Krusteaz Gluten Free Giveaway

The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. What better way to spend time with family than in the kitchen baking? After all, baking is a universal language and nothing says “Welcome to the neighborhood” like freshly baked muffins and “I love you, Mom,” like a warm stack of pancakes!


I’ve partnered with Krusteaz, makers of premium baking mixes, to create a recipe for their “Say It With Krusteaz” campaign. I’ve baked with Krusteaz products before and I am a big fan. 

Over the weekend I got married (!!!!). The day before the wedding my sister and got manicures, dropped off welcome bags to the hotels, put together our wedding favors and baked muffins for my friends and relatives who would be spending the day with us getting ready for the wedding. I mean what better way to say thank you to my bridesmaids and keep everyone happy – and fed – than with a warm, fresh out of the oven, gluten free blueberry lemon muffins? Simple mixes with quality ingredients make any day really special.


This recipe is simple and delicious. Your friends or guests will be so impressed by the flavors and will have no idea how easy it was to make! I can tell you all my bridesmaids, and my picky grandmother, enjoyed the blueberry muffins we fed them Sunday morning.

The recipe is SUPER easy to make. Simply follow the recipe on the back of the box and add 1 tablespoon of grated lemon peel. This simple step with add a delicious lemon and fresh flavor to the muffins. My friends and family couldn’t believe that they were (1) gluten free or (2) made from a mix!! If you haven’t tried Krusteaz gluten free products then you are missing out. And this is your chance to win some gluten free mixes for yourself to enjoy! 


The Giveaway prize pack includes: 

  • Two boxes of the following mixes: Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Mix, Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix and Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • 1 Krusteaz branded tote bag
  • 1 Krusteaz oven mitt
  • 1 Krusteaz selfie stick

To enter, click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway will end on October 21, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. Open to US residents only. 

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.


Crunchies Freeze Dried Fruit and Vegetables

Crunchies Natural Food Company is on a mission to deliver the best tasting, highest quality freeze dried fruit and vegetables on the planet. How do they do it Crunchies only works with farmers they know and trust. They pick the ripest fruit at the right time to make sure each bit is a mouthwatering burst of flavor. Fruits and vegetables are harvested, cleaned and then quickly frozen leaving them dry and crunchy, and allowing the fruits and vegetables to retain most of the color, flavor and nutritional value of fresh fruit.  


I’m not usually a freeze dried fruit kind of person. I find these products to be too crumbly, lack “real” fruit flavor and often times taste like chemicals. But crunchies keeps it simple. Crunchies contain no added sugar or artificial flavoring and they do not crumble and fall apart in my hands. The fruits are crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. And the best part, they taste real! 

Crunchies come in 10 delicious varieties

  • Blueberries
  • mango  
  • strawberry banana
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • pineapple
  • grapes
  • cinnamon apple
  • beets
  • mixed fruit

My favorite are the mango and beets! What’s your favorite? 

Crunchies are available for purchase online and in retail locations across the U.S., including Shaws, CVS, and Walmart.

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.


UpNature Raw Organic Honey

Raw honey is the most original sweet liquid that honeybees produce from the concentrated nectar of flowers. Collected straight from the extractor; it is totally unheated, unpasteurized, unprocessed honey. A lot of honey found in the supermarket is not raw honey but “commercial” regular honey, some of which has been pasteurized (heated at 70 degrees Celsius or more, followed by rapid cooling) for easy filtering and bottling so that it looks cleaner and smoother, more appealing on the shelf, and easier to handle and package. Pasteurization and heating kills yeast, destroys enzymes which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in the body system, and rids honey of its delicate aromas.
UpNature’s Raw Organic Honey is unheated, unfiltered and unpasteurized so that the nutrients and enzymes remain intact. This delicious Raw Organic Honey comes from honeybees that scour sweet nectar only from natural wildflowers, away from any exposure to GMO’s or pollutant. The hives and plant area is protected by beekeepers to help the forest thrive. Not only GMO free, it is also certified organic, Kosher, all natural, pure, and made without any additives or chemicals.


