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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Caesar’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Pasta Meals
Caesar's Kitchen recently sent me free samples of their brand new gluten-free frozen pasta meals. Caesar’s Pasta, the New Jersey-based pasta expert with 50 years of experience, launched this new Certified Gluten-Free line of fresh-from-the-freezer gourmet pasta meals just a few months ago. The new meals include Gourmet 3 Cheese Herb Rigatoni & Meat Sauce and Gourmet Buffalo Style Chicken Mac & Cheese with Cheddar and Blue Cheese Sauce, both of which are gluten-free.

Caesar’s Kitchen features:

  • Convenient single-serve meals
  • Amazing taste – you won’t believe its Gluten Free!
  • Free of rBST hormones and antibiotics
  • Zero preservatives, artificial flavors or trans fats
  • Great solutions for anyone in the family (work lunches, play dates, sleepovers, off to college or any time)

I first tried the 3 Cheese Herb Rigatoni with Meat Sauce and was pleasantly surprised at the yummy real cheese in this pasta meal. It didn't feel gritty or watery like some cheese-based pasta sauces do in frozen meals. I also liked the way the pasta cooked up in the oven. It gave it more of a baked ziti type of taste and texture. The only downfall is that I don't have a microwave and preparing this dish took much longer than I would have liked. I set the timer for 20 minutes as indicated on the box, but it took almost 45 minutes to heat and eat and I had to bump up the cooking temperature to over 400 degrees.

Next, I tried the Buffalo Style Chicken Mac & Cheese for lunch one day. Blue cheese is not my favorite so I didn't love this meal but I ate it because I was hungry. It does have a kick to it, so if you like spicy you will probably enjoy this dish. I had the same problem with heating this meal and had to cook it for 45 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Keep this in mind if you aren't using a microwave!

Overall, I enjoyed the 3 Cheese Herb dish the best but I probably won't buy it any time soon since I don't have easy access to a microwave. If I was traveling and saw these at the store and my hotel had a microwave, this would be a good option for a quick non-restaurant, gluten-free meal.

Thank you Caesar's Kitchen for the opportunity to try your new products.

3 Cheese Herb Rigatoni & Meat Sauce
Buffalo Style Mac & Cheese


Nutritional panel from 3 Cheese Rigatoni 


Find Caesar’s Kitchen (caesarskitchen.com) at select retailers, including Whole Foods, Wakefern and ShopRite. The price for these gluten-free pasta meals ranges from $4.49 - $5.99.

You can learn more about Caesar's Kitchen from their social media channels: FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.



Please note, I was sent free product from Caesar's Kitchen but this does not influence my review. Opinions are my own. 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Celiac Disease Foundation Gluten-Free Expo

CDF Gluten-Free EXPO
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA
June 3 & 4, 2017

For a limited time, you can buy discount attendee tickets to the Celiac Disease Foundation EXPO. Now you can purchase $16 adult tickets and $8 children tickets with THIS LINK.

Attracting thousands of foodies in the gluten-free community, the CDF Gluten-Free EXPO features more than 100 leading companies from across the country that showcase their newest and best gluten-free products and services.

EXPO Hall Times:
Saturday, June 3 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, June 4 10:00 am  – 4:00 pm

Discounted EXPO Pricing
$16 for adults
$8 for children

This year's EXPO will feature gluten-free beer tasting, cooking demos, raffles, book signings, photo booths, and more!

The first 500 attendees entering the EXPO Hall each day will receive an official EXPO Swag Bag
filled to the brim with more than $100 worth of gluten-free goodies!

For more information, visit celiac.org/cdf-conference or email info@celiac.org

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Monday, May 15, 2017
2nd Annual Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Disorders Family Education Day
The Pediatric Celiac Disease & Gluten Related Disorders Program at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City is hosting their 2nd Annual Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Disorders Family Education Day on May 21, 2017. I was honored to be a speaker at their first event last year and happy to see they are hosting this event again. This event is perfect for both parents and kids. There are informative speakers for the grown-ups and gluten-free activities for the kids.


Sunday, May 21, 2017
10:00am-2:00pm

Natural Gourmet Institute
48 W 21st St #2, New York, NY 10010

To register, please contact Kenza.Hill@nyumc.org. Space is limited! All adults are welcome but children should be ages 7-12.


