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Charity of the Month April 2014 – Autism Family Services of New Jersey

EatSmart fans will continue to select a Charity of the Month in 2014. Fans will submit short stories about the charity’s mission and why it’s meaningful to them. We began our Charity of the Month donations in 2011.

April is Autism Awareness Month!

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Autism is a brain disorder that varies in degree but affects verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction and may trigger repetitive behaviors. It can cause intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances.

Autism has undoubtedly had a significant impact on the nation and, in particular, the state of New Jersey. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2014 report, 1 in every 45 people in New Jersey have an autism diagnosis compared to the national average of 1 in 68 people.

EatSmart Products is a New Jersey based business with family, friends and fans spread throughout the state. Like all New Jersey residents, we are concerned with the dramatic rise in autism rates. We therefore recognize and offer our support to Autism Family Services of New Jersey as the Charity of the Month.

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Autism Family Services of New Jersey is dedicated to ensuring a better quality of life for individuals and their families affected by autism and related disorders from diagnosis throughout adulthood. The needs of families affected by autism are immense. The mission of AFSNJ is to work with these families, with agencies, government entities, and individuals with autism to develop an array of support services and opportunities. Specifically they work to improve the ability of individuals to productively interact with the world around them by providing services like after school care, Saturday recreation and training opportunities for New Jersey families living with Autism.

We will be donating 50 cents for every new Facebook follower during the month of April. (So spread the word!)

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If interested in submitting a charity for consideration, please email joseph@eatsmartproducts.com. The donation amount will be capped at 500 new followers/likes.

Make Mom Marvelous Giveaway

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so let’s do something spectacular to make Mom feel MARVELOUS on her special day. LilGadgets, ToiletTree Products, Aurorae and EatSmart Products have joined forces to put together a MOMSTER GIVEAWAY—sure to please all those very important women in our lives. One lucky winner will take home all the prizes. Tell your friends and good luck to all who enter!

ToiletTree Products

Bamboo Bathtub Caddy with Extending Sides
Water Resistant Professional Skin Care System

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EatSmart Products

TravelWise Packing Cube System – 3 Piece Weekender Set
EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale with Stainless Steel Platform

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Aurorae

Aurorae Royal Plum Classic Yoga Mat
Aurorae Lavender Yoga Crossbody Sling Backpack
Aurorae’s Organic Yoga Mat Wash
Aurorae 8-Foot Yoga Strap w/D-Ring Buckle , Aurorae’s Eva Foam Yoga Block , Aurorae’s unique Slip Free Yoga Rosin Bag
Aurorae Yoga “The Inspiration” Long Sleeve Crew
Aurorae’s “The Ultimate” Women’s Yoga Legging
Aurorae Aromatherapy Meditation Candle, -Lavender Scented-Harmony
Aurorae Aromatherapy Meditation Candle, Chocolate Scented-Love

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 Lil Gadgets

Untangled Pro Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

An added BONUS for the KIDS!  –LilGadgets will be contributing to the giveaway (1) pair of Untangled Pro Bluetooth Wireless Headphones–Bluetooth wireless headphones made for kids, loved by parents. Designed to make Mom’s life just a little bit simpler.  Your choice of colors-Blue, Pink, White and Black.

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To enter the giveaway event, simply complete the form below and click the submit button. Good luck!

Fill in your name. (1 Entry)
Fill in your email. (1 Entry)
LIKE each company on Facebook; Aurorae Yoga, EatSmart Products, Lil Gadgets and ToiletTree Products (1 Optional Entry)
Follow each company on Twitter; Aurorae Yoga, EatSmart Products, Lil Gadgets and ToiletTree Products. (1 Optional Entry)
Click here to share the giveaway on Twitter. (1 Optional Entry)
What are your plans to make Mother’s Day special? (1 Optional Entry)

Giveaway ends on Wednesday, April 30th at 12 noon EDT.    The winners will be selected at random and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. ( Sorry but giveaway is limited to US residents only)

 

Beef & Broccoli – Gluten Free

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound beef – tenderloin cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1-2 medium heads of broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 inches of ginger peeled and sliced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (or oil of your choice)
  • Boiling Water (for broccoli)
  • Bowl of ice water

Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce (San-J reduced sodium)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar (Marukan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons potato starch (you can use corn or tapioca)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce (San-J reduced sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (Dynasty Brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (white or brown)
  • 2 teaspoons of potato starch (you can use corn or tapioca)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust as needed or omit)

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Method of Preparation:

  • Slice beef and set aside
  • In a medium bowl combine all ingredients in the marinade and add beef. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • In a large stock pot bring water to boil, and blanch the broccoli florets – about 10-15 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Immediately place blanched broccoli in ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Once all broccoli is blanched and placed in an ice bath, strain and pat dry. Set aside.
  • In a wok or large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of oil over high heat. Add half of the beef and cook until about 75-80% cooked throughout (this will be quick at high heat).
  • Remove from pan and set aside. Repeat with remaining oil and steak.
  • Add ginger and red pepper flakes, stir-fry for 30 seconds – 1 minute.
  • Return the beef to the pan to finish cooking. Add broccoli and stir fry for 1 minute
  • Add sauce and toss to coat – as soon as the sauce begins to thicken remove from the heat.
  • Serve with steamed rice – white or brown.
  • Enjoy!

