Gluten-Free at California Pizza Kitchen – Review

Gluten-Free at California Pizza Kitchen

I know a while back there was some hoopla around California Pizza Kitchen’s gluten-free menu and some serious concerns of cross-contamination. So, when I recently visited one of their locations, I wondered if the gluten-free at California Pizza Kitchen changed.

I met my friend Jen at the Polaris Mall location in Columbus, Ohio for some drinks. While there, we decided to grab something to eat. Our server from the bar brought out the gluten-free pizza menu along with explained the process of the gluten-free items on the regular menu. There were little GF circles near foods that were gluten-free.

The signature BBQ Chicken Pizza at California Pizza Kitchen – Gluten-Free
The signature BBQ Chicken Pizza at California Pizza Kitchen – Gluten-Free

We decided to try the gluten-free chicken BBQ pizza. Our server assured us of the proper cooking method and was very cautious with our order. She even confirmed it was gluten-free upon dropping it off and made the necessary precautions to keep me safe. We were seated at the bar and could tell that our pizza was not cooked with the others. I noticed on their little menu that they went through the Gluten Intolerance Group certification program. However, just because a place goes through this doesn’t mean every server will be knowledgeable (or care) of gluten-free food preparations.

The food was delicious and I didn’t get sick. Even Jen loved the pizza! Success. I will definitely be back to some other locations to test them out. Excited to know there are some more options available for us.

P.S. Since I originally wrote this post, I’ve been to a second location in a different state. They were equally as concerned about me having a safe meal. Hopefully, this is the consistent trend throughout their stores and the education is across the board!

Have you had a recent experience there? Let us know!

 

 

Gluten Free Pizza Delivery? Just Call Donatos!

Donatos Gluten Free Pizza
Donatos Gluten Free Pizza

Gluten Free Pizza Delivery? Just Call Donatos!

Just a few weeks ago, I sat in my office with Laura and told her one of the things I miss the most about living gluten-free is the ease of just being able to order a pizza. For once, like the old days, I want to call a pizza place and have them deliver a safe, gluten-free pizza. It seems just a few days after this conversation, Donatos Pizza emailed us to work with them on launching their new gluten-free pizza with Udi’s gluten-free pizza crust.

I went to a meeting at their facility here in Columbus and actually was able to meet the chef that helped create this line for them. Her son and husband have a gluten sensitivity and their family is gluten-free. She presented the idea to Donatos and they decided to run with it. Now, here is the best part…

The take and bake frozen pizza’s are on Udi’s gluten-free crust and created in a dedicated gluten-free facility. However, Donatos offers two different ways to get their gluten-free pizzas.

If you go to the store or order one for delivery, you can get one made and cooked for you in the store. However, this option is typically only good for people with a sensitivity because there is a high risk of cross contamination. I mean it is a pizza place! They can’t be sure 100% of all surface areas are perfectly clean and sanitized so they want to make sure people are aware of that before ordering.

But, what if I told you there is a second option. A better option. An option every celiac has been waiting for….

Picture this…. Your family is over for a party and everyone wants pizza. You decide to call Donatos and place an order. While you are on the phone with them, you walk over to your oven and preheat it to 425 degrees. Then you order a FROZEN gluten-free pizza – free from cross contamination and cooked in a dedicated facility and when it arrives, you pop it in the oven for 11-14 minutes and are able to enjoy a pizza night with your family? You can order a cheese or pepperoni frozen pizza! Now, because of cross contamination issues, they cannot bring you extra toppings to put on your frozen pizza, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add your own at your house!

Well, the wait is over folks and this is now a reality! You can now have this pizza delivered to your house and safely enjoy it with your family!!!

Donatos Gluten Free Pepperoni Pizza
Donatos Gluten Free Pepperoni Pizza

If you are in the frozen food section of your grocery story, look for the Sonoma Flatbreads by Donatos. They have a gluten-free line also and are just as good as the Donatos gluten free take and bakes. We found them at Raisin Rack and Kroger grocery stores but they are quickly expanding, so be sure to check your frozen food section next time you are at the grocery store. You can also contact them online and see where you can find one near you!

Sonoma Flatbread
Sonoma Flatbread

Donatos gave me one of each pizza to try & I must tell you they blow the competition out of the water as far as gluten-free pizza. Especially the Donatos gluten-free take and bake. If you want something that tastes like regular pizza, then this is the one for you. Make sure you check with your local Donatos before ordering to ensure they have them in stock!

If you live around central Ohio and want to try them, Donatos is sponsoring my BlogDay Party on August 29th! Click here for more information or to RSVP!

Come to my BlogDay Party!!
Come to my BlogDay Party!!

 

Go Lo Foods Product Review

Go Lo Flatbread Recipe
Go Lo Flatbread Recipe

Go Lo Foods Product Review

Last week I posted this picture on Facebook and said if we got 100 likes, I would post the recipe on the blog. Well, we got over 100 likes which tells me you really want to know what all those delicious ingredients are on the cheeseburger veggie pizza I made last week.

