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Riceworks Review and Giveaway // Crab and Avocado Salad Recipe

logo (1)Jeremy and I LOVE chips. Every Sunday we open a bag of tortilla chips, crunchy crackers, potato chips, etc. and site down to watch the Patriots. While I am sad they won’t be playing this Sunday, we will still be watching the Superbowl and indulging in delicious Riceworks as we watch the Broncos try to beat the Panthers. 

This Sunday we will be eating Riceworks rice crips, aka a delicious tortilla chip alternative. Riceworks offer a gluten free better-for-you rice chip experience! Riceworks products are a gluten free indulgence with no artificial flavors or preservatives and taste better than most tortilla chips we’ve ever tried. Riceworks are made with whole grains and no gluten, soy or high-fructose corn syrup, and they have plenty of milk-free flavor options too. 

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Jeremy and I were so impressed with each mouthwatering flavor. I usually do not like sweet chili flavored – or really any chips with added flavoring – but these were deliciou. Each bag we opened, we were so impressed with the flavor – we could taste the real ingredients, no funny aftertaste or powedery mess left on our hand from the added coloring or flavoring. And the chips were not too salty, thank goodness! 

Riceworks has several creative, mouthwatering flavors to tantalize your tastebuds, including: 

  • Sea Salt
  • Sea Salt & Black Sesame
  • Black Japonica Rice
  • Sweet Chili 
  • Salsa Fresca 
  • Sundried Tomato 
  • Wasabi Soy & Ginger
  • Olive Oil Parmesan & Basil
  • Rosemary Garlic & Balsamic Vinegar
  • Spicy Spanish Cheese Blend

My favorite flavor is the Sea Salt & Black Sesame. The black sesame gives the riceworks a lightly nutty flavor while the wild rice adds extra hearty crunch and texture. Combined, they produce a earthy taste that is delicious on its own or paired with mild dips or spreads. 

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Riceworks pair well with all sort of yummy ingredients and are even a great substitute in recipes where other products like breadcrumbs and chips are normally used. They have great crunch and great flavor! So you can easily eat Riceworks with your favorite salsa or guacamole recipe or add them in to dips (and other recipes) for added crunch. 

 

Crab and Avocado Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag of Sea Salt and Black Sesame Chips,
  2. 3/4 lb. crab meat or imitation crab
  3. 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  4. 1 tbsp. mustard
  5. 2 green onions, diced
  6. 1 avocado, halved,pitted & diced
  7. 1 lemon, juiced
  8. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine crab meat, mayonnaise, mustard, green onions, and avocado. Mix thoroughly, but gently. You don’t want to mash the avocado!
  2. Take a handful of Chips and break them. Add them to the bowl with the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Adjust according to taste.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  4. Serve with wild ricework
Notes
  1. *I added the handful of chips to the recipe for extra crunch. This is great if eating the crab salad on a salad!
Gluten Free Boston and Beyond http://glutenfreebostonandbeyond.com/
 

Not only did Riceworks send me samples of their delicious chips, they have offered to give TWO lucky readers the chance to win Riceworks chips! To enter, click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on February 8, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only. 

You can purchase Riceworks online via their online store and at grocery stores nationwide.   

 

 

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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Trans-Ocean Crab Classic // Gluten Free Imitation Crab & More!

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Until last week, I had no idea that there was a gluten free imitation crab product that existed. I haven’t had a California roll in over 6 years, and I was beyond thrilled when I learned that Trans-Ocean makes gluten free imitation crab. So now I can make my own California rolls at home!  

Trans-Ocean has been making surimi seafood (imitation crab meat) in Bellingham, WA since 1985. For most of those years, they have used wheat-containing ingredients in many products. But a few years ago, they became aware that some people were buying only their Crab Classic Chunk Style and Lobster Classic products because they were made without wheat ingredients and thus, satisfied their gluten-free diet needs. After speaking with people who suffer from celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, they made a change to their wheat-containing products. 

Effective Fall 2014, their production plant became a dedicated, 100% gluten-free facility and all of their products are now gluten-free! You’ll find a gluten-free banner on all packaging. Be assured, products have the same delicious flavor and high quality that has made them America’s #1 brand of surimi seafood.

