Udi’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

udis gluten free muffins IMG_20150313_072038474It is a good morning when you wake up to have an Udi’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin. It says on the package “Moist & Tasty” and they really are. They are also dairy, soy, and nut FREE.

These muffins are very light with a very pleasant flavor. There is no need to put butter on them – or even to toast them. I warmed them up from their frozen state – in the microwave – it took less than 30 seconds, and did not rubberize them. They are moist enough that they do not need butter. (And I love any excuse to slather anything in butter, so these must be pretty darn good.)

And here are the stats for one muffin: 270 calories, 10 g fat, 36 carbs, 3 g protein. Learn more at http://udisglutenfree.com. These are not as big as the usual glutenous muffin, and run just over $1.00 per muffin in a four-pack.

Light and fluffy on the inside, with big crunchy sugar crystals on top  makes for a nice, homemade muffin experience. These are great for getting something into an upset stomach. Udi’s, you’ve done it again. Good job.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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WeightWatchers Smart Ones – Chicken Mesquite

GF Smart Ones Mesquite Chicken IMG_0385I did some research online and found a number of Smart Ones frozen meals to be gluten-free. Now, these meals are not labeled as such. But if you check the allergens listed at the end of the ingredients on the Chicken Mesquite, you will find it says Contains Milk, Soy. Not wheat.

This Chicken Mesquite is described as “white meat chicken smothered with a smoky mesquite-flavored sauce with ranch redskin smashed potatoes.”

Mind you, I have the absolute most sensitive palette of anyone I have ever met. The first few bites of the chicken were good – hot, tender, tasty. But then the back of my throat started to burn, and that spread to my tongue, the rest of my mouth, and my lips. FIRE! Again, I think the spicy chicken nuggets at Wendy’s should come with a fire extinguisher, so 99 percent of the population would NOT think these are even remotely spicy. But I did. And I’m writing about me. LOL

In any case, the potatoes were really, really awesome. I’m so glad I saved those for last. If you want a meal with a bite for around $2.00 on sale – Chicken Mesquite is for you.

Cole’s Fine Foods: Gluten-Free Heaven Dessert

coles angel tiramisu IMG_20150413_212947729Sometimes, there isn’t really one word to describe something. In the case of this dessert – Jeanine at Cole’s called it her version of tiramisu since she uses angel food cake instead of ladyfingers. I wasn’t really certain what to expect.

Now we finally know exactly what Sally (Meg Ryan) was having in the restaurant scene during Harry Met Sally.

Chunks of chocolate; thick, rich, sweet, creamy filling; light, fluffy, delicious angel food cake; and the bottom layer of the cake was soaked in something yummy. I don’t know what else was in there… But I do know that if heaven had an official dessert – this would be it.

I think this should be renamed Heavenmisu or Angelmisu.

Just wow. Now pardon me while I go get a spatula to scrape every bit out of this to-go container.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Cole’s Fine Foods
521 E. Holland, Suite 20
Spokane, WA 99218
Place an order: 509-419-1739
www.colesfinefoods.com

G/F Mac & Cheese Steel Cage Match: Amy’s Brand

GF amys mac and cheese IMG_2514Last time we talked about SamMills the Corn Master’s Gluten Free Macaroni & Cheese In a creamy Cheddar Cheese Sauce. This time, we’re going to talk about Amy’s Gluten Free Rice Mac & Cheese made with organic rice pasta.

Amy’s costs about 60 cents more, was higher in cholesterol, but lower in sodium. Amy’s is non GMO, too. The stats might make you cringe a little – but come on, it’s mac & cheese! 400 calories, 16g fat, 640mg sodium, 47g carbs, and 16g protein. For those of you concerned with these, it contains calcium – 30% and Iron – 10% of your recommended daily requirements.

You can cook Amy’s either in a conventional, toaster, or microwave oven. Nice. I cooked on high for 3.5 minutes, then stirred it and cooked it for 2.5 more. It did boil over a tiny bit, but oddly enough, there was no splatter.

And let me tell you – DELICIOUS. I was so surprised. And, to make things even more interesting, there was a moose in my backyard having dinner, so we ate together. Mine had gotten cold while I was take pictures and setting up the video camera, but it still tasted really good. The consistency is excellent. Hot and hearty. For more on all the stuff Amy’s makes, go to www.amys.com

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Cole’s Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

coles gluten free carrot cake 032815Well these things just look too pretty to eat. Yet again, Cole’s is perfect on presentation. But how do they taste?

Yum.

After sitting in my refrigerator overnight, I can tell you it’s not as moist as it would have been yesterday. But it still held together well, unlike many gluten-free products. The consistency is hearty and it’s nice to get shredded carrots in each bite. The cake itself has a very delicate flavor which is complemented – and in fact, enhanced – perfectly by the “blow-you-away-awesomeness” of that cream cheese icing. Definitely the best cream cheese icing I’ve ever had, gluten-free or otherwise. And these little cakes are very generously iced. Seriously. this icing is died-and-gone-to-heaven good. The perfectly balanced and exceptionally smooth blend of cream cheese, sugar, and I’m not sure what else, makes for umami nirvana. That’s right, I said umami nirvana. You’d better used that fast, because I’m going to trademark it.

Once again, I have a happy, satisfied feeling after eating one of Cole’s gluten-free treats. Well done.

Cole’s Fine Foods
521 E. Holland, Suite 20
Spokane, WA 99218
Place an order: 509-419-1739
www.colesfinefoods.com