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May 1 2015

Recipe: Roasted Corn Salad

Welcome to May! I have another delicious recipe to share with you all that is perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. This one comes to use from Just Mayo. Just Mayo is the perfect alternative to traditional mayo as it is cholesterol-free, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and Kosher. 

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Roasted Corn Salad

Ingredients

  • 5 ears corn
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cups green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 6 tablespoons Just MayoTM Chipotle
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon oil
  • Cilantro for garnish

Over medium heat on a barbecue, roast the corn until nicely caramelized (8 minutes). Brush barbeque grill with oil. Cut red onion in half and grill face-down until caramelized (4 mintues). Once cooled, cut the kernels off the cob. Dice onion. Combine corn, green bell pepper and onion in a bowl.In a separate bowl, mix together Just MayoTM Chipotle, lime juice and salt until incorporated. Toss the grilled corn, onion and bell pepper with the dressing and mix thoroughly.

Enjoy!

Just Mayo products can be found in grocery stores across the US


Apr 29 2015

Cinco de Mayo Recipes from Crunchmaster

Cinco de Mayo, or May 5th, is right around the corner. How will you celebrate? Will you head out to your favorite Mexican restaurant? It is often easy to dine out at Mexican restaurants as many dishes are corn based. Will you make a Mexican dish at home?  Make sure to check out this list of Mexican meals for Cinco de Mayo.   Many dishes can be dressed up with guacamole (easy to make and naturally gluten-free) and/or salsa (also naturally gluten-free) for a Mexican twist. Try adding salsa to your baked potato or grilled chicken for something different.

For a new twist on Cinco de Mayo, check out these recipes below courtesy of Crunchmaster. They spotlight Crunchmaster Crackers in three different ways. 

TostadaQuinoa Taco Salad

White Bean Tostadas with Pistachio Sage Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh limes, halved
  • 3 scallions, sliced into ¼ inch pieces
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1/6 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
  • 4 corn tortillas 
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Crunchmaster Original Multi-Seed Crackers, crushed
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 2 cups mixed salad greens
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 tsp. hummus
  • 2 tsp. salsa
  • 1 tbsp. fresh orange zest
  • Greek plain yogurt, for serving

Directions:

Squeeze limes into a medium bowl; add scallions and 1 Tbsp. of oil, salt and pepper; toss to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill.Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Arrange tortillas on two baking sheets; brush both sides with remaining olive oil. Spread beans and quinoa over tortillas. Top with grape tomatoes, Crunchmaster Crackers, avocado, salad greens, pistachios, orange juice, parsley and hummus. Bake until golden brown, approximately 10-12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.Remove from oven; top with salsa, orange zest chilled lime mixture and Greek yogurt.

Quinoa Cilantro Taco Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • 5 fresh chives
  • ½ cup cabbage, shredded
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks 
  • 1 cup Crunchmaster Roasted Garlic Multi-Seed Crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 papaya, cut into 1/4-inch slices

Directions:

Combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, cumin, chili powder, sea salt, poppy seeds and quinoa in a large mixing bowl; gently toss to combine.In a large serving bowl, add mixed salad greens; top with quinoa mixture. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Serve.

Crunchmaster crackers come in a wide variety of flavors and can be found in health food and grocery stores across the US. Visit the Crunchmaster website for coupons and more information about the crackers. 


Apr 27 2015

Gluten-Free Snack Options at CVS

CVS has a brand named “Gold Emblem Abound” that offers affordable healthier snack options. It is nice to see that there are more than just junk food options available there, as I know I have fallen into that trap when I just run in to pick up a prescription. Not all of those products in the line are gluten-free, but there are several in the line-up that are. We received four different products from the line to sample and review.

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  • Barbecue Flavored Rice Crisps
  • Sea Salt Flavored Baked Rice Thins
  • Lime & Black Pepper Flavored Rice Thins
  • Cranberry Almond Rice Pop Clusters

In addition to being certified gluten-free, these products are also low in cholesterol or cholesterol free and low in saturated fat or low sodium. While each and every one of the products is tasty, the Cranberry Almond Rice Pop Clusters are my favorite. Look for Gold Emblem Abound products in CVS stores across the US. You can find a coupon for $1.00 off here.

