Muffins

I've been on a muffin kick lately ... can't tell you why. Prior to going GDSYWP free, I never was a muffin person. They were just okay to me and I don't like sweet stuff in the morning, so I just never really ate them. So, why now? I'm not exactly sure, but I think it's mostly because I can have something sweet after lunch or dinner that is pre-portioned for me, and they're easy to share.

Through a Yahoo Group that I joined recently,The Gluten Free Recipe Swap (started by fellow GF blogger, Ginger Lemon Girl), I discovered this website, GFCF Cookbook. From their website, I have tried 2 muffins, their Banana Muffins and their Pumpkin Muffins, but they have several different types listed there. I used Bette Hagmans Four Bean Flour Blend (from her book, The Gluten Free Gourmet Bakes Bread that I borrowed from my library!) for the flour mix. Let me tell you, boy oh boy are they yummy. Several of my gluten-eating friends and family have tried them and liked them - no complaints!

If you're a muffin lover - or not, like me! - you must head over to GFCF Cookbook
, go to their breakfast section and give one of them a try!

A Public Service Announcement: Head on Down to your Local Library!

When I found out about my GDSYWP intolerances back in February, I felt so alone. I didn't know anyone with so many intolerances and when I searched specialty food stores for foods that I could have, they only provided a few products.

So, naturally, I turned to the internet. I researched the intolerances , looked for recipes, and joined support groups. It made living with these intolerances bearable. And, now, 8 months in, I have discovered a new source of information - the Library!

I don't know why this didn't occur to me before now. I guess because I haven't stepped into a library since college? This has been such a huge help for me. With my multiple intolerances, it makes it difficult for me to just purchase any food intolerance cookbook. If I find a GF one, will it have YF breads for me? Will it have any DF recipes? What about a DF cookbook, will there be any SF alternatives? You get the drift ...

I am so happy to go to the library and see that my local library had several options for me - and there are several others floating around the library system that I can have sent to my local branch. It is so relieving to have a way to look through, read, and try some of these recipes before purchasing them. The ones that I checked out are:

The Gluten Free Gourmet by Bette Hagman
The Gluten Free Gourmet Bakes Bread by Bette Hagman
Totally Dairy-Free Cooking by Louie Lanza
Living Gluten Free For Dummies by Danna Korn
Celiac Disease: A Guide to Living with Gluten Intolerance by Sylvia Llewelyn Bower, Mary Kay Sharrett & Steve Plogsted

As I read through them some more and try their recipes, I will report back with my "official review"! Stay tuned! :D

Subway

If you have not already done so, please read the disclaimer information both off to the side and exceptions and disclaimer in this post.

I have *always* loved Subway. Well, I've always loved sandwiches - of any kind. But Subway was there through Weight Watchers with me. If Hubby and I were eating out, we were usually eating there. But, since I went GDSYWP-free, we haven't been back. But, after reviewing this list, I just might now! MIGHT ... there is an awful lot of autolyzed yeast extract in their meats. But, it's nice to know that I can get a big salad with a lot of veggie options while I'm out and about. While dining there, my options are:

Main:
Chicken Breast Patty
Roast Beef
Roasted Chicken Breast
Tuna
Turkey Breast

Toppings/Dressings:
Carrots
Bell Peppers
Cucumbers
Deli Brown Mustard
Honey Mustard Sauce
Lettuce
Mayonnaise
Oil
Olives
Onions
Pickles
Sweet Onion Sauce
Tomatoes
Vinegar
Yellow Mustard

Beverages:
Apple Juice
Soda
Water


And with this ends the past 2 weeks of fast food. We'll be back to our regularly scheduled blog starting Monday! I have some nice recipes and product reviews lined up and ready for you! :D

Five Guys

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Since I am not lucky enough to live near an In-N-Out, my hamburger joint of choice is Five Guys. I know this isn't one of the traditional "fast food" joints, but with their all-natural-and-basic ingredients, they are completely worth their own post. Their menu is super easy to order from (just avoiding the obvious - buns, cheese and bacon) and their fries are completely safe! They have their own dedicated fryer and are fried in peanut oil.

Yum!

In-N-Out

If you have not already done so, please read the disclaimer information both off to the side and exceptions and disclaimer in this post.

