Now I know I just did a blog post, but I was lucky enough to be contacted by Namaste to expand my review of their product line! Now as I mentioned before what I love about these products is not only are they gluten free and dairy free but they are completely allergen free! Along with even being potato and corn free as well! They are a super pure product with few ingredients which are my favorite.
Now I got sent a nice swag bag filled with Namaste products last week filled with a cookie mix, Home-style seasoning mix, a Taco Fiesta Meal, and Broccoli Cheddar Soup. I have finally tried the three products in my swag bag that I haven’t tried before. I have actually tried the cookie mix before and reviewed it in my previous blog post.
Now the first product I tried was the Homestyle seasoning mix. Now what excited me about this was it seemed like a shake and bake but without the gluten! Pre-celiac days I was a big fan of shake and bake so I was super excited to try this. I decided to buy thinly sliced boneless skinless chicken breast and fry them in my pan. I followed the easy directions on the back of the box. First I dunked the chicken in unsweetened almond milk and then filled the shaker bag with the mix and shook each piece of chicken in there. The mix got coated on nicely and fried up really nicely in my pan. I made enough for the whole family and everyone loved it! In fact it was so well liked everyone is begging me to make it again this week. I will definitely be purchasing the other flavors they make of seasoning mix to give a try. You can even coat vegetables with this mix so it is super versatile.
The next week though we got to try the Taco Pasta Quick and Easy meal. What’s great about this is that you can really get creative. The mix can be used to make anything from a full meal, soup, and to even just a side dish. What I decided to do though was first cook the pasta then into a skillet I added pre-cooked carnitas meat, corn, the seasoning packet, and the cooked pasta. Stirred that all together and dinner was served. My dad and I devoured this it was so good. We loved how spicy it was and he mentioned that I should make one of these mixes for my grandparents when we go visit. I’m thinking the Pasta Primavera would be a good one to try since it is less spicy than this one and my grandma could handle it.
Now these mixes are available at grocers all over the US. I tend to get them from my local Whole Foods since they tend to have a pretty good variety. They are also available online at various grocers. Make sure to check out their website to see all their products. Below I also linked all their forms of social media you can check them out at and follow for updates on upcoming products!
Namaste Social Media Links
**Namaste Foods was kind enough to offer samples of their products in return for an honest review. I was not paid for this review, and all the ideas and opinions within it are my own.**
Boy did I have a crazy weekend filled with loads of baking! While I have used Namaste Mixes before (mainly the pancake and waffle mix) I decided to purchase a 6 pack of the Muffin and Scone Mix to try it. Now I am not a big fan of scones so I basically had pre-determined I would just be making lots of muffins and mainly blueberry since we had a huge bag of frozen blueberries. Upon receiving the mixes in the mail though the recipe on the side of the box to make scones seemed so easy I thought I must try it at some point. Considering I already had the Earth Balance soy free buttery spread in the fridge to use up.
First though I made three boxes of muffins with about a cup of blueberries added to each mix. This amounted to a total of 36 muffins. Exactly 12 muffins for each box. After the third box I had finally bored myself from so many muffins I decided it was scone time. I was nervous that I would just have to throw them out since I just absolutely hate how dry scones can be. Upon starting though I was getting excited, the mix felt moist with the Earth Balance and the dough was really coming together. I slapped it on the cookie tray, shaped it into a circle, and cut the slices. I ended up needing to bake it quite a few minutes longer than the box said and I think this was because I added so many blueberries. Finally they were done though and I pulled them out. After letting them cool for a couple minutes I slowly cut and pulled them apart and immediately devoured one. They were moist and delicious. I loved the buttery flavor they had that I just don’t seem to get anymore in baked goods. I was shocked at how soft they were. Even the boy was a huge fan and said they were still soft two days later and perfect heated in the microwave for a few seconds. He loved them so much he said I could open up a bakery selling these scones (he hates scones to by the way). So with that comment alone I will definitely be making these again. I would highly recommend giving this mix a try along with their pancake and waffle mix which makes some of the best waffles I have ever had. They are always more popular at the breakfast table than the glutenous filled waffles!
Now I can’t forget to mention that at the Gluten Free Allergy Free Expo in Chicago I was lucky enough to snag a box of their sugar cookie mix and decided I will make those as well. On the back they had a variation you could do to the mix to make mocha thumbprint cookies. These sounded amazing so I opted to do these. All I needed to add in addition to the base eggs and oil was cacao powder and jam in the middle of each cookie. I opted to use homemade strawberry jam and boy did these turn out great as well! I was quite surprised at how well the chocolate flavor tasted with a fruity jam. It all just meshed so well if you buy a box of this mix make sure to give on the variations a try on the back of the box! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
You can check out all of the Namaste Mixes here on their website. All the mixes and meal starters are very allergen friendly. They are free of the top 8 allergens, and even corn free, and potato free! Talk about some great mixes that will work for everyone!
I was fortunate enough to get to speak to both of the owners of Nicer Foods at the Gluten Free and Allergy Free Expo in Chicago. They were both so passionate about what they do I just had to learn about it myself. Kate Watson one of the founders is a registered dietitian has dealt with IBS and food intolerances most of her life. After going through many diets she found success with the low FODMAPs diet. So they ended up starting Nicer Foods which together Kate and her husband create FODMAP friendly food products.
Now a little bit about what FODMAPS are according to their website...
So what does FODMAPs mean?
The FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates which may be poorly absorbed in the small intestine. They are then fermented by bacteria in the gut to produce gas, leading to bloating, abdominal pain, and altered bowel habits after ingestion. The acronym stands for (pay attention, you will be quizzed on this later): Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. Here’s what each of those mean.
Fermentable means they produce gas. Oligosaccharides are Fructans and Galacto-oligosaccharides found in things like wheat, garlic, lentils, and onion. Disaccharides is lactose, found in many dairy products. Monosaccharides is fructose found in apples, pears, and honey. And Polyols are Sorbitol and Mannitol (or sugar alcohols) found in mushrooms, peaches, and artificially sweetened candies and gums. These are just a few examples of FODMAPs but they are found in many common foods, as you can see!
Now this diet isn’t right for everyone with IBS, but if nothing else has worked it seems like something you should definitely give a try. While it is quite restrictive it gets rid of the processed food in your lives.
Now as for products Nicer Foods makes a few different items but I got the opportunity to try the garlic infused olive oil. I decided to try this a couple different ways. I first tried it on a salad with some balsamic vinegar added. This was delicious and I loved the underlying garlic notes I had throughout. I then tried the olive oil sautéed with zoodles, veggies, and chicken breast. This brought out the garlic even more and was really amazing. Cooking with this is definitely how I will finish off this bottle.
To purchase these products visit their website. Even if you don’t find yourself on a Low FODMAP diet this is still a wonderful addition to your kitchen.
**Nicer Foods was kind enough to offer samples of their products in return for an honest review. I was not paid for this review, and all the ideas and opinions within it are my own.**
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