I forgot how much I loved egg rolls and dumplings until I was reunited with them in my very own kitchen last week. Based in San Francisco, Feel Good Foods is an amazing little company that’s stocking specialty grocery stores nationwide with frozen gluten free eggrolls and dumplings. Owner Vanessa Phillips and her husband have developed an excellent product that’s not only easy to prepare in your own kitchen but also tastes just like what you’d get in a restaurant.

Per Vanessa’s suggestion, I deviated from the (healthier) instructions on the package and cooked my vegetarian eggrolls first for a minute in the microwave, and then crisped them up for several minutes in a pan with a few tablespoons of oil. Making sure to rotate them as each side browned, the eggrolls turned out perfectly. I threw together a little salad and dipping sauce to make it a meal (see above photo).

Feel Good Foods handmade vegetable dumplings are easily prepared in a nonstick pan with a little bit of water and oil. Each box comes with 8 dumplings and a tasty dipping sauce. Paired with an arugula salad and steamed edamame, it was a perfect lunch for two.

Check out their website to view each product, they’ve even posted cooking demos and a great FAQ page.

Here’s a list of where they’re sold in the Bay Area:

Andronico’s
1200 Irving Street, San Francisco

Andronico’s
1414 University Avenue, Berkeley

Andronico’s
1550 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Oceana Market
200 Eureka Square, Pacifica

Andronico’s
1850 Solano Avenue, Berkeley

Piazzo’s
1218 West Hillsdale Boulevard , San Mateo

Andronico’s
100 Center Boulevard, San Anselmo

 

Miglet’s Gluten Free Bakery
480 San Romon Blvd #A2, Danville

Country Sun
440 S California Ave , Palo Alto

Piazza’s Fine Foods
3922 Middlefield Road , Palo Alto

 

Golden Carrot Natural Foods
1621 West Imola Avenue, Napa

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Somewhat new to the shelves of Wholefoods, Happy Pho is a tasty alternative to all of the “instant” meals on the market right now. Using brown rice noodles and simple seasonings that are free of MSG or artificial flavorings, Happy Pho Vietnamese Brown Rice noodle soup encourages adding fresh ingredients of your own. Ready in 10 minutes, it’s a perfect quick and healthy lunch.

 

Whether or not we find ourselves hiking through redwoods or waiting on a long layover at an airport, we inevitably want something satisfying to munch on. I was thrilled when Pamela’s came out with a snack bar that’s more akin to a fresh baked treat (a healthy one) than a dry, nutty granola bar. Pamela’s Gluten Free Whenever Bars are ideal for travel, and surprisingly filling. A good source of fiber, the bars are also non dairy and sweetened with agave and coconut. The four flavors listed above are equally tasty and all worth trying.

{CLOSED} PRODUCT GIVEAWAY! Comment on this post by next Tuesday, November 8th at 5pm and be entered to win the above 4 box assortment plus a bag of her famous gluten free pancake mix! TWO random winners will be selected (must have a US mailing address).

*Please note Pamela’s Gluten Free Whenever Bars contain eggs and nuts.

 


One of the initial concerns I had after being diagnosed with Celiac disease over 5 years ago (while in the midst of my college career) was where I would find the snack food and easy meals that are almost synonymous with being a busy student. Boxed mac n’ cheese, cookies, graham crackers, fruit snacks even some salad dressings were all items that for better or worse, I thought I had lost forever. Focusing on cooking with whole foods and reading every ingredient label ultimately made me a more seasoned and experienced cook, but sometimes I still yearned for the “convenient comfort food” as they call it at Annie’s.

Being familiar with the brand as a gluten eater, I quickly noticed the growing variety of gluten free products Annie’s sold at my local grocery store and her label soon became a common sight in my pantry and fridge. I’ve selected several products to share with you below, there will be more to come in the future!

Annie’s Gluten Free Creamy Deluxe Macaroni dinner is by far the best boxed mac ‘n cheese, gluten or no gluten.  I grew up eating Kraft mac ‘n cheese, and the Annie’s gf version not only boasts all natural ingredients that you can actually pronounce, it tastes better. You don’t have to add any extra ingredients like milk or butter. The gooey cheese you squeeze out of the package is all you’ll need!

Annie’s Homegrown Gluten Free Coacoa & Vanilla Bunny Cookies are made with rice and corn flour and contain no artificial preservatives or ingredients or GMO’s. The crunchy bunnies are something akin to teddy grahams, they’re a perfect snack for grown-ups, and the cute bunny shapes make them even more ideal for gluten free kids.

Annie’s Organic Orchard Cherry Fruit Bites are some of the better fruit snacks I’ve tried. Unlike the gummy snacks I ate when I was a kid, there are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. When I read the ingredients I was pleasantly surprised that they’re organic and vegan.

*Annie’s Homegrown organic and natural products are readily available at grocery stores nationwide.

 

King Arthur sells an impressive gluten free pizza crust mix. I’d confidently serve this pizza to my gluten eating friends and the dough seems versatile enough to try with a multitude of toppings. The mix produces two thick, but lightweight crusts that could be compared to focaccia bread. I’ve only discovered one downside to King Arthur’s product, which for me is pretty minor. The amount of time that goes into the prep is lengthy, probably comparable to making your own from scratch, but the tradeoff is that this mix is guaranteed to be good.  Many gluten free pizza crust mixes turn out with a texture that leaves much to be desired. If you are opting for a mix, King Arthur’s is highly recommended.

 

I’ll brave almost any gluten free challenge in the kitchen but I’ve yet to attempt a batch of homemade cinnamon rolls. The recipes for these marvelous baked goods from scratch are usually long and involved, and to me the risk of failure seems too great to bother. After all, how often does any combination of gluten free flours produce a light, doughy baked good? When I saw Chebe Cinnamon Roll Mix on the shelf at Wholefoods for just $3.99, I decided to give it a go. The finished product turned out surprisingly well, and I had two avid gluten eaters to vouch for it. Although the individual rolls are quite small (about the circumference of a muffin), the texture and flavor are just right. Crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle, they’re perfect right out of the oven, and probably great reheated later. Just be warned, one box produces only 6 or 7 rolls so buy a couple if you’re serving a crowd.

 

I was delighted to spot gluten free tea cakes and cookies at Progressive Grounds Coffee House in Bernal Heights amidst their selection of regular pastries. It turns out, Sweet Mill Food Company is a wholesale distributor of local gourmet baked goods and stocks dozens of bay area stores (see below list) with fresh gluten free baked items. Based in San Rafael, Sweet Mill Food Company’s gluten free distribution consists of their own Sweet Millie’s almond tea cakes, Barry’s Theater Cookies of Arcata, CA, and Sweet Things bakery from Tiburon.

Pictured above are Barry’s Theatre Cookies and Billowy Mellows, a Wonka-esque treat consisting of homemade marshmallows flavored with raspberry, mocha, peppermint, or orange and then covered in chocolate. Digging into the delicious messy amalgam will leave you feeling like a sticky-fingered child.

“Sweetmillie” Gluten-Free Tea Cakes:
Aqus Café, Petaluma
Book Passage, Corte Madera
Double Rainbow, San Rafael
My Friend Joe, Santa Rosa & Sebastopol
Progressive Grounds,SF
Roasters Espresso Bar, Santa Rosa
San Anselmo Coffee Roasters
Santa Rosa Community Market

Barry’s Theatre Cookies
Mollie Stones, (all stores as of April 26th)
Roberts Markets, Woodside & Portolla Valley
Mill Valley Market
United Market, San Rafael
La Coppa Coffee, Mill Valley & Ignacio
Petaluma Coffee & Tea
Ted’s, SF
Book Passage, Corte Madera
Café Abir, SF
Haight Ashbury Market, SF
Lagunitas Deli, Lagunitas
Nordstrom Espresso Bars
Great Bear Coffee, Los Gatos
Woodlands Market, Kentfield