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Oct 17 2014

Recipe: Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls

A little over a year ago I tried Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites and fell in love. They are a great portable, healthy snack. When I opened up my email and found this recipe for Popcorn Balls, I knew I had to share them with you guys, especially since Halloween is right around the corner. What a cool way to add some fun to your Halloween celebrations!

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Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls 


  • 5 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated buttery spread (Earth Balance)
  • 2 cups vegan marshmallows (Dandie’s brand)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bag Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, 6 pieces, roughly chopped 


In a 4-6 quart heavy pot, add buttery spread, marshmallows, cinnamon and sea salt. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off heat and add vanilla extract and Pistachio Chewy Bites. Stir well, mixing until uniform. 

Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to portion out the mixture into 10 balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet.    

Enjoy when cooled. 

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Pistachio Chewy Bites retail for $5.99 for a 6 pack or  $12.50 for a 16 pack and can be found online or in select stores across the US. 

Oct 16 2014

Applegate Recalls Gluten-Free Corn Dogs

Applegate Naturals is issuing a voluntary recall of their Gluten-Free Beef Corn Dog. The product doesn’t meet Applegate’s standards and they regret having to issue the recall. The product involved in the recall looks like the photo below and has a “Best Before” date of April 21, 2015.

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More about the recall:

What product is affected by the recall? 10-ounce packages of Applegate Naturals Gluten Free Beef Corn Dogs with the “Use By” date of April 21, 2015. Please note: this is the ONLY product affected by the voluntary recall.

How much of this product is out in the marketplace? We have confirmed that 972 packages of Applegate Naturals Gluten Free Beef Corn Dogs are potentially affected and were distributed to a limited area. The shipment of this product has been tracked, and all retailers with affected product have been notified.

Are any other Applegate products affected by the voluntary recall? No. Only Applegate Naturals Gluten Free Beef Corn Dogs with the “Use By” date of April 21, 2015. No other Applegate products are affected.

Why is Applegate removing this product from stores? One of Applegate’s customers, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) of Aurora, CO, reported that this identified batch of Applegate Naturals Gluten Free Beef Corn Dogs may have not been refrigerated properly. No reports of illness or injury have been reported. UNFI has contacted retailers and verified that shipments were made to stores in six states: Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Our customers can be assured that the issue that led to this is being investigated.

If you believe that you may have this product in your freezer, please read below:

What should customers do if they have an affected product and how do they get reimbursed? Customers can return any affected packages of Applegate Naturals Gluten Free Beef Corn Dogs to the retailer where they were purchased for a full refund.

Where can I go for more information? Customers with specific questions can email us at help@applegate.com or call us at 866-587-5858.

Oct 15 2014

Review: Breakfast Best Meat Lovers Breakfast Bowl

One of the areas Jon has been struggling with is breakfast. Sure he can eat the gluten-free toaster pastries, but there isn’t a lot of protein in those and he is often hungry long before his next meal rolls around. He is limited in his dorm room with what he can prepare, so when we found these frozen meals from Breakfast Best at Aldi, we bought a couple for him to try. 

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The frozen meals can be prepared in his microwave in approximately 4 minutes and contains 21 grams of protein. The first thing I did was flip over the box to make sure the product was gluten-free. No need to read through the ingredient list…the back of the box says “gluten-free” right on it.

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Jon thoroughly enjoyed this breakfast and hopes that it will become a staple he can depend on until he moves into a home with a full access kitchen. Once he moves, he will be able to prepare healthier meals from basic ingredients as opposed to eating mostly processed foods. 

I love that Aldi has the options available for him and for others who need quick, simple gluten-free meal solutions. Have you tried the breakfast bowls from Breakfast Best? 


Oct 14 2014

Review: Live Gfree Cracklebread

Jon was home again this past weekend and we made a trip to Aldi before he headed back to school. We picked up his favorites so he would have food for the next couple of weeks and I picked up a couple of things for myself, including the Live Gfree Original Cracklebread.

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Ingredients: Rice flour, corn flour, sugar, salt, soy lecithin

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This cracklebread has a light and crispy texture with a hint of salt that would serve as a good base for a number of different toppings. I can see PB & J, tuna or crab salad, cream cheese and cucumbers or smoked salmon. The cracklebread also comes in another flavor, though I can’t find it on the website and my memory is failing me today. I believe that it is a savory tomato or something like that.

All Aldi products have a “double guarantee”, which means Aldi will replace the product and refund your money if you are not happy with it. Aldi has locations across the US and the Live Gfree brand is here to stay!

Have you tried the Live Gfree Cracklebread? How do you like to eat it? 

Oct 13 2014

Krusteaz Debuts Gluten-Free Products

Grocery stores have different ways to stocking gluten-free food items. Some stores have a gluten-free section in both the shelf stable, frozen and refrigerated aisles, while other stores disperse gluten-free products throughout the store with other like, but not necessarily gluten-free, products. You also may find stores that do both. 

Meijer stores have a gluten-free section, but also have certain gluten-free specialty products dispersed throughout the store. For example, Gluten-Free Bisquick is with the regular Bisquick. Yesterday I found Krusteaz Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix with the other pancake mixes. It was really a fluke that I spotted it since I wasn’t really looking for it.

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I bought a box ($3.79 for approximately 9 servings) so I can try them out and when I got my receipt, I received a coupon for $1.50 off any any 2 Krusteaz Gluten-Free Mixes. What? There are more? Apparently so!

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix – Rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour, brown rice flour (rice flour, stabilized rice bran with germ), sugar, soybean oil, dextrose. Contains 2% or less of the following: sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, food starch-modified, salt, sodium stearoyl lactylate, propylene glycol monoester, mono-diglycerides, egg whites, xanthan gum, buttermilk, egg yolks, natural and artificial flavors (contains milk derivatives).

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin Mix –  Sugar, whole grain sorghum flour, whole grain millet flour, food starch-modified. Contains 2% or less of the following: arabic gum, sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, propylene glycol monoester, mono-diglycerides, sodium stearoyl lactylate, soybean oil, salt, natural and artificial flavors (contains milk derivatives), guar gum, xanthan gum.

Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Mix - Sugar, whole grain white cornmeal, degermed yellow cornmeal, whole grain sorghum flour, whole grain millet flour. Contains 2% or less of the following: food starch-modified, salt, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), xanthan gum, honey powder.

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix – Sugar, brown rice flour (rice flour, rice bran), chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, milk fat, soy lecithin [emulsifier], artificial flavor), cocoa (processed with alkali), soybean oil. Contains 2% or less of the following: salt, artificial flavor, sodium bicarbonate.

All of the Krusteaz Gluten-Free Mixes are certified gluten-free and appear to be priced lower than some of the other comparable products on the market. To see where you can find Krusteaz Gluten-Free Products near you, click here and then click on “Locate Our Products” at the top, right-hand side of the page. Have you spotted or tried any of the new Krusteaz Gluten-Free Mixes? Please share your thoughts below.