Natural Contents “Good Food For Everyone” Cookbook Review & Giveaway

You may remember how much I loved the food from a small business called Natural Contents Kitchen. Now simply Natural Contents, duo Danielle and Jennifer have released a cookbook! I am beyond thrilled that I can now make their delicious, healthy creations in my own kitchen.

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Good Food For Everyone: Farm Fresh Clean Eating is entirely gluten free, grain free, soy free, mostly paleo, dairy-free friendly and vegan friendly. Once self-proclaimed fast food junkies, Danielle and Jennifer made a total food and lifestyle switch in an effort to change the health of their family. They embraced their local farmers market and everything changed for the better. They are now on a mission to inspire others on their journey to a clean and healthy lifestyle.

What I love about the book:

  • It is visually stunning. Flipping through the pages you’ll be transported to a rustic country house. Just looking at the pictures makes me feel incredibly relaxed and at peace. 
  • The recipes are very healthy and include lots of fresh produce. Even traditional desserts like apple tarts are made with healthier ingredients like almond flour and natural sugars.
  • All of the recipes are made with REAL food. No crazy fillers or junk items. Just nutritious food.
  • The book has a very personal flair – as if Danielle is a friend and made this book just for you.
  • It includes a list of handy pantry staples and recommended kitchen equipment.
  • The recipes are easy to follow and most recipes have a “Quick Tips” section to help you along. Cooking/baking healthy recipes from scratch does not have to be hard!

There are over 80 recipes including:

  • Rosemary Sweet Potato Quiche
  • Kale & Onion Fritata
  • Curried Kuri Squash, Apple & Pear Soup
  • Sweet Potato Rutabaga Casserole
  • Italian, Tex-Mex or Teriyaki Meatballs
  • Slow Cooker Short Ribs
  • Roasted Lemon Cauliflower No Bean Hummus
  • Rosemary Roasted Nuts
  • Coconut Chia Parfaits with Fresh Berries
  • Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Chocolate Beet Mini Muffins
  • Pumpkin Panna Cotta
  • Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls
  • Watermelon Honey Shrub

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I dived into the book and immediately baked the gluten/grain free Cheese Crackers. Made with almond and tapioca flours, I agree with Danielle when she wrote they are “crazy addictive”. She warns you that even thought the crackers have a shelf life of 14+ days, they will definitely be eaten much faster. Kris and I love them, and I’ve already baked them several times. And they are incredibly easy to make! I’m never buying store bought crackers again.

I can’t wait to cook my way through the entire book. 

Visit www.naturalcontents.com to order a physical or digital copy.

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a digital copy of Good Food For Everyone. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Giveaway ends Wednesday May 3rd 11:59pm EST.

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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Goodness Grainless Granola & The Squirrel & The Bee – Review & Giveaway

Best granola EVER.

Do I have your attention? I’m normally not a granola lover, but Goodness Grainless made by The Squirrel and the Bee has converted me. Their granola is made from spouted nuts that are roasted with spices and honey – that’s pretty much it. Simple, yet a billion times more delicious than any other granola that I have ever tried. It’s heavenly! – Stupendous! – I’m so excited I could dance! I simply cannot stop eating it.

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Goodness Grainless is:

  • 100% gluten free and made in a dedicated facility
  • Grain free
  • Dairy free
  • Refined sugar free
  • Peanut free
  • Soy free

Flavors include

  • Cinnamon Vanilla
  • Chocolate Cardamom
  • Pumpkin Spice

I have tried both the Cinnamon Vanilla and Pumpkin Spice and am so in love with both – they are two of my new favorite products on the market. The Pumpkin Spice is incredibly unique. While I mainly eat it as a snack straight from the bag, I’ve found that the Cinnamon Vanilla is incredible on top of coffee ice cream. Yum!

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Goodness Grainless’s sister company The Squirrel and the Bee is a 100% gluten free bakery in New Jersey. They offer a HUGE variety of muffins, full cakes, breads, sandwich rolls, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, tarts, pies and even ice cream cake! All of their items are gluten free and grain free. Much of their menu is also dairy free, vegan and suitable for the paleo diet. Made with a combination of nut flour, coconut flour, coconut or olive oil, fresh fruit, and honey, they focus on high nutrients, protein, and healthy fats.

I tasted the pumpkin and blueberry muffins, and both flavors were out of this world! The chocolate chip cookies were a nice treat, as well, and I found that they tasted best coming directly out of the freezer. Short Hills, NJ – you are so very lucky to have this amazing bakery in your neighborhood. If the Squirrel and The Bee were in NYC, I would surely be there every week (hint hint, pretty please open a NYC shop?). It’s a good thing they ship across the continental US!

For more information and to order visit

http://www.goodnessgrainless.com/

http://www.squirrelandthebee.com

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive an assorted treat basket from The Squirrel and the Bee/Goodness Grainless! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US only. Giveaway ends Wednesday March 8th 11:59pm EST.

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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

GFAF Expo 2016 – Best of Fest!