To learn more about the Pediatric Celiac Disease & Gluten Related Disorders Program, visit:


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Celebrating Snacky Hour with Enjoy Life Foods
Last week, I was invited to a girls night happy hour at my friend Anita's house. I knew Anita's daughter had celiac disease so I decided to bring along some Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Chip cookies for us to enjoy. I figured if I wasn't eating anything else at the party I could safely eat, at least I would have some cookies. Let the Enjoy Life "Snack Hour" begin!

As I drove to the party, I couldn't help but laugh when I looked over at my pocketbook sitting on the passenger seat. It was one of those "You know you are a celiac when..." moments. Some people smuggle booze and cigarettes in their bags. Apparently, I smuggle gluten-free cookies.

When I arrived at my friend's house, I was greeted warmly by friends I haven't seen since my wedding. I was handed a glass of wine and was also shown to the "safe plate" in the kitchen. Like I said, my friend's daughter has celiac so she knew the importance of keeping a plate separate for me. My plate already had dips scooped out from uncontaminated bowls and carrot sticks cut ahead of time. As my friend brought out new dishes to the party, she always served me first before anyone else could contaminate the dip with gluten. To say this was a relief was an understatement. I wish every hostess could be as kind and understanding as Anita. She went above and beyond to feed me deliciously and safely that night and I am so grateful.

My "safe plate" kept away from contaminants!

Anita fed me so well that night, that we never made it to the Enjoy Life cookies. I was stuffed from all of the yummy gluten-free appetizers she fed me at the party. I am sure that one of her four kids dove right into the cookies as soon as the grown-ups left and hope her celiac daughter managed to wrestle them away from her brothers!

While I didn't eat any Enjoy Life cookies at the party, I did eat some over the weekend and had time to really appreciate the extra steps my friend took so I could #EatFreely at her house.

Enjoy Life's recent "Snacky Hour" campaign is their way of giving us permission to #EatFreely by breaking up the normal, everyday routine. It's time to take a break and find enjoyment in our daily lives with delicious snacks that are free of allergens and worry. And more importantly, it is a reminder to Enjoy Life!






Disclosure: I received free Enjoy Life product in exchange for writing a review on this blog. There are no affiliate links in this post. 

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Monday, May 1, 2017
Celebrating Celiac Awareness Month with Gluten-Free Cake

Happy Celiac Awareness Month everyone! 

It's been a very busy few months for me as I planned my gluten-free wedding. I have a big post about how I pulled that off, but first we need to celebrate. This is a month to focus on the positive, spread awareness about celiac disease, and help our community grow.

How do you plan on celebrating celiac awareness month?

Me? I am going to eat the rest of my gluten-free wedding cake from By the Way Bakery in New York City! We only had a small part of the top left and it was too good to save until our first anniversary.




Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram all May long as I celebrate my 35+ years of living with celiac disease!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
12th Annual Evening with Paul Taylor Dance Company Celiac Benefit
It's that time of year again for one of the more culturally enlightening celiac events in the country! I
will be in NYC this weekend but unfortunately flying back to California on Monday. If you've never been before, you need to go! The dancers in the Paul Taylor Dance Company are graceful athletes. The power and grace in each performance is awe-inspiring! I do hope you buy tickets to this benefit. It's always a lovely event.

12th Annual Evening with Paul Taylor Dance Company 
to Benefit the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University

Tuesday, March 22, 2017

5:45 pm Light Supper
7:00 pm Performance






Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Webinar: Become a Celiac Disease Patient Advocate

Become a Celiac Disease Patient Advocate

Live Webinar with Daniel Adelman, MD

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 9:00 am PST





Are you living with celiac disease or caring for someone with celiac disease? Do you want to have your voice heard in celiac disease research? Then we need you! Researchers are looking to partner with trained patients to further research toward treatments and a cure for celiac disease. Learn more here!

In order to get started as a Celiac Disease Foundation Patient Advocate, you must:

  • Complete the Baseline Assessment here.
  • Attend this live Webinar on February 24, 2017 at 9:00 am Pacific Time about celiac disease basics, genetics, and drug development, featuring Dr. Daniel Adelman for live Q & A. Register today!
  • After you watch all six videos, complete each Understanding Check and the Post-Assessment here.
  • Enter your medical data into CDF’s patient registry, iCureCeliac®.

