Celebrating Non-GMO Month with Pereg Qunioa Pasta


October is Non-GMO Month, the largest outreach campaign of the Non-GMO Project, according to Non-GMO News.

The Non-GMO Project label verifies that a product doesn’t contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.  Non-genetically modified means that plants or organisms are left as they are, as they were created in nature. In genetic modification, one or more of the genes has been altered using genetic engineering techniques, creating a new DNA. Some scientists, consumers and environmental groups cite health and environmental risks associated with foods that have been genetically modified (designated GMO).

Thus, a movement in the food industry for Non-GMO products was created, and more and more manufacturers, as well as consumers, are jumping onto the Non-GMO band wagon, especially in the natural food, organic and health food industries.


Pereg Natural Foods is a leading producer of Non-GMO food products which also happen to be all natural, kosher, vegan, non-dairy and gluten free. They include a range of foods: gluten-free flours in six varieties, gluten free pasta, premium spices and spice blends, ancient grains, and an extensive line of quinoa and couscous products. Pereg Natural Foods manufactures all its products from start to finish, controlling the quality from the sourcing until the product is packed and ready for the consumer.

Says Gill Schneider, President, Pereg Natural Foods, “From the get-go Pereg Natural Foods has been producing its food products using Non-GMO verified ingredients, while many other companies are just now switching form GMO. While genetic modification affects many of the products we consume on a daily basis, we at Pereg are proud to offer our customers premium food products made from all natural ingredients, that are healthful, nutritious and delicious, and Non-GMO verified.”

Family-owned since 1906, Pereg Natural Foods strives to provide its customers with the best products the world has to offer.  All of the brand’s offerings are 100% pure, fresh and natural and never include any additives, preservatives, fillers, MSG, or food coloring. In addition, every product is certified kosher by the OU and CRC.

I’ve cooked with Pereg spices before and was very excited to their all natural quinoa pasta. Made from 100% quinoa flour, the quinoa pasta has more carbs and protein per serving than most pastas. It has a firmer texture than traditional pasta and a distinct nutty quinoa-like taste that I really like. 

Pereg Quinoa Pasta is available in three shapes: curvo rigate, fusilli and spaghetti.  

Pereg products are available at select natural and health food stores, kosher supermarkets and online.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 




Gluten Free in London

Last week Jeremy and I went to London for our “mini-moon”.  We didn’t have to time go on our honeymoon right after the wedding – we’re going to Bora Bora in May – but did have time to escape to London for a few days.


I went to London for a few days in 2007, when I was studying abroad in Spain, but that was before I was gluten free. I was excited to go back, but a little nervous how eating gluten free there would be. But, let me tell you – it was so easy! There are so many gluten free restaurants and cafes, and restaurants offering gluten free menus! I was actually quite impressed with the number of restaurants offering gluten free bread and the labeling of all allergens on restaurant menus – U.S. restaurant owners could learn a thing or two by visiting London.

Here are a few of the restaurants we dined at during our trip (*Reservations recommended or required for all restaurants):

London is synonomous with afternoon tea – classic tea, with scones, tarts and finger sandwiches. Luckily, there are a few establishments now offering gluten free high tea options. We went to Fortnum & Mason’s Jubilee Diamond Tea room, and it was an experience to remember. The setting is a classic and traditional English tea room with old-school glamour. The staff are very Knowledgeable about the menu and you are not missing out on anything here when ordering gluten free.


Although afternoon tea is typically served in, well the afternoon, I would recommend going for lunch. You get plenty of food and tea, and free refills on it all, for £44. 


Beyond Bread: A 100% gluten free bakery in Fitzrovia. From fresh bread to muffins and cinnamon rolls to sandwiches, cookies and cupcakes, Beyond Bread has something for every meal. Not only gluten free, many items are also dairy free, and/or nut free. Each item is labeled.


As you would expect with a gluten free bakery, it isn’t cheap, but it isn’t too expensive either.


Andina Casita – This Peruvian restaurant and Pisco bar in Soho scored big points with us not just for the delicious, fresh food, but also for the comprehensive allergens labeled on their menu. The staff here is incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients used in each dish. It was delicious and I highly recommend it. 

