Monday, July 28, 2014

Emile Noël Artisan Sesame Oil Review: Hot and Sweet Sesame Tofu


Huilerie Emile Noël is a fourth generation French oil mill founded in the 1920s, now offering their artisan oils in the USA. Huilerie Emile Noël offers a variety of organic, non gmo, virgin-pressed oils including: mild olive, robust olive, sesame, toasted sesame, sunflower oil, sunflower spray, pumpkin seed, hazelnut, walnut, and sweet almond.

Emile Noël Artisan Oil is currently available at select Whole Foods Markets in the United States. For a store near you check out the site. Follow along with them on Facebook.


I chose to review their Artisan Sesame Oil since sesame oil is a big hit here. I made Hot and Sweet Sesame Tofu served up along side Chicken Garlic Scallion Noodles which I drizzled with the sesame oil before serving. At least 1 of my 3 kiddos went back for seconds, including the tofu!! I'll definitely be making this again!


Hot and Sweet Sesame Tofu
adapted from Honest Cooking

1 block firm tofu
1/4 cup cornstarch
pinch of salt
2 tbsp sesame seeds
4 green onions, sliced

For the sauce:
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp tamari
1 tsp seasoned vinegar
1 tsp sambal oelek
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp freshly grated garlic
2 tsp Emile Noël Sesame Oil
1/4 cup oil, for shallow frying

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan.
Simmer on low heat until it starts to bubble up a bit. Continue to simmer for 2-3 mins and then turn off flame. If your tofu came packed in water, cut in half, drain completely pressing between kitchen towels to extract extra moisture. Cut into bite-sized cubes and dredge in the cornstarch until fully coated.

Heat oil for shallow frying in a pan and add the tofu pieces in small batches making sure they don't overlap at all. Fry until light golden brown (a few minutes per side so it gets crispy), drain and continue until you are done with the entire batch. Drain on kitchen towels to absorb the extra oil.

Add the fried tofu to a wide bowl and pour the sauce on top. Top off with the sesame seeds and chopped spring onions. Toss well to coat.



*Disclosure* I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about Huilerie Emile Noël Artisan Oils. The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting my review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Product info and stock images if any are provided by PR or Co.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Veggetti Giveaway and Review

Zoodles with my meat sauce makes a perfect healthier spaghetti!

I have seen many recipes for "zoodles" instead of pasta and have wanted to get a spiralizer to make some too! Then I was contacted to review the Veggetti on my blog.


· The Veggetti® turns vegetables into delicious, healthy spaghetti, instantly

· By using zucchini, squash, carrots, cucumbers and potatoes, the Veggetti® creates thick or thin pasta with significantly less calories and carbs than traditional noodles.

· Ordinary pasta has 800 calories and 160 grams of carbs compared to 60 calories and 8 grams of carbs using Veggetti®!

· Great for those who are trying to make healthier food choices, diabetics, or on gluten-free diets

· The Veggetti® is quick & easy to use, has stainless steel blades, and is dishwasher safe

· Veggetti® is available at Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walgreens, CVS and other fine retailers nationwide


As you all know I am diabetic so I have to watch how much pasta I eat because too many carbs aren't good for me. Zoodles (zucchini noodles) are perfect for me! I made up my favorite homemade meat sauce and sauteed some Veggetti zucchini. It was delicious and I didn't miss the pasta.

Using the Veggetti was pretty simple. Long veggies will fit easily into either end but potatoes, you'll need to find some that are on the skinnier side. This little hand held gadget is small enough for your cupboard and won't take up valuable space.

The safety cap pulverizes my potato so I just stop spiralizing at that point and get another potato if I need more.

potatoes, bell peppers and onion ready to cook up.


I have made this breakfast a few times already, I just love how crispy the potato strings get!

check it out in action! You simply put your veggie or potato in one end and twist like you're sharpening a pencil. Careful not to cut your fingers though!

zoodles ready to cook! You can saute, boil or eat raw. I like to cut mine on the thick side.


tilapia over sauteed Veggetti zucchini, squash and carrots.


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*Disclosure* I wrote this review and or giveaway for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about The Veggetti. The Veggetti®, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Ontel. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Product info and stock images if any are provided by PR or Co.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Earnest Eats Superfood Blueberry Chia Cups Review


We found Earnest Eats at a little store here, my oldest bought a canister of their oats. I saw it says wheat free on it so I became intrigued and wanted to know if they had gluten free items as well, because the oats did not say they were gluten free. I contacted them wanting to be sure and they replied back saying they do carry gluten free oats and would send some! How gracious of them! I also love that they are here in San Diego.

Earnest Eats uses whole food ingredients that provide exceptional nutrition and extraordinary flavor.
Crafted with the goodness of organic oats, premium almond butter, nuts, seeds and fruits, their foods supply the protein, fiber and omega 3s the body uses to power itself efficiently. No spray-on vitamins or protein powders to bulk up the nutritional label: just simple, delicious food.