Well, Go Lo Foods sent me a few products to try to review so this recipe is one that came from a product they sent me. I’ll post the recipe at the end of this post.

Go Lo Foods sent me their gluten-free flat bread, gluten-free pita and dark chocolate hazelnut spread to try out.

Go Lo Hazelnut Spread
Go Lo Hazelnut Spread

The Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread was great. Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Kosher are some of the great qualities about the product. It’s loaded with fiber in this 11oz jar and only 1.3 net carbs per 1.2 oz serving. No maltitol or sorbitol and no stomach ache after I tried it. I will say I’m always hesitant to do the sugar-free products because I think they taste weird but this did not! I melted about a tablespoon of it and dipped raspberries in it for an after dinner treat. It also was a nice change of pace from my usual almond butter on my rice cakes. You can find it online for $7.99-$9.99/jar depending on what website you find it on. HealthyLifeSeasons.com has it for $8.99.

Go Lo Gluten Free Pita Bread
Go Lo Gluten Free Pita Bread

The Go Lo Pita Bread is gluten-free, low-carb and low-sugar. Right off the bat I didn’t like the way the product cut open. The top part was very flimsy and it make it difficult to stuff or eat like a pita. I did eventually and slowly peel off the top part and put my fillings in it to throw in the George Foreman Grill. It cooked just fine and the most important part is that it tasted great. It is soft and was a delicious lunch addition for me. I will be buying this product again. It retails for $5.99 online.

My next project with them is pita chips!

Go Lo Flat bread is the biggest winner of all 3 of these products. I was amazed when I opened the container to find them flexible, not cracking and smooth. Just like a normal, gluten-filled flat bread would be. They are also low-carb and low-sugar along with gluten-free. We baked them for about 5 minutes first and then put the toppings on them.

My recipe for the cheeseburger pizza

1/2 cup grass-fed ground beef 1/4 cup low sugar and gluten-free marinara sauce
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese – hormone free
Spinach
Mushrooms
Sweet Peppers

Layer accordingly on the flat bread after baking for about 5 minutes. Put back into the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. The meat should be cooked prior to going on the pizza.

 

 

 

Super Sunday Spectacular Gluten Free Giveaway – Chebe Bread!!

Chebe Bread Giveaway!
Chebe Bread Giveaway!

I’ll admit I buy a lot of stuff that ends up sitting in my cupboards and I forget about it – Chebe pizza crust is one of those things. Until I met them at the Celiac Awareness Tour in Chicago this weekend. Probably the most delicious stuff ever.

he best part?? They gave me 5 boxes to give away on the Pretty Little Celiac blog!!!

Have you been using their products? Which one is your favorite? Do you have a special recipe to use? I want to hear about it!!

How to Enter this Chebe Bread Giveaway!!!

1. LIKE my Facebook page – Pretty Little Celiac –

(If you already like my page – Leave a comment about why you love my site!)

2. LIKE Chebe’s Facebook page

3. Follow me on Twitter

(Send me a nice tweet if you already follow :)

4. Follow Chebe on Twitter

5. Write a comment below including the following information:

What you love about Pretty Little Celiac…

What product you would like to see Chebe come out with next… (A product I would love to see Chebe Bread create is a soft pretzel)

What Chebe product you already love…

I will select the winner on Wednesday October 17th!

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Gluten Free Pizza Review: Gallo Lea

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Pizza is a staple of food in the US, but because of wheat in the crust of the vast majority of pizza, most Celiacs have had to avoid one of tastiest and most convenient foods available. However, there are many gluten free pizza products available. Rebecca and I have tried many different types of gluten free Pizzas with varying success. This one from “Gallo Lea” we picked up at Earthfare yesterday. It turned out great! It was prepared differently from some of the other gluten free crusts we have tried. Below are the steps we used to prepare this pizza.

The package included the crust mix, sauce and a circular piece of wax paper. The paper was for a 12 inch pizza. This was something different than what we had seen the past. This can be used as a barrier from the pizza pans that have been using in past that might lead to inadvertently contaminating the crust from gluten.

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Both Rebecca and I like meat and cheese on our pizza, so the toppings on our pizza’s do not vary that much. For this pizza, we topped it with fresh, grass fed ground beef, pre-cooked and simmered in the pizza sauce, organic shredded provolone and colby jack cheese and fresh yellow pepper. Here is how it was prepared:

I cooked 1 pound of organic, grass feed ground beef in coconut oil. I did this at low heat (2-4 on our stove dial) until all the meat was brown. I recommend cooking on low heat when cooking with oils, we have found it adds taste, and takes away from the greasy feeling you get after eating. We like cooking with coconut oil or grass fed better, we’ll do a separate blog on it.

