I have about a million things I should be doing as we are leaving next week for our first international gluten-free trip - but wanted to share with you first about the new Chebe Frozen Pizza Dough:
The Gluten Free Kid has been gone this week. This is the first time she has left Mom and Dad at home and traveled with a friend.
She went to her friend's beach house (yes - nice friends to have).
We spent a day packing her food before she left -
- I sent along a copy of my dining out card (or better termed dining out memo) so her friend's parents would now what precautions to take.
- I made some White Bean Chili andNamaste Spice Muffins for her to take along.
- She took Glutino bagels and Philadelphia cream cheese for lunch - she really did not want to take a toaster and this is the one brand that actually taste okay just warmed for a little bit in the microwave.
- We packed peanut butter and Glutino pretzels for snack, as well as some home made cookies.
- We also did a test run of the Chebe Frozen Pizza Dough and sent that along with some pizza sauce, cheese and parchment paper to cook it on.
We love the Chebe dry pizza and bread stick mix. It is probably our favorite pizza crust mix - it is nice and thin and has a good taste. The only down side is that it does take a little elbow grease to make it,so we were excited to try the frozen pizza dough.
This dough would be absolutely perfect if you only have one or two people in the family that eats gluten free - you just leave it frozen and cook for 30 minutes.
It is also perfect for things like sleepovers or visiting company. It is easy to pack some parchment paper and cook the frozen dough for a nice baked treat.
But after trying it, we have to give a 3 1/2 star rating - mostly because it contains diary (I really wish more GF manufacturers would also go casein free) and the relative cost.
I only tasted the pizza crust (before realizing it contained dairy) and I thought it was great. However, two of the little squares pictured come in a box, so it took 3 boxes to feed my family of five. At almost $6.00 a box that is pretty expensive convenience for us.
I did not get to taste the rolls or bread sticks, but the kids just gave them a three out of five stars. They were good but not great - rather round and hard and not nearly as large as you can get by making the same with the Chebe mix.
I am sure we will use the pizza dough again - it is especially easy for the GFK to make her own pizzas away from home. But for bread sticks and rolls, we will stick with the dry mix.
Go visit Gluten Free Food Reviews for more reviews of GF food.
So how has it been without the GFK around?? -quiet and, in all honesty, I have spent a lot less time in the kitchen.
I am the only other gluten free member of our family, so I ate salads and leftover chili this week, and the rest of the family had a gluten fest. I actually ordered a delivery pizza for the kids one night - I had not done something like that in three years and I was almost shocked how easy it was and how cheap it was. Less than $15 for a pizza, delivered to my front door that provided two meals!! No wonder so many American's no longer cook.
But was it healthy - well that's another story!