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When middle grandson started school, calls from the school nurse came more frequent than not. ordered to take him home, we complied. Strange how by the time we arrived go get him, he seemed fine. Nevertheless we took him to his pediatrician who, upon examination. cleared him to return to school where he became physically ill again and again. That’s when we demanded the doctor order tests. Final diagnosis when all the screenings came in–inherited autoimmune celiac.
This disease is the body’s reaction to the gluten found in common staple grains like wheat, barley, and rye. It causes the body not to absorb carbohydrates properly. There is no cure for it, only treatment, specifically a lifelong gluten-free diet.
Most adults fail to follow prescribed diets even when motivated because dieting is hard. It is even harder for an afflicted child. Kids just want to be like everyone else. Watching classmates and playmates eat normal things tempts them and sets them up to fail. Regular cereals, pastas, baked goods, and snack products are verboten. It broke my heart to see CJ not being able to enjoy trick or treats like other kids. Halloween is supposed to be fun.
Enter Mary Waldner, founder of Mary’s Gone Crackers. Diagnosed with celiac disease twenty years ago at 43, she baked creatively making her recipes from things she could tolerate–brown rice, quinoa, and seeds. Today her crackers, pretzels, and cookies are made in a dedicated organic, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free facility. What’s more they are delicious and crispy, pure and nourishing. All ingredients are organic, gluten-free, non-gmo, whole grain, vegan, and kosher. Knowing how much CJ loves sweets, I put a box Mary’s Gone Crackers Chocolate Chip Cookies aside for him. I know he enjoyed them as the pictures show.
Testing. 1-2-3 testing.
I can’t believe he ate every last crumb.
If the big smile on his face isn’t a tell, certainly his “More,” upon finishing the box is.
Endorsement: I keep Mary’s Gone Crackers in my pantry cabinets because my grandson can feel good after eating them. Plus there are so many different varieties that he doesn’t get tired of eating the same old, same old…. You can catch me eating his stash. Why? Mary’s Gone Crackers is real whole food baked good and healthy. Plus if it is good for his tummy then it has to be good for mine.
Here are two dip recipes, courtesy Mary’s Gone Crackers. Both the crackers and the pretzels would be great with either!
Gluten Free Romesco
- 1 cup blanched almonds, toasted
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 cup roasted red bell peppers, patted dry
- 1/2 cup green, pitted olives, drained
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
- 5 Tbsp. olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
1. In a food processor, combine the almonds, garlic, smoked paprika, and cayenne; pulse until coarsely chopped, about 15 to 20 times.
2. Add the roasted bell peppers, olives, lemon juice and vinegar.
3. While the machine is running, add the olive oil in a thin stream through the feed tube and process to a coarse puree.
4. Season the sauce with the salt and black pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning.
This recipe was created to be enjoyed with Mary’s Gone Crackers Sea Salt Pretzels, but also is delicious with any of Mary’s Gone Crackers gluten free crackers or pretzels.
Green Chutney Dip
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro
- 1/2 bunch fresh mint
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 3 small, fresh hot chilies (such as jalapeño or serrano), stemmed and seeded
- 1 large clove garlic
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- salt to taste
1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. If consistency is too thick, add more water.
This recipe was created to be enjoyed with Mary’s Gone Crackers Sea Salt Pretzels, but is also great with any Mary’s Gone Crackers pretzels or crackers.
Mary’s Gone Crackers is easy to find. Just go online to www.marysgonecrackers.com/store-locator to find a retailer local to you. Prices may vary but average is around $4.99 per box. You can learn more on the Mary’s Gone Crackers website. You can also find them on Facebook and on Twitter.