Please contact Talia Machlouf, at talia.machlouf@celiac.org with any questions.


Thursday, January 5, 2017
Gluten-Free Fun Turns 10 Years Old


January 4, 2017 is a big day for Gluten-Free Fun.

Today is the tenth anniversary since I launched Gluten-Free Fun. WOW... Ten whole years. That is ANCIENT in blog years! Where did the time go? An entire decade of sharing my lifelong celiac disease and gluten-free experience with the world. That is even longer than most of my readers have been diagnosed.

I have written more than 2,000 (yes, two thousand!) blog posts, had hundreds of thousands of visitors to my website, launched Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for Gluten-Free Fun, and most importantly I connected with tons of my readers both in person and via the Internet. To me, meeting my readers and fellow celiacs has always been the best part of writing this blog. I am always flattered when someone introduces themselves to me to say that they read my blog. Even after 10 years, I am beyond thankful when I meet these people. As I have said from day one, if I can help even just one person with celiac disease through this blog, it is all worth it.

I had big plans for my redesign to launch today and then my computer and my phone crapped out last week. (Note to others: never try to update a very old Mac or iPhone to the new iOS. It is NOT compatible.) So for the past week, I have been borrowing my man's computer to try and preserve the redesign work that I had been working slowly on for months. Unfortunately, I am not having much luck. Looks like it is time to head to the Apple Genius Bar and to make a resolution to back up my computer on a regular basis. Grrrrr...



In the meantime, you may have noticed a more modern and cleaner look on social media. This is the look I am going for with the finalized redesign I know this blog looks and feels dated because it is. What you saw in 2007 is what you see now. For me, it was always the content that mattered most.  I also learned a lot over the past ten years and even more recently in the past few years about the gluten-free blogging world in general. When I started my blog, there were very few of us gluten-free bloggers. Now, to be honest, the market is flooded. There are even conferences full devoted to food bloggers. Ten years ago, I think all of us gluten-free bloggers in the country could fit in a small room.

I may not be as flashy as some of the blogs, I don't create recipes (not my thing), and I definitely have slowed down in my blogging over the years. But one place that I never waver is in my integrity, my honesty, and my advocacy for people living with celiac disease. Even if my opinions aren't always shared by other gluten-free bloggers, I will continue to be the outspoken celiac that I have always been since I launched Gluten-Free Fun in 2007 and be true to myself and my readers.

I thank you for following me now and for the past ten years. I write this blog for you and you, dear readers, mean the world to me. 

Thank you and here's to many more years of Gluten-Free Fun!


[Blogger note: It's 9:15pm PST so I am technically since on January 4th on the west coast. Whew... just under the deadline for celebrating my blog today.]

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Monday, December 12, 2016
Gluten-Free Fun Last Minute Gift Guide
Some of you may be done with holiday shopping. Or some of you may be like me and you haven't even started shopping yet. Well, whichever category you fall in to, you might still have someone you need to buy a gift for this holiday season. And there is always the gift for yourself! Here are some of my top gift ideas for 2016.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links. 




Nima Sensor

The world's first pocket-sized gluten sensor! I've been using this for about 6 weeks now and it really is a game changer. I've tested food both at home and on the road. Most of the time, the food labeled gluten-free comes up without gluten, but not always! This pocket-sensor is a great way to check your food for gluten and hopefully keep you from getting contaminated by gluten.

To order: https://nimasensor.com/

Use code: GFGlobe for $30 off a Nima Starter Kit.

New purchasers only, cannot be combined with other offers.
Expiration 12/31/2016.  

Butcher Box

This box of 100% grass-fed beef, organic/pastured chicken, and heritage breed pork is an awesome gift. We got a box last month and the beef was some of the best that I've eaten. Whether you are gluten-free, paleo, or just looking for some high-quality, delicious meats, this is the box for you. Monthly subscriptions are available so you can get fresh meat delivered to your house each month. Or you can send a gift box and choose from the chicken and pork box, beef and pork box, or steak and chops box!

To order: http://www.getbutcherbox.com/#_a_glutenfreefun

Use code: glutenfreefun $10 off your first order plus free bacon!


