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Applegate Gluten-Free Chicken Breast Tenders Review

Nov. 2014

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Awesomeness.  That is the word I would use to describe these Chicken Tenders.  Well seasoned, moist breast tenders, in a salt and peppered battered breading.   When these were baking, it smelled a little like Thanksgiving Turkey which of course is a very agreeable aroma.  I detect a good portion of thyme, salt, pepper and celery and lighter quantities of onion and other spices.  The corn flavor comes through minimally in the crust and gives it a crispness but is not overwhelming or crunchy.

In my oven it took just a couple more minutes to bake but I forgot to flip them until almost the end, and that could have had something to do with the extended bake time.  So, don’t forget to flip them halfway through the bake time.    My husband loves them, I only saved him 1 out of the 6 in the package, but he said he would eat a big batch of them.   Yeah me too.   They are a bit pricey as Applegate runs higher than the former favorites, but just remember that their animals are raised humanely and that there is no soy in the ingredients listed.

 

 

Applegate Organics Sweet Italian Chicken & Turkey Sausage Review

Humanely raised,Vegetarian grain fed, no antibiotics, no nitrates, gluten and casein free

Sept. 25, 2012

 

 

 

 

Cauliflower Fried "Rice"

Cauliflower Fried “Rice”


Applegate Organics Sweet Italian Sausage

Applegate Organics Sweet Italian Sausage

 

BRM PizzaMixSausageStick J&S

Applegate Italian sausage on Bob’s Red Mill Pizza Crust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These sausages are out of this world and very versatile.  Slightly sweet with a base of fennel, some italian spices and a hint of garlic.  I have put these on Pizza, in pasta dishes, and even pan fried one and cooked it with an over medium egg for Breakfast.  Recently I got inspired from Nom Nom Paleo’s Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe, and gave it a go with a few modifications.  Since my bestie and I were doing a cleanse, we could not eat pork.  So…I subbed Applegate’s Sweet Italian Chicken and Turkey Sausage.  I only used two sausages with her recipe, that way I still had enough left over for breakfast for a couple days.  These sausages are a bit pricey, at about $8 a pack of 4 sausages, but they are definitely worth every penny.  They are humanely raised, no antibiotics, no nitrates (which is incredibly hard to find), gluten and casein free (which is also difficult to locate), and Vegetarian grain fed.  When you are food sensitive, you get used to the higher prices, it is just part of the deal.  This also goes for eating healthy.  Just remember, in the end, gaining quality of life and hopefully lessening your doctor visits and medications, could more than make up for spending a few dollars more here and there on groceries. These items were the same or slightly altered from NomNomPaleo.com:

  •   1 small head of cauliflower, separated in florets
  •  2 Sausages
  •  3 large eggs
  •  1-inch knob of ginger, grated with a microplane
  •  1 small onion minced
  •  2 green onions, thinly sliced
  •  1/8 C. of chopped cilantro leaves

Below is what I added:

  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 C. of Broccoli (I had leftover, hanging out in the fridge…mocking me)
  •  topped with fresh cucumber
  •  coconut and olive oil for cooking

Everything else I omitted either because I did not have the items, couldn’t consume due to Food Sensitivity, never heard of them or I just plum forgot to put them in. I first followed her directions on pulsing the cauliflower.  Then, I heated a pan on medium, added about a Tablespoon of olive oil and lightly browned the sliced sausage.  I scooted the meat to the side and added more olive oil and used the other side of the pan to scramble the eggs.  I removed the eggs and meat from the pan, and set it aside.  I  added the chopped onion, with a sprinkling of garlic salt and a little regular salt, and cooked until softened, then added the ginger and minced garlic and cooked for about another minute.  I added the cauliflower “rice”, per instructions, and mixed it in and lowered heat to low and cooked for about 4-5 min.  I added a little coconut oil for taste, stirred in the leftover broccoli from fridge (that was no longer mocking me) and a little more garlic salt to taste.  I like my broccoli a little crunchy in this type of dish so I cooked it with the lid on, about another 3 minutes.  I added the green onions, cilantro and gave it a good stir and turned off the heat.  I served it with the fresh cucumber on top.   I added Nom Nom Paleo’s link below for quick reference.   http://nomnompaleo.com/post/3195098303/asian-cauliflower-fried-rice Honestly,  I thought to myself, am I really going to think this tastes like fried rice?  Well it did and it was sooo good.   The real test was the hubby.  When he came home, I gave him a bowl of this, and (FYI he doesn’t like cauliflower) he not only loved it but he asked for seconds.  When I told him there was no rice, he was confused.  Understandably, right?  So I was happy he ate healthy, but a little sad cause I didn’t have much for leftovers for the next day.

 

 

 

Applegate’s Naturals Turkey Bacon Review

Casein free, Dairy free, Gluten free, no Nitrates added

March  17, 2013

 

Turkey Bacon, Tomato, Avocado Sandwich

Turkey Bacon, Tomato, Avocado Sandwich

 

 

I love Applegate meats, it’s seriously good eating!  No I mean it, you have to try them if you haven’t all ready.  You won’t be sorry!  This bacon was Casein free, Dairy free, Gluten free, Low Carb and Low in Fat and no nitrates used.  Awesome right?!  Did I mention it was Turkey??  Now I will say on the bacon I had a difficult time cooking it, due to it sticking to the pan.  It worked out perfect here, because I just layered all the bacon pieces on top of each other.  I will have to try to contact them again and let you all know if the sticking, could have been prevented.  This Turkey Bacon was of course quicker to cook than traditional pork bacon, less mess since I didn’t have hot fat shooting out of the pan and the smell was amazing!  It was juicy, and had a slight smokey flavor.  This meat needs to be eaten within a couple days.  Not a problem with a family or just a couple.  This pack has about 8 pieces.  With the Turkey Bacon in hand, I had to make a BLT, but I forgot the lettuce and added avocado instead.  I also made a quick fresh basil aioli that paired well with the tomato and bacon.  This was not a salty meat as I had anticipated, so I actually added a little salt on my tomato and avocado along with some dried basil.  It was so good I made two sandwiches. Talk about guilty pleasure, oh my.  Then the next morning I even made another one for breakfast, but added an over medium egg to the mix.  Now that is what I am talking about.   For Food Sensitive or Food Intolerant people, this company is on my top list for meats! Feel free to check out any of their other products. http://www.applegate.com/products/bacon/category

 

 

Applegate’s Naturals Chicken and Sage Breakfast Sausage

Gluten and Casein Free

July 18, 2012

Applegate Chicken & Sage Sausage

Applegate Chicken & Sage Sausage

 

 

 

 

 

This breakfast sausage is easy and quick to heat as they are fully cooked in the frozen package.  I heated these in a pan on the stove, and browned the sides.  I also added a small amount of water to bring out the juices and give them almost a light steam.  These are great on their own, and do well with any breakfast pairing, at least anything I can think of offhand.  With a slight earthy tone from the sage, these can be paired well with a sweet or salty breakfast or brunch.  Even great for a breakfast for dinner or late night craving.  If you’re Nitrate Sensitive, Gluten and/or Casein Intolerant, or just prefer humanely raised meats(one step closer to improving self) Applegate naturals are the perfect choice.  You won’t be tempted to go back to your former favorites.