Shrimp-Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice and $150 Visa Giveaway

People always ask me how do I get my three kids to eat so healthy. Being a busy but health-conscious mom, I always want to prepare meals using the best possible ingredients. I love using frozen foods in cooking because frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen, locking in beneficial nutrients. Frozen foods work great (and are budget-friendly) in many recipes such as in this one: Shrimp-Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice. It’s a healthy, gluten-free main dish that is a twist on fried rice. It’s a favorite at our house, and it’s so quick and easy.

I am so pleased to announce that this year marks the 30th Annual National Frozen Food Month. In honor of this, the National Frozen and  Refrigerated Foods Association is offering a few cool sweepstakes this month! Also, I am  offering a $150 Visa Gift card. To enter my giveaway, leave a comment telling me your favorite way to use frozen foods in cooking. The winner will be drawn on Wednesday, March 27th  at 8 a.m central.

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Other NFRA Sweepstakes include:

Facebook Freezer Giveaway:

 One freezer will be given away each week,this month, on the Easy Home Meals Facebook page (courtesy of Hussmann)

Family Adventure Sweepstakes:

NFRA is partnering with the DreamWorks film, The Croods, which is released on March 22, for a DreamWorks Experience at Gaylord Hotels Family Adventure Sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive a trip for a family of four to one of four Gaylord Hotels resort destinations for a ShrekFeast interactive character meal, a DreamWorks character meet and greet and DreamWorks theme scavenger hunt and $1,000 spending money. Enter as soon as you can on Easy Home Meals.

Crustless Kale Quiche: Gluten-Free

Who loves breakfast for lunch or dinner? I do. I was craving something with kale, and I thought to myself, why not  a Crustless Kale Quiche? My daughter, Leigh, decided to help me  (payment for a new comforter she’s been wanting). I jotted down a recipe that I thought might work, and I gave it to her. Amazingly enough, it worked. We sat down and ate half of it for lunch, and she said, “The kale is what makes this so good.” (music to a parent’s ears). She took it upon herself to add turkey bacon, but you could easily prepare it without it. It’s great with the mix of mushrooms, kale and bacon, egg whites, eggs and cheese. Later, my boys were skeptical about having quiche for dinner, but before I knew it, the entire Crustless Kale Quiche was devoured. For information on the Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale, see a post I wrote for Mindy Body Green

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

A friend recently passed me this recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cookies, and she told me to try them. I am always willing to try any new flourless or gluten free recipe, especially when it comes to dessert.  She was absolutely correct when she said they were simple as can be. If you’re on a gluten-free diet or trying to watch your flour intake, these are perfect for you. Feel free to double the recipe because they go really fast. Just be sure to store them in a cool, dry place. These cookies would also be wonderful served on Passover so stash this one away for next spring.

7 Fantastic Gluten Free Recipes

I have been trying a lot of new gluten free recipes lately, and I really feel great when I follow a gluten free diet. I don’t eat gluten free always, but I know many of you have allergies or use the paleo diet. Here are 7 fantastic gluten free recipes that I just had to share. Pictured above is my Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice. It is always a hit with my 3 kids. Please feel free to leave a comment telling me about a favorite gluten free recipe that you have tried recently.

Ganache Filled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites via Urban Poser

Grilled Vegetable Stack with Lemon Hummus via Gluten-Free Goddess

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bar via Roxana’s Home Baking

Blueberry Coconut Waffles via All Day I Dream about Food

Gluten-Free Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes via With Style & Grace

Chocolate Cherry Cookies via Anjas Food 4 Thought

Father’s Day Inspiration: Ideas and Recipes

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend so I thought I would share some very unique and fun Father’s Day recipes and ideas from some of my favorite sites including this recipe from my site: Grilled Steak with Mushrooms via Ingredients, Inc. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and an even better week ahead!

Greek Yogurt Pancakes via How Sweet It is

50/50 Burger via Spoon Fork Bacon

Sweet Potato Fries via The Art of Doing Stuff

 Corona Beer Popsicles via Bakers Royale

Golf Cupcakes via Martha Stewart

Father’s Day Sugar Cookies via Martha Stewart

Campfire Bars via Sweetened with Honey

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Gluten-Free Fresh Cherry and Almond Muffins & Gluten-Free Muffin Cookbook Giveaway

Gluten-Free muffins? Yes! It’s hard to believe that making muffins gluten-free can taste fabulous, and Cookbook Author, Camilla Saulsbury, shows us how in one of her latest cookbooks “150 Best Gluten-Free Muffin Recipes”. This book is a collection of great recipes, expert baking tips, expert baking techniques and even a gluten-free ingredient glossary to help the novice as well as the expert gluten-free baker. Recipes such as Rocky Road Muffins, Bacon Scallion Muffins, Indian Spice Coconut Muffins and Sour Cream Muffins are just a few calling my name. These Fresh Cherry Almond Muffins (pictured above) were out of this world. Before I could turn around, my 3 kids devoured them. These are perfect for this time of year when fresh cherries are at their peak. For a chance to win a copy of this book, leave me a comment telling me what type of muffin is your favorite. For additional chances to win, follow the steps below and leave me a comment telling me you did so. Good Luck! Winner will be drawn June 12th at 8 a.m CST. 

