Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Old El Paso Frozen Entrees

I don't usually blog about food that I won't eat, but since I live in a house that is not completely gluten free, I'm making an exception for the new Old El Paso Frozen Entrees. When I first heard about these products, I wanted to try them. However, though certain products do not have gluten containing ingredients, the manufacturer will not label them gluten free due to the risk of cross contamination. General Mills is amazing about making sure that any product labeled gluten free can be trusted, and I certainly appreciate that. Due to the contamination risk, I will not chance eating the items. 

I was given an opportunity to try the new frozen entrees, but since I'm unable to, my family was willing to try the product for me and give a review. The product that they tried was the Chicken Quesadillas. One box comes with four quesadillas, which is enough for two people. They are easy to heat up, and ready to go. The quesadillas had good flavor, the right amount of spice, and were filling too. For about 6 bucks, you're getting a convenient and tasty dinner for two. I would definitely buy these again for my family to eat when we just don't have time to cook.

If you'd like to see what products Old El Paso has to offer, you can find them at their website. Also be sure to check them out on Facebook.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review: Joe Corbi's Gluten Free Fundraising Items

A few weeks ago, I told you about gluten free fundraising items that I found from Joe Corbi's. I decided to order both options to test them out and see how good they are. The items are a gluten free pizza kit that has everything you need to make four personal gluten free pizzas and a tub of gluten free chocolate chip cookies.


Let's start with the gluten free pizza kit. The kit comes in the box in the picture above with the crusts in one package, sauce in two other packages, and cheese in two packages as well. The instructions are on the box and very easy to follow. To make the first pizza, I took a frozen crust and topped it with half of one package of sauce. Since the sauce is also frozen, I put it in the microwave in a bowl for about 30 seconds to get it soft enough to spread on the crust. After that, I topped it with half of one package of cheese. Then, I added some pepperoni that I bought at the grocery store, and I popped it in the oven for about 10 minutes. When it came out of the oven, the cheese was melted and bubbly, and the crust was golden and crispy. This pizza was amazing! The crust was not a bit soggy or dry, it was crispy and delicious. The sauce had a wonderful flavor to it and the cheese was perfect. This kit was so good, I plan to order more of them.

Now on to Grandma Corbi's Gluten Free Casein Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. I kept the tub of dough in the freezer until I was ready to bake some. The night before I wanted to bake, I put the tub in the fridge to thaw the dough. When I was ready to bake them, I scooped out teaspoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet and put them in the oven for 12 minutes to bake. When they came out of the oven, they were soft and chewy. The cookies have great flavor, but as with most gluten free items, the raw dough has an awful taste to it from the uncooked flour.

All in all, these foods are amazing, and certainly well worth ordering. I am most impressed by my first gluten free fundraising items, and look forward to seeing what I find next.

To check out what Joe Corbi's has to offer, click here.