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May 29 2015

Celiac Awareness Month Winding Down

There are only a few days left in the month of May. I can’t believe how quickly it went! Celiac Awareness Month is winding down and we are thrilled to be partnering with Qrunch Foods to offer a giveaway for our readers. What an interesting way to spell “crunch,” huh? Qrunch Foods makes a line of gluten-free, veggie burgers that are made from quinoa, hence the “Q” in Qrunch. More about Qrunch Foods:

My business partner and co-founder of the company, Brad Holley, is a classically trained chef. I’m a former restaurant marketing executive. Brad’s daughter is gluten-intolerant, and so is my wife.

We knew from their experience that finding tasty, convenient gluten-free products could be frustrating. And we wondered why food that was “good for you” tasted so tasteless. It seemed to us that “gluten-free” had become associated with anything free of good flavors and “vegan” was simply thought of us as “yuck.”

So, we began tasting and experimenting with organic grains, produce, spices and other ingredients with the goal of incorporating them into something we’d want to eat ourselves—more important, offer our loved ones.

But we didn’t take the usual, soy-worn path. We looked to some lesser-used, unique ingredients because they were so delicious and could meet the requirements of our gluten-free family members and vegetarian and vegan friends.

The result is the QRUNCH Burger. It has the subtle, nutty taste of quinoa (hence the Q in QRUNCH), the crunchiness of millet, and the goodness of organic vegetables.

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There are several different varieties of Qrunch Burgers:

  • Original
  • Spicy Italian
  • Green Chile with Pinto Beans
  • Classic Curry
  • Spicy Buffalo

Qrunch products are free of gluten, corn, soy, egg, nut, dairy and MSG.They are also low in sodium and non-GMO verified. There are many ways to make your Qrunch burger : you can toast it in the toaster, heat in toaster over, heat in a skillet on the stove or heat in the microwave, though this method is not recommended. Qrunch products can be found in over 3000 stores across the US. 

Qrunch Foods has graciously offered to give three lucky readers each a voucher for a free box of Qrunch burgers. All you have to do to enter to win is leave on comment on this blog post letting me know which variety you would most like to try. *One entry per household, please. Giveaway will run until Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be chosen and notified the following morning. 

*The vouchers the winners will receive are being provided by Qrunch Foods. 

May 27 2015

Crab Classic Now Gluten-Free

Gluten can hide in some pretty tricky places, including in sauces, soups, flavorings and imitation seafood. Imitation seafood isn’t something I ate a lot of before I started the gluten-free diet, but I wouldn’t have thought that it contained gluten. Crab Classic recently made a change to their products that makes them all gluten-free now. They made this change after learning that many people who were following the gluten-free diet were purchasing their Crab Classic Chunk Style and Lobster Classic because they didn’t contain gluten. Making a change to their ingredients didn’t affect the taste and quality of the product, so it was the right thing to do.

More about this change:

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

More about surimi seafood (imitation crab):

Even though surimi seafood, also known as imitation crab, has been available in the U.S. since the 1970s there is still a lot of confusion about how our products are made. It’s a centuries-old process started in Japan in which white fish is cleaned, minced and flavored and then formed into flake, chunk and leg style pieces. We use a blend of wild caught,MSC-certified Alaska Pollock and real king crabmeat to make Crab Classic.

Crab Classic offers a wide variety of products:

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

Look for Crab Classic products in grocery stores across the US. You can print a coupon here. Make sure to check out the recipes page for all kinds of delicious ideas.

May 25 2015

My Gluten-Free Favorites

Since May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month, I thought it would be a great time to share my favorite gluten-free products with you guys. I looked back through our archives and realized I haven’t done this since 2011! I enjoyed reading that post and seeing what my favorites were at the time and seeing how much they have changed. Some of those products have changed due to the debut of new products on the market that I like better, while others may no longer be available.

I also enjoy a wide variety of naturally gluten-free foods, too.

  • quinoa
  • brown, wild or black rice
  • grits
  • fresh fruit
  • fresh veggies
  • salmon
  • chicken breast
  • almond butter
  • avocado
  • wine
  • chocolate

What are some of your favorite gluten-free foods? Please share with us!

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


  • 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


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


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


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