Have you tried any of the Gold Emblem Abound Products? If so, which ones? What did you think? I love that there are options like this available.

*These products were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.


Apr 24 2015

Not All Gluten-Free Created Equal

Following a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean that whatever food you choose that is gluten-free is going to be healthy. Some gluten-free specialty food items may be healthy and contain good ingredients, while others may contain higher amounts of sugar, fat and ingredients you can’t pronounce. It is important to get whole grains in your diet and that can be more difficult with the gluten-free diet, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of gluten-free whole grains to choose from and many companies are now using them in their gluten-free products. 

Van’s International Foods, Inc has been a great source for gluten-free breakfast items for years now. They have a commitment to simple, high-quality, wholesome ingredients, making their gluten-free products a smart choice. Below you can find some tips from Van’s on what to look for when choosing products in the grocery store. 

  • Gluten-free certification from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. This program of the Gluten Intolerance Group requires a higher standard for gluten-free products than the guidelines recently set by the Food and Drug Administration. The GFCO combines the process of stringent supplier and ingredient audits with regular on-site monitoring and inspections to ensure standards are met and to provide consumers added assurance about manufacturer compliance.   
  • Whole Grain Stamp. People following a gluten-free diet can still enjoy the recommended 48 grams or more per day of healthy whole grains such as quinoa, amaranth, teff, millet, brown rice and gluten-free oats. The Whole Grains Council educates consumers and provides ease at the shelf for consumers who are looking for good whole-grain options with its official stamp that clearly shows how many grams of whole grains a product contains.   
  • Simple ingredients. Gluten-free foods should be tasty and nutritious in their own right, without artificial flavors or ingredients often used to make up for lack of gluten. Look for simple, wholesome ingredients like flavorful whole grains and fruit juice for sweetness.   
  • Other dietary callouts. Some people with gluten sensitivities may have other special dietary needs as well. Look for symbols that indicate if a product is dairy-free, egg-free or corn-free. Other callouts may include kosher or vegan.

Van’s has a wide variety of gluten-free products to choose from. They started out with just gluten-free waffles and have expanded the line to include French toast sticks, pancakes, crackers, cereal, chips, pasta and snack bars. Look for Van’s Gluten-Free products in health food and grocery stores across the US


Apr 22 2015

Review: Free for All Kitchen GF Brownie Thins

Mother’s Day, graduation parties and Memorial Day are right around the corner. This means get togethers, parties and cookouts and navigating foods that are safe for the gluten-free diet. If you are attending a function where they are serving food, offer to bring a dish to share that is gluten-free. If you are hosting, make the entire menu or spread gluten-free to solve cross contamination issues. 

Free for All Gluten-Free Brownie Thins are perfect for any celebration. They can be served alone or with a dip. Dress them up by spreading them with strawberry cream cheese and then topping with a sliced strawberry. 

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Ingredients: Cassava flour, cane sugar, buttermilk (cultured low fat milk, sodium citrate, salt, vitamin A, palmitate, vitamin D3), butter (cream, salt), cocoa powder, five whole grain gluten-free flour (amaranth, quinoa, millet, sorghum, teff) expeller pressed non-GMO canola oil, unsweetened chocolate, potato starch, kosher salt, vanilla extract, sea salt, vinegar, cinnamon, baking soda

As much as I wanted to try these Brownie Thins, I am now dairy-free in addition to gluten-free, so I couldn’t. Jon and a trusted friend of mine gladly did the “dirty” work for me. Both Jon and Sue enjoyed the thins and said they tasted like chocolate crackers. Sue suggested dipping them in whipped cream, while Jon continued to eat his straight out of the bag. 

Free for all Kitchen Gluten-Free Brownie Thins are made by Partners Crackers. They make a wide variety of crackers, including several other gluten-free varieties. Look for these products in many stores across the US or online

**The products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.