Foodie Friday: Family Pizza Night

It's 4pm, the end of the week and nothing in the fridge.  Kids are going crazy and you need to feed your clan before the meltdown begins! Swim lessons, dance class, homework - you need real food, real fast. But you don't want to fork out a lot of cash and you want something nutritious. What to do??

Grab a ready made pizza shell from Organic Works Bakery and you'll calm the feeding frenzy with some fun, gluten-free natural food.

We made one with meat & cheese and the other vegan for me!

 Organic Works has 2 types of frozen pizza shells - Plan and Herb & Garlic. We recently tried the Herb & Garlic and it was a hit on the homestead.  Perfectly seasoned and its strong enough to hold our toppings and sauce.  No saggy crusts here.

Making a pizza is a family affair in our house; I select and prep the toppings and Chef Stella decorates the pizzas and waits eagerly for them to come out of the oven.

Frugal, fast & fun;  Organic Works pizza shells are sure to please your family and your budget. They are gluten-free, nut-free & VEGAN! 

And did I mention delicious!?

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Disclaimer: I am a Brand Ambassador for Organic Works Bakery and  received this product free of charge for the purposes of this article.  The opinions expressed are my own. 

Not Your Average Brunch

So you're dying for some brunch, but you don't want the same old greasy spoon joint.  You've got friends with allergies, some vegans and some meat-eaters.  Where could you go where everyone can enjoy the food?  Organic Works Bakery of course!

This past Sunday, Organic Works started their famous Sunday Brunch again!  With 2 seatings - one at 10am and one at 12pm it was a perfect combination for early risers and the late starters.

What really sets this brunch apart from others is that everything is fresh, homemade and created using the best local and organic ingredients.  Plus, there's dishes for everyone!  Whether you're gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, nut-free or a regular omnivore, you had lots to choose from to fill your belly.

From fruits and yogurts, breads and muffins to waffles, sausages and eggs benny you could easily satisfy your breakfast urges.  But if lunch was more your thing, how about salads and pasta, roast beef and potatoes, rice pilaf and a veggie bake.  So much to choose from!  Thank goodness it's all you can eat!

If you didn't make it out yesterday, don't worry....Organic Works Brunch will be coming back the first Sunday of each month!  Yay! I know we'll be back for sure.  We left stuffed full of nutrient- dense, delicious food and the kids happily filled their tiny tummies too!

Definitely not your average brunch!
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Disclaimer: I am a Brand Ambassador for Organic Works Bakery and was provided this brunch  free of charge for the purposes of this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

How I Survived Thanksgiving & had my Vegan, Gluten-Free Pie too!

This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving.  A lovely long weekend filled with family, friends and food.  I usually look forward to filling my belly with delicious dishes and my spirit with laughter and good times.  But this year I was more than a little hesitant.

This year I was hoping to avoid the tables of tantalizing foods and sidestep those awkward conversations about my eating habits.  You may remember a few short weeks ago I learned that I'm allergic to eggs and dairy and few other select foods.  Needless to say, having multiple feasts to attend was not my idea of a good time. But I realized that heading into the weekend, dreading what was going to be served, was really not the best mindset to have. So I decided to buck-up and take on the dinners like the gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free carnivore I am!

So here's what I learned and how I survived Thanksgiving:

1.  Don't be ashamed of who you are - too often I find myself avoiding conversations or situations where I will have to defend my food choices. I would say my friends and family are tolerant of my food restrictions, but they don't fully comprehend the choices I have made. So I decided to stand up and be proud of the fact that I made a choice for a healthier lifestyle and that means I don't eat certain things.  It also means I'm on the right path to feeling better physically and mentally. So whether you're Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo or whatever, don't be ashamed; be proud of who you are and what you eat.  Don't be all high and mighty, but be confident that your decision is the right one for you.  And that's all that really matters.

2.  Bring something you will eat - there's nothing worse than showing up for dinner and not being able to eat anything that's being served.  So bring a dish that you will enjoy.  Whether you are supposed to bring something or not, the host will be happy and so will you.  I brought a lovely vegan squash dish to Thanksgiving.  And I was pleased to see that it was almost gone by the end of dinner.  I didn't tell anyone it was vegan and made with almond milk and some Nooch.  But it was gratifying to see that everyone loved it and no one judged it.

3. You don't have to deprive yourself - regardless of what dietary needs you have, you don't have to miss out on great holiday foods.  I've spent a lot of time looking at what I can't eat instead of what I can.  Talk about counterproductive!  Switching my mindset has made a world of difference on how I view food and social situations.  So instead of standing beside the dessert table looking heartbroken, I brought my own dessert.  A Vegan, Gluten-free, Nut-Free Pumpkin Pie from Organic Works Bakery. Heaven!  And wow....I was shocked.  The pie looked and smelled fantastic!  You would never guess it was anything other than a good old fashioned Pumpkin Pie.  The crust was light and flaky and filled to the brim with delicious, perfectly spiced pumpkin.  My daughter who insisted she didn't like pumpkin pie finally decided to try some after seeing me enjoying a piece.  After her first bite she exclaimed that it was DELICIOUS and proceed to inhale the rest.  Upon cleaning her plate she promptly asked for more.  And that was the consensus from everyone who tried it.  I didn't advertise what it was made out of.  I just let them eat pie and decide for themselves.  If they asked what was in it I was happy tell them it wasn't your average pumpkin pie!

Now that Thanksgiving is done,  I'm happy to report I survived and even ended up with a pleasantly full belly and some great memories.  Now I'm looking forward to tackling the holiday parties over the next couple months.  And definitely looking forward to more pie!

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Gluten-Free on the Run; Review of Organic Works Grab & Go Items

It's a busy weekend as usual!  You've got dance class, birthday parties, grocery store and family visits.  And lugging the kids from place to place and store to store with hardly any time to breathe, let alone grab a healthy lunch on the go.  And top it off, you've got some allergies and dietary restrictions mixed what do you do? You gotta eat something!

Well, Organic Works Bakery has an entire Grab & Go section.  Hallelujah!  With ample parking and a central location, it was so easy to pop in and grab a couple things for me and the kids.  A Turkey and Swiss Wrap with homemade fig jam for the husband and kids.  And some Vegan Quiche and a Seaweed Noodle Salad with Peanut-less Peanut Sauce for me.  Don't forget the Raspberry Chocolate and Key-Lime Hemp Muffins for dessert!

What a lifesaver!  No more worrying about what to feed the kids or where I can eat with all my allergies and dietary restrictions. Organic Works Bakery is completely gluten-free and nut-free and has a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes.  So it wasn't hard to find something for everyone in the family.

A quick stop home to drop off the groceries and eat our Grab & Go before we were out to tackle the rest of the weekend. The kids and husband loved the gluten-free wrap.  My Vegan Quiche was savoury and flavourful with a nice creamy texture and  the Seaweed noodle salad was out of this world!  Ummm, Peanut-less Peanut dressing...AMAZING!

With our bellies full of delicious and nutritious, real food we were back on the road and off on more adventures!

And our only thing left to worry about was who would get the last muffin!

So next time when you're tight for time and looking for a quick bite, but you don't want to sacrifice taste or nutrition, check out Organic Works Bakery.  There's something for everyone and every taste!
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Disclaimer: I am a Brand Ambassador for Organic Works Bakery and was provided these items free of charge for the purposes of this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.