September 2020 Faves
This month, we have some delicious products to share with you. From a baking mix perfect for the fall baking season, to savory goodies like taquitos and authentic canned chilies, to a unique pasta, and more, we’ve got some great items in our September 2020 Faves list.
Gluten Free Prairie
We’re getting into baking season, so naturally we’ve put a baking mix on the list! Right now we’re loving Gluten Free Prairie’s Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix. Simply telling you the name of the product should be enough to explain why we love it, right? Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix. Enough said.
Ok, but let me say a bit more. This mix is made without preservatives, rice, xanthan gum, or fillers. The base is oat flour, made from Certified Gluten Free, purity protocol oats. Gluten Free Prairie was founded by Deb Wheaton, who has celiac herself. They produce gluten-free purity protocol oats and oat products, like pancake mix, brownie mix, granola, and more.
Many condiments seem like they wouldn’t contain gluten, but this isn’t always the case, unfortunately. Wheat and other gluten ingredients are often used as thickeners in condiments, so it’s important to read labels. Hatch Chile Co. is one of my favorite brands for Mexican food staples like tomatoes and green chilies, salsa, and enchilada sauce. Rich with flavor and free of gluten, these products are always on hand in my kitchen. Enchilada sauce often contains wheat or malt as a thickener, but Hatch Chile Co.’s is gluten-free! Savory, spicy dishes are excellent when the weather starts to cool down and you’re craving a bit of heat and comfort in your meals. Hatch Chile Co. has you covered on that!
Fall is back to school season, which means something to those of you with kids or for those of you in high school or college yourselves. It’s a time when parents need to be on their A-game and students (of appropriate age for coffee) might need an energy boost. Paleo Pro’s Power Coffee is excellent as a natural energy drink to help you power through your morning before getting the kids off to school or heading to your own classes. It’s also excellent before or after a workout. This product comes in a powder that you can mix up hot or cold in seconds. It contains 100% Arabica coffee, red beet root powder, MCT-rich coconut oil powder, pasture-raised and grass-fed beef collagen, and lightly sweetened with zero calorie monk fruit. It’s a unique, delicious blend that is said to help with metabolism, appetite control, blood flow, energy levels, and more. It’s low calorie, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, contains 0g of sugar, and is Paleo and keto-friendly.
Speaking of back to school season, Starlite Cuisine has you covered on after-school eats (or lunchtime, if you’re doing virtual school at home). just pop these gluten-free taquitos in the oven or microwave and soon you’ll have a hot, delicious snack that’s filling enough to hold the kids over until dinnertime. The great thing about these is they are vegan and plant-based, which means no bad-for-you processed meats for your kiddies. They’re also non-GMO, dairy-free, and free from trans fat and cholesterol. They do not contain added MSG, preservatives, or artificial additives. They come in beef-style, chicken-style, and black bean and chorizo-style. (Please note that their rolled tacos are not GF; their taquitos and enchiladas are GF.)
One of my favorite things to do is make a charcuterie board with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and cheeses, pour a glass of wine, and curl up on the couch and watch a good movie. I recommend this any time of year, but the fall season was practically made for that sort of thing, don’t you think? If you agree, allow me to introduce you to Ziba Foods. Ziba produces heirloom and wild-grown nuts, dried fruits, and seeds. They have sun-dried figs, raisins, walnuts, dried apricots, dried white mulberries, and the best pistachios and almonds (the Shakhurbai dry roasted and salted one) I’ve ever had. Ever. Ziba’s products come from Afghanistan, where they are sustainably harvested and grown with stable water supplies on multi-generational family farms and village co-ops. Everyone in the office loved these products and let’s just say the pistachios were practically fought over.
Fall is baking season, back to school season, cuddle on the couch season, and COMFORT season! Comfort food is pasta, baked goods, cheesy casseroles, pizza … basically, carbs! But if you start indulging with comfort foods now, just think of how many calories you’ll have consumed by Thanksgiving, when the real calorie carnival begins. So why don’t we have our pasta and our skinny jeans, too, with Julia’s Farms spaghetti made of hearts of palm. Hearts of palm, if you don’t already know, is a vegetable harvested from the inner center of a palm tree. The palm trees at Julia’s Farms are sustainably grown, meaning the roots of the tree are continuously sprouting new branches. Julia’s Farms makes hearts of palm spaghetti. It’s available in jars and cans and is almost ready to eat as it comes. You simply drain it, add it to boiling water, boil for 2-3 minutes and drain. Then just serve it with your favorite sauce. It has a neutral taste but the texture works beautifully in traditional pasta recipes, with anything from tomato sauce to pesto to alfredo sauce and so much more!