Trans-Ocean offers a variety of gluten free imitation crab and seafood products: 

  • Crab Classic Flake
  • Crab Classic Chunk
  • Crab Classic Leg
  • Crab Classic Shred
  • Crab Supreme
  • Lobster Classic
  • Shrimp
  • Scallops
  • Smoked Salmon 

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Crab Avocado Cucumber Stack

Crab Classic is made from a mix of wild and sustainable Alaska Pollock, certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as a responsibly harvested seafood, and king crab meat. Fully cooked and ready-to-eat, Crab Classic is perfect for quick and easy salads, appetizers, hot dishes and more. After trying a few of the different styles of Crab Classic, I have to say that I am a fan!  The crab tasted good, not too salty and not fake at all. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen and I’ve made Jeremy eat quite a few crab dishes this week! One of my favorites is below!

 

 

Crab Avocado Cucumber Stacks
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg (8 oz) Crab Classic, Chunk Style
  2. 1 avocado, firm but ripe, diced
  3. 1 cucumber, diced
  4. juice of one lemon
  5. 1 green onion, finely chopped
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the avocado, lemon juice, green onion, salt and pepper
  2. Place a 3-inch-wide round biscuit cutter in the center of an individual plate.
  3. Press 1/4 cup of the cucumbers in the bottom of the cutter using the back of a spoon.
  4. Next, stack the layer of avocado on top of the cucumbers.
  5. Lastly add the Crab Classic to the top layer.
  6. Top with green part of the scallions.
  7. Gently lift the cutters up and away from the plate to reveal the tower.
Gluten Free Boston and Beyond http://glutenfreebostonandbeyond.com/

 

We also tried the shrimp and made it with pasta and marinara sauce. Simple, yet delicious! 

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Trans-Ocean, is a strong supporter of sustainable fisheries management. As such, they have sought certification for the Trans-Ocean brand seafood products from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Trans-Ocean has been at the forefront of promoting MSC as a mark of quality and environmental responsibility to the consumer market. In addition to supporting the long-term sustainability of the ocean’s resources, Trans-Ocean also extends great effort to minimize the environmental impacts of their processing operation.

You can find Trans-Ocean products at grocery stores nationwide

 

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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AMIRA rice and Chicken, Broccoli & Carrot Rice Bowl Recipe

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AMIRA is a veteran specialty rice brand with a line of authentic basmati Indian rice with superior taste and versatility. Many people do not know that basmati rice has a lot of health benefits. It lowers the risk of heart disease, is an excellent source of magnesium for regulating the nervous system, decreases risk of colon cancer, is a great source of energy, has 20% more fiber compared to other rice and is gluten free and low in fat.

All natural, kosher, gluten-free, and non-GMO, AMIRA’s authentic Indian basmati rice not only tastes good, but it is good for you. Their coveted product range includes the Amira Gold Line, which consists of Natural Basmati Rice, Natural Thai Jasmine Rice, Natural Thai Jasmine Brown Rice, Natural Brown Basmati Rice, and Smoked Basmati Rice. For those who are familiar with AMIRA, such an extensive and dynamic product line is not unexpected, as the brand continues to make significant strides in the areas of growth and development; which is evidenced by the launch of their organic product range, which includes organic Brown Basmati Rice, Traditional Basmati Rice and Sona Masoori Rice.

 

Chicken, Broccoli & Carrot AMIRA Rice Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup AMIRA basmati brown rice
  2. 2 cups water or low­sodium chicken broth
  3. 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  4. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  5. 1 packet of Dizzly Pig Tsunami spin seasoning OR 1/2 teaspoon each: Paprika, Onion powder, Garlic powder, Turmeric, and paprika
  6. salt and papper to taste
  7. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  8. 2-3 large carrots, chopped
  9. 1-2 cups broccoli
  10. 1/2 onion, chopped
  11. 1 clove garlic, minced or grated 1
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 and roast the carrots for 20 minutes.
  2. To start the rice. Add the water and rice to a medium size soup pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until rice is cooked. After 20 minutes remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.
  3. While the rice is cooking, heat a large skillet on medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another 2-3 minutes. Add in broccoli and half the seasoning and cook until heated through.
  4. Remove vegetables from skillet. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and add the chicken and sprinkle with remaining seasoning. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side. Add the vegetables and soy sauce. Stir and cook for a few more minutes, until vegetables reheat and chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  5. Serve over AMIRA rice with carrots.
Gluten Free Boston and Beyond http://glutenfreebostonandbeyond.com/
 

