Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Celebrate Hot and Spicy Food Day with Tandoor Chef - #Review #Gluten-Free

Did you know August 19 is Hot and Spicy Food Day?! 

WHAT?!  YUP!  Now, THAT'S my kind of day!
I may have mentioned once or twice before how much I love spicy food.

What better way to celebrate spicy food than with a little Tandoor Chef Indian Cuisine review?!
I'm not a huge fan of frozen foods.  Most of them taste terrible and have absolutely no nutritional value.  Not to mention, there are not very many gluten-free frozen meal choices out there.  Not only doesTandoor Chef offer gluten-free, it also offers vegan and vegetarian products as well.

I was VERY pleasantly surprised with Tandoor Chef!
I tried two different varieties:

The Chicken Tandoori with Spinach was tasty.  VERY heavy on the spinach, so it would have been great with some bread to soak some of the sauce up with, but hence, being gluten-free, I don't normally eat bread at all.  It was still very good.

The Chicken Tikka Masala was my FAVORITE!!!!  It was packed with flavor and absolutely delicious!

Both of these meals were packed with protein!  I was super impressed.  Along with that though, they were both very high in sodium.  For something I will eat every once in a while, I did't mind it.  However, I would most definitely not be able to eat these every day with the amount of sodium they contain.

Here is the nutritional information for the Chicken Tandoori with Spinach:

Here is the nutritional information for the Chicken Tikka Masala:

And of course....don't you want to see what they actually look like after you cook them?!  That's pretty important ;)

Here is the Chicken Tandoori with Spinach:

Here is the Chicken Tikka Masala:

I found both to be mildly spicy, just as the box said.  I could definitely use more spice, but it has to appeal to the masses ;)  I will purchase these again in the future.

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*Disclaimer: I was given 2 vouchers for Tandoor Chef in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Simple Shredded Pork Marinara over Spaghetti Squash - Gluten-Free

It's a very rare occasion in which everyone in the house boasts over my dinners.  No, really.  I know, I know...."Queen of the Crock Pot" yada yada!  LOL  I mean, everyone usually doesn't complain about dinner, but this time, they RAVED about it!

Here's how it went....I was out teaching an Essential Oils class and on my way home, my husband said "Nice job on dinner, honey!  The kids LOVED it!  I loved it too!  Good job!"
Well, that was nice to hear!
Fast forward to the next morning when Ella gets out of bed...
"Morning mom!  Did you really make that dinner last night?"
"Good morning Ella!  Yes, honey, I did."
"Wow, mom!  That was REALLY good!  Great job, mom!  Me and Gavin LOVED it!"

Here's the thing...I literally opened cans and dumped them in the slow cooker along with a chopped up onion....which my husband did for me.  I didn't add ANYTHING else to it.  LOL  I used all Dei Fratelli products, so apparently, they season better than me!  LOL!!!!!

I'll get to the recipe now so you too can "wow" your family with you mad cooking skills!

Servings: 12-14

4 oz. pork sirloin tip roast
26.46 oz. carton Dei Fratelli Truly finely chopped tomatoes
28 oz. Dei Fratelli crushed tomatoes, basil and herbs
28 oz. can Dei Fratelli chopped Italian tomatoes, herbs and olive oil
6 oz. can tomato paste
Spaghetti Squash (1 squash served 3 adults) - cooking instructions here
optional: regular pasta or gluten-free pasta if you desire

Directions: (use a 5 quart or larger crock for this recipe)
In your crock, place the pork sirloin tip roast.

Next, pour in the carton of Truly finely chopped tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, chopped Italian tomatoes and tomato paste.

Add the onions, then stir it up a bit.

Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 3.5-4 hours.
Take the pork roast out, roughly shred it and stir it back through the sauce.
Serve it over Spaghetti Squash and ENJOY!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Dei Fratelli - Day by Dei Contest!

I have been using Dei Fratelli tomato products since I went gluten-free because all of their products are all natural AND gluten-free!  All of their products are non-GMO as well!  As busy as I am, I don't have time to chop tomatoes these days and Dei Fratelli products make it easy for me to cook!  I can simply open the can or the box and get dinner crockin'!!!

Dei Fratelli sent me these products to try and I cannot WAIT to use them all!  I've decided I'm making a Pasta Sauce with Shredded Pork tomorrow for dinner using these wonderful products!!  I can't wait to eat!

Dei Fratelli is celebrating 90 years with a super fun Pinterest Contest!!!  All you have to do is pin your favorite recipe to their Day By Dei board with the hashtag #DayByDei to enter!  The contest runs now through August 31, 2014.  So, go get pinning!

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*I was sent a few Dei Fratelli products to try in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Planes Fire And Rescue - Race To The Rescue #REVIEW

The kids and I recently had the opportunity to preview Planes Fire & Rescue - Race To The Rescue.
It was adorable!!

Dusty takes on a new role in this movie out of necessity and becomes a Fire Plane.  Of course, he takes risks when he shouldn't and is as strong-willed as ever, but Dusty learns some important things about himself and how to work with others.  Good lessons for my kids ;)

Of course, my son LOVED the fire theme!!!!  We got to meet some fun new characters, while still enjoying most of the old ones as well.

