Celebrating National Breakfast Month with a Pete and Gerry’s Egg GIVEAWAY

September is National Breakfast Month and what better way to celebrate than with eggs! Not only are eggs GLUTEN FREE, they are versatile, lending themselves to a variety of creative recipes, and they are also a delicious source of protein. When choosing your eggs, it’s important to pick an option that’s good for you, your family, and the hens. A standard you can trust? Certified Humane Free Range.

Pete and Gerry’s Certified Humane Free Range Organic Eggs helps me start my morning off right all month long. Pete and Gerry’s eggs come from small family farms like theirs. These are real farms, not factories that simply use the farm label. All the farmers follow the strictest standards of humane animal treatment, safety, and environmental sustainability. That’s not just good for the hens and our planet – it’s better for us too!

I love eggs. I eat eggs multiple times a week – scrambled, over easy, omelettes, frittatas – you name it and I eat it! I love omelettes but sometimes the classic American way can get boring. Have you ever had a Japanese omelette, also know as tamagoyaki. This rolled egg dish is super easy and fun to make! I have a special TeChef non-stick pan for making this, but if you do not have one, you can use any small pan that you have! 


This Japanese style omelette is rolled into a log shaped form composed of thinly cooked layers of egg with only three ingredients – eggs, gluten free tamari and salt! 

Tamagoyaki / Japanese Omelette
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  1. 4 eggs
  2. 1/4 tsp salt
  3. 1/4 tsp tamarin or gluten free soy sauce
  4. 1 Tbsp Mirin or 1/4 tsp sugar - optional
  5. 1 tsp oil
  1. Instructions
  2. Mix eggs, salt, soy sauce and Mirin in a bowl.
  3. Heat a pan at medium high temperature and add oil.
  4. Pour a thin layer of egg mixture in the pan, tilting to cover the bottom of the pan. After the thin egg has set a little, gently roll into a log. Start to roll when the bottom of the egg has set and there is still liquid on top. If you let the egg cook too much, it will not stick as you roll the log. Now you have a log at one end of the pan. Pour some more egg mixture to again cover the bottom of the pan, with the roll of egg at the end. After the new layer has set, roll the log back onto the the cooked thin egg and roll to the other end of the pan.
  5. Repeat adding egg to the pan and rolling back and forth until the egg is used up.
  6. Remove from the pan and cool for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Slice the ends of the log off and then slice the log into 1/2″ pieces. You should see a nice spiral pattern in the cross section of the egg.
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When I want a quick breakfast I like to make eggs over easy. With egg rings, it’s even easier to make perfectly circle eggs! Your friends, and fiancé, will be impressed – trust me!

IMG_0035What’s your favorite way to eat eggs? No matter what way you prefer, I know you all love a good giveaway! Pete and Gerry’s is offering 2 free product coupons to one lucky reader!! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway ends on September 8, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only.

Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge to review for my blog. I was not paid for this review and all my opinions and thoughts are my own.


Purely Elizabeth NEW probiotic granola

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I’m sure many of you have heard of, and probably tried, Purely Elizabeth, a leading natural foods brand specializing in delicious, gluten-free products. I have been eating Purely Elizabeth’s oatmeal for years, which is made with ancient grains, healthy and only pure ingredients.  So when I was offered the chance to try the new granola line I knew it was going to be good and I knew that I was going to love it!


Purely Elizabeth recently debuted two granola lines, grain-free and the first-ever probiotic varieties. Purely Elizabeth’s new Grain-Free Granola is the low-carb, low-sugar, high-protein granola I’ve been looking for, made with rich cashews, dried coconut flakes and superfood seeds, as well as cashew butter and organic coconut oil.


Additionally, Purely Elizabeth has taken its best-selling ancient grain granola and added GanedenBC30— a patented strain of vegan probiotics shown to survive the baking process— to create the first-ever probiotic granola on the market. Two servings a day will get you maximum probiotic benefits to help support a healthy immune + digestive system. Eat your breakfast + your daily probiotics all in one! 

The new Probiotic Granola is available in two flavors: Chocolate Sea Salt and Maple Walnut. I tried the Chocolate Sea Salt, which is made with fair trade dark chocolate chunks and coarse sea salt for the prefect combination of salty and sweet. 


All Purely Elizabeth products are gluten free, vegan, organic, and non-GMO. 