UpNature Raw Organic Honey has never been filtered or gone through any kind heating process. All of its nutritional value remain intact so it’s not just a typical sweetener. This Raw Organic Honey brings you nature’s best quality multifunctional product with rich and delightful taste.

UpNature Raw Organic Honey is perfect as a spread on toasted gluten freebread, pancakes or sliced fruits. It can brighten your morning by blending it smoothly with hot tea. It can also be used as a dressing recipe for green salads or fruit salads. It can be used on countless dishes, desserts and beverages.


You can purchase UpNature Raw Organic Honey on Amazon here – free shipping for Prime members!  

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.


It’s Slow Cooker Season!! // featuring Jennie-O ground turkey


Get out your slow cookers! Grilling season may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up taste. It’s time for tasty, even easier meals, made in your slow cooker. Whether your schedules are filling up with sports or after school activities, an easy slow cooker recipe will help you get a good meal on the table in no time. And when you use JENNIE-O® Turkey in your favorite recipes, you get all the comfort food taste without the guilt.

I prefer cooking with ground turkey or ground beef most of the time. It’s leaner, lighter and healthier. And I love using my slow cooker! I can turn it on, set the timer and have dinner ready exactly when I want it to be! JENNIE-O® Turkey can be used in so many ways – from meatballs to tacos to chili to full plated meals, the possibilities are endless! One of my personal favorite fall dishes is Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili.



Turkey and Butternut Squash Crock Pot Chili
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  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small onion, chopped,
  3. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  4. 1 pound JENNIE-O® Ground Turkey
  5. 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  6. 1 can tomato paste
  7. 1 cup chicken broth
  8. 2 cups butternut squash, chopped
  9. 2 tablespoon chili powder
  10. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey, 1 tablespoon chili, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon oregano, ½ teaspoon paprika, salt and pepper and cook until browned.
  2. Transfer turkey mixture to crock pot
  3. Add tomatoes, butternut squash, chicken broth, and the rest of the spices. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
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Looking for more easy, healthy and delicious turkey slow cooker recipes? Head over to JENNIE-O® for more fall recipe ideas!

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.


The First Gluten-Free Sprouted Grain Bread from Food for Life Baking Co.

The nutritional benefits of sprouting are popping up all over the web and in many of the culinary magazines I read. Sprouted breads maximize nutrition and digestibility, and thanks to Food For Life are now available to the gluten free community. 

After countless hours of research and development, Food for Life Baking Co. recently launched Sprouted for Life Gluten Free Breads, the first gluten free breads made of sprouted grains such as quinoa, millet and chia. This soft, chewy bread is available in 3 varieties: Original 3 Seed, Flax, Almond and Cinnamon Raisin. 


While there are many gluten free breads on the market today, not all are healthy, provide the nutrients we need, made with quality ingredients or have that soft chewy texture of “regular” bread. And, that is really the inspiration behind Food For Life’s Sprouted For Life™ Gluten-Free Breads.  Finally, a completely gluten free bread line specifically created with your health in mind.  Not only are they gluten free, but they are also vegan, and are made from incredibly nutritious superseeds like sprouted quinoa, sprouted millet and sprouted chia seeds. 

All Food For Life’s gluten free products are all natural and made with organic ingredients when possible. There is no artificial anything, no chemicals, no preservatives, no GMOs, no dairy, no casein and no egg.

The texture is great; it reminds me of sandwich bread I ate as a little girl. But the taste can take some getting used to. While I enjoyed the nutty flavor of the almond flavor, the cinnamon raisin left a funny aftertaste in my mouth. When I toasted it and added a little butter, that aftertaste went away a bit. Ff you enjoy an earthy and nutty taste, then you’ll probably like these sprouted grain bread. 