Salmon escabeche (gf) Sustainable salmon, seaweed, onions, sweet potato
Salmon escabeche (gf) Sustainable salmon, seaweed, onions, sweet potato

Cauliflower (vgf) Panca chilli-marinated cauliflower, sweet potato, broad bean, onions, tomatoes
Cauliflower (vgf) Panca chilli-marinated cauliflower, sweet potato, broad bean, onions, tomatoes.

Classic ceviche (gf) Sustainable seabass, classic tiger’s milk, sweet potato, coriander.
Classic ceviche (gf) Sustainable seabass, classic tiger’s milk, sweet potato, coriander.

Cinnamon Soho – A vibrant and stylish modern Indian restaurant in Soho. London is also known for great Indian food. While Brick Lane is the famous street in South London lined with curry houses, we chose an option that had a gluten free menu and was more conveniently located to our hotel.

Chicken Biryani – Lucknow chicken, burhani raita (gf)
            Lamb Biryani (gf)

Cinnamon offers fresh, seasonal Indian food, with a quirky British twist. Open all day from breakfast through to lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and cocktail hour, plus Indian takeaway, you’re guaranteed great service and great food in a friendly atmosphere. Menu items are labeled (gf) Gluten-free (df) Dairy-free (v) Vegetarian and (n) Contains nuts. Additional Allergen menus available on request.

Kolkata spiced cod, mustard and red rice flakes (gf)

Chargrilled cauliflower with pickling spices, sumac crumble (v)(gf)
Chargrilled cauliflower with pickling spices, sumac crumble (v)(gf)

Dishoom – Another modern Indian restaurant just a few hundred feet from Cinnamon is also known for their gluten free options, but does not accept reservations. The wait on Friday night was over two hours, so either get there early or just go to Cinnamon. 

Pizza East Portobello – Spread over two floors of a restored Georgian pub in the middle of Portobello Market. It serves wood oven pizzas, antipasti and daily specials in buzzing, modern surroundings. Italian cured meats and cheeses are available to buy at the Deli. Upstairs, a laid-back dining room and terrace provide a little green haven. This was one of my favorite restaurants – I loved the decor and atmosphere, not to mention the fresh gluten free bread! Now we didn’t come here for pizza, we came here for the gluten free rye bread!


Borough Market – London’s oldest food market, it has been serving the people of Southwark for 1,000 years! Many of the Market’s stallholders are themselves producers: the farmer who reared the animal, the fisherman who caught the fish, the baker who baked the bread. Other traders have built their reputations on seeking out small-scale artisan producers and bringing their wares to Borough. Together, the Market’s stalls, shops and restaurants reflect London’s status as a truly global city, with traditional British produce sitting alongside regional specialities from around the world. 


One of the best parts is not only trying different foods, but that things are labeled gluten free! We had English oysters, Indian food and gluten free, dairy free brownies from The Free From Bakehouse, a 100% gluten free bakery with a stall at the market. 

Poole Harbor Rock Oyster and Wild Maloon Rock Oyster
Poole Harbor Rock Oyster and Wild Maloon Rock Oyster

For cocktails, check out The Luggage Room (reservation recommended). Tucked away in the corner of Grosvenor Square (at the Marriott Hotel), The Luggage Room draws on the spirit of the Roaring Twenties and serves up delicious cocktails. To enter, you must knock on the door and wait to be left in. 


While our trip was short, we had a great time and ate great food. We can’t wait to go back again someday and explore new neighborhoods, new cuisines, and new gluten free options in London. 

Have you visited London recently? Where did you eat gluten free? 