You can purchase Purely Elizabeth granola and oatmeal at Whole Foods Market and online. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Zenola Gluten Free Granola

Have you been looking for a delicious crunchy granola that’s actually good for you? Zenola is where you’ll find it. Zenola has deleted all the carbs, sugars and empty calories you find in typical granolas and replaced them with a mix of premium tree nuts, gently roasted for full flavor. They’ve also added a special blend of tasty seeds and natural flavorings for that “little extra somethin’”. The result: Zenola, a granola so good you can’t help but go nuts.


Most granolas are made with rolled oats, otherwise known as oatmal. Oatmeal and granolas made from it have a glycemic index of 58. That means that in terms of how quickly your body converts oatmeal into sugar, oatmeal is only slightly better than actual table sugar, which has a glycemic index of 68.  Now imagine what happens when you coat all that oatmeal with honey. Sweet and crunchy it may be; nutritious it is not. Oatmeal does have a lot more fiber than table sugar though, so there’s that. 

Zenola, on the other hand, is over 85% nuts and seeds, which have a gylcemic index of 15 – 20. Not only do nuts and seeds produce a lot less impact on blood sugar, they deliver nutritious proteins, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and natural fiber.

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After all, what’s the point of making a low-carb granola and then drowning it in sugar, honey, or corn syrup?  Each serving of Zenola contains no more than 3 grams of honey – just barely enough to taste, but not enough to cause a spike in blood sugar. If you like it sweeter, you can add as much fresh or dried fruit and other delights as you like. You won’t find dried fruit, corn syrup or any other high calorie/high sugar sweetener in Zenola. 

Zenola comes in 3 flavors: Tropical, Paleo and Cinna-Nut Crunch.

Tropical Crunch

Almonds, cashews, macademia nuts, unsweetened coconut, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and coconut oil, with just a hint of honey and vanilla.

Paleo Crunch

A paleo-legit blend of roasted almonds, walnuts, cashews, seeds, and coconut oil, with no added sugars. 

Cinna-Nut Crunch

An enticingly aromatic blend of nuts, seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla, and just a taste of honey. Like eating a cinnamon bun without the sin.

Zenola is now available in Whole Foods Brooklyn and Columbus Circle. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Modern Oats offer healthy and convenient gluten free oats on the go


When I’m on the go, or don’t have enough time in the morning to eat a proper, sit-down breakfast, it can be very difficult to find food that is nutritious, substantial, and and actually good.  Many convenient, on the go, breakfast foods are high in sugar and low in protein, fiber and other vitamins and minerals that keep you going throughout the day.

Whether you are gluten free or not, I think you are going to love today’s post featuring Modern Oats. Not only are they redefining boring oatmeal, but Modern Oats provides a healthy and delicious meal in just 3 minutes! Not only are they healthy and convenient but I can not get over how good they taste! I was skeptical at first because I don’t oatmeal with add-ins, it usually taste fake and too sugary. But Modern Oats is anything but fake. They only use real ingredients. Of all the flavors I tried there is not one I did not like.


Modern Oats works with small farm, and uses gluten free & Non-GMO Verified, perfect whole rolled oats. Then they add ingredients like delicious blends of fruits (such as mangos, apples, goji berries, and Saskatoon berries), nuts (such as pine nuts, walnuts, and coconut), and seeds (such as flax, sunflower, and chia).

Modern Oats offers 10 Gourmet flavors:

  1. Goji Blueberry
  2. Apple Walnut
  3. Chocolate Cherry
  4. Mango Blackberry
  5. Nut & Seeds
  6. 5 Berry
  7. No Sugar Added 5 Berry
  8. Coconut Almond
  9. Vermont Maple
  10. Just Oats 

So far I’ve tried 4 flavors – Goji Berry, 5 Berry, Mango Blueberry, and Nut & Seeds – and I’ve loved all 4! I usually eat plain oatmeal but this is so much better with such great flavor and real, fresh ingredients I can taste.


Each flavor is high in protein (8 grams or more per serving) and and fiber (6 grams of more per serving). 


All of Modern Oats’ products are certified gluten free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free, and are produced in 100% gluten-free facilities as to ensure no cross-contamination. Better yet, they use whole grain rolled oats, which adds a great solid texture with each bite. Modern Oats tastes real, not like many store-bought oats that are processed and made with artificial flavors and added sugars. All Modern Oats’ ingredients are 100% fully-ripened, freshly frozen fruit, and healthy nuts that give each of their products a delicious flavor!

