I nipped into my local Tesco and wanted to grab something to eat quickly. I know they are now supplying a gluten free ready made sandwich choice which is brilliant but I fancied a bit of something else.
To be honest I was feeling a bit finicky and didn't really know what I wanted, it's been that kind of week. I blame it on the season change and the impending clock change as we officially leave summer and autumn diving head first into winter. I'm not a particularly great winter person, I find it a bit depressing. You wait I'll be reviewing one of those light boxes soon to combat my S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder), I do think I have that, but for now lets get back to gluten free.
To be honest these little instant meals have a bit of a problem, they're not that great but I don't think you should be expecting a gourmet meal. Even before I went gluten free I can never actually remember finishing a pot noodle and congratulating it on how delicious it was. It had a purpose and that was quick and convenient but never that tasty.
I chose a carbonara pasta pot here, a tikka masala rice pot and a curry rice noodle pot. Now rice noodles are lovely in a stir fry but here it resembles a very basic slimmers meal. There isn't a lot to it and you would be better just drinking a bottle of water. It's not bad but not good either. Out of the three I preferred the rice pot, quick to microwave and was quite tasty. I didn't like the carbonara as it had mushrooms in, who puts mushrooms in carbonara? I just have cheesy sauce and bacon pieces, never known mushrooms to be added. I'm sure if you like mushrooms it would be fine. The sauce is a bit thin and basic but again it is an instant microwave pot snack.
After this exercise I realised that I am better sticking to freshly made food, yes these products are something quick if there is little time but with better careful planning it is possible to prepare some nice gluten free pasta or rice with added ingredients and have some handy in the fridge when required. Sorry Tesco it isn't a dig at you because I do find the Free From range in your supermarket very well stocked and I'm sure other supermarkets have similar items but after being with Slimming World too I've got into he habit of appreciating good fresh food instead of processed stuff. May be it's just me.
Tell me what you think, have these quick little dishes worked for you or has it been a major fail? leave a comment on here or on my Facebook page. I would be interested to see if it's my taste buds that seem to say 'that's a no from me'.
Thanks for reading today you lovely lot, please do come back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday.
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I'm always looking for new things to eat which is gluten free and saw this puff pastry in Sainsbury's. This is so good as it is all ready to roll and you just pop your own filling in.
I thought I would make these pizza rolls which turned out absolutely gorgeous. They would go with a salad or chips (both maybe) or just a quick snack. I get so envious of pastries and and sausage rolls if I pass the local Greggs and want something similar, so now I can have my own little Greggs but made me and not Gregg.
All I did was unroll the pastry spread some tomato puree onto it, top with ham and cheese and roll it up into a big sausage. I then cut into 4 smaller rolls, popped them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 25-30mins.
The one thing I did miss off is an egg wash over the top which I will remember to do next time.
There will be a next time as I'm definitely going to buy some more and maybe do some sweet dessert pastry parcels. You could really fill it with anything and make all sorts of different shapes, even make your own sausage rolls. I'm impressed and may make some lovely pastries for the kids, just to make meal times a bit more fun.
When rolled out this pastry is approx 23 x 35cm (280g), provides at least 5 portions and cost £2 from Sainsbury's. Give it a go and see what you think.
I know you can buy pastry parcels already done and ready to bung in the oven but what's the fun in that? Just think, gluten free yummy puds with a bit of custard or cream over.....yummmmmeeeeeeeeee.
Made ya hungry now haven't I? Made myself hungry too....off to eat another pizza parcel - see ya!
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I went to a seminar yesterday with my friend who's birthday it was, so we sneaked these lovely treats in. I didn't want to breach any health and safety rules by lighting any candles but I did take a knife to cut the cakes so I probably broke numerous rules there.
It is great to be able to have a vast choice of cakes for parties and celebrations now, these were from Asda's Free From range and ideal for a small get together or would suit a buffet. There are larger celebration cakes with themes and iced up to the roof, something that would match a showstopper on Bake Off and although there are still not as many as the 'non free from' range the choice is getting better.
At one time it was so difficult to buy a birthday cake from the supermarket which was gluten free or dairy free. I remember having to make them because it was the only way I was going to get cake. I do like baking but don't always have the time so it is convenient to buy one off the shelf. By the time you add up the cost all the ingredients you may as well buy one.
These were nice loaf cakes and can definitely recommend them so well done Asda. I tend to thank anyone who makes cakes as they just make my life complete. I just wish they didn't contain calories. There is also a good selection of cakes online. You can order personalised gluten free cake for someone special and have it delivered, imagine that!! Cake delivered to you door. The Heavenly Cake Company are just one company who supply this service and they can be found at:
So all is not lost you can have you cake and eat it, you can celebrate your birthdays, wedding, christenings and anniversaries all gluten free or dairy free with a big cake or just a small one. Yum Yum.
Thank you for reading today, hope I've not made you too hungry, I have made myself very hungry by writing this.....got a cuppa but what no cake!!
You all take care now and come back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday.
At this time of year as the season changes and it starts to get a bit chilly we need a bit of a treat and some comfort food. The nights are starting to draw in now and the only thing to do is get comfy with a brew and a little snack.
On a gluten free diet I crave the things that other people are eating, I just want to be the same, it's as if you feel your missing out in some way. I bought these two classics that my kids like to eat too but now I have my own, (ha ha evil laugh - yes MY own treats kids)!! I love the teacakes with their marshmallow top and biscuit bottom covered in chocolate, they go really well with a nice mug of tea.....yummy!! There are six in the box, well for now and Tesco's have them for £2.
Slimming World syns (each) = 5.5
The other treat is Jaffa Cakes, who doesn't love a jaffa cake? The little piece of loveliness that we can never decide if it's a biscuit or a cake. It's kind of both isn't it with a jelly top and sponge bottom covered in dark chocolate but I suppose the debate will go on forever. If it's a cake though why are they in the biscuit aisle? mmmm something to ponder on while eating the whole box. You need not feel guilty either if you accidentally do eat the whole lot as they are only 45 calories each. Not bad eh? These little beauties are also in Tesco and available at the bargain price of £1 for a pack of 12.
Slimming World syns (each) = 2
There you go you see you can have something chocolatey and not necessarily blow the diet too much. The thing is sticking to just one, it's very hard to not want another and another but that depends on your willpower and mine is not that good. I will think twice now I've worked the syn value out. They are both very similar to the original gluteny products, I'd say the jaffas are a bit tiny in comparison but hey I'd rather just be able to eat one and enjoy rather than have that poorly feeling. Both these products are gluten free, wheat free and suitable for vegetarians.
Give them a go a see what you think. For now though thank you for reading and I will be back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday.