First Fresh Chicken Sausage Review

I am always happy to review new gluten-free product that are something special. Recently, I received a sample of  delicious Chicken Sausage.

Sausage is one of those items that can have hidden gluten. Between the seasoning, flavors and outer casing it is important to read labels and ask questions. The family that created this product has experience with Celiac Disease first hand and have created a product that is both completely gluten-free and healthy. Chicken sausage has 78% less fat then the tradition products on the market. Made with a short list of real ingredients:

Ingredients: Chicken breast filet, chicken skin, water, contains less than 2% of: salt, spices, natural flavorings, dextrose, sodium citrate, sodium diacetate, packed into a collagen casing.

It browned well and was great both on its own and in a simple tomato sauce. The flavor of the herbs and spices really was evident.

Check out there website and find a location to pick some up:

Our Sausage

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Peach Cobbler

For Easter dinner the number one request was to make a real southern peach cobbler.  I have done plenty of fruit crumbles but this was a new challenge. To make a gluten free cobbler that was super easy and stayed moist. This recipe is a bit different then the tradional ones because it is layered with the cake part on the bottom and the fruit on top. My peach cobbler was a hit, best part of Easter dinner by far!! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

2-10oz bags Frozen peachs

Juice 1/4 lemon 

1 cup coconut sugar divided by into 2 parts

3 tablespoons butter (melter)

1 tablespoon cornstarch 

1 cup gluten-free flour (cup for cup worked great)

2 teaspoon cinnamon 

1 pinch salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup milk 

Start by placing peaches, juice of the lemon and half the sugar into a pot. Cook over medium heat 15 minutes until peaches start to become soft and liquid starts to boil. Add the corn starch, mix well and continue to cook over low heat for 5 more minutes.

While peaches cook pour melted butter into a deep round baking dish and set aside.

In another large bowl mix flour, other 1/2 cup of sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Once mixed well add milk and continue to combine. Now, scoop the batter into the baking dish of melted butter in. Once peaches are ready gently place them on top pressing down lightly. No need to mix. Bake at 35o degrees for 45 min.

Serve hot with ice cream 🙂
   
 

SUNWARRIOR Review

Shakes have become my healthy meal option on the go. After a good workout or running out the door, my daily routine includes a nutritious shake of some kind. Adding protein to a shake can be difficult since many of the powders on the market are filled with junk and not gluten-free.

Sunwarrior is a clean plant based protein and natural supplement option. Sunwarrior offers a large selection of products with items the are raw, organic or all-natural. Can’t beat an option that is gluten-free, soy free, non-gmo, dairy free and vegan.

Many different options are available:

Classic Protein is made from fermented brown rice. This simple formula is suggested for those with food allergies and our more granola customers.
Warrior Blend is a synergistic combination of pea, goji berry, and hemp proteins with the bonus of medium chain triglycerides from coconut. Warrior Blend has a slightly better amino acid profile and includes the anti-inflammatory power of coconut to speed recovery.

Classic Plus relies on brown rice, pea, quinoa, chia, and amaranth for ancient grain goodness without the gluten or carbs. It has a similar amino acid profile to Warrior Blend, but a slightly different texture and flavor.

Read more about this product or buy online at: https://sunwarrior.com/store/

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Light Buffalo Chick Dip 

With football season in full swing it’s time for some great snacks. Buffalo dip is normally loaded with some calorie heavy ingredients. This version is much lighter and no one with ever know. Give it a try!

Ingredients:

1 roasted whole chicken 

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

8oz light cream cheese (softened)

4oz crumbled blue cheese

3/4 cup buffalo wing sauce (look for a brand that is 5 calories a serving)

1/2 cup grated light cheese (Colby jack, mozzarella or cheddar) 

Start by shredding the meat of the whole chicken. Make sure to remove all skin and bones. Place the shredded meat into a large bowl. Add yogurt, cream cheese, blue cheese, buffalo sauce and 1/4 of the grated cheese. Mix together well. Pour mixture into round baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Broil for an additional 1-2 more minutes to make the top golden. Serve hot with celery and carrot sticks. 

