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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