Monday, December 21, 2015

Brazi Bites

Nearly two years ago I was contacted by a lovely company, Brazi Bites, to review their traditional Brazilian cheese bread snacks. I responded with a resounding YES because who wouldn't love to try gluten-free cheese bread snacks?! I tried them and was hooked. Once I finished the samples I was bound and determined to find out where I could get more. At the time, however, they were really only located in the PNW (Pacific Northwest) and I was in New England. Thus began my love affair with Brazi Bites.

About a month ago Evan and I were in Syracuse perusing the aisles of Wegman's as I love to do, and I was astonished to see Brazi Bites in the freezer section! I bought several (aka quite a few) bags and proceeded to eat them ALL. As we are now blessed with a Wegman's in Massachusetts I hurried home to see if I could find them there and I am happy to report that I DID. To find in a store near you, click here. Shortly after,  I was again contacted by Brazi Bites to write a little bit more on their delicious product and I was obviously happy to oblige. I was also delighted to find out that they now have a new Garlic Asiago flavor!

All of Brazi Bites flavors, Jalepeno (my favorite), bacon, original, and garlic asiago can be eaten by themselves as a snack or in combination with a meal. This time around I sought to pair them with different meals. The bacon flavor was incredible with breakfast and brunch. The garlic asiago went really well with Italian dinners and was basically a gluten-free replacement for garlic bread! The original flavor went really well with a ham dinner (who doesn't love ham and cheese anything?). The jalepeno flavor is hands down my favorite for snacking or eating with anything. They even make great little sliders for pulled pork or breakfast sandwiches!

I was also thrilled to hear about Brazi Bites in a different context - on the TV show Shark Tank! The founders Cameron and Junea made it through to pitch Brazi Bites to the Shark Tank investors. To watch the episode and find out what happens click here: Brazi Bites on Shark Tank!

Please note, I did receive this product complementary from Brazi Bites but, as always, the opinions are entirely my own. Photo credit: Brazi Bites. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

San-J Sweet and Tangy Sauce

Ever been stuck in a food rut? I know I have. A few weeks ago was a prime example of me in a food rut. I was eating the same things over and over, and things I didn't even really like, but were easy. I was feeling like I needed a food kick-start. Insert a San-K glaze and marinade: Sweet & Tangy.

Once again San-J absolutely hits the nail on the head with this sauce. The Sweet and Tangy sauce is exactly that - deliciously tart with a smooth sweet finish. I decided to marinate some chicken and then grill it. The sauce goes so well with chicken, transforming a pretty bland grilled meat into juicy, caramelized strips. I paired it with a very simple coconut rice and steamed broccoli and it was a perfect healthy and delicious meal! I am dying to try it with shrimp in a stir fry!

Sweet and Tangy Grilled Chicken

Preferred cut of chicken (I prefer boneless thighs or strips of chicken breasts)
Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare your preferred cut of chicken. If breasts, cut into strips and salt and pepper. If thighs, salt and pepper as well. Place in a large ziplock bag and pour in a generous amount of San-J Sweet and Tangy sauce. Be sure it is enough to coat entirely. Let marinate for the time you have, overnight or just an hour works fine! Grill until no longer pink in center. Coat with additional Sweet and Tangy sauce while on the grill.

Coconut Rice

1 1/2 cups jasmine rice*
2 cups of coconut milk
1/4 cup of water
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Wash rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Drain in colander. In a 4 quart saucepan with a lid, add coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt and stir to blend. Add rice and stir while bringing to a boil. Cover tightly and reduce heat to a low simmer. Allow to cook for about 18 minutes or until done. Remove from heat, and let stand for a few minutes. Fluff and serve!

I'm sure many of you have heard about the arsenic issues with rice lately. To buy rice with the least amount of arsenic, choose white rice from India or Pakistan. Avoid brown rice because the hull retains arsenic and avoid rice grown in the US.


Please note, I did receive this product complimentary from San-J but, as always, the opinions are entirely my own. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Products I'm Loving

Gluten-Free products I have been really digging lately...