hummustir – Fresh Hummus. On Demand.

hummustir, fresh hummus on demand. Baruvi Fresh, an innocative health food production company, launched its first line of healthy snacks with hummustir, a USDA certified organic hummus. Hummustir offers a truly authentic dip and spread with less calories than competing brands. Unlike its pre-made competitors, hummustir uses only natural, non-GMO ingredients, free of MSG, preservatives and harsh chemicals. With hummustir, you see exactly what’s going into your snack. Just roll the ingredients out of their packets, stir and enjoy! Each pouch contains a fresh ingredient – chickpea puree, tahini and spices. Simply open each one, mix, and enjoy delicious hummus instantly.


Hummustir has a shelf life of 12 months because of its state-of-the-art packaging and does not need to be refrigerated until it is opened and made. Hummustir comes in a container that can also be used as a mixing and serving bowl. Three packets are inside; each contain a fresh ingredient needed to make hummus. Once mixed, you have instant hummus that can be served with fresh veggies, crackers or your favorite hummus dipping foods!


Hummustir is available in three flavors:

  • Classic – a simple, smooth creamy hummus
  • Mediterranean – creamy hummus with a tangy twist of lime and garlic
  • Village – creamy hummus with a traditional touch of garlic and cumin. 

It’s fresh. There’s no pasty, chunky or gritty taste. There are no preservatives, no “stuff” you don’t recognize – just simple pure ingredients!


One serving of hummus has 45 calories, up to a third less than any other available hummus brand. Each serving is packed with 2 grams of protein.

Hummustir is great to take on vacation, camping, to the beach or can be enjoyed at work or home by yourself or with a large group. 

The idea for hummustir was conceived a few decades ago, in the Kruvi family’s popular Mediterranean restaurant in Israel. Known for their hummus, patrons would line up outside the family’s restaurant for a taste of the fresh, creamy dish. After taking over a hummus restaurant from his father, Alon developed a passion for creating real, authentic hummus, free of preservatives and fillers, for all to enjoy. Recognizing that hummus tastes yummiest when freshly made, Alon decided to share that experience with the rest of the world. Teaming up with Rakesh Barmecha and Vineet Bokaria, hummus lovers and successful business entrepreneurs, the trio developed hummustir – a healthy, deconstructed hummus product offering consumers an authentic dip and spread unlike anything on the market!

Hummustir is available in 12 oz. portions at local grocery stores and 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.


Bear Pond Farm Organic-Herb Pesto Sauces and Queso Dip // Giveaway

The Patriots are going to the Superbowl [again]!!!! And I couldn’t be more excited. If you’ve read my blog, you know I love the Patriots and when your team is in the Superbowl it makes it that much more fun to have a Superbowl party with your friends. 

Superbowl parties are not only about the game but also the food. Well, Bear Pond Farms has come out with a new product, heat-and-serve queso cheese dips, just in time for game day!


Bear Pond Farms is located in Glastonbury, CT and has been making gluten free pesto sauces and dips for 13 years. The pesto sauces capture that sparkling-green awesomeness—in uniquely flavorful and mindful ways. Made with organic herbs, non-GMO oil, and sheep’s milk pecorino romano cheese, 80 tons of pesto are sold annually to retailers nationwide. They also make two vegan pesto varieties if dairy isn’t your thing. Bear Pond Farms newest product line are also made with high quality, better for you ingredients. 

A perfect game day nosh, the heat-and-serve queso cheese dips are SO MUCH better for you than most cheese dips on the market. The dips are free of gluten, MSG, DATEM, artificial flavors, are lower in sodium and come in BPA-free packaging.  


These queso dips come in three flavors:

  • Original
  • Jalapeno Flavor
  • Chorizo Flavor

What a difference quality ingredients make! This is nothing like other pre-made queso dips I’ve tried before. It tastes real and it tastes goodThe original flavor had a slight kick while the Jalapeno really packed the heat. The chorizo flavor was a little too strong for me, but our friends devoured it during the AFC Championship game. I plan on serving it again during the game because I know it is a crowd pleaser. And you can too!! Three lucky reader will win all 3 flavors of queso dip! To enter, simply leave a comment below. For extra entries, follow me on Instagram, and Like Bear Pond Farms on facebook. This giveaway will end on Sunday, January 29th at 11:59pm EST and is open to US residents only. 


