My ALDI #LiveGfree Favorites

ALDI is the sponsor of this post. All opinions are my own.

I have absolutely loved trying out all the ALDI LiveGfree gluten free items since they first debuted in May. I can’t tell you what a difference they have made in my life (and Jonah’s). I know that sounds a little cray-cray, but you guys – affordable, deeelicious gluten free products? YAY! I can have foods that I love and can AFFORD! Say what!? It’s the absolute best. So, this past Sunday when the ALDI ad dislplayed a bunch of new LiveGFree products, I ran right out within a couple hours and bought them ALL. If you follow me on Instagram, I am sure you saw my exuberant pics! Here’s a taste:

My cart:

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Jackpot!

I seriously bought ALL THE THINGS!

And here, including all the new things I just got, are a few of my must-have favorites from the ALDI LiveGfree line. I’m going to feature a few and then list a few more at the bottom, lest this post be 5,000 words long. Cause I could go on indefinitely!

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LiveGfree Gluten Free Cocoa Loco Baked Chewy Bars and Double Chocolate Brownie Soft Baked Cookies

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These two treats are my favorite snack for me (the bars) and favorite reward treat for Jonah (the cookies). They are both super-delicious! They are all natural – no artificial ANYTHING – and are about half the price of the name brand I used to buy Jonah before these came out. They are also free of the major allergens including dairy! If you are gluten AND dairy free, you gotta get these. I love to throw one of the bars in my purse (I love the other two flavors also, which I mentioned in this post) for a GF snack on the go. I use the cookies for Jonah as a reward after he does a great job in our speech therapy times together. He loves them!

LiveGfree Gluten Free White Bread

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I seriously about passed out with excitement when I saw this bread in the ALDI ad last Sunday. Only $3.99 for a loaf! This is a minimum of $1 cheaper than the name brands. I rarely buy bread for Jonah and me because of the expense. We have both learned to live without it. But now we don’t have to! This is GOOD, people. Soft and delicious. So far I’ve had it plain with butter, as toast, and I put it to the TRUE taste of greatness and made a grilled cheese with it.

It was amazing.

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It was as good as it looks!

LiveGfree Gluten Free Corn Bread Mix

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I forgot to save the box, so here’s a lovely official photo of the box. But anyway, it’s DELICIOUS. It’s so moist and just generally amazing. Jonah eats it up, too! I love love love love love love it.

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LiveGfree Gluten Free Cracklebread – Original and Sun-Dried Tomato and Oregano

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One of the things I miss about going gluten free are crunchy snacks. And ohhh boy does these cracklebreads hit the spot there! They are delicious dipped in hummus or spread with some cream cheese. A wonderful snack. As a matter of fact I would like some right now because they are addictive!! Mmm hold on I’ll be right back…

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LiveGfree Gluten Free Wraps

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These are delightful. I haven’t had a good wrap for SO LONG…I remedied that situation at lunch today. Divine!

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Ok, I won’t go into excruciating detail about any other items, but here is a list of more of my favorites which I consider must-haves also!

  • LiveGfree Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix (great for cupcakes!!)
  • LiveGfree Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli
  • LiveGfree Gluten Free Chicken Breast Nuggets (for Jonah)
  • LiveGfree Gluten Free Brownie Mix (so so so GOOOOD!)
  • LiveGfree Gluten Free Baking Mix (makes delish pancakes!)

So there you have it friends – you have all these WONDERFUL products (along with those I’ve blogged about earlier in this series) available to you at GREAT price at your local ALDI. Go getcha some! And if you have any favorites, tell me what they are below!

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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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