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Gluten Free Options at Ocean Prime // Boston Seaport

Ocean Prime, a high-end seafood and steak restaurant based in Columbus Ohio, opened it’s 12th location in Boston’s Seaport this past December. Ocean Prime specializes in a variety of seafood dishes, meats, and cocktails, and it also offers a gluten-free menu.

Last week I went to check out the gluten free lunch menu and I was impressed with the number of options it offers. Ocean Prime also offers a lunch menu. 

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The Lavender Citrus Soda is a refreshing summer drink.

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For appetizers, we shared the Surf and Turf Sea Scallops and Slow Braised Short Ribs, which just melted in my mouth. 

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For our entrees we shared the Petite Filet Mignon and Chilean Sea Bass with a side of corn salad. 

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In addition to this menu, some of the items on the regular lunch menu can be prepared gluten free with modifications, including sushi – Lobster roll, Tuna roll and Hamachi Crudo – and entree salads – Blackened Salmon Salad, Ahi Tuna Salad, Crab Wedge and Flat Iron Steak Salad. 

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The service is top notch, as is the quality of the food. Ocean Prime is open for lunch Monday – Friday and dinner is served seven days a week.

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

 

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Roasted Salmon with Edamame “Mash”

This simple edamame “mash” can be paired with any seafood – salmon, scallops, halibut, swordfish, etc. It is easy to make and you can easily substitute the edamame for any bean on you have on hand (fava, peas) and the basil can be swapped for your favorite herb (parsley, cilantro work well too!). If you have a special olive oil in your pantry, this is the time to use it.

Edamame Mash
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cooked shelled edamame
  2. 1/3 cup chicken stock
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. juice of 1/2 a lemon
  5. about 1/4 cup chopped basil
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ginger,
  8. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook edamame according to package directions
  2. Mix all ingredients, minus the olive oil, in a blender. Once blended, add in olive oil and mix again.
  3. Serve chilled topped with your favorite fish or seafood!
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Trans-Ocean Crab Classic // Gluten Free Imitation Crab & More!

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Until last week, I had no idea that there was a gluten free imitation crab product that existed. I haven’t had a California roll in over 6 years, and I was beyond thrilled when I learned that Trans-Ocean makes gluten free imitation crab. So now I can make my own California rolls at home!  

Trans-Ocean has been making surimi seafood (imitation crab meat) in Bellingham, WA since 1985. For most of those years, they have used wheat-containing ingredients in many products. But a few years ago, they became aware that some people were buying only their Crab Classic Chunk Style and Lobster Classic products because they were made without wheat ingredients and thus, satisfied their gluten-free diet needs. After speaking with people who suffer from celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, they made a change to their wheat-containing products. 

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

Trans-Ocean offers a variety of gluten free imitation crab and seafood products: 

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

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Crab Avocado Cucumber Stack

Crab Classic is made from a mix of wild and sustainable Alaska Pollock, certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as a responsibly harvested seafood, and king crab meat. Fully cooked and ready-to-eat, Crab Classic is perfect for quick and easy salads, appetizers, hot dishes and more. After trying a few of the different styles of Crab Classic, I have to say that I am a fan!  The crab tasted good, not too salty and not fake at all. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen and I’ve made Jeremy eat quite a few crab dishes this week! One of my favorites is below!

 

 

Crab Avocado Cucumber Stacks
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  1. 1 pkg (8 oz) Crab Classic, Chunk Style
  2. 1 avocado, firm but ripe, diced
  3. 1 cucumber, diced
  4. juice of one lemon
  5. 1 green onion, finely chopped
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the avocado, lemon juice, green onion, salt and pepper
  2. Place a 3-inch-wide round biscuit cutter in the center of an individual plate.
  3. Press 1/4 cup of the cucumbers in the bottom of the cutter using the back of a spoon.
  4. Next, stack the layer of avocado on top of the cucumbers.
  5. Lastly add the Crab Classic to the top layer.
  6. Top with green part of the scallions.
  7. Gently lift the cutters up and away from the plate to reveal the tower.
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We also tried the shrimp and made it with pasta and marinara sauce. Simple, yet delicious! 

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Trans-Ocean, is a strong supporter of sustainable fisheries management. As such, they have sought certification for the Trans-Ocean brand seafood products from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Trans-Ocean has been at the forefront of promoting MSC as a mark of quality and environmental responsibility to the consumer market. In addition to supporting the long-term sustainability of the ocean’s resources, Trans-Ocean also extends great effort to minimize the environmental impacts of their processing operation.

You can find Trans-Ocean products at grocery stores nationwide

 

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.

