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Whipping up tasty meals at home just became a cinch! Gourmet Garden is my new bestie in the kitchen – fresh, organic herbs and spices all chopped up and ready to go in the convenience of a tube. Just squeeze and prepare to please! From basil, parsley, dill and garlic to more exotic delights like lemongrass and cilantro, these babies will instantly punch up any meal. I simply boil some pasta then squeeze in some of the Basil, a touch of the Garlic, mix it up and voila… in less than 10 minutes a supremely tasty meal is ready to be served – and no rinsing, no chopping, no slicing, no dicing required! My other favorite is creating a salad dressing by stirring the Basil into a little bowl of olive oil, a few squeezes of lemon and a dash of salt – this award-worthy concoction always generates many oohs and aahs. Take boring steamed veggies to new heights by tossing them with a few squeezes of the Dill. The ideas and possibilities are truly endless! They last several months in the frig and are gluten-free. For those with dairy sensitivities, know that one of the ingredients lower on the list is whey. Available at supermarkets across the country (click HERE for all locations). Bon Appetit!
When you think of vegan, gluten-free cookies, incredibly tasty and delicious isn’t always what first comes to mind. But Lauren and Heather, the savvy girls behind The Inspired Baker, have done just that. Their cookies are so rich, so memorable, so decadent, they’ll make your head spin. I was lucky enough to indulge on the Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip (yup, they’re vegan and gluten-free). I tested these babies out with a few dudes too – hardcore meat and potato types who never go near anything even mildly healthy. These guys almost polished off the entire bag in one sitting; and didn’t have a clue there was nary an ounce of butter, milk, cream or wheat inside. Ha, fooled ’em! Other jaw-dropping flavors are available too, like Midnight Mocha and Peanut Butter and Jelly. Talk about a treat worth treating yourself too. Get in on the action by contacting Lauren and Heather at email@example.com.
Get ready to knock your socks off… this vegan ice “cream” by Stella’s Best blows away traditional ice creams (the ones that are loaded with cream, milk, and eggs). Rich, creamy and mind-blowingly decadent, Stella’s Best is pure heaven. Made from a base of coconut milk and cashews, this tasty treat is sweetened with unrefined evaporated cane juice and nary a dairy product in sight. You’re certain to fall in love with all of the flavors; they’re each loaded with chunky mix-ins such as Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Red Velvet and Peanut Butter and Jelly. Just look at the photo attached to this blog – it doesn’t get anymore dreamy than that! Stella’s Best is a small local business, so all of their products are made to order. Fortunately you can also find it on the menu at Culina Restaurant located inside the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Dining at Culina happens to be a real treat and the food is very memorable, especially the delicacies at the one-of-a-kind raw bar. Then again, you can always just pop in for a giant bowl of Stella’s Best. And, when you want to blow away your friends at the next gathering, stock up on this stuff and enjoy the endless stream of oohs and aahs!
These instantly caught my attention – ips All Natural Egg White
Ch(ips). Clever spelling there, right? We’re talking devilishly tasty, hearty chips that aren’t fried and loaded with 7 grams of protein per serving (thanks to those wholesome egg whites). They’re available in such mouth-watering flavors as Aged White Cheddar, Barbecue, Sea Salt/Black Pepper and even Cinammon Sugar to help satisfy your sweet tooth. They’re also gluten-free, contain 50% less fat than regular potato chips and are all natural (meaning no fake stuff). I don’t know about you but I’m squirreling away a few bags of these ips for myself since the kids are quickly gobbling them all up. Dig in!
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For all of you lactose intolerant and/or dairy avoiders, here’s what you’ve been searching for to pair with bagels and crackers… Nary Dairy, 100% Cashew Cheese. These delectable spreads will make your heads spin. Made from cashew nuts, 100% vegan and available in such tasty flavors as “Dillicious” (that’s dill), “Mesquite Smoked” and “Beddar Cheddar,” this stuff is ultra creamy and delicious. Plus, Nary Dairy products are said to be low in saturated fat and loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants. You can cook with it too – add a dollop to those mixed vegetable and pasta recipes for an extra kick of flavor. I promise you won’t miss the milk. And of course your bagels, lox (and your belly) will never know what hit ’em!
