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May 22 2015

Celebrate Memorial Day by Making The Switch

Today marks the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend. While it has been a little chilly the past couple of days here in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, especially Saturday, looks like it will be just perfect for celebrating with a cookout or picnic. Cookouts can be made a little healthier by switching from traditional hamburgers to turkey with Jennie-O. Some say that turkey burgers aren’t as good or they are too dry, but I am here to tell you to give them another shot, but first check out these simple instructions for grilling a turkey burger and for making a juicy turkey burger.

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If forming your own burgers isn’t your thing, Jennie-O also has pre-formed burgers. The burgers used to be kind of thin, but now they are even thicker, which is sure to make for a juicier burger.

You don’t have to just serve burgers as the main course at a cookout, Jennie-O also has Lean Turkey Bratwurst and Turkey Franks. If you are at a loss when it comes to recipes, Jennie-O has a library of simple recipes on their website. The library has recipes ranging from burgers, to salads, to kabobs, to appetizers and more. Look for Jennie-O products in your local grocery store.

How will you celebrate this Memorial Day weekend? Make sure to take the time to remember the reason for this holiday and all of those who have served for our country. 

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

 


May 20 2015

Memorial Day – Asian BBQ Style

Memorial Day kicks off the summer grilling season and what better way to do that with some unique recipes from San-J? San-J offers a wide variety of Tamari, Shoyu and Cooking Sauces in addition to Miso, Salad Dressings and Crackers. Some of our favorite San-J Cooking Sauces are the Thai Spicy, Asian BBQ and Orange Sauce. The recipes below use the Asian BBQ. 

Fire Roasted Grilled Vegetable Salad Vert

Fire Roasted Grilled Vegetable Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons San-J Asian BBQ Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons  Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper, freshly ground
  • 6 ears Corn, shucked              
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Green Onions
  • 2 Poblano Peppers
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Seedless Cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tomato, large, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups Baby Arugula

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, combine the San-J Asian BBQ Sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Whisk together. Set aside.  Heat grill to high. Brush the corn lightly with on and place on the grill grates. Roast, turning occasionally, until charred all over, about 10 minutes. Remove from grill and let cool. When cool enough to handle, cut the kernels from the ears of corn. Place in a large mixing bowl. Brush the green onions with oil and roast for 2 minutes per side. Remove from grill and let cool. When cool enough to handle, chop, and add to the corn kernels.  Place the poblanos and bell peppers on the grill and roast, turning occasionally, until the skin is fully blackened, about 15 minutes. Remove from grill, place in a bowl and cover. Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove the skin from the peppers by gently rubbing. Cut in half and scrape out the seeds. Chop and add to the corn along with the cucumber, tomato, and arugula.  Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate, covered, until serving time. Serves 6

*Recipe courtesy of San-J and Carol Kicinski 

Grilled ABBQ Shrimp  Fire Roasted Grilled Salad Vert

Grilled Asian BBQ Shrimp

Ingredients

  • Skewers
  • 6 tablespoons San-J Asian BBQ Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 1½ pounds Shrimp, large, peeled, deveined, tail on              
  • Vegetable Oil

Directions

If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes. Combine the San-J Asian BBQ Sauce and melted butter and pour into a large food storage bag. Add the shrimp, close the bag, and flip several times to coat the shrimp. Marinate in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Thread 2 – 3 shrimp on each skewer.  Discard any remaining marinade. Heat grill to medium-high, brush the grill grates with oil, and grill the skewers 2 minutes per side. Serves 6

*Recipe courtesy of San-J and Carol Kicinski 


May 18 2015

Canyon Bakehouse Introduces New Gluten-Free Products

I have been a longtime fan of Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free products, especially the Deli Rye Style bread. Now Canyon Bakehouse has recently debuted a few new gluten-free products to their line-up, including bagels and brownie bites. 

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The Bagels come in two different varieties:

Plain – INGREDIENT STATEMENT: WATER, TAPIOCA FLOUR, BROWN RICE FLOUR, POTATO STARCH, CULTURED BROWN RICE FLOUR, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, ORGANIC AGAVE SYRUP, WHOLE GRAIN SORGHUM FLOUR, XANTHAN GUM, EGG WHITES, BAKING POWDER (SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, POTATO FLOUR, MONO CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), YEAST, SEA SALT, NATURAL ENZYMES. 
CONTAINS: EGG

Everything – INGREDIENT STATEMENT: WATER, TAPIOCA FLOUR, BROWN RICE FLOUR, POTATO STARCH, CULTURED BROWN RICE FLOUR, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, ORGANIC AGAVE SYRUP, DEHYDRATED ONION, DEHYDRATED GARLIC, WHOLE GRAIN SORGHUM FLOUR, XANTHAN GUM, EGG WHITES, BAKING POWDER (SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, POTATO FLOUR, MONO CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), POPPY SEEDS, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, YEAST, SEA SALT, SESAME SEEDS, NATURAL ENZYMES.
CONTAINS: EGG.

