Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sweet Wild Salmon with Red Onions and #SuddenlyGrainSalad #PlatefullCoOp #spons

Lately I have been on a HUGE Salmon kick. It's one of the best meats for your skin. I try not to have it more than 3 times a week, because of the Mercury worry, but I do love my Salmon fix! The following is a dish that is repeated a lot over here. My favorite is to mix sweet and savory, so this time I combined Blue Agave Nectar, Braggs Omega 3's, Garlic and red onions.

Thanks to General Mills and Plateful Co Op for sponsoring this discussion.

I decided to pair the Sweet Wild salmon with a very tasty herb filled, Tuscan Suddenly Grain Salad. This particular flavor consists of brown rice, quinoa, wheat berries, almonds and a tomato Parmesan herbed dressing. I loved the combination of the cheesy tomatoes with the light sweetness of the salmon.

 I am really loving these new mixes that I have tried. The prep time isn't very long and the incorporation of quinoa and brown rice is a nice change for Betty Crocker. It comes in a convenient bag that you cook in boiling water. Then drain the bag and add the sauce mix prepared ahead of time. Once done, I chilled it and served it with the Warm Salmon. The contrast in temperature was really appealing when mixed together.

One bag of Suddenly grain serves at least 4 people and they have several flavors that are on the sweet or spicy side.

Sweet Wild Salmon with Red Onions (Feeds 2) 


  • 1 box of Tuscan Suddenly Grain Salad
  • Aluminum Foil
  • 2 medium Wild Salmon slices (thawed)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onions
  • Water for the Suddenly Grains mix
  • 2 tspns Braggs Omega 3 or Soy Sauce
  • 2 tspns Blue Agave Nectar
  • Pam spray
  • 2 tspns Garlic Powder
  • 2 tblspns Rice Bran oil, Olive oil or Vegetable oil  (Rice Bran oil has a higher boiling point and it's healthier with more nutrients than most oils)


  • Prepare the Tuscan Suddenly Grain Salad as directed on the box. Then chill while you prepare and cook the Salmon.
  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Thaw Salmon. 
  • Spray Pam on a 9 by 9 inch glass or other pan.
  • Place the Salmon slices beside each other and drizzle1 tblspn of oil on both. (save the other tblspn for the final step)
  • Rub 1 tspn garlic powder on each salmon.
  • Followed by 1 tspn Braggs or Soy Sauce and 1 tspn Blue Agave on each. 
  • Then spread the diced onions on top of the salmon. 
  • Finish by drizzling the last tbspn of oil on top and mix with hands so everything is coated.
  • Cover with aluminum foil. 
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes. 
  • Serve with chilled Grain Salad. 

Enjoy with a glass of white or red wine! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Immaculate Baking Double chocolate brownies with flaxseed & almonds

4 sample boxes were provided to me for evaluation by Immaculate Baking through Platefull Co-Op.

Ok, so I try not to rely on boxed baking or any processed storage foods for that matter, but sometimes you are in a hurry or the last thing you want to do is bake from scratch. Meanwhile, you have a family begging for desert and you're missing key ingredients. That is when you spring for something as close as you can get to baking from scratch. Immaculate dry Baking mixes are the perfect go to. 

Why get excited? 

  • They contain no artificial flavor or preservatives
  • They are GMO Free 
  • You have Gluten free & Organic choices 
  • There is no bleached flour 
  • There are 8 different delectable confections to choose from 
  • No High fructose corn syrup
  • 0 grams trans fat 

I made Immaculate baking Brownies scratch mix and added a few of my own ingredients, just to spice it up and give it a fiber kick. 

  • Two tablespoons of flax seed were added. 
  • As well as a handful of sliced almonds. I was out of walnuts, but the almonds were not a bad sub! 

I am not going to sugar coat this, well ok I am this time, Zing!  These brownies were insanely like the real thing. They tasted freshly baked and absotively nothing like your average boxed mix. These were amazing just out of the oven with some almond milk. So moist and chewy inside contrasted with a nice crunch on top. So fresh tasting and the chocolate didn't taste at all artificial.  I can tell why these are a bit more expensive and I personally think it's worth the extra mula when you have it. 

I bet if you served these, anyone would assume they were homemade. Well, technically they are, you just didn't go out and buy all the needed ingredients. The ingredients in the box are so minimal and there is nothing in the list you can't pronounce. 

Take a look at the ingredients list. 

  • Sugar
  •  Wheat Flour
  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips (un-sweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla extract)
  • Cocoa powder 
  • Corn Starch
  • Salt
  • Natural Vanilla Flavor

Impressive eh? I'm excite! 

Immaculate baking provided me with 4 baking from scratch boxes I am hard pressed not try out every single one very soon. I plan to make banana muffins next with their yellow cake mix.

As an aside, I am happy to point out that Immaculate baking gives a personal touch to their products by featuring their children's art on the boxes. Evidenced by the little elephant drawing on the brownie box. How cute is that? Also, They use 100% recycled cardboard to make their boxes and you have to give them props for that as well! Highly recommend you check these guys out.

You can also catch some coupons!  Immaculate is a bit pricey so grab them while you can! Look for new Immaculate Baking Dry Baking Mixes in the baking aisle! Now available at Target!

Find Immaculate Baking during a series of savings events:

  • Immaculate Baking is in the Gluten Free coupon book event handed out 7/27 and 8/17. Coupon is for $.75 off one Immaculate Baking Item.
  • Immaculate Baking is in the Back to School coupon book event handed out on 8/17, 8/24 and 8/25. Coupon is for $.75 off one Immaculate Baking Item.


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