If you live on the West Coast and are lucky enough to live near an In-N-Out, then I am envious of you. Their fries are my favorite! Pretty much, aside from the obvious (avoiding bacon, cheese, buns and shakes), their menu is all-go. Their fries are from real potatoes and have no additives and their patties are 100% beef with no additives. The only thing is they do use vegetable oil (which can contain soybean oil) and their special spread is probably mayonnaise based (therefore probably also containing soybean oil). but really, that is also pretty much a given.

Boy do I wish I could have one now ...

Chipotle

If you have not already done so, please read the disclaimer information both off to the side and exceptions and disclaimer in this post.

I just have to say that I honestly love Chipotle. I know their food isn't really authentic Mexican, but when I'm in a hurry and in the mood for Mexican, Chipotle does hit the spot! And, I have to say that their website is pretty neat and contains lots of information on their food. I also love that their food is pretty basic. According to their website, "Our foods at Chipotle have no artificial colors or artificial flavorings." So, as long as you avoid the obvious (staying away from cheese, sour cream, flour tortillas and shredded pork), you should be set! If you're super sensitive, you may want to ask that the employees put on fresh gloves since they do handle the flour tortillas. There are only 2 things that I will note - 1) they use a small amount of bacon in their pinto beans, so I always get the black beans and 2) they use soybean oil in uh, everything - they claim that it is not indicated as an allergen. Me personally? If I have too much, I feel icky. But, I have had several large meals there without a problem.

Burger King

If you have not already done so, please read the disclaimer information both off to the side and exceptions and disclaimer in this post.

I have never been a huge fan of Burger King, but I will give them credit for providing lots of nutritional/allergen information on their website. While dining there, my options are:

Main:
Fries - may be cooked in oil also used to cook gluten items
Garden Side Salad
Hamburger - no bun
Jr. Whopper - no bun
Whopper - no bun

Toppings/Dressings/Sauces:
Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Honey Mustard Dressing
Ketchup
Lettuce
Light Italian Dressing
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Onion
Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
Tomato
Zesty Dipping Sauce

Beverages:
Apple Juice
Coffee
Icee
Orange Juice
Soda
Water

Chick-Fil-A

If you have not already done so, please read the disclaimer information both off to the side and exceptions and disclaimer in this post.

I have had a love affair with Chick-Fil-A since college and am so happy to announce that they have a dedicated Waffle Fries fryer making it completely safe for our gluten intolerances! Now, if only they would package their salads with the cheese separately, I would have many more options and be truly happy! While dining there, my options are:

Main:
Chargrilled Chicken Fillet Sandwhich - no bun
French Fries

Toppings/Dressings/Sauces:
Barbecue Sauce
Chick-Fil-A Sauce
Fat-Free Honey Mustard Dressing
Honey Mustard Sauce
Honey Roasted Barbecue Sauce
Ketchup
Light Italian Dressing
Polynesian Sauce
Reduced Fat Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Breakfast:
Hashbrowns

Dessert:
Fruit Cup

Beverages:

Apple Juice
Coffee
Iced Tea
Lemonade
Orange Juice
Soda
Water

McDonalds

If you have not already done so, please read the disclaimer information both off to the side and exceptions and disclaimer in this post.

The ever-popular McDonalds is probably the last place that I would want to go when eating fast food because a)their food seems to be the most chemically injected and altered and b)I can't resist their french fries or hashbrowns, even though I know that they are bad for me. However, I must give them credit for posting lots of information about their foods and being very aware of allergens in those foods (like telling us that there are both dairy and gluten ingredients in the flavorings that they use for their french fries). While dining there, my options are:

Main:
Big and Tasty - no bun
Hamburger - no bun
Quarter Pounder - no bun
Side Salad

Toppings/Dressings/Sauces:
Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Hot Mustard Sauce
Ketchup
Low-Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette
Salsa Roja
Southwest Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Tangy Honey Mustard Sauce
Tangy Mustard Sauce
Tartar Sauce

Breakfast:
Breakfast Steak
Potato Vegetable Blend
Scrambled Eggs

Dessert:
Apple Dippers - no caramel sauce

Beverages:
Coffee
Orange Juice
Soda
Sweet Tea
Water

Arbys

If you have not already done so, please read the disclaimer information both off to the side and exceptions and disclaimer in this post.

