Food, Healthy Living, Natural Foods

Mikey’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free hand-held meals, breads and snacks

Mikey's Gluten Free snacks

It all started with the Mikey’s English Muffin. Quality ingredients ONLY and without the common allergens including gluten and the carbs KETO-dieters hate. It’s the perfect english muffin and it tastes great too! I don’t eat standard breads if I can at all help it and many better options taste like cardboard. I love the touch of sweetness on this bread and I feel much better eating Mikey’s.

Keto-friendly muffins

Not all gluten free products are good for you and Michael Tierney, a classically trained chef set out to create his products to actually be good for you. Snack pockets are always a hit especially with our boys as teens. Have you looked at the ingredients in these? Yikes! Mikey’s made their pockets tastet good and left out all the junk I want to avoid.

English Muffins

I wanted to announce the 2 new pocket meal flavors: Buffalo-Style Chicken and Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheddar. These join the cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, ham & cheese, egg & cheese and the egg/cheese & ham flavors we already love to have on hand.

grain free muffins

Mikey’s products are Certified Gluten-Free, non-GMO and Certified Paleo, and free from dairy, grain and soy. Mikey’s product offerings include English muffins, pizza crust, tortillas and pizza pockets. 

Find these at many retailers nationwide and feel less guilty about serving frozen snacks to your family. Visit Mikey’s to learn more.

Food, Natural Foods

Good Food for Good’s Organic Classic and Organic Spicy Ketchup

When I started focusing on food labels and aiming to cut carbs and added sugars I was actually a bit shocked. So many things I enjoy are full of added sugars and I get it, it’s why it tastes so good and can remain cheap. But, I began to realize that’s all food was, just cheap, unhealthy calories.

Then comes along Mothers and Fathers who are frustrated about the lack of healthier options in foods so they create that better option. Such as Good Food For Good founder Richa Gupta from Canada (originally India). She grew up with fresh foods recipes then later in life as a Mom became frustrated at what she found on store shelves.

Sauces like ketchup and BBQ sauce are a daily must-have in my home, but have you paid attention to the added sugars included in ketchups? It is a lot if you look at what a serving size is. Good Food For Good uses 1 date per bottle which means the sweetness is from a natural ingredient and you get 1 gram of sugar per serving. A standard bottle of ketchup would yield me 4 grams of ADDED (as in no-good) sugars per serving.

The ketchups and BBQ sauces are vegan, keto, paleo, non-gmo. You don’t get added sugars or preservatives. You can choose from organic Ketchup, Spicy Ketchup, Classic BBQ Sauce, and Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce.

What’s better then good food is food that does good. Inspired by the One for One model of TOMS, Gupta started the “Buy One, Feed One” model and has proudly fed around 250,000 people to date partnering with three different organizations for distribution.

Available on Thrive Market and stores around the U.S. https://goodfoodforgood.ca/store-locator/

Food, Natural Foods, Recipes

Smoked Turkey Cheeseburgers Recipe – with Food for Life

Only 17 paragraphs to go until the recipe! Just kidding. I’ll make it quick. First, I do have a shout out to the bread I used to keep the sugars/calories low.

Food For Life’s Ezekiel breads are always in my freezer. Why? Because Food For Life developed yeast-free, gluten-free, vegan and diabetic-friendly selections that promote wellness. They are lower in calories and sugars. I keep my buns, muffins in the freezer. When ready to use I microwave a few seconds then toast and they taste great!

I had some Ezekiel Sprouted Wholegrain Burger Buns in my freezer and instead of taking pictures of some buns and telling you how we love using these over traditional ‘carby’ breads I thought I’d intrigue you by putting some smoked meat inside.

I also use a good digital thermometer. For this meal I am using the ThermPro Wireless Meat Thermometer.

OK…to the recipe!

Smoked Turkey Cheeseburgers

So easy! Just grab those frozen turkey burger patties from your freezer, season and smoke!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BURGER, TURKEY
Servings: 4 people
Author: Erin Sluka

Ingredients

  • 4 EACH Frozen Turkey Patties I use Columbia Turkey Burgers from Costco
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp BBQ Seasoning/Poultry Rub
  • 4 Slices Cheese I use Mozzarella
  • 6 Slices Cooked Bacon
  • 1 each Medium Yellow Onion
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 4 buns Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain Burger Buns low calorie/sugars

Instructions

  • Preheat Smoker to 325 degrees. I used Mesquite Wood Chips
  • Rub both sides of frozen burgers with olive oil then the rub
  • Place in smoker and set thermometer to notify at 145 degrees
  • At 145 degrees (or so) flip the patties
  • At 165 degrees (Total Time 1.5-2 hours) place slices of cheese and melt
  • While burgers are nearing end- cook bacon, cook/caramelize onion in the butter, with pinch of salt & pepper
  • Prepare toppings, breads

I like to really complicate my turkey cheeseburgers and make my own aioli. I just stirred in fresh garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper into some mayonnaise to taste and spread on my bottom hamburger bun.

Even with all of those fixings, the smoke flavor really stands out. Stove top cooking a frozen turkey burger is a good quick meal. If you think ahead and plan to smoke them you will have burgers at an entirely new level.

More about Food For Life: They use only freshly sprouted certified organic grains. They do not use flour, GMO’s, refined sugars, preservatives, shortening, artificial ingredients. Their breads and cereals are low-baked to preserve the natural fiber and bran benefits of the grains. All products are kosher.