LADIES: healthy hoohoo Review + GIVEAWAY!

Calling all individuals who care about their hoo hoos!

Do I have your attention now?

This week’s product feature and giveaway is something new for ADSG–a non-food product called healthy hoohoo! Founder Stacy was appalled by the ingredients in the cleaning products ladies were using on their most delicate body part and set out with a mission: “provide a healthier cleansing option for women of all ages interested in the well being of their intimate area.”

healthy hoohoo respects a woman’s body and believes it should be treated like a temple. Reducing the amount of chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis is simply one step to better health. We value wellness, the best ingredients, and being relentlessly authentic.

An adorable package arrived at my door with quite honestly the best marketing material I think I’ve ever seen. With all the important features laid out– like the fact that the products are paraben/fragrance/glycerin free–alongside tag-lines like “Woo hoo for hoo hoo,” I could not stop laughing nor reading!

One of the inserts even discussed how to know if “your hoo hoo {is} balanced” and tips to ensuring it is! Another explained the chemicals to avoid (and the names they’ll be called in ingredient lists) and what parts of your hoo hoo should get some cleanser love.

Now ladies, without becoming far to intimate for ADSG, these products will leave you feeling clean and happy. I’m totally hooked on a product category I never thought I’d ever buy/want/need!

Who wants some hoo hoo love? Enter the giveaway below!

Healthy Hoohoo Giveaway

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce: Review and GIVEAWAY!

This is not the same-old pizza sauce you’ve been grabbing off the shelf for years. With flavors like chipotle and asiago, any recipe calling for some tomato sauce is about to be escalated in flavor by Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce.

All four of their delicious flavors are gluten free, soybean oil free, and nut free- though they do contain dairy.

I used the asiago sauce as the top to my tedious, though gorgeous, zucchini ravioli! It added such an unexpected taste and element–I’m absolutely going to continue to grab it for my recipes’ sauce needs.

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And guess what– there’s a chance for you to try any 2 flavors of your choosing!

Oh, but it gets better because…THERE WILL BE TWO WINNERS! A first in ADSG history, two lucky readers will be able to choose 2 sauces to use in their own cooking!
Enter to win here!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

*Leonardo’s provided product for myself and the giveaway in exchange for an honest review*

Creating a Beautiful Family Meal for under $50 at Jewel-Osco!

*Jewel-Osco sponsored this review by providing a $50 gift card to their store in exchange for recipe development using items available at their locations*

Jewel-Osco put me on a mission: create a gluten-free meal (enough to feed 4) using products from their stores. Oh, and it was not to exceed $50 for everything, including a dessert item.

As you all know, I’m not the blogger who creates recipes weekly–though I cannot be more grateful to all the GF bloggers that do, as they’ve given me inspiration for years!

Well, I took a stab at it– and I made the meal TOP 8 FREE.

Yep, that’s right. Top 8 free, under $50, enough for at least 4 people {though definitely could be 5-6!}–which means, for all you college and young professional readers, tons of leftovers.

I had all the dry spices I needed in my cabinet, so I didn’t have to account for those in my total–feel free to swap for your available spices to save on the $$$!

Jewel-Osco is my go-to grocery store in Chicago– between it’s gluten free section, gorgeous produce, and great prices, I’m always set after a Jewel run. I couldn’t be more thrilled to create these recipes on their behalf.

This entire meal was created for $48.82!

Without further ado, Moroccan Chicken {with a vegan garlic sauce} + Sweet Corn Succotash + Mixed Berry Crisp!

 

Moroccan Chicken with Vegan Garlic Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 2hr 45mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4-5 pounds bone-in chicken
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped chives
  • 4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 tbs. canola oil
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup EVOO {SAUCE}
  • 1 garlic clove, minced {SAUCE}
  • 2 tb. apple cider vinegar {SAUCE}
  • 1 tsp. honey {SAUCE}
  • 2 tbs. apple juice {SAUCE}
  • 1 tsp. mustard {SAUCE}
  • 1 tsp. basil {SAUCE}
  • 1/4 tsp. salt {SAUCE}

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, toss together garlic, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, canola oil, salt, and chicken until combined.
  2. 2.Refrigerate chicken (covered) for at least 2 hours
  3. While in refrigerator, blend EVOO, garlic, apple cider vinegar, honey, apple juice, mustard, basil, and salt in a food processor. Set aside.
  4. After 2 hours, preheat BBQ to medium-high heat. Grill chicken until cooked through, beginning on high heat to char outside, then lowered to medium heat–turn every few minutes!
  5. Remove from grill and drizzle garlic sauce over top. Serve hot!