Food For Life’s Sprouted for Life Gluten Free Breads are available in Whole Foods Markets, Trader Joe’s, and natural food stores throughout the country. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. 

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.



Vitafive Custom Gummy Vitamins Makes Buying Vitamins Easier

Do you remember the first time I introduced you to Vitafive, back in June? If not, let me give you a little reminder of what Vitafive is. 


Vitafive offers personalized gummy vitamin packs sent directly to you every 4 weeks for only about $1 per day! No more going to the store to sift through the horse-sized vitamins looking for a gluten free brand, no more organizing your vitamins into your pill organizer, and no more cluttered vitamin jars filling up your kitchen counters. 


With vitafive, your vitamins are prepackaged into one convenient pack for each day of the week! You can take these packs with you to work, school, and even on vacation. The key to living a healthy life is being consistent and Vitafive makes this easy and fun with gummy vitamin packs. 

Vitafive vitamins are free from the major 8 allergens – Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soy – and are gluten free, vegan, and kosher. 


Vitafive recently upgraded their website to make buying vitamins even easier! The new website’s platform is more user friendly and allows you to buy vitamins in less time. Previously you had to go through 6-8 steps before checkout. Now, there are only 2-4 quick and easy steps before your vitamins are on their way to your doorstep! 


You can create your own custom pack or purchase one of Vitafive’s pre-formulated health packs!


Vitamins are available for both adults and kids and you  can cancel your subscription at any time. No commitment, no contract, no stress. No hassle. So what are you waiting for? Try Vitafive today and learn just how easy it is to get the vitamins you need, delivered to you! 

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.



Le Veneziane Gluten Free Pasta and Mini Grissini

Many people don’t realize that Italy has one of the highest celiac rates in Europe, partly because celiac disease is one of the first diseases physicians look for, rather than the last as here in the U.S.  Perhaps due to this higher incidence, Italy is home to Europe’s largest manufacturer of gluten-free pasta, breads, and pastries.

Quattrobimbi has found some of Italy’s best gluten free products and imports them for easy online shopping in the US. One company they have imported for years, and which I just tried for the first time, is Le Veneziane. Le Veneziane makes gluten free pasta in every shape and form, gnocchi, lasagna noodles and mini grissini (mini breadsticks). 


“Le Veneziane” is the range of gluten-free pasta by Molino di Ferro, made with easy-to-digest corn flour. The pasta’s rich natural carotenes convey it a characteristic golden yellow colour. It is also enhanced by its low fat content.

The mini grissini come in 3 flavors – traditional with olive oil, sesame/chia seeds and rosemary – and are absolutely delicious. The fragrant, flavorful and crispy mini breadsticks are irresistible. They are made with select Italian extra virgin olive oil and the outstanding quality of the ingredients used means that they are a great alternative to bread. 


Le Veneziane Potato Gnocchi is a traditional Italian Potato Gnocchi in a shelf-stable package. It’s hard to find real, gluten free Italian potato gnocchi, and this one is delicious. Did I mention it is also vegan? The gnocchi takes just a few minutes to cook and can be paired with your favorite Italian sauce. I love that it comes in two practical, stay-fresh, tubs, and are perfect for cooking for one or more. I kept it simple and served it with a simple meat sauce. Simple yet delicious! 


All Le Veneziane pastas are made from non-GMO Italian corn and are certified Kosher. 

For those that are interested in ordering these gluten free products, use the promo codes before to save on your order!

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


Gluten Free Options at Cafe de Boston

I had been to Cafe de Boston about three years ago, and was surprised by the changes they have made in just three short years! 

Cafe de Boston is a big space, having purchased the eatery next door last year and expanding their own restaurant to include a breakfast and coffee bar and additional seating. With multiple stations, from a salad station to a prepared food and mezza bar to pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and much more, Cafe de Boston is the perfect marketplace eatery to find something gluten free to eat for breakfast or lunch! 