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I then drained the meat slightly of the left over oil, and combined the pizza sauce and spices including approximately 2 teaspoons of oregano, cinnamon and stevia. I like the sweet sauce, so cooking in coconut oil, stevia and cinnamon should be avoided if you don’t like this sweetness. As a concept, I like to add one or two things that are different every time I cook a repeating meal like this, it keeps it fun. Plus, if you like the change, you can continue to do it, if not, don’t repeat. This time it worked out for us, although Rebecca did not like the cinnamon. This then simmered on low, in this case for about 1 hour.

Following the directions on the package, I took a half cup of water in a glass measuring bowel, and microwaved it for 25 seconds, then added the crust mix. With a spoon, I stirred for the 50 specified strokes until I had a dough ball the size of my fist. I then covered the bowl, and let it sit in a warm area on our stove for 10 minutes. It did not rise much.

While the dough was rising, I cut 1 yellow bell pepper (sweeter than other peppers) and re-heated the pizza sauce and meat. We have a pizza sheet that has small holes in the bottom. I unfolded the wax paper included in the package. I took a spoonful of coconut oil, and heated in the microwave for 15 seconds. Coconut oil is solid in room temperature, so the microwaving is necessary for easier spreading. With the wax paper spread out on the pizza pan, I spread the oil over the wax paper in a thin layer, not too much.

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The dough was then formed into a ball, and by hand, I spread it out on the way paper until it cover the whole thing. This took about 5 minutes; the dough had to be very thin in order to get the entire wax paper covered. Surprisingly, the dough did not tear. I did have coconut oil on my fingertips while spreading, so the dough did not stick to my fingers. In my past experiences with dough (both gluten and gluten free), spreading the dough is a messy process, this was not the case with this dough. I also rolled the edges of the dough to give it a pizza like end crust, and spread the remaining liquid coconut oil over those edges, as well as over the entire top of the pizza center. This is in hopes of making it a little extra crispy.

What I have found with the gluten free pizza crusts, it is very hard to get them crispy, so I do everything possible to make that happen. During the middle of rolling out the pizza dough, I pre-heated the oven to 450 degrees. In our oven, the burners are at the bottom, and I want them very hot when initially put the pizza in. I put the rack at its lowest, and without any toppings, I placed the pizza on the bottom rack. The oven had been pre-heating for approximately 5 minutes.

After 9 minutes on the lower rack, I took the pizza out. The crust and not risen much, but the bottom was crispy.. yes!. The toppings were then added; I used 75 percent of the meat and sauce, 75 percent of the bag of cheese, the entire pepper, and some grated Parmesan cheese. I put the pizza back into the oven on the top rack, and cooked for approximately 10 minutes. However, I was watching the top of the pizza to make sure the cheese was melting but not burning. For the last two minutes, I broiled the top of the pizza until I had just the right amount of melted cheese and was a little brown.

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The result was a thin and crispy pizza (both on the bottom and the crust) with sweat sauce and just the right amount of cheese to make it almost impossible to put down. It was just the right amount for Rebecca and I, but we were both hungry and I ate the extra piece that Rebecca could not finish.

Enjoy!!! Aaron
The Trophy Husband

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 pizza crust package http://www.gallolea.com/
  • 1 Pound of grass fed ground beef (used 75 % of it for pizza)
  • 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil (1 for cooking the beef, one for the pizza dough preparation)
  • 1 package of organic shredded provolone and colby jack (used 75 % of it for pizza)
  • 1 Yellow bell pepper
  • Approximately 2 teaspoons of oregano, cinnamon and stevia
  • Approximately 1 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

Harvest Pizzeria Review

harvest_pizzeriaHarvest Pizzeria is a small restaurant in the German Village. Right at the corner of 4th and Livingston, this organic style pizza place is a spot not to be missed.

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I had a plain cheese gluten free pizza. Regular cheese and sauce with their gluten free pizza crust.

When it first came out, you couldn’t tell the difference between my pizza and the regular one. The crust looked absolutely delicious. (I’m a total pizza crust snob, my favorite part!)

Admittedly, I was blown away by this pizza. The texture was spot on and it melted in my mouth!

I’ve had very few pizzas over the last year that knocked my socks off and this one did the job. My favorite is still Marcella’s but this is the second best.

The regular pizzas are excellent as well (I’m told!)

Now the downfall…
I understand that gluten free products are usually more expensive than regular but tacking on $3 extra bucks for gluten free dough is a bit over the top, especially when the regular pizza’s are $14+ for one.

My lunch with a pizza and iced tea ended up being $19 plus tip.

Great place for once in a while! The perfect little gluten free indulgence.

495 S. 4th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206

call 614.824.1769

email info@harvestpizzeria.com
Mon: 5:00pm to 10:00pm (closed for lunch)     Tues – Thurs: 11:30am to 10:00pm

Fri – Sat: 11:30am to 11:00pm      Sun: closed

 

Have you eaten there? Check out my review on Find me Gluten Free and leave your own!!

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