AMIRA’s authentic Indian basmati rice embodies the qualities that have earned basmati the title of “super grain,” while the brand’s passion for purity has taken them from humble beginnings to the position of global market leader that they occupy today. AMIRA’s commitment to the company-wide philosophy of maintaining a “passion for purity” and producing foods that adhere to their exceptionally high standards of quality is evident in every facet of their production process. Knowing that not all rice is created equally, AMIRA sources their basmati from the foothills of the Himalayas – an area dedicated to the cultivation and production of basmati rice. Aged for a time period of 12-18 months before the processing stage is initiated, the rice is prepared in a state of the art treatment plant to preserve all of its purity. From cultivation to packaging, AMIRA‘s objective is to ensure that the highest of customer expectations is met, and not only strive to create a great product, but to bond people and cultures across the globe through the common language of food.

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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Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Meals and Fall Side Dishes

 

Jeremy and I don’t eat that many frozen meals, mainly because there just aren’t that many gluten free options. Ok, maybe there are more gluten free frozen food products available in stores today more than ever before, but have you tried some of them? The amount of sodium in many meals is too high for my likely (and make the food taste way too salty!) Other products just have too many unpronounceable ingredients that I personally do not want to put into my body. For that reason, I cook most of our meals at home from scratch. As you can imagine, this isn’t always easy, especially on days that I work that or that I’m so tired from a long day at work and the last thing I want to do is cook!  NewFamilyShot_cartons Well thanks to Bumble Bee Foods, North America’s largest branded seafood company, who recently came out with a new product line Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Premium Fresh Frozen, which is 100% gluten free, low sodium, and made with very few ingredients, all which I can pronounce.  Bumble Bee SuperFresh® is a new line of naturally seasoned, restaurant-quality premium fresh frozen seafood that is cleaned, cut and fresh frozen within hours, then chef prepared with high-quality, all-natural ingredients. High in protein, rich in flavor and gluten free. The six premium seafood items include:

      • Spicy Shrimp Romesco
      • Lemon Shrimp with Garlic & Herbs
      • Salmon with Garden Pesto
      • Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      • Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs
      • Tilapia with Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    I recently had the chance to try some of the new products and I was very impressed with the fresh flavor, and how quick and easy it is to prepare. Bumble Bee SuperFresh® raises the bar for what seafood lovers can expect from frozen food!

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Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs with mango avocado salsa

All Bumble Bee SuperFresh® entrees go from freezer to table in 25 minutes or less, perfect for busy nights, and nights you get home late from work and just don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen preparing a meal. The Salmon and Tilapia come with their own parchment paper baking pouch,  a special uncoated parchment paper to seal in flavor and juices, it’s included so you don’t have to worry about having parchment paper or not. Each fish is high in protein, and low in number of ingredients used. I try to eat as clean as possible and never buy frozen meals for this reason. But Bumble Bee SuperFresh® certainly is an exception, and great addition to frozen meals available in the market.  

Bumble Bee SuperFresh® smells and tastes amazing. No fishy smells here. Because you prepare Bumble Bee SuperFresh® straight from the freezer, there isn’t any smell associated with thawing fish, which is especially appreciated when you live in a small city apartment where smells easily travel to every room and get trapped in.  My favorite product is the Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs. What a difference fresh lemon makes! Combined with Extra Olive Oil, shallots, black pepper and other natural ingredients, this simple recipe brings out the clean, fresh flavor of premium tilapia. Another thing I love about the new line is that there is no mess to clean up!! No dishes to clean, no mess to clean, and no fuss. Like I said, the meals are easy to prepare, simply preheat the oven, take the fish out of the box, pull back the seal of the plastic bag each fish is wrapped in, place the fish in the parchment paper bag, fold the open edge of the bag, place on a baking sheet, and put in the oven, and voila!  IMG_2745 (1) Some of my favorite, quick, easy and delicious side dishes (all can be prepared in less than 25 minutes!) that are perfect for fall include: 

