10-Minute Pizza

We make tortilla pizzas often around here, but I’ve never thought to put steak on them before.  Enjoy this guest post/recipe from cibo verde.

LA-based Paolo Mascitti, celebrity trainer, lifestyle expert and founder of cibo verde, a meal delivery system that caters to customers’ body calculations to help them reach their weight goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s great for the parents and kids love it!

                                                      Gluten-Free Meat and Veggie Pizza Gluten Free Pizza

Gluten-free tortilla

1 oz cooked steak (diced)

 1 oz yellow onions

 2 oz red and green peppers (julienne cut )

 2 oz pizza sauce

3 oz of fresh mozzarella cheese


 Place the gluten-free tortilla on a baking sheet/pan, add marinara making sure to spread evenly on crust, followed by cheese, onions, peppers and steak.

 Place baking pan with the tortilla pizza in the oven for 5 minutes just to allow the cheese to melt.

The entire process will take no more than 10 minutes and you’re ready to eat! BON APPETIT!

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Smart Soup

Raise your hand if you love soup!

Raise your hand if you’ve hand a cold for three weeks and soup helps you feel better!  Honestly, is it ever going to warm up outside?  (Okay, I guess I can’t complain too much since it almost hit 70 the other day, but I’ve never seen so much cold in one winter in Texas before – and it’s not even February yet.  Brrr!)

But, soup, ah, soup.

I received some samples from Smart Soup awhile back and have been making my way through their awesome flavors.  Smart Soups are frozen gluten-free meals that are full of flavor.  They taste fresh, unlike your typical prepared soups.

Smart Soups are:

-Low sodium
-Low fat and low in cholesterol
-All-natural, with no preservatives
-American Heart Association Certified as a Heart Healthy food (Heart-Check mark)
-Good source of fiber
-Made only from REAL ingredients that you can recognize and pronounce
-Meet many special dietary requirements (e.g. celiac, diabetes) and are a healthy, convenient meal option.


The Thai Coconut Curry is packed with spicy, bold flavors with lots of chunks of vegetables and coconut.  It is definitely a real pick-me-up, wake-me-up soup.  You can see the herbs – I love that!

Smart Soup

Vietnamese Carrot Lemongrass is spicy and sweet, a curry-based soup.  Chunks of carrots, coconut, and some beans help give substance to this great mix of flavors.  It is definitely different for me, but I really like it!

Santa Fe Corn ChowderThe Santa Fe Corn Chowder is tomato-based and full of corn, black beans, and chunks of potato and red bell pepper.  It has just a hint of spice and is perfect for a cold day when you have a cold (my life in January, in a nutshell).  It certainly helped me breathe better.

The French Lentil, another tomato-based soup, was a “sharesies” with Carter.  While I was warming it up (you know, those long two minutes), he said “I bet that soup is really healthy” while reading the box.  Carter loved the chunks of carrots and red bell pepper, its “very good” flavor.  It has a slight hint of sweetness and of spice to it.  My little man said it is “easier to drink it” (my husband hates soup, so I usually make mine really thick).  I, however, am quite composed and can accurately and purposefully wield my spoon in a proper manner.  :P

If you like fresh-tasting soups without all the hassle of making it yourself, give Smart Soup a try.  And if you’ve got any connection to the north winds, please tell them to leave Texas alone.

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Malt Vinegar Chips – Not GF

There was a mistake made in packaging:

Jan 24, 2014

“Product Pull Back Notice —Action Required”

Boulder Canyon (Natural Foods) Malt Vinegar and Sea Salt, Wavy Potato Chips, Kettle Cooked in 100% Avocado Oil

The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) has issued an immediate product pull-back notice to Boulder Canyon (Natural Foods) Malt Vinegar and Sea Salt, Wavy Potato Chips, Kettle Cooked in 100% Avocado Oil chips. These chips are not certified by GFCO.

Boulder Canyon is committed to working with the GFCO to proactively rectify the labeling issue on our Malt Vinegar chips.

If you have questions about this product, contact Boulder Canyon at (866) 890-1004

GFCO logoAbout GFCO – GFCO is a voluntary 3rd party gluten-free certification organization whose standard is 10 ppm gluten or less. GFCO requires compliance with the FDA definition of gluten-free that products not contain wheat, rye, barley and hybrids of these grains. GFCO requires compliance with strict manufacturing, testing and inspection procedures. For more information visit:  www.GFCO.org

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CraveRight Cookies and Giveaway

Admit it.  You want to eat cookies for a meal.  In fact, you’ve probably eaten cookies for a meal before.  I know I have.  Somebody else had the same idea.

