Saturday, November 28, 2009

Product Review: Smart & Delicious Gluten Free Wraps

So I was actually given these by someone else so I don't know exactly how expensive they are or where to buy them around here at the moment.

I did, however, feel that I had to do a product review because I was pretty impressed by the taste and texture of these.

I haven't really had much luck previously with gluten free wraps since most of the time they're made with rice flour and although they don't taste bad or anything the texture of them is always very unlike that of a "real" gluten filled wrap. This was not the case with these!

I was pleasantly surprised with Smart & Delicious Ivory Teff wraps. I defrosted the package and would heat each of the wraps from this state in the microwave for about 30 seconds. (as per package directions) Reheating is common with almost any gluten free wrap product or you're looking at something that won't roll. However, these rolled up much better than the rice ones I'm used to and they weren't as rugged in texture. I also ate the whole wrap rather than throwing out bits. The wrap on it's own had a nice taste. I ate mine with tuna salad and egg salad.

The product is produced by La Tortilla Factory and their website is http://latortillafactory.elsstore.com/view/category/590-gluten-free/ They appear to be about $5.00 a bag according to this site but again I don't know where you're purchasing them. :)

Anyway, enjoy! Let me know what you think! :)


Friday, November 27, 2009

Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup

Unfortunately there's no picture for this post. Hubby and I were far too hungry by the time dinner was ready and before we knew it it was eaten! However, I couldn't not post it with the reviews. It was so very good and nicely filling. Hubby said he loved it and we'll "definitely be having it again!" so hopefully we'll get a photo up another time.
The intention was to make a soup/ stew that would serve a lot of people and freeze half for use when the baby arrives. I'm still trying to get meals ready but I'm not getting very far with it at the moment.

So anyway, in the meantime, here's the recipe!

Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen Green beans
1 540ml can Kidney beans
1 14oz can Diced tomatoes
1 cup V8 Original Vegetable Juice
1 medium onion, diced
1 bell pepper (I used green), seeded and chopped fine
1 cup water
1 lb beef stew meat

Directions:
1) Combine all ingredients into a crock pot and stir well.
2) Set Crock pot to cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours until everything is cooked through.
3) This serves 2 people basically with 2 bowls of soup each.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Chili

So I was looking for something particularly easy to throw together for dinner and possibly end up with some left overs since I'm not really getting too far with the freezer dinners for after the baby is born.

So I decided to use my normal recipe for Chili and double it to freeze some. Anyway it's super easy and very good!

Obviously everyone prefers their chili at a different degree of spicyness so I'll include what I use but feel free to modify the spices when you make it for yourself! :) Bear in mind I'm very anti-spicyness right now with being pregnant. :) So, here is my chili recipe. . .

Chili
1 lb Extra Lean Ground Beef
1/2 of 1 - 500ml Knorr Red Pepper & Tomato Soup (this is currently gf but always check labels)
1 - 19oz (540ml) Can Lentils
1 - 19 oz (540ml) Can Kidney Beans
1/2 796ml Can Diced Tomatoes
1/2 Tbsp Garlic Powder (or as desired)
1/2 Tbsp Chili Powder (or as desired)

1) Brown lean ground beef and drain.
2) Stir in Soup, Lentils, Kidney beans, and Diced Tomatoes to ground beef.
3) Heat until cooked through.
4) Season with garlic and chili powder, stir.
5) Enjoy!

BLT Pasta Salad and Basic Fried Rice

So it's been another lazy Saturday. Didn't accomplish much today as hubby is still on nights so we don't get up really all that early. However, we did make a couple yummy recipes from left overs we had in the fridge. :)

I figured to save my sanity I would include both of these recipes in this one post since they were lunch and dinner in the same day.

As you can probably see, the common element in both of these is Bacon. We don't usually buy bacon except if it's on sale but the baby was asking for it and I really really don't want to waste it when we do buy it so we went on a bacon blitz for the last 2 days! Can't say I've really complained. It's been sooo good! So I'm not going to promise super nutritious recipes this time lol but you only live once and I really don't think that bacon is that bad for you on occasion! The top picture is of our dinner a really yummy creation entitled BLT Pasta Salad and for lunch (bottom picture) is some basic fried rice. Here are your recipes! Enjoy!

BLT Pasta Salad
2 Cups Cooked Pasta (I used GF Rizopia noodles)
1 Tbsp Mayonnaise (I used Miracle Whip)
4 Slices of Bacon
1/2 of a Tomato, Chopped
1/8 Cup Onion, Diced
Iceberg Lettuce to taste (2 to 4 leaves), Chopped

1) Cook Bacon. When bacon is cooked slice it into small pieces.
2) Chop onion.
3) Place cooked pasta into a mixing bowl.
4) Add lettuce, tomato, bacon, mayo, and onion to pasta and stir together.
5) Enjoy! (Serves 2 but you may want to add a side or make more. Very good, highly addictive)

Basic Fried Rice

Ingredients:
2 Cups cooked rice
4 Slices Bacon, diced
1/2 Cup Onion, diced
4 eggs
3 Tbsp Koyo Wheat Free Tamari

1) Heat pan with a little oil.
2) Beat eggs & scramble, set aside.
3) Fry bacon.
4) Add rice, stir frying for about 5 minutes or until reheated.
5) Add Tamari.
6) Add Onion and egg, heat until egg is reheated.
7) Enjoy! (Serves 2)


Friday, November 6, 2009

Product Review: Glutino Chocolate Wafers

So I have never done a product review on this blog before and it wasn't my intention to use this site for this reason but sometimes some things are just that good.

A couple days after Halloween I sent hubby to the drug store to dig through the left over candy that was supposed to be 50% off. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get some deals. Specifically I was looking for potato chips but hubby found some chocolate bars and called me asking if he could purchase those as well. Of course they turned out to be old favourites of mine and I wasn't crazy about the idea of having something sooo tempting in the house and not being able to eat it myself. I promise it's even that much worse when you're pregnant lol.

So as he lists off the various chocolate bars available I said "I heard that Glutino makes a wafer that tastes like Kit Kat. Could you get me some of those?"

So hubby came home with these Glutino Chocolate Wafers (about $4.00 a box). I really didn't have a lot of hope for them because I often find that people tell you that something tastes like something else but they've been gluten free for so long that they really don't remember.

I'm not sure if I'd say they taste exactly like Kit Kat but they are definitely worth the mention and oh sooo good. I had the whole package gone in a couple of days. :)

So here's a link to Glutino's website http://www.glutino.com/content/view/80/114/ in case you want to see where you can get yourself some wafers. I haven't tried any of the other flavours yet but you're welcome to comment if you have! :)

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