Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza – Gluten-Free – RECIPE

Halloween has come and go and now you probably have a gigantic bowl of Halloween candy. Am I right? Are you wondering what you can do with it? I had the most excellent idea to create a leftover Halloween candy pizza with some white chocolate “cheese” drizzled on top. I used Pamela’s Products gluten-free brownie mix to create this sensational, sinful dessert. Creating your very own leftover Halloween candy brownie pizza is simple to do and it will satisfy all of the chocolate candy lovers in your family. read more


Clean Eating With The Sun Basket Meal Kit REVIEW by Give It A Whirl Girl

Sun Basket REVIEW & COUPON – Clean-Eating Subscription Box Meal Kit – Special Offer Inside

I recently had the pleasure of trying out one meal kit subscription box from Sun Basket. If you are not familiar with Sun Basket, their meal kits are all about clean-eating and healthy, organic ingredients. They offer vegetarian subscription boxes for those eating a plant-based diet, and there is a paleo option for those who follow a gluten-free diet. My family tried Sun Basket for one week and we had 3 meal kits delivered. Today I will be sharing my Sun Basket review with you and a special Sun Basket coupon/discount. We were highly satisfied with all three meals and I plan on ordering more subscription boxes in the future. I went with the paleo box and it was love at first bite! read more


Ground Italian Sausage Gluten-Free Goulash - RECIPE

Italian Sausage Goulash With Banza Pasta- RECIPE (Gluten-Free)

This recipe is for goulash made with ground Italian sausage and gluten-free Banza chickpea pasta. I know goulash is typically made with ground beef... I am fully aware. There are no rules when it comes to cooking. You can just make things up as you go along and do your own twist on a traditional recipe. That is exactly what I did here.


Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake RECIPE (gluten-free, vegan)

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake RECIPE (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Saturdays are my favorite days of the week to get in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen and whip up a tasty treat for my family to enjoy. This weekend I created a vegan and gluten-free, no-bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake. Is there anything in this world better than edible chocolate chip cookie dough? Hell no! This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake is completely safe to indulge in and does not contain any eggs which are typically found in cookies. The filling is of this cheesecake mimics the real deal quite well and my little family of 3 absolutely loved this faux cheesecake recipe. read more


Cheeseburger Casserole From SkinnyTaste

Cheeseburger Casserole From SkinnyTaste – Tried It Out Tuesday

I recently came across a Cheeseburger Casserole recipe from SkinnyTaste and I was intrigued so by it, I just had to give it a whirl! I would have never even thought of enjoying a cheeseburger in casserole form until I saw this brilliant recipe of hers. My family really enjoys their cheeseburgers and we love our pasta too so this seemed like a winner winner cheeseburger dinner!

If you are not familiar with SkinnyTaste be sure to check out her website for some brilliant recipes that will help keep you on track with a healthy lifestyle. I made a gluten-free version of her Cheeseburger Casserole and my family enjoyed this recipe. I will be whipping up this dish again in the near future. Keep reading to hear more about this unique casserole dish. read more


Cast Iron Cooking Essentials Gift Guide by Give It A Whirl Girl

Cast Iron Cooking Essentials For The Home Chef – Gift Guide

Today I will be talking about some cast iron cooking essentials for the home chef. Here is a little story for you as well. A couple years ago I received some cast iron pans and accessories for my birthday. I will be honest and say I was not very thrilled at the moment to receive them and I would have rather received something else. I had no idea what I was going to use them for. Back then I was just getting my feet wet with cooking and I was not as passionate about it as I am today.

When I look back on the day when I received them, I laugh a little now. I am totally in love and infatuated with cast iron cooking. I use my pans frequently now and I also would like to build up my arsenal of them. And if you care for these items properly they can last you a lifetime! These are some heavy duty items and with a bit of TLC they will not let you down.


