Foodie.com – Brinner-time

Check out 12 Breakfast-for-Dinner Ideas

by Emily at Foodie.com

We love “brinner” (breakfast for dinner) around here – it’s often a quick, easy, and cheap go-to when I don’t have other plans. But sometimes it would be nice to get a little more creative than bacon and eggs, so this month’s Foodie.com collection is out-of-the-ordinary brinner fare.

Check out the cast iron skillet scrambled eggs – yum! I read not too long ago that you should cook eggs over low heat. I always hovered around medium, but switching to low really made a difference! Takes a little longer to cook, of course, but they really taste better. The cinnamon roll french toast bake looks rather amazing, and casseroles that can be made ahead and baked later are always helpful. And speaking of french toast, I can’t wait to try the pumpkin version in my collection. I think I’ll also whip some of those up for Jenny – pumpkin AND gluten, her favorites.

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Do you cook brinner at your house? What are your favorites?

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Easy Gluten-Free Snack Ideas #LiveGfree

I am so excited about this post I can hardly contain myself! First, I should tell you it is sponsored by ALDI, but the gushing, excited, borderline geeky opinions are all my own. Last spring at Mom 2.0 I was chatting with one of my favorite ALDI reps and she told me a new gluten-free line was about to come out there. I was SO excited. Gluten-free goodies at an ALDI price? I practically got down on my knees and thanked the Lord right then and there. The day after I got back to Dayton I went to ALDI and BAM – there they were! This is an Instagram pic from my feed on May 5th – I bought ALL THE THINGS! This is only halfway through my trip!

And they were all amazing. I am serious, yo. So in the next few weeks I am going to tell you about ALL my favorites from the liveGfree line at ALDI. But today, we are going to start with easy snacks – very important for a gfree mama like me who likes to eat several smaller meals throughout the day AND for a certain 3-year-old boy who is gluten-free and likes to eat all the time ALWAYS. Here are a few of my easy faves featuring the liveGfree line and other great ALDI brand products.

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A couple of these snack ideas will be featuring these amazingly delicious liveGfree baked chewy bars. I love them the most because they are free of the 8 common allergens (yay for dairy-free peeps!) and they are all natural – NO artificial anything! And you guys?? They are only $2.49 a box. TWOFORTYNINE!! I pay $5 a box for a similar product at other grocery stores. I’ve even had to order them online, especially when Jonah was dairy-free as well and I was desperate. And I really couldn’t afford that. So $2.49? AMAZING.

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I will be featuring Very Berry and Caramel Apple today, but they also have a Cocoa Loco flavor that is basically the tastiest gluten-free snack every invented. More about that in a later post! Now onto the snacks! First, I went with one of my favorite fall snacks – the caramel apple.

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What you’ll need from ALDI (total of $7.77 – I bought a whole bag of apples, not just one!):

Apples (I wanted to get Granny Smith but Jonah prefers Gala )

BerryHill Caramel topping

liveGfree Caramel Apple baked chewy bars

I don’t think I need to tell you how to “make” this! Slice, pour, open – done!

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I made this while the kids were at school, and…I ate it immediately after I was done taking the photos. SO GOOD! What kid wouldn’t love this, too? Forget Pumpkin Spice, fall, I’ll take Caramel Apple over that any day!

Next up, I used the Very Berry baked chewy bar as the centerpiece for a super-fruity snack – this was Jonah’s favorite!

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Products I used from ALDI (toto of $5.77 for all of this – which will make multiple servings, of course!):

liveGfree Very Berry baked chewy bars

Naturipe blueberries

MooTubes fruit-flavored yogurt

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One of Jonah’s favorite pastimes is opening the refrigerator. I wish I was kidding! As soon as he got home from school yesterday, he went straight to the fridge. He saw this in there and had to have it. A perfect after-preschool snack!

He went for the blueberries first. :)

Jonah snacking

I can’t even tell you how handy these little liveGfree bars are to have around – throw one in your purse, stash a couple in the car – they are great for when you need a gluten-free snack!

Finally, I went for a gluten-free crunch snack that is sure to be a hit with EVERYONE – whether they eat #gfree or not! Also super-great for a party or get-together..

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What you’ll need from ALDI (which all together cost me less than $12! And I had enough left over to make this at least one more time. What a great price for a party appetizer!!):

liveGfree Multi-Grain crackers – Sea Salt (sosososososososooooo good.)

liveGfree pretzel sticks (love. Oh how I missed pretzels!)

Little Salad Bar hummus quartet (this is a request from hubby EVERY time I go to ALDI!)

Baby carrots

Little Salad Bar salsa (one of my absolute faves)

This makes an excellent anytime snack, too!

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Is anyone else feeling hungry? So good. I love the roasted red pepper hummus the most! But they are all delish. And I just LOVE the Sea Salt crackers…I really missed having crunchy snacks!

I can’t tell you how happy my budget is now that ALDI has this fabulous line of liveGfree products. As you can see from the first photo in this post, there are a LOT more than just snacks  - and I can’t wait to tell you about more of my favorites! AND I can’t even EXPRESS to you how happy this banner at the top of the ALDI website makes me!!

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Have you tried the liveGfree line yet? What’s your favorite?

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Ain’t No Party Like an ALDI Party

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ALDI truth #36: If you think our fresh fruit is sweet, wait until you see our prices.

You guys know I loves me some ALDI, right? Ridiculously great prices for delicious food, lots of gluten-free options, and there is NO other store I can get in & out of so quickly when I have kids. You know what else I like? Good company! So when ALDI gave me some gift certificates and  asked me to throw a little Summer BBQ with some friends and family and their food, I said “LET’S PARTY!”

And we did. But first, I shopped. I took Jonah with me while the big kids were on a play date, and we cruised the aisles looking for cookout essentials like Sweet Baby’s Ray’s BBQ sauce and copious amounts of MEAT. I got everything I needed including plates, cups, drinks, sides, and cutlery for $68.01 – for a party of 10 guests! Woot woot! Take a peek inside my cart:

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And then, we grilled!! And sliced. And socialized.

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Mmm…all the grillable things are DELICIOUS!

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Jonah was a SUPERFAN of the delicious, juicy seedless watermelon.

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Which was only $2.99!!

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I myself was partial to the creamy coleslaw:

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And the burgers with colby-jack cheese. And the grilled chicken. They were both DELICIOUS!

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Together with delicious lemonade and raspberry lemonade, this made for a fun, festive, and scrumptious end-of-summer party! Doesn’t this look delectable? It totally was.

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Joshua especially loved the bacon-and-cheese bratwurst. He’s a meatatarian!

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We had a wonderful summer soiree on an amazing budget thanks to ALDI! We fed 10 people and still had 4 hamburgers we didn’t even cook, plus some leftover BBQ chicken for the next day’s lunch. I love it!

Thanks ALDI, for making the end of our summer break great!

What’s YOUR favorite thing to buy at ALDI?

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