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Preparation…

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Final Product!

Sweet Corn Succotash

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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You can use tomatoes instead of peppers, though we have a tomato allergy in our house! Also, all veggies can be frozen–cheaper and easy!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. EVOO
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 cups chopped red pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups corn kernels (white and yellow combined, if possible)
  • 2 cups frozen baby lima beans
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • 3 tbs. basil, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Heat oil in large skillet or pot (prevents splatter and major clean up!)
  2. Add onion and sprinkle with salt; cook until translucent (5 minutes)
  3. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (1 minute)
  4. Add peppers, corn, and lima beans.
  5. Reduce heat to medium/medium-low and cover.
  6. Stir occasionally for about 20 minutes, or until veggies are soft.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, as desired.
  8. Let cool; I think it’s best served room temp!
  9. Sprinkle basil over top before serving!

 

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Preparation…

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Final Product!

Top 8 Free Mixed Berry Crisp

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: easy
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You can use any flour blend/products you feel safe using. I used GFJules All-Purpose Flour, Melt Spread, and Enjoy Life Mixed Berry Bars.

Ingredients

  • 1 package Enjoy Life Foods Mixed Berry Bars
  • 4 cups of berries (your choice!)
  • 1/4 cup allergy friendly margarine
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup allergy friendly all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg

Directions

  1. Unwrap ELF bars and flatten them by hand. Cut each in half.
  2. Line 12 muffin tins with papers, coat with non-stick spray, and place the half-bars in bottom of each tin.
  3. Place small handful of washed berries in each cup.
  4. In separate bowl, combine sugar, margarine, and flour. Mix until combined.
  5. Crumble over top, or turn into little shapes as I did!
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for ~25 minutes, or until fruit is bubbling.
  7. Serve warm!

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Preparation step 1…

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Preparation step 2…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Product!

 

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Bloomfield Farms Review

*I was sent the new vegan allergen-free Bloomfield Farms bread to review honestly*

To say this is the spongiest, most fluffy gluten free bread I’ve ever had wouldn’t do this bread justice.

I could *bend* it. I could probably roll it up, if I hadn’t chowed through the whole loaf in a matter of days. I kept squishing it in confusion of it’s behavior.

We’re all used to GF bread that needs toasting and still just barely does the trick for bread. This bread is not only gluten free, but vegan/ALLERGEN FREE. Yes, you got that right– this is counter stable, non-toast-needed, airy, delightful top 8 free bread.

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Look at that fluffy slice!

Bloomfield Farms nailed it.

You absolutely must get your hands on some–and their Facebook page is hosting frequent giveaways of it as it moves into stores!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Luce’s Artisan Bread Mixes: Review and GIVEAWAY!

*Luce’s Artisan Bread Mixes has provided mixes for a review/giveaway*

Okay, ADSG readers– I know it’s not the normal Sunday time for posting, and it’s not even just a little delayed to Monday. It’s Tuesday and this week, life just got hectic. But, nonetheless, I have a fantastic review and giveaway for all of you!

Charles Luce began his line of mixes, and a bakeshop in NJ, after he was diagnosed with celiac in 2002 {boy, don’t I remember the days of hockey puck buns and crumbling “bread”} and launched a line of gorgeous,unique, and tasty artisan bread mixes in 2012. Each bread mix {Classic Sourdough, New Italian, Really “Rye”, Bold Buckwheat, OMG Flatbread, and others depending on the season} are simple– just add water.

(Okay, there are a few steps that go with that water adding process, like letting the bread rise, etc. but you catch the drift).

The breads come out of the oven with a fun crusty exterior (dusted with rice flour and a sight most celiac people have never seen), begging to be ripped apart and devoured.

Each mix was absolutely more delicious than the last. My favorite is definitely the New Italian, though a hard choice.

The only thing to be aware of–that messed me up–is to be careful the bag is not stuck on the dough when you bake it. Otherwise, like me, you may eat some paper with your bread.

And lucky ADSG readers– Charles has decided to sponsor an amazing giveaway of their Tasting Package, which includes Classic Sourdough, New Italian, Bold Buckwheat, Really “Rye,” OMG Flatbread, and even their Mile High Pancake Mix (which I’m yet to try, so share photos and recipes, tagging me and #ADSG!)

Enter the giveaway here!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Review of GF Mom Certified’s BYOC Cookbook

*Tiffany sent me an advanced preview of her newest GF Mom cookbook, BYOC.*

If you don’t know Tiffany already, she is a powerhouse. A mom of three and the voice behind GF Mom Certified, Tiffany has an ever-growing collection of darling cookbooks alongside her posted recipes, lunchbox ideas, webinars and more on her website.

