By: Alexandra Oppenheimer, RD, CDN
Namaste Foods is a gluten free food manufacturer with an extensive line of products, including baked goods, pizza crust, flour blends and pasta dishes. Daphne Taylor founded Namaste Foods as a way to help create gluten free and allergen free foods for a friend’s son. In addition to being gluten free, Namaste Foods are also free of soy, potato, corn, tree nuts, peanuts, casein and dairy. Their products are made in dedicated allergen-free facilities and contain no GMO (genetically modified) ingredients. Here is a review of two of their products, as well as a giveaway. Read on for how to win a Namaste gift tote of products.
I had the opportunity to try two of their products, the Pasta Pisavera and the Spice Cake (yes, cake). The Pasta Pisavera is pasta and a spice packet. The package offers ways to jazz up the dish with different vegetables to add more flavors and nutrients to the dish. As someone tha doesn’t need to avoid gluten, I am always impressed with how great gluten free pasta is—and this product was no exception. Paying close attention to the cooking time, the pasta was the perfect texture and consistency—very enjoyable. As for the spice packet, it was a tasty seasoning for the pasta. Being a tomato sauce-type of person, I was impressed with the flavors of the seasoning. I didn’t even need the whole seasoning packet. As for the vegetable suggestions, go for it. Adding more vegetables gives different and delicious flavors as well as packing more veggies into your meal. They provide great suggestions to guide you to yummy choices.
Now for the cake. From the time I started mixing until it was cooling, the delicious holiday-like smell had me excited to dig in! The recipe was simple, requiring only oil, water and eggs. In order to make things exciting (and so I didn’t have an entire cake to eat by myself), I prepared it for a dinner party. I whipped up a quick cream cheese frosting and brought it to my hosts. The cake was a huge hit and reminded us all of autumn and winter flavors with the delicious blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. No one even suspected it was gluten free until I told them. They were pleasantly surprised at how good gluten free can be.
Bonus: Upon exploring their website, I found that Namaste Foods gives back. Every month a member of their staff picks an organization and Namaste Foods donates to them. Click here for a list of organizations they’ve donated to.
(Disclosure: I received complimentary samples of the above Namaste Foods products but was not paid to write this blog post.)
GIVEAWAY: In the comment section, tell us why you want to try Namaste Foods products and ONE winner will be randomly selected to receive a Namaste gift tote filled with Namaste products and gluten free resources (see image below). Note: The winner will be selected on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 and notified by email. The contest is limited to the US and Canada only.Contest/Giveaway, Product Reviews and tagged gluten free, gluten free pasta, gluten free spice cake, Namaste Foods, Pasta Pisavera, Spice Cake. Bookmark the permalink.← Great Gluten Free Dining ExperienceBeyond Zucchini Bread →