Enter Roya’s CraveRight Cookies.

Certified gluten-free, vegan, and no dairy, soy, egg, nuts, or corn, these cookies are made with sesame meal as the “flour.”  Two cookies contain 4-7 grams of protein, 3-4 grams of fiber, 6-10 grams of sugar, and 11-15 grams of fat.  They even contain 15% of your daily value of iron.  In. A. Cookie!

CraveRight Cookies

Sesame cookies…who knew?  I’ve never had a sesame cookie before.  These cookies are firm and a little soft, with a very interesting flavor.  There is a LOT of sesame flavor, surrounded by sweet, buttery goodness (but there’s no dairy!).  Corice gives it a thumbs up, but Carter isn’t quite sure about all the sesame seeds.  I like it, but it is probably something that I’d be more likely to have once in awhile (though if I eat it once in awhile, I may like it even more).

The Chocolate Chip cookies are very akin to a shortbread cookie, in that it has that dry, crumbly texture.  It has some crispy puffed rice in it (I had to look at the ingredients to figure it out), that break it away from a typical shortbread, though.  You can’t tell it is made with sesame meal.  Carter and Corice both think it is the best of the cookies.

Firm, but not crunchy, the Brownie Chocolate Chip cookies are just a bit soft.  big chunks of chocolate, and even more chocolate flavor in the “brownie” cookie.  The best of both worlds: cookies and brownies!  As with the chocolate chip cookie, you can’t taste that this one is made with sesame meal.  Corice and Carter both give this one two thumbs up.  It’s definitely a go-back-for-seconds kind of cookie.  For me, it was the best one.  In fact, now that I’m alone again, I’ll eat another one.  :)

CraveRight would like you to try their cookies, too!  They’ve got a set of three bags (one of each kind) for TWO lucky winners!

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment about your favorite time to eat cookies (you know mine’s breakfast, lol).  This giveaway will close at 9pm central on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.


Don’t forget to enter the Ian’s giveaway and the ThinkThin giveaway.

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thinkThin Giveaway

Week one of the new semester is now complete.  What a crazy week it has been for me.  I had been prepared to teach two different lecture classes, but got a lab added and then another lab added on the third day of classes!  Apparently, students decided to do a lot of registering after classes began this semester.  I’m glad for the money, but it makes my Wednesdays super long.  Luckily for me, I have fall-back food.

In fact, it’s how I got through my last month of grad school: thinkThin Bars.  I received some samples of their caramel fudge flavor prior to the semester ending.

The Caramel Fudge bar is obviously not a candy bar, but it has a very minimal “protein” aftertaste.  Carter is currently stealing what’s left of my bar, saying in his evil genius voice “it’s all mine.”  The chocolate outside is great – smooth and just sweet enough.  The caramel-flavored inside is good, too.  It is not caramel in texture, however, but has the typical thick peanut butter (from a natural jar that wasn’t stirred) texture with a few small chunks of peanuts throughout.

I’m not kidding when I say these babies got me through grad school.  They are satisfying, easy-to-eat, enjoyable, and quite portable.

German Chocolate Divine bar and Caramel Fudge bar

German Chocolate Divine bar and Caramel Fudge bar

ThinkThin Divine: treats without the guilt!  It is the candy bar version for those of us who are being health conscious.  The German Chocolate bar is “Mmmmmm” (says Carter) outstanding.  It is packed with coconut goodness and chocolate, but it also has 8 grams of dietary fiber and 6 grams of protein.  It does remind me of a German chocolate cake (wrapped in a layer of chocolate).  The chocolate is smooth and sweet, but not overly sweet.  When you’re trying to eat right but need a treat, it is a “very, very, very, very yummy” (again, Carter) option to satisfy that need you’ve got.

Milk Chocolate Toffee Almond

ThinkThin also has a fiber line.  I’ve had the chance to try the Milk Chocolate Toffee Almond.  Thirteen grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber make it a pretty healthy snack or meal replacement (only 2 grams of sugar), and should help fill you up.  The “nougat” part is soft and chewy.  The toffee flavor is very faint compared to toffee candies, but the flavors work together very well.  I really enjoyed the bar I shared with Carter, even if it had been squished by a textbook or two.  Carter liked it even more than German Chocolate Divine bar!

ThinkThin has offered us a box of Caramel Fudge bars for a giveaway!  To enter, you must LIKE thinkThin on facebook and then comment on this post about your when you need a bar to eat (like when you’re running between classes and forget to pack a lunch every day…).  This giveaway will close on  Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9pm central.

Don’t forget to enter the Ian’s giveaway!

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