 

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Gluten Free In New Orleans

New Orleans is a great place for eating…gluten-free! New Orleans is one of the culinary capitals of the U.S., with a mix of Cajun, Creole and French cuisines, making it uniquely it’s own. There are a few staples you must try if you are there – Po’ Boys, Chargrilled Oysters, Gulf Fish – and luckily you can find gluten free versions of all these dishes and more. 

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Oysters on the Half Shell at Red Fish Grill

Raw oysters served on the half shell are popular throughout the South, but chargrilled oysters are a distinctly New Orleans specialty. Traditionally made with a mixture of breadcrumb, herbs, cheese, and melted butter, you can find a gluten free version of this NOLA staple at Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar and The Irish House. 

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Po’ Boys are also a NOLA staple, but finding a gluten free version of this French Bread sandwich filled with fried seafood, can be hard. There are two restaurant that offers a gluten free version, Casamento’s and Meals from the Heart Cafe. Casement’s has the classic, with fried shrimp and fried oysters, but the catch is they close at 2pm and you must get there early if you don’t want to wait in line. We didn’t know this and ultimately did not want to wait over an hour, we were hungry. So next time I am in NOLA, it will be my first stop of the day. 

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Sautéed Alligator

If you are a seafood lover, then NOLA is definitely the city for you. With fresh gulf fish and seafood on almost every menu, you must try gulf shrimp, blue crab, alligator, and red fish. 

My favorite meal was at Red Fish Grill on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. The waiters are knowledgable about the menu and they offer many gluten free dishes. 

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On Christmas we ate dinner at Richard Fiske’s, a martini and jazz bar serving creole food in the French Quarer. While they do not offer a gluten free menu, they can do just about any seafood dish gluten free. They also have a great happy hour, with $3 martini’s from 4-7pm! 

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Gulf Ref Fish

 

After we decided not to wait in line at Casamento’s we ended up at the best Vietnamese Restaurant, Magasin Cafe in Uptown. 

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Magasin Gluten Free Menu

Chicken Pho and Salmon Spring Rolls
Chicken Pho and Salmon Spring Rolls

 

Other Gluten Free Restaurants in NOLA: 

3 Potato 4  (French Quarter) organic baked potato-fries company that serves a variety of organic, gluten free, 99% fat free, baked potato-fries with homemade sauces in a biodegradable paper cone. 

Bayona (contemporary American, French Quarter) almost anything on the menu can be made to accommodate gluten allergies. 

Bourbon House (Seafood, French Quarter) Gluten Free Menu available 

BRAVO Cucina Italian (Metairie) Gluten Free Menu available includes salads, pasta and grilled entrees 

Casamento’s (Uptown) all fried seafood is gluten free 

Juan’s Flying Burrito (Mexican, MidCity, Garden District, French Quarter) gluten free corn tortillas 

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen (French Quarter) offers gluten free pasta 

Meals from the Heart Cafe (Market, French Quarter, limited seating) Gluten Free Menu includes pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, eggs, sandwiches, crab cakes, salads, gumbo, pastries 

Mother’s Restaurant – Gluten Free Menu available, including grilled fish and seafood, omeletes, salads and soups

Muriel’s Jackson Square (Creole/Cajun, French Quarter) Gluten Free Menu

Palace Cafe (Creole/Cajun, French Quarter) Gluten Free Menu available 

Red Gravy (Italian, Central Business District) Gluten free homemade fettuccine, lasagna and ravioli, using almond flour. 

Seed (vegetarian)  Gluten Free Options labeled, including starters, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts.  

Rivista (bakery, Uptown) shortbread, muffins, frittatas and salads

Sukho Thai (Uptown/Garden District) – gluten free options 

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar (Uptown) Gluten Free Menu available, including salads, char grilled oysters, shellfish, grilled fish, meat, dessert

The Irish House (Uptown) notes gluten free and paleo items on their menu, including leek soup, charbroiled gulf oysters, duck confit salad, braised beef short ribs, hanger steak, rustic lamb fricasse, shrimp and grits, grilled salmon, blackened gulf fish, chicken, shepard’s pie. 

The Rum House (Caribbean Taqueria, Garden District) Gluten Free Menu options labeled, including queso dip, avocado mango dip, salads, Caribbean inspired tacos (brisket, duck, jerk chicken, lamb vindaloo, creole rib, flaked fish, seared scallop, veggies, shrimp)

Theo’s Pizza (3 locations in Elmwood, Uptown and Mid-City) gluten free crust for $4.25 extra

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MEET A NEW FAMILY OF TUNA -Tonnino’s offers a better tuna for a better you

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Tonnino Gourmet is bringing a new kind of tuna to your family’s table—100% yellowfin fillets, caught in the wild and jarred by hand, dolphin-safe, rich in Omega-3s with low mercury levels. Available in seven delicious varieties of flavor, each contains only the finest cuts of tuna for exceptional appearance, texture, and taste you can enjoy straight out of the jar. Once you realize just how tasty tuna is supposed to be, there’ll be no going back to the can.