My family highly recommends this movie to your family!  We had a super fun night!
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*Disclaimer: I was provided with free tickets in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quinoa Chili - Gluten-Free and Vegetarian

I've been wanting to make a quinoa chili for a long time.  Sometimes, I just need to wait for the right inspiration to come in order for me to create just the right recipe ;)  This time, it was cleaning out my pantry!  LOL  Hey, whatever it takes!

This quinoa chili was delicious!  I didn't miss the meat at all.  There's a tiny bit of heat, but I wouldn't call it spicy.  My kids didn't say anything about it.  My husband mentioned how filling this was, and I have to agree.  Also, I wanted to mention...don't be fooled by the long list of ingredients.  There are several cans to open and some spices to dump in and not a lot of chopping.  It all comes together very quickly.  Give it a try! ;)

Servings: 10-12

15.5 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
15.5 oz. can Northern beans, drained and rinsed
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
16 oz. tomato sauce
12 oz. can tomato paste
3/4 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 Tbsp. onion powder
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 bay leaf
7-8 cups water

Directions: (Use a 6 quart or larger slow cooker for this recipe)
Place the beans in the bottom of your crock.
Add in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste.
Next, add in the onions, mushrooms, carrots and quinoa.

It's time for all those wonderful spices!
Add in all the remaining ingredients, including the water, then stir.

Cook on LOW for 8-9 hours.
Serve and ENJOY!

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Moroccan Shredded Chicken - Gluten-Free

Ok, so I realize the picture you see blow is VERY boring.  I know.  But you know what?!  This is real life in our house.  Some nights, this is as "fancy" as it gets!  We're a real family, on the go and honestly, sometimes dinner is half eaten and I say "Crud!!  I forgot to take a picture!"  This was close to one of those nights, but I at least got something on a plate and took a picture!

Even though the picture doesn't do it justice, this was DELICIOUS!  I swear!  The spices were PERFECT and WONDERFUL!  You won't be disappointed!  Hopefully you'll have all these spices tucked into your cupboard somewhere and you can throw this together!  It's easy peasy!

Servings: 4-6

3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup no sodium chicken stock 

Mix the cinnamon, paprika, ginger, turmeric, cumin, salt and pepper together.

Place the chicken into your crock, then sprinkle the spice blend over the top. Add in the chicken stock. (Mine was frozen but it makes no difference!)

Cook on LOW for 5 hours or on HIGH for 2.5 hours.
Shred and mix back through the juices in the slow cooker.

Serve over rice, or however you choose.
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Fiesta Lime Shredded Beef - Gluten-Free

As I was wondering around the grocery store, I came across the Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning.....the rest is history!

This meat becomes SO incredibly tender and just literally falls apart when it's done!  The flavor is amazing!  The Fiesta Lime seasoning is perfect.  It brings such great flavor mixed with the salsa.  Such simple ingredients...yet packed with so much flavor.  These are my favorite kinds of recipes!  Beware there is a lot of fat on the chuck roast, but it's really easy to separate from the meat.  I did it without a problem.

I served my beef over lettuce with lime infused Northern beans, fresh onions, salsa and sour cream on top.  It was seriously incredible!  This would be great in tacos, on enchiladas, on tostadas, in a burrito, on nachos, etc.

Servings: 10-12

3-4 lb. boneless chuck roast
4 Tbsp. Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup minced red onion
3/4 cup salsa (fresh is best)

Rub the Fiesta Lime seasoning all over both sides of the roast.

Add the onions and salsa on top.

Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
Shred the beef, separating the fat and discarding it.  Place the beef back into the crock and stir with all the juices.

Serve whichever way you choose and ENJOY!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Simple Barbecue Pork Chops - Gluten-Free

You know when you walk around the grocery store....waiting for something to call your name because you have absolutely NO idea what you want to make for dinner the coming week?  Yup, that was me.  Wandering....around and around and around the grocery store.  LOL  I wound up in the pork section of the meat department, trying to find something not too expensive.  I came across pork shouder steaks which were on sale, so I bought those.  As I continued to wander aimlessly around the grocery store, picking up other things I needed, I found Mrs. Dash seasonings.  So, I picked up some Barebue Seasoning!

When I got home, I got right to work getting dinner ready for the next day!  I grew up eating pork chops weekly!  Some weeks, we had them 2-3 times.  My dad LOVES them.  I'm pretty sure we kept shake n' bake in business.  No, seriously.  We were never without it and never had our pork chops any other way.  I didn't even know you could make pork any other way!  In fact, when I was in college, I remember eating at my husband's parents' house and they were having applesauce with their pork chops.  I thought it was REALLY weird and asked if they had any barbecue sauce instead.  HAHAHAHA!!!  So, I threw my pork steaks in my crock with some Mrs. Dash barbecue seasoning and a tiny bit of water and hoped for the best.

These porch chops were awesome!  We all loved them and cleaned our plates!  My husband's only complaint was "why didn't you make more of them?!"  Whoops!  Guess that's a good complaint to have!

Servings: 4

2-3 lbs. pork shoulder steak
2-3 Tbsp. Mrs. Dash barbecue seasoning
1/4 cup water

Place the pork shoulder steaks into your crock and coat them on both sides with barbecue seasoning.

Pour in the 1/4 cup of water and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or on HIGH for 2.5-3 hours.

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