1.Avocado Mango Salsa     

 

Avocado Mango Salsa
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
  2. 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
  3. 1 small red onion, diced
  4. 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  5. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
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2. Roasted Rosemary Oregano Potatoes    

3. Spiralized zucchini noodles topped with Spicy Shrimp Romesco and baby tomatoes      

4. Sautéed Fresh Spinach    

5. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Green Beans

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Green Beans
Yields 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound green beans, washed & trimmed
  2. 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  3. 1 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar
  4. 2 Tbs. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Infused Olive Oil
  5. 1/2 cup red pepper, seeds removed, thinly sliced lengthwise
  6. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Steam the green beans for 7 minutes or until tender.
  2. In large skillet, heat 1 Tbs. oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, add onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add red pepper, green beans and balsamic vinegar, cooking for 2 - 3 minutes, until heated through.
  3. Remove from heat. Add remaining Oil, salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.
Gluten Free Boston and Beyond http://glutenfreebostonandbeyond.com/

 6. Roasted Fall Vegetables     

7. Braised Radishes 

Braised Radishes
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb radishes
  2. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 1 tablespoon sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the radishes in a large skillet and add just enough water to cover. Add the butter, sugar, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until the radishes are tender and the liquid has reduced to a glaze, about 12 minutes
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer radishes to a serving dish (or your plate)
  4. Pour glaze over radishes
Notes
  1. If the radishes are tender but the liquid has not reduced sufficiently, remove the radishes from the skilled and continue to reduce the liquid.
Gluten Free Boston and Beyond http://glutenfreebostonandbeyond.com/

   8. Spinach Quinoa Salad with craisins and almonds     

  9. Quinoa with Apples and Carrots 

Quinoa with Apples and Carrots
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  3. 1 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 cup finelly diced carrots
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. 1 cup chicken broth
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 2 cups diced unpeeled apples
  9. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa and rub the grains together for 30 seconds before cooking.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a saucepan over med-high heat. Add onion, carrot, garlic, salt and pepper. Sautee for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender and carrots begin to brown.
  3. Stir in broth, water, quinoa and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  4. While the quinoa is simmering, in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, heat 1 teaspoon oil. Add the apple and sautee for 7 minutes, until apple begins to brown.
  5. Add apple to the quinoa and toss to combine.
  6. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. For a vegetarian version, use vegetable broth.
Gluten Free Boston and Beyond http://glutenfreebostonandbeyond.com/

Visit the Bumble Bee SuperFresh® website for a $2 off coupon so you can try these delicous SuperFresh® products for yourself! Bumble Bee SuperFresh® products are available at super markets nationwide, including Fairway Markets and Gristedes in NYC. To find a retail location nearest you, click here

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Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil with roasted potatoes and braised raddishes

  I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Pickled Willy’s Gourmet Pickled Seafood

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Pickled Willy’s is a specialty seafood processing plant in Kodiak, Alaska, that started out as Alaska’s only pickling plant. Co-owner Bill Alwert, a retired Alaska Commercial Fishermen, started years ago pickling fish and created a long standing family recipe that became so popular with family and friends that he wanted to share it with everyone. The Alwert family still has the family boat, the Buccaneer out of Kodiak, but Bill has since retired to the beach.

The family recipe is undeniably good and there’s certainly no way to get fresher seafood than straight from the vessels of Kodiak Island and other Alaskan Ports.

All Pickled Willy’s seafood is 100% sustainable and found in Alaskan Waters and processed right in Kodiak. Pickled Willy’s products are hand packed, low in fat, high in Omega-3’s, all natural, gluten free and have no preservatives. 

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I recently had the chance to work with Pickled Willy’s and tried three of their pickled seafood products. The full line of pickled seafoods includes: Pickled Alaska Halibut, Pickled Alaska Ling Cod, Pickled King Crab, Pickled Sockeye Salmon. 

Each 16 oz jar contains a mix of Organic Vinegar, Cane Sugar, Water, Pickling Spice, Onion, Salt and fish/seafood, and has a shelf life of 5 months.
 
The Pickled Alaska Halibut, is boneless and skinless, with a pure snow white flesh and firm texture has a sweet smooth flavor and is perfect for ceviche. 
 
