Kid’s Week: A Few of Our Favorite Vegan, Gluten Free Products

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This week is kid’s week, and while we are aiming to bring you delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes, we are not completely oblivious to the fact that, while many of you may wish you did, you don’t have a ton of time to cook up recipes from scratch AND be mommies and daddies. Between classes, after school lessons and play dates, there isn’t always a ton of time to channel your inner Food Network chef. Here are a few of our favorite vegan, gluten free companies and their products that will help you produce a delicious meal in minutes!

Sophie’s Kitchen is our favorite, go-to company for delicious vegan, gluten free mock seafood. Yes, you read that right, mock seafood. Sophie’s Kitchen proves that fake can be absolutely delicious. While we don’t use microwaves in our kitchen, the products are all microwavable, and don’t take long to heat-up in the conventional oven for fellow non-microwave users. Our favorite gluten-free, vegan products from Sophie’s kitchen are crab cakes, breaded vegan scallops and prawns. For a delicious addition to each, mix up a little vegenaise and gluten-free sweet relish to make a vegan, gluten-free tartar sauce. Sophie’s Kitchen products are available at Whole Foods, online and various natural foods stores across the nation. To learn more, visit their website.

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes are a great oatmeal alternative and cook up just as fast! Because most commercial oatmeal either contains gluten, or is processed in plants that also process gluten foods, it doesn’t work for those with a gluten sensitivity. Quinoa flakes just need hot water and your favorite toppings to dish up a delicious and healthy breakfast to your children. Add a little coconut milk for a creamed oatmeal treat, and added nutritional benefits. Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes can be found at Whole Foods, most natural foods co-ops, and in the natural foods section of many traditional food supermarkets. You can also order them online through their website.

Amy’s Kitchen is well known among the natural foods and vegetarian/vegan community for their organic vegetarian and vegan foods. Lately, though, they have stepped-up their game in offering gluten-free, vegan foods and they are one of our favorite go-to brands for a quick meal. If you take advantage of the product search feature on the Amy’s Kitchen website, you will find 70 products that are both vegan and gluten-free, and most notably, two kid-specific meals called “Not Just for Kids Meals,” a line geared for kids, that adults will love as well. Their vegan and gluten-free “Kids Baked Ziti Meal” consists of organic rice noodles, dairy-free cheese and pasta sauce. On the side is broccoli, rice-based focaccia bread, and apple crisp as dessert. Their vegan and gluten-free “Kids Rice Mac n’ Cheese meal” includes delicious rice macaroni and organic broccoli, topped with vegan cheese sauce, and apple crisp on the side. Amy’s is available at most traditional and natural foods markets, and can also be ordered through online retailers, such as Amazon.com.

Missing the experience of making Rice Krispie treats with your kids? Well Chicago Vegan Food’s “Dandies” vegan and gluten-free marshmallows are the answer to restoring your happy childhood memories! These vegan, gluten-free marshmallows are not only free of animal products, such as gelatin, but they are made in cooking equipment that is dedicated to vegan food preparation. Chicago Vegan Foods also makes a delicious vegan, gluten-free cheese alternative that melts and stretches, just like real cheese. A perfect alternative for those who experience stomach upset from Daiya vegan cheese. Chicago Vegan foods are sold at both natural foods supermarkets and online retailers, visit their website to find the closes retailer to you!

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