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Fall tailgating and backyard cookouts are in full swing! For guests who want to lighten things up a bit, or who are vegetarian, this simply scrumptious recipe for black bean burgers gets serious flavor from Moore’s Original Marinade! This marinade is gluten-free and Kosher, and offers a robust hickory flavor. Yum!

Moore’s Original Black Bean Veggie Burger

Ingredients

½ cup onions, chopped
¼ cup green bell pepper, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 ½ cup breadcrumbs or cooked quinoa (or more if needed)
3 tbsp. Moore’s Original Marinade
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. oil or butter (“Mom” prefers organic)
Hamburger buns
Desired toppings such as cheese, ketchup, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, etc.

Preparation

1. Add onions, bell peppers, cilantro, black beans, marinade, cumin, salt and garlic and pulse in a food processor. Add breadcrumbs and pulse a few more times. Mixture should be thick enough not to fall off of a spoon. Add more breadcrumbs until thick, if needed.
2. Form mixture into golf ball size pieces and press to form patties.
3. Heat 2 tbsp. oil over medium high heat. Cook each patty for 2-3 on each side until desired doneness.
4. Serve on hamburger buns with desired toppings.

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*Recipe and image courtesy of Moore’s Marinades & Sauces.*

In our home, we are always looking for organic, clean-ingredient fruit snacks when craving something sweet & healthy! When on-the-go with little ones, having a treat to reach for in a hurry that won’t spoil a meal beforehand is always a plus…or when they spy something they want but shouldn’t have going through the checkout line at the grocery store. Tuck a few Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars in your purse or diaper bag for these situations…we’ve all been there!

Pure Organic Pineapple PassionFruit

Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars are dual-flavored, triple-layered fruit snacks made from organic fruit and vegetable juices and purees, with no added sugars, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. The Layered Fruit Bars are produced in a nut free facility, which makes them an ideal allergy-friendly treat to pack in your purse, kids’ lunchbox, beach bag & more! Each fruit-based bar contains 12 grams of sugar with only 60 calories. The bars are made with USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, vegan and kosher ingredients.

Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars

The bar is available in Strawberry Banana and Pineapple Passionfruit and sold in a 24 pack for $10.99 per variety box at Costco – making it ideal for families on a budget. We are loving the Pineapple Passionfruit flavor – think tropical sunsets on an island!

Pure Organic’s Layered Fruit Bars are also available at Sprouts, select Safeway locations, Albertsons, and Whole Foods, as well as many other natural food stores and online at PureOrganic.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Move over, yogurt! Make way for a new protein-rich snack called Muuna! This is cottage cheese – reimagined in a convenient portion that contains 15g of protein and has delicious real pieces of fruit on the bottom! Perfectly portioned in a single serving, it makes a for a quick & healthy snack pre or post-workout, at the office, or when you want something sweet but not guilt-inducing.

Muuna Blueberry & Strawberry

Muuna is available in 5 yummy fruit flavors, including Pineapple, Blueberry, Strawberry, Mango, and Peach, as well as plain. We tried all of the delightful varieties in ‘Mom’s‘ kitchen, and the Mango and Peach were definitely our favorites! Just the right amount of fruit and not overly sweet! I am sure some people swirl and mix the fruit right in…and some leave the fruit on the bottom to be enjoyed and savored at the end. What type are you?

Muuna Pineapple

Not only is Muuna Cottage Cheese a rich source of protein, it is free from artificial flavors and sweeteners, and Kosher and Gluten-Free. You can learn more about this new way to enjoy cottage cheese on their website, http://muuna.com/.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and that means planning for backyard barbecues, a beach bash, or a picnic in the park with your family! Now you can feel good about serving up some chips to go with your favorite salads, fruit skewers, grilled chicken and more with the latest addition to Deep River Snacks – HONCHOS Tortilla Chips!

HONCHOS Low Res - Peach

This exciting new line of organic tortilla chips are made with 90-100% organic ingredients, and are non-GMO and Certified Gluten-Free. Available in 3 mouthwatering flavors, including Nacho Cheese, Peach Habanero, and Ranch, this flavor explosion is one you can feel good about indulging in this Memorial Day! Take note, sweet heat fans, the Peach Habanero is like nothing you have ever tasted in a tortilla chip!

HONCHOS Low Res - Ranch

As with all Deep River Snacks, the new HONCHOS are proudly made in the USA without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and they are Non-GMO, Kosher, Certified Gluten-Free, and Nut-Free! The best part about choosing Deep River Snacks? They ‘Give a Chip!‘ Each bag features a great charity partner with a back story that means something important to a Deep River Snacks’ founder or employee.

Mom” doesn’t usually eat chips, but these were just too good to resist, and the fact that they are made with Non-GMO and organic ingredients made them extremely irresistible! You can use their store locator tab to find the new HONCHOS near you!

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece. All thoughts expressed herein are our own.*

The smell of fresh, baking bread in the comfort of your own kitchen is a scent like no other! Warm, inviting and delicious, this gluten free, vegan sandwich bread made using Blends by Orly is a true treat! It can be enjoyed immediately or frozen to save for a later date.