It’s been a staple in the American pantry: drained albacore, punched up with some mayo and seasoning for classic salads, sandwiches, and casseroles. But now there is a more sophisticated way to enjoy tuna, as Tonnino is tempting taste buds and bringing foodies everywhere to change their tune. Tonnino Premium yellowfin tuna features innovative flavors and high quality ingredients, combined to make a delicious and healthy product not to be missed. Each distinct in taste and personality.

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Tonnino classic, Italian-style, yellowfin is soaked in the purest olive oil and perfectly adapts to your favorite recipes. For an even fresher flavor, Tonnino low-fat fillets are submerged in spring water to spruce up any salad, a perfect addition to any healthy diet. For a more Italian experience, Tonnino fillets with oregano in olive oil offers a blend of delicious tropically-grown herbs and spices, ideal for pasta and pizza—and perfect on its own, as well. With its flirtatious hint of spice, our tuna fillets with jalapeno in olive oil will make your palate blush and bring any Mexican dish to life. Another Mediterranean delight, Tonnino gourmet tuna fillets with garlic in olive oil is deliciously versatile. The addition of capers takes things to another level, perfect for spreading on a bagel or instant canapés.

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I bring lunch to work almost everyday. Tonnino Tuna over greens was delicious, healthy, and satisfying.

As people are learning to taste with their palate and their conscience, becoming increasingly aware of where their food comes from and that its production is socially and environmentally responsible, Tonnino wants to know that it’s safe. Tonnino can certify and guarantee that fishing has not harmed any other species, only selecting small sized yellowfin tuna with low levels of mercury. Hand packed in glass jars for quality you can see and taste, Tonnino offers convenience without sacrificing sophistication. Can the idea of canned tuna and try Tonnino! Tonnino ($7.99) is available nationwide at Whole Foods, Fairway, Central Market, Wegmans, etc. 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.

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Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Meals and Fall Side Dishes

 

Jeremy and I don’t eat that many frozen meals, mainly because there just aren’t that many gluten free options. Ok, maybe there are more gluten free frozen food products available in stores today more than ever before, but have you tried some of them? The amount of sodium in many meals is too high for my likely (and make the food taste way too salty!) Other products just have too many unpronounceable ingredients that I personally do not want to put into my body. For that reason, I cook most of our meals at home from scratch. As you can imagine, this isn’t always easy, especially on days that I work that or that I’m so tired from a long day at work and the last thing I want to do is cook!  NewFamilyShot_cartons Well thanks to Bumble Bee Foods, North America’s largest branded seafood company, who recently came out with a new product line Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Premium Fresh Frozen, which is 100% gluten free, low sodium, and made with very few ingredients, all which I can pronounce.  Bumble Bee SuperFresh® is a new line of naturally seasoned, restaurant-quality premium fresh frozen seafood that is cleaned, cut and fresh frozen within hours, then chef prepared with high-quality, all-natural ingredients. High in protein, rich in flavor and gluten free. The six premium seafood items include:

      • Spicy Shrimp Romesco
      • Lemon Shrimp with Garlic & Herbs
      • Salmon with Garden Pesto
      • Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      • Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs
      • Tilapia with Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    I recently had the chance to try some of the new products and I was very impressed with the fresh flavor, and how quick and easy it is to prepare. Bumble Bee SuperFresh® raises the bar for what seafood lovers can expect from frozen food!

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Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs with mango avocado salsa

All Bumble Bee SuperFresh® entrees go from freezer to table in 25 minutes or less, perfect for busy nights, and nights you get home late from work and just don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen preparing a meal. The Salmon and Tilapia come with their own parchment paper baking pouch,  a special uncoated parchment paper to seal in flavor and juices, it’s included so you don’t have to worry about having parchment paper or not. Each fish is high in protein, and low in number of ingredients used. I try to eat as clean as possible and never buy frozen meals for this reason. But Bumble Bee SuperFresh® certainly is an exception, and great addition to frozen meals available in the market.  

