Gluten-Free Cooking

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Gluten Free recipe cookbookGluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, barley, rye, spelt and kamut. It’s part of what gives certain foods their structure and texture. Think about chewy bread or pizza dough—gluten is what makes that texture. If you’re looking to cut gluten from your diet, we’ve got a few tips as well as a free downloadable gluten-free cookbook packed with great tips and seven recipes you’ll want to try!

Hidden gluten?

Unfortunately, hidden gluten exists. Many processed foods have gluten in them, that’s because food manufacturers use gluten as a stabilizer, emulsifier, thickener and flow agent. This means it can show up in some least-expected places like flavorings and spice mixes, frozen foods, candy, sauces and more.

The Upside

The good news is, more than likely, plenty of what you already eat is naturally gluten free. Unprocessed foods like fruits, veggies, meats and seafood are all great choices. And, cooking gluten-free is easier than ever with the expansive selection you’ll find at Sprouts that fit your diet.

Cooking Up Goodness with Vital Farms

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Matcha Butter Latte

Whether you’re looking for a breakfast booster, coffee alternative or an afternoon pick me up, you’ve found just the right drink to hit the spot! This drink will be a new favorite of yours. It works great as a latte and is even refreshing when blended with ice. 

Benefits of matcha:

  • Can boost energy, mood and metabolism, all while tasting good!
  • Is packed with antioxidants
  • Supports higher levels of concentration

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. matcha
  • 1 Tbsp. Vital Farms Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. MCT oil or coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. collagen powder or vanilla protein
  • 1 squirt vanilla Stevia
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 6-8 oz. unsweetened coconut milk

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together until blended into a puree.
Tip: Remix your drink by adding ice to make it a little cooler or add another teaspoon of greens powder for an easy way to get those greens in!

Egg Fried “Rice”

This is a simple recipe you can use to improve your vegetable intake. It provides a very satisfying alternative to the typical starch base, using a sweet potato instead of rice!

 Ingredients:

  • 2 Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Eggs
  • 1 medium sweet potato or 2 small/medium parsnips
  • 1 Tbsp. Vital Farms Butter
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • Dash of Himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat a medium-sized sauce pan on medium-high.
  2. Rinse and chop potato or parsnips. Use a food processor to chop into rice-sized pieces. It works best to pulse about five times for about two seconds each time. A subtle shake can help break the pieces up evenly. Depending on the size of your processor, you may need to do a couple runs.
  3. Toss chopped vegetables into the sauce pan and use with a wooden spoon to slightly toast without oil or butter for three minutes.
  4. Add butter to pan and continue to toss for three minutes.
  5. Add seasonings and eggs. Scramble eggs into veggie mixture. Stir for two additional minutes to prevent sticking.
  6. Add more seasonings, if desired.

Optional Add-Ins:

  • Leafy greens, like spinach or kale
  • Hot sauce or broth to sauce pan with chopped veggies
  • Hemp hearts for protein and fiber
  • Fermented vegetables
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Sliced avocado before serving

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Campfire-Friendly Recipes

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With these go-to recipes to make by the fire or on the grill, you can be sure you’ll be a happy camper this summer.

After all, a trip in the great outdoors isn’t complete without hot grill grates and your camping skillet. Finish a day of hiking, kayaking or exploring with these easy recipes below. Plus, you’ll enjoy the extra authentic touch of cooking over a campfire.

Happy trails!

Alder Smoked Salmon Hash

Alder Smoked-Salmon Hash

Cooked in a large camping skillet, this hearty dish is perfect for providing fuel when you’re staying active. Simply cook veggies like cubed potatoes, onion and red bell peppers. Top with warmed Fishpeople Seafood’s Alder Smoked Salmon Chowder.

Clam and Bacon Dip

Served with a toasted baguette, this cheesy dip is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. For an easy cleanup, cook and serve in a camping skillet!

Camping Peppers

It only takes three simple ingredients for this tasty side! Flavor mini peppers with salt and garlic before wrapping in foil. Cook on grill or camp fire grate for 20–30 minutes.

Dungeness Crab Risotto

Add a little glamour to your menu. With mascarpone cheese, fresh parsley and Fishpeople Seafood’s Dungeness Crab Bisque, this dish is the ultimate “glamping” recipe.

Bananas with chocolate

Grilled Banana Boats

Move over, s’mores. These chocolatey bananas are a sweet new take on the classic campfire dessert. Grilled banana boats are roasted and stuffed with chocolate and nut butter for a melt-in-your-mouth indulgence.