Modern Oats is currently sold through gourmet retailers nationwide. To find a retailer near to you please use the online store locator. Modern Oats can also be purchased via web through their website or via Amazon

Modern Oats’ convenient recyclable portable oatmeal cups are the ideal healthy meal for your on the go lifestyle. Keep one at your desk, or in your bag, and you can enjoy is anywhere, any time!

While Modern Oats represents gourmet oats at their finest, they don’t take a trained chef to make. Just add hot water, wait three minutes, stir and enjoy! It’s really that easy! 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Freedom Foods recently launched new cereal flavors & muesli bars this fall

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Freedom Foods, an Australian company, makes allergen-free cereals and granola bars. Freedom Foods’ core line of breakfast cereals and oat bars are available in a wide range of flavors that offer not only allergen-free safety, but, better nutrition and taste. More importantly, they use clean and recognizable ingredients so you won’t feel guilty eating as you nosh.


Freedom Foods has been around since 1990 but is relatively new to the United States. They set a high standard for themselves and aim to create delicious food that is free from the “stuff” that your body doesn’t need— gluten, nuts, wheat, dairy, eggs, fructose, soy, yeast, GMO’s, and artificial flavors. Yes you read that right; this cereal is truly allergen friendly.

Freedom Foods is launching new cereals this fall including Fruity Rainbow Rocks, All Around gOodness, and All Around gOodness maple flavored, and I had the chance to try all three earlier this month at The Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo


While I was not a fan of the Fruity Rainbow Rocks (similar to Fruit Pebbles), as they were just way too sweet, I did like both All Around gOodness cereals.


In addition to the new cereal flavors, the latest from Freedom is their new line of Oat Bars. These chewy oat bars are made with gluten free oats and are a great pocket-sized snack free from gluten, almonds, hazelnuts walnuts, dairy, soy and eggs. The oat bars are available in three varieties:

  • Cranberries & mixed Seeds
  • Apple & Cinnamon and Apricot
  • Coconut and Chia
I love that these bars are low in sugar; just 6 grams per bar, but still have a slightly sweet and chewy texture.

Freedom foods tests every batch of raw ingredients and finished products every single time using some of the latest technologies to ensure their products do not contain Gluten found in Wheat, Rye, Barley & Triticale. They have a dedicated allergen free facility and have been around for 20 years caring for families with food allergies. With Freedom foods you can be confident to know when they say gluten free, they mean it.

You can use Freedom Foods new Facebook store locator to find a retail location nearest you. You can also purchase Freedom Foods cereal on Amazon

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


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Gluten Free Cheerios™ are here!

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If you are like me, then you grew up eating Cheerios™ and pretty much every other cereal produced by General Mills. But that all stopped in 2009 when I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, and I’ve been without my beloved Honey Nut Cheerios™ ever since. 


So when I heard that news earlier this year that General Mills would be coming out with a gluten free version of Cheerios™ I was SO EXCITED. I was overcome with nostalgia for my childhood days eating Cheerios™ while watching Saturday morning cartoons. And not only Cheerios™, but Honey Nut Cheerios™, MultiGrain Cheerios™, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™ and Frosted Cheerios™ too. How lucky can a girl get? 

Currently, about 1% of the population is Celiac, and as much as 30% of the population is avoiding gluten. It was important for General Mills to remove gluten from Cheerios so that these large groups could enjoy Cheerios, too. General Mills also only wants what matters to go into its product, and by removing stray wheat, rye and barley, it is delivering a more pure version of Cheerios. This simple change means more people eating gluten free diets will soon be able to enjoy their favorite kind of Cheerios again. Gluten-Free Cheerios were achieved by changing the ingredient-sorting process — not the ingredients themselves. (The one exception is for MultiGrain, which was reformulated to include sorghum and millet instead of wheat and barley.) Read on to see how. 


Cheerios have always been made of oats, which are naturally gluten free. But many farmers who grow oats rotate their crops, and that means they also grow grains that have gluten (wheat, barley, rye, etc.). As we are all well aware these grains often get mixed in with the oats during harvest or transport and the chances for cross contamination are high. To make Cheerios gluten‑free, GM has to separate those other stray grains from the oats. All the oats are sifted to sort out the grains of barley, wheat and rye. Every batch of sifted oats is then tested to make sure that the oats are gluten-free. If not, those oats are re-sifted and tested again. Then, the gluten-free oats are milled into flour in a mill that’s dedicated to making gluten‑free flour. Once the oats are milled, the flour is tested again to verify (ensure) that it’s still gluten‑free. The gluten-free oat flour gets shipped to the plant, transported in dedicated gluten‑free trucks and rail cars. And then it’s made into Cheerios using the same recipe as always on dedicated gluten-free systems; they puff and toast the oat flour into Cheerios. The finished Cheerios are checked once more to ensure they’re gluten‑free.