The Greater Knead Bagels 

My friends over at Sweet Note Bakery recently rebranded and are now The Greater Knead. With the new name comes an even stronger mission to provide The bagels are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, and Kosher. They are also delicious and come in favorite flavors such as french toast, everything, salt, and cinnamon raisin.

To order: http://www.thegreaterknead.com/

Use code: GFGT20 for 20% off your entire order.

Expiration 12/31/2016.  


Love with Food Gluten-Free Subscription Box

Get the Love With Food Deluxe Box Deal! Did you ever wish you could get gluten-free snacks delivered to your door every single month? Do you wish you could try a sample size of a bag of chips before purchasing the whole bag? Now you can with your Love with Food Gluten-Free monthly subscription box. If you follow me on social media, you have probably seen me open the box and share what's inside. Now you can order a subscription for yourself!  **Make sure to order the gluten-free box! There are other options on the website and I don't want you to place the wrong order by mistake.**

To order: http://bit.ly/lovewithfoodholiday

Use code: JOY10 for $10 off a 6-month (or longer) subscription.

Expiration 1/1/2017.  




Healthy Goodness Frozen
Gluten-Free Food Box


Did you ever want to try a variety of gluten-free frozen and packaged food without going to the store? Or maybe there are brands that you want to try that aren't available in your home grocery store? At Healthy Goodness, you can try a variety of products by building your own box. Mix and match from the Healthy Goodness frozen selections with favorite gluten-free brands such as Brazi Bites, Kusina, Ciao Bella, or Garden Lites. Use their speciality food filters to filter out your allergens. Healthy Goodness usually throws in at least one freebie at the end of your order too, so you can get an added bonus!

To order: HealthyGoodness.com

Use code: gff5 for $5.00 off your first order.

Red Apple Lipstick

I have to admit that I don't wear lipstick often but I do use the Red Apple Ralleye Balm every single day and I also wear their mascara when I am getting dolled up. The Ralleye Balm is my go-to for dry lips, dry cuticles, and even my sore nose when I have a cold. It's awesome. The products at Red Apple lipstick are allergen-free so whether you are gluten-free or simply super sensitive, these makeup products are for you. Check out their clearance page too for deeper discounts!

To order: RedAppleLipstick.com





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Friday, November 25, 2016
Turkey Leftover Salad
Are you stuffed from yesterday? In my house, we usually eat turkey sandwiches for days. With all of the carbs I consumed yesterday, I am laying off the sandwiches. Lighten it up a bit with this turkey leftover salad from DeliciousLiving.com.



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Thursday, November 24, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving from Gluten-Free Fun
Wishing you, your family, and friends a very happy Thanksgiving! May your bellies be full of gluten-free food and your heart full of love. Happy Thanksgiving!




Monday, November 7, 2016
Celiac Disease Awareness Night with the Ottawa Senators
I was super excited to learn about this Celiac Awareness Night with the Ottawa Senators. My Canadian family is obsessed with hockey, it's in their blood. Also, the Canadian Celiac Association was the first national organization that my family joined because my grandma lived in Canada. The CCA was also a wonderful host for me this summer in St. John's, Newfoundland at their national conference. So when I saw they were having a celiac hockey fundraiser night, I knew I had to share the news.

Please read below about the event in March and buy your tickets!


We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the Ottawa Senators to organize a Celiac Disease Awareness Night on Saturday, March 4th at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

Your purchase will not only entitle you to enjoy some exciting Saturday night hockey, but the Ottawa Senators will donate a portion of your ticket price to the CCA to help support our important awareness, research and restaurant training programs.

It’s on a Saturday night, so bring the whole family and have a great time! You’ll watch the Sens face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Canadian Tire Centre is proud to offer gluten-free food and beverage options.

You can choose from the variety of pricing options. To browse and buy, with part of your ticket price being donated to the CCA, you MUST visit this page:
www.ottawasenators.com/CELIAC 
Be sure to use the promo code CELIAC when you complete checkout.

The Canadian Tire Centre is easily reached, as it is situated right beside Ottawa’s Highway 417, the major thoroughfare of the city. We encourage you to stay for the weekend and enjoy all that Ottawa has to offer! You can easily get to the arena from any downtown hotel – there is direct bus service with OC Transpo.

