Crunchy Friday 7/31/15 — Organic, green, and gluten free coupons + online deals

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Welcome back to Crunchy Friday 7/31/15, rounding up the week’s best new organic, natural, green, gluten free, and allergy friendly coupons and online deals.

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Onion Flowers — An Easy + Beautiful Recipe

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Welcome to the July 26th edition of Sunday Scratchups, your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery store matchups, coupons, and sales. This week’s mystery sale ingredient is: Onions. Here I used red onions ($.99 for a 2-lb bag at ALDI earlier this week) for a prettier presentation in this bloomin’ onion sans all the breading and junk, but Vidalias would also be lovely (and darn tasty) or you could mix/match for variety.

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I originally saw these onion flowers at Once Upon a Cutting Board (easier to follow recipe at The Project Table) and simply had to give them a try! Aren’t they gorgeous? And amazingly easy to make for a side dish with this much of a visual punch. Check it out — you seriously only need five ingredients (including salt & pepper!) and a bit of oven roasting time to recreate these beautiful onion flowers in your own kitchen.

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ingredients

Ingredients

Two large or four small red or Vidalia onions
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Sea salt, to taste
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

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Chop just the stem ends off of your onions so that they stand flat. Peel onions, then cut them in eighths — but not all the way through into slices, just down to about 1/2 inch up from the now-flat bottom so that they remain in one piece.

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Pour 1 Tbsp of olive oil into the bottom of a glass baking dish. Place onions stem side down in dish, pour the rest of the olive oil + balsamic vinegar over onions, then roll them around gently in the bottom of the dish until nicely coated. Sit onions stem side down in baking dish and season with salt & pepper. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake covered for 30 minutes at 425 degrees.

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Remove foil and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes for small onions, 20 minutes for large, or until onions are softening and beginning to open up on their own.

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Use large spatula to gently remove onions to plate, then carefully separate the “petals” until they look like a pretty flower.

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Serve whole and allow people to section off pieces for individual sides. We enjoyed ours here with Bacon-Wrapped Chicken, salad, and garlic bread, but Onion Flowers are a sweet and delicious side for grilled meat and more.

Not just a pretty face

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Onion Flowers are not only lovely on the outside, they are darn tasty on the inside. You’ll likely have leftovers, so use everywhere from hamburger toppings to veggie paninis to side dishes throughout the week.

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I hope you enjoy making these as much as I enjoyed taking photos of them! 😉

Easy print version

Onion Flowers -- An Easy + Beautiful Recipe
 
Author:
Recipe type: side dish
Ingredients
  • Two large or four small red or Vidalia onions
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop just the stem ends off of your onions so that they stand flat.
  2. Peel onions, then cut them in eighths -- but not all the way through into slices, just down to about ½ inch up from the now-flat bottom so that they remain in one piece.
  3. Pour 1 Tbsp of olive oil into the bottom of a glass baking dish.
  4. Place onions stem side down in dish, pour the rest of the olive oil + balsamic vinegar over onions, then roll them around gently in the bottom of the dish until nicely coated.
  5. Sit onions stem side down in baking dish and season with salt & pepper.
  6. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake covered for 30 minutes at 425 degrees.
  7. Remove foil and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes for small onions, 20 minutes for large, or until onions are softening and beginning to open up on their own.
  8. Use large spatula to gently remove onions to plate, then carefully separate the "petals" until they look like a pretty flower.
  9. Serve whole and allow people to section off pieces for individual sides.

Crunchy Friday 7/24/15 — Organic, gluten free, allergy friendly coupons + online deals

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Welcome back to Crunchy Friday 7/24/15, rounding up the week’s best new organic, natural, green, gluten free, and allergy friendly coupons and online deals.

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  • SavingStar has 20% back on grapes, more.
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Twice Baked Potato Mice

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Welcome to the July 19th edition of Sunday Scratchups, your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery store matchups, coupons, and sales. This week our mystery sale ingredient is: Potatoes. Ten pound bags are on sale at various produce stores this week for $1.50-$1.75… and that’s a lot of mice!

This recipe is adapted from the Mom and Me Cookbook: Mr. 8 checked this book out of the library last week specifically so we could make the Potato Mice recipe he found.

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The original recipe used radish slices for ears and raisins for eyes; we substituted cucumber slices and olives/blueberries and upped the cheese a little (mostly because he had such fun grating it he didn’t want to stop!).

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Mr . 8 was super excited about this project and super pleased with the end result! I mean, seriously: How cute are these potato mice? (And how cute is he? 😉 )

Twice Baked Potato Mice

Ingredients

4 medium Idaho or russet potatoes
Canola oil
2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup milk
3/4 cup grated cheese (we used mild Cheddar)
sea salt
pepper
cherry tomatoes
cucumbers or radishes
olive, blueberries, or raisins
chives
green onions

Directions

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Wash potatoes, pat dry, and prick with a fork. Place on rimmed baking sheet and brush all over with canola oil. Bake at 400 degrees until soft. (Ours took about 75 minutes.)

