dinner made easy with al fresco chicken sausage

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I love to cook don’t get me wrong.  But I am not going to lie. I have been WAY too busy lately to have the time to make myself gourmet, made from scratch meals. You guys know this. And I am sure a lot of you can relate.

Sometimes you just have to rely on pre-made items to help you when your in a time crunch.

I do my best to food prep on the week: pre-chop my veggies, cook up a grain, whatever I can to make dinner time preparation go by quicker. But when it comes to proteins, well those can be time consuming.

There are the times when pre-cooked meats are an awesome convenience, but if I am going to use these, I want to make sure they are the best quality. That is why when al fresco asked me to review some of their products, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. The fact that these products are all natural and made from quality ingredients, I knew that these would be a great addition to a meal.

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Honestly, I didn’t even know Chicken Bacon existed.

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I typically stay away from pork bacon, so I was very excited to try this out.

I was also excited about the Sweet & Smokey BBQ flavor for the Chicken Sausage.

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I was trying to think of what might be a good pairing, and remembered that a client had given me a jar of authentic pasta sauce from Italy. I know authentic sauces don’t typically have too many seasonings in them, so I thought the smokiness of the sausage would be a good compliment.

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It’s way to hot to be grilling outside here in Phoenix, so we decided to use our indoor grill to heat up the sausages.

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Still got the perfect grill marks!

I mixed everything together and a delicious dinner was put together in no time.

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I was right in that the sausage added just the right amount of flavor to the pasta.

And this meal couldn’t have been more simple to make.

All you need is your favorite pasta, a jar of your favorite pasta sauce and al fresco pre-cooked sausage.

The great thing is there are many different flavors of sausage to choose from. So whatever mood you’re in, there a flavor.

I am not going to lie, I am not usually a huge sausage fan of any variety, but I truly really enjoyed these sausages. I am very eager to try the other flavors and varieties!

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What are you favorite pre-cooked items to use when you’re short on time?

Do you have a favorite recipe using sausage? Please share!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of al fresco. The opinions and text are all mine.

purely twins no flour cracker and flatbread ebook [review]

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of The Purely Twins.  All opinions as always are my own.

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There are a lot of recipes on the internet and thanks to Pinterest I spend countless hours looking at them.  I get so much inspiration from others and I say inspiration, because let’s be honest, we all know me and I can’t follow a recipe 100% to save my life.  When we find recipes online it’s usually just one random recipe from one random website.  There are few websites or blogs that I like or want to make all of their recipes.  I can honestly say though that The Purely Twins are an exception to that rule.

I swear almost every recipe they create I want to immediately recreate. Whether or not I get around to it is another thing altogether, but the point is, these two ladies are masterminds in the kitchen.

They recently released their new No Flour Cracker and Flatbread ebook, and I knew it was something that I would love as I love the fact that they use real, raw, all natural ingredients to create delicious wholesome crackers and flatbreads.  I was lucky enough to be able to get their ebook and review it and let me tell you.  If you love raw nutritious crackers and flatbreads, you will love this ebook.

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Upon looking over the recipes I knew the first one that I wanted to try.

Raw Kale and Hemp Seed Flatbread.

Ironically they soon released a video of them making this exact recipe, so I made sure to watch it as a guidance.

These recipes are all super simple and really only require a food processor!

So I gathered my ingredients are started blending!

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Along with the simple process comes a simple ingredient list.

I put everything in my food processor and let it do all the work. Plopped it on my parchment paper line baking sheet, scored it into triangles and into the oven it went.

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The finished product?

A crisp flatbread that can be topped with almost anything.

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Guacamole, hummus and tahini to name a few. I loved the versatility of this flatbread and it was seriously so tasty even on it’s own.

The next recipe I chose to make was the Beet Flatbread.

I have always been extremely intrigued by beets, and other than attempting to roast them, haven’t had much experience. I’m always up for a challenge though, so I was very excited about trying this recipe. The combination of ingredients also had me very interested on how this flatbread would taste in the end.

So in my food processor went the ingredients. (I seriously love how easy these flatbreads come together – so simple to make)

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I absolutely love the pink color beets automatically give to the batter.

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Just like the kale flatbread, I spread the mixture on lightly greased parchment paper and baked in the oven.

Verdict?

Oh my goodness. If I thought I liked the kale hemp seed flatbread, I loved the beet flatbread.

Also if I thought tahini on the kale flatbread was good, tahini on the beet flatbread was amazing.

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I have enjoyed these flatbreads with almost every meal and am loving the versatility of what you can top them with. Even though the beet flatbread is a savory bread, the apple gives it that little bit of sweetness to where you could also top this with sweeter toppings if desired. (or nut butter, because really nut butter goes good with anything and everything)

The ebook has so many great recipes and I can’t wait to try  more, next on my list is definitely the Cheez and Pizza crackers. And if they are half as good as these flatbreads were, they will be amazing.

So if you want to make some wholesome home made flatbreads and crackers of your own, I highly recommend getting this ebook and at the bargain price of only $5.00 there really is no excuse not to. There are two options, you can buy the ebook version, or you can buy a hard copy. Whichever you prefer!

So a big thank you to Lori and Michelle for creating these amazing recipes and giving me the opportunity to review the ebook. I am very excited to try every recipe. And guess what guys, I even followed them 100%!

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