If you live within driving distance of the Wisconsin State Fair you’ve got to take the time to visit. We have an awesome State Fair! There are many gluten free food options at the Wisconsin State Fair. For more information follow this link to read my article published on the Yahoo Network.
I love jerky and I love Buffalo meat so when I saw the Tanka Bar at a local store called Health Hut I snatched it up. It was a bit pricey but Buffalo and Jerky both usually are more expensive foods.
Once I read the package I was even more excited to try the Tanka Bar. The package said, “Spicy Pepper Blend: 100% Natural Buffalo Cranberry Bar.” Cranberry too? I just knew the Tanka Bar was going to be yummy!
After my first bite I was not disappointed. The flavors of the spices with the cranberry and buffalo melded together perfectly to make a slightly sweet, yet tart, with just a hint of spiciness meaty treat. I was surprised to find large chunks of cranberries. I figured the cranberry would be ground up into the meat.
The whole Tanka Bar is only 70 calories. With equal amounts of protein and carbs (7 grams) it won’t make a good workout recovery snack, but it does make a great anytime snack. I was starving when I remembered that I had the bar in my purse. The Tanka Bar took away just enough hunger that I could survive until lunch an hour later.
The Tanka Bar is similar to jerky but it is not as tough of a texture. It does however have a lot of sodium like traditional jerky so be careful if you are on a salt restricted diet.
I enjoy Indian food but pre-packaged Indian food can go way wrong. So I was not sure what to expect of the Awadhi Aloo Mutter. It is a heat and eat item. All you have to do is open the package, put it in a microwave-safe bowl and heat.
The Awadhi Aloo Mutter package says it is 100% natural, vegetarian, and Kosher. The main ingredients are peas and potatoes. There is no curry so if you don’t like Indian food because of the always present curry you may enjoy the Awadhi Aloo Mutter. It is seasoned with onion, garlic, ginger, cardamom, chili powder, coriander, and cumin.
The flavor is to unique to explain. It was strong and slightly spicy. Due to the extreme flavor I think the Awadhi Aloo Mutter could easily be added to rice and chicken without diluting the flavor to much. The entire package is only 333 calories and I was quite full. I almost couldn’t finish the entire package.
I will definitely purchase the Awadhi Aloo Mutter again and at $2.29 a package from Woodman’s I think it is a steal. I look forward to trying the other flavors available from Super Kohinoor.
Just so you know the foods from Super Kohinoor are a product of India. They are also Halal certified and Pareve, whatever that means…
I bought the Betty Crocker Asian Helper Chicken Fried Rice and Betty Crocker Asian Helper Beef Fried Rice. The plan was to have two separate dinners for the three of us. When I opened the package though I quickly realized that one package would not feed my and two hungry men. So I decided to make both.
The directions are simple to follow just like traditional Hamburger Helper. Each box required a pound of meat, 1 1/2 cups water, 1 tablespoon oil, and 2 eggs. The box said to boil for 20 minutes, but the rice was just a tad undone so if I ever make it again I will boil the rice for 22-25 minutes.
I personally liked the chicken version better but they may just be the meat I choice. I used a pre-seasoned ground turkey and I think it was to salty. My suspicion is that the two are pretty interchangable, I suspect that the formulas are quite similar.
Alright, so the flavor was fine. Nothing wonderful but not bad for being from a box. Fried rice is one of my favorite Asian dishes so I have had it from many, many restaurants. The Betty Crocker Asian Helper was quite similar to what you would find at a Chinese Buffet. It has flavor (but not a lot) and has veggies (but not a lot). I did like that the one pound of meat made for a good proportion of meat to rice which is one think that you usually don’t get at a restaurant.
Overall though I probably would not purchase again. The taste is fine but the nutritional value is just not there. I also noticed that even though the box says it is gluten free the ingredients list Monosodium Glutamate. Which I tried to avoid even before I had to eat gluten free. I was told by my doctor that MSG contains gluten so I am surprised to find it listed in the ingredients of a food that is labeled gluten free.
I saw the Black Gram Lentils Curry from Kitchens of India on sale at Woodman’s on an endcap. It sounded yummy and was cheap so I figured I’d give it a try. I liked that the ingredients were all natural. The label lists the ingredients as water, tomato puree, whole black gram lentils, cream, butter, garlic, salt, ginger, and red chili powder.
The Black Gram Lentils Curry from Kitchens of India is just heat and serve, so I dumped the contents into a bowl. It didn’t look like enough to fill me up so I defrosted some frozen corn and threw some into the Black Gram Lentils Curry from Kitchens of India before heating it.
The flavor was good, just enough spice that it was hot without being to spicy (at least for me). I was not full after eating the entire package of the Black Gram Lentils Curry from Kitchens of India and was shocked to find that the 10 oz serving was 350 calories, add in the cup of corn and I ended up with 420 calories.
Since the flavor was good and it was inexpensive I will definitely try the Black Gram Lentils Curry from Kitchens of India again, however I will add some black beans along with the corn to help it be more filling. Since the Black Gram Lentils Curry from Kitchens of India was so flavorful I don’t think the black beans will detract from the flavor at all.
The Black Gram Lentils Curry from Kitchens of India is a great take along meal since it is heat and serve and does not need to be refrigerated. In fact I think I will take it along next time we go camping.
I won a bunch of gluten free products on the new Gluten Free Network. One of the products is the gluten free Pizza Crest from Bob’s Red Mill. The directions seemed a bit involved but ended up not being as bad as I thought, but not as easy as the super cheap Jiffy mix I was used to using before having to go gluten free.
After following the package directions I spread the dough onto two baking stones. The dough split in half filled both stones nicely leaving about a 1/4″ crust. The crusts have to bake for 7-9 minutes before the toppings are added.
While the crusts were cooking I took two small cans of tomato sauce and seasoned them a bit with of cumin. After cooking I spread a thin layer of sauce and had a ton of sauce left over so next time I think one can of sauce will suffice. Both crusts were then topped with shredded cheddar cheese.
At those point each pizza took on different toppings:
Meat Pizza = Topped with pepperoni and real bacon bits, then sprinkled lightly with another layer of cheese.
Muffaletta Pizza = Topped with drained Muffaletta and again a thin layer of cheese.
The pizzas then have to bake for an additional 15-18 minutes, which I misread so my pizzas only cooked for 12 minutes…they still turned out fine. Just a tad under done but at least they weren’t doughy. The crust has a great flavor and a nice texture. It did not even seem like a gluten free dough, it was quite similar in taste and texture to my beloved Jiffy mix actually.
I was a bit disappointed in the pepperoni pizza I thought it was blah, but my son loved it. The Muffaletta pizza however was mouthwatering. The Muffaletta was difficult to spread over the cheese so I think next time I will mix the Muffaletta with the tomato sauce and spread it on that way. I used almost the whole small jar (8 oz, I think) on one pizza which was probably to much so next time I am gonna try half the jar.
The Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix can be found at many grocers for around $4.99. You will also need 1 1/2″ cups water, 2 eggs, and 2 tbsp. Olive oil. There is also a dairy free option. Just substitute the eggs for 2 tbsp. Flaxseed Meal and 6 tbsp. water.
Gluten Free Networks is a new social network site for all gluten free peoples. Gluten Free Networks also has chat and groups. I think it will be a great resource for us gluten free people to share products, info, recipes, etc. So when you get a moment check it out and join, its free.