If you follow my blog you might notice I haven’t posted many baked goods in the past month. As I mentioned the other week, I had my right knee replacement surgery the first week of March. Due to that I haven’t been able to do much cooking and even less baking. Just not able to stand around or work hard at anything other than my recovery which is going pretty well these days. I use a cane but in my house I often just walk all on my own. I’ve had lots of company, mostly siblings who came to help me out and to visit our mom who I normally spend time with each week. This worked out great and now I am on my own. While they were here people bought a number of things new to me and so I have been doing some product reviews. Here are two more, both triangular chips and both organic. In the interest of honesty I should say that throughout my recovery I have been actively seeking not to eat these sort of treats; too fattening/salty/addictive. I didn’t buy them but I sure couldn’t help myself to try more than a few of each chip.
I love tortilla chips and was excited when my brother bought a bag of Pink Himalayan Salt Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips by Lundberg in Ca. Everyone likes them but me and my beef is the salt. I guess my salt cutting back regimen for the past year or so is having a serious effect as I found these chips to be way too salty for my tastes. No one else felt that way; they were noshed on with joy by several of my visitors so get a bag and test them out! Non GMO, gluten free and whole grain…purchased at Giant Food Stores.
The other snack item I want to share with you are Popcorners, Crispy & Crunchy Popped Corn Chips, by BFY Brands in Liberty NY. Darn it, but I just love them! No preservatives, no trans fats, not fried, doubled pressed for extra crunch. I got the variety with some cheddar for flavoring. Thin, crisp but not hard and lightly cheesy: I could eat the whole bag in a day but I have restrained myself so far. These also came from Giant and I love that they have 7 ounces, the other ones were 5.5 so I got another ounce and a half plus they were a bit cheaper so double score on these triangular treats.
More and more tasty gluten free snacks are popping up out there in regular grocery stores; but do read the packaging carefully if you have allergies or want to limit sodium or other sorts of intake. Best not to eat the whole bag at one munching! Enjoy.
Aldi’s has some new gluten free stuff of late. May is National Celiac Awareness Month so everyone I know who has celiac is buzzing to help everyone understand celiac disease and it seems Aldi’s has brought out a bunch of new LiveGFree products in the past few weeks. Aldi’s is a German company but they have a number of stores in the US and sell many gluten free products (the LiveGFree line comes to mind) and mark some of their store brand prepared foods GF which is a big help…I get tired of reading tiny print to check for questionable ingredients. Anyway, I got a few things there last week and I want to share my thoughts.
First off, gluten free spinach and cheese ravioli sold as frozen loose ones in a bag. I boiled them for 7-8 minutes and served with a simple puttanesca sauce; spicy tomato sauce with black olives and capers. Topped it with some fresh grated real Parmesan cheese. Fantastic! The texture of the dough was great and the filling delish. Bet they would be great sautéed with onions and butter.
I have some plain cheese ones too; I am guessing they are good too. They also sell a rectangular box of ravioli in sauce that is pretty tasty when heated in the microwave, get them often for a treat. I just don’t have time to make homemade ravioli these day so I am thrilled that Aldi’s is providing tasty choices for me; was really missing my ravs!
Secondly, I love their Simply Nature multigrain tortilla chips….just addictive with hummus. Speaking of which, Giant has store brand hummus in a wide variety of flavors. Most are marked gluten free right on the lid. Excellent flavor and texture and I especially like the spinach artichoke and roasted garlic varieties.
Aldi’s has some yummy crackers and chips; these sweet chili ones are nearly addictive if spicy!
Finally, I found a couple varieties of gf hot pockets, ham and cheese and spinach, artichoke and kale pockets. I think I wrote before about the tasty pepperoni hot pockets and the Southwestern ones which are okay. Ham and cheese hot pockets are quite nice but I really enjoy the spinach, artichoke and kale ones, really great flavor. Love them for quick work lunches, with a yogurt and a piece of fresh fruit.
They sell eggs cheap which I use in great quantity when I bake as well as decent produce like baby kale, arugula, berries, citrus and avocados. Better prices than most grocery stores.
I got a few other new food items at Aldi’s. I will be testing them in coming weeks. Yumm!