Even if you haven’t jumped on the vegan, gluten-free bandwagon these supremely tasty Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are winning rave reviews all around. Kids are loving them too. Packed with protein, they’re a perfect after dinner treat, afternoon snack or morning munchie. Please note: I’ve tested them out with many a guy’s guy and they were gobbled up – now that’s a solid stamp of approval! Here’s the recipe…
Preheat oven to 350
Flax Egg: (Make this first since it needs to stay in the fridge for 15 minutes)
1 Tbsp Ground Flax
3 Tbsp Hot Water
Mix together and place in the fridge for 15 min to recreate an “egg” like consistency
Combine Dry Ingredients In A Bowl:
1 1/2 cups Gluten-Free Oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Brand for the oats, rice flour and flax – one stop shopping!)
1/4 cup Rice or Coconut Flour
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Crushed or Chopped Walnuts
1/2 – 3/4 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
Combine Wet Ingredients In Another Bowl:
1/2 cup Mashed Ripe Bananas (I always use 2-3 bananas)
1/4 cup Applesauce
1/4 – 1/2 cup Honey or Agave (depending on how sweet you want the cookies. I usually use 1/4 cup)
2 tsp Vanilla
Combine the wet (including the flax egg) and dry ingredients and mix together with a spoon, roll 2 Tbsp and drop onto a cookie sheet that’s been sprayed or coated with a little grape seed oil so they don’t stick to the pan, I like to flatten them out a bit, and then bake ’til golden brown – usually 30-45 min depending on the oven, so keep an eye on ’em. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Makes approximately 12-16 cookies.
Now go indulge yourself and others!
*Photo of cookies on plate courtesy of What I’m Loving Subscriber and this cookie recipe lover, Natalia Luff
Remember Hershey’s Rolo … that delectable morsel of chocolatey goodness with the chewy caramel center? If you haven’t gotten acquainted with them for awhile now’s the time. They’re well worth rediscovering. With a little more than 1 gram of fat each, you can pop 3 or 4 of them without feeling too guilty. And, the classic 13 oz bag is less than $5.00 at the local grocery store or pharmacy. What’s even sweeter about these bite size treats is they’re delicately wrapped in alluring gold foil and look so darn chic when placed on a pretty dish (pictured above) – a guaranteed hit at your next cocktail or dinner gathering. Bingo!
Confession of the day: I’m addicted to walnuts! I eat them all day long – a handful at breakfast, a bunch here and there for snacks, and several more as an after dinner treat (especially when mixed with dried tart cherries). Given how many walnuts I consume each day it’s not surprising to learn that #1 – I’ve tried many brands from a slew of different stores and #2 – I can’t seem to lose those last 2-3 pounds. I don’t care! Walnuts are made up of the good fats and they’re good for you. They’re said to be rich in omega-3 fatty acids and may reportedly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Based on my years of experience, the majority of packaged walnuts are not overly appealing. Fortunately, I found a very tasty variety at my local farmer’s market and that’s the only place I would buy them. Walnuts should taste pretty heavenly if I’m going to eat this many of them, right?! I thought my walnut fix would forever be served solely by this local farmer’s market variety, that is until I discovered Nuts About Florida Walnuts by Barnard. (When you click the link scroll to the bottom of the page to find the walnuts). I was very hesitant about buying a bag given I spotted them at a chain of grocery stores, and those are the last places I buy walnuts because of the many unsavory and almost rancid ones I’ve bit into. Blech! But I’m thrilled I took the plunge because the Nuts About Florida Walnuts are so wildly delicious; these babies just blew me away. So if you’re as crazy about walnuts as I am or even if you just plain old like ’em, then please go ahead and indulge yourself. Let me know what you think…