Paleo Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake RECIPE Gluten-Free and Vegan

Paleo Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Decadent. Dark. Vegan & Paleo Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake recipe coming up for you! Did I forget to mention healthy? This dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake is full to the brim with an assortment of nuts and a mix of some frozen and fresh raspberries. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, almost paleo, dairy-free, and does not contain any added refined sugars. Because fruit is also known as nature’s candy, the sweetness of this cheesecake is derived from the fruit and maple syrup rather than added sugars. read more


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Warm Sunbutter & Raspberry Jelly Sandwich On Bob’s Red Mill Bread

Bob’s Red Mill Wonderful Gluten-Free bread mix once again over here in the Give It A Whirl Girl Kitchen. This time I was craving a peanut butter & jelly sandwich so I ventured into the kitchen to make my own loaf of bread. I also had some jars of Sunbutter Sunflower Seed Spread that I needed to try out and a jar of Herkner Farms Champagne Raspberry Preserves that I picked up at Devries & Company 1887. I had all of my ingredients and all I kept thinking about was how this would be the greatest wannabe peanut butter & jelly sandwich of all time. This was my first time giving Sunbutter a whirl and I was so excited to try it. read more


Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chops With Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potatoes & A Primal Kitchen Coupon Inside - Give It A Whirl Gir

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chops With Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potatoes & Primal Kitchen Coupon

Here we go again with Primal Kitchen. I am surely obsessed with using these marinades for my meals. I used the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette once again last night but this time I marinated some pork chops. The Honey Mustard, to me, is one of the most versatile in the line of Primal Kitchen, alongside the Balsamic Vinaigrette. We also had some thick cut slices of honey bacon from Dearborn Brand to wrap our brussels sprouts up with. And as requested by my daughter, we had to have some more air-fryer red fingerling potatoes, which are her favorite side dish at the moment. You add up all of these ingredients and it results in one hell of a delicious paleo, Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chop dinner!


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Surround Yourself With Squash & Gourds- Tried It Out Tuesday (Dumpling & Buttercup Squash)

Have you ever gone on a squash adventure? No? Neither have I until this past weekend when I went to Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace in St. Clair Shores, MI looking for something interesting to try this week for Tried It Out Tuesday. I have written about this place before and I love going here on a fun little foodie adventure when I have a small wad of cash to blow. Some girls spend their dollars getting hair & nails done or buying trendy new clothes. Not me, not this girl right here! My family enjoys being adventurous eaters so when we have a little extra cash we like to treat ourselves to something delicious and tasty.

There is a whole world of squash out there in the universe just waiting to be discovered by you!

When you eat with an open mind you allow yourself the chance to experience new foods, new flavors. I went to Nino's with no clear plan. I just wanted to go in there and walk out with something that I have never tried and experienced.


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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake – Paleo & Vegan – Gluten-Free Recipe

Ahhhh fall! It is definitely feeling like fall over here in Michigan and I have the perfect Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake to make your heart and soul happy. Attention all pumpkin spice lovers... you will love the paleo and vegan cheesecake that I created. I honestly do love and prefer this over your average pumpkin pie. This cheesecake is chockful of healthy ingredients and does not contain any added sugars. In this recipe, you will be using almonds and cashews. Believe it or not, this method works to make a dairy-free cheesecake. That little bit of lemon juice that you add will magically transform these ingredients into cheesecake heaven!


Italian Drunken Noodles RECIPE Pappardelle Pasta Recipe W/ Ground Italian Sausage & Peppers -RECIPE - A Family Favorite by Give It A Whirl Girl

Italian Drunken Noodles RECIPE – Pappardelle Pasta W/ Ground Italian Sausage & Peppers

Ever have the Thai version of drunken noodle? I have and it is hands down one of my all-time favorite Thai dishes. If you love that version of drunken noodle then I am confident that you will love this Italian Drunken Noodles recipe I am sharing today! Italian drunken noodles is a family fave and for good reason~ it is a unique dish with an exciting flavor profile thanks to the white wine and fresh basil. It combines delicious pappardelle egg noodle pasta with ground Italian sausage and three colors of thinly sliced bell peppers. And oh yes, you gotta have that white wine in there. Chardonnay is an essential and key ingredient. How else would your noodles get drunk?

