Friday, April 28, 2017

News & Notes: April 28, 2017

Smart Flour Foods' new gluten-free Snack Bites are made with the company’s proprietary ancient-grains flour blend of sorghum, amaranth and teff, Available in traditional pizza flavors - Three Cheese, Uncured Pepperoni and Pepperoni & Sausage Combo - the Snack Bites are filled with a hormone-free cheddar and mozzarella cheese blend, along with uncured, vegetarian-fed, and antibiotic- and nitrite-free pepperoni in the meat versions. Snack Bites will be available in select retailers nationwide this summer at a suggested retail price of between $3.99 and $4.99.

Vitalicious is producing a gluten-free version of its popular VitaTops. The cakey chocolate-chip variety, which also is dairy free - is made with sorghum flour, organic sugar and natural vanilla flavor and contains 5 grams of fiber.

If you're missing the taste of churros, Frito-Lay is filling the void with limited-edition cinnamon-and-sugar sopapilla flavored chips. There are no gluten ingredients in these corn-based chips, released to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

EVOL has announced another gluten-free single-serve entree with an international flavor. The Hawaiian Style Grilled Chicken meal is made with sweet pineapple teriyaki sauce on grilled chicken with pieces of pineapple, red bell peppers, edamame and water chestnuts on a bed of white rice. It will be available in frozen food aisles at retailers nationwide next month.

Luvo's newest gluten-free frozen entree is Cauliflower Mac & Cheese. The dish consists of brown rice noodles, a blend of creamy cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, roasted cauliflower crumbles and a rice flour, panko-style topping.

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As part of its "365" house brand, Whole Foods has introduced certified-gluten-free PB&J Bites. The strawberry-filled peanut butter snacks are made with corn starch and brown rice meal and are dusted with peanut flour.

A trio of Bucks County restaurants now offer gluten-free options. In New Hope. BYOB Blue Moose Restaurant & Cafe (9 W. Mechanic St., 215-862-6800) notes gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan choices on its dinner and brunch menus. Options at Blue Sage Vegetarian Grill in Southampton (727 2nd St. Pike, 215-942-8888) include salads, tacos on blue corn johnnycakes and most appetizers and entrees. The kitchen uses a dedicated fryer for empanadas. The Lumberville General Store (3741 River Rd., 215-297-9262) has gluten-free breakfast and lunch menus. (Thanks to reader Donna R. for the tips.)

Fine Palate in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia (231 S. 15th St., 267-318-7971) offers gluten-free potato gnocchi and Japanese "pizza," among other items on its current menu. The kitchen handles gluten-free orders separately.

With the exception of flour tortillas used for burritos, the menu at the El Guaco Loco food trucks are gluten free. One of the trucks is based on Temple University's campus at 13th and Norris streets.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael

With the updated Gluten Free Philly app for iOS and Android devices, find more than 1,500 area gluten-free-friendly businesses on the go, search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more!
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