I’m sure some of you are still a little skeptical about this whole process. I was too at first, so I dug deeper to find better answers. And this is what I found:

It took 5 1/2 years to test and refine the process which make the oats gluten-free, ensuring that they test below the FDA standard of 20 ppm. As I said before, every batch of oats is tested to make sure it has less than 20 parts per million of other grains. That means, on average, for every 15,000 grains of oats, there can be no more than 1 grain of wheat, barley, or rye. To put this in perspective 1 lb of oats equals 1 box of cereal or 15,000 pieces of oats.  The industry standard for oats is to have 2% of something else in them.  If you aren’t Gluten Free having barley, rye, or wheat mixed in the oats isn’t a problem, but if you are, that 2% will make you sick. GM wanted to make Cheerios a safe product for someone with Celiac Disease to consume and they were not willing to release the product until they were 100% sure it was safe and that they could consistently make it safe. So in order to do this, their goal was to only have half of a non-oat grain in that pound and they are repeatedly meeting that standard or 9-12ppm (i.e. half of the 20ppm FDA standard). 


So why don’t they just use certified gluten free oats? Well there just simply aren’t enough gluten free oats in the world. If GM did use GF oats then there would be none left after about a week. This is why their process of sorting, milling in a dedicated gluten free facility, and transporting in gluten free containers is so key and why they test the oats, oat flour and finished Cheerios at various points during this process. 

So now let’s talk about how they taste! All Cheerios flavors have the same great taste that that I remember them having as a child. Even Jeremy, who eats Cheerios from time to time (he’s not gluten free, only by default when eating with me) says he can not taste a difference.


You’ve probably already seen the Yellow Box Gluten-Free Cheerios on store shelves. By mid-September you should be seeing all 5 flavors of gluten free Cheerios! So soon! Do not buy a box of Cheerios unless it has this seal on it! 


I have to say I am not only satisfied, but incredibly excited about what General Mills may have in store for us in the future.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by General Mills. I was compensated for this post and I was given free product. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion on the product, and all my opinions are my own. 



Enjoy Life Foods launches new line of gluten free baking mixes


The baking mixes have finally arrived! I’ve been waiting for this day for months! I have been a big fan of Enjoy Life products for as long as I’ve been gluten free (since 2009), and I am always excited when they come out with new products; I know I won’t be disappointed. So when Enjoy Life Foods told me they would be launching their newest line of making mixes I couldn’t wait to share with you all. And now I finally can! 

The new line of baking mixes includes: brownie mix, pizza crust, all purpose flour, muffin mix, and pancake + waffle mix. 

As always, the new Baking Mixes are certified gluten-free, and free-from the eight most common allergens That means:


They are also certified non-GMO, kosher, halal, and vegan! Enjoy Life baking mixes are delicious, and they’re the first and only gluten-free baking mix line to include probiotics and plant-based protein. Made from ancient grains and free from the top eight allergens, they make baking simple and fun for everyone! Who knew baking could feel so good?

Each Baking Mixes includes a shelf-stable probiotic for immune health! The best part about the probiotic is it only activates under the correct conditions – when it’s exposed to water and heat – so your body gets maximum benefits once it reaches your small intestine. 

They’ve included ancient grains like teff, buckwheat, millet, and quinoa flours so there are 5 grams of protein per serving, to give you that extra oomph and bridge the gap between meals! This way, you don’t have to snack, but if you want to sneak a Snickerdoodle, I totally get it.

The mixes are incredibly EASY to make. All you need is water and oil to make the delicious treats, so it’s simple and cost effective! The mixes are a fresh slate for you to get creative! You can add anything you want, like fresh fruit, a sprinkle of brown sugar, or even my favorite, Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chocolate Chips! You’re free to customize to the fullest! I’m thinking Chocolate Banana Muffins or Berry Jar Muffins. I can’t decide. 


Last night I tried the Brownie Mix. Jeremy did not like it and I think has to do with the mix of flours used. Although these are not the best brownies I’ve had, they were still pretty good, and have way less sugar than your average mix (14 grams vs. 18-20 grams). I found them to be not as sweet, obviously, but I would love to get used to that.

