Today’s review is on Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger buns. And I must say right off that bat, the they are not that bad. I was actually surprised at how much substance they seemed to have. They were very thick and have a nice crust. The thickness is a bit of a problem if whatever you are eating in between the bun is on the thinner side. Definitely don’t be skimpy on what you put in between.
It’s my go to hamburger bun right now, although I’ve only tried one other brand so far. Their buns are definitely better than their bread. An upside to these buns is they are dairy free and even though I am not dairy free (like I should be) it’s nice to find things that are both gluten & dairy free. Hopefully soon I will put a post up on the Chicken burger that is also pictured above with the bun. One of the best Chicken burgers I’ve ever had.
Now the one downside to the buns is the price. although that’s pretty much the case with anything gluten free. They cost $4.99, which I suppose isn’t to terrible but you only get 4 in a pack. I usually keep my eye out whenever I’m in a Kroger because sometimes they’ll be on sale for $3.99 or they’ll be marked down to like $2.19 because they’re close to the date.
This review is kind of about all of Udi’s frozen burritos because they all pretty much have the same problem. Now, even before I was gluten free I didn’t eat very many frozen burritos so in not an expert but I’m pretty your shell isn’t supposed to disintegrate while its cooking which is basically what the Udis burritos do.
Also just overall the burritos don’t have much flavor. They don’t really taste anything like what the contents of the burrito should taste like. I don’t taste egg, sausage and the potatoes just taste like the shell. Which another problem, the shell tastes bad, just very blah. Over all I would not suggest them especially considering how expensive they are.
in the past I have tried Aldi’s regular box Mac and cheese and was extremely disappointed. It has almost no cheese flavor. I was hoping this box would be an improvement, this was not the case.
The minute I took a bite, I almost wanted to spit it out. It had an odd beginning taste of what I would almost describe as Alfredo sauce but bad Alfredo sauce and once you swallowed there was just nothing. Thankfully the shells in this box cook better than the deluxe box of shells Mac and cheese. Those always stick together and so don’t cook properly.
Unfortunately on that initial taste alone I would not recommend it unless you like bland Mac and cheese. In the end, so it wasn’t wasted, I added a slice of American cheese, some shredded sharp cheddar and butter. This improved it immensely and I could actually eat it. For $1.99 it’s not a terrible deal so long as you don’t mind having to doctor it every time you eat it.
Oh hey, how’s it going. How’s life? How are the kids? Have you lost weight?
So yeah it’s been a long time since last I posted. Crazy right. Anyhoo, I just wanted to you know catch up a little. Last year I moved back in with my parents and am back in my old room.
Since moving back home it’s been harder to write some of the posts I usually did for this blog. I’m not really doing much cooking anymore, as it is making a piece of toast is a danger to my stomach. So that’s one of the reasons I’ve been MIA, plus this summer I started a second job because I’m poor and have to pay off loans for that education that was supposed to be my key to the American Dream. I’m not bitter :p
Anyway I wanted to start sharing with you guys again so my plan is to write little reviews on some of the different gluten free foods I find. Currently I kind of live off frozen and prepackaged gluten free meals. They’ll be quick reads, not super in depth. Just covering my initial reaction, whether I would suggest it and what I did to fix it if necessary. Hopefully I can get back to faithfully posting for you guys. I did not start another blog. This one is more for me to just write things that are on my mind and share some of my writings, that kind of thing. You can follow me here: https://introvertedfreighttrain.wordpress.com/
So it’s a beautiful Sunday evening and I’m starving. I’m all geared up and ready to cook myself dinner, after spending my day apartment searching and aimlessly trolling the internet. I go into my fridge to start making my favorite soup ever, White Bean & Bacon soup, only to realize I don’t have all the ingredients I need.
Well phooey, that completely messes up the meal plan I had made for the week and so now I have to figure something else out. I also don’t have all of the ingredients for the meatloaf I wanted to make. (I got frustrated at Meijer and couldn’t find the Worcestershire sauce so I gave up, I’ll wait till I go home next)
I started scouring my cupboards and fridge, only to find that I don’t have much in the way of food. Which seems ridiculous since I just spent like $30 on groceries, groceries that were supposed to go toward the meal plan I made.