Before going GDSYWP free, I always loved Arbys for their variety in options and flavors. As a GDSYWP-free person, I love their efforts to educate their consumers on their ingredients. They have very detailed information about allergens, nutritional information and ingredients. I feel very good about all the food information that I got there. While dining there, my options are:

Main:
Arby Q - no bun
Corned Beef
Garden Side Salad
Grilled Chicken Fillet Sandwhich - no bun
Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich - no bun
Roast Beef Sandwich - no bun
Roast Turkey
Potato Cakes - may be cooked in oil also used to cook gluten/dairy items
Super Roast Beef Sandwich - no bun

Toppings/Dressings/Sauces:
Arbys Sauce
Barbecue Dipping Sauce
Bronco Berry Dipping Sauce
Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Horsey Sauce
Ketchup
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Raspberry Vinaigrette
Red Wine Vinegaratte
Sauerkraut
Spicy Brown Honey Mustard Sauce
Spicy 3-Pepper Sauce
Tangy Southwest Sauce
Tartar Sauce
Thousand Island Sauce
Tortilla Strips
Marinara Sauce

Beverages:
Coffee
Orange Juice
Soda
Sweet Tea
Water

Wendys

If you have not already done so, please read the disclaimer information both off to the side and exceptions and disclaimer in this post.

When eating at a fast food restaurant as a GDSYWP-free person, my first choice is Wendys. Wendys offers plenty of variety and, at least from their website, seem educated about us Gluten Free people (they have a GF options list). While dining there, my options are:

Main:
Chili
1/4 lb. Hamburger - no bun
Fries - may be cooked in oil also used to cook gluten items
Jr. Hamburger - no bun
Single with Everything - no bun
Mandarin Chicken Salad - no crispy noodles, no oriental sesame dressing
Plain Baked Potato (can add broccoli and chili)
Side Salad
Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich - no bun

Toppings/Dressings/Sauces:
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Barbecue Nugget Sauce
Dill Pickles
Fat Free French Style Dressing
Fat Free Ranch Dressing
Italian Vinaigrette
Honey Mustard Sauce
Honey Mustard Nugget Sauce
Hot Chili Seasonings Packet
Ketchup
Lettuce
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Onion
Sweet and Sour Nugget Sauce
Tomato

Dessert:
Mandarin Orange Cup

Beverages:
Coffee
Hot Tea
Lemonade
Soda
Sweet Tea
Water

2 Weeks of Fast Food!

Fast Food? That is GDSYWP-free? Yeah, not so much.

But, in our fast food craving country, it is inevitable. We will have to eat at a fast food restaurant at SOME point in our lives. We can try to avoid it as much as possible, but it will happen eventually. In an effort to make it somewhat bearable, I have compiled a list of GDSYWP-free foods - with some exceptions. And will be sharing this list with you over the next 2 weeks.

In addition to my usual disclaimer off to the side, I will add here that eating at ANY fast food joint as a food intolerant person is NOT a good idea. It is not preferred and, as with any time one eats out, there is always the potential for cross-contamination and unknown additives. These are options that are right for my body, but not necessarily yours. I strongly urge you to do your own research before dining at any of these establishments in order to make the right choice for your lifestyle - I am not responsible for any results of your eating out according to this list. Now, that being said, based on the information given on the company websites as of September, 2008, this is what I would deem to be the "better" options at these locations.

Again, cross-contamination is highly possible, and I had to make some ingredient allowances. Although I try to avoid GDSYWP item in their entirety at home, I have allowed for a few products at these locations in order to have anything to put on these lists. These items MAY contain soybean oil, soy lecithin and autolyzed yeast extract. Personally, I have found these particular ingredients to be somewhat tolerable to my body. So, on the VERY rare occasion (seriously, only once since going on this diet 8 months ago) that I eat fast food, I allow for them. If I didn't, I wouldn't be able to eat anything there!

With all that said, I will be giving my personal options for:
Wendys
Arbys
In-N-Out
McDonalds
Burger King
Chick-Fil-A
Chipotle
Subway
Five Guys

Lemonaise by The Ojai Cook

I discovered this stuff while roaming around Whole Foods and decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad I did - this stuff is SO good!

I used it in my tuna salad instead of mixing my usual canola mayo/mustard/lemon juice/spices and it was delish! I also used it on a hamburger patty instead of my usual canola mayo & mustard and it was also yummy.

