Anyone can be "the family chef". You just need good recipes and techniques! Chef Amy Fothergill shares her best recipes with you for quick and easy dishes with an emphasis on gluten-free.

Get information here about her cookbook, The Warm Kitchen: Gluten-Free Recipes Anyone Can Make and Everyone Will Love.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tastefully Simple provides true to its name

True to its name, Tastefully Simple provides easy-to-prepare foods that require only two items and three steps (or fewer) to prepare. They recently launched a line of gluten-free mixes that are both tasty and simple!

Thank you to Tastefully Simple for providing samples for me to try. My opinions are my own. 

Below you'll find the company's product descriptions followed by my pictures. The mixes were all super easy to assemble and yielded great results. One thing you should be aware of is that the products were not made in a dedicated gluten-free facility and some of the products contain dairy. I made adjustments as needed. 

Gluten-free beer bread: calls for one egg and gluten-free beer or sparkling water. I used gf beer; it was really easy to make. It was a bit on the sweeter side and we found it better toasted. I would have liked it with melted cheese or pesto spread. My kids didn't love but then again, they are not beer connoisseurs! It would be good for appetizers with something else in my opinion.
Makes 13 servings. 13.9 ounce pouch. Kosher.

Gluten-free fudgy brownie mix: loaded with real chunks of fudge. Simply add butter (or oil) and eggs. Again, very easy and tasty. I made this and brought to a function. No one knew it was gf. 
Makes 16 servings. 18.8 ounce pouch. Kosher.

Gluten-free cinnamon apple cake mix: glorious cinnamon-spiced goodness. Just add eggs and apples. Although this cake took a bit more effort to make it was absolutely our favorite hands down. I shared some with a friend and they were quite enthusiastic. I added some chopped nuts along with the apples. I would make this again in a heartbeat!
Serves 9. 16.5 ounces. Kosher.


Gluten-free vanilla bean pound cake mix: flecks of vanilla bean. Just add water and butter. Yes, this was an indulgence and one that my dairy-free daughter could not have. I brought this to a function for sharing and everyone loved it. I would say this runs a close second to the apple spice cake above. I would like it better if there was no dairy.
Serves 8. 14.8 oz. Kosher. 

Depending upon your level of sensitivity (remember, they are manufactured in a plant that also uses wheat), these gluten-free mixes are both delicious and easy to make. If you are interested in possibly being entered for a give-away, leave a comment!

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