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Italian Drunken Noodles, Pappardelle Pasta Recipe W/ Ground Italian Sausage & Peppers -RECIPE - A Family Favorite
This Italian Drunken Noodles recipe is the Italian version of the Thai drunken noodle dish. The Chardonnay wine lends an aromatic taste and smell to the long egg noodles.
Italian Drunken Noodles RECIPE Pappardelle Pasta Recipe W/ Ground Italian Sausage & Peppers -RECIPE - A Family Favorite by Give It A Whirl Girl
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
people
Ingredients
Italian Drunken Noodles RECIPE Pappardelle Pasta Recipe W/ Ground Italian Sausage & Peppers -RECIPE - A Family Favorite by Give It A Whirl Girl
Instructions
  1. I like to use a heavy-duty dutch oven for this dish. A large pot will work well or a big saute pan with high sides. I warm 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil up and then put the ground Italian sausage inside the pot on a medium-high heat setting. You should also season your meat with the Italian seasonings, garlic salt, and pepper at this point. Continue cooking until slightly browned a cooked thoroughly.
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  2. Once the Italian sausage is done browning, remove it from the pot and place it in a container. You will be using it again soon.
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  3. Begin boiling the water for your pappardelle pasta. Do the next steps while you wait for the water to boil. Boil the noodles until al dente.
  4. Keep the remnants (fat) of the cooked sausage in the bottom of the pot. You will be caramelizing your onions in this flavorful fat. If you need to add more olive oil to the pot to cook the onions add very little. Once the onions begin caramelizing you can put your minced garlic in the pot along with the onions.
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  5. Now comes the fun part! I pour in 3/4 of a cup of Chardonnay into the pot with the garlic and onion mixture. I do this at a medium-high setting and continuing cooking until the wine becomes a bit reduced.
  6. Place your sliced red and yellow peppers into the pot and cook them until slightly softened.
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  7. Well drain your can of diced tomatoes and place those in the pot. Warm them up.
  8. Hopefully at this point your noodles have boiled and ready to be drained. Please make sure they are cooked al dente.
  9. Place the ground sausage back into the pot on a low-medium setting.
  10. Add a little bit of chopped basil to the pot as well to give it a nice punch of flavor.
  11. Place your cooked pasta in the pot and stir it all up until well incorporated.
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  12. Serve and enjoy. This dish pairs well with the wine you used to cook the dish.
Recipe Notes

This recipe can also be vegetarian if the meat is omitted.


Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Chicken With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes by Give It A Whirl Girl

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Chicken With Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Air-Fryer Fingerling Potatoes

Every single time I use Primal Kitchen in my meals I am never disappointed. That was the case last night when I used the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette & Marinade on my grilled chicken breast. When people think about healthy eating they often think foods are bland and boring. They do not have to be that way. I have changed my eating habits a little over a year ago. My family is on this clean eating adventure with me and they are a-okay with most of it.

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette The first thing I did with this dinner was marinated my chicken breast. I went with the Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard last night and I broke out the marinade in the morning and let my chicken soak up the flavor all day. This marinade is one of my top favorites from Primal Kitchen. This marinade has a bit of tang a bit of sweetness. It is perfectly balanced.


Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup RECIPE by Give IT A Whirl Girl - Slow-Cooker, Gluten-Free

Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe – Slow-Cooker & Gluten-Free – Hearty Soup Chock Full Of Meat & Veggies!

Heads up, everyone! It is officially autumn so do you know what that means?? It is soup season! It is also a great time for my slow-cooker to get a workout. I love to prep my soup in the late morning and let it simmer on low until dinner time. This recipe is for a paleo vegetable beef soup. Your slow-cooker will be full to the brim with meat and veggies.

Vegetables galore This paleo soup is all about clean eating. It is also focusing on health and wellness. Inside this soup you will find the following vegetables: carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, and garlic. I also used two cans of Muir Glen's organic fire-roasted crushed tomatoes. If you follow my blog you would know that Muir Glen is my go-to brand for my organic tomato needs.


Paleo Bison Chili Recipe

Paleo Bison Chili With Tri-Color Peppers (Gluten-Free) Recipe

I have only had bison once in my life and it was a stew that I created. My little family of 3 was so pleased with it so I decided that this week I would purchase a package of organic ground bison from Kroger and create a chili with it. I also wanted this chili to be paleo so there are no beans in this chili and it is gluten-free as well. One of the highlights is that is does have three colors of bell peppers in it: red, orange, and yellow. I love a chili that is chockful of peppers! My chili just has to have peppers in it. I also had a chili seasoning packet from Spice Miser and I decided I would give that a whirl this week too. Spice Miser never disappoints. I picked up that spice packet on my last trip to Eastern Market.


