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Delicious Meat Product: Applegate Naturals Pepperoni!

Applegate Naturals Pepperoni
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Do you like Pepperoni? I sure do. To me, pepperoni pizza is especially delicious when the pepperoni is very thinly sliced so that it gets crispy like bacon and curls up around the edges when it comes out of the oven. Oh my goodness, heavenly. Pepperoni sometimes scares people, however, because it can contain a lot of salt and hidden preservatives, which are the very things that help to make it so delicious. What a conundrum.

Applegate Pepperoni Sliced
Look How Thinly Sliced It Is!

Fortunately, Applegate Organic and Natural Meats offers two great tasting varieties of uncured Pepperoni, one made from pork and one made from Turkey. Both are lean, tender and flavored with the just the right amount of spice. Not only do they make killer Pepperoni Pizzas, but the taste is mild enough that you can easily use them to make sandwiches and party snacks or just eat it straight from the package. Versatile!

Applegate Pepperoni on a Roll

Here are some little sandwiches I made after heating the Turkey Pepperonis in a skillet for just a few minutes.

Breakfast Pizza

I made this Pepperoni and Scrambled Egg Breakfast Pizza using Arnold Multigrain Sandwich Thins as the crust. So easy!

Arnold Multigrain Sandwich Thins

Pepperoni Pizza

And Frozen Pizza always needs extra Pepperoni on it, amiright?

Applegate Naturals Pepperoni contains no preservatives, so be sure to keep it refrigerated before and after opening. Likewise, it contains no nitrates or nitrites except for those occurring naturally in sea salt and celery powder, which are added for seasoning. All animals are humanely raised and the meat has no antibiotics and is gluten and casein free. All of these qualities contribute to this pepperoni being one delicious meat product!

Find out more about the many natural and tasty meat products from Applegate, and discover where to buy them in your area, at This Link!

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Snack Review: NatureBox

Nature Box Snack Selection
All Photos By Gail

Do you like to snack? I sure do. I am too lazy to wash and peel fresh fruit, so, ideally, my go-to snacks tend to be packaged and ready to serve. I generally try to snack on nuts or whole grain chips, which are convenient and delicious. But often I just become unimaginative when it comes to choosing snacks that are safe to keep in the house (i.e. not cake, a thing over which I have no self control). And then I get bored. Sigh.

Imagine my extreme feelings of good fortune then when I met up with folks at NatureBox at a recent Food Show here in NYC. NatureBox is a snacker’s dream come true, in that they offer highly customizable subscriptions to receive boxes of packaged healthy, natural and – most importantly – insanely delicious snacks each month! Snacking need never become boring again!

Nature Box Nutritional Info

You can design your NatureBox subscription to receive as few as five or as many as twenty bags of tasty snacks shipped each month right to your door! Likewise, you can also select whether you’d prefer to choose the snacks you will receive or be surprised. Personally, I like surprises, because it is like Christmas. But if there are certain foods that you don’t care for (example: Figs. I hate them) you probably want to choose your own snacks. It’s all good!

NatureBox offered Worleygig.com a free three-month Subscription and here is a rundown of all the healthy goodies that arrived in our first shipment, which we have been snacking on for the past week:

Masa Crisps

Masa Crisps: Corn Chips with Flax Seeds

If you love Fritos – the Crack of Snacks – you are going to lose your mind when you try these chips, because they are just insane. Serve them with your favorite hummus or guacamole and gain a dress size by eating all of them yourself.

Pistachio Power Clusters

Pistachio Power Clusters: Nut Squares with Almonds, Cashews and Pistachios

OMFG. Crunchy, sweet nut things. Totally Addictive. I am not sharing.

Cherry Berry Bonanza

Cherry Berry Bonanza: A Medley of Dried Cranberries, Cherries and Blueberries

Dried fruit, but especially dried Cherries and/or Cranberries, is awesome. You can be a purist and eat it out right of the bag, or throw it on top of some yogurt, ice cream, hot or cold cereal – whatever! So versatile, this Cherry Berry Bonanza is!

French Toast Granola

French Toast Granola: Maple flavored Granola with Pecans

Like the Cherry Berry Bonanza, this snack is endlessly versatile. Try it as your morning breakfast with milk and a sliced banana (old school) or mix it in with some yogurt. Or add it to a favorite cookie recipe. Or just eat it with your hand while sitting in front of the TV, which is how I roll. Love me some toasted pecan pieces.

