Product Review: Ivy’s Garden Sweet & Sour Chicken

Product Review: Ivy’s Garden Sweet & Sour Chicken

Ivy's Garden Sweet & Sour Chicken

Since going gluten-free in August 2013, it’s rare that I eat Chinese food, especially in a restaurant, the chance of the establishment not knowing what I mean when asked whether they have a GF menu is saddening, and we usually walk out hungry. So when I met Ivy of Ivy’s Garden Food, creator of tasty Chinese frozen family meals and self-proclaimed “Chinese Supermom”, at a GF Expo in San Francisco a few years ago, I was thrilled to taste her food. Since then, she has expanded from online orders only to having her meals sold at Safeway stores in the Northern California area, as well as stores in Portland OR.

I had purchased direct from her about a year ago, however, this time, I bought at Safeway to see the difference in freshness. I was not disappointment in my meal, in either freshness, taste, or value.

Currently, Ivy’s Garden Food has 3 delicious frozen meal options – Lemon Chicken, Chicken Nuggets, and Sweet & Sour Chicken, which is the item I tried. The box boasts “simply delicious”, “no preservatives, no MSG”, “made from all-fresh natural* ingredients”, and telling me my meal has “chicken (white meat), pineapple, and green pepper”. I made the meal for my husband & I, however, I did embellish it with added pineapple since I had some in the fridge.

The meal was ample enough for “2” (as stated on the packaging) and we enjoyed it over a bed of Jasmine rice (not included in meal). We extended the ingredients by cutting the chicken in smaller more manageable bites (the chicken pieces are bigger than I expected). The sauce so tangy, yet sweet, the chicken was tender. Oh, my mouth is watering as I type!

I love having convenient meals, like Ivy’s, available for nights I don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen cooking; it’s there in the freezer, and you have the choice of cooking in the oven & stovetop (about 20 minutes), or in the microwave (less than 5 minutes); I always choose the microwave unless it’s cold outside and I want to heat the house a bit more with the oven heat, and then there is no dirty pan as Ivy provides all you need to cook it.

Add chopsticks and we were good to go!

IF, and that’s a big IF, you have any leftovers, be aware that the breading on the chicken will not adhere to the pieces after sitting in the sauce overnight, it blends into the sauce. Frankly, I have no problem with this because the taste is great, even day 2.

Ivy’s Garden Food can be purchased online or at Northern California Safeway stores. Her website is a wealth of information, with tried-and-true GF recipes, and articles on gluten-free living.

*minimally processed; no artificial ingredients.

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2015 Easter/Passover Candy List

2015 Easter/Passover Candy List

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2015 Easter/Passover Candy List

From the Celiac.org website- “Its time to hop on over to your nearest grocery store and stock up on all the latest gluten-free candies for Easter and Passover. There is no more worrying about making sure everyone is included because this years list is full of candy everyone of all ages can enjoy. Candies listed below are considered to be gluten-free by their United States manufacturers as of the date of this posting. Celiac Disease Foundation recommends ingredient review to confirm gluten-free status as manufacturing practices may change. Consumers are advised to verify ingredients directly with the manufacturer when in doubt.”

Healthy GF Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday!

Healthy GF Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday!

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This is a great assortment of GF recipe choices to pack your Super Bowl Party (or any party!) Thank you Beth @TastyYummies.

http://tasty-yummies.com/2013/01/31/a-super-healthy-gluten-free-super-bowl-a-recipe-round-up/

And from a previous blog post…

https://afitimage.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/party-food/

Happy Haunting tips from Udi’s

Happy Haunting tips from Udi’s

From Udi’s site- “Halloween is coming up—the favorite holiday of ghouls, ghosts, and kids alike! All of us at Udi’s love Halloween, especially when it’s safe and full of yummy gluten free treats. Read on for some safety tips and tricks, gluten free candy guidelines, and a few fun recipes.”

http://udisglutenfree.com/2012/10/25/happy-haunting/

An Allergy-Friendly Halloween

An Allergy-Friendly Halloween

I couldn’t do it any better. Thank you for the research you do, Find Me Gluten Free!

And some tips from Udi’s!

Find Me Gluten Free

Not only has the air started to cool and the leaves started to fall, but you’ve also been bombarded with pumpkin recipes everywhere you look (and man do they look delicious). These signs mean one thing… it’s almost Halloween! Besides planning the perfect costume, Halloween can get a little tricky and require a little extra planning for someone with celiac disease or food allergies. There are lots of delicious treats out there to eat, but before you start filling your bag (or your child’s bag), it is important to learn which candies are gluten free and safe to consume. The Celiac Disease Foundation provides a nice list of gluten free Halloween treats here. To be extra safe, it is always smart to double check with the manufacturers of your favorite candies.

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Crazy Summer!

Crazy Summer!

My summer began with a scheduled trip to Nashville TN for a faith-based conference on body image and eating issues, Hungry for Hope. This *would* have been my 4th year in attendance, except that the kidney stones that had been plaguing me for 5 months decided to cause problems and my trip was cancel, surgery scheduled instead.

Between kidney stones, braces, and general stress related to family, my weight dropped and I am trying to stabilize. This is a daily challenge, as is the challenge of continuing to eat GF.

It has been ONE YEAR! And it is fantastic! Clearer head, depression pretty much gone, even with the issues mentioned above, I feel great! Productivity uP, I’m getting work done!

I’m taking a vacation and will bring back pictures and stories from far away. I’m hoping that I’ll have lots to share about GF eating while I travel. No internet or phone service (too expensive) so will sign out and be back after my trip.