Well anyway I was really in the mood for something Asian, so I decided to go out on a limb and throw something together, hence you get my “Empty Cupboard Asian Style Noodles” creation. I have to say this was a ton of fun to create and even more fun/difficult to eat with the chopsticks I haven’t used in forever. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Empty Cupboard Asian Style Noodles:
8 oz. package of medium thickness Gluten Free noodles
32 0z. Container of chicken broth (if you like a thinner broth with your noodles add about 1-2 more cups)
1-2 Carrots cut into small match sticks
4-8 oz. small cubed mushrooms
1-2 tbsp Gluten Free soy sauce
Juice from half of a lemon
Season with Tumeric, Ginger, Pepper, Garlic & Onion powder
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Add noodles and cook to instructions on package.
Once noodles are cooked turn burner down to low and add in carrots, mushrooms, soy sauce, and seasonings.
Turn burner to medium and cook for about 5 minutes.
And you’re done!
This was so easy to make! Plus, it’s nice because it doesn’t require a lot and you can easily substitute. If you don’t have those exact veggies try a combination of something else. Maybe celery and mushrooms or spinach and carrots. You definitely want to make sure you have a crunchy veggie in there, because that really adds to it. If you don’t have chicken broth you could always make your own by boiling chicken in water and using that for your broth and then cook the chicken to serve with it. This is definitely going to be a new go to meal for me.
One of the most anticipated movies of the summer has come out and that movie is Maleficent. There was a lot of different speculation about what the movie would be like. There were a lot of people who were looking forward to the changes that might be made to the story but there were others who didn’t want the story to change. Many people look at Maleficent as the evilest of all the Disney villains and didn’t want that ruined. In the Disney version she describes herself as the Mistress of all Evil.
But the thing I think people don’t realize is that Disney’s Sleeping Beauty isn’t the original fairy tale. In actuality there isn’t really much of an original fairy tale. One of the oldest known tellings of Sleeping Beauty starts with a prophecy that says the princess will suffer a flax related misfortune. She does and falls into a sort of deep sleep. While in this sleep the king rapes and impregnates her. She gives birth to twins all while sleeping and one of the twins sucks the flax out of her finger and she wakes up. The “evil fairy” in this story it’s the kings wife because she tries to kill the princess when she find out.
In another old telling of the story there is an old fairy and her reason for placing the curse is because she was not invited to the coronation. This is most likely where Disney started, but even that original tale is far off from the one that Disney created. So in many ways the idea that Maleficent wouldn’t stay true to the original story isn’t much of an argument.
*Small spoilers ahead*
Now to the actual movie. It was obvious from the beginning that this wasn’t going to be like the Disney version. The movie starts out showing a young Maleficent and she is the epitome of what Aurora is going to be. She’s young, innocent, beautiful and kind. She protects the forest that all of the magical creatures live in, from the humans that live in the neighboring kingdom. Basically her heart is broken, her innocence is taken away and she becomes a powerful woman, who is given a second chance in an unlikely form.
I’m not going to say to much about the actual story because I don’t want to give things away for those who haven’t seen it yet. The movie gives a more tangible reason behind Maleficent’s anger and rage. You really do still get the chance to see the evil Maleficent but as the story progresses you get to see her redemption. There are still elements taken from the Disney version. There’s the three fairies that take care of Aurora, although they’ve practically been reduced to bumbling idiots. Certain things in the story line are taken from the Disney version but our turned around. In Maleficent the thorns that are used to keep Phillip out are used by Maleficent to keep the king out of her domain.
In the end I was fine with the changes they made to the story. Its no longer Sleeping Beauty but it wasn’t supposed to be. It’s a retelling and like many retellings it has it’s own life, it’s trying to be it’s own thing. While slightly predictable at some points they did an excellent job with music, and cinematography. I’ve read some reviews that said the special effects were over the top but I feel like that’s a common complaint these days. Angelina Jolie did an amazing job as Maleficent. It was like she was born to play this role.