I used the All Purpose Flour to make gluten free pancakes for breakfast over the weekend. I used this recipe with a few variations (no flax seeds, almond milk)   


The Baking Mixes are available now to order online, and they have an awesome promotion going. If you order one Baking Mix, you get a free bag of Mini Chocolate Chips! If you order two, you get a bag of our Mini Chips and Dark Chocolate Morsels. And if you order three mixes, you get a bag of all three of our baking chocolates! Each mix retails for $8.49 and will soon be available in retail locations nationwide. You can also purchase the mixes on Amazon(free shipping for Prime members). 


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review




Gluten Free Friday Finds

After attending the Summer Fancy Food Show a few weeks ago I have tried so many new and delicious gluten free products. You might recall my posts at the beginning of the month where I shared with you some of the delicious products I sampled. Today I want to highlight a few more awesome Gluten Free Finds I think you all will love!


Umpqua Oats


Umpqua Oats was launched in 2008 by two moms craving a delicious and satisfying alternative to the typical instant oatmeal packets. Umpqua Oats super premium oatmeal is a satisfying, on-the-go breakfast choice for anyone who craves a healthy, delicious and quick meal. 


Umpqua Oats are available in 7 creative flavors. Each one comes in a convenient container that can be used as a bowl. It’s so easy to make. Simply add hot water, cover with lid, wait 3 minutes, stir and enjoy. How simple is that? It’s perfect if you need a quick breakfast as you are running out the door in the morning. 


What makes Umpqua Oats super premium? Well to start, the oats are the highest quality grade A, and only all natural nuts and fruits are used. There are no fillers, preservatives or artificial flavors. The custom milled, unbleached whole rolled oats give it a rich nutty flavor and a lightly chewier texture that is never mushy. The oats consistently test within the acceptable tolerance level for gluten free certification; however, they cannot certify the product as “gluten-free” because it is made in a plant where wheat products are produced. What does this mean? It means that the products could contain trace levels of wheat. 

Oats have a ton of health benefits: Lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, Special antioxidants for heart protection, stabilize blood sugar, and lower risk of diabetes to name a few. They are also packed with fiber, protein and iron. My only issue is the amount of sugar per serving. I find some of the flavors a little too sweet and wish there was just a little less sugar. 

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GH Creator Popcorn


G.H. Cretors—best known for their Chicago Mix, the diabolically addicting combination of caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag—just introduced a new certified organic line of popcorn, which includes Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Simply Salted varieties. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil flavor is the first ever popcorn to be wet-popped in EVOO, and the Simply Salted is seasoned with just the right amount of sea salt for a clean, classic treat. The new organic line uses only organic non-GMO popcorn, 100% organic oils, and pure sea salt, which means with each kernel (or handful) you put in your mouth, you’ll only taste wholesome goodness! And just like all G.H. Cretors products, the organic varieties are made completely free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives and are non-GMO and certified gluten-free. 

G.H. Cretors’ signature Chicago Mix combines caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag, offering addictive, simultaneous hits of sweet, salty, crunchy and cheesy. The caramel corn is made the old fashioned way: by hand, in copper kettles. Cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly by hand to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch. 

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Jeremy and I recently tried QRUNCH Original Burgers and we actually enjoyed them a lot! QRUNCH burgers are completely different from any other veggie burger I’ve tried. Made with a combination of quinoa, millet, organic vegetables and coconut oil, it is 100% gluten free, soy free, corn free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, MSG free, and vegan. They make it so easy for those living with multiple food allergies to have a great tasting and nutrient dense burger.

QRUNCH burgers come in 4 flavors: Original, Spicy Italian, Green Chile, Curry with Lentils, and Saucy Buffalo. The Original is mild and nutty tasting. It has the subtle, nutty taste of quinoa (hence the Q in QRUNCH), the crunchiness of millet, and the goodness of organic vegetables. Because of its subtle flavor, pairs well with virtually anything you’d like on it. Try it with your favorite burger toppings, or place it on top of a salad.  It’s even great for breakfast with an egg on top, and it goes great with nut butters, jellies, honey, and yes, ketchup!


Jeremy prefered the texture of this burger over other veggie burgers I’ve bought in the past. Our only issue is that it fell apart really easily. This is not a big deal, as we simply just ate the burgers with a fork. 

Since QRUNCH Burgers are already cooked, they are super easy to prepare! Keep them frozen until you’re ready to eat.