Please email cca.communications@celiac.ca if you have any questions. See you on the ice!
 

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Top 5 Things People With Celiac Disease Need to Stop Doing NOW


1. Stop fighting with your fellow Celiacs. 
We are all trying to do the best we can while living with our individual diagnosis and trying to navigate the gluten-free waters. Yet I see hurtful and hateful comments, posts, tweets, etc. on a daily basis from people in the celiac community. It is so awful that I am beginning to think that being mean and rude is a symptom of some people diagnosed with Celiac. There is an old saying "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say it." I wish the mean celiacs, disgruntled business owners, and popular bloggers would just keep their mouths shut rather than go out of their way to say hurtful things to one another.

Being bullied for having celiac is bad enough. Being bullied by someone with celiac is even worse! This is a tough enough diagnosis for many of us, but you spewing your hate publicly via social media and in comments and privately via emails is not helpful at all. I have actually stopped reading about 95% of the blogs I subscribe too because I find things to be just too negative. Comments are even worse sometimes and just make me sad.

2. Stop trying to push your "treatment" on others. 
As I have said many times before, my celiac is not your celiac. While I am happy that you have found solutions to heal your pain, it may not be the best treatment for me. I tried supplements for a while, but they didn't help me me. I would never purposely eat gluten after taking a "miracle pill" yet I have been pitched at least five pills in the past year. I also don't want to know what charcoal, wheatgrass (yes, really), pH balancing concoction you take after you get glutened. I am probably too busy puking to drink it anyway. My celiac is my celiac and my way of dealing with being glutened is up to me, not you.



3. Stop trying to get me to eat foods I am not comfortable eating. 
I cannot physically tolerate gluten-free oats. (Read more here.)
I do not feel comfortable drinking gluten-removed beer that is derived from barley.
I am anaphylactic to shellfish.
I know the difference between Celiac as an autoimmune disease, an anaphylactic allergic reaction, an intolerance, and a personal preference.

My choice to not eat certain foods is MY CHOICE. Yet I once received hate mail from a store owner in NYC that said I am biased and only show one side of the food story. I also had a demo person at a GF expo stop talking to me and turn her back on me when I told her I did not consume oats and therefore could not eat their cupcakes.

Does a person with a deadly peanut allergy need to post about the pros of eating peanuts on their site?
Does someone who is Kosher need to post a recipe for a bacon cheeseburger?
Does a vegan need to post about their new pork recipe?
NO!!!

Then why do I have people tell me I should eat Cheerios because they are fine when they eat them. This is my blog and I will post what I want when I want and how I want. If you eat oats or sell gluten-free beer in your store, good for you. I am may be a potential customer, but I am not wrong because I choose not to eat those products. You are wrong for trying to force me to buy and consume something that is not good for my body.

4. Stop plagiarism. PERIOD.
Many times in my blogging career, I have found posts online that are my words, my thoughts, and even my photos that were claimed as their own. Gluten-free recipes are stolen all the time and claimed as "originals." Almost weekly, I hear about another blogger getting ripped off. I have been ripped off by both bloggers and even GF companies using my original work as their own. I work hard on my content. When another blogger takes our content without asking, it is very upsetting not to mention illegal. Unfortunately, this isn't unique to the celiac blogger community but to anyone that publishes content on the internet. Just stop doing it. It's not cool and you will get caught.

Oh, and this goes for using a trademarked name as well. Yes, someone is trying to pass themselves off as Gluten-Free Globetrotter® (my other website) on social media. My brand is legally trademarked with the USPTO. Legal action is pending... so disappointing.

5. Stop being a careless celiac and then bragging about it on your website. 
When you publish to the internet and make your post public, anyone can read this post, tweet, or see your photo. This means a person diagnosed with celiac today might be reading your post or someone that was diagnosed more than 35 years ago, like me, is reading your post.

When a blogger or social media influencer writes: "I just wanted to taste that [gluten-filled] food and I will deal with consequences later," you are diminishing the fact that gluten can gravely damage someone with celiac disease. Not to mention, you are knowingly triggering an autoimmune response in your body. A newbie might not yet have enough information to understand this yet which is why they are reading your blog in the first place.

While I know you might think I am contradicting my own previous comments here in #5, I do think there is a responsibility of being a public voice in the celiac disease community. The person knowingly eating gluten and blogging about it makes it seem "allowed." The Instagrammer who continuously posts food that has a high-risk of cross contamination (and tags it so) yet also says they are gluten-free could put someone in seriously jeopardy health-wise. The person who has a celiac twitter handle that says "I just ate at XYZ and I know I will pay for it later but it tasted so damn good" is being careless. I just want you to think about who might see your comment before you post to the public. And yes, I am going to heed my own warnings on this one too.

This may be a bit negative for my audience, but it is something that has been brewing in my mind for a very long time. I have been living with celiac disease for more than 35 years and have been blogging for close to ten years. This community has changed dramatically over time both for the good and the bad. I would like us all to help make things BETTER not WORSE. I would love to read your comments below. Feel free to post your name or post anonymously. It's up to you!


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Halloween Gluten-Free Fun and Giveaway with Enjoy Life Mini Chips


This is my first Halloween in many years that I don't live in an apartment building which means I rarely gave out candy. Now, I am excited to see all of the trick-or-treaters and creative costumed kids who show up at my front door. I always enjoyed trick-or-treating as a kid, although living with celiac from a young age meant I was really limited to what I could eat when the day was done. My parents sorted through my stash and took out the gluten suspects.

This year, I am excited that Enjoy Life Foods just released their new Mini Chip and Morsels snack packs. Each package contains 12 individual 1-ounce snack packs. These individual-serving make a great treat for those with food allergies on Halloween, a great lunchbox snacks, or even a great topping for your breakfast. Not only are these snack packs great for home consumption, but they also make for an awesome gluten-free travel snack. Through a pack of the Enjoy Life mini chips in your carry-on bag and away you go!





If you can resist eating the Mini Chips and Morsels right out of the bag, I put together a super easy recipe for an afternoon snack. I like my recipes quick and easy so this takes less than 5 minutes to make!

#SnackFreely Ants on a Log
1 snack pack of Enjoy Life Mini Chips or Morsels
1 apple
1 package of your favorite nut-free butter or spread


Step 1: slice up your apple
Step 2: spread your favorite nut-free butter or spread on the apple slices
Step 3: sprinkle your Enjoy Life Mini Chips on top
Step 4: EAT!





Do you want to try these brand new Enjoy Life Mini Chips Snack Pack and Morsels? One lucky winner will get to sample both snack packs. Simply enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. Winners will be chosen on October 28th.




a Rafflecopter giveaway


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Enjoy Life Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Gluten-Free Meals with Terra's Kitchen
https://goo.gl/O8hTAY


A few weeks ago I learned about Terra's Kitchen, a meal-kit service that sends prepped, fresh, and organic ingredients to help you make a healthy meal for yourself or the whole family. When the opportunity to review a free week of Terra's Kitchen, I jumped on it. I was intrigued because although I know many meal delivery services exist I never tried one. I am also probably the ideal candidate for a meal-kit service like Terra's Kitchen because I am far from a gourmet cook. I don't mind cooking, but I avoid elaborate recipes and don't like all of the prep. All the chopping, dicing, mincing, and zesting takes a lot of time that I don't always have during the week. I also tend to stick to cooking the same four or five dishes which are on a VERY heavy and boring rotation in our house. Trying my complimentary delivery of Terra's Kitchen was a great way to try something new both in terms of convenience and flavor.

The Ordering

On the Terra's Kitchen website, allergens such as gluten, dairy, nuts, and fish are clearly noted in each recipe.  You can filter your selections based on your dietary needs and flavor preferences. I figured this was my opportunity to try something new so I chose a bison-based dish, a salmon dish, and a chicken dish. Believe it or not, I never cooked salmon and never ate bison so this was a new experience! All of the recipes I chose were labeled gluten-free on the website. I scheduled two-person, three-meal delivery and then waited for my package to arrive.

The Vessel

I think one of my favorite parts of this experience was when the Terra's Kitchen package arrived. This thing was impressive. It was like a mini college fridge delivered right to my door. It is climate-controlled, easily returned, and is reusable up to 100 times. Everything arrived cold and fresh in this futuristic looking vessel, which is how Terra's Kitchen refers to it in their online materials and return information. Bonus: The return shipping is paid for so all you have to do is put the empty vessel outside the next day before 8am and it disappears back into FedEx land!