About the Author: Jenny Manseau is a Chef, Culinary Nutrition student and author of the blog Creative Cooking Gluten FreeJenny created her website after being diagnosed in 2008 with Celiac Disease and takes many “regular” every day recipes and alters them to the gluten-free diet.

Welcome Spring Giveaway

Spring is on it’s way and for many, can’t come soon enough.  What better way to celebrate trees greening, daffodils blooming and the feel of warm sunshine on your face than to sponsor a WELCOME SPRING GIVEAWAY.

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Ten lucky EatSmart Fans will win a Precision Voyager Luggage Scale to brighten up their day and maybe inspire a trip to enjoy the cherry blossoms and pussy willows in bloom.  The EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale is a practical and savvy travel essential that can eliminate stress at check-in and save travelers money by avoiding overweight baggage fees.  The Precision Voyager is a really useful gadget to take along on Springtime travels.

Entering the contest is easy and can be done through the form below.  Here is how you can win:

Fill in your name. (1 Entry)
Fill in your email. (1 Entry)
LIKE EatSmart Products on Facebook (1 Optional Entry)
Follow EatSmart on Twitter (1 Optional Entry)
Click here to share the giveaway on Twitter. (1 Optional Entry)
Answer our giveaway question. (1 Optional Entry)

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Giveaway ends on Tuesday, April 1st at 12 noon EDT.    The winners will be selected at random and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. ( Sorry but giveaway is limited to US residents only)

Baked Kale Chips

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The weekend is here and if you’re in the mood to “veg-out” and hang on the couch, why not do with with a healthy snack! Try my favorite healthy snack, Kale Chips! Kale Chips are super easy to make and provide a healthy choice for you and your family.  Kale is extremely high in vitamins A, C, and K. It’s also rich in antioxidants, beneficial in preventing cancer and boosting eye-health.  The chips cook up in minutes and are very easy to prepare, for entertaining or just a light snack in between meals.  I adopted a recipe from Allrecipes.com but  put a little twist on them.  I add my favorite seasoning to put a little kick to my kale chips, usually a pinch of cayenne pepper or cracked sea salt and pepper.  Add a seasoning of your choice and enjoy!

You can get a recipe for Baked Kale Chips at Allrecipes.com with a simple video to follow along with.

Happy Baking!

Charity of the Month March 2014 – The Partnership For A Healthier America

EatSmart fans will continue to select each Charity of the Month in 2014. Fans will submit short stories about the charity’s mission and why it’s meaningful to them. We began our Charity of the Month donations in 2011.

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This month’s charity of the month has been chosen by Joseph Origoni, the Marketing Director for EatSmart Products. charity march 3

Being that March is National Nutrition Month I decided to choose a charity that helps others, especially children, live a more nutritious and healthier lifestyle. The Partnership For A Healthier America (PHA)was founded in 2010 in conjunction with – but independent from – Let’s Move!, PHA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity advocates. Supporting our effort is our honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama, alongside our honorary vice-chairmen The Honorable William H. Frist, MD, and US Senator Cory A. Booker (D-NJ). The Partnership For A Better America (PHA) is devoted to making the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity problem.

I chose this charity for a few simple reasons. One, it ties in well with National Nutrition Month. We all should be living a healthy lifestyle but often our hectic schedules and demanding jobs can affect a well balanced diet. Also, it’s important we show our children how to be healthy, mentally and physically. America relies on people to make everything work so cohesively, whether it’s a school teacher, military officer, doctor, and even parents. Helping children grow into healthy young adults will help solve youth obesity and promote a healthier nation in the future.

We will be donating 50 cents for every new Facebook follower during the month of March. (So spread the word!)

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If interested in submitting a charity for consideration, please email joseph@eatsmartproducts.com. The donation amount will be capped at 500 new followers/likes.

