I’m Kind of a Cruncher Now, FYI

A while back, Green BEAN Delivery asked me if I wanted to review a bin, and I kind of half-heartedly said “OK”. It’s not that I didn’t want to try fresh, organic produce delivered to my door, it’s just that I thought I’d never-in-my-life actually pay for it myself. Guess what? I was TOTALLY WRONG.

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Turns out I totally LOVE having fresh, organic produce delivered to my door and I think it’s totally worth the $35! Truly, no one was more surprised than me! Here’s what I love about it:

  • I pick what’s in the bin. Green Bean sends me an email and I customize what I want in my bin. You can see prices and pictures of what you’re getting and you just clicky clicky and pick out what you want delivered. The minimum order is $35 but you can order more if you want.
  • Everything tastes awesome. We have loved EVERYTHING we’ve gotten, from apples to avocados to cilantro to corn on the cob.
  • I don’t have to leave the house to get it. IT COMES TO MY DOOR. Now that I work from home, my time is money more than ever  before. Not having to spend time + gas at the grocery store is definitely saving me money.
  • It’s organic and good for us!
  • Thanks to Green BEAN Ohio, I can pick some items from local farms. WIN!

Here are some of my most recent Green Bean goodies!

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Such a variety: red onion, red potatoes, pomegranate, avocado, pear, garlic, and celery.

Here’s a lovely lunch I made myself with my bounty:

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Little known fact: I’m a great lover of the chopped salad.

I honestly couldn’t  be happier with Green Bean Delivery; since my first box, I’ve ordered 4 more! That’s another thing I like about it, once you sign up, you can pick when you have your deliveries, so if you’re going to be out of town or you just don’t need a delivery that week, you can suspend orders until you’re ready to get them again. LOVE IT!

If you’ve been wondering about Green Bean Delivery, here’s a chance to try it at a discount! If you use the coupon code 15MIUml, you will get $15 off your first  bin! Hurry, the code expires one week from today: October 7, 2014.

Thanks Green Bean Delivery, for letting my try out your service and for your continued great service!

Have you tried Green Bean Delivery? If so, leave me a comment and let me know what YOU like about it!

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Gluten Free Zucchini Penne Bake #liveGfree

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Now that I am working, convenient yet healthy meals are even more of a must for our family than ever before. I love my slow cooker but there’s at least one or two nights a week I don’t use it, and whip something up quickly. One of my very favorite things has always been a delicious baked pasta with lots of marinara and parmesan, and recently I discovered it’s also very good with an extra-healthy veggie added in: zucchini. When my pals at ALDI asked me to blog about a main dish made with their LiveGfree gluten-free products,  I knew this was what I wanted to make. The LiveGfree pasta – penne, rotini, and spaghetti, is delicious. It’s everything you want in a pasta, and it doesn’t taste any different than “regular” pasta.

Jonah is a big pasta-eater and so ALDI’s LiveGfree pasta has been a godsend for us! He loves this meal – I kind have to make sure his zucchini is cut up pretty small to sneak it in on him, though. :) Here’s what you need for this Gluten-Free Zucchini Penne Bake.

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  • 1 pkg ALDI LiveGfree Gluten-Free Penne Rigate Pasta
  • 1 jar Simply Nature Organic Marinara Sauce
  • 8 oz Happy Farms Shredded Mozarella Cheese
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/4 tsp Stonemill Essentials Salt
  • 1 tsp Stonemill Essentials Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Priano Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 clove minced garlic (forgot to include this in the picture)

Steps:

Bring water to a boil in a large pot according to LiveGfree penne package instructions:

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Once water is boiling, pour pasta in and cook for 10-12 minutes.

While pasta is boiling, slice zucchini in 1/8-inch thin strips. Place on a plate and sprinkle with salt (this pulls water out of the zucchini so it won’t add water to your pasta bake.)

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Next, add mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic, and italian seasoning to a small mixing bowl and mix until well combined.

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After pasta is done cooking, drain it and add a small amount to a 9 x 13 baking dish.

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Next, add a layer of your sliced zucchini, then a layer of marinara sauce, then a layer of cheese mixture.

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Repeat these steps until you are out of all the ingredients and your dish looks like this:

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Bake at 375 for 30 minutes until the cheese on top is nice and browned.

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Enjoy your delicious gluten-free dinner!

Thanks, ALDI for sponsoring this post, and my dinner!

Have you made a main dish with LiveGfree items yet? What’s your favorite? I can’t wait to tell you about my overall favorites from the line in my next post, so stay tuned!

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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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This post is sponsored by Foodie.com and Glam Media.
Do you cook brinner at your house? What are your favorites?

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