  • Toaster: Toast on high for one or two cycles until heated through. 
  • Toaster Oven or Oven: Bake at 400°F on a cookie sheet for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Skillet or Grill: Cook on medium-high heat, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  • Microwave: not recommend — you’ll lose that distinctive crunch. If you must, nuke on high for 1 to 2 minutes.

QRUNCH Burgers are sold in nearly 3,000 grocery stores across the country.

Modern Table Meals


Modern Table Meals is a line of healthy, yummy, and easy to make pasta meal kits! Everything you need is in the bag: bean-based pastas, dried veggies, sauce + seasoning to customize the flavor to your tastes. For many, myself included, cooking dinner on busy weeknights can be a challenge some nights. While it is tough, I don’t want to sacrifice nutrition and quality just to be able to have the convenience of making something from a box, a frozen pizza, or worse, picking up something greasy and unhealthy at a fast food restaurant. This is where Modern Table meals come in. These meals are SO fast and easy to prepare and are full of quality, gluten-free ingredients that make you feel like you are getting a meal made from scratch. The best part? They don’t have a bunch of chemical ridden preservatives and “fake” ingredient. I love that the ingredients are things I know and that the ingredient list is minimal. I also love that the pasta is something different then just the traditional brown rice or corn gluten-free pastas you often find on the market. These lentil and bean pastas are nutrient dense, full of flavor and an excellent addition of fiber in your diet. They are also a great addition of plant based protein with 12-20 grams of protein and 5-7 grams of fiber per serving, and are full of vitamins your body needs.


The 3 gluten free varieties of Modern Table Meals are:

  • Italian Red Lentil Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Parmesan Herb Seasoning 
  • Mediterranean Green Lentil Rotini with Garlic Herb Sauce and Mediterranean Citrus Seasoning
  • Southwest Red Lentil Rotini with Roasted Tomato Sauce and Chili Lime Seasoning 


All 3 flavors are vegetarian and the Southwest is vegan. All varieties contain a healthy and protein-rich bean noodle, making it a complete meal even without adding a meat or protein. They contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. 

It’s so easy to make! Just rip open the bag, follow the simple instructions for a one-pot meal that is ready in less than 15 minutes. You can add your own twist to each of the 3 yummy Modern Table Meals or enjoy them as they are. 

BOIL pasta and vegetables for 8-9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain.



 MIX sauce in a small bowl with 2/3 cup water and 2 tablespoons oil.

 TOSS pasta and vegetables with sauce; let stand for 2 minutes.

 SPRINKLE with seasoning packet as desired–it’s a lot of flavor! Voila! Dinner is served!

 Check out the store locator to find a retailer near you. No stores near you? No fear. They’re online too!

Among Friends

Among Friends baking mixes are made with whole grains and premium better-for-you ingredients, with no starches, fillers or gums. The brand recently converted its entire line of nine mixes to gluten-free, and introduced a new cookie: Darcy’s Delish Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie, a fresh take on the American classic with a crispy edge, soft interior and premium Callebaut chocolate chips. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite and this one is delicious with a great texture and just the right amount of chips. 
Among Friends is celebrating new distribution in Target, Kroger and Publix stores this summer. The brand will be in more than 5,500 stores nationwide by year’s end, which is incredible growth for a company that’s only been on the national scene for a few years. 

The Van Cleve Seafood Company

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The Van Cleve Seafood Co., founded and headquartered in Spotsylvania County, PA, now have its gourmet seafood products in 44 Whole Foods stores on the East Coast. The all-female, family-run business started in 2000 with one seafood shack on Courthouse Road. The Van Cleves have been featured on QVC for their crab pie and will appear again on the channel soon with new products: bacon-wrapped scallops and shrimp, both which are gluten free! 

The Van Cleve Seafood Company uses only high quality, sustainable ingredients, and this is the reason Whole Foods Market is putting them into their stores. You can also find The Van Cleve Seafood Company’s products in stores in NY and CT (and other mid-Atlantic states). You can also order the bacon-wrapped scallops and shrimp online have them shipped to directly via Fed Ex. 

I don’t normally eat bacon, but the bacon-wrapped scallops and shrimp tasted very fresh and are perfect for serving at parties or small gatherings. 

Nocciolata from Rigoni di Asiago

Made with organic ingredients completely free of GMO’s, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Rigoni di Asiago’s Nocciolata combines hazelnuts, cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, raw sugar, and skimmed milk for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor and smooth, creamy texture. Unlike other brands, which use palm oil (high in saturated fat and whose cultivation devastates the environment), Nocciolata is made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil. It also contains far less sugar than other brands. 