Bumble Bee SuperFresh® smells and tastes amazing. No fishy smells here. Because you prepare Bumble Bee SuperFresh® straight from the freezer, there isn’t any smell associated with thawing fish, which is especially appreciated when you live in a small city apartment where smells easily travel to every room and get trapped in.  My favorite product is the Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs. What a difference fresh lemon makes! Combined with Extra Olive Oil, shallots, black pepper and other natural ingredients, this simple recipe brings out the clean, fresh flavor of premium tilapia. Another thing I love about the new line is that there is no mess to clean up!! No dishes to clean, no mess to clean, and no fuss. Like I said, the meals are easy to prepare, simply preheat the oven, take the fish out of the box, pull back the seal of the plastic bag each fish is wrapped in, place the fish in the parchment paper bag, fold the open edge of the bag, place on a baking sheet, and put in the oven, and voila!  IMG_2745 (1) Some of my favorite, quick, easy and delicious side dishes (all can be prepared in less than 25 minutes!) that are perfect for fall include: 

1.Avocado Mango Salsa     

 

Avocado Mango Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
  2. 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
  3. 1 small red onion, diced
  4. 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  5. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
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2. Roasted Rosemary Oregano Potatoes    

3. Spiralized zucchini noodles topped with Spicy Shrimp Romesco and baby tomatoes      

4. Sautéed Fresh Spinach    

5. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Green Beans

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Green Beans
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound green beans, washed & trimmed
  2. 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  3. 1 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar
  4. 2 Tbs. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Infused Olive Oil
  5. 1/2 cup red pepper, seeds removed, thinly sliced lengthwise
  6. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Steam the green beans for 7 minutes or until tender.
  2. In large skillet, heat 1 Tbs. oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, add onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add red pepper, green beans and balsamic vinegar, cooking for 2 - 3 minutes, until heated through.
  3. Remove from heat. Add remaining Oil, salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.
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 6. Roasted Fall Vegetables     

7. Braised Radishes 

Braised Radishes
Serves 6
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb radishes
  2. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 1 tablespoon sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the radishes in a large skillet and add just enough water to cover. Add the butter, sugar, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until the radishes are tender and the liquid has reduced to a glaze, about 12 minutes
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer radishes to a serving dish (or your plate)
  4. Pour glaze over radishes
Notes
  1. If the radishes are tender but the liquid has not reduced sufficiently, remove the radishes from the skilled and continue to reduce the liquid.
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   8. Spinach Quinoa Salad with craisins and almonds     

  9. Quinoa with Apples and Carrots 

Quinoa with Apples and Carrots
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  3. 1 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 cup finelly diced carrots
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. 1 cup chicken broth
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 2 cups diced unpeeled apples
  9. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa and rub the grains together for 30 seconds before cooking.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a saucepan over med-high heat. Add onion, carrot, garlic, salt and pepper. Sautee for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender and carrots begin to brown.
  3. Stir in broth, water, quinoa and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  4. While the quinoa is simmering, in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, heat 1 teaspoon oil. Add the apple and sautee for 7 minutes, until apple begins to brown.
  5. Add apple to the quinoa and toss to combine.
  6. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. For a vegetarian version, use vegetable broth.
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Visit the Bumble Bee SuperFresh® website for a $2 off coupon so you can try these delicous SuperFresh® products for yourself! Bumble Bee SuperFresh® products are available at super markets nationwide, including Fairway Markets and Gristedes in NYC. To find a retail location nearest you, click here

Salmon with roasted potatoes and braised raddishes
Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil with roasted potatoes and braised raddishes

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Pickled Willy’s Gourmet Pickled Seafood

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Pickled Willy’s is a specialty seafood processing plant in Kodiak, Alaska, that started out as Alaska’s only pickling plant. Co-owner Bill Alwert, a retired Alaska Commercial Fishermen, started years ago pickling fish and created a long standing family recipe that became so popular with family and friends that he wanted to share it with everyone. The Alwert family still has the family boat, the Buccaneer out of Kodiak, but Bill has since retired to the beach.

The family recipe is undeniably good and there’s certainly no way to get fresher seafood than straight from the vessels of Kodiak Island and other Alaskan Ports.

All Pickled Willy’s seafood is 100% sustainable and found in Alaskan Waters and processed right in Kodiak. Pickled Willy’s products are hand packed, low in fat, high in Omega-3’s, all natural, gluten free and have no preservatives. 

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I recently had the chance to work with Pickled Willy’s and tried three of their pickled seafood products. The full line of pickled seafoods includes: Pickled Alaska Halibut, Pickled Alaska Ling Cod, Pickled King Crab, Pickled Sockeye Salmon. 

Each 16 oz jar contains a mix of Organic Vinegar, Cane Sugar, Water, Pickling Spice, Onion, Salt and fish/seafood, and has a shelf life of 5 months.
 
The Pickled Alaska Halibut, is boneless and skinless, with a pure snow white flesh and firm texture has a sweet smooth flavor and is perfect for ceviche. 
 