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Travel Tuesday: Spinach Quinoa from Westside Market NYC

This recipe from comes from the Westside Market NYC, a top market in New York, which has been in business for almost 50 years. Their market has seen a rise in the number of people purchasing quinoa at their four locations. Quinoa’s health benefits include it being a gluten free grain, boosting brain power and having high levels of iron and calcium. Maria Zoitas, wife of Westside Market’s founder John Zoitas, the creator of the “made by Maria” line of prepared foods at the market. Here is one of Maria’s healthy creations.

About Westside Market NYC:

Established in 1965, Westside Market NYC has been deeply engrained in the fabric of Manhattan’s Upper Westside life. A rare find in the food market business, Westside Market NYC is family owned and operated in the truest sense. Born and raised on a farm in Roupakia, a village on the island of Lefkada, Greece, John Zoitas arrived in the U.S. from Greece more than 45 years ago. He brought with him a love of fresh-grown produce, authentic cooking, and a steadfast commitment to service and quality. Each of our locations enjoys a remarkably loyal following, which is no surprise; it’s a direct result of the fact that the Zoitas family takes great pride in every aspect of their business. Under the tutelage of his father John, George Zoitas has taken the reigns of Westside Market NYC and made it into the premier market it is today. Our mission is simple: to become your favorite neighborhood food market and caterer of choice by offering the highest quality foods and hard-to-find products supported by friendly, personalized, efficient service. Discover Westside Market NYC, and experience the difference! For more information visit www.wmarketnyc.com

No-Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

I made these No-Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies a few weeks ago, and they were too good to be true. Not only are they a “No-Bake” cookie recipe, but they are filled with my favorite ingredients: Nutella, peanut or almond butter, dark cocoa powder, oats and almond milk. These are an ideal afternoon gluten-free snack or dessert. I think I definitely need to make a batch for Mother’s Day.

Two Ingredient Raspberry Popsicles

When I first saw “Sparkling Ice”at a friends house, my 3 kids begged me to buy it. After taking a look at the ingredients, I thought, “Why not give it a shot.” They loved all of the flavors, but it is also great to use in cocktails and even popsicle recipes. The Black Raspberry flavor was one of their favorites, and I love how easy it is to make Two Ingredient Raspberry Popsicles. Sparkling ICE is also a great alternative sport drink beverage for people of all ages. Sparkling ICE combines fresh spring water, natural fruit juices and vitamins and antioxidants to create tasty, lightly-carbonated refreshments in assorted thirst-quenching flavors. It’s a great alternative to soft drinks. It is caffeine-free, Kosher U and free of sodium and carbohydrates. For more information, see their Facebook page or website.

Sparkling ICE retails for $1.29, or $12-$15 for a 12 pack. Flavors include Coconut Pineapple, Lemon Lime, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemonade, Orange Mango, Pomegranate Berry, Pink Grapefruit, and Black Raspberry. Sparking ICE is available at retailers nationwide, including Kroger, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Publix, Winn Dixie, Amazon and more.

Sesame, Hemp and Carrot Slaw & Cookbook Giveaway

When I saw Chef Douglas McNish’s new cookbook, “Eat Raw, Eat Well”, I could not wait to check it out. This huge collection of 400 recipes appeals to newcomers and veterans of the raw food lifestyle. From breakfast to dessert, there is something for everyone and a great deal of information on preparing ingredients, nutrition and raw pantry essentials. I am thrilled to share this recipe for Sesame, Hemp and Carrot Slaw. Douglas says, “This take on classic coleslaw has virtually all the same flavors and textures but is much more nutritious because the healthy fats in the hemp seeds and hemp oil are much better for you than those contained in generic store-bought mayonnaise. This can serve as a crunchy addition on top of a green salad or as a meal on its own.”

To enter for a chance to win this cookbook, leave a comment telling me what intrigues you about the concept of “raw food”. For more entries do the following and then leave a comment letting me know you completed the steps. Winner will be drawn Tuesday, May 1st at 8 a.m CST.

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