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Review and Giveaway! Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by Lisa

*New* Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels!  Allergy Friendly and great for all of your holiday baking!!!  Enter to win a free bag at StephanieODea.com!  Giveaway runs 12/12/13 - 12/18/13.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thank you for all of your comments!  The winners have been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Naomi and Paula!

Have you heard the news?  Enjoy Life Foods has *NEW*  Dark Chocolate Morsels!!!

I have been using Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks and Mini Morsels for quite some time and I love them.  They are all free of dairy, nuts, soy and gluten and are non-GMO!

The new Dark Chocolate Morsels are 69% cacao.  You can enjoy the many health benefits that dark chocolate boast, such as lots of antioxidants, while having a sweet treat!

From the Enjoy Life Foods website:

proud to be free of the big eight!

 All Enjoy Life foods are specially made to be free of the eight most common allergens. That means they contain NO wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish – the allergens that account for 90% of all food allergic reactions in the United States. Enjoy Life products are also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites. 

Our products are made in a dedicated nut- and gluten-free bakery in Schiller Park, IL. We’ve invested in a dedicated plant, so that you can have the added confidence and assurance that you and your family can eat Enjoy Life products without worries. 

We also require all of our ingredients to be certified allergen-free and perform routine testing to ensure strict allergen control standards are met. Visit our bakery for more information.

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These chips are perfect for all of your holiday baking!  :-)

While Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Morsels are great for baking, I also enjoy mixing them with nuts and coconut to make a little homemade trail mix snack!

You can purchase Enjoy Life Food Dark Chocolate Morsels easily from the Enjoy Life Food online store and at stores near you.

I am happy to be able to give away a free bag to two lucky readers!

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

You may garner additional entries by:

  1. Liking Enjoy Life Foods on Facebook.
  2. Following Enjoy Life Foods on Twitter.
  3. Following Enjoy Life Foods on Pinterest.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY SO THAT I CAN BE SURE TO COUNT YOU!  Thank you!

 

This giveaway will run from today (Thursday, December 12, 2013) until Thursday, December 18, 2013 at 4pm Pacific Time.

 

The winner will be notified by email.

 

Be sure to check out all of the great giveaways we have running this week!

 

~Lisa

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have a suggestion for a product you’d like to see on our giveaway page, please let her know!

 

Review and Giveaway! “Everyday Classics” by Alexa Croft

Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Lisa

"Everyday Classics: 68 Tasty & Essential Recipes: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free and Soy-Free" by Alex Croft.  Enter to win this great cookbook by Lexie from LexiesKitchen.com!  Giveaway at StephanieODea.com runs 12/6/13 -

Friday, December 13, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thank you for all of your nice comments!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Courtney!

 

You may already know Alexa “Lexie” Croft from her great blog LexiesKitchen.com.   Lexie began developing recipes to help her toddler son, who had intestinal and neurological issues.  She learned that he had food allergies and sensitivities and so she decided to change his diet to help him heal.  What she came up with are delicious, healthy meals, perfect for anyone needing to eliminate certain foods from their diets.

In her new book, “Everyday Classics”, Lexie shares “68 Tasty & Essential Recipes” that are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free.   Her book is broken up into “Everyday Staples”, “Breakfast”, “Lunch & Dinner” and “Sweet Treats”, making it very easy to locate a recipe for any time of the day.

Along with the wonderful recipes are beautiful photos of every recipe!

 

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Oatmeal Cake

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Zuppa di Italiano

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Mug Chocolate Chip Cookie  (Mmmmm!)

More of the recipes in “Everyday Classics”:

  • No Dairy Nacho Cheese
  • No-Peanuts Butter
  • Gluten-Free Flour Blend
  • Pizza Crust
  • Scones
  • Sunday Pancakes
  • Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
  • Loaded BBQ Potatoes
  • Teriyaki BBQ
  • Chicken Tenders
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Spritz & Sugar Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Vanilla Cupcakes

I want to make so many of these recipes, starting with the Mug Cakes!!!  If you would like to see a sample of “Everyday Classics” on Lexie’s website HERE.

You can purchase “Everyday Classics” from Lexie’s Kitchen Store on Amazon.com.  This book would make a perfect gift for someone you love with food allergies, intestinal issues or neurological health challenges, such as Autism and ADHD.

I am so happy to be able to offer one free copy of “Everyday Classics” to one very lucky reader!

 

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

You may garner additional entries by:

  1. Liking Lexi’s Kitchen on Facebook
  2. Following Lexi’s Kitchen on Twitter
  3. Following Lexi’s Kitchen on Pinterest

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY ABOVE SO THAT I CAN BE SURE TO COUNT YOU!  Thanks!

 

This giveaway will run from today (Friday, December 6, 2013) until Friday, December 13, 2013 at 2pm Pacific Time.

 

The winner will be notified by email.

 

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy day to check out our giveaways!

Have a great weekend!

 

~Lisa

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

 

 

 

 

Review and Giveaway! A Free One-Year Subscription to “Simply Gluten Free Magazine”!

Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Lisa

A Free One-Year Subscription to "Simply Gluten Free Magazine"!

Monday, November 18, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thank you for all of your comments!!!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Monica Powell!

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

There’s no more ignoring it.  The tree has arrived at Rockefeller Center in NYC.  There are radio stations playing Christmas music 24/7.  The stores are decorated.  Time to think about the people on your shopping list!

Are you gluten-free or do you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance?  The gift of a subscription to “Simply Gluten Free Magazine” is the perfect present!

I love receiving my copy of “Simply Gluten Free Magazine” in my mailbox!  It’s just packed full of great articles, recipes and resources.   This magazine is put together by the best group of gluten free people on the planet!  It doesn’t get better than THIS LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS!

I’ve been enjoying the November/December 2013 edition and marking the recipes I want to try.  Among them are some of Stephanie’s great “Slow Cooker Holiday Side Dishes” featured in this issue!

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I also can’t ignore those awesome-looking Potato Latkes by Carol Kicinski on the opposite page!  Yum!

Along with gluten-free recipes, there are also vegetarian, vegan and paleo recipes here!

I highly recommend subscribing to this magazine.  You can order your subscription easily online  HERE.  Give the gift of GLUTEN FREE this HOLIDAY!

I am very excited to be able to offer a FREE ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION (Six Issues) to one very lucky reader!

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.  That’s all you need to do!  :-)

This giveaway will run from today (Monday, November 11, 2013) until Monday, November 18, 2013 at 2pm Pacific Time.

The winner will be notified by email.

Good luck everyone!

~Lisa

Review and Giveaway! “Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free: Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts” by Ricki Heller

Monday, September 30th, 2013 by Lisa

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Monday, October 7, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thank you for all of your comments!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Sherri!  Enjoy!

 

 

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

Ready for something sweet?  Have food allergies or have a friend or family member who does?  If you answered “yes” to these questions, then I know you will love Author Ricki Heller’s new book, “Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free: Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts”.

Ricki Heller is well known for her healthy, vegan recipes, which she shares on her website.  After suffering health issues related to candida and being put on an Anti Candida Diet (ACD), she decided to come up with recipes that are free of gluten and refined sugar.

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“Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free” is full of delicious, make-your-mouth-water desserts.  Who wouldn’t want to try these?

  • Orange-Oat Muffins
  • Lemon Blueberry Scones
  • Giant Baked Upside-Down Apple Pancake
  • Butterscotch-Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Glazed Almond Bars
  • Cinnamon Coffee Bars
  • Dalmatian Cheesecake Brownies

All of the recipes are marked with Allergy-Free Options, GF for Grain-Free, SF for Soy Free, CF for Corn-Free and NF for Nut Free.   These recipes are made with natural sweeteners that are lower on the glycemic index such as agave nectar, coconut sugar, stevia, and a few with molasses.