Popeye Risotto – Gluten Free

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Popeye Risotto:

  • Spinach Stock
  • Olive oil 2 teaspoon
  • Garlic 2 tablespoons
  • Baby Spinach 9 oz (1 Bag)
  • Grey Salt 1/4 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper 1/8 teaspoon
  • White Wine 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom 2 Whole – crushed and seeds removed
  • Vegetable Stock 2 1/2 cups

 Risotto:

Olive Oil 1 tablespoon

  • Butter 1 tablespoon
  • Bamboo Rice 1 cup
  • Ground Ginger 1/8 teaspoon
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated 1/4 cup

Method of Preparation:

  1. Gather all ingredients and equipment.
  2.  Peel garlic and rough chop it, set aside.
  3. In a large, heavy bottom skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil over medium heat.
  4.  Add chopped garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  5.  Add cardamom seeds and baby spinach.
  6.  Cook over medium heat until spinach has wilted.
  7.  Add white wine and cook for an additional minute.
  8.  Season with salt and pepper
  9.  In the pitcher of a blender add 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock and spinach mixture.
  10.  Blend on high-speed until well blended.
  11.  Add spinach stock to a medium sauce pan and keep warm over low heat.
  12.  In the same skillet as before add remaining olive oil and butter over medium heat.
  13.  Once the butter has melted add the bamboo rice and stir until well coated.
  14.  Sprinkle ground ginger and stir well.
  15.  Stir in 1 cup of spinach stock – just enough to cover the rice.
  16.  Stir well and continue to stir until the rice has almost completely absorbed the stock.
  17.  Continue this until all stock has been added to rice and absorbed. This should take about 20-30 minutes.
  18.  Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese.
  19.  To serve top with grated lemon zest and pine nuts (optional)

Chef Notes:You can use arborio rice instead of the bamboo rice, it will have the same texture and consistency. I have made a similar recipe with the arborio rice and it is very delicious and flavorful.

It is easy being green…and delicious too!

About the Author: Jenny Manseau is a Chef, Culinary Nutrition student and author of the blog Creative Cooking Gluten FreeJenny created her website after being diagnosed in 2008 with Celiac Disease and takes many “regular” every day recipes and alters them to the gluten-free diet.

5 Gluten-Free Slow-Cooker Recipes

Getting dinner on the table doesn’t have to be a battle—at least not when you rely on your trusty slow cooker. From working moms to busy singles to frenzied families of all kinds, everybody knows that there’s a sweet simplicity to throwing ingredients together, plugging in the crockpot, and focusing on something else. Once the ingredients are cooking, you can sit back, relax and know that dinner will be ready in a few short hours. Plus, what’s even better is that these slow-cook dinners are easily gluten-free! So the next time your household needs a fast, convenient, home-cooked meal sans gluten and sans heavy prep work, look no further than these five crockpot staples.

1. Crockpot Chili

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Stuff your slow cooker with ingredients in the morning, and have a hearty, meaty meal ready for you that night. Whether you eat a bowl of chili alongside watching the football game or as standard weeknight fare, one thing is certain: It is hard not to love a meal that comes together this easily.  For an example of an easy, gluten-free crockpot chili recipe, try this one from Food.com:

RECIPE IDEA: Debbie’s Crockpot Chili: Debbie’s crockpot chili combines tomatoes with spices, beef, and kidney beans for a low-prep, slow-cook chili that users rank with five stars.

2. Crockpot Pot Roast

Is there any meal more comforting than a tender pot roast that’s been cooking all day with vegetables like carrots and potatoes adding to the flavor? Because pot roast revolves around meat, stock, spices, and vegetables, it’s a meal easy to make gluten-free. If you use bouillon cubes or packaged stock, be sure they are gluten-free too.

RECIPE IDEA: Use My Gluten-Free Kitchen’s recipe to make a pot roast with just seven ingredients, a long 8-hour cook time, and enough portions to feed six. This recipe includes 12 ounces of cream of mushroom soup—so look for a brand that’s marked as gluten-free.

3. Crockpot Potato Soup

Creamy, comforting, and delicious, potato soup is a favorite on a cool evening. Plus, beyond dicing up the ingredients, the prep work is almost nothing. Combine all your ingredients in the morning and come home to simmering soup—It’s as simple as that!

RECIPE IDEA: At Mama Loves Food, the potato soup recipe combines 5 pounds of russet potatoes with an onion, 10 cloves of garlic, 8 cups of stock, and 16 ounces of cream cheese. As long as your stock is free of gluten, this recipe is as Celiac-safe as it is incredibly easy.

4. Crockpot Roast Chicken

Think roasting a chicken has to involve trusses and basting and constant supervision? Think again! The truth is, roasting a chicken can be dead simple—So simple, you can even do it in a slow-cooker. Slow-cooking a whole chicken involves rubbing the bird with oil and spices, placing it in your crockpot, adding vegetables like celery and onion, and plugging in the pot. In 4 to 6 hours, it’s done.

RECIPE IDEA: In the slow-cooker recipe from Skinny Ms., the blogger recommends using a crockpot with a built-in temperature probe. “Put the probe in the fatty part of the thigh and set the probe to 165 degrees,” she writes. Then the slow cooker automatically adjusts the temperature as the chicken cooks.