The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo was in NJ last weekend, and boy did I have a blast! The best part was the people – meeting new friends, chatting with members of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group, and seeing all of my friends from last year who are cook book authors, bakers, small business owners, and company reps. We are a wonderful, loving community, and I felt it so strongly last weekend my heart could just burst! img_8710

In attendance were several of my favorite companies from previous years that are always in my “Best of the Expo” posts because they are amazing – Izzi B’s Allergen Friendly Bakery (SUPER allergen friendly and delicious), Canyon Bakehouse (the everything bagels!), Maddalenas Cheesecake (best cheesecake ever), Freedom Foods (allergen friendly cereal done right), Beanfields (the most flavorful chips in the world). Today I want to introduce you to some new companies:

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Posh Pop Bakeshop – I have been Instagram-stalking this dedicated GF bakery in NJ for years and literally jumped in the air when I heard they would be attending the expo. Go to their Instagram. It’s beautiful. You’ll never want to look away. In person, the treats did not disappoint. Everything was amazing. I went back the second day of the expo to buy a single vanilla cake pop covered in sprinkles, and it is one of the best gluten free desserts that I have ever eaten. I should have bought a hundred. Posh Pop Bakeshop has a loyal following – apparently it’s so good that the general population will happily munch away on their treats without realizing that the bakery is Certified Gluten Free by the CSA (they also test their products in house). Cookies, donuts, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, cakepops, brownies/bars, cheesecakes, muffins, custom cakes – Posh Pop Bakeshop has it all.

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Everybody Eats –My mother, boyfriend and I have been a fan of this bread for years. Out of all of the food in NYC that my mom could eat when she visits, she only wants baguette from Everybody Eats. It was wonderful to finally meet the owner, Pedro, who is incredibly lovely and kind. All of their products are gluten free and nut free and made in a 100% dedicated facility. It is a small artisan bakery, and everything is made by hand. Their products can be found in various NYC restaurants. Pickup is available from their Brooklyn kitchen, and they ship nation-wide.

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Better Batter/Yes You Can – I am so in love. I was fortunate enough to sample several products from Yes You Can, an Australian family-owned company that is now working in tandem with Better Batter. First of all, the gluten free/dairy free mixes are amazing. They are held up to the high standards that Australia has for gluten free products and are made in a dedicated facility. Vanilla/chocolate/red velvet cake, banana bread, multigrain bread – everything was incredible. I was shocked when I was told that some of the items were baked a few days beforehand. They tasted like they had been made that morning!

I also talked at length with the Better Batter owner, Naomi, who is one of the loveliest people you could meet. Better Batter is a small, family owned, mom-run company that stemmed from the desire to support her family of Celiacs, one member of which is autistic and found incredible relief from the gluten free diet. Naomi explained how Better Batter is a social enterprise, and that they actively support and seek to hire people with autism. My heart is bursting with how caring Naomi and Better Batter are.

img_8482The Squirrel and The Bee/Goodness Grainless (un)granola – OMG pumpkin spice, grain free granola! Ingredients are: Walnuts, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Coconut Oil, Honey, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, and Shredded Coconut. I’m normally not a granola fan, but with those ingredients and an incredible taste I have now converted. Someone please give me ideas for how to use granola because otherwise I’m eating this straight out of the bag. The Squirrel and The Bee is a dedicated gluten free bakery in Short Hills, NJ and owned by a professional pastry chef who found relief for her Ulcerative Colitis by changing her diet.

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Mickaela’s Simply Diving Biscotti Cookies – Made in a dedicated gluten free facility and Certified GF. Unlike traditional biscotti, these look like normal circular cookies. They are super flavorful, light and extra crunchy. I’m in love with both the chocolate chip and lemon flavors. Also, this business just opened seven months ago! Support  small businesses!

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Manini’s – Possibly the best ravioli I’ve ever had. No weird gummy taste from the gluten free pasta. Simply outstanding ravioli, whether you normally eat gluten or avoid it. I tried their four cheese ravioli and the spinach/cheese. I simply cannot wait to buy more. It will surely become a staple in my kitchen. Manini’s facility is dedicated gluten/peanut/tree nut/soy/fish/shellfish free and their products are consistently tested for gluten to less than 10ppm. They are also Certified Gluten Free by GIG.

 

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BFree – Certified Gluten Free and also free of egg/dairy/nut/soy (vegan friendly!). I am in love with the multigrain rolls. They have a hearty taste and an excellent fluffy/springy texture. Their wraps were also a huge hit at the expo. I heard many comments like, “They’re incredible – they don’t fall apart or crack!”

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Kevita – I’m really into Kombucha right now. Some Kombucha has an overwhelming vinegar-like taste. Kevita is a drink that you’ll happily reach for. I tried the Pineapple Peach and was delighted. They also have delicious sparkling probiotic drinks – the Lime Mint Coconut flavor was quite refreshing.

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RP Pasta – We all know that there are less-than-desirable gluten free pasta brands in the world. RP Pasta is Certified Gluten Free, has a lovely taste, and it does not stick and clump together. The first ingredient is brown rice flour, which I appreciate for the nutritional content. They have a few varieties including linguini, fusilli, fettuccine, spinach fettuccine, and lasagna sheets. I’m excited to see what this company does next!

 

Can’t wait for next year!

 

Disclaimer: I received samples of these products at the expo, but I was not paid to write this. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.