 
Pickled Willy’s Halibut Ceviche
Serves 4
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Prep Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Jar Pickled Willys Halibut
  2. ½ cup chopped Cilantro
  3. ½ cup chopped Cucumber
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl combine complete jar of Pickled Willy’s Halibut, cilantro, and cucumber.
  2. Place in refrigerator, wait 30 minutes or until cold before serving.
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The Pickled Sockeye Salmon has a bright red hue and a much firmer texture than the halibut. I’m not sured to eating salmon this way but after getting used the texture, I quite enjoyed it and didn’t find it as vinegar-y as the Halibut. I paired it with edamame and tomatoes and served it over mixed greens from my CSA, for a delicious lunch.  
 
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Pickled Willy’s ships through UPS, Alaska Air Cargo, and ACE Air Cargo and can be at your door in two days or less. 
 
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.

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Celebrating Foster Farms 2 years gluten free // Dipping Sauce Recipe

Last year Foster Farms introduced their Gluten Free Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs to the market. Since then, they have also come out with Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets and Gluten Free Chicken Strips. IMG_2303

To celebrate their second year of being gluten free, I teamed up with Foster Farms to host a brunch for my friends last month, so I could share with them the delicious Gluten Free Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs and educate them about being gluten free. Today I am featuring a delicious gluten free homemade honey mustard dipping sauce I created for the corn dogs. 

Honey Mustard Sauce
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Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup mayo
  2. 3 Tablespoons honey
  3. 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  4. 1 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  5. 2-3 teaspoons hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Gluten Free Boston and Beyond http://glutenfreebostonandbeyond.com/
Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs are made with chicken franks and dipped twice in honey crunchy batter. The Gluten Free Breast Nuggets and Breast Strips are 100% All Natural and made with quality Foster Farms chicken breast. 

Foster Farms Gluten Free products are certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG); a program by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GFCO). GFCO is the leading gluten-free certification program in the world. The GF logo means Foster Farms products are independently verified for quality, integrity and purity. Products carrying the GF logo represent unmatched reliability for meeting strict gluten-free standards. And Foster Farms, actually tests their product for 10ppm!

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Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs are available nationwide at many retailers including: Safeway (Safeway, Vons, Randalls, Tom Thumb), Kroger (Kroger, Fry’s, Smith’s), Raley’s, Lucky, Albertsons, Giant Eagle, Woodman’s, Copps/Roundy’s, Schnucks, Food Lion, HyVee, and Marsh. For additional help finding the product, please call Foster Farms at 800-255-7227.

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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THE SWIFT DIET: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight, and Get Rid of the Bloat

This past week THE SWIFT DIET: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight, and Get Rid of the Bloat, by Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN and Joseph Hooper, went on sale. This offers sane nutritional advice that’s easy to sustain.

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THE SWIFT DIET is the new, revolutionary health and diet plan which shows women how to fix their digestive problems and lose weight permanently, by changing the way they eat and altering their gut bacteria.

THE SWIFT DIET introduces us to the microbiome – the collection of genes belonging to the bacteria that live inside our bodies. These bacteria impact just about every aspect of our lives, from food cravings and how our bodies store fat, to our emotions, our digestion and our immune system response. The good news is, by paying close attention to how you eat and how you live, you can influence how the microbiome behaves for the better. In other words, “Take care of your gut bacteria, and they’ll take care of you!”

We’ve all heard the statistics – roughly two thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese — but what hasn’t been talked about is the massive and rapid rise of digestive problems (often called “irritable bowel”) particularly in women. I’ve suffered from this for over 10 years now. Ugh. Now, new groundbreaking research shows that with the right diet, people can change their gut bacteria to more closely resemble the bacteria that helps keep lean people lean, and healthy.

Kathie Swift, aka: “the Gut Goddess” shares four weeks of delicious meal plans, healthy recipes and stress-reducing lifestyle to help banish gas and bloat, improve digestion, sharpen concentration, boost energy, clear up skin, and reduce tension and worry.

THE SWIFT DIET is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to a healthier way of life. Incorporating innovative research, a positive message and a delicious eating plan, THE SWIFT DIET will, at last, enable you to get the weight off and heal your belly – for good!

