Wednesday, October 10, 2012

                  Gluten Free Chicken Cheesy Broccoli Cups


2 cups of Cheddar cheese (separate ½ cup and set aside)

1 ½ cup of Cooked Chicken cut into bite size pieces

1 package of Gillian’s frozen pizza dough (defrosted)

1 ¼ cup of Progresso’s cream of mushroom soup

1 cup of chopped frozen broccoli, cooked and drained

¼ tsp of pepper

Spectrum Cooking Spray

Directions:  Spray muffin tin with Spectrum Spray. Place rolled out pizza crust (about 1/8 inch thick) cut with a large round 3 ½ inch cookie cutter into greased muffin tins. Press dough into the muffin tin slots.

In a large bowl combine chicken, 1 ½ cups of cheese, broccoli, mushroom soup and pepper. Spoon mixture onto the dough in the muffin tin slots. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Getting you prepared for a Safe, Gluten-Free Halloween

                        Gluten Free Halloween Candy Lists For 2012


This is the time of year where parents with kids that are gluten intolerant, due to Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, gluten allergies and those that have children with Autism are particularly stringent about the kinds of candies their kids are eating. 

Fortunately, there are a few websites that have a list of mainstream candies that are gluten free. There are many things to consider, even though a candy does not contain gluten ingredients, sometimes we need to pay special attention to how the candies are manufactured. Are they manufactured on lines that also manufacture products that contain wheat or gluten? Reading labels may not be an option though, when you get candies in your child’s treat bag that are individually wrapped and non descrip…’s my motto, “when in doubt, throw it out!” Remember your child’s health is a priority. Always be sure to check the packaging and ingredients.

When you are not sure about a specific ingredient(s) and how something is prepared or manufactured,  cross contamination issues can still be a problem. Calling a manufacturer directly is still a good practice and reading labels and packaging is a must. Large candy manufacturers have websites where ingredient lists can be viewed online. Please note that manufacturing practices and ingredient lists can change periodically.  


Candy brands made in the U.S. that may be gluten free here may not be gluten free in another country.