The pestos and quesos are lab tested <20 ppm gluten. Though they are made at a MA packer that is not a gluten free facility, it is SQF2 certified with preventatives in place to prevent ingredient cross-contamination.

You can purchase Bear Pond Farm products via Amazon and at Whole Foods, select Big Y Supermarkets, and dozens of other retailers throughout the country. Click here for a full list of retail locations. 

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.


Fourth Creek Foods’ Hint of Habanero Sweet Red Pepper Relish

Born in New Jersey and grown in Brooklyn, Fourth Creek Foods products are inspired by the belief that great food connects people through shared experiences and occasions, creating new and lasting memories with friends and family. 


Extremely versatile and well balanced, Fourth Creek Foods’ Sweet Red Pepper Relish is a pantry staple that can be used as a condiment or ingredient to add a sweet, tangy, and fresh flavor to elevate any dish, at every occasion.

Fourth Creek Foods’ newest product, Hint of Habanero Sweet Red Pepper Relish, adds just the right amount of “hot” to kick up the sweet, tangy versatility of the Original Sweet Red. Just like the original, it pairs with nearly every dish, at any occasion. This all in one condiment can be used as a party dip, mixed into a burger or pasta sauce, as an ingredient to spice up your meatloaf, topped on grilled fish and much more!


Both Relishes can be purchased online for $6.99. They are also available for sale in retail locations (including select Whole Foods) throughout New Jersey, New York, New England, and nationwide at BED BATH & BEYOND – WORLD MARKET DEPARTMENTS. 

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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Product Review: JD’s Salsa Seasoning Mix

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JD’s Salsa Seasoning Mix is the perfect blend of the all-natural spices needed to make a variety of Fresh Homemade Salsa Recipes in 30 seconds.

JD’s is a family owned company based in Coon Rapids, MN. They’ve been around for only about three years, so they are still pretty new.

JD’s Salsa Seasoning Mix comes in two varieties: Mild and Hot. It is super easy to make. All you need is a 14.5 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes. Add 2 tablespoons salsa seasoning, mix, and voilà, you have a bowl of salsa ready to serve and eat in only 30 seconds.


I really enjoyed JD’s salsa and its authentic Southwestern salsa taste. The mild had a slight kick while the hot was too spicy for me handle! The texture is a bit different from the brands I usually buy, but that didn’t bother me. The one thing I noticed was I could still see the spices; they weren’t absorbed that well into the tomatoes and liquid. It didn’t bother me but Jeremy didn’t like this.



A 1 quart size jar of JD’s is enough to make 25 – 30 one cup servings. Great Savings compared to expensive store bought brands, which cost anywhere from $2.99 and up. JD’s salsa costs less than 80 cents per cup serving!

The seasoning mix also comes in an easy to use table shaker. You can add it to all your favorite dishes and recipes such as spice rubs for beef, pork & poultry, soups, chili, hot dishes, seafood, pastas and much more. Click here for a ton of fantastic recipes. Bringing flavor and fun back into food without all the gluten, sugar, msg, cholesterol, fat, and excessive salt found in other brands. JD’s salsa has zero calories and no preservatives.


JD’s does more than just salsa. JD’s also offers a Bloody Mary Mix. The mix is the perfect blend of all natural spices and seasonings needed to make the perfect bloody mary. I am waiting for the weekend to try this, stay tuned for an update next week!

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JD’s Salsa and Bloody Mary products can be purchased via their online store.

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



Restaurant Review: Cask ‘n Flagon Ups Culinary Game with New Menu and Gluten Free Options

Cask ‘n Flagon Ups Culinary Game
Executive Chef Donely Liburd dishes out a revamped menu at Fenway landmark restaurant.image001-11

Executive Chef Donley Liburd is stepping up the culinary game at Fenway landmark, Cask ‘n Flagon, by debuting a revamped menu. Chef Liburd’s new menu items exhibit his culinary flair and BBQ expertise and will complement signature Cask favorites – such as wings, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. What’s more? Cask ‘n Flagon boasts a 100% nut-free kitchen and most menu items are available gluten-free.IMG_6222

I had the chance to sit down with Chef Liburd and talk with him about his new menu, the gluten free options, the gluten free procedures in place at Cask ‘n Flagon, and sample some of the delicious gluten free options.