Below, is a quick and delicious quinoa recipe—an easy, back-to-school– meal for kids and parents that works well for the dinnertable or the lunchbox.

 

Quinoa Lentil Tabouli with Olive Herbed Pesto
Serves 3
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Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup of quinoa, rinsed and soaked
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 14½ ounce can lentils, trained
  4. 2 tablespoons Olive Herbed Pesto (below)
  5. 1 small cucumber
  6. 4 plum tomatoes, diced
  7. 1 carrot, diced
  8. 3 cups mesclun greens
For the pesto
  1. ½ cup fresh herbs, cleaned and loosely packed (basil, parsley, mint, cilantro, etc)
  2. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 2 tablespoons pitted olives
  4. 1 tablespoon miso
  5. 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  6. 2 tablespoons water
  7. ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, place the quinoa and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender. Set aside to cool.
  2. Mix the cooled quinoa and lentils with the pesto. Add in cucumber, tomato, and carrot.
  3. Place all of the Pesto ingredients in a blender or in the bowl of a small food processor and process until smooth.
  4. Serve over the greens.
Gluten Free Boston and Beyond http://glutenfreebostonandbeyond.com/
 

 

You can purchase The Swift Diet online here

 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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Cucina Aurora Rosemary and Oregano Infused Olive Oil


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This 100% Italian rosemary and oregano infused olive oil by Cucina Aurora combines the subtle, light and mellow flavor of rosemary and oregano that just tastes like home. The meditative, peaceful qualities of rosemary and oregano will embrace you when you call on the quiet healing power of this herb-infused oil. Loaded with sacred rosemary, a favorite therapeutic herb of health and happiness for the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, and complimented by warm, peaceful energy of oregano, this oil is designed to allow you to slow down and relax, banishing stress and negative energy and embracing love and peace.

Cucina Aurora imports olive oil from Italy, Tuscany to be exact.For the herbs to flavor the oil to their high standards it takes roughly 2-3 weeks for the herbal infusion process to be completed. I’ve used infused oils before but this one stand out to me because it actually has pieces of rosemary in it, giving it a stronger and fresher taste. 

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.

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This oil is flavorful yet subtle and can be combined with salads, or sauteed vegetables, or used as a spectacular starter for a chicken or vegetable soup stock. It is also excellent over roasted potatoes or chicken. 

Rosemary Oregano Potatoes
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 lbs. Potatoes (redskin or Idaho)
  2. 4 Tbs. Cucina Aurora Rosemary Oregano Infused OliveOil
  3. 1 tsp. salt
  4. 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  5. 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash potatoes and cut into wedges.
  3. In large bowl, combine all ingredients except the cheese. Make sure the potatoes are evenly coated with the oil.
  4. Place in ovenproof baking dish, and cook uncovered for 30-40 minutes. Test potatoes for doneness.
  5. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on potatoes and cook 5-10 more minutes until cheese is golden brown.
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Cucina Aurora oils are perfect at room temperature and should be stored with other cooking oils in your home; it should never be refrigerated. The infused oils have a shelf life of 1 year if they are not opened. Once opened, they are best if used in 6 months but may last longer.

These delicious artisanal infused olive oils are lovingly hand-made in the USA in Salem, New Hampshire and available in 12 oz glass bottle. 

Why should you buy Cucina Aurora Olive Oil?

Our owner, Dawn Hunt, AKA “The Kitchen Witch” starts every recipe with love and positive intentions. All of the recipes for Cucina Aurora’s products come right from her and have been thoroughly tested for the picky eater, the 5 minute meal maker, as well as the discerning chef.

It took many years for Dawn to perfect her Olive Oil infusions. She searched all over and tested many different types of oil from California, Spain and even Greece. But warmth and flavor of Italian olive oil was the perfect pairing for her fresh, authentic and delicious flavor infusions.

Unlike many oil infusions you may find, Cucina Aurora only uses 100% Olive Oil. Many other brands might use a combination of Canola, or Sunflower oil, Cucina Aurora NEVER uses oil blends. Not only do they love what they do, but they love our customers. They consider each and every customer family. 

You can purchase Cucina Aurora infused olive oils on Amazon for $19.99 (this includes free shipping). 

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.