Roasted Kettle Korn Kernals

Roasted Kettle Korn Kernals: Honey Coated Toasted Corn

You could make almost anything with corn as the primary ingredient and I would eat it, with one caveat. As a child, I often enjoyed chomping on Corn Nuts and, in adulthood, I have thousands of dollars worth of dental work to show for it! The truth is, Corn Nuts are a Dentist’s best friend. Happily, these Roasted Kettle Korn Kernals have a crunch factor comparable to, say, Wasabi Peas, so you need not fear a cracked molar. If you dig the slightly sweet taste of fresh Kettle Corn – and who doesn’t? – you will go nuts over this toasted corn snack.

NatureBox has a nearly exhaustive pantry stocked with every kind of snack you could imagine, which you can even scroll through Right Here. You could subscribe for years and never get bored because they are adding new snacks all the time!

Subscriptions to NatureBox start at just $19.95 per month, depending on how many snacks you choose to receive in each shipment. Right now, Gift Subscriptions (five snacks per box) are on sale as well: give three months of NatureBox snacks for $59.95, six months for $99.95 (discounted from $120) or twelve months for $199.95, (discounted from $240). That is some crazy savings right there.

You can also refer a friend through the NatureBox Website and not only will your friend get $10 off of their first box, but you’ll get $10 as well. Start your own NatureBox Subscription right now by visiting Nature Box Dot Com!!

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Better 4U Gluten Free Pizza: A Review

Pizza Box One
All Photos By Gail

I’m one of those lucky foodies who can eat pretty much whatever I want without any worry about food allergies or gaining weight! I can just hear all of you in the nearest Waist Trainer Center shaking your fists at me. But I have a couple of family members who are on gluten free diets, and they have been pretty vocal about how much they miss the simple pleasure of eating pizza. Life Without Pizza; that is a sad thing to contemplate.

Pizza Box Ingredients

Fortunately there is such a thing as gluten free frozen pizza! Better 4U Foods is a family owned and operated company that has introduced a line gluten free pizzas made with only all natural ingredients that provide healthier alternatives than their competitors on the frozen pizza market. Better 4 U sent me couple of their pizza varieties – Uncured Pepperoni and Four Cheese – which I prepared and ate in my home on separate occasions over the span of a week. Here is my report.

Appearance:

Cooked Pepperoni Pizza

This is what the Pepperoni Pizza looks like after baking in a 395 degree oven for 18 minutes, according to package directions. It is worth noting that the scent of cooking pepperoni was distinctive and the pizza smelled very delicious and home-made while it was in the oven.

The cheese is rather golden because my oven may have been a little hot, due to guessing at what 395 degrees was on an oven that has the temperatures marked at 400 and 375. Still, it looks pretty close to the photo on the box. And although I did not “art direct” the pepperoni placement before baking, there are 12 slices of pepperoni present and accounted for, just as depicted in the packaging photo.

The Crust:

The crust – perfectly golden, not scorched at all and about the color of a brown paper bag – turns out to be very crispy and “sturdy” but maintains a fluffy, bread-like consistency under the sauce and toppings, which I found very appealing. I have eaten gluten free pizza in a restaurant previous to this and I would say the Better 4 U crust was of a comparable texture. It does not taste exactly like regular gluten containing pizza crust, but it tastes good.

The Sauce:

The tomato sauce had a distinctive peppery flavor which complimented the lean and not-too-spicy Pepperoni.

The Toppings:

The cheese is more shaved than grated, so it has a bit of a tendency to “fly” when removing the pizza from the wrapper. I suggest using great care when removing the plastic wrap, then placing the uncooked pizza on a plate and shaking any cheese that has escaped from the packaging and supportive cardboard round back onto the pizza. That said, the cheese is natural mozzarella and tasted very delicious and fresh prior to cooking. It is the quality of cheese I would use when making pizza from scratch.

As previously noted, there is a decent number pepperoni slices but I suppose you could add more to your liking. Same goes for the cheese. More is always better.

Normally, I could eat an entire pizza of this size by myself, but this pizza is very filling and after two slices I was stuffed. I reheated my leftover pepperoni pizza in the oven a day or two after my initial heating and it was still good. I did end up adding more cheese.

I had the Four Cheese Pizza last night. This how it looks out of the box:

Four Cheese Pizza Uncooked

Again, I cooked it for 18 minutes in a conventional oven at a close approximation of 395 degrees.

Four Cheese Pizza Served

It looks pretty good, right? I did not expect to actually like the Four Cheese even better than the Pepperoni, (because pepperoni is my thing) but that is what happened.

Better 4 U Gluten Free Pizzas also come in Mediterranean, Roasted Vegetable and a Vegan-friendly, Dairy-Free Roasted Vegetable variety. Find out more about Better 4 U pizzas and their other delicious foods by visiting their website at This Link!