SuperEats NEW High Protein Sacha Inchi Tortilla Chips and Puffs

If you’re not familiar with SuperEats, let me tell you a little bit about them. SuperEats is a healthy snack company who brings an innovative, health conscious, and crave-able twist to traditional snacks. 
SuperEats newest endeavor is a line of Sacha Inchi tortilla chips and puffs; think healthy, gluten free, protein-packed versions of Doritos and Cheetos made from a Peruvian super seed. These chips and puffs just launched and I was lucky enough to get a box sent to me to try! 
Ok, so what is Sacha Inchi? If you are like me, then you probably have not heard about this seed before. Sacha Inchi is a sustainably-grown seed native to the mountainous regions of the Peruvian Andes. Known was “the giving seed”, it looks and tastes like a peanut and gives you loads of needed nutrition from complete protein to vitamins and healthy fats. 
In fact, each serving of Sacha Inchi tortilla chips and puffs contain 8-10 grams of protein! That’s the equivalent of eating 2 cups of spinach, 1/3 cup legumes or beans. I think I’ll take the chips. 
Not only gluten free, Sacha Inchi tortilla chips and puffs are vegan, non-GMO and Kosher. 
Finally a healthy puff snack! But the real question is, how do they taste? Delicious! I love the crunchiness and healthiness of each bite. The flavors taste natural and there is no funny aftertaste you get sometimes when eating other flavored chips. The Truffle and Rosemary Puff was my favorite! It had just enough truffle taste to make it slightly rich and earthy, and paired with the lemon-pine flavor, it was the perfect combination. 
You can purchase SuperEats products in over 4,000 store locations across the U.S. and online via Amazon. Look out for the new Sacha Inchi tortilla chips and puffs hitting store shelves this fall!   
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

Krusteaz Gluten Free Giveaway

The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. What better way to spend time with family than in the kitchen baking? After all, baking is a universal language and nothing says “Welcome to the neighborhood” like freshly baked muffins and “I love you, Mom,” like a warm stack of pancakes!


I’ve partnered with Krusteaz, makers of premium baking mixes, to create a recipe for their “Say It With Krusteaz” campaign. I’ve baked with Krusteaz products before and I am a big fan. 

Over the weekend I got married (!!!!). The day before the wedding my sister and got manicures, dropped off welcome bags to the hotels, put together our wedding favors and baked muffins for my friends and relatives who would be spending the day with us getting ready for the wedding. I mean what better way to say thank you to my bridesmaids and keep everyone happy – and fed – than with a warm, fresh out of the oven, gluten free blueberry lemon muffins? Simple mixes with quality ingredients make any day really special.


This recipe is simple and delicious. Your friends or guests will be so impressed by the flavors and will have no idea how easy it was to make! I can tell you all my bridesmaids, and my picky grandmother, enjoyed the blueberry muffins we fed them Sunday morning.

The recipe is SUPER easy to make. Simply follow the recipe on the back of the box and add 1 tablespoon of grated lemon peel. This simple step with add a delicious lemon and fresh flavor to the muffins. My friends and family couldn’t believe that they were (1) gluten free or (2) made from a mix!! If you haven’t tried Krusteaz gluten free products then you are missing out. And this is your chance to win some gluten free mixes for yourself to enjoy! 


The Giveaway prize pack includes: 

  • Two boxes of the following mixes: Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Mix, Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix and Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • 1 Krusteaz branded tote bag
  • 1 Krusteaz oven mitt
  • 1 Krusteaz selfie stick

To enter, click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway will end on October 21, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. Open to US residents only. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Crunchies Freeze Dried Fruit and Vegetables

Crunchies Natural Food Company is on a mission to deliver the best tasting, highest quality freeze dried fruit and vegetables on the planet. How do they do it Crunchies only works with farmers they know and trust. They pick the ripest fruit at the right time to make sure each bit is a mouthwatering burst of flavor. Fruits and vegetables are harvested, cleaned and then quickly frozen leaving them dry and crunchy, and allowing the fruits and vegetables to retain most of the color, flavor and nutritional value of fresh fruit.  


I’m not usually a freeze dried fruit kind of person. I find these products to be too crumbly, lack “real” fruit flavor and often times taste like chemicals. But crunchies keeps it simple. Crunchies contain no added sugar or artificial flavoring and they do not crumble and fall apart in my hands. The fruits are crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. And the best part, they taste real! 

Crunchies come in 10 delicious varieties

  • Blueberries
  • mango  
  • strawberry banana
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • pineapple
  • grapes
  • cinnamon apple
  • beets
  • mixed fruit

My favorite are the mango and beets! What’s your favorite? 