I do not like Nutella so I didn’t think I was going to like this chocolate-hazelnut spread either. But boy was I wrong! Nocciolata tastes real. The quality of ingredients really do make a difference. There is no chemical or artificial taste here. I am now a fan of hazelnut-chocolate spread and have been eating it straight from the jar! 

Plentils from Enjoy Life Foods

I am a big fan of the Enjoy Life Foods brand for many reasons!  They work very hard to produce high quality, tasty food that is free of the top 8 allergens, plus a few more!  I have written other reviews about products from this company including their Chewy Bars, Chocolate Bars, Decadance Bars, and Baking Chocolates.   


Recently, Enjoy Life was kind enough to provide with me four bags of their plentils . What’s a Plentil you ask? Chips with benefits. From ancient times to the present, the lentil has been one of the best sources of plant-based protein and is a staple in diets throughout the world. Enjoy Life has captured the essence of this vital legume’s all-natural goodness and turned it into a unique, protein-packed, crunchy experience. Every Plentils chip bursts with flavor and is a truly tasty “better-for-you” treat.

Plentils are available in 4 flavors: Light Sea Salt, Dill & Sour Cream, Margherita Pizza, and Garlic & Parmesan.


The Light Sea Salt are my favorite. They have a nice crunch and subtle flavor. The Margherita Pizza chips taste like PIZZA! They are also amazing and we ate the entire bag! 


Plentils are made with NO artificial ingredients and have zero sugar per serving, making them much healthier than most potato chips on the market and a great for school lunches or after school snack! 

Enjoy Life Foods products are available at retail locations nationwide. Click here to find a location near you. You can also purchase products online

Skillet’s Line of Pumpkin Ketchups

Skillet’s line of Pumpkin Ketchups include two gluten free flavors: Brown Sugar and Apple Vinegar, and Chipotle. They are sold in 10.5 ounce containers and can be found online as well as at Whole Foods, Metropolitan Market, Sur La Table and other specialty stores throughout the country.

“Skillet began as great local food served out of our 1971 Airstream, and right away we found success with our Bacon Jam Burger; then we had to make the perfect ketchupfor our fries!” states Skillet President Jon Severson. “The Pumpkin Ketchups are the perfect condiment and can be used as dipping sauces, marinades or added to any dish to make the at-home chef look like a pro.

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Skillet Pumpkin Ketchup is a pumpkin based condiment made with fresh pumpkin and spices and are filled with rich vitamins and minerals.  Each flavor has only 15 calories per 1 ounce serving and have a two-year shelf life. The Brown Sugar & Apple Vinegar and Chipotle flavors are also vegetarian and vegan.  These ketchups work great as a sauce for pasta, spread for sandwiches or used simply as ketchup. For recipes inspired by Skillet chef, Nick Novello, visit

Cucina Aurora Roasted Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Earlier this month I blogged about  Cucina Aurora’s Infused Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Oil and  Italian rosemary and oregano infused olive oil, both of which have incredible flavor and can take your cooking up a notch. 

Cucina Aurora’s Roasted Garlic Infused Oil is a potent oil, richly infused with the mellow flavor of roasted garlic. Made with granulated roasted garlic for the smoothest flavor possible, combined with just a hint of red pepper to bring out the garlic’s intensity. This powerful oil is perfect for bruschette, salads or just dipping with bread. Use in place of plain olive oil to sauté, fry, or grill fish, meat and veggies or simply toss and enjoy with pasta or rice.

Cucina Aurora infused olive oils are made with all natural ingredients. They are GMO-free, gluten free and vegan. Cucina Aurora does not, never has and never will use artificial ingredients, or preservatives. Please note, although Cucina Aurora does not at this time process any gluten or wheat products, they are not a dedicated or certified gluten free facility.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

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Chobani® Oats

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[Updated July 9,2015] A hearty start to a delicious day. How you start your day matters, so Chobani® found the perfect ratio of yogurt to fruit to gluten free whole grains: a completely delicious combination that goes way beyond your expectations. And with 10g of protein, up to 10g of whole grains and as much dietary fiber as a packet of instant oatmeal, there’s a hearty gluten free breakfast in every cup. 

