Gluten Free Burritos: Review of Glutenfreeda’s Vegetarian and Dairy-free Burritos

September 2nd, 2009 yum Posted in Dairy Free, Gluten Free Product Review, GlutenFreeda, Vegan, Vegetarian 5 Comments »

dairyfreeburritoI first heard about GlutenFreeda’s gluten-free burritos on Twitter, and I was very excited to read that someone had finally responded to fill a void in gluten-free product offerings- the much longed for burrito, and a vegetarian one at that. Not that all of Gluten Freeda’s gluten-free burritos are vegetarian- they have two offerings for carnivores- but they do offer two vegetarian fillings- one vegan and dairy-free with tofu and the other simply vegetarian with cheese. After I contacted the company, they kindly offered some burritos for my sampling pleasure, which I took them up on rather greedily. But hey, what’s a girl to do when her local Whole Foods and other health food stores don’t seem to carry them? Although I’d love to review their cheesy burrito, I had to go dairy-free when it turned out my newborn has a sensitivity to casein coming through her mama’s milk, so it is sitting in my freezer waiting until the glorious day I can have it again. The company also mistakenly sent me their non-vegetarian burritos, which the DH inherited and proclaimed “not bad”… Keep in mind he’s not much of a burrito guy. He said yes both times I offered him their non-vegetarian burritos, though, and later said that they were all that you could want from a frozen burrito and just like a gluten version. Anyway. How was their vegetarian and dairy-free gluten-free burrito with organic corn and tofu?

I was a little surprised when I found that the gluten-free flour tortilla was based in corn, with a helping hand from rice, potato flour, and cornstarch. This gives it a familiar flavor that isn’t all that different than a regular corn tortilla although the other ingredients undoubtedly make it easier to shape into a burrito. I microwaved the burrito as suggested (on medium for 1 1/2 minutes and then turned over for another 1 1/2 minutes) and gently shook it out of the package onto a plate.

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The tortilla initially seems a bit soggy and then dries as it sits. It also gets some cracks which aren’t aesthetically appealing but the texture and taste is fine. I enjoyed the refried beans in the tortilla, and the rice had a strong presence in the burrito. I couldn’t identify the tofu much and wondered how much it really added to the burrito besides a higher protein count. Even though (organic) corn is listed on the front of the burrito as a defining element, it is one of the last items in the ingredient list and not terribly plentiful. There was way more rice than corn, just for reference. I have a feeling I would enjoy their bean and cheese burrito even more, and look forward to the day when I can try it again. However, this tortilla, at 177 calories with only 30 fat calories, makes a good light, protein concentrated snack, and i would eat it any time.. if it were available in my area and at a reasonable price. I haven’t found it in a local store, although I hear that Beehive in San Jose carries it. I don’t know how much it costs, though. I wouldn’t pay more than three dollars, and would prefer two, but this is probably unrealistic given that it is a specialty frozen food item. Even Amy’s doesn’t have anything offered below three dollars in the Bay area… (According to Glutenfreeda’s voice on Twitter, they retail at around $3.29- slightly high.) Regardless, this was a light gluten-free, vegetarian meal that I enjoyed and would eat again, given the opportunity, so if you have the chance, I would encourage you to try it! Once you try them, I’d love to hear what you thought in the comments. :)

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*The company also sent me samples of their flavored instant gluten-free oatmeal. I haven’t dared oatmeal yet myself, but it looks intriguing!

Here’s my review of Glutenfreeda’s Frozen Gluten-free cookie dough

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Gluten Free Betty Crocker Mixes and Giveaway Contest

July 30th, 2009 yum Posted in Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Mixes, Blog Event, Cookies, Gluten Free Product Review, cake 15 Comments »

