Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Earth Balance Mac and Cheese - Product Review

Yes, I've been doing a lot of reviews lately. The good news is there are soooo many new products to try (yippee!). The bad news is that it's hard to keep up with them all. This is one I am very excited about.

I have been an Earth Balance fan since I started baking allergen-free. In my opinion, their shortenings and spreads are simply the best -- both in test and performance. I had high expectations for this complimentary sample of Earth Balance Gluten Free Vegan Cheddar Flavor Mac and Cheese.

Mac and Cheese was a staple in my house prior to food allergies. It was the ideal quick meal to prepare for myself and two young boys after a long day at work. One pot, limited add-ins, fast results.
Again, gearing up for high expectations from the Earth Balance version.

Of course, this mix contains no dairy, eggs, or real cheese. All you need to add is buttery spread (or shortening) and your favorite non-dairy milk. And it's gluten-free, the noodles are made from corn and rice flours. No top-8 allergens.

Like the traditional version, I was able to make this all in one pot:

I was delighted at how easily the powder mixed with the ingredients. No lumps or bumps.

I decided to add peas and tuna to make it a meal. (I know, no longer vegan and no longer top-8 free, but we don't have fish allergies here). It was indeed very tasty and I daresay, as close to the traditional as you can get. Kuddos to Earth Balance!

One slightly bizarre things I noticed was the number of servings per box, listed as 2 1/2. My sense was that it was closer to 2 servings. If I had sent this to my son in a care package to college he would have easily eaten it all in one sitting (with a steak on the side). He is an athlete, but my point is, the servings are small. Buy two boxes if you plan to serve it to the whole family.

Note that the gluten-free version come in the teal box (love that everyone is embracing teal!) The version in the gold box is not gluten-free.

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