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Let baked potatoes cool until easy to handle. Cut off the tops lengthwise and discard (or eat!). Scoop out the centers and add to a large bowl. Add butter, milk, 1/2 cup of cheese, salt, and pepper, then mash. Scoop mashed potato mixture evenly into potato skins, then top each with shredded cheese. Broil for about 10 minutes until nicely browned.

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Slice cherry tomatoes in half. Attach a tomato nose to each potato mouse with a toothpick, then tuck pieces of chive behind each side for whiskers. Add green onion tails, then add your radish or cucumber ears and use blueberries, olive slices, or raisins for eyes, and you’re done with your unsqueakably cute creations!

Change it up

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This easy, kid friendly recipe is very versatile — and naturally gluten free. We used cucumbers for ears because Mr. 8 hates radishes, and olives/blueberries for eyes because I didn’t have any raisins handy, but you could easily change these up with whatever veggies you have on hand or appeal to your own little ones.

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Everyone here got a kick out the potato mice, which we enjoyed with corned beef, Caprese salad, and fruit — they’d make an adorable side dish to almost any dinner, or maybe as part of a Ratatouille movie night. :) Enjoy!

Easy print version

Twice Baked Potato Mice
 
Author:
Recipe type: side dish
Ingredients
  • 4 medium Idaho or russet potatoes
  • Canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ¾ cup grated cheese (we used mild Cheddar)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • cherry tomatoes
  • cucumbers or radishes
  • olive, blueberries, or raisins
  • chives
  • green onions
Instructions
  1. Wash potatoes, pat dry, and prick with a fork.
  2. Place on rimmed baking sheet and brush all over with canola oil.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees until soft. (Ours took about 75 minutes.)
  4. Let baked potatoes cool until easy to handle.
  5. Cut off the tops lengthwise and discard (or eat!).
  6. Scoop out the centers and add to a large bowl.
  7. Add butter, milk, ½ cup of cheese, salt, and pepper, then mash.
  8. Scoop mashed potato mixture evenly into potato skins, then top each with shredded cheese.
  9. Broil for about 10 minutes until nicely browned.
  10. Slice cherry tomatoes in half.
  11. Attach a tomato nose to each potato mouse with a toothpick, then tuck pieces of chive behind each side for whiskers.
  12. Add green onion tails, then add your radish or cucumber ears and use blueberries, olive slices, or raisins for eyes, and you're done with your unsqueakably cute creations!

6-Pack Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Grahams as low as $8.14

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Amazon has 6 boxes of Annie’s Homegrown bunny grahams for as low as $8.14. There is a 20% off coupon that applies when you check out with Subscribe & Save. If you have at least 5 subscriptions, you’ll pay just $8.14 for the 6 boxes! These grahams are made with organic what flour.

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16-Ct. Larabar Gluten Free Fruit and Nut Bars as low as $9.55 Shipped

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Amazon has a 20% off coupon on Larabars when you check out with Subscribe & Save. You’ll pay just $11.02 when you use Subscribe & Save and only $9.55 if you have 5+ subscriptions! The coupon applies to other flavors, but the Blueberry Muffin flavor is the cheapest by a few bucks.

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Crunchy Friday 7/17/15 — Organic, green, gluten free coupons + online deals!

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Welcome back to Crunchy Friday 7/17/15, rounding up the week’s best new organic, natural, green, gluten free, and allergy friendly coupons and online deals.

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  • BerryCart has offers on Kay’s Naturals cereal, Don’t Go Nuts, more.
  • Checkout 51 has a $.25 cash back offer on your choice of carrots & more.
  • Ibotta has offers for cash back on milk, strawberries, potatoes, Saffron Road, more.
  • SavingStar has 20% back on lemons or limes, more.
  • Snap by Groupon has offers on Smart Flour gluten free foods, Saffron Road, i heart keenwah, more.
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Rainbow Salad with Homemade Parmesan Vinaigrette

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Welcome to the July 12th edition of Sunday Scratchups, your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery store matchups, coupons, and sales. This week: Salad! We’re now deep in the throes of cheap summer produce deals — I got my spinach for $.58 at Pete’s, used up some leftover corn on the cob ($.10 at ALDI earlier this week), green onions were 4/$1.00 at Pete’s, used the end of a bag of $.04 carrots (after coupon) from Jewel, some garden tomatoes, cheap yellow Campari tomatoes, $.48/lb cauliflower, cheap sweet mini peppers from Pete’s… and more! Shop your own local produce stores for great deals and put together your own rainbow salad with whatever is on sale by you. :)

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I’ve also started making my own salad dressing to avoid the added sugar, corn syrup, and random additives in store-bought. This Parmesan vinaigrette is super easy to throw together, but you can vary your own dressing up however you want: Two parts olive oil to one part vinegar (red wine or balsamic work great), plus salt, pepper, a little lemon juice, and herbs of your choice. The optional mustard acts as an emulsifier to keep the oil and vinegar from separating up on you, plus adds a little pop of extra flavor. Oh, and check out my cute little jar — just $.99 at Goodwill! Don’t have one, just use a mason jar or whatever other container you have on hand, and your homemade dressing will keep tightly covered in the fridge up to a week.