 

Surf Sweets

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Surf Sweets

Whether you are filling Easter baskets, lunch boxes or packing a picnic, there is always room for a sweet snack. And Surf Sweets candy is the best kind!

Packed with delicious fruity flavors, Surf Sweets gummy candies and organic jelly beans have clean ingredients and are allergen friendly.

Here are just a few reasons to love Surf Sweets:

  • Made with organic fruit juice and organic sweeteners.
  • Each candy serving has 100% daily value of vitamin C.
  • Made without corn syrup.
  • No artificial colors or flavors.
  • Free of the top 10 food allergens.
  • (Most importantly) Surf Sweets taste great!

Bring them to a school party, sweeten your movie nights or treat somebody for a job well done. However you like to snack, you can enjoy the sweet satisfaction of having delicious treats everyone can enjoy. Try one in every flavor!

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Miss Jones & Little Secrets

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Miss Jones

Miss Jones is a new kind of baking company. By focusing on quality, non-GMO, organic ingredients, this San Francisco-based company is raising the bar when it comes to taking shortcuts in the kitchen.

Their plant-based cookie, brownie and cake mixes are tasty, easy-to-make and SO easy to customize—especially with their complementary line of organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free ready-to-eat frostings. Each mix can be baked using conventional or vegan ingredients, so you can bake something for everyone. Taking inspiration from classic, scratch-made flavors, Miss Jones’ treats are always simple, fun and delicious.

Founder Sarah Jones takes her sourcing seriously, partnering with the most innovative suppliers and using the best sustainable ingredients available. Leaders in the organic baking space, they were the first to bring organic, plant-based frosting to the store shelves. Miss Jones’ brownie mix even beat out Betty Crocker three-to-one in a USA Today taste test.

Jones and her team believe that the best baking experiences are centered around inspiration and creativity, so they have developed an ever-evolving collection of recipes and baking hacks to bring even the most ambitious projects to life.

Little Secrets

Decades ago inside a corner store, a nine year old Chris Mears on roller blades stealthily slipped a piece of candy into the pocket of his jeans and rolled his way to the door. He was stopped, did his time, and reformed his ways, but his sincere love of chocolate still remains. Now a certified grown-up with a penchant for unwrapping candy bars mid-afternoon, Chris wanted to find a way to make his guilty pleasures less incriminating. And yea, verily, so became Little Secrets, an incredible candy brand that sources the best ingredients, says nahhh to any artificial anythings, and understands hiding a bag of our candy-coated chocolates in your top desk drawer.

We don’t pretend to be good at everything … or even most things. But where we lack in geography bowl trophies we make up for by being really, really good at making candy-coated chocolate.

We’re all about sourcing the best ingredients, using Fair Trade Dark Chocolate, and creating premium blends without any artificial ingredients, flavors or colors because the words “delicious” and “natural” can and should absolutely go together.

Pretty regular at everything else, but our candy game is on point. And like any good little secret, sharing is always optional.


Spooky Secret Cupcakes

Spooky Secret Cupcakes

Makes 8 extra-large cupcakes

Ingredients:

You’ll need:

  • Large muffin pan
  • Large muffin liners
  • Large piping tip (optional)
  • Large piping bag or plastic bag (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large muffin pan with large cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, butter and oil. Add in cake mix and whisk until well combined.
  3. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 – 2/3 full and bake for 16–20 minutes, or until tops spring back when touched. Cool completely.
  4. Use the back of the large piping tip or a serrated knife to cut a well in the middle of the cupcakes. Fill with candies and then cover with frosting. Throw a few more candies on top and enjoy the surprise as everyone takes a bite!

 

Ground-Based Nutrition

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Superfood Protein

Fuel for Life

When Charles Weller was looking for a clean protein to build muscle and help keep him healthy, he struggled to find something that was natural and tasted good. His old whey protein caused too much inflammation in his body so he knew he had to go plant-based. He started making Superfood Protein in his kitchen, mixing all the ingredients that were vital to building muscle and keeping the body healthy, including organic plant-based protein, a full serving of greens and superfoods. He wanted something that wasn’t chalky or gritty, but mixed well and tasted great. People in San Diego kept trying to buy his Superfood Protein for themselves after tasting it. After all, shouldn’t your protein smoothies taste as amazing as you are?? That’s how Ground-Based Nutrition was born.

Always Organic … Always Ground-Based!

