The Broadmoor Hotel‘s Gingerbread House!
Pretty to look at, but no eating! Especially if you have celiac disease. Check out the ingredients:
My gluten-free college boy is home! I’d planned on making him a smorgasbord of gluten-free meals, which he doesn’t get in school, but I haven’t. It’s unseasonably warm here in Colorado, warm enough for walking under blue skies in Garden of the Gods.
Who can blame me, right?
But today I decided to make something for lunch other than gluten-free microwaved burritos. Chicken Salad. Which I named Easy Holiday Chicken Salad because it has green apples and red dried cranberries, and it takes minutes to prepare.
An Allergic Foodie’s Easy Holiday Chicken Salad
2-3 cups chopped chicken (I’m lazy, so I chopped up Costco‘s bagged rotisserie chicken)
1 cup Earth Balance Mindful Mayo (use more or less depending on how much mayo you like)
2 small peeled and chopped organic Granny Smith apples
1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans. If you’re allergic to nuts, use celery)
1 cup allergy-free dried cranberries
I didn’t use any seasoning because the rotisserie chicken already had a lot of flavor.
Toss, chill, and serve.
I ate my chicken salad on a bed of baby greens. Steve ate his on a gluten-free baguette.
Then we went for a walk.
This summer I’ve been golfing a lot.
BD (before diagnosis) I typically stayed home while my family hit the links. (Golf courses with limited restrooms aren’t the best place to be when you’re having a reaction to gluten or soy or dairy or corn or one of the other myriad foods I now know I’m allergic to.) Fortunately, since cutting out offending foods from my diet, I am much more active.
The new dilemma: What do I snack on when I’m playing four hours of golf, or hiking in the Colorado mountains, or taking a day trip to Denver. Certainly not anything from a snack bar or a fast food joint!
Fortunately, portable allergy-friendly products are becoming more and more common. In just the five years since my diagnosis, I’m amazed at the availability of convenience foods for an allergic food. More importantly, many of them actually taste good!
So I’ve decided to review some of these products in a regular blog post called Taste Test Tuesday.
My first review is–drum roll, please–Enjoy Life® Decadent Soft Baked Bars.
Full disclosure: The company sent these to me to try after I offered to review. I was curious to see if these new bars could win me over. I’ve had some pretty awful cardboard-tasting “bars” since AD (after diagnosis) so I was a bit skeptical, and honestly, somewhat reluctant to bite into one.
The four boxes sat unopened on my pantry shelf for several weeks. Then one day when I was late for a tee time, I grabbed a Cinnamon Bun for breakfast. Now I won’t try to convince you it tasted like I imagine one of those cinnamon buns in the mall does, but it was good. Quite good. And no wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish!
So the next time I golfed, I took a Chocolate SunButter®. Yummy! As you may have read before in this blog, I adore chocolate!
My gluten-free son is a bit pickier than I am (he gets to be since he can eat dairy, soy and eggs). Yet he LOVES the S’mores. S’mores were always a favorite dessert when he was growing up so it’s nice he gets to enjoy them again. He took the rest of the bars back to college.
If you like tart flavors, you’ll enjoy Cherry Cobbler. I couldn’t get excited about this one, and my son said the bar tasted odd (he’s used to sweeter, I think). No worries–there are three other flavors for us to enjoy.
The Decadent Soft Baked Bars are now a staple in my pantry, in the care packages I send to my son, and in my golf bag. Thank you, Enjoy Life, for making a product that helps this allergic foodie enjoy her golf game again.
Now if you could just help me with my putting.
Visit Enjoy Life Foods for more information.