 
Pickled Willy’s Halibut Ceviche
Serves 4
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Prep Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Jar Pickled Willys Halibut
  2. ½ cup chopped Cilantro
  3. ½ cup chopped Cucumber
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl combine complete jar of Pickled Willy’s Halibut, cilantro, and cucumber.
  2. Place in refrigerator, wait 30 minutes or until cold before serving.
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The Pickled Sockeye Salmon has a bright red hue and a much firmer texture than the halibut. I’m not sured to eating salmon this way but after getting used the texture, I quite enjoyed it and didn’t find it as vinegar-y as the Halibut. I paired it with edamame and tomatoes and served it over mixed greens from my CSA, for a delicious lunch.  
 
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Pickled Willy’s ships through UPS, Alaska Air Cargo, and ACE Air Cargo and can be at your door in two days or less. 
 
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.

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Gluten Free Korean Food at Don’s Bogam // Koreatown, NYC

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Don’s Bogam blends the exquisite tastes of authentic Korean cuisine with a modern and intimately chic atmosphere that’s both fun and stylish. Floor level seating, tabletop grills and a menu full of Korean staples are just a few of the accommodations that make Don’s Bogam a truly unique experience. The open kitchen, where you can see Master Chef Woo Kim at work, and the tableside grilling allows guests to see exactly what you are eating and how it is prepared. 

If you’ve never been to a traditional Korean BBQ restaurant you must try it at least once in your lifetime! Not only is it a unique dining experience where you cook at your table, but the quality of meat and fish, the portion sizes, and the flavor combinations are outstanding. 

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shrimp grilling on the bbq; brisket and sides.

Don’s Bogam is the only (non-vegetarian) Korean restaurant in NYC that has a gluten free menu. If there are others, please do let me know! 

The Gluten Free Menu is below:

  • Japchae: Rice noodle with vegetables
  • Yukhoe: Steak Tartar with Pear
  • Haemul-sundubu: Soft tofu and seafood stew
  • Kimchi-jjigae: Kimchi and pork stew
  • Yukgaejang: Spicy beef and vegetable soup
  • Galbitang: Beef ribs soup with Daikon radish
  • Daegutang: Codfish soup with Shrimp, Clam and Vegetables
  • Prime Deungsim: Prime Whole Rib Eye Steak
  • Samgyeopsal: Pork Belly marinated in Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Saeng Galbi: Unseasoned, De-boned Thinly-sliced Beef Short Ribs
  • Deungsim: Whole Rib Eye Steak
  • Anchangsal: Sliced Skirt Steak
  • Chadolbagi: Thinly-sliced Beef Brisket
  • Saeu-gui: Jumbo Shrimp in Special Sauce
  • Sogogi-yachae-dolsot: Beef with assorted vegetables
  • Dak-gui-yachae-dolsot: Chicken with assorted vegetables
  • Tofu-yachae-dolsot: Tofu with assorted vegetables
  • Kimchi/Haemul-bokkeum-bab: Kimchi or Seafood Fried rice
     

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Chadolbagi: Thinly-sliced Beef Brisket

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Gluten Free sides

Seafood Fried Rice with a fried egg on top
Seafood Fried Rice with a fried egg on top

 

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Gluten Free Friday Finds

After attending the Summer Fancy Food Show a few weeks ago I have tried so many new and delicious gluten free products. You might recall my posts at the beginning of the month where I shared with you some of the delicious products I sampled. Today I want to highlight a few more awesome Gluten Free Finds I think you all will love!

 

Umpqua Oats

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Umpqua Oats was launched in 2008 by two moms craving a delicious and satisfying alternative to the typical instant oatmeal packets. Umpqua Oats super premium oatmeal is a satisfying, on-the-go breakfast choice for anyone who craves a healthy, delicious and quick meal. 

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Umpqua Oats are available in 7 creative flavors. Each one comes in a convenient container that can be used as a bowl. It’s so easy to make. Simply add hot water, cover with lid, wait 3 minutes, stir and enjoy. How simple is that? It’s perfect if you need a quick breakfast as you are running out the door in the morning. 

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What makes Umpqua Oats super premium? Well to start, the oats are the highest quality grade A, and only all natural nuts and fruits are used. There are no fillers, preservatives or artificial flavors. The custom milled, unbleached whole rolled oats give it a rich nutty flavor and a lightly chewier texture that is never mushy. The oats consistently test within the acceptable tolerance level for gluten free certification; however, they cannot certify the product as “gluten-free” because it is made in a plant where wheat products are produced. What does this mean? It means that the products could contain trace levels of wheat. 

Oats have a ton of health benefits: Lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, Special antioxidants for heart protection, stabilize blood sugar, and lower risk of diabetes to name a few. They are also packed with fiber, protein and iron. My only issue is the amount of sugar per serving. I find some of the flavors a little too sweet and wish there was just a little less sugar. 