 

 

“Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free” is available for purchase on Amazon.com , Barnes & Noble.com and at a bookstore near you!   I am very pleased to be able to giveaway one copy of “Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free” to one very lucky reader!

 

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE BELOW. You can score additional entries by:

  1. Liking Ricki Heller on Facebook
  2. Following Ricki Heller on Twitter
  3. Signing up for her Newsletter.

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY SO THAT I CAN COUNT YOU!  Thanks!

 

This giveaway will run from today (Monday, September 30, 2013) until Monday, October 7, 2013 at 2pm Pacific Time.

 

The winner will be notified by email.

 

Thanks so much and good luck everyone!!!

 

~Lisa

Review and Giveaway! *New* Plentils Crunchy Lentil Chips from Enjoy Life Foods

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Lisa

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm PST.  This giveaway is now OVER.  Thank you everyone!!!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified via email.  Congratulations Betsy!

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

Can you believe that Christmas is just a week away?  Then comes New Year’s Eve!  I am dizzy just thinking about it.

Are you looking for snacks to feed all of the family and friends stopping by or going to parties and need to bring a snack?  How about serving a healthy alternative to regular chips?

New PLENTILS Crunchy Lentil Chips from Enjoy Life are exactly what you need!

PLENTILS have 40% less fat than the leading potato chip.  They are made from high protein lentils.

All Enjoy Life products are gluten-free and allergy-friendly!  All products are free of the top 8 allergens: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish.  Most Enjoy Life products are also free of: potatoes, sesame, sulfites and casein.

Enjoy Life products contain no artificial ingredients, trans fats or GMO ingredients.  Enjoy Life products are made in a dedicated nut and gluten-free facility.

PLENTILS come in four tasty flavors:  Dill & Sour Cream, Garlic & Parmesan, Margherita Pizza and Light Sea Salt.

I absolutely loved the Margherita Pizza flavor.  These chips are very light and airy and crunchy.  They would be great with a dip for a party.  I chose to try them for dinner with a bowl of white chicken chili.

You can purchase PLENTILS Crunchy Lentil Chips at natural food stores and conventional grocery stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.  You can also find them at over 20 online retailers!  Click here to find a store near you!   PLENTILS are also available for purchase at www.plentils.com!

Would you like to try new PLENTILS?  I am happy to be able to offer a bag of each flavor to one lucky reader!

To enter this giveaway, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

You may also garner additional entries by:

  1. Liking Enjoy Life on Facebook.
  2. Following Enjoy Life of Twitter.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY SO THAT I CAN BE SURE TO COUNT YOU!  THANKS.

This giveaway will run from today (Wednesday, December 19, 2012) until Friday, December 21, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.  So hurry!

The winner will be notified by email.

Thanks for checking in and good luck!!!

~Lisa

 

Review and Giveway: “Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame” by Cybele Pascal

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 by Lisa

 

Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm PST.  This giveaway is now OVER.  Thank you for all of your comments!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified via email.  Congratulations Katie!

 

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

 

Do you have a food allergy or multiple food allergies?   Do you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance?  Maybe you have a friend or family member who does?

If so, this book is meant for you.  “Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking” by Cybele Pascal, is a go-to cookbook for people who want to learn to cook easy meals that are allergy-friendly.

Cybele Pascal is a working mother with a food-allergic family.  She knows what people with food allergies, gluten intolerance and celiac disease are going through. She admits that most nights the last thing she wants to do is spend an hour or more preparing dinner.  “Make it fast, make it simple” is her mantra.  Making it allergy-free and equally delicious is her expertise.

Cybele is the author of two bestselling cookbooks, “The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook” and “The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook” and has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, The Food Network, the Today Show, Good Morning America Health, PBS and NPR.  She serves as a Celebrity Ambassador Who Cares for FAAN/FAI (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) and is the founder and president of Cybele’s Free-to-Eat, a line of gluten-free foods that are free of the top eight allergens.

“Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking” has so many wonderful recipes, I really don’t know which one to make first!  The ones that caught my eye first are:

 

  • Chicken Nuggets and Sweet Potato Fries
  • Penne Chicken Marsala
  • Beef Stroganoff with Buttery Noodles
  • Cherry Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Butternut Squash
  • Buffalo Wings with Ranch Dressing

 

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup and Chicken Nuggets and Sweet Potato Fries

Loads and loads of quick and easy, healthy, allergy-free recipes!

You can purchase “Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking” on Amazon.com, and at Barnes & Noble.com and on Cybele’s website store!

I am pleased to be able to offer a free copy of “Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking” to one lucky reader!

To enter this giveaway, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

You may garner additional entries by:

  1. Liking Cybele Pascal on Facebook.
  2. Following Cybele Pascal on Twitter.
  3. Subscribe by Email.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY SO THAT I CAN BE SURE TO COUNT YOU!  THANKS!

This giveaway will run from today (Wednesday, December 12, 2012) until Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.

The winner will be contacted by email.

Good luck to everyone!!!

~Lisa

Review and Giveaway! California Rice Oil Company Rice Bran Cooking & Salad Oil

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 by Lisa

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.  This giveaway is now OVER.  Thanks so much for your comments, everyone!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified via email.  Congratulations Amy Clark!

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter.  If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

May I ask you a question?  What cooking oil do you use?  Is it a healthy oil?  Have you ever tried Rice Bran Oil?

I usually use Olive Oil and occasionally Canola Oil when I need an oil that will hold up to a higher temperature.  I had never tried Rice Bran Oil until I received a sample from California Rice Oil Company!

A little bit about California Rice Oil Company’s Rice Bran Cooking & Salad Oil:

Rice Bran Oil is truly “The World’s Healthiest” edible oil, containing vitamins, antioxidants, nutrients and trans fat free. It’s not just delicate and flavorful, it can help lower cholesterol, fight diseases, enhance the immune system, fight free radicals and more. Rice Bran Oil is extremely light, versatile and delicious. Use it to fry, sauté, in salad dressings, baking, dipping oils and where ever you use cooking oil.  Once you use it you will be amazed cooking light and healthy is also the best tasting.

California Rice Oil Company’s Rice Bran Cooking & Salad Oil has a high smoke point that makes is great for frying!  It is also:

  • Trans Fat Free
  • GMO Free
  • 100% All Natural
  • 490 Degree Smoke Point
  • Kosher Certified
  • Proven Cholesterol Reduction
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Light Delicate Flavor
  • Antioxidant Rich
  • Hypoallergenic

 

California Rice Oil Company Rice Bran Oil contains no preservatives, BHT or TBHQ.

 

So, now, how does it taste?

My husband and I both tried it one night for dinner as a dip for our gluten-free baguette!  My hubby loaded his oil up with parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.  I was a little less daring, and because I wanted to taste the oil itself, I only added the parmesan cheese.  It was very, very good!  Knowing how healthy it is made it even more enjoyable!

 

California Rice Oil Company Rice Bran Cooking & Salad Oil can be purchased online HERE.

It can also be found at these stores:  HERE.

How would you like to win a bottle of your very own?

California Rice Oil Company has offered to giveaway a bottle of Rice Bran Cooking & Salad Oil to TWO lucky readers!

To enter this giveaway, PLEASE VISIT THE CALIFORNIA RICE OIL COMPANY’S WEBSITE AND TELL ME WHAT RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE WITH YOUR RICE BRAN OIL .

You may garner additional entries by:

  1. Liking California Rice Oil Company on Facebook.
  2. Following California Rice Oil Company on Twitter.

This giveaway will run from today (Thursday, November 29, 2012) until Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.

The winner will be contacted by email.

As always, I wish you all good luck!!!

~Lisa