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51xcwklcrfl_sl160_At a recent Celiac Bay Area potluck one of our members brought some yummy yellow cupcakes topped with chocolate frosting. It turned out she was one of the first in our area to score the new Betty Crocker mixes (at Nob Hill grocery, for you locals) and so she brought some cupcakes for the group to try. My non GF DH was extremely enthused and kept stealing them- and I thought they were pretty tasty as well. Later on I made some blueberry cupcakes with the mix, and I found that while the texture is good they really aren’t kidding about the vanilla. Add it or the mix is a tad bland. Nevertheless, with gluten-free cake texture is half the battle and my DH proclaimed them indistinguishable from the “real” thing. Buy Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix on Amazon

bettycgfdevils4 51hje3y1hal_sl160_We tried the Betty Crocker Gluten-free Devil’s Food Cake mix second, after we’d tried the yellow cake mix. As it happens, I don’t especially like chocolate cake, or devil’s food cake, and so it wasn’t especially exciting to me. The texture was good, though, and the DH seemed to enjoy it slathered in prepared chocolate frosting. I probably wouldn’t buy this again, but if you like chocolate cake or devil’s food cake… or chocolate cupcakes, this may be the mix for you. Buy Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake Mix on Amazon

brownies51v0rvnidel_sl160_The third Gluten-Free Betty Crocker mix we tried was the brownie mix. I’ve had my share of gluten-free brownie mixes in the past, from Gluten-Free pantry or Pamela’s, and I enjoyed them. This mix is equal to those specialty mixes, although it must be said that it is a very sweet mix. In fact, the first ingredient is sugar. We had no trouble polishing this batch off, and I would buy it again although I might not buy a whole case of it as I somehow don’t think that would be compatible with losing post-pregnancy inches. Buy Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix on Amazon

cookies 51yv8ernbul_sl160_ The one gluten-free mix we couldn’t find at our local Nob hill was the Betty Crocker mix for chocolate chip cookies. Cookies are actually my favorite sweet- I prefer them by far to cake or cupcakes or even brownies, and so I was sad not to be able to try it. Luckily, the PR company representing Betty Crocker contacted me and offered me a sample pack of the four mixes and so I was able to get the mix after all. The DH mixed up the batch. One funny thing about these Betty Crocker mixes is that the DH has been more enthused/less intimidated by the package and so has been baking more with them than he ever had with regular gluten-free mixes. One more advantage to a mix offered by a mainstream company like Betty Crocker- family members may be more receptive and willing to mix it up for you (and them) to enjoy! The DH did make some grumbly comments about not really needing a mix for cookies- and I do see his point. After all, we’ve been happily making the recipe on the Tollhouse chocolate chip package for years just subbing rice flour or Betty Hagman’s gourmet blend for the flour (no xanthan gum needed). However, with that recipe you need to have chocolate chips on hand, and with a mix you can just add a few commonly held ingredients and have cookies anytime. I thought the cookies were excellent and just as good as our Tollhouse versions, if not better. The DH was slightly less enthused- but that didn’t stop him from gobbling them up! I would buy this mix again, although a case might be a bit too much temptation (and calories) for a new momma.
Buy Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix on Amazon

The fun thing about these mixes, besides how easy it is to prepare them, is that you can use them for those traditional “box mix” recipes. There are some very fun recipes on the Betty Crocker web page using these mixes:

Bette Crocker Gluten-Free Mix Recipes
(including Banana Muffins, Brownie Ganache Torte with Raspberries, and Gluten-free Carrot Cake)

I’d like to host a contest at my blog over the next week- starting today, July 30th, and closing on August 6th. The winner will receive a Betty Crocker “Sweet Treats” prize pack that includes all four (4) samples of the dessert mixes, two (2) Free coupons for any of the varieties, a grocery tote bag, magnetic grocery list and pen. (Prize pack depicted above.) Unfortunately only US residents are eligible as Betty Crocker is not available in Canada or other international locations and this is a company sponsored contest. To enter, simply share the URL of your favorite (non-GF) recipe using a baking box mix (yellow cake, chocolate cake, brownie, or cookie mix) or type the recipe in the recipe in the comments below. Please share any credits. (Do not use any of the Bette Crocker recipes from their web site- the goal is to come up with some new options.) Ideally this would be an original recipe, but an old family favorite (credited to author) is welcome too. I will select one recipe to make in my kitchen, adapting for the Bette Crocker mixes, and the reader who submitted that recipe will then receive the Sweet Treats Prize Pack. To make it fair, I will read the recipes to my DH, who will choose the recipe that sounds the most appealing to him “blind” (without knowing who submitted them.) Looking forward to seeing your recipes!

Our contest is over, but Gluten-free Steve has a current thread of Betty Crocker GF Mix recipes – check them out and share your ideas!

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