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Jackpot flavor nutritional info

GH Creator Popcorn

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G.H. Cretors—best known for their Chicago Mix, the diabolically addicting combination of caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag—just introduced a new certified organic line of popcorn, which includes Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Simply Salted varieties. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil flavor is the first ever popcorn to be wet-popped in EVOO, and the Simply Salted is seasoned with just the right amount of sea salt for a clean, classic treat. The new organic line uses only organic non-GMO popcorn, 100% organic oils, and pure sea salt, which means with each kernel (or handful) you put in your mouth, you’ll only taste wholesome goodness! And just like all G.H. Cretors products, the organic varieties are made completely free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives and are non-GMO and certified gluten-free. 

G.H. Cretors’ signature Chicago Mix combines caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag, offering addictive, simultaneous hits of sweet, salty, crunchy and cheesy. The caramel corn is made the old fashioned way: by hand, in copper kettles. Cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly by hand to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch. 

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Jeremy and I recently tried QRUNCH Original Burgers and we actually enjoyed them a lot! QRUNCH burgers are completely different from any other veggie burger I’ve tried. Made with a combination of quinoa, millet, organic vegetables and coconut oil, it is 100% gluten free, soy free, corn free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, MSG free, and vegan. They make it so easy for those living with multiple food allergies to have a great tasting and nutrient dense burger.

QRUNCH burgers come in 4 flavors: Original, Spicy Italian, Green Chile, Curry with Lentils, and Saucy Buffalo. The Original is mild and nutty tasting. It has the subtle, nutty taste of quinoa (hence the Q in QRUNCH), the crunchiness of millet, and the goodness of organic vegetables. Because of its subtle flavor, pairs well with virtually anything you’d like on it. Try it with your favorite burger toppings, or place it on top of a salad.  It’s even great for breakfast with an egg on top, and it goes great with nut butters, jellies, honey, and yes, ketchup!

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Jeremy prefered the texture of this burger over other veggie burgers I’ve bought in the past. Our only issue is that it fell apart really easily. This is not a big deal, as we simply just ate the burgers with a fork. 

Since QRUNCH Burgers are already cooked, they are super easy to prepare! Keep them frozen until you’re ready to eat.

  • Toaster: Toast on high for one or two cycles until heated through. 
  • Toaster Oven or Oven: Bake at 400°F on a cookie sheet for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Skillet or Grill: Cook on medium-high heat, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  • Microwave: not recommend — you’ll lose that distinctive crunch. If you must, nuke on high for 1 to 2 minutes.

QRUNCH Burgers are sold in nearly 3,000 grocery stores across the country.

Modern Table Meals

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Modern Table Meals is a line of healthy, yummy, and easy to make pasta meal kits! Everything you need is in the bag: bean-based pastas, dried veggies, sauce + seasoning to customize the flavor to your tastes. For many, myself included, cooking dinner on busy weeknights can be a challenge some nights. While it is tough, I don’t want to sacrifice nutrition and quality just to be able to have the convenience of making something from a box, a frozen pizza, or worse, picking up something greasy and unhealthy at a fast food restaurant. This is where Modern Table meals come in. These meals are SO fast and easy to prepare and are full of quality, gluten-free ingredients that make you feel like you are getting a meal made from scratch. The best part? They don’t have a bunch of chemical ridden preservatives and “fake” ingredient. I love that the ingredients are things I know and that the ingredient list is minimal. I also love that the pasta is something different then just the traditional brown rice or corn gluten-free pastas you often find on the market. These lentil and bean pastas are nutrient dense, full of flavor and an excellent addition of fiber in your diet. They are also a great addition of plant based protein with 12-20 grams of protein and 5-7 grams of fiber per serving, and are full of vitamins your body needs.

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The 3 gluten free varieties of Modern Table Meals are:

  • Italian Red Lentil Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Parmesan Herb Seasoning 
  • Mediterranean Green Lentil Rotini with Garlic Herb Sauce and Mediterranean Citrus Seasoning
  • Southwest Red Lentil Rotini with Roasted Tomato Sauce and Chili Lime Seasoning 

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All 3 flavors are vegetarian and the Southwest is vegan. All varieties contain a healthy and protein-rich bean noodle, making it a complete meal even without adding a meat or protein. They contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. 

It’s so easy to make! Just rip open the bag, follow the simple instructions for a one-pot meal that is ready in less than 15 minutes. You can add your own twist to each of the 3 yummy Modern Table Meals or enjoy them as they are. 

BOIL pasta and vegetables for 8-9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain.

 

 

 MIX sauce in a small bowl with 2/3 cup water and 2 tablespoons oil.

 TOSS pasta and vegetables with sauce; let stand for 2 minutes.

 SPRINKLE with seasoning packet as desired–it’s a lot of flavor! Voila! Dinner is served!

 Check out the store locator to find a retailer near you. No stores near you? No fear. They’re online too!

Among Friends

Among Friends baking mixes are made with whole grains and premium better-for-you ingredients, with no starches, fillers or gums. The brand recently converted its entire line of nine mixes to gluten-free, and introduced a new cookie: Darcy’s Delish Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie, a fresh take on the American classic with a crispy edge, soft interior and premium Callebaut chocolate chips. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite and this one is delicious with a great texture and just the right amount of chips. 
 
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Among Friends is celebrating new distribution in Target, Kroger and Publix stores this summer. The brand will be in more than 5,500 stores nationwide by year’s end, which is incredible growth for a company that’s only been on the national scene for a few years. 
 
 

The Van Cleve Seafood Company

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The Van Cleve Seafood Co., founded and headquartered in Spotsylvania County, PA, now have its gourmet seafood products in 44 Whole Foods stores on the East Coast. The all-female, family-run business started in 2000 with one seafood shack on Courthouse Road. The Van Cleves have been featured on QVC for their crab pie and will appear again on the channel soon with new products: bacon-wrapped scallops and shrimp, both which are gluten free! 

The Van Cleve Seafood Company uses only high quality, sustainable ingredients, and this is the reason Whole Foods Market is putting them into their stores. You can also find The Van Cleve Seafood Company’s products in stores in NY and CT (and other mid-Atlantic states). You can also order the bacon-wrapped scallops and shrimp online have them shipped to directly via Fed Ex. 

I don’t normally eat bacon, but the bacon-wrapped scallops and shrimp tasted very fresh and are perfect for serving at parties or small gatherings. 

Nocciolata from Rigoni di Asiago

Made with organic ingredients completely free of GMO’s, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Rigoni di Asiago’s Nocciolata combines hazelnuts, cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, raw sugar, and skimmed milk for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor and smooth, creamy texture. Unlike other brands, which use palm oil (high in saturated fat and whose cultivation devastates the environment), Nocciolata is made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil. It also contains far less sugar than other brands. 

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I do not like Nutella so I didn’t think I was going to like this chocolate-hazelnut spread either. But boy was I wrong! Nocciolata tastes real. The quality of ingredients really do make a difference. There is no chemical or artificial taste here. I am now a fan of hazelnut-chocolate spread and have been eating it straight from the jar! 

Plentils from Enjoy Life Foods

I am a big fan of the Enjoy Life Foods brand for many reasons!  They work very hard to produce high quality, tasty food that is free of the top 8 allergens, plus a few more!  I have written other reviews about products from this company including their Chewy Bars, Chocolate Bars, Decadance Bars, and Baking Chocolates.   

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Recently, Enjoy Life was kind enough to provide with me four bags of their plentils . What’s a Plentil you ask? Chips with benefits. From ancient times to the present, the lentil has been one of the best sources of plant-based protein and is a staple in diets throughout the world. Enjoy Life has captured the essence of this vital legume’s all-natural goodness and turned it into a unique, protein-packed, crunchy experience. Every Plentils chip bursts with flavor and is a truly tasty “better-for-you” treat.

Plentils are available in 4 flavors: Light Sea Salt, Dill & Sour Cream, Margherita Pizza, and Garlic & Parmesan.

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The Light Sea Salt are my favorite. They have a nice crunch and subtle flavor. The Margherita Pizza chips taste like PIZZA! They are also amazing and we ate the entire bag! 

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Plentils are made with NO artificial ingredients and have zero sugar per serving, making them much healthier than most potato chips on the market and a great for school lunches or after school snack! 

Enjoy Life Foods products are available at retail locations nationwide. Click here to find a location near you. You can also purchase products online

Skillet’s Line of Pumpkin Ketchups

Skillet’s line of Pumpkin Ketchups include two gluten free flavors: Brown Sugar and Apple Vinegar, and Chipotle. They are sold in 10.5 ounce containers and can be found online as well as at Whole Foods, Metropolitan Market, Sur La Table and other specialty stores throughout the country.

“Skillet began as great local food served out of our 1971 Airstream, and right away we found success with our Bacon Jam Burger; then we had to make the perfect ketchupfor our fries!” states Skillet President Jon Severson. “The Pumpkin Ketchups are the perfect condiment and can be used as dipping sauces, marinades or added to any dish to make the at-home chef look like a pro.

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Skillet Pumpkin Ketchup is a pumpkin based condiment made with fresh pumpkin and spices and are filled with rich vitamins and minerals.  Each flavor has only 15 calories per 1 ounce serving and have a two-year shelf life. The Brown Sugar & Apple Vinegar and Chipotle flavors are also vegetarian and vegan.  These ketchups work great as a sauce for pasta, spread for sandwiches or used simply as ketchup. For recipes inspired by Skillet chef, Nick Novello, visit www.skilletstreefood.com.