For starters, Chef Liburd will dish out appetizers such as: Black Bean Hummus (pico de gallo, guacamole, gluten free pita chips – $10) and, P.E.I. Mussels (pan roasted with Andouille sausage, fresh corn, diced onion and tomato finished with a fresh herb-butter sauce – $12.25). There are also new salads including the Roasted Beet Salad (red & golden beets, Vermont goat cheese, red wine vinaigrette, mixed greens – $10). IMG_6204From the grill, Chef Liburd will serve up newcomers like: Filet Mignon (7oz filet served on an herb cheese crostini, drizzled with red wine demi sauce and topped with herb butter and fried onion strings, served with potato croquettes and vegetable of the day – $24); Braised Short Rib (15oz short rib slow cooked for four hours served with mashed potatoes and beer battered onion rings – $24); Grilled Porterhouse Pork Chop (12oz grilled porterhouse pork chop topped with an apple and bacon chutney glaze served with sweet potato au gratin – $18.50); and, Chicken Jambalaya (Andouille sausage, blackened chicken, fresh corn, peppers and rice in a spicy tomato stew with fresh herbs – $13.75). All are gluten free.

For those looking to get their BBQ on, Cask ‘n Flagon offers the “Big D’s BBQ” menu, which is 100% gluten free. Options include: BBQ Beef Brisket (slow-smoked for eight hours – $15.75) and Baby Back Ribs (full rack of tender, falling-off the bone BBQ pork ribs – $19).

Chef Liburd also is giving diners a taste of Italy right in Fenway with his fresh pasta lineup. Also available with gluten-free penne, new pasta selections are: Chicken Piccata (pan seared chicken breast with a white wine, lemon, caper butter sauce served over gluten free penne – $15.50); Spicy Shrimp & Sausage (sautéed shrimp and Andouille sausage tossed in a spicy cream sauce served over cheese grits – $16.50); and an old favorite Pasta Primavera (roasted vegetable hash with squash, zucchini, red pepper, green pepper, crimini mushroom, garlic and red onion, roasted and finished with fresh herbs and crushed red pepper, tossed with penne pasta – $14). IMG_6215

Gluten free pizza and burgers are also available on Udi’s pizza crust and buns.IMG_6212

The Fenway Burger (Half pound Certified Angus Beef burger topped with Applewood smoked bacon and Vermont cheddar cheese – $11.75) was super flavorful and delicious – and I don’t usually like burgers! IMG_6217

Burgers are available with your choice of a side; the sweet potato fries and French fries can be roasted or pan fried, rather than fried in oil, to avoid cross contamination.  The sweet potato fries are delicious, as are the homemade pickles that were served with my burger.IMG_6214

Cask ‘n Flagon is a scratch kitchen. All sauces and marinades are made in house, and each dish is made to order. This is the primary reason Chef Liburd does not offer a specific “Gluten Free Menu.” He didn’t want to limit customers with gluten allergies to only a few options. Since all items are made to order, anything that isn’t already gluten fee can be modified and customized to meet your dietary needs. (With a few exceptions including the onion rings, vegetable burger, crab cakes, Fish and Chips, Asian Stir Fry and a few other appetizers).

Although Chef Liburd knows every ingredient that goes into every single dish, he makes sure he and his kitchen staff cross reference all products every time, even the ketchup. “You can never be too sure,” he says.

Very few items cooked on the grill contain gluten, but the chefs clean it before each gluten free meal is cooked. The kitchen staff and floor staff are all trained. Chef Liburd has spent a lot of time on training and server education. Our waitress Holly, was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and the gluten free options, I was very impressed.

Chef Liburd didn’t want to Cask ‘N Flagon to only be known for a few dishes; he wanted everything to be good. And he certainly has upped the food game. We were blown away with the quality of the food; everything was fresh and flavorful, and the portions were large.

