Frozen Entrees from Gluten-free Cafe

gfcafe_sidebottomGluten-free Cafe frozen entrees by Hain Celestial are now available in most health food stores and also many mainstream grocery stores. The meals are somewhat pricey, as are many gluten items in the convenience foods category. The Gluten-free Cafe meals I’ve tried are very good but my favorite is the Lemon Basil Chicken. The simple delicious meal is comprised primarily of rice, basil, lemon and chicken and it’s really quite delicious!

Other flavors are Asian Noodles, Pasta Primavera and Fettuccine Alfredo. These frozen meals come in super handy whether you need a quick meal for one, or easy meals when visiting friends or family. All you need is a microwave and a fork and you have a tasty gluten-free meal in five minutes flat!

Hain Celestial makes the wonderful line of Imagine soups. My favorite flavors are the Creamy Potato Leek and the Butternut Squash – both are very tasty! The company also offers several excellent soups that do not contain gluten ingredients, that are not marked gluten-free. The company will not label them until the FDA agrees on a law regarding exactly what that means. At least that is what the company told me the last time I called to check the gluten-free status of my favorite mushroom soup from them –  Walnut Acres Organic Portobello Mushroom.

Hain Celestial “no gluten ingredients” products include, but are not limited to, the Healthy Choice soup flavors : Cream of Celery, Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken. All flavors work great for casseroles but since the soups are not condensed, I often use sour cream to thicken them. If a sour cream flavor isn’t appropriate for the dish I’m making, I use cornstarch (mixed in a little water) to thicken but it does take time to get the consistency I like for casseroles using that method.

It will be great when FDA makes a definite ruling regarding exactly what gluten-free labeling means in the U.S. Hain Celestial is not the only company waiting on the FDA ruling before adding “gluten-free” to their “no gluten ingredients” product labels – no doubt.

Check out what Hain Celestial is doing for the environment:

  • Green Buildings: Every facility, from our corporate offices to our manufacturing and warehousing sites, is adopting procedures to evaluate and maximize our recycling practices, reduce waste, and improve energy efficiency.
  • Green Packaging: We are committed to reducing product packaging (versus using more material than absolutely necessary), in combination with sustainable, ethical sourcing of raw material.
  • Green Awareness: We are bringing environmental concerns to the forefront by integrating such messages into our various brand marketing campaigns. Our goal is to increase support and awareness for the need to take action and do as much as we can to protect our environment now.

Have you tried these new frozen meals from Gluten-Free Cafe yet?

Note: Please read the ingredient labels of all products that are not labeled gluten-free as ingredients change often. Something that is gluten-free today might not be tomorrow.

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