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Gluten Free Reviews: liveGfree Chicken Roja Tamale Bites

After the high of the Macaroni & Cheese I got from Aldi’s liveGfree line, I went temporarily insane and bought approximately one billion of their products the last time I went grocery shopping. These Chicken Roja Tamale Bites were one of the casualties. Surprisingly, from all of the products I’ve gotten from this gluten free line, this is the only one so far that I’ve had any complaint with. I’m not sure if it’s a legitimate complaint, though – I think I had different expectations for what these were from what they actually turned out to be. I had a friend in Memphis who would make a massive batch of tamales every year with her mother and sisters. She would kindly bring me 10 tamales to work with her and they were always amazing. So my views are pretty skewed.

  
For what these were, they were pretty good. Imagine those crunchy corn nuggets you used to be served in your elementary school cafeteria. Now replace the gross corn with delicious slightly spicy shredded chicken filling and replace the batter with a masa harina batter. Sounds delicious, right? Well, they were. I think what threw me off (spitting in the face of my normally logical person) was I was weirdly expecting the steamed texture of tamales when the instructions call for baking the bites. Since they’re baked, they have that crunchy exterior I equate with corn nuggets. They did take longer to bake than the box called for – it suggested 15 minutes baking time and they were still doughy at that point. I lowered the temperature to 325* and baked them for 10-15 minutes longer and they were perfect.

  
Overall, these were okay, but not great. I probably won’t get them again, but someone else may really enjoy them.

xoxo,

Kitchen Bitch

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Gluten Free Reviews: liveGfree Macaroni & Cheese

If you’re eating gluten free, you may have found that the substitutes for beloved favorites often fall short of the mark and that’s putting it kindly. Macaroni & Cheese was one of those foods that I’ve desperately tried to find a good substitute for and have experienced the gamut of disgusting from mealy to gloopy to sticking to your teeth to just plain gross. We recently started shopping at Aldi and discovered their plethora of gluten free alternatives in their liveGfree line. Everything I’ve had in that line has been amazing and surprisingly, often better quality or in taste than the “normal” gluten filled products.

Enough time has passed since my last gluten free Macaroni & Cheese fiasco that I felt brave enough to try out the liveGfree version and I was pleasantly surprised! It’s one of the microwaveable meals and I’d put it on par with comparable “normal” products (except Stouffer’s, because nothing can compare with my sharp, melty, delicious goddess of cheese and pasta). 

  
The sauce is cheesy and creamy without that familiar gloop texture that gluten free sauces often get. An 8 ounce serving size has 370 calories, 750mg sodium, 51g total carbohydrates, 2g fiber, and a whopping 9g protein. It clearly isn’t an everyday meal option, but it is definitely worth the calories and carbs for the flavor. There are some ugly words in the ingredients list, but I’m willing to overlook them since the pasta is so delicious and they’re actually at a minimum. The majority of the ingredients listed are wholly recognizable – corn pasta made with corn flour and water, cream, cheddar cheese, milk, salt, white wine, & dijon mustard. Hello!? That’s most of the ingredients you’d use if making homemade Macaroni & Cheese.

  
This one is definitely worth a look if you’re missing the cheesy, creamy amazingness of Macaroni & Cheese.

xoxo,

Kitchen Bitch

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