Cafe de Boston offers gluten free pizza (made on dedicated gluten free pizza pans), pasta, bread for sandwiches, bagels, and many more items. All items on the hot bar and mezzo bar are labeled for the following diets: gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian. 


Changes since the last time I ate at Cafe de Boston:

  1. Create your own Smoothies! You fill up a cup with the veggies and fruit you want! You like spinach, but only one handful? No carrots? Extra ginger? No problem! Fill the cup, pick your base and then someone will blend it for you.

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3. Gluten Free bagels are available for any breakfast sandwich. If you are in the mood for something sweet, the gluten free cookies and brownies and individually wrapped, concealed and kept seperately to prevent cross contamination.
4. Café de Boston is a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant. Cafe de Boston not only offers great food and quality service, but also an “environmental” peace-of-mind. They are doing their part to have a positive impact on the planet by putting many sustainability practices into place. Cafe de Boston composts food scraps in the kitchens, and has composting and recycling stations for customers to compost their packaging and recycle their bottles. The napkins, cup sleeves, paper bars and take-out containers are made with materials recovered from curbside recycling. These items can also be recycled or composted after use.  Cafe de Boston recycles everything they can and offsets their energy with wind energy credits. In the kitchens, faucets and sinks are on times and motion sensors to prevent overuse and wasting water. It’s important to me to recycle; we do it at home. Growing up we also composted (hard to do in the city!) and I try to conserve energy as much as possible at home. So I love supporting local businesses that do the same. 

5. Cafe de Boston just launched a healthy eating plan – eatSmart bTrim, to help make picking meal options as easy and healthy as possible. There is an in-house nutritionist, Howard Mabry, available to help answer any nutrition or dietary questions. He can also help you create a healthy meal plan. It’s not always easy to eat healthy, especially when you don’t have a lot of time for lunch, or to even think about what to eat. Howard has created 6 menu items, all available on the eatSmart bTrim menu, so that you don’t have to worry about that any longer! The calorie count is labeled right on the menu and Gluten Free and vegan options are available.


Is your mouth watering yet? Mine sure is! And I can not wait to head back to Cafe de Boston where I know I will be greeted by friendly staff and will always be able to find healthy gluten free options to eat! 

Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

Cafe de Boston Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Gluten Free Options at Artu // North End & Beacon Hill

Artu was founded on the most basic Italian technique, great ingredients, simply prepared, that is what Artu is all about. This Italian restaurant has two locations; in the North End and Beacon Hill. 

In February of 1992 Artu opened its doors to the world, starting with outstanding sandwiches and mouth watering roasted meats, and has continued to evolve and grow. Since then Artu has steadily added to their repertoire. Focusing on simple ingredients and Italian preparation, their menu offers both classic and modern style Italian dishes. Many dishes are made using family recipes that have been passed down and still made the same to this day. 

Artu offers a variety of appetizers, seafood and meat entrees, as well as gluten free pasta dishes. Many of the items on Artu’s menu can be prepared gluten free, and dairy free too! 

On Tuesday night, Katie and I were invited to dinner at Artu, hosted by Blog and Tweet Boston. The staff were welcoming and friendly throughout the entire evening and the food was delicious. 

Artu offers a creative cocktial menu and Italian Wine list. The American Mule and Madre, made with Limoncello, Prosecco and raspberry seeds, were refreshing after a long hot day. 


Two of the gluten free dishes on the appetizer menu include Seared Sea Scallops with cauliflower and cipollini puree, and Roasted Beets with gorgonzola topped with Pistachio vinaigrette.

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Gluten free pasta can be substituted in almost every pasta dish on the menu, except for the ravioli. The gluten free Penne Puttanesca is made with chili flakes, San Marzano tomatoes, capers, olives, anchovy, garlic.


