gluten-free

Hot weather food

I like to cook and with air conditioning (thankfully) on, I will cook on a hot day like this but prefer stove top to oven and grill to stove top cooking. My easy dinner (read minimal cooking) meals take advantage of local fresh ingredients. Every Tuesday I hit the Farmer’s Market in Newton. This week we had turkey burgers (from Bob’s Turkey Farm), grilled corn on the cob and gorgeous greens (from Nicewicz Farm) and chocolate crinkle cookies from Harriett’s Bakery (yummy and gluten free). Easy, quick and didn’t heat up the house.

Then, tonight, my youngest made pesto with whole wheat pasta and breaded tofu. It is a light supper that you can serve hot or cold. Delicious!

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Hip to Be Square – Simple Squares

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Sometimes I get to review things and sometimes it’s even food. Sometimes I share (the food, I mean, I always share my opinion). So when I received a lovely box of treats from Simple Squares, and happily, my children weren’t interested in trying them, “Good” I said, “more for me”. The packaging is pretty and they travel well (I had one in my massive tote bag for a day or so), and they are tasty, healthy, gluten-free, raw treats that work for snack, breakfast bar or dessert. Each square has only five ingredients and no preservatives.

Am I going all Paleo on you? No, but I am focusing on eating a more healthy and plant based diet (Not to worry, donuts are still on the list – just perhaps not the best choice). Each Simple Square has only five ingredients – the coconut was my favorite for breakfast with the coffee a close second, and would be nice for dessert either plain or with a scoop of vanilla yogurt (with a nice cup of green tea). Each square is made so the flavors balance nicely, and are all-natural and organic, too. I confess to eating substandard granola bars when crunched for time and I’m happy to switch out the usual pantry fare for these anytime. You don’t have to be into Paelo, raw food, vegetarian or vegan or even into healthy foods to like these bars, squares, you just have to like good food.

You can order online or there is even a square finding tool on the website for local stores that carry these delicious treats. I’m off to Cardullo’s for mine!

Flavor Options:

*CINNA-CLOVE Ingredients

Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Honey, Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Organic Vanilla, Sea Salt, Organic Cloves.

*COCONUT Ingredients

Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Honey, Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Organic Vanilla, Sea Salt.

*COFFEE Ingredients

Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Honey, Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Organic Vanilla, Sea Salt, Organic Coffee Beans.

*ROSEMARY Ingredients

Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Honey, Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Organic Vanilla, Sea Salt, Organic Rosemary.

*SAGE Ingredients

Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Honey, Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Organic Vanilla, Sea Salt, Organic Sage.

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