In honor of Thanksgiving this coming Thursday, I have here a little list of possible additions to your turkey day menu. From breakfast, to side dishes, to dessert and what to do with the leftovers after the day is done.
Is Friday, and you know what that means! Another food review!
Todays spotlight shines on to (drumroll please) Enjoy Life Foods Seed and Fruit mix. woop-woop.
If you'll recall, I reviewed this particular set of snackable items back in 2012. Enjoy Life has since rebranded their packaging, and here I am once again. You can go ahead and click here for the original review.
Because the recipe remains the same, I am going to focus on some exciting things you can do with the Seed and Fruit mix. Other then shove it in your face by the handful that is.
There are two flavor combinations, one being the Mountain Mambo shown above, and the Beach Bash, below.
The Mountain Mambo mix contains sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, apples and cranberries.
The Beach Bash is a blend of sunflower kernels, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and apricots.
The first thing to do with this food item, is to just eat it obviously.
Lucky for you, Enjoy Life makes handy-dandy individual serving packets, just for your snacking pleasure. I like to pack one of these beauties for a little mid-afternoon snack. Or a mid-morning snack, makes no difference really.
You can also use some of the Beach Bash mix as an addition to your lunch salad. You could use the Mountain Mambo instead, I suppose but chocolate in salad....I dunno. If your into that I guess.
I added some of the seed and fruit mix to a simple spinach salad, topped with grilled chicken, strawberries, green apples, and a balsamic dressing. Easy peasy.
You can also add either mix to this roasted butternut squash dish, for a perfect Thanksgiving side. In fact, I most likely will be making this as a Thanksgiving side dish.
Now here we get in to desserts. AND LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT IT. Sorry for shouting. But stir in some of either mix with melted Enjoy Life chocolate, and wham. A sweet, salty crunchy, smooth deluctable treat. Really, so good. Just let it cool and harden, then break into pieces. Even a caveman could make it.
Another tasty chocolatey treat, right over here. This one requires a little more effort, but still incredibly simple. For you, I have a printable recipe.
So my friends, there you have it. Another fabulous product.
You can see other Enjoy Life Food reviews right over here.
There is a little restaurant here in town, that has become one of my favorite lunch spots. I was introduced by my previous employers, who would often take the staff out for tasty friday lunches. The restaurant was opened by a couple who also have a catering company, so the menu is a combination of smaller foods, which you can mix together for a complete meal.
On the menu are various salads, sliders, and macaroni & cheese variations. The best part of this restaurant, is that they make everything fresh from scratch, and have several gluten free options. Whenever I go, I usually order a "duo" of a bun-less slider and salad. I've tried several variations, and my favorite order is always the quinoa salad (which changes seasonally) and the fig burger. It has some kind of a name, but I cannot recall. Plus you aren't in my town, so it really makes no difference to you. But what will make a difference to your life is when you make this burger for yourself. It is so spectacularly simple, and incredibly delicious.
We're going to go ahead and make this a "semi-homemade" meal, therefore there is no real recipe, and it takes about five minutes to make.
All you need are these for things:
I could actually just stop there and let you figure it out for yourself, but because I am a wonderfully kind person, I'll help you out.
For the beef patty, I used good quality ground beef (when you don't have a bun, the quality of the meat really makes a difference) mixed in a little garlic powder and some chopped onion, then cooked it on the skillet. The patties are probably about three-four inches in diameter.
After the meat is cooked and still warm, spread the top with the chèvre, so that it softens with the heat of the burger. Next, top with a dollop of fig butter (I used Trader Joes) then wrap in a leaf of lettuce!
At the restaurant of which inspired this burger, they also top with arugula, but because I have it wrapped in lettuce, I find that to be too much leafy green stuff.
Serve warm, and Enjoy!
For those of you who are in the Central Coast area, here you go.
As part of my beat the pots-cure the migraines-be healthy enough to move to another country diet, I am trying desperately to avoid sugar and condensed carbs. Meaning no bread, no white potatoes, no pasta's and sorry to say, no cookies. That said. I happen to have the worlds strongest craving situations that ever did exist. If I suddenly develop the urge to eat a chocolate chip cookie for example, no other food will satisfy me until I eat that chocolate chip cookie. Days and weeks can go by, and I will still want one and will have eaten everything else in the cupboards while trying to avoid the one thing I actually wanted.
Solution: Eat a darn cookie. Usually for me it only takes a bite or two to realize I was fussing over nothing, and then I get over it.
I forgot where I was going with this....
I think what I was trying to say, is don't deprive yourself. Eat what your gonna eat, just do it wisely.
Like a pasta dinner. But lets go ahead and take out the pasta part of that pasta.
Spaghetti has become the "I don't know what to make for dinner so I'll make this" meal. Which means I eat spaghetti for dinner approximately three times a week.
You'd think I was exaggerating, but I'm probably not.
Generally speaking, I just cook up some ground beef, mix in some sauce and through it over some gluten free noodles. Easy-peasy.
Really I don't need the noodles, all they are is a vessel for my meat and sauce to go on. So why not throughout them on a vegetable instead? But what vegetable should you use?
Well for starters, how about the vegetable that is called a spaghetti squash.
Then, lets step it up with some taste homemade meatballs.
Protein, ya know.
Spaghetti Sauce (homemade or jarred)
gluten free breadcrumbs
To Cook Squash:
Preheat oven to 350degrees. Halve squash, and scoop out seeds inside. Place each half (inside up) in a pan with sides, along with about an inch of water. Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until tender. Use a fork to "spaghetti" the sides of the squash.