New Planet beer is available for gluten free beer lovers. But I recommend trying the house Cask Sangria (Cruzan Citrus Rum, Cruzan Raspberry Rum, Peach Schnapps, fresh lemon juice with house made simple syrup and Cabernet – $7) or Harvest Sangria (Apple Jack, Domain De Canton – a French ginger liquor – Sauvignon Blanc, juices, and cinnamon cordial – $8). Both were light and refreshing, not too sweet, and the perfect for summer or fall, respectively. IMG_6201

And make sure you save room for dessert! Gluten Free dessert options include the Flourless Chocolate Torte and the Butterscotch Crème Brulee, and neither will leave you disappointed. IMG_6220 IMG_6209

Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Crab Cakes and Remoulade Sauce Gluten Free & Dairy Free

These gluten free crab cakes are easy to make and have all the flavor of traditional crab cakes. IMG_5992

Crab Cakes

16 oz jumbo lump crab
¼ cup green onion
1 red pepper, finely diced
½ onion, finely diced
1 celery stalk, finely diced
1-2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup mayo
2-3 Dashes Tabasco sauce
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon Chili Sauce
1 box Glutino Gluten Free Vegetable Crackers
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat 1 Tablespoon Oil. Sauté vegetables until translucent.
  2. Let vegetable mixture cool completely.
  3. Finely grind the crackers in a food processor.
  4. Once cooled, mix the vegetable mixture with the crab, green onions, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, Tabasco, chili sauce, Old Bay, salt and pepper.
  5. Form crab mixture into approximately 12-14 patties.
  6. In a skillet or griddle, brown crab cakes on both sides for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown.
  7. Bake crab cakes at 375F for 12-15 minutes, until hot all the way through.
  8. Serve warm with slice of lemon and remoulade sauce (recipe below). IMG_5989

Remoulade Sauce

1 celery stalk, diced
½ cup mayo
1 Tablespoon Dijon
I Tablespoon chili sauce
1/8 cup chopped olives
1 teaspoon minced garlic
juice of ½ lemon
¼ cup green onion
3-4 dashes of Tabasco sauce
salt and pepper to taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Serve Chilled with crab cakes. Enjoy!


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Product Review: Boyajian Infused Oils, Vinegars and so much more.

Olive oil is a staple ingredient in my kitchen. It some how ends up making its way into almost everything I cook. When I was offered to review Boyajian’s products, including some of their infused olive oils I was thrilled.Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.17.56 PMDrawing on his Armenian heritage and family traditions, John Boyajian developed a line of infused olive oils using the finest quality olive oils from Italy and Spain. For more than 25 years, Boyajian has been making gourmet all-natural infused olive oils, vinegars, vinaigrette, Asian oils, citrus oils, natural flavorings and extracts. Although the oils are imported, the infusing and bottling processes happen in Boyajian’s Canton, Massachusetts manufacturing facility.IMG_5255

Boyajian slowly infuses 100% pure olive oil with fresh herbs and spices for an incomparable aroma and flavor. Boyajian oils are wonderful for sautéing, dressing salads and pasta, dipping focaccia into, making vinaigrettes and marinades, or simply for drizzling on your favorite dish. The oils have a shelf life of 2 years when kept away from sunlight. Flavors include:  Basil, Oregano, Chili, Scallion, Jalapeño, Chipotle, Rosemary, Garlic, and Habanero. I tried three:

Basil Oil

Drizzle this aromatic oil, made with fresh basil, on pizza; add it to your favorite tomato sauce, pasta, or soup; or use it as a dipping oil with crusty bread. Last night I used the basil oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and thyme to make a marinade for chicken. I was worried it would be too ‘’oily,’’ but that was not the case at all. The chicken was flavorful and tender.IMG_5259

Garlic Oil

An excellent alternative to fresh garlic, this oil has a consistent aroma and flavor in any application. Sadly, we used the entire bottle in less than one month. (that’s how much we loved it.)IMG_5256

Chipotle Oil

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Boyajian’s line of fine imported vinegars, pure fruit juices, fresh herbs and spices include:  Raspberry, Maple, Balsamic, Pomegranate, and Sweet Cider Vinegar, as well as Balsamic Vinegar Cocoa, Cherry, Coffee, and Fig.  Shelf life is indefinite when kept in a cool, dry place.Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.57.20 PM

Balsamic Cherry Vinegar

Premium quality cherry juice is added to Boyajian’s signature Balsamic Vinegar. Rich in flavor, long in finish, it’s a classic with duck or venison and it tastes really good over vanilla ice cream!

Boyajian also features a line of Asian inspired oils: Toasted Sesame, Peanut, Hot Chili, Wasabi, Wasabi Sesame, and Plum vinegar.  These are ideal for sautéing; making dressings, sauces, and marinades; or as a finishing touch on your favorite Asian dish.  These cold pressed oils have a deep nutty flavor and aroma.

Sweet Plum Vinegar

Made from ripe, sweet plums, this vinegar creates a great flavor combination with toasted sesame oil for an Asian-style marinade/dressing, or mixes well with garlic oil for a Mediterranean flair.