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Celiac Awareness Month Day 27: WORLDFOODS Asian Fusion Sauces

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It’s the 27th day of Celiac Awareness Month and I am celebrating with some delicious flavors and Asian recipes that can replace take out any night of the week! 

WORLDFOODS is a pioneer in the Fusion and Asian food industry with a range of easy and convenient sauces that are 100% natural, gluten free, trans fat free and allergen free.   

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Each WORLDFOODS product is developed from local blends using 100% natural ingredients, traditional herbs and spices. They offer a range of fusion flavors whether you are a Chef or a busy homemaker; with a range of Asian sauces from Thailand, Malaysia, China and India. 

WORLDFOODS brings the comfort home with tasty, healthy and authentic home cooked meals, and helps reduce the amount of time you need to spend in the kitchen. Made with 100% natural ingredients and manufactured using hi-tech production methods guarantees the freshest quality in every bottle. A complete range of easy to use yet economical priced sauces carefully blended to give to you to experiment culinary creativity without the hassle of understanding and putting together an endless list of oriental herbs and spices.

WORLDFOODS produces a range of seven ready-made sauces totaling 51 variations in all, including; dipping sauces, pastes, noodle sauces, stir-fry, cooking sauces, marinades, chutneys and salad dressings. They never use preservatives or artificial flavorings, and ALL products are allergen free, trans fat free and GLUTEN FREE. WORLDFOODS range of “clean” products are suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and celiacs, and will tantalize your taste buds. 

I recently had the chance to try a few of their products and I was blown away with the freshness and flavor of each one. Jeremy said both meals I made tasted like take out. (I’m patting myself on the back.) I do have to say, he is right; the food tasted just how you would expect a curry dish to taste when ordering at an Asian restaurant. 

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Thai Green Curry Paste

A mild spicy paste with green chillies, authentic Thai coriander, lemon grass and other authentic spices. Perfect for preparing a quick and authentic Thai Green Curry with chicken and vegetables.

 

Green Curry Chicken and Vegetables
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  2. 1/2 small onion, chopped
  3. 1 can Lite Coconut Milk
  4. 3 Tablespoons vegetable or chicken stock
  5. 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  6. 1 jar WORLDFOODS Green Curry Paste
  7. 2 cups chopped vegetables, such as white potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans
  8. 3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  9. salt and pepper, to taste
  10. Jasmine Rice
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a medium to large saucepan over medium high heat and saute onion 3-5 minutes.
  2. Mix in coconut milk, stock, soy sauce and green curry paste and brown sugar in medium. Bring to boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add in vegetables and chicken; simmer 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.
  4. SERVE over cooked Jasmine Rice.
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Thai Masaman Curry Cooking Sauce

A mild heat Thai-Muslim influenced curry with the sweetness of coconut milk and tangy notes of tamarind. Its unique taste and mild spice renders this curry a favorite among many.

What’s so great about the cooking sauces is all you have to do is simply add meat, seafood or vegetables to the sauce for a complete meal in minutes!

Chicken Masaman Curry
Serves 3
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Ingredients
  1. 1 jar (340g) of WORLDFOODS Thai Masaman Curry Sauce
  2. 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  3. 1 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into strips
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or frying pan and sauté boneless chicken breast for 4 - 5 minutes or until cooked.
  2. Add WORLDFOODS Thai Masaman Curry Sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer over low to medium heat for 15 -20 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  3. Serve with Thai fragrant rice or noodles.
Notes
  1. I also added carrots and green beans to this dish in step two.
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Both products I tried are mild. This is indicated on each bottle with a red pepper. One pepper = mild, Three peppers = HOT. I also received two HOT sauces, but I found the mild to be a little spicy so I am staying away from those! 

 

You can purchase WORLDFOODS products at major grocery chains across the country. Click here for a list of retail locations. You can also purchase all products 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.

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CELIAC AWARENESS MONTH Day 4: Skinny Noodles Kale Spaghetti-style Shirataki Giveaway

Today I am highlighting Genki USA’s newest product – Skinny Noodles Kale Spaghetti-style Shirataki to celebrate Day 4 of Celiac Awareness Month!

Last summer I was introduced to Genki USA Inc., maker of America’s Skinny Noodles brand shirataki products, and was fortunate enough to partner with them for a post and sampled their delicious low calorie and no calorie shirataki noodles. And I am excited to be working with them again!

