It was so wonderful to know that the chefs and staff knew all about preparing and serving for Gluten Free Foodies like me! We ordered …

Pollo Bravo was beyond good it was perfecto! The chicken was masterfully moist and flavorful.  We couldn’t wait to dive into the Romesco sauce, which is made with crushed almonds, garlic and peppers. I was smitten with the first bite … encore, encore!

The big pillowy Papas Bravas are lightly fried and served with Saffron Aioli.  After a day of walking, we just needed the comfort of potatoes while sipped on a cool drink and recapped our adventures of the day.

As a result, it only seemed fitting to wrap up my tapas with Bacon Wrapped Dates dressed in Almond Honey sauce.  I savored my sweet and spicy treat and considered ordering more.  The menu offers the dates one per order but you can order as many as you want. I was good and treated myself to just one.  

Most of all,  I know the next time I visit Pollo Bravo I will get their flan. In addition there are more Gluten Free Tapas on the menu that you can see on their website. Pollo Bravo has a variety of locations throughout the Portland area so be sure to swing by when you are in Portland.

I insist that you visit the Pine Street Market and Pollo Bravo when you visit Portland. The Market is open daily from 7 AM – 11 PM and is a great place to run in and grab a bite or a drink anytime of day or night. There is something for everyone at the Pine Street Market and Pollo Bravo.

I can’t wait to go back to Pollo Bravo.  I know you will feel the same too!

Salud!

Lisa

 


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Gluten Free Flatbread Pizza!

May 20th, 2016 at 5:11 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

Come a little closer, I want to introduce you to my new favorite, Sonoma Gluten Free Flatbread Pizza! Now you can enjoy real honest to goodness flatbread pizza that is made without artificial ingredients, preservatives or colors.  The best part is that it is Certified Gluten Free!

 

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Did you know that May is Celiac Awareness month?  Well I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to pick up some Gluten Free Flatbread Pizza and have a party!  I was so excited when I discovered this new certified Gluten Free Sonoma Flatbread Four Cheese pizza, I invited my friends over for a Pizza Party.  Actually it turned out to be an easy “Meatless Monday meal” as well.   I chopped up a few of my favorite veggies – purple onion, red bell pepper and fresh basil.  I heated the oven to 425 degrees with my perforated pizza pan in it to make sure it gets real hot.  Once the oven is ready it takes a little bit of patience, only about 9-11 minutes.  In the meantime I sautéed some mushrooms with a little bit of olive oil for a few minutes.  When they were done, I placed the toppings in ramekins and let everyone choose favorites to make their own “meatless master-pizza-pieces”.

The Gluten Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizzas are so flavorful with a crisp but tender thin crust.  The flatbread makes the cheesy topping  and sauce the star without being too bready.  You can find Gluten Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizza throughout the US in a variety of grocery stores.  Check out Sonoma’s Flatbread store locator here to find the Gluten Free Pizzas in your community.  Sonoma also offers a 6 1/2″ personal size pizza, a 10″ pizza for two and a 12″ family size – available with pre-made toppings in 4 varieties – Chicken & Fire Roasted Peppers, Four Cheese, Uncured Pepperoni and Fire Roasted Vegetable. The meats are nitrate and nitrite free and without growth hormones.

Well, let me just say that you will be as happy as a big Gluten Free Pizza Pie when you try the new Gluten Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizza.  Oh by the way, my guests didn’t realize it was Gluten Free.  I just love it when that happens, don’t you?! Go get some Gluten Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizza and tell me what you think!

Salud!

Lisa

I wanted to let you know that Sonoma Flatbread contacted me and asked me to try their new Gluten Free Flatbread Pizza – Four Cheese.  They sent some samples to me and in no way am I influenced by the fact that the pizzas were gifted to me.  You know I love my Gluten Free Pizza!  I stand by my rule,  if I don’t like it I will not talk or write about it.  I must say that I am a really big fan of Sonoma Flatbread Pizza. 

 


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About Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at glutenfreefoodies@gmail.com Original blog - GlutenFreeFoodies.co After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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