Boyajian’s line of dipping oils are packed with colorful herbs and spices that taste as good as they look and are sure to jazz up your table. The flavorful vinaigrettes transform the salad course into a main event.

Italian Herb Dipping Oil

This oil is made using only the highest quality garden oregano, rosemary, and basil along with garlic, chilies, and salt. I really enjoyed this oil and when I was eating it with some nice gluten free bread, I felt like I was dining in a North End restaurant!

Boyajian has been honored with five of Boston Magazine’s prestigious “Best of Boston” awards. Products are sold in all 50 states and in several other countries.

Boyajian products can be found in retail stores and specialty grocers nationwide and around the world. They can also be ordered directly from their website, where you can find some great recipes too!

There is nothing more exciting than finding an ingredient that is simple to use, but completely transforms a dish. What Boyajian has done with its infused oils is extraordinary. The level of taste and quality of these products is remarkable. I can’t imagine not using the oils when I cook. It has truly changed my kitchen.

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

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Product Review: Vegan & Gluten Free Nacheez

There are a number of gluten free and vegan quesos on the market right now, which makes it easier for me to be dairy free and still enjoy some of my favorite foods, nachos being one of them.Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 12.59.44 PM

When my three Nacheez samples arrived in the mail I invited my friend Becca over to do a tasting with me. There is no one better than Becca (who has been a vegan for years) to tell me how these compare to other vegan cheeses.

Not only is nacheez gluten free but it is also soy free and low in fat. Nacheez is a good source of vitamins B6 and B12, has no cholesterol, and only 20 calories per serving and 140 calories per jar. So if you eat the whole jar in one sitting, it’s really not that bad!Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 12.55.39 PM

The cheeses are made with a cashew base, which gave this sauce a creamy, thick consistency and velvety texture. The texture reminded me of the Tostitos cheese sauce my friends used to buy in college, but without the chemical aftertaste. Roasted red peppers give it a reddish hue and fresh taste.

Nacheez comes in three varieties: mild, medium, and spicy.  IMG_4126

Mild – A very light cheez sauce similar to a hollandaise sauce. Good for mac n cheese or 7 layer dip.

Medium – Similar to the mild Nacheez, but with the added flavor of green chilies to give it a nacho flavor but without the kick. We really enjoyed this one with our corn tortilla chips, and it would also be good on top of chili.

Spicy – This one has Anaheim peppers and jalapeños, which gave it a nice punch of heat.  We also enjoyed eating this with tortilla chips.IMG_4127

Overall I think this product is a winner in the vegan cheese category. Nacheez is not yet available in Massachusetts’s stores, but you can purchase it through their online shop or online at Spencer’s Market.

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


Bob’s Red Mill Review & GIVEAWAY

I am a big fan of Bob’s Red Mill. Bob’s makes a whole line of gluten free flours; including rice flours, bean flours, teff flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour, oat flour and many more. I regularly use Bob’s Red Mill baking mixes and flours, and I love their gluten free oats.Screen Shot 2013-08-01 at 10.54.16 AM

For over 30 years, Bob’s has been committed to providing the very best in Gluten Free flours, cereals, baking mixes, and grains. Every product is tested upon delivery, during production and after packaging. To insure the integrity of their gluten free products, Bob’s Red Mill adheres to a standard of no more than 19 parts per million of gluten. Separate machinery and packaging division are used to insure the purity of their products.

Bob’s was kind enough to send me three gluten free products: black bean flour, gluten free cornbread mix, and gluten free oats.IMG_3784

The first thing I made was the cornbread. It wasn’t sweet like Jiffy Mix, but it was certainly was not bitter. It cooked up moist and delicious. The texture was a bit denser and drier than I remember cornbread being, but it still tasted great. I think the recipe (on the back of the bag) just needs a little bit more liquid and the cornbread would be perfect. I made a loaf and a few muffins, which rose quite a bit; I was so surprised! IMG_3933Black Bean Flour is high in protein (8g), dietary fiber (5g) and a good source of iron (10%), magnesium (16%), and phosphorous (16%).