Cucina Aurora Roasted Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Earlier this month I blogged about  Cucina Aurora’s Infused Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Oil and  Italian rosemary and oregano infused olive oil, both of which have incredible flavor and can take your cooking up a notch. 

Cucina Aurora’s Roasted Garlic Infused Oil is a potent oil, richly infused with the mellow flavor of roasted garlic. Made with granulated roasted garlic for the smoothest flavor possible, combined with just a hint of red pepper to bring out the garlic’s intensity. This powerful oil is perfect for bruschette, salads or just dipping with bread. Use in place of plain olive oil to sauté, fry, or grill fish, meat and veggies or simply toss and enjoy with pasta or rice.

Cucina Aurora infused olive oils are made with all natural ingredients. They are GMO-free, gluten free and vegan. Cucina Aurora does not, never has and never will use artificial ingredients, or preservatives. Please note, although Cucina Aurora does not at this time process any gluten or wheat products, they are not a dedicated or certified gluten free facility.

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. 

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Gluten Free Options at Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen // Hell’s Kitchen NYC

Ñaño means brother to Ecuadorians and was the perfect name for the restaurant that opened in Hell’s Kitchen in 2013. The dishes served here are passed down family recipes, using traditional Ecuadorian cooking techniques and ingredients.

Over server was friendly very knowledgeable about the menu, but it does help that only 4 dishes contain gluten.

Gluten Free Menu Options

Appetizers

  •  Humita $5.00: Savory corn and cheese cake cooked in corn husk
  • Tortillas de Verde $7.50: Green plantain patties filled with gooey cheese 
  • Ceviche $12.99: Shrimp, pickled red onions, grape tomatoes, cilantro, lime and olive oil.

Salads

  • Ñaño Salad $10.00: Gold and red beets, grape tomatoes, pickled onions and radish. Mixed greens. Add Grilled Chicken or Shrimp 
  • Ceviche Mixto $19.99: Shrimp, Calamari, Swai. Grape tomatoes, pickled onions.  Olive oil, cilantro and lime. Toasted corn.

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Ceviche Mixto

Soups

  • Crema de Lentejas  $8.50: Cream of Lentils topped by fetta cheese, croutons and scallions.
  • Caldo de Bola $13.00: Beef soup featuring a plantain dumpling filled with beef, egg, raisins and peanut sauce.
  • Encebollado de Albacora   $15.00: Fresh tuna soup with yucca and spices and toasted corn.

Main Courses

  • Rebecca $12.99: Vegetarian. Mashed yucca, lentils. Sweet Plantains. Green salad.

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  • Arroz con Pollo  $13.00: Chicken strips sautéed in Ñaño Sofrito, raisins, veggies and yellow fried rice.
  • Seco de Pollo $15.99: Spicy and sour chicken stew. Yellow Rice. Sweet Plantains.
  • Fritada $16.99: Lean chunks of moist pork. Mashed yucca. Green salad.
  • Sudado de Camarón   $17.99: Shrimp in onions, tomato, peppers and cilantro sauce. Yellow rice.  Green salad.

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Sudado de Camarón

  • Cazuela $18.99: Pan fried Tilapia and shrimp in green plantain and peanut sauce. White Rice. Green salad.
  • Sudado Mixto $18.99: Pan fried Tilapia and shrimp in onions, tomato, peppers and cilantro sauce. White Rice. Green salad.
  • Pescado Encocado  $19.99: Swai and shrimp in a coconut and orange sauce. White Rice. Green salad.
  • Carne en Palito  $19.99: Beef on a Stick.  Rib-eye and sausage. Onions and Peppers. Mashed yucca. Chimichurri dipping sauce. Green salad.

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Carne en Palito

  • Lomito Salteado   $22.99: NY Strip sautéed with onions, red peppers and soy sauce. Fried potato slices. Rice. Fried eggs.
  • Costilla $39.99 Good for sharing between 2 Short rib in garlic, tomato and cilantro sauce. White rice. Green salad.

Desserts

  • Torta de Manqueño $7.00: Flour-less Sweet plantain parfait with amaretto on seasonal fruit compote.

 The Ceviche was delicious and a must try if you find yourself at Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen. 

The portion sizes were quite large, my dad and I shared the Carne en Palito and there was plenty of food. The meat dishes are on the saltier side, as you would expect from South American meat, but nonetheless delicious, tender and cooked to perfection.

Enjoy delicious, fresh home made meals in a friendly and cozy environment. So stop by soon to have a little taste of Ecuador. I would recommend you make a reservation as the restaurant is quite small with only 6 tables (and two outside when the patio is open). 

 

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