Crunchies are available for purchase online and in retail locations across the U.S., including Shaws, CVS, and Walmart.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


UpNature Raw Organic Honey

Raw honey is the most original sweet liquid that honeybees produce from the concentrated nectar of flowers. Collected straight from the extractor; it is totally unheated, unpasteurized, unprocessed honey. A lot of honey found in the supermarket is not raw honey but “commercial” regular honey, some of which has been pasteurized (heated at 70 degrees Celsius or more, followed by rapid cooling) for easy filtering and bottling so that it looks cleaner and smoother, more appealing on the shelf, and easier to handle and package. Pasteurization and heating kills yeast, destroys enzymes which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in the body system, and rids honey of its delicate aromas.
UpNature’s Raw Organic Honey is unheated, unfiltered and unpasteurized so that the nutrients and enzymes remain intact. This delicious Raw Organic Honey comes from honeybees that scour sweet nectar only from natural wildflowers, away from any exposure to GMO’s or pollutant. The hives and plant area is protected by beekeepers to help the forest thrive. Not only GMO free, it is also certified organic, Kosher, all natural, pure, and made without any additives or chemicals.


UpNature Raw Organic Honey has never been filtered or gone through any kind heating process. All of its nutritional value remain intact so it’s not just a typical sweetener. This Raw Organic Honey brings you nature’s best quality multifunctional product with rich and delightful taste.

UpNature Raw Organic Honey is perfect as a spread on toasted gluten freebread, pancakes or sliced fruits. It can brighten your morning by blending it smoothly with hot tea. It can also be used as a dressing recipe for green salads or fruit salads. It can be used on countless dishes, desserts and beverages.


You can purchase UpNature Raw Organic Honey on Amazon here – free shipping for Prime members!  

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


It’s Slow Cooker Season!! // featuring Jennie-O ground turkey


Get out your slow cookers! Grilling season may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up taste. It’s time for tasty, even easier meals, made in your slow cooker. Whether your schedules are filling up with sports or after school activities, an easy slow cooker recipe will help you get a good meal on the table in no time. And when you use JENNIE-O® Turkey in your favorite recipes, you get all the comfort food taste without the guilt.

I prefer cooking with ground turkey or ground beef most of the time. It’s leaner, lighter and healthier. And I love using my slow cooker! I can turn it on, set the timer and have dinner ready exactly when I want it to be! JENNIE-O® Turkey can be used in so many ways – from meatballs to tacos to chili to full plated meals, the possibilities are endless! One of my personal favorite fall dishes is Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili.



Turkey and Butternut Squash Crock Pot Chili
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  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small onion, chopped,
  3. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  4. 1 pound JENNIE-O® Ground Turkey
  5. 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  6. 1 can tomato paste
  7. 1 cup chicken broth
  8. 2 cups butternut squash, chopped
  9. 2 tablespoon chili powder
  10. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey, 1 tablespoon chili, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon oregano, ½ teaspoon paprika, salt and pepper and cook until browned.
  2. Transfer turkey mixture to crock pot
  3. Add tomatoes, butternut squash, chicken broth, and the rest of the spices. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
Gluten Free Boston and Beyond
Looking for more easy, healthy and delicious turkey slow cooker recipes? Head over to JENNIE-O® for more fall recipe ideas!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


The First Gluten-Free Sprouted Grain Bread from Food for Life Baking Co.

The nutritional benefits of sprouting are popping up all over the web and in many of the culinary magazines I read. Sprouted breads maximize nutrition and digestibility, and thanks to Food For Life are now available to the gluten free community. 

After countless hours of research and development, Food for Life Baking Co. recently launched Sprouted for Life Gluten Free Breads, the first gluten free breads made of sprouted grains such as quinoa, millet and chia. This soft, chewy bread is available in 3 varieties: Original 3 Seed, Flax, Almond and Cinnamon Raisin. 


While there are many gluten free breads on the market today, not all are healthy, provide the nutrients we need, made with quality ingredients or have that soft chewy texture of “regular” bread. And, that is really the inspiration behind Food For Life’s Sprouted For Life™ Gluten-Free Breads.  Finally, a completely gluten free bread line specifically created with your health in mind.  Not only are they gluten free, but they are also vegan, and are made from incredibly nutritious superseeds like sprouted quinoa, sprouted millet and sprouted chia seeds. 

