Sunday, May 3, 2015

Gluten free Cinco de Mayo Recipes from Crunchmaster

Are you ready to fiesta? Cinco de Mayo – May 5 – is just around the corner, which gives everyone a perfect reason to enjoy their favorite Mexican fare. Below are three gluten-free recipes with a delicious twist on the average taco salad and tostadas, and a sweet and spicy jalapeno dessert.  Crunchmaster crackers make the perfect accompaniment because they are made with simple and wholesome ingredients, and come in several flavors. Visit their website to grab some free coupons from Crunchmaster.

White Bean Tostadas with Pistachio Sage Yogurt

2 fresh limes, halved
3 scallions, sliced into ¼ inch pieces
3 tbsp. olive oil
¼ tsp. sea salt
1/6 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
4 corn tortillas 
1 can (15 ounces) white beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup quinoa, cooked
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup Crunchmaster Original Multi-Seed Crackers, crushed
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
2 cups mixed salad greens
¼ cup pistachios
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
3 tsp. hummus
2 tsp. salsa
1 tbsp. fresh orange zest
Greek plain yogurt, for serving
Squeeze limes into a medium bowl; add scallions and 1 Tbsp. of oil, salt and pepper; toss to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Arrange tortillas on two baking sheets; brush both sides with remaining olive oil. Spread beans and quinoa over tortillas. Top with grape tomatoes, Crunchmaster Crackers, avocado, salad greens, pistachios, orange juice, parsley and hummus. Bake until golden brown, approximately 10-12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.
Remove from oven; top with salsa, orange zest chilled lime mixture and Greek yogurt.

2 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. sea salt
2 tbsp. poppy seeds
1 cup quinoa, cooked
4 cups mixed salad greens
5 fresh chives
½ cup cabbage, shredded
6 cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1 medium red onion, sliced
½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks 
1 cup Crunchmaster Roasted Garlic Multi-Seed Crackers, crushed
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
1 papaya, cut into 1/4-inch slices
Combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, cumin, chili powder, sea salt, poppy seeds and quinoa in a large mixing bowl; gently toss to combine.
In a large serving bowl, add mixed salad greens; top with quinoa mixture. Add remaining ingredients; mix well.

Black and White Crackers with Jalapeño Cilantro Pear Relish


by Kevin T.

 1 package (4.5 oz.) Crunchmaster Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers
 1 cup melted dark chocolate
 smoked sea salt for chocolate
 3 jalapeño peppers, finely diced
 1 firm pear, finely diced
 1/2 cup golden raisins, finely diced
 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
 1 Tbsp. honey
 salt and pepper to taste
 8 oz. brie cheese, sliced thinly in the shape of half of a cracker

Place parchment paper on 2 cookie sheets.
Microwave chocolate in a Pyrex measuring cup for 1 minute on High, checking and stirring after 30 seconds, and then again after 1 minute.
Dip each cracker in the melted chocolate up to the halfway point; place dipped crackers on the parchment paper.
Let chocolate set, then sprinkle smoked sea salt on each cracker. Place crackers in the refrigerator or other cool place.
Finely dice the peppers, pear, raisins and cilantro, and place them in a glass bowl. Add lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Then, add honey, once again mixing thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste.
Place relish in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to come together.
Cut brie to size for the crackers. (Consider freezing the brie overnight before cutting – and remember to cut off the rind.) Slice very thinly so as not to overpower the chocolate.
Top crackers with cheese on a serving platter; place relish in the middle of the platter in a small bowl with a spoon. Serve and enjoy!

My Thoughts

I try my best to keep my family as active as possible. Both of my children are  involved in sports and their TV and video game time is limited to an hour a day. But it's also important to watch what they eat. I also worry about my husband because he isn't getting any younger and he complains about eating healthy foods even more than the kids do. It isn't easy to find fun snack foods that are good for them and that they are actually willing to eat. That's why I was really happy to try out a few of the delicious varieties of crackers and chips from Crunchmaster.  These crispy snacks are gluten free, cholesterol free and saturated fat free.  They are also a good source of fiber. And the best part of all is that they taste just as good as any other snacks.

We received a few varieties of Crunchmaster to try out. I personally LOVED the  Multi-Seed Crackers.  They are so tasty, you don't really need to put anything on them, but they are the perfect compliment to any cheese or meats.  I thought they were better than most of the popular name brands crackers. They are light and crunchy and not greasy at all.  The  Sea Salt were tasty too. They are lightly salted and nice and crispy. They  both have lots of flavor, and don't taste like card board like most gluten free products.  My kids and my husband loved them too. They would never have guessed they were a healthier alternative to regular crackers. But I know the difference, and even if they cost a little bit more, they are definitely worth it because they are so much healthier for my family.

If you would like to try these tasty crackers for yourself, check the store locator, located on the left hand side of their home page, to find a store near you. You can also order direct from their online store.   You can even find a  printable coupon! Give Crunchmaster a try and take the first steps to a healthier lifestyle today.
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