One problem I had with the story line was the lack of complexity to other characters. The king comes off very one dimensional. There is one part in the beginning where you seem a glimmer of something more but for the most part he’s just a man bent on power and vengeance with no real development. I also wish there had been more development with Prince Phillip. He comes off very one dimensional and perhaps the ending wouldn’t have felt so obvious if he had been more developed and came into the story sooner. I almost feel like the writers had an agenda where they wanted to flip the stereotypes of old fairy tales by making the men be the one dimensional boring characters and make the women more complex, while I understand the intent, I don’t think it was the correct way to go about it. We can’t fix the mistakes of some old stories by just switching things around, we have to make things more even across the board and realize that all people are complex.
One thing that I had been looking forward to when I first heard about this movie that didn’t happen was finally seeing a movie from the villains point of view. While technically this movies does that, it wasn’t quite in the way I was thinking. I was really hoping for a movie told from the villains perspective but still have the story play out as usual, you know closer to the original story, with the downfall of the villain, whatever way that may be. Something possibly more similar to the story Wicked, although I’ve never read that.
Overall though I thought it was an excellent movie and something I would see again and will eventually own for myself.
So for awhile now I’ve been wanting to tackle making salads in a Mason jar. I’ve seen them on pinterest before and have friends who’ve made them. Recently the thrift store I work at got some Mason jars in that were brand new. It was fate! I bought four the minute I got the chance and started pinning ideas.
One thing I realized in this process is I’m not very creative when it comes to creating salads and I probably should have done some more research. One thing I am decent at however is making salad dressing. I’ve kind of gotten to a point recently where I’m afraid to use salad dressing because I worry it could have gluten in it. I especially am careful when I go out to eat and mostly stick to vinaigrette. Because of this I made my own. Here’s a recipe I threw together after doing some research.
Asian Inspired Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
3 Tablespoons Olive oil
1 Tablespoon Rice wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon Gluten Free Soy sauce
1 1/2 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1-2 cloves of Garlic chopped finely
Salt & Pepper
Add all the ingredients into a container. I used my Nalgene water bottle because it’s all I had and I don’t really use it anymore.
You can easily double, triple, or quadruple this recipe to make however much you want. The balsamic gives it kind of sweet flavor, so if it seems to sweet add some more soy sauce or rice vinegar.
For the salads I basically just grabbed whatever I had in my fridge. I diced up some onions, carrots, celery and green pepper.
I used a combination of spinach and artisan lettuce that I picked up from Aldi’s. I used two heads of the artisan lettuce and about three cups of spinach. I broke up the lettuce into small pieces and then put them in a bowl with the spinach and squeezed half a lemon over top of them.
Next I layered everything, starting with the dressing. Then I added in the smaller veggies, cheese and then the lettuce.
I’ve eaten one of them already and it was delicious! It came out really good. The dressing was delicious. The one I ate had green peppers, onions and celery in it. I think I put a little to much dressing in it. You really just need enough to cover the bottom, but it’s also personal preference. When you shake it up start by holding it upside down so everything get’s to the top of the jar and then shake. It may take some time to get the big junks of vegetables out of the bottom.
Here’s a little infrograph thing I found that could help in building your salad in a jar.
So it’s my off day and I’m spending most of it cooking. I always forget how much work and time goes into cooking. Part of I decided to spend some time cooking today was because I wanted to make some meals that would be easy for me to take to work so I don’t have to worry about cooking the day of. Also because I finally went grocery shopping on Monday and actually have food to cook with now.
I’ve been trying to get more avocado in my diet because it’s good for you. So far it’s been a struggle. I don’t like Avocado by itself, or as guacamole. I have been able to stand in salads recently, though so when I found this Grilled Chicken, Avocado & Bacon Salad I was excited to try it. I adapted this recipe from akitchencafe.com
Grilled Chicken, Avocado & Bacon Salad
3 large chicken breasts
3-4 Green onions
1/2-3/4 package of Bacon
2 Avocados cubed
3-4 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook bacon on the stove and then set aside to cool.
Add everything to a large bowl. Add the Greek yogurt and stir. You
just want enough to coat everything. Season with salt and pepper as desired.