Let's put it this way, this stuff is so tasty that I may just toss the plain 'ol canola mayo and just use this in everything ... okay, I won't toss my perfectly good more-than-half-full canola mayo, but once it's used up, I don't think it'll need replacing!

They also make some other flavors and a tartar sauce - all of which I need to try! :D And, of course, I will report back once I do!

In Remembrance


The Victims. The Families. The Heroes.

We will never forget.

The Best GDSYWP-free Cookies. Ever.

Yes. I mean it. A GDSYWP-free cookie that is AMAZING. I know I said no more desserts for a while, but this is SO worth it. I promise!

THANK YOU Gluten Free Goddess aka Karina!

You MUST try her Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies today!

Be warned though, I am not kidding when I say that they are amazing. I had like 5 the first night I made them. Maybe I should be ashamed to say so? Nah, they are just that good! ;)

The Best GDSYWP-free Bread. Ever.

Seriously. I mean it. I've made 5-10 loafs of bread since I went GDSYWP-free and all of them have either been gross or just ok. But not this one. This one is AMAZING!

Gluten-Free & Dairy Free Buckwheat Bread created by Mike over at the Gluten Free Blog.

I made just a few changes: It does call for soy milk, which I just replaced with Oat Milk (NOTE: the one I used is not labeled as gluten free, I have yet to find one that is, but I have not had an adverse reaction to it yet). I didn't have Glutinous Rice Flour, but read online that Sweet Rice Flour is a good replacement, so that's what I used. And finally, the recipe calls for Light Buckwheat Four, but all I had on-hand was regular Buckwheat Flour, so I just used it. I also didn't use the oven, but instead made the loaf in my bread machine and it came out a bit dense (as all breads in my bread machine seem to), but wonderfully neutral tasting - no icky rice-y flavor here! Hubby and I ate half the loaf as soon as it came out of the bread machine - happily burning our fingers and tongues! Next time I make it, I will try the oven and see if it comes out less dense.

I tried the bread with tuna salad, pesto sauce and then, a canola butter. It tasted best with that. The one I used, I found at Trader Joes (NOTE: The canola butter does have soy proteins in it and has a milk derivative of some sort, but I am trying it out to see what my reaction is - and I use very little of it).

If you do decide give this loaf a try, please be sure to leave a comment on their blog here and let them know how much you enjoyed it - I already did! :D

Lactose Free ≠ Dairy Free

That's right, Lactose Free DOES NOT equal Dairy Free!

Okay, sorry, I know I'm mostly preaching the choir here. But, it's just so annoying. I can't tell you how many times I have had this conversation or one just like it:

"I'm sorry I can't eat that item/dish, I have a dairy intolerance."
"Oh, I understand. - my (insert type of relative) is lactose intolerant too. There is this product called Lactaid that was made for people like you. You can even find it in the regular old (insert name of local grocery store). You should try it."
"Thank you for information, but I'm not intolerant to lactose, I am intolerant to casein. Lactose is a type of sugar in milk, casein is a type of protein found in milk."
"Well, my (relative) can't have milk either - and they can have Lactaid - and he/she really likes it."
At which point I realize that I won't get anywhere, so I just stop arguing and change the subject.


I really, truly applaud the lactose free community for educating the public so well about their concerns. I'm hoping that it will pave the way for other food intolerances, but I am just so overthis. Why do so many people assume that being dairy free means you lactose intolerant? People choose to be dairy free for lots of reasons. Yes, it's true that some people are intolerant to lactose, but others (like me) are intolerant to casein, and still others are intolerant to anything from a cow but can have goat products. Furthermore, there are Vegans who do not consume any animal meat or any animal byproduct by choice and then there are people living Kosher who have strict rules about dairy. And there are probably others that I am not thinking of right now ...

So, if you are not dairy free, please keep in mind that just because someone is dairy free, does not necessarily mean that they are lactose intolerant. Again, I know I'm preaching to the choir. Probably 99% of you who are reading this are well aware of this, maybe even more so than I am. So, for those 99%, I apologize for this post, but for the other 1% who are here that don't know, maybe this helps clear a few things up about dairy.

Oh, and while I'm at it, real BUTTER IS DAIRY! There are a few types of margarine that are dairy free (mostly made of soy), however, most butter that I have come across contain at least whey and/or casein. Therefore, BUTTER (and usually margarine, too) IS DAIRY and therefore cannot be used in food for a dairy free person!

Thank you for letting me get that off my chest, please return to your angry free life ...

Wavy Lays by Frito-Lay

For as long as I can remember, I have *always* been a potato chip fan. I like 'em, I love 'em, I want some more of 'em, I try so hard, I can't rise above them ...

Okay, sorry ... anyway. I grew up snacking on Ruffles with French Onion chip dip (Yes, you can see that my parents were only into the healthiest of foods for their growing daughter... thanks Pop!). When I went GDSYWP-free, I was just so thankful that potatoes were still okay for me to have. I will eat a potato just about anyway you make it ... baked potatoes, julienne fries, wedge fries, shoe-string fries, mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy, grilled potatoes, home fries, hash browns, and, of course, potato chips!

My current favorite potato chip, and another constant in my kitchen, is Regular Wavy Lays from Frito-Lay.


They are much less greasy than my childhood staple Ruffles, but still have that delicious potato-y, just-salty-enough flavor and wonderful crunch. And, I love the ingredients list: potatoes, sunflower and/or corn oil and salt. That's it! 3 plain, normal things make these beauties. Don't you just love it when life is simple?

And, as brought to my attention by J.J. over at Giving up the Gluten, Frito-Lay is a friend to us food-intolerant people! They have an entire list of ingredient concerns and their products. They seem to be wonderfully educated about gluten, soy, dairy, casein, egg, onion, nuts and other intolerances! I was pleasantly surprised at their knowledge and desire to help educate their consumers!

Okay, my mouth is seriously watering now ... must go find my bag of Wavy Lays ... like ... now ...

Organic Black Bean Vegetable Soup by Amy's Kitchen

I think it's time we had a non-dessert post, right?

Today, I am going to share with you one of my all-time favorite GDSYWP-free soups: Organic Black Bean Vegetable Soup by Amy's Kitchen.


This soup is high in fiber (10 grams for the whole can) and low in fat (3 grams for the whole can). And, it is one of the tastiest soups I have ever had (and I'm a big soup person!).

This soup is a constant in my kitchen - it makes a great quick lunch when paired with a sandwich wrap, the frozen Chicken Tamale Meal that I talked about before, or even just by itself!

As an added bonus, I usually can find it in the health-food or organic section of the "regular" grocery store, making it easily accessible when traveling.

As Rachel Ray would say, "Yum-O"!

A Confession & Wake-Up Call

When I used to be on Weight Watchers, looking at the nutritional information on the packages of foods was something I *always* did. Online somewhere, I had found the approximate equation for calculating WW points. Hubby, being a mathematician, could give me the approximate point value of any product. So, I was constantly looking at the nutritional information of any food that I was considering buying to determine if they would be all-around good for me. And, I knew all the tricks, too. Like, for example, the nutritional information would say that the calories for, I don't know, say, some cookies was only 50 calories ... then to find out that the serving size was like 1/4th of a cookie ... or a box of crackers or a bag of chips would have like 1,000 mg of sodium ... in 2 pieces! I also knew that the list of ingredients was listed in the order of amounts. So, for example, in a cereal, if the list would start with Wheat, Sugar, Oats, etc., I would know that wheat made up the highest percentage of that product, the sugar, than oats. So even if a product *looked* healthy, I could tell if it really was by just looking at a few places on the box. Anyway, you get my drift. I was nutritional information chart savvy, I was on the look-out for low-point, healthy foods - I was on a mission to only fuel my body with good foods. Until I found out that I was GDSYWP intolerant.

So, here's my confession: I stopped looking at the nutritional information ... altogether. Seriously!

Not a glance or thought went into the nutritional information - just what ingredients were used. I take a long look at the ingredients list, look at it again, check the fine print, just to make sure that there isn't any GDSYWP hidden ingredients in there. If there isn't, and it looks pretty good, it goes into the cart. I'll even admit that sometimes, I don't even look at the price! The only thing that mattered was the ingredients and visual appeal. But, I'm learning to not do that anymore, $10.00 for a small box of cookies isn't good - no matter how intolerant-friendly they may be.

And now, I have learned that I must start reading the nutritional information again.

Like I said earlier in this post, my Sister really liked my Fruit & Nut Blondies and wanted the recipe. I told her that she could probably follow the recipe that I had made but just use a "regular" blondies mix instead of my fancy GDSYWP-free Namaste Brand one. Then - get this - she said she liked it as it was and wouldn't mind using that one if she could find it (by-the-way, SCORE! GDSWYP-free really CAN taste good!). Anyway, she asked if it was low calorie. I was dumbfounded. The thought had never even entered my mind. I told her that I honestly hadn't looked about it and had no clue. As soon as we hung up the phone, I decided to look it up on the Namaste website. Blondies - 170 calories. Cool. What's the serving size? 33 per box! Whoa! 5,610 calories in the box ... the box makes a 13x9 pan of blondies ... 12-16 squares from that ... so, at best, 350 calories (for 16 servings) ... EACH ... and that doesn't even take into account the nuts, coconut, prunes and other items that I added in! Whoa. What about the awesomely moist chocolate cake that I talked about in this post? How would that one hold up? 230 calories, 20 servings. Urg. Again, 1 bag makes an 13x9 pan, so again, 12-16 servings, so at best, 287.5 calories for 16 servings. But, I KNOW hubby and I have WAY more than 1/16th of that cake. I start to feel sick. Now I know why I balloned back up to my pre-weight-watchers-weight. I think, okay, blondies and chocolate cake are a dessert. I bet the muffins, a breakfast staple, should be better, right? And, well, they are. They are 140 for 12 servings, which is how many muffins I made, so 140 calories each. Phew. And, the muffins come in a sugar-free version.

Now, I'm not saying that I won't be buying Namastes products anymore, I totally love them and will continue to be a happy customer for all the reasons I have already mentioned in other posts, but I just feel a bit more aware now. I won't be making these desserts as often. I will seek out other products or homemade recipes that don't have as many calories. This is a good wake-up call for me. Nutritional information still matters - even when your GDSYWP-free!

Almond Torte

Okay, I can't stop with the desserts! What can I say?

Seriously though, when I first went GDSYWP-free, I didn't eat a lot of desserts. I had tried a couple that just tasted awful. I didn't know where to find good ones and certainly didn't know how to make good ones. Seven months in now, I think I'm finally learning.

Ya know how yesterday I said that I love to prove to people that GDSYWP-free foods can taste really good? Well, I think I may have one of the best examples of that right here.

Remember this post where I raved about the PBS cooking show, "Everyday Food?" Well, I have yet another recipe from there that I LOVE. It is also GDSYWP-free, no adjustments needed, all on it's own. It is an AMAZING dessert. You can find it on their website here, but I've also listed it below as they don't have a print version of the recipe.

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Almond Torte
from "Everyday Food"
Serves 8

Nonstick cooking spray
1 ¾ cups sliced blanched almonds
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
4 large egg whites
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon almond extract

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Cut a piece of wax or parchment paper to fit the bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan. Coat pan with nonstick spray, place prepared paper round in bottom of pan, and spray paper. Sprinkle evenly with ¼ cup almonds.

2. In a food processor, process remaining 1 ½ cups almonds with ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar until finely ground; set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites with salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 2 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar and beat until stiff glossy peaks form. Beat in almond extract. In three additions, gently fold in ground almond mixture.

4. Evenly spread batter into prepared pan, tapping pan on counter to expel large air bubbles. Bake until golden brown and firm in center, 40 to 45 minutes; cool completely in pan. Invert onto serving plate, and remove wax or parchment paper.

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Muffins by Namaste Foods

Am I like a walking ad for Namaste Foods, or what? I tell ya, I heard nothing but good things about their products before I was able to find them, and I'm here to back those claims up even further.

I made Namaste Foods' Muffin Mix the other night and they turned out fabulous! Really, they did! Says me, my Hubby (who had three that night, by-the-way) and even one of my non-food-intolerant neighbors. He even took one to go they were so good! Boy do I love showing people that GDSYWP-free foods can actually taste good - really good!

I made the mix as described, then stirred in a couple of sprinkles of cinnamon, a dash of nutmug, and a pint - minus a few - of blueberries - freshly picked by Hubby and myself, if I may add!

I put liners into the muffin tin and filled the liners up all the way with this mix. Then, as a nice final touch, I added a couple of the reserved blueberries to the tops of each one and sprinkled the tops with Turbinado sugar, as described here.

Beautiful, delicious and GDYSWP-free to boot! Now that's what I'm talking about!


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