On April 1st, Genki launched their newest gluten-free innovation: Skinny Noodles Kale Spaghetti-style Shirataki. The all natural, pre-cooked, spaghetti-shaped shirataki with kale is weight-loss and diabetic-friendly with only 15 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrates, no fat, and 3 grams of filling fiber.

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Increasingly popular, nutrient-rich kale has been on plates since Roman times. Like shirataki, kale is a good source of fiber. Now Genki USA combines kale and shirataki in new Skinny Noodles Kale Spaghetti-style Shirataki. With a vibrant, fresh color and mild flavor, Kale Spaghetti-style Shirataki is ready-to-eat right from the package: Just drain; rinse well with warm water; then parboil, microwave, or pan fry for 2-3 minutes if desired. Unlike many other brands of shirataki noodles, all Skinny Noodles products including new Kale Spaghetti-style Shirataki are made in America, soy-free (tofu-free), gluten free, vegan, and suitable for those following the popular paleo diet.

With 4 grams carbs, 3 grams of fiber, and just 15 calories per serving, Skinny Noodles’ shirataki kale spaghetti is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy delicious pasta dishes without the guilt. These tasty, gluten free kale spaghetti noodles can be used in any recipe that calls for traditional spaghetti, or you can get creative and make a dish all your own! I was worried at first that it wouldn’t been filling enough, and I’d still be hungry. But after a big bowl of these noodles and bolognese sauce I was full!

Skinny Noodles low-carb kale spaghetti couldn’t be easier to prepare, and once you’ve given them a try, you’ll never want to go back to carb-heavy, calorie-rich traditional pastas again. 

Skinny Noodles Creamy Avocado Pasta
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Ingredients
  1. 2 8 oz packages Skinny Noodles Kale Spaghetti
  2. 1-3 garlic cloves
  3. 1/4 C chopped fresh basil
  4. 1 medium ripe and pitted avocado
  5. 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  7. Kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse Skinny Noodles thoroughly.
  2. Parboil Skinny Noodles for 2-3 minutes, drain and set aside.
  3. Place garlic and basil in food processor; pulse to mince.
  4. Add avocado, oil, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon water to food processor, and process until combined thoroughly.
  5. If sauce is too thick, add another tablespoon of water.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Toss sauce with warm Skinny Noodles and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Per Serving: 175 calories, 16g fat, 9g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 2g protein
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Right now, Skinny Noodles Kale Spaghetti-style Shirataki are 15% off and use promo code FIR10 to save 10% off all other non-sale orders!

Shirataki, Japanese for “white waterfall” after the noodles’ appearance, is made from the root of the Asian konnyaku or konjac plant, which consists primarily of a dietary fiber called glucomannan. Food products made from the root have been consumed in Japan and China for thousands of years. “New Skinny Noodles Kale Spaghetti is a quick, healthy option to replace traditional pasta and reduce calories and carbohydrates,” said Susan Bucher, President/COO of Genki USA. “Not only is it suitable for weight and diabetes management – it’s also a good source of dietary fiber and gluten free.”

Konnyaku root and shirataki are rich in dietary fiber that soaks up hunger. In the digestive track, the glucomannan fiber “sponges” up water, helping create a full feeling without gas or bloating. The fiber also reduces the absorption of carbohydrates and cholesterol to support weight loss.

Under the brand name Skinny Noodles, Genki USA Inc. offers six all natural shirataki items made from konnyaku root: Spaghetti, Angel Hair, Spinach Fettuccine, Macaroni, Rice, and new Kale Spaghetti. All of the items are low carbohydrate with 0-15 calories, no fat, and 3 or more grams of fiber per serving. 

Pre-cooked Skinny Noodles Shirataki is a quick, healthy alternative to regular pasta, white rice, potatoes, and bread. To cut calories and carbohydrates, use Skinny Noodles Shirataki in place of all or half of the traditional starchy foods.

Right now, Skinny Noodles Kale Spaghetti-style Shirataki are 15% off and use promo code FIR10 to save 10% off all other non-sale orders!

Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win a 6-pack of Skinny Noodles! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway will end on May 20, 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.