Terra's Kitchen "vessel"
Terra's Kitchen "vessel"

Check this thing out! 


The Meals

After I got over the awe of the vessel, I unloaded all of the food and recipe cards from Terra's Kitchen. All of the ingredients are labeled with a sticker that has a number that corresponds to the recipe card. This made your prep basically as easy as possible which was perfect for me! I loaded up the ingredients by recipe in my fridge for when I was ready to cook. I also ordered an extra salad and a Suja juice to round out my box.

Meal 1: Paprika-rubbed Salmon Tostadas with Avocado-Orange Salsa
Meal 2: One Skillet Bison Tacos
Meal 3: Strawberry-balsamic Chicken Thighs with Wilted Spinach-Quinoa
Add-on 1: Chopped Power Green Salad
Add-on 2: Suja Mighty Greens juice*

* I didn't end up drinking the juice because I didn't realize one of the ingredients is barley grass which I do not personally consume.

Look closely and you will see the 214 sticker at the top of the recipe card
as well as the top-left of all of the ingredient packages

The ingredients were very fresh, everything was pre-washed and chopped, and the recipes were fool proof. Each recipe card included the kitchen equipment you will need, the additional ingredients you will need, and what was sent in the vessel. The only ingredients that weren't included in the meal kit but are readily available in my kitchen were olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and canola oil.


Chopped Power Green Salad from Terra's Kitchen
Chopped Power Green Salad from Terra's Kitchen


Out of the three meals, the bison tacos were the top pick at our house. The dish was flavorful and it was really nice to eat something totally out of the ordinary (a direct quote from my man). It was good to change it up from our normal beef or turkey tacos. Also, the chipotle and sour cream mix was smokey but not too spicy which was good for my weak heat tolerance.


Terra's Kitchen Bison Tacos


My fiancee really enjoyed the salmon, but I have never been a fan of fish so it was my least favorite. I did eat it because I cooked it, but heaped on the avocado-orange salsa to cut the salmon flavor. (Note, I NEVER liked fish so this really had nothing to do with TK and everything to do with my taste buds.) I would have never of thought to put avocados and oranges together so this recipe gave me a new idea that I will definitely use in the future. Oranges and avocados are abundant here in California. The chicken dish was good too, but we eat a lot of chicken at our house so it was fun to change it up. I will definitely make the quinoa with wilted spinach again. It was so good and I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day.


Paprika-rubbed Salmon Tostadas with Avocado-Orange Salsa

Strawberry-balsamic Chicken Thighs with Wilted Spinach-Quinoa



Terra's Kitchen Parting Thoughts

Overall, I was very pleased with my first food box delivery experience from Terra's Kitchen. I can't emphasize enough how fresh all of the ingredients were and how nice it was that everything was prepped for me. The pre-preparation made meal prep so much quicker and easier. The only meal planning I had to do was to figure out which one I wanted to eat first. I also really liked that all of the ingredients on the packages were clearly labeled. There was one item that had a "May contain wheat, dairy, or nuts" statement but that was one out of about 20+ ingredients so I just skipped it. I think. Unfortunately, I forgot to make a note of it at the time and forget which ingredient. Lastly, we got to try three new dishes that I would have never thrown together on my own.

One thing I was a bit concerned about was the amount of individual packaging for the ingredients. Te recipe card actually did say the food containers are recyclable but they encourage people to "upcycle" them instead. Use them in the garden or get creative with other kitchen-based uses. I personally washed them out and recycled them all.

The Terra's Kitchen meals range from $10.49 per serving up to $17.99 per serving for a meal that contains steak. While this might be a bit cost prohibitive for some, remember there is the time and convenience of it all that factor in to the price. You can order from Terra's Kitchen one time or you can set up regular deliveries of meals that you choose each week. Terra's Kitchen website is VERY user friendly and I found it simple to search for dishes, order, and schedule my delivery. We really enjoyed the new meals in our kitchen, the easy recipes, and the healthy and fresh ingredients, so Terra's Kitchen gets a double thumbs up in our house.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra's Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.

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