Orly’s Gluten Free Vegan Healthy Seeded Sandwich Bread

Ingredients

2 tsp (7 grams) or 1 packet of instant yeast
1 cup (230 ml) lukewarm water
2 1/2 cups (300) grams Blends by Orly Tuscany Blend
1/4 cup (50 grams) vegetable oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons (34 grams) honey
1/4 cup (20 grams) chia seeds (“Mom” prefers Carrington Farms)
1/4 cup (20 grams) flax seeds (“Mom” prefers Carrington Farms)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds (optional garnish; “Mom” uses SuperSeedz)

Preparation

Mix: In the bowl of you stand mixer with a paddle attachment or in a bread machine, combine all the ingredients, and mix together to make a soft, smooth, slightly sticky dough.

Proof: Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl, and allow it to rise in a warm temperate (approximately 90 degrees F) untill it’s almost doubled in size, about 30-45 minutes.

Lightly grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. Flour your work surface and the surface of your dough with Tuscany Blend or white rice flour. Gently shape the dough into a smooth log, and place it into the pan, smooth side up.

Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap or with a warm towel, and allow the loaf to rise till it’s raised over the rim of the pan by about 3/4″, about 45 minutes. For a faster proof time, let your loaf sit in an oven set to a warming temperature of about 90-100 degrees F for about 30 minutes.

Bake: Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F. If you don’t mind that the bread is not vegan, adding an outer coat of egg-wash will give your bread a glossy and crusty finish. Otherwise, brush the top of the dough with water-wash and sprinkle it with pumpkin seeds. Bake the bread for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the tops are a golden color and makes a hollow sound to the touch. Remove the loaf from the oven, and turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool. Slice the bread in advance and freeze for up to 9 months. Makes 1 loaf.

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About Blends by Orly

Blends by Orly are made with the highest quality wholesome gluten free ingredients, and are also OU Kosher certified, nut free, vegan and corn free. Blends by Orly provides a simple way to prepare baked goods that are so delicious that people would have no idea they are eating something that is gluten-free. Blends by Orly allows you to make your exact favorite recipes by just replacing the wheat flour with one of the Blends by Orly. Blends by Orly are sold in stores throughout the USA on Amazon and online. http://blendsbyorly.com/

*Recipe and image courtesy of Blends by Orly.*

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about healthier options for dessert! This Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe is made without the cream cheese, using tofu and Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese instead! Topped generously with 100% all-natural, non-GMO skinny truwhip, it is a delectable and delicious dessert!

Pumpkin Cheesecake (‘No Cheese”)

Ingredients

12 oz. firm silken tofu
8 oz. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar (“Mom” prefers organic sugar or Stevia in the Raw)
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 graham cracker crust
1 carton Truwhip

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 deg.

In blender or food processor, puree all ingredients except crust and Truwhip. Pour into crust.

Bake 350 deg. for 50 min. Cool at least 30 min.

Cover top of pie with generous amount of Truwhip.

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About truwhip

truwhip and truwhip skinny are the first frozen whipped toppings that are 100% natural and gluten-free. Unlike other chemical-laden whipped dairy concoctions, truwhip contains no high fructose corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils, no polysorbate 60, no trans fats and no GMOs. truwhip is also certified gluten-free and Kosher. Available at Wal-Mart and Kroger, as well as grocery stores nationwide. http://www.truwhip.com/

*Samples of truwhip, recipe and image courtesy of truwhip.*

Pack some FUN in your child’s lunchbox this coming Fall! Funny Face® Dried Cranberries make eating a serving of antioxidant rich dried fruits exciting, with four kid-pleasing flavors to select from, including Rootin Tootin Raspberry (“Mom’s” favorite!), Goofy Grape, Freckle Face Strawberry, and Choo Choo Cherry.

In addition to being rich in proanthocyanidins Type A, nature’s most powerful antioxidant, Funny Face® Dried Cranberries are all-natural, Kosher and gluten-free. “Mom” loves that the Funny Face packaging is recyclable, too!

Per 1/3 cup serving, Funny Face® Dried Cranberries contain 100 calories, and pack well for not only school lunches, but families on-the-go, from after school sports to weekend hiking trips.

To learn more about Funny Face® Dried Cranberries, or to locate a store near you, visit funnyfacecranberries.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Move over granola bars! There’s a new guilt-free bar in town that will rock your taste buds! Skinnygirl™ has introduced their On-the-Go Bars, which are available in two delicious flavors, Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel! “Mom’s” favorite is definitely the Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel – it is hard to believe that these are good for you they taste so decadent, and Skinnygirl™ has placed two 100-calorie portions inside the package to make portion control easier throughout the day. However, once you eat one portion, it will be hard to resist the other one!

Skinnygirl™ On-the-Go Bars are all-natural, Vegan, and Kosher, and contain 4 grams of fiber per bar to keep you feeling full and satisfied longer. The Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate contain 3 grams of protein per bar, and the Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel contains 4 grams of protein. For a snack-attack when you are on the move, these definitely do the trick!

Tuck these bars into your purse, gym bag, desk drawer at work, or diaper bag for a quick and healthy pick-me-up during the day instead of reaching for a fattening candy bar. At about $2 per bar, they are a nutritious, guilt-free indulgence! To learn more about Skinnygirl™ On-the-Go Bars, or to order online, visit SkinnyGirlDaily.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*