November 30, 2014

Stuffed Tomato Boats With A Kick








The cold weather is here to stay, bringing with it the longing for comfort food. I have created the recipe below, as part of the Hidden Valley Gluten Free Challenge. These Stuffed Tomato Boats With A Kick, are a great addition to any meal. They are also a perfect little snack, which will warm you right up.




Ingredients


  • 1 boneless chicken breast
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 Cup Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch Dressing
  • 1 Tbsp gluten free apple butter BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 Cup crumbled, already cooked bacon
  • 1/4 Cup diced green onion
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • 1/3 Cup grated, Marble cheese
  • Shredded lettuce to garnish

* Always read labels to ensure ingredients are gluten free



Directions


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Heat 1 Tsp of Olive Oil in a pan, over medium heat. Add chicken to pan and cook each side for approximately 10 minutes. Chicken should no longer be pink. You can use a meat thermometer to ensure chicken has safely cooked to an internal temperature of 165F-170F.
  3. Let chicken rest for about 5 minutes.
  4. Place chicken in a bowl. Hold chicken steady with one fork and use another to pull or tear the chicken apart.
  5. Add Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch, gluten free apple butter BBQ sauce, crumbled bacon and green onion to the shredded chicken. Stir ingredients together until well incorporated. Set aside.
  6. Use a spoon to scoop out the pulp and juices of tomatoes. Fill tomatoes with chicken mixture and place on baking sheet.
  7. Add cheese to top of the now filled tomatoes
  8. Bake for 15 minutes. Tomato skins will be blistering slightly when done.
  9. When tomatoes are finished baking, top each with a spoonful of sour cream. Place shredded lettuce (as little or as much as you like) on top to complete dish and serve.



Hidden Valley Ranch Products and other promotional consideration were received in exchange for providing the above recipe as part of a submission in a contest sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch.



November 23, 2014

Promise Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins - Review

Promise Gluten Free sent me a Free Product Coupon so I could review one of their products. I chose the Double Chocolate muffins. Because, let's face it - CHOCOLATE.






I was super impressed with how moist and flavourful these muffins are! Promise Gluten Free provides chocolaty goodness without the dense grittiness, that is all too often part of Gluten Free baked goods. Muffin number two remained in the package for a mere 24 hours before I devoured that as well. Safe to say I am a fan!







I think it would be a wonderful advantage to see single packages of these muffins available for purchase at Tim Hortons locations across Canada. How cool and convenient would that be?! If Dunkin Donuts can sell pre-packaged gluten free donuts and muffins in America, I'll bet there is nothing stopping Timmie's from doing the same, here. Especially so when there is a fantastic product, like this to team up with.



The Double Chocolate muffins are sold two to a pack, for $3.99  and can be found at Metro stores. Not sure if your store carries the Promise Gluten Free line? Check out their store locator.



For more information on all things Promise Gluten Free, visit their Facebook page here and give them a follow on Twitter: @PromiseGF




I am looking forward to exploring the rest of the product line. Have YOU tried Promise Gluten Free? If you have, feel free to comment with your thoughts.





November 18, 2014

Circulon Griddle - Review



I have a new favourite item in my kitchen. It's the Circulon Griddle! 

This innovative piece of equipment is part of the Prime Collection and replaces the clunky, and heavy griddle that I have dreaded using for years. It's amazing how something so sleek can provide a fair amount of cooking space! Think outside the box with with me - griddles are not just for breakfast. So far, I have enjoyed preparing grilled cheese, chicken and even homemade tortillas on the griddle. The meal options are endless.





Features:

The griddle is 9.8x17.7 inches
3-Layer Total Non-Stick System
Metal Utensil Safe
Removable Temperature Probe (ranges from 200F-440F)
PFOA, Lead and Cadmium Free
Hard Anodized Construction






What I Love:

The griddle has a non stick surface, so there is no need for oils and fats

It's extremely lightweight and takes up very little space 

Clean up is a breeze. Simply remove the power cord and the griddle can be immersed in water

There is a pour spout in a corner of the griddle, which provides an easy way to dispose of grease

The griddle heats quickly and evenly

Easily stored in cupboard



What I Don't Love:

The handles. Although stylish and functional, they become hot as the griddle heats up. I would suggest that the Circulon team add a silicon gripping to correct this issue.




Interested in getting a Circulon griddle of your own? It's available 
 exclusively at Canadian Tire for $69.99

You can follow Circulon via Twitter @CirculonCanada and Facebook here




*** I received a complimentary Circulon griddle in exchange for review. Opinions are my own.








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