The Brownie Bites are perfect for on-the-go snacking or a sweet treat after dinner. 

Brownie Bites – Ingredients: Non-GMO Cane Sugar, Non-GMO Canola Oil, Egg, Cocoa Powder (processed with alkali), Water, Tapioca Flour, Brown Rice Flour, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: Salt, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavor, Enzymes
Contains: Egg

All of the Canyon Bakehouse products are certified gluten-free, dairy, soy and nut-free and can be found in stores across the US or ordered online. If you are looking for some inspiration with any of the Canyon Bakehouse products, make sure to check out the recipes page

Have you tried any of the Canyon Bakehouse products? What about the new Bagels or Brownie Bites?


May 15 2015

Top 5 Tips for Gluten-Free Newbies + Glutino Giveaway

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Today I want to revisit some of the tips for the newly gluten-free. These aren’t just helpful for those just starting the diet, but for those who have been on it for years and may need a reminder. I don’t know about you, but as time goes on, I become complacent and become less and less diligent about checking labels or doing my research before dining out.

1. Always, always read the label! Companies are notorious for changing suppliers and therefore that once gluten-free product may no longer be gluten-free. You may notice more and more products with the “gluten-free” claim on the front of the package. With the new labeling laws in place, a product may carry that claim so long as the product contains less than 20ppm gluten.

2. Cross contamination is a real concern when dining out (or even in your own home!).  Picking the croutons off of your salad is not sufficient.  Make sure to speak with the manager or chef on duty to ask about their methods for preventing the cross contamination of your food. Unless you have worked in a restaurant, you may not be aware of some of the methods used to prepare food. If you have, you know what I am talking about. Veggies can be steamed in pasta water; ingredients that contain gluten may be kept right next to gluten-free ingredients on the line; eggs used for omelets may be thickened with pancake batter to make them fluffier; the same utensils may be used to plate your gluten-free food that just plated that burger or chicken fingers; your “gluten-free” fries or tortilla chips may be fried in a fryer with chicken fingers or onion rings.

3. Stay clear of soy sauce unless you are sure it is gluten-free. There are several gluten-free brands on the market (La Choy, San-J and Kikkoman now makes a GF version). Additionally, some sauces & marinades may contain soy sauce, so don’t be so sure the grilled chicken you are ordering at a restaurant is gluten-free unless you have double checked.

4. Check your medication for gluten. There is an excellent site that is maintained by a local clinical pharmacist called Gluten-Free Drugs. If you are unable to verify your medication, call the manufacturer or your pharmacist and ask.

5. Don’t assume you are free and clear on drinks. Unless you are drinking unflavored water, milk, 100% juice, unflavored tea (and even some of these may contain barley), or unflavored coffee you need to verify that what you are drinking is gluten-free.

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Glutino is one of our favorite gluten-free specialty brands. They make a wide variety of gluten-free products including baking mixes, cookies, pretzels, chips, cookies, frozen meals, breads, bagels, English muffins and more. In celebration of Celiac Awareness they have graciously offered to give 5 lucky readers each a coupon for a free product. All you have to do to enter is comment below and let us know which product you would buy with your free product coupon. Good luck! Giveaway will be open until Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be chosen the following morning. 

*The products pictured above and being given away in this post were provided courtesy of Glutino. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.


May 13 2015

Aldi Expands Live Gfree Line

It was only last year when Aldi introduced their new gluten-free brand, Live Gfree. A couple of weeks ago I learned they were adding some new products to their line-up, including a Cheesecake Sampler that I have been unable to find in our local Aldi store. I stopped in yesterday to see what I could pick up and found lots of goodies.

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New cookie varieties

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Dipped Pretzels

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Pasta meals and new mac & cheese varieties

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New chips and crisps

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New crackers & mixes

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Tamale bites

On my quest to find the Cheesecake Sampler for Jon I spoke with the manager about these new products. Unfortunately not all of these products will be permanent additions to the Live Gfree line. They will see which ones perform best and add them to the line-up. I sure hope that Cheesecake Sampler makes the cut! Aldi has locations all across the US. Check the store locator to find the location closest to you.