  

Fresh n’ Lean Food

Tons of new meal deliver options continue to pop up. Complete meals, pre-packed and ready to go. Being gluten-free it is hard to take advantage of most of these options. Luckily the need for gluten-free and more healthy options is becoming clear. Fresh n’ Lean Food delivers prepackaged, ready to eat meal directly to your door.

All of Fresh n’ Lean meals are organic, gluten-free, plant based, vegan and all natural. The meals come in containers that food can be heated in.

A convenient and affordable option. $27.99 for a full day of meals. Choose individual meal options or go with a pre-made menu.  Options include granola, oatmeal, pasta, lentils, quinoa, rice dishes and much more. Check it some options here: https://www.freshnlean.com/weekly-menu-2/

To get started visit Fresh n’ Lean online: https://www.freshnlean.com/order-fnl/
   
    
   
 

 

Simple Silver Dollar Biscuits 

This was my first attempt at gluten-free biscuits. I think they came out great. I cut the rolled dough into small biscuit shapes instead of normal cut-out style which is why they are called silver dollar.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder 

1 tablespoon coconut sugar

1 pinch salt

2 tablespoons butter (cut into cubed)

2 oz cream cheese (cut in to cubed)

1/4 milk

Start by mixing the all purpose flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together. Next, cut the cream cheese and butter into the mix until you have a crumbly mixture. Then, slowly kneed the milk into the mix. Once mixed well, roll into a log about 2 inches in diameter and ten inches long. Slice log into round disks about 1 1/2 inches thick. Place the round biscuits on a foiled baking sheet. Spray tops well with cooking spray or oil. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 mins. Next, remove and flip them all and bake for ten more minutes. Once done enjoy with honey or jelly. 

 

Brussel Sprout Salad

I am always coming up with new slaw recipes. I was making a big fancy fish dinner and needed a fun side to go with it. The whole thing came out crunchy, sweet and sour. 

Ingredients

2 Cups Brussel Sprout

1 Head Fennel

1 Lemon

1 Sugar Cane Vinegar

1 tsp Sugar

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 Pepper

2 Tbs Orange Marmalade

 

Start by shredding brussel sprout and fennel in a large bowl. Do this carefully. Using a micro planner makes this much easier. Pour the juice of the lemon and vinegar in the bowl and mix well. Add salt, pepper and orange marmalade. Mix well and serve cold.

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Dipping Sauce Fun

As the second post of a three part series, Foster Farms asked me to create a unique dipping sauce to pair with their corn dogs and chicken strips. I came up with two that go great. Give them a try and let me know which you like more.

Spicy Cheese Sauce

Ingredients:

2 Tbs Butter

1 1/2 Tbs All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour

2/3 Cup Colby-Jack Cheese

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Sugar

1 Cup Whole Milk

1/2 Cup Salsa (optional)

Start by melting the butter in a sauce pot. Once melted add the flour and stir with a whisk until combined. After this cooks for a few seconds it’s time to add the milk.  Over medium heat whisk the milk and flour until smooth and milk begins to bubble. Now add salt, sugar and pepper. Add the cheese slowly continue to whisk as you go. After a few minutes the cheese will melt and start to mix in well with milk. Keep over low heat and cook until well combined and sauce begins to get thick. Finally, add salsa and mix well. This will not take long but continue to whisk to prevent cheese from burning on the bottom.  Serve hot!

Sweet Chile Ketchup

Ingredients

3 Tbs Ketchup

3 Tbs Sweet Chili Sauce (find in the international section at the grocery store)

Dash of hot sauce (optional)

Mix together well and serve!


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Ginger Dressing

I am very surprised that I have not published this recipe before. My ginger dressing recipe is one of the few ways I can get my fiancé to eat salad. This dressing is very easy and fun to make.

Ingredients-

1 medium carrots

2 inch piece of fresh ginger

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon vinegar (rice or apple cider vinegar)

2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce

Start by peeling and cutting the carrot and ginger into small pieces. Place all the ingredients in the food processor or blender and blend well. Goes great as a quick salad on romaine lettuce.