Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Gluten Free Café

I was walking through my local Ralph's and noticed that there were an enormous amount of gluten free products on the shelves. Has anybody else noticed an incredible increase in the amount of products labeled "Gluten Free" on the shelves?

As I walked by the freezer section I spotted a few different frozen entrées, all of which were marked with large letters "gluten free café." I picked up the Fettucini Alfredo -- it's been years since the last time I remember having fettucini alfredo so I decided to give it a shot.

I was not disappointed. The product is a single serving of rice noodles "smothered" in a creamy parmesean and romano cheese sauce (and yes, "smothered" was the company's word of choice). The dish was definitely the best frozen item I have ever prepared. All I had to do was punch the fork through the wrapping that encased the pasta and put it in the microwave for 3 minutes. Then I stirred the pasta up and put it back in the microwave for 2 minutes. That's it! No water or anything is needed.

Perhaps more surprising than the simple preparation was the fact that the product tastes great. As I said, I haven't had fettuccini alfredo in a long time, and I had the same concerns I normally do for frozen/microwaveable products: would the noodles be too soft? too hard? would it not come out cooked? was it annoying to prepare? Fortunately, Gluten Free Café suffered from none of these problems.

I loved my Gluten Free Café product -- it is definitely the best frozen gluten free meal I have tried yet. The brand's four products are: Fettucini Alfredo, Lemon Basil Chicken, Asian Noodles, and Pasta Primavera.

Gluten Free Café
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