All Food For Life’s gluten free products are all natural and made with organic ingredients when possible. There is no artificial anything, no chemicals, no preservatives, no GMOs, no dairy, no casein and no egg.

The texture is great; it reminds me of sandwich bread I ate as a little girl. But the taste can take some getting used to. While I enjoyed the nutty flavor of the almond flavor, the cinnamon raisin left a funny aftertaste in my mouth. When I toasted it and added a little butter, that aftertaste went away a bit. Ff you enjoy an earthy and nutty taste, then you’ll probably like these sprouted grain bread. 


Food For Life’s Sprouted for Life Gluten Free Breads are available in Whole Foods Markets, Trader Joe’s, and natural food stores throughout the country. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.



Vitafive Custom Gummy Vitamins Makes Buying Vitamins Easier

Do you remember the first time I introduced you to Vitafive, back in June? If not, let me give you a little reminder of what Vitafive is. 


Vitafive offers personalized gummy vitamin packs sent directly to you every 4 weeks for only about $1 per day! No more going to the store to sift through the horse-sized vitamins looking for a gluten free brand, no more organizing your vitamins into your pill organizer, and no more cluttered vitamin jars filling up your kitchen counters. 


With vitafive, your vitamins are prepackaged into one convenient pack for each day of the week! You can take these packs with you to work, school, and even on vacation. The key to living a healthy life is being consistent and Vitafive makes this easy and fun with gummy vitamin packs. 

Vitafive vitamins are free from the major 8 allergens – Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soy – and are gluten free, vegan, and kosher. 


Vitafive recently upgraded their website to make buying vitamins even easier! The new website’s platform is more user friendly and allows you to buy vitamins in less time. Previously you had to go through 6-8 steps before checkout. Now, there are only 2-4 quick and easy steps before your vitamins are on their way to your doorstep! 


You can create your own custom pack or purchase one of Vitafive’s pre-formulated health packs!


Vitamins are available for both adults and kids and you  can cancel your subscription at any time. No commitment, no contract, no stress. No hassle. So what are you waiting for? Try Vitafive today and learn just how easy it is to get the vitamins you need, delivered to you! 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.



Le Veneziane Gluten Free Pasta and Mini Grissini

Many people don’t realize that Italy has one of the highest celiac rates in Europe, partly because celiac disease is one of the first diseases physicians look for, rather than the last as here in the U.S.  Perhaps due to this higher incidence, Italy is home to Europe’s largest manufacturer of gluten-free pasta, breads, and pastries.

Quattrobimbi has found some of Italy’s best gluten free products and imports them for easy online shopping in the US. One company they have imported for years, and which I just tried for the first time, is Le Veneziane. Le Veneziane makes gluten free pasta in every shape and form, gnocchi, lasagna noodles and mini grissini (mini breadsticks). 


“Le Veneziane” is the range of gluten-free pasta by Molino di Ferro, made with easy-to-digest corn flour. The pasta’s rich natural carotenes convey it a characteristic golden yellow colour. It is also enhanced by its low fat content.

The mini grissini come in 3 flavors – traditional with olive oil, sesame/chia seeds and rosemary – and are absolutely delicious. The fragrant, flavorful and crispy mini breadsticks are irresistible. They are made with select Italian extra virgin olive oil and the outstanding quality of the ingredients used means that they are a great alternative to bread. 


Le Veneziane Potato Gnocchi is a traditional Italian Potato Gnocchi in a shelf-stable package. It’s hard to find real, gluten free Italian potato gnocchi, and this one is delicious. Did I mention it is also vegan? The gnocchi takes just a few minutes to cook and can be paired with your favorite Italian sauce. I love that it comes in two practical, stay-fresh, tubs, and are perfect for cooking for one or more. I kept it simple and served it with a simple meat sauce. Simple yet delicious! 


All Le Veneziane pastas are made from non-GMO Italian corn and are certified Kosher. 

For those that are interested in ordering these gluten free products, use the promo codes before to save on your order!

Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge to review for my blog. I was not paid for this review and all my opinions and thoughts are my own.