Road’s End Organics
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free
Mac & Chreese (Alfredo Style)
Wow, that’s a mouthful! Pardon the pun!
I’ve eaten very little pasta since going gluten free, but when I saw this on the shelves at Whole Foods I couldn’t resist. Memories from my childhood came flooding back – times when Mom was away and Dad was in charge of our meal for the evening – Mac n’ Cheese and cutup hotdogs. In his defense, Dad is a fantastic cook now… and we loved those rare times when Mom was away and we got to partake in this cheesy deliciousness. 🙂
My health and nutrition studies over the last ten years have shown the dangers of artificial colors, chemical sweeteners, and other food additives. Even if I were not gluten free, I do not think I could bring myself to eat Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese knowing what is in that bright blue box. (I must share though that I am happy to see the UK taking the health of their people more seriously and requiring Kraft to reformulate their recipe to be free of artificial and chemical additives. The difference in the length and ingredients in the UK version versus the US version is astonishing! Paprika for coloring – brilliant!)
For those of us GFers – we now have a pretty tasty alternative in Roads End Organics Mac & Chreese. Here is the ingredient list – all of which are recognizable and relatively easy to pronounce:
Ingredients: GF Brown Rice Macaroni: Organic Brown Rice, Water. GF Alfredo Sauce Mix: Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Tapioca Starch, Enriched Nutritional Yeast (nutritional yeast, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin [vitamin B2], thiamine hydrochloride [vitamin B1], folic acid, vitamin B12), Organic Green Lentil Flour, Salt, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Oregano, Organic Onion Powder and Organic Basil.
I chose to have my first bowl of Chreesiness plain and simple, as Road’s End created it. The brown rice pasta took a fair bit longer than the instructions stated and still were a tad al dente… cooking pasta is not my forte’ apparently.
Adding the “chreese”, I found it actually had a cheesy quality to it. Looks like a good Mac n’ Cheese, doesn’t it?!
As for the taste – I personally don’t care much for the legume flours as they seem to have a bitter aftertaste. Though I did find that the further into the bowl I got, the less I tasted this bitterness and instead, enjoyed the lovely herbs and “chreesiness”.
I’m not much of a carb eater anymore, so this dish felt a little heavy and lacking… so I turned around the next day and dressed it up a bit!
Here I added broccoli, snow peas, yellow summer squash, zucchini squash, onions and capers. This was a “kitchen sink” of DELICIOUSNESS!
So final statement:
I’m liking what I’ve tried so far! Road’s End kept it simple and offers us a tasty option that is not only gluten free, but soy free and dairy free as well! Go out and get some!