5. Crockpot Vegetable Stew

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For another vegetarian slow-cooker option that is also gluten-free, consider a crockpot vegetable stew. Made with ingredients like carrots, potatoes, onion, squash, and greens, a vegetable stew is yet another crockpot dish that screams comfort. Plus, after a little prep work chopping vegetables and combining them in the pot, all you have to do is turn on the slow cooker and go on with your day. Dinner will be ready when you need it.

RECIPE IDEA: Chow.com has a vegetable stew recipe filled with various spices and a medley of root vegetables: pumpkin, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, carrots, and parsnips. Be sure to choose a gluten-free stock or broth, and you have a wonderful gluten-free dinner option. It’s easy to prepare, easy to cook, and perfect for both gluten-free and vegetarian eaters.

Your Thoughts

Have you made many gluten-free meals in your crockpot? As the season changes and cooler temperatures come to an end, there’s never been a better time to start adding gluten-free crockpot meals to your repertoire. What other gluten-free favorites do you have?

About the author: Chris Bekermeier is Vice President, Sales & Marketing of PacMoore (http://www.pacmoore.com/) in Hammond, IN. PacMoore is a contract manufacturer focused on processing dry ingredients for the food & pharmaceutical industries. Capabilities include blending, spray drying, re-packaging, sifting, & consumer packaging.

Scrumptious Granola Love Crush Bars

Want to surprise your sweetheart with something homemade for Valentine’s Day? How about some Granola Love Crush Bars.  Ditch that idea of the store bought box of chocolates and make this delicious sweet that leaves both of your sweet tooth’s satisfied! Get the full recipe here!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Oatmeal
  • 2 cups Corn flakes
  • 1 cup Dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup Milk chololate chips
  • 3 Tbl Butter
  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 2 Tbl Peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

Butter a strip of foil and line the bottom of a square baking dish. Toast the oatmeal and corn flakes in a 350~ oven for 5 minutes and then place in a large bowl. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, oatmeal, corn flakes, dried cranberries, pecans (hold the chocolate chips until things cool). In a sauce pan melt the butter, honey, peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Poor the warm mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well. Wait about 5 minutes and add the chocolate chips (reserve a few to place on top of the bar). Place the mixture in the lined baking dish and press them into place to cover the pan and create the square bar shape (you can use wax paper). Once the mixture is pressed into the pan, add the additional chocolate chips and press those into the top of the bars. Refrigerate for one to three hours, remove and cute into even rectangles. Place into bags or baggies for easy on the go snacks.

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About the Author: I’m Julie, a home stylist, blogger, wife and mother of four living on the beach in San Diego California. I created Burlap and Crystal to keep me inspired and maybe even get you inspired. It’s a place to document the things I love. It has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style through recipes, entertaining tips, home décor, fab-finds, DIY projects and even a little piece of me…styling life my way.

Charity of the Month February 2014 – New York Bully Crew

EatSmart fans will continue to select each Charity of the Month in 2014. Fans will submit short stories about the charity’s mission and why it’s meaningful to them. We began our Charity of the Month donations in 2011.

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February’s Charity of the Month has been chosen by Lauren Tzanateas, an EatSmart fan.

Founded in December 2010, the New York Bully Crew is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization. This 501c3 is based on Long Island but their outreach is nationwide. Similar to Animal Planet’s hit show “Pit bulls and Parolees”, the NYBC specializes in rescuing pit bulls, the world’s most misunderstood breed of dog. However, the NYBC does not turn away any animal in dire need of rescue and they are willing to assist in all phases of rescue. The NYBC’s mission is to bring positive attention to what they consider to be the most loyal breed of dog. They work to give seconds chances to the innocent dogs that have been discarded by humans simply because of their breed. The NYBC’s Instagram profile reads, “On a tireless, fearless crusade to #savePits from the unimaginable abuse, neglect and abandonment they face every day.” At the NYBC, they firmly believe that there are “no” bad dogs, just bad owners. “New York Bully Crew… Speaking for the ones who can’t.”

The NYBCs website offers numerous pictures of “adoptables” (and might I add they are darn cute!) There is also an outlet to report abuse, volunteer opportunities, and feel good success stories.

Connect with the New York Bully Club.

http://nybullycrew.org/
https://www.facebook.com/NewYorkBullyCrew
Twitter: @thenybullycrew
Instagram: NewyorkBullyCrew

About the Author:  Lauren is a recent Fairfield University Undergraduate.  She majored in English with a Concentration in Professional Writing and a Marketing Minor.  She is a reader, writer, and animal lover, that enjoys to maintain a healthy lifestyle by cooking exciting new dishes for her family and friends.

We will be donating 50 cents for every new Twitter follower during the month of January. (So spread the word!)

Click here and EatSmart will donate:

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If interested in submitting a charity for consideration, please email joseph@eatsmartproducts.com. The donation amount will be capped at 500 new followers/likes.

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