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And seriously — just how darn pretty is this!?

Rainbow Salad with Homemade Parmesan Vinaigrette

Ingredients

– for the vinaigrette

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2 Tbsp fresh chopped oregano
1 Tbsp fresh chopped basil
2 garlic cloves
juice of 1/2 a small lemon
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
1 Tbsp coarse ground mustard
sea salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup olive oil

– for the salad

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One crunchy bagged salad (I used Italian mix)
half a bunch fresh spinach
“Rainbow” toppings of choice. Pictured here (in order): Cherry tomatoes, sweet red pepper, carrots, shredded cheddar, yellow Campari tomatoes, cooked corn off the cob, cauliflower, feta, chicken strips, cucumber, avocado, green onion, blue corn chips, black beans

Directions

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To make your vinaigrette

Add all ingredients except olive oil to your food processor and blend. Scrape down sides, then pour in olive oil slowly with food processor running until just blended. Store tightly covered in fridge up to one week. (If it doesn’t pour well for you right out of the fridge, just take out and leave on the counter to warm up slightly, about 1/2 an hour before you’re planning to serve.)

  • Update: Because a couple people have asked about the scissors pictured above, make it easier on yourself to cut fresh herbs with culinary herb scissorslove mine!

To make your salad

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Arrange toppings in rainbow order on large tray. (ROYGBIV!) Serve with a large bowl of salad and let everyone create their own mix.

You’ve never seen kids eat so many vegetables…

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I kid you not — the entire tray was picked clean. Rainbow Salad with Homemade Parmesan Vinaigrette is naturally gluten free, and optionally also dairy free if you leave out the cheese in your toppings and vinaigrette. (Leave out the chicken strips for an entirely vegetarian version, or vary up the toppings according to your own family’s preferences and dietary needs.)

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Easy print version

Rainbow Salad with Homemade Parmesan Vinaigrette
 
Author:
Recipe type: dinner
Ingredients
for the vinaigrette
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped oregano
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped basil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • juice of ½ a small lemon
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 Tbsp coarse ground mustard
  • sea salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup olive oil
for the salad
  • One crunchy bagged salad (I used Italian mix)
  • half a bunch fresh spinach
  • "Rainbow" toppings of choice. Pictured here (in order): Cherry tomatoes, sweet red pepper, carrots, shredded cheddar, yellow Campari tomatoes, cooked corn off the cob, cauliflower, feta, chicken strips, cucumber, avocado, green onion, blue corn chips, black beans
Instructions
To make your vinaigrette
  1. Add all ingredients except olive oil to your food processor and blend.
  2. Scrape down sides, then pour in olive oil slowly with food processor running until just blended.
  3. Store tightly covered in fridge up to one week. (If it doesn't pour well for you right out of the fridge, just take out and leave on the counter to warm up slightly, about ½ an hour before you're planning to serve.)
To make your salad
  1. Arrange toppings in rainbow order on large tray. (ROYGBIV!)
  2. Serve with a large bowl of salad and let everyone create their own mix.

Crunchy Friday 7/10/15 — Organic, green, gluten free coupons + online deals

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Welcome back to Crunchy Friday 7/10/15, rounding up the week’s best new organic, natural, green, gluten free, and allergy friendly coupons and online deals.

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Gluten free goodies giveaway

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Now launching his grand comeback tour: The Artist Formerly Known as Dairy Free Junior High Guy — now just: Junior High Guy!

About four weeks ago we re-tested Junior High Guy for food allergies, and lo and behold: He surprisingly tested negative for both wheat and dairy. We started easing him back into these foods gradually in case this was due to not having any antibodies to react (given that he hadn’t had any in so long), but I think at this point it’s safe to say he’s in the clear. Behold: Junior High Guy eating regular pizza. With cheese. With gusto!

Never fear for what this means here, I’ll still be bringing you some allergy friendly recipes and your regularly scheduled Crunchy Friday posts.

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Being the couponer that I am, I had quite the little stockpile here of gluten free goodies. I thought that our allergy loss should be your gain — since I know how expensive eating gluten free can be, I’m giving away the above box of gluten free baking mixes (and one random can of GF noodle soup, lol) to one of you! (Note: A couple of the mixes are “best by” mid-July, but all are unopened.)

On to the giveaway

What can you win?

  • One lucky Mashup Mom reader will win a box of gluten free baking mixes!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know your favorite gluten free and/or dairy free product.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Only comment once on this post; your comment enters you in the giveaway. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 7/11/15. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Gluten Free Goodies Giveaway…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

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Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by me, just me. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 7/12/15. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to email notification; if no reply is received, a runner up will be selected. Mashup Mom is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize. We reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time or to substitute a prize of equal value.