Ground-Based Nutrition’s Superfood Protein is made with natural whole-food organic ingredients. It is certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, certified vegan and gluten-free. There’s no soy, dairy or whey and zero sugar. Superfood Protein is packed with 20 grams of muscle-building plant protein and superfoods to enhance your life. It tastes like an amazing treat, while being the perfect fuel to energize your body and keep you healthy.

Try the delicious Pure Vanilla or Rich Chocolate flavors and see why Superfood Protein is voted #1 best-tasting plant-based protein!

ENERGIZE! For more information, visit www.Ground-Based.com or follow Ground-Based Nutrition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

 

5 Simply Delicious Ways with Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

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The leaves are starting to change and there’s a crispness in the air. That can only mean one thing … fall is here! It also means that it’s time to dust off those cozy, family cookbooks and make sure you’re fully-stocked with all of your favorite holiday spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg and, of course, vanilla. With its sweet, velvety flavor, it is no wonder vanilla is the flavor most synonymous with the season.

Organic Vanilla Extract and muffin

Whether you’re looking for vanilla beans or extract, Simply Organic® Vanilla is vegan-friendly, naturally gluten-free and comes from small farming villages in Madagascar—one of the world’s best vanilla-growing regions. Simply Organic Vanilla can add a rich, creamy, sweetness-enhancing flavor to all of your holiday recipes.

Check out these mouth-watering, seasonal recipes to get you in the holiday mood:

Holiday Treats:

Use Simply Organic Vanilla Extract to highlight the rich flavors of your baked goods. From cocoa to clove and ginger, vanilla is the perfect flavor to bring out the best in your desserts.

  • Ginger Spice Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting­ – Moist cupcakes made with clove, ginger and cinnamon, paired with a rich and creamy vanilla frosting make for the perfect holiday dessert.
  • Cinnamon Clove Pumpkin Pie – Turn your classic pumpkin pie into the talk of the town using sweet vanilla extract, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg. With a flaky, buttery crust and decadent filling, this pie is anything but ordinary.

Savory Bites:

Be adventurous! Don’t limit vanilla to sweet recipes—it can also be used to intensify many savory dishes as well.

Same Sweetness, No Alcohol:

Simply Organic’s organic, non-alcoholic vanilla flavoring can be used as a one-for-one equivalent to vanilla extract.

  • Vanilla Banana Pudding – Fresh bananas combined with the rich flavor of vanilla and sweet cinnamon make a refreshing after-dinner dessert. Top with crushed gingersnaps for the perfect amount of spice.

Udi’s

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Udi’s® Gluten Free makes every day just a little more delicious.

As the #1 dedicated gluten-free brand in North America, Udi’s is on a mission to create the best tasting food on the planet that just happens to be gluten-free.

Udi’s offers a delicious variety of certified gluten-free products—from bread, bagels and muffins, to frozen pizza, burritos and frozen meals.

Follow them on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for delicious gluten-free recipes that will fill your stomach and warm your soul. Udi’s products can be found at Sprouts locations nationwide.

Looking for a refreshing summertime treat? Watch the recipe below to make your own Udi’s Gluten Free Granola Yogurt Pops!

Video description: Learn how to make Granola Yogurt Pops.
 

Truenopal

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TruenopalIn an effort to find a healthier, better-tasting alternative to coconut water and sugary sports drinks, truenopal cactus water was born. The seven naturally occurring electrolytes and minerals, including potassium and magnesium, in truenopal cactus water will hydrate your body. It has a refreshing fruit taste and uses all-natural ingredients with no added sugars, sodium, preservatives, fat or GMOs, and it’s even vegan and gluten-free. In other words, it is straight from the earth, just the way it was intended to be. Oh BTW, truenopal has less than half the calories and sugar as coconut water. Drink true…be true.

The number-one selling cactus-water brand in the world, truenopal is an innovator of the category. They believe in providing products that taste good and are good for you by helping support an active, healthy lifestyle. The company is passionate about doing things that are good for the environment by maintaining a faithful commitment to preserving and sustaining the planet with a socially conscious effort to help make our world a better place.

Become a part of the truenopal community by following on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Top 5: Good-Tasting & Gluten Free

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Gluten-free products have come a long, long way in taste and texture over the past few years. Our buyers and friends on Facebook offered up these suggestions for good-tasting alternatives to beat the wheat.

Whether you have switched to a gluten-free diet by choice or necessity, it can be difficult to find foods that you really like, or that remind you of your old “normal” diet. And when you have a household of gluten-free and non-gluten-free eaters, making meals that everyone can appreciate is a monumentally difficult task.