Chobani Oats has been on the market for almost a year but I actually haven’t seen it any my local grocery stores, so when I was asked if I’d like to sample some of the flavors of course I said yes! [Update: Chobani has released two new flavors!] I love Chobani Greek Yogurt. I only eat the plain flavor, so I was a little worried the flavors would be too sweet for me, but, as Chobani is one of the only Greek yogurts I eat, I wanted to give them a try anyways! I could see the oats as soon as I opened my cup of yogurt.  They still had that wonderful chew that steel-cut oats have, and the flavors were really delicious, and not artificial tasting like many flavored yogurts.  


Chobani Oats is made with carefully selected gluten-free steel-cut oats. They’re husked and cut, then slow-cooked over low heat with ripe fruit, helping each one hold its shape and flavor. And, as if steel-cut oats weren’t enough, they’ve upped the whole grain game by adding quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, and chia for a super hearty, super delicious breakfast. Every cup of Chobani Oats is filled with nutritious and unbelievably delicious authentic Chobani Greek yogurt. Because let’s face it — just oats and fruit would be boring!

Although I did find some of the flavors to be a little too sweet for me (with 16g of sugar, compared to 4g in their non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt I usually eat), it is a great source of energy and is healthier than eating a cookie or calorie heavy treat when you are craving something sweet!

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Chobani Oats is available in 8 flavors:

  • Mixed Berry Ancient Grains
  • Apricot Ancient Grains
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Banana Maple
  • Blueberry
  • Cranberry
  • Peach *new
  • Raisin & Brown Sugar *new

About Chobani® Greek yogurt

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Celiac Awareness Month Day 13: Barbara’s Gluten Free Cereal Giveaway

Welcome to Day 13 of Celiac Awareness Month! I’m excited because today I am featuring one of my favorite cereal companies: Barbara’s! 


When I first began my gluten free diet in 2009 one of the first cereals I found was Barbara’s Puffins, and I was immediately hooked. Puffins are one of my all time favorite cereals and make my gluten free lifestyle a lot easier, and I am excited to offer you the chance to win two free product coupons!


A pioneer in the natural foods movement, Barbara’s was founded in 1971 by a 17 year old girl who was passionate about creating great tasting food from simple, wholesome ingredients. Today, Barbara’s is still committed to providing great tasting, all-natural products, free of artificial colors, preservatives, and additives. Barbara’s also strives to make a positive contribution to the world with donations to national and local non-profit organizations involved in environmental, hunger, and children’s issues, such as Petaluma’s School Teaching Gardens, Audubon’s Project Puffin, and Chef Ann Cooper’s The Lunch Box Project through Barbara’s for a Brighter Future program. And to support its commitment to the environment, all of Barbara’s cartons feature 100% recycled carbon neutral Green Choice cardboard!


In addition to my beloved Puffins, Barbara’s makes 5 gluten free cereals:

  • Honey Rice Puffins
  • Multigrain Puffins
  • Corn Flakes
  • Honest O’s Multigrain
  • Brown Rice Crisps

The gluten free cereals are low in sugar (6 grams or less), contain whole grains, and have at least 3 grams, or more, of fiber per serving. Getting enough whole grains (it’s recommended to eat 48 grams per day) and fiber can be difficult on a gluten free diet because most products are made with rice, potato, or tapioca flour. Barbara’s Puffins are made with whole grain brown rice flour and/or whole grain oat* flour, among other nutritious, gluten free, non-GMO ingredients.


*Although the Multigrain Puffins do contain oats, they are certified to be gluten free.

These puffy squares are satisfyingly crunchy and delicious. While I like to eat these as cereal for breakfast, I also just like to snack on them! You do not need to be gluten free to enjoy this cereal either. There is no compromise here; it tastes great period!


The Honey Rice Puffins are slightly crunchier with a lightly sweetened honey coating. It tastes similar to Honeycomb cereal, but with a lot less sugar. Another plus, is that each serving has 22g of whole grains, almost half of the recommended daily serving!

You can also make a yummy trail mix with Barbara’s Multigrain cereal, raisins, nuts, and a few dairy-free chocolate chips! So the next time you are looking for a gluten-free, healthy cereal, why not give Barbara’s Puffins Cereal a try.

Barbara’s has products suitable for a variety of special diets including; cholesterol free, dairy free, fat free/low fat, gluten free, high fiber, kosher, low sugar, no sodium/low sodium, organic, vegan, vegetarian, wheat free ingredients, and whole grains.

To find a store near you that carries Barbara’s products, just visit their store locator.

Not only did Barbara’s provide me with samples but they were kind enough to offer one lucky reader the chance to win Barbara’s products as well! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway will end on May 31, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.