Primal Kitchen Greek Strip Steak, Applegate Bacon-Wrapped Rainbow Carrots, And Paleo Butternut Squash Soup - Gluten-Free, Primal Kitchen Coupon - by Give It A Whirl Girl

Primal Kitchen Greek Strip Steak, Applegate Bacon-Wrapped Rainbow Carrots, And Paleo Butternut Squash Soup – Gluten-Free

I really enjoy making a nice Sunday dinner for my family. Last night's Sunday dinner turned out to be an exquisite one. Everything from start to finish was spectacular. For starting out I actually made a bowl of paleo butternut squash soup to go with our meal. I never make a soup to go with dinner. I just always make soups that you eat as an entire meal. For the main course, I had some grass-fed beef strip steaks marinated in Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette and Marinade. For a side dish, I wrapped Applegate Sunday Bacon around some rainbow carrots (purple, orange, and white) that I picked up during our visit to Eastern Market. This was our first time trying out bacon-wrapped carrots and it certainly will not be the last. Lately, I just want to wrap everything up in bacon! Next up for me will be bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts.


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Marley Spoon Review & Discount – $30 OFF Your First Box – Simple & Easy Meal Kit Subscription Box

How does Marley Spoon work?
Each week Marley Spoon has several different meals that you can select from. They have a huge archive of recipes… over 18,000!  Each week there are ten different meals you get to select from. They really do have a wonderful variety of meals and they all look and sound so amazing it is kind of difficult to narrow it down. I want it all!

You can choose the meal kit that suits your family needs. They offer boxes for two people and they also offer boxes that can feed 3-4 people. You can choose to get 2, 3, or 4 Marley Spoon meals per week. It is entirely up to you and you get to customize your plan.

Each week Marley Spoon offers an exciting menu featuring a variety of meats and a large selection of different vegetables. There are meals suitable for dinner as well as lunch.

Marley Spoon also has meals to suit a variety of dietary lifestyles. I choose to eat gluten-free so I received two meal kits that were friendly to my diet.

There are some quick dinners provided, one-pot meals, kid-friendly meals, and salad options.

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Balsamic Raspberry & Chocolate Balsamic Fudge Ripple Nice Cream

Let’s Celebrate 100 Posts With Paleo Balsamic Raspberry & Chocolate Balsamic Fudge Ripple Nice Cream

Wow gals and guys! Can you believe that in the past 4 1/2 months I have been blogging here at Give It A Whirl Girl and this is a milestone post? 100 posts have been drafted and published as of today! I figured the best way to celebrate my hard work was with a bowl of Balsamic Raspberry & Chocolate Balsamic Fudge Ripple Nice Cream! No champagne bubbles flowing here, just some paleo and (almost vegan... I did use raw honey) nice-cream for my daughter and I to share.

Blogging has just been a fantastic journey and experience for me. I feel blessed that I am able to work from home and combine my passion for cooking, baking, and writing. I am learning new things as the days go by. There is also never a shortage of things to do. I am consistently keeping myself busy and occupied. With blogging, there is always a lot of behind-the-scenes work.  


Matcha & Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake

Paleo Matcha & Chocolate Cheesecake – RECIPE – Gluten-Free

Let it be known that making these cheesecakes are one of my favorite things to do in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. These desserts are rich, flavorful, and actually quite nutritious. They are a much better alternative to regular cheesecake. The basic ingredients in these are fruit (medjool dates) and a variety of different nuts (mostly cashews). I am not going to lie, sometimes I even sneak in a slice for a filling breakfast.

This dessert is unique in its flavor. If you are a fan of matcha (green tea) this recipe might just be perfect for you. I love everything about this particular one: the crust, the filling, and the chocolate ganache on top. It all marries together harmoniously to make one hell of an awesome vegan cheesecake.


Primal Kitchen Bone-In Balsamic Strip Steaks served with Applegate Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Strip Steaks With Primal Kitchen Balsamic Marinade & Applegate Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus (Gluten-Free, Paleo) RECIPE – Eat Like A Caveman

See that? Looks mighty fine, doesn't it? That is what you get when you make a dinner date with two brands that I love: Primal Kitchen and Applegate. This is not the first time using Primal Kitchen's Balsamic Dressing/Marinade and it will not be the last. Primal Kitchen consistently comes through and shines with their incredible line of tasty and nutritious products. I made sure my pantry is always stocked with their items. This right here is going to be one of those dinners that is on repeat and in regular rotation here at the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. My family of 3 ooh's and ahh's the entire time eating this gluten-free, low-carb, primal meal.

Primal, paleo meal If you are looking for a simple, flavorful steak dinner then I will hook you up with this amazing recipe that anyone could do. You will be eating like a primal caveman in no time with this paleo meal. This particular marinade is created with a blend of balsamic vinegar, avocado oil, and organic herbs and spices. You will not find any refined sugars in their line of products... none! Two tablespoons of this dressing are 100 calories, 1 gram of sugar, and 3 carbs.