Superfood Blueberry Chia Cups are Oats, Quinoa, Amaranth and have 7g Protein & 6g Fiber are NON-GMO Certified, Vegan, Gluten-Free certified, Soy-Free & Dairy-Free.

Find Earnest Eats near you, check their store locator! Follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


They sent us a great little package of goodies. Inside were energy bars in delicious sounding flavors, chewy granola bars, a canister of their American Blend of oats and of course their Superfood Blueberry Chia Cups for me. Please note the only gluten free items are these Superfood Blueberry Chia Cups.

a side by side comparison of ingredient for their oatmeals, the right are the gluten free blueberry cups. 


These little cups of deliciousness are just great! They have a hint of cinnamon which pairs nicely with the blueberries and other fruits you add. I loved these so much I made some up for my early morning work day and some to take for lunch later on. They held up nicely.  (and my juices ready to go too)



Superfood Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats

1 Earnest Eats Superfood Blueberry Chia Hot & Fit Cereal Cup
Fill cup with  milk (I like coconut milk) just enough to cover the grains (1/2 cup)

Cover and leave in fridge overnight. Before serving, top with fresh berries if desired.





*Disclosure* I wrote this review and or giveaway for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about Earnest Eats. The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting my review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Product info and stock images if any are provided by PR or Co.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Arthur Aguirre’s America’s Best Barbecue Cookbook Review


Barbecue lovers will want to fire up the grill once they get a whiff of the mouthwatering and original recipes featured in Arthur Aguirre’s America’s Best Barbecue.

Aguirre holds the honored position of pit master in the Major League Grillers. His team has won nearly twenty awards in its first two years of BBQ competitions, including Grand Champion at the Soybean Festival in Mexico. Now he’s dishing out the secrets to his prize-winning recipes for ribs, pit-fired poultry, brisket, and pulled pork dishes, not to mention delectable rubs, glazes, and sauces. So fire up the grill, and be sure to make extra: once that smoke starts wafting across the neighbor’s yard, you’re going to have to share.


About the Author
Arthur Aguirre is a BBQ enthusiast who not only loves to eat what he cooks but also obsessively takes pictures and writes about it on his blog, www.majorleaguegrilling.com. His unique BBQ has led to many of his recipes’ being published online. Moreover, his successful BBQ team, Major League Grilling, has won nearly twenty awards (including Grand Champion) in his first two years of competition.


I cooked us up Arthur's recipe for Sausage Kabobs that uses his MLG BBQ Rub and MLG Barbecue Sauce. I added some par boiled potatoes to make this meal filling. Have you ever grilled potatoes? YUM! The rub was delicious and the bbq sauce as well, Mr. kept commenting how good it smelled as it was cooking. I think I'll be making more of this sauce again!


MLG Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup bourbon (use a gluten free one)
1/2 tsp Hungarian paprika
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions
1. In a saucepan on medium heat, combine the orange juice and candy. Put the lid on and cook until the candy is melted down.

2. Add remaining ingredients into the saucepan, then mix well and reduce the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes. Sauce is done when it thickens.

3. Let the sauce cool and store it in a glass jar, refrigerated, until ready to use.


There's delicious flavors in this MLG BBQ Rub!

This MLG Barbecue Sauce makes plenty to keep in the fridge for another day. I made grilled chicken thighs with some leftovers. Delish! Mr. kept raving about it. Must've been the bourbon in it. 


*Disclosure* I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about America’s Best Barbecue. The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting my review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Product info and stock images if any are provided by PR or Co.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus #WonderBottle Review


Iron? Ugh. It's not one of my favorite chores, in fact I try not to buy things I have to iron. But then there's the regular laundry. It can get creased from being folded or thrown in the drawer. Hate that too? Then you'll want to check out Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. Instead of ironing, you can simply spray the wrinkles away with the new Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. Spray it on clothes, give them a tug to loosen wrinkles and then smooth them flat. As your clothes dry the wrinkles will magically disappear and even smell fresh!

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is much more though than just a wrinkle remover!
-Odor Eliminator
-Fabric Refresher
-Static Remover
-Great for Travel
Try it on curtains, tablecloths, sheets, pillow cases and more!

Follow along with them in Facebook and Twitter! Find a store near you, it comes in three sizes.

Just sprayed the circle....

Later on you can see the product reached greater surfaces...

the next day, there are less wrinkles!

see!!

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I decided to try it more, that whole shirt was very wrinkled. I wanted to see the whole shirt wrinkle free so I sprayed it all over again and left it overnight. WOW!

Then I wanted to see it on a 100% cotton item, something that gets really wrinkled. Something I'd hate having to iron. I pulled out a nightgown and sprayed it down and again left it overnight. LOOK AT IT!! WOW! 

I am sold on this! We don't travel much otherwise I'd be packing this in my bag to spray on clothing fresh out of the suitcase. I liked it so much, that I even shared a bottle with a friend's mom who does travel. 



*Disclosure* I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about Downy. The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting my review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Product info and stock images if any are provided by PR or Co.

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