Sprouts recently asked our buyers and friends on Facebook to name the items they missed the most since going gluten-free … and what good-tasting items they have found to beat the wheat.

#1 BreadsDifferent types of gluten free bread

The most commonly missed item, not surprisingly: bread. That included loaves of sandwich bread, English muffins, and French bread. For gluten-free bread, there are a few options available, depending on how much time you have. If you enjoy baking and the warm fluff-crunch of a fresh-baked loaf, grab a Pamela’s Flour Blend Bread Mix, and you can knead, bake, and delight your taste buds with an irresistible loaf. For immediate sliced gratification, the grab-and-go winner is Schar Breads, in Multigrain or Classic White. There was also lots of praise for the two similar-sounding frozen gluten-free loaves: Udi’s and Rudi’s.

#2 Pasta

A close runner-up for most-missed: pasta. Celiacs and others allergic to glutens mourned the loss of linguini and bade farewell to fusilli. But fortunately, many new gluten-free pasta options have recently popped up all over the store—for example, House Foods Noodles Shirataki (made from tofu) in the dairy case. Admittedly, it is truly difficult to get a great-tasting gluten-free pasta with the right texture. Of the many options now available at Sprouts, we suggest (as did many Facebook friends) the Tinkyada Rice varieties. Available in Wheat-Free, Organic, Brown Rice, and White Rice options, you can have spaghetti, fettuccini, shells, or spiral pasta on your plate tonight. Flavored boxed rice and pasta are also great on-the-go additions to any dinner menu, and Lundberg has a delicious variety of risottos (Creamy Parmesan and Alfredo, to name two) ready to upstage your protein and veggies tonight.

#3 Snacks

No meal can be properly spoiled without some good snacks, and this is another category that the gluten-freers look back on with longing. But snacking can be treacherous territory for the gluten-free crowd. (To our Facebook friends, we regret that as of yet there is no Ritz cracker alternative, although we have passed this request along to our vendors.) But there are some amazing crackers and treats that are not only gluten-free, they are delicious! Among them:

Blue Diamond Nut Thins come in a virtual rainbow of eye-popping nuts and flavors. From Almond and Cheddar Cheese to Country Ranch and Hazelnut, you may have to hide the box from yourself.

Food Should Taste Good chips taste way better than “good,” and the fact that they are gluten-free makes us feel great. Available in enticing varieties like Sweet Potato, Chocolate and Olive, these yummy chips are so good, in fact, that we had to double-check that they were actually gluten-free!

Some days the kids in your household, and the kid in all of us, just need a gummy snack. And Annie’s Homegrown delivers with fruit snacks in Tropical, Berry Patch, Citrus, and Summer Strawberry, all gluten-free.

The nutrition bar aisle at Sprouts can be intimidating, even if you aren’t looking for a gluten-free option. Some of our favorites include the relative new-comer Bakery on Main True Bars, and KIND Bars, which are also peanut-free. Note that while they are glutenus minimus, some are still high in calories and may add to your gluteus maximus. So don’t forget to check out the gluten-free and low- (or no-) sugar options from thinkThin.

#4 Pizza

Pizza probably would have been higher on the lost list, but for the number of good gluten-free alternatives now in the Sprouts frozen case. The top two? Gluten Free & Fabulous, and Amy’s (whose rice crusts are truly terrific).

#5 Pancakes

The gluten-free crowd has had a bit of a flap over flapjacks. It seems that they dearly miss pancakes and waffles, but have also warmed to the wheat-free version offered by Pamela’s Pancake Mix. And, because the sweet tooth knows no boundaries, not even a gluten-free diet, they also recommend Nature’s Hollow Sugar Free Maple Syrup. You may not find it on your Aunt Jemima’s table, but once you have one taste, you won’t need that extra sugar. Nature’s Hollow also has a delicious line of preserves in flavors you’ll want to slather on a nut butter and jelly sandwich, like Apricot, Raspberry and Wild Berry. (And speaking of nut butters, our gluten-free customers are really enjoying Justin’s Almond Butter, with or without honey.)

Gluten-free eating has evolved and definitely grown tastier over time. Still, some things are just not the same. Items for which we have yet to find a truly great substitute include beer and flour tortillas.

With more than 3,000 gluten-free items waiting for you at your local Sprouts store, there are many different options to explore. If there is something that you would like to see on Sprouts shelves, let us know and we’ll give it a look—or, a taste.