Archive for September, 2013

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

I tried TJ GF mac and cheese. It is basically the same prep as Kraft Mac and cheese. The only difference is probably the GF pasta, which is brown rice pasta. The box says 6 oz.  The amount you see in the bowl is the total prepared amount, so you can see it is not as much as a box of regular mac and cheese. I thought that the taste was okay. It was comparable to Regular Kraft, but not quite as good.  It’s an okay substitute if you’re desperate for GF mac and cheese.  I’m going to keep looking.

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Fall Garden, Part 2

For my new garden, I decided to plant a 2-foot perimeter, with two 1-foot wide rows for paths, as well as another 2-foot row in the center of the garden for additional plants.  The garden was 8 x 12 feet, making it 96 square feet.  I planted 80 square feet, leaving 16 square feet for paths.

To be frugal, I used seeds instead of seedlings.  I had many seeds left over from last year, so I didn’t need to buy as many.

Here’s what I planted:

  • broccoli
  • squash
  • zucchini
  • spinach
  • kale
  • romaine lettuce
  • butterhead lettuce
  • Farmer’s Mix lettuce
  • onions (will plant in mid-Oct.)
  • parsley, chives
  • carrots
  • marigolds
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • thyme
  • chamomile
  • basil
  • oregano
  • dill

I know that the marigolds, squash, and zucchini probably won’t make it through a frost, but if I’m lucky, I’ll get a harvest from the squash and zucchini first.

I put the thyme, chamomile, basil, oregano, and dill in pots, so they can be brought inside during cold weather.

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Eating Right Gluten Free Lasagna Skillet Dinner

This is a new Randall’s product. It’s just like Hamburger Helper. We were very pleased and found it quite tasty.  We will be stocking up on this!

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The mac and cheese comes with dried pasta and a cheese packet.  The pasta is made from corn flour.  The cheese sauce contains milk, so it’s not dairy free.  It takes about 8-10 minutes to cook.  Then, you drain it and add the cheese sauce.

With a Randall’s card, the mac and cheese cost less than $4, which was less than the Annie’s brand.  I will say that I’ve tried the Annie’s brand, both regular and gluten free, and I’m more of a Kraft fan.  Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find gluten free Kraft Mac and Cheese.

The verdict?  It had a lot of sodium and tasted quite salty.  I didn’t finish it.  I tasted the pasta alone, and it was fine.  I feel it was the sauce that needed improvement.

Will I buy it again?  No.

Was it worth the drive, to try a new gluten free mac and cheese that had the possibility of being a real treat?  Absolutely.

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Eating Right For Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

My friend that lives in another town me that Randall’s started carrying Eating Right gluten free items. I called around and one Randall’s in town had them. I went by and picked up the Deluxe Mac and Cheese, as well as the Lasagna Skillet Meal (aka Hamburger Helper).

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Fall Garden

Fall Garden

I have a new garden. It’s about 12 ft by 8 ft.

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There’s nothing like spending a rainy Sunday afternoon consuming lots and lots of delicious chocolate.  I’m enjoying homemade gluten free brownies and Silk Chocolate Almond Milk.  Delicious!

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