Main Course (Secondi) menu options include everything from grilled lamb and steak, to lobster and fresh fish. After eating two appetizers and pasta, I went with one of the lighter options, salmon. It was gently cooked to perfection, and served with buttered brussels sprouts, potato puree and finished with a truffle vinaigrette.


For dessert, if you have any room left after your meal, Artu offers a gluten free flourless chocolate cake. 


Artu has one of latest liquor licenses in the North End, serving delicious libations until 2 A.M. Not only are drinks available, but Artu offers a late night menu for those who need a midnight snack! 

Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

Artu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Minute® Ready to Serve Rice & Chicken of the Sea Salmon Pouches

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.

In recognition of National Salmon Day on October 8, 2016 (the day before I get married!), Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon Pouches and Minute® Ready to Serve Rice have partnered together to make meal-planning easy.


both offer portability and portion control and are ideal for lunch or a snack.

Minute Ready to Serve Rice is an ideal portable solution for lunch (or really any time of the day!) because you can eat it on the go. In just 60 seconds, you have a fully cooked, perfect single portion of rice for any meal or snack. You’ll never get bored with your lunch since there are several flavorful and wholesome varieties, including; Basmati Rice, Black Beans & Rice, Chicken Rice Mix, Fried Rice*, White Rice, Whole Grain Brown Rice, Brown Rice & Quinoa, Brown & Wild Rice, Jasmine Rice, Mutli-Grain Medley and Yellow Rice Mix. *Fried Rice is the only flavor that is not gluten free.  


Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon pouches are portable, too. Just like Minute Ready to Serve Rice, they’re wholesome and convenient, creating a tasty lunch alternative. Both are a wholesome and nutritious option with built-in portion control. Both products are conveniently packaged: Minute Ready to Serve in two individual single-serve cups and Chicken of the Sea Salmon pouches is available in single serving 2.5 ounce pouches. Pairing Minute Ready to Serve Rice and Chicken of the Sea Flavored pouches together makes for a delicious twist on the standard sandwich, salad or rice bowl. It makes an easy go-to lunch at the office since both products don’t need to be refrigerated and require little to no clean-up. 

If you have a little bit more time on your hands, or want some variety in your daily meals, there are so many different ways you can incorporate Minute Ready to Serve Rice and Salmon of the Sea Pouches into delicious, nutritious, quick and easy recipes. My favorite is Salmon Rice Cakes. 


Salmon Rice Cakes
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  1. 2 2.5 oz Lemon Pepper or Sriracha Salmon Pouches
  2. 1 cup Minute Ready to Serve Rice
  3. 1/3 cup chopped onions
  4. 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  5. 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 teaspoons paprika, divided
  8. 1 garlic clove, chopped
  9. Salt and Pepper, to taste
  10. 4 Tablespoons dairy free butter or olive oil
  11. 1 lemon
  12. 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  13. 3 Tablespoons Mayonaise
  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Combine salmon, rice, onions, carrots, basil, egg, 1 teaspoon paprika, garlic, juice of 1/2 a lemon, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix well.
  3. Heat butter in a pan over medium heat.
  4. Form 4 to 5 patties
  5. Cookies the patties until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes on each side.
  6. While the patties are cooking, make the sauce. Combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice, dijon mustard, mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well. Serve on top of Salmon Rice patties
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This recipe is also very easy to make and takes 15-20 minutes from start to finish. You can serve with a salad or on it’s own for a wholesome gluten free meal!

From September 25 thru October 8, the “Salmon Loves Rice Sweepstakes,” will take place where you can use the hashtag #NationalSalmonDay on both companies social media platforms to answer salmon trivia questions for a chance to win an Alaskan cruise and Chicken of the Sea Flavored Salmon Pouches and Minute Ready to Serve Rice products!

Join the Twitter party on September 27 at 11 a.m. ET to get ideas on some fun ways to pair Minute Ready to Serve Rice with Chicken of the Sea Flavored Pouches. Just search for the hashtag #SalmonLovesRice during the party!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.