Her newest cookbook entitled “BYOC–Mom Certified Birthday Secrets” tackles the inevitable troubles of birthday parties when your children (or you!) have food allergies. {BYOC=Bring Your Own Cupcake!}

This cookbook contains photos of her sweet daughters, simple drawings, and recipes/photos of the creative goodies she’d made as part of her guide to throwing the best allergy-friendly birthday bash.

Tiffany’s cookbooks make you feel like part of her family and this one is no exception!

Be sure to get your own copy when it’s available!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Blends by Orly Review

*Orly sent me two of her mixes for me to play with in the kitchen!*

Blends by Orly are a line of 1:1 replacement flour mixes, each with it’s own special purpose–think: cookie blend, bread blend, pie blend, etc. Orly designed 5 special blends–and I hit the kitchen with my mama to make our go-to chocolate chip banana cake using the Sydney Blend.

All we could say was WOW. The banana cake was light–the perfect spongey texture–and will definitely be our go-to flour in baking our signature recipe. The bag was resealable, which makes storage ideal, and can even be purchased on Amazon!

*Hint: instead of the standard liquid in your banana bread/cake mix, look for some left over yogurt or sour cream in your fridge–we had about 1/4 c. left of sour cream and mixed it with 1/2 c. water–just gave it a little special something in terms of flavor and texture!

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Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

PS- if you have ripe bananas, you can freeze them to bake with later!

Cucina & Amore — Review and GIVEAWAY!

*Cucina and Amore loaded my pantry with goodies in exchange for an honest review (as always), and have graciously included a giveaway for a lucky reader!*

If you’ve even glanced at my Instagram in the last year, you’ll know that Cucina and Amore has become a staple of my diet.

With fantastic on-the-go quinoa meals in 4 tasty flavors {I love all of them and they’re beginning to be sold at Costco!} that can be served hot or cold + are shelf-stable, these meals are the easiest package to throw in my bag for trips, work excursions, long days– you name it.

I was recently sent the newer bruschettas + pestos and I’m in love. I’ve been using them endlessly in cooking, as well as for simple dipping with veggies. Cucina & Amore has hit the nail on the head once again!

And guess what! One incredibly lucky winner is about to get a huge box of a lifetime from Cucina & Amore right on your doorstep! Follow the Rafflecopter below for your chance to fill your next purse/backpack and your pantry🙂

Click here to enter!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

Solvetta FlatBox Review

*The kind people at Solvetta sent me the coolest lunchbox ever in exchange for any social or blog post honest feedback.*

I have vivid memories of elementary school days where the most dreaded moment was trying to find a clean part of a cafeteria table and the quick request to other students: do not throw/pass food over me.

The tables were always breeding grounds for gluten–and other allergens, though I did not have any at the time–which made lunches on top of paper bags or in my lap very frequent.

Introducing…Solvetta FlatBoxes: the ultimate solution to the endless issue of allergen-ridden surfaces recognized by the International Housewares Association as an Innovation Award Winner.

FlatBoxes are funky four-paneled lunch boxes that quickly unzip(!) into a placemat! Clean surface every single time.

They come in regular (17″x 17″ mat), snack (15″x 15″ mat), large (20″x 20″ mat), and even one made to fit a bento box inside!


Whether for yourself at work/on outings, or for your child’s packed lunch every day, the FlatBox is guaranteed to remove anxiety and stress from a food allergen ridden world.

I wouldn’t hesitate one moment to purchase one of these extremely durable, well-made lunch boxes on their site {non-affiliate link}! The color options are endless🙂

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Cello Whisps Review

Are you looking for the next greatest low carb snack? Well, I’ve found it. And–it’s available in a massive bag at Costco {AKA this couldn’t get better}.

After grabbing Cello Whisps big bag at Costco for the first time, I devoured these 100% parmesan crisps in about 5 servings instead of the marked ~17 servings on the label…oops. When you give a type 1 diabetic a bag of almost carb-free {1g/serving} chips…okay, well you catch the drift.

With one of the simplest ingredient labels ever, these “keto-friendly” snacks are 100% allergy friendly as well–though not dairy free, they are lactose free by way of hard cheeses like parmesan + cheddar having no lactose, and are otherwise free of all allergens.

I’m absolutely obsessed and don’t see myself removing them from my shopping list anytime soon! I can’t wait to try the cheddar version!

PS- They make great croutons too!

WARNING: you will never be able to eat just one “serving” of these, so buy plenty when you go to the store/order online!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna