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Cast your line for this weeknight-friendly, fast, gluten-free, and fun twist on tacos. The smoky yogurt sauce and tropical mango flavor take them from OK to oh, yeah!

Fish Tacos

Ingredients

6 (5-inch) corn tortillas
grapeseed or canola oil, as needed
1½ cups shredded cabbage or lettuce
¾ pound tilapia or catfish
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
grated zest of 1 lime
1 cup cubed mango (about 1 medium)
1 ripe avocado, cubed
⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 green onions, green and white parts, thinly sliced
juice of 1 lime, divided
½ cup plain yogurt, preferably Greek style (“Mom” prefers organic)
1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped canned chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce

Preparation

Heat the tortillas one at a time in a dry skillet over medium-high heat until soft and pliable, 15 to 20 seconds per side. Or, stack the tortillas and microwave on high power uncovered until warm and flexible, about 25 seconds. Brush both sides of the warm tortillas with oil. With the bottom of a glass, gently press the tortillas into 6 jumbo muffin cups. Don’t worry if some of the tortilla folds inward.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Divide the cabbage or lettuce among the tortilla cups. Wash the fish with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Slice the fish into 1-inch cubes and place in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, stir together the cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, and lime zest. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the fish and toss to coat. Divide the fish among the tortilla cups and bake until the fish is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, toss together the mango, avocado, cilantro, green onions, juice of ½ lime, and salt to taste. In a second small bowl, stir together the yogurt, chipotle chile, and the remaining lime juice. Serve the fish tacos topped with the mango salsa and a dollop of yogurt sauce.

Serves 6.

*Recipe and image courtesy registered dietician Matt Kadey, author of Muffin Tin Chef.*

Chia – it is not just those plant pets you can grow! The desert plant Chia is actually a member of the mint family, and is one of the most powerful, functional and nutritious super foods in the world. Chia seeds are re-emerging as a new superfood as they offer a natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and dietary fiber. CHIA\VIE is a delicious smoothie blend that contains more Omega-3 fatty acids than acai or fish oil, and is 100% vegan and gluten-free.

An all-natural blend of ground chia seeds and 2 servings of fruit with no added sugar, CHIA\VIE is refreshing and nutritious! Choose from 3 tasty flavor combinations, including Acerola-Pina Smoothie, Mango-J Smoothie, Banapple-Berry Smoothie (“Mom’s” favorite!). The chia seeds are seamlessly blended into the smoothie, giving it a smooth texture and while you do not have to chill the beverages prior to enjoying them, “Mom” found them to taste even better served chilled over ice. In addition, CHIA\VIE™ is packaged in an eco-friendly, lightweight, aluminum bottle which makes it easy to take anywhere.

To learn more about the benefits of Chia, to locate a retailer near you that carries CHIA\VIE™, or to order online, please visit drinkchiavie.com.

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

Navitas Naturals has debuted yet another organic power snack to their award-winning line of organic Navitas Power Snacks! You will love the new Blueberry Hemp Navitas Power Snacks, which are filled with a variety of the most nutrient-dense organic superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts. These perfectly-sized bite-sized cubes have a healthy whole food appearance, delicious flavor and rich chewy texture. Certified organic and gluten-free, Navitas Power Snacks do not contain refined sugar, dairy, preservatives, GMO’s or artificial colors and flavors.

Showcasing organic hemp powder and dried blueberries, Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks are made with chia, maca, lucuma, camu camu and maqui, as well as other wholesome raw foods such as date paste, sesame seeds, cashews and sunflower seeds. These delightful snacks are perfect for packing on long hikes or camping trips this summer, or tuck neatly into your desk drawer at work for an energizing and nutritious treat! Each 1-ounce serving is approximately 3 or 4 Navitas Power Snack nuggets.

Offered in an 8-ounce re-sealable and recyclable pouch for $8.99, Navitas Power Snacks and other Navitas products are available at thousands of stores throughout North America including Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans and HEB, and at many online stores such as NavitasNaturals.com and Amazon.com.

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

The secret ingredient in this gluten-free tea cake is Mélange du Cap, a delicious herbal tea blend combining all-natural rooibos with cacao nibs and vanilla pods. The tea lends rich color and heightens the flavor of this good-for-you treat studded with walnuts and orange zest. Perfect for a morning or afternoon tea break.

Walnut Tea Loaf

Ingredients

Canola oil cooking spray
1/2 cup prepared Mélange du Cap Rooibos tea by Le Palais des Thés (see brewing note), at room temperature
1 1/4 cups gluten-free flour mix
3/4 cup almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp grated orange zest
2/3 cup chopped walnuts

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch x 4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In small bowl, whisk together the gluten-free and almond flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the applesauce, oil, and tea. Set both bowls aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer until well blended and airy, about one minute.

Add the white and brown sugars, beat together, then add wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and zest and mix just until they are combined with other ingredients; there will be many small lumps. Using rubber spatula, blend in most of the small lumps, taking care not to over-mix. Stir in the nuts. Scoop the batter into the prepared baking pan.

Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a straw inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Turn the loaf out of pan and cool completely.

This tea loaf is best served after wrapping in foil for 8-24 hours, which allows flavors to ripen and loaf to become more moist.

Makes 8 servings.

Adapted from Something Different by Dana Jacobi, author of 12 Best Foods Cookbook and Cook & Freeze: 150 Dishes to Make Now, Serve Later.

Brewing Note: In a heatproof measuring cup, steep 1 tablespoon Mélange du Cap in ½ cup of 195 degrees (not-qu ite-boiling) water for five minutes. Strain out the tea leaves, and cool to room temperature.

Mélange du Cap is available at www.palaisdesthes.com; $10 for 3.5 oz/100g resealable pouch of loose tea.

Mom” was recently introduced to a dairy-free, soy-free and allergen-free alternative to milk and soy milk – Good Karma Foods Flax Milk! Creamy, with the consistency of dairy milk, but without fear of causing an allergic reaction, the Flax Milk is not only great enjoyed on its’ own, but served over cereals, oatmeal, and more! Light in calories and in taste, the new Flax Milk is available in Vanilla (“Mom’s” favorite), Original and Unsweetened (which boasts only 25 calories per cup!). What’s not to love?!

Why Choose Good Karma Foods Flax Milk?

Organic
Lactose Free
Gluten Free
Non Dairy
Trans Fat Free
Soy Free
Allergen Free
Vegan
Supports Green Farming
Rich in Omega-3s

To learn more about Good Karma Foods Flax Milk, to locate a store near you, or to order online, visit Good Karma Foods.

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

Celebrate American Heart Health Month with a deliciously easy recipe for Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake, courtesy of the Elm Cottage Bed & Breakfast!

Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

1/2 cup raisins
3 cups brown rice flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp cocoa
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup Canola oil
1-1/4 cups brown sugar
Egg replacer equivalent to two eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups soy yogurt
1 Tbsp lemon juice

Preparation

1. Soak raisins in hot water for 1/2 hour, then drain.
2. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cocoa, and walnuts.
3. In separate bowl cream oil, brown sugar, egg replacer, vanilla, soy yogurt and lemon juice.
4. Fold in dry ingredients and raisins. Mix thoroughly.
5. Pour into an oiled 9 inch cake pan and bake at 350 degrees F. for 40-45 minutes

*Recipe and image courtesy of both BNBFinder.com and Elm Cottage Bed & Breakfast.*

You won’t miss the gluten in this delightful Apple Crisp!

Mary’s Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Ingredients

Apples

5 Organic Granny Smith apples (should be very crisp and tart)
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 small lemon

Topping:

½ cup quinoa flakes
½ cup walnuts or almonds (chopped well)
½ cup Mary’s Gone Crackers Original Crumbs
½ cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ cup* melted butter (or substitute with ghee coconut oil or other light tasting oil)

*enough fat to ensure all topping ingredients are coated but crumbly enough to sprinkle on top of the apples

Preparation

1. Peel, core and slice the apples
2. Put apples, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice in a large bowl, mix well and pour into an ungreased baking dish
3. Shake the pan to distribute the apples well
4. Combine all topping ingredients and mix well
5. Evenly distribute the topping on the apples and pat down
6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until apples are tender and bubbly. If topping begins to brown too much, turn the heat down to 325 degrees and cover with foil.
7. ENJOY!

*Recipe courtesy of Mary’s Gone Crackers.*

Wheat-free, gluten-free, vegan, and organic – what’s NOT to love about Just the Crumbs from Mary’s Gone Crackers? Whether you are coating range-free, organic chicken breasts to make a chicken parmesan dish, or baking your family’s favorite meat loaf – Just the Crumbs is an excellent alternative to the traditional store bought brands that have partially hydrogenated oil or high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient. It is a challenge to find a brand that does not have one or two undesirable ingredients rather than you guessed it – just the crumbs!

Made from flax, quinoa, brown rice and sesame, Mary’s Gone Crackers’ Just the Crumbs are available in 3 delicious varieties for your cooking and baking needs, including Original, Caraway, and Savory. “Mom” loves all three – each one is distinct!

To learn more about Mary’s Gone Crackers various products, or to locate a retailer near you that carries Just the Crumbs, visit marysgonecrackers.com.

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

It is raw food in an easy-to-consume bar form – perfect for enjoying a healthy & nutritious snack on-the-go! Pashen, created by nutritionist Lisa Wilson, is a delicious raw food energy bar that both adults and kids will enjoy! This new raw, organic, sprouted energy bar is made with high-quality, fresh ingredients like rich cacao, antioxidant-filled goji berries, and locally harvested honey.

Available in two varieties, Cacao (“Mom’s” favorite!) and Original, Pashen Bars are living foods that have been sprouted and dehydrated to maximize nutritional content. The raw bars are 100 percent pure, organic, preservative-free and gluten-free!

To learn more about the benefits of a raw food diet, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, visit www.mypashen.com.

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

Don’t be fooled by the word fermented – this delightful, effervescent soda is like a sparkling juice with crisp, clean notes of various fruits! Cascal Fermented Soda arrived at “Mom’s” doorstep today, and wow – what delicious, tasty beverages. Say so long to sugary sodas devoid of any nutrition, and enjoy one of these all-natural sodas instead!

For those who do not drink alcohol or who are pregnant will especially enjoy the different varieties with a meal, as they can be paired with foods much like wine. Poured in a champagne flute, Cascal Fermented Soda will lend a festive air to any dinner or gathering sans alcohol, too!

Gluten-free and sweetened with natural fruit juices and stevia, Cascal is also caffeine-free and contains only 60-80 calories per serving. It is truly a treat and fast becoming one of “Mom’s” favorite beverages, especially the Berry Cassis flavor!

Available in both cans and bottles that can be recycled, Cascal is offered in the following 5 flavors:

1. CRISP WHITE – With notes of Pear, Apricot & Magnolia Flavors

2. FRESH TROPICAL – With notes of Mango, Jasmine & Kaffir Lime Flavors

3. BERRY CASSIS – With notes Black Current, Tangerine & Lemon Flavors

4. BRIGHT CITRUS- With notes of Lemongrass, Tangerine & Pineapple Flavors

5. RIPE ROUGE- With notes of Cherry, Rose and Chocolate

To learn more about Cascal or to locate a retailer near you, please visit Cascal.com.

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