Before today, I had never cooked or baked with black bean flour. I was excited to try something new, but I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with it. Luckily, Bob’s Red Mill provides recipe suggestions on the back of the package, and I made the black bean dip. IMG_3785Black Bean Dip


  • ¾ cup Bob’s Red Mill Black Bean Flour
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups hot water
  • ½ cup salsa


Whisk black bean flour with cumin, chili powder and salt into the hot water. Stir 1 minute while cooking over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium low; cover and cook for 4 minutes. Add ½ cup of your favorite salsa or picante sauce. The mixture thickens as it cools. Make sure to stir once every few minutes. Let cool 15 minutes if serving as a dip. Makes 3 cups.

The dip tasted exactly like black beans! Yes, I know it is made with black bean flour, but I wasn’t expecting the flavor to be so strong and tasty. You can also use black bean flour as part of your baking mixes for chocolate cakes and brownies. Try substituting up to 25% in your flour mix to add protein, fiber, and iron.

The organic quinoa Bob’s makes is small-grained quinoa and is pre-rinsed.  This is important because quinoa grows covered with a layer of a bitter substance, that you always need to rinse this off before cooking. But beware! Even though it says it is pre-washed, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash it again. I always rinse my quinoa before cooking, whether it was done already or not.

For those of you unfamiliar with quinoa, it is a nutrient rich grain that was a staple food of the ancient Incas’ diet. Quinoa is a good source of iron, protein, and essential amino acids. Quinoa is actually a seed but is cooked and used like a whole grain. It makes a great substitute for couscous or barley in tabouli. Bob’s Red Mill quinoa is delicious on it’s own and has an earthy flavor.

My favorite quinoa recipe is Quinoa with sautéed apples and Almonds.quinoa apple

– 1 cup quinoa
– 2 teaspoons olive oil
– 3/4 cup chopped onion
– 3/4 cup finely diced carrots
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– 1 cup chicken broth (vegetarian version: vegetable broth)
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– 2 cups diced unpeeled apples
– 1/4 cup slivered almonds
– 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in warm water.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a saucepan over med-high heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender and carrots begin to brown.
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.
While the quinoa is simmering, in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, heat 1 teaspoon oil. Add the apples, almonds and pepper to quinoa and toss to combine. Serve warm.

This is also great cold over spinach salads!

You can check out my other quinoa recipes here:

Spinach Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Almondsquinoacherries


Quinoa and Rice Summer Saladquinoasummer


Cumin scented Black Rice and Quinoacumin

Now for the Giveaway! One lucky reader will win the same 3 products I received; Cornbread Mix, Black Bean Flour, and Organic Quinoa.

Enter below using the Rafflecopter for a chance to win these delicious Bob’s Red Mill products!

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This Giveaway ends on August 7, 2013 at 12:00am  EST. Open to U.S. residents only.

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


Gluten Free Green Bean Basil Pate

This morning my mom gave me a about 2 pounds of green beans from our garden, we were both surprised how many green beans were growing in October! And what was I going to do with a giant bag of green beans? Inspired by a pea pate I bought a few weeks ago at Sowa Market, made by Guy’s Healthy Home Cooking I tried to make my own tonight.

Before I get to the recipe, I have to say I love Guy’s pates and spreads. I tried all 6 varities: Pea Spread, Walnuts Spread, Labane Cheese, Hummus, Feta Spread, Marinated Eggplant with Basil and Garlic. The pea spread was by far my favorite, but at $7 for an 8 oz. container (prices range $5-$10), it is not something I will buy regularly, unfortunately. I used the pate with my gluten free penne in place of sauce, and I also used it as a vegetable dip. And just to be clear, my recipe below tastes nothing like Guy’s, but it’s a good close second now that the market is over for the season.


1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed (about 3 cups)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, coarsely chopped (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 hard-boiled egg whites
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil (or 1 teaspoon dried Basil)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon tahini
seasoned salt and pepper to taste


1. Cook the greens beans in boiling water for about 10 minutes until just tender. Simultaneously, boil three eggs. 2. In a skillet, heat oil, add onion and garlic and saute until softened and begins to golden. Cool.

3. In a food processor or with a food chopper, mix the green beans, onions, garlic, eggs, basil, lemon, salt and pepper until roughly pureed. Add in tahini and mix again. Add a little more if needed to hold mixture together.

4. Chill

Serving suggestions:

– Spread on crackers or bread
– Dip vegetables (just like hummus)
– Use as a sauce or dressing in a salad or with steamed vegetables

As Salad Dressing

As a dip for vegetables