Name: Ready To Use Nacho Cheese Sauce
Package Description: Our Nacho Cheese Sauce is made with real cheese and jalapeño peppers for a tasty, zesty flavor.
Brand: La Preferida
Grocer: Food City
Price point: $2.79
Why I picked it up: I wanted something to rival Taco Bell nacho cheese.
Summary of Preparation: pour into pot, heat on low heat until warm. I added about 1/4 c of heavy cream to make it thinner.
Initial impression: Zesty, indeed.
Lasting impression: I was thrown back to my many nights at football games and eating nachos from the Band’s concessions. This is the same stuff they use for their nachos.
Recommended Accompaniments: Tortilla Chips.
Kid friendly: My 5YO liked it just fine.
Repurchase point: It will do until I find a shelf-stable product that tastes richer.
Name: Chicken Pad Thai
Package Description: Savory white meat chicken with a blend of sugar snap peas, carrots, and green onions over rice noodles in a spicy Thai-style sauce.
Brand: Full Circle
Grocer: Food City
Price point: $3.89 regular price, bought 2/$5.00 on sale.
Why I picked it up: I figured I could try something new.
Summary of Preparation: Vent, microwave 5 minutes, eat.
Initial impression: ick. On so many levels.
Lasting impression: Way too much fish sauce. Overwhelmingly so. It is bound to the rice noodles, which are mushy paste.
Recommended Accompaniments: N/a
Repurchase point: Nope.
Well, since my last post… I had a baby. And changed to WP Thyroid. And am still eating GF convenience foods. My TPO Ab are still off the chart, but they were in the 200’s when I was 8m pregnant. Guess my body was attacking my baby’s thyroid? Who knows.
Anyway, my husband tackled this project today. FINALLY. I have had this on my Pinterest for OVER four years. I pinned this when I was pregnant with my first child, we lived in a 1,000 sq ft townhome, and we were in baby step 2 of our TMMO. Wow, time flies!
I have three more sets of rails beyond my new drying rack. I did have one of these A-framed up on the floor (thanks, Mom!), but this gives me my floor back… and keeps my kids from trying to climb it. Isn’t it shiny?
I mostly line out diapers on there, but I plan to use it for much more of our laundry to reduce our electric expense. Hence the extra rails…
Here is a full load of diapers for our 7m old.
You can see here that my DH used his circular saw and jigsaw to notch out the ends. He also took off two of the rails on each piece. We can take the thing down off the chair rail and it lays flat against the wall.
Name: Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Bisque
Package Description: “Fire Roasted Perfection: Simple, savory, and comforting…”
Brand: Pacific Natural Foods
Price point: $2.99 regular price, $2.54 on clearance.
Why I picked it up: Looking for something new to try.
Summary of Preparation: Open box, heat on stove, serve.
Initial impression: Kinda sour.
Lasting impression: The texture is nice. And once you get used to it, the flavor is pleasant. Meh, it’s soup in a box that happens to be gluten-free.
Recommended Accompaniments: I ate it with a cheese quesadilla.
Kid friendly: No idea, they don’t like tomato soup, so I didn’t offer it.
Repurchase point: Yes, because it’s heartier than Campbell’s regular Tomato soup and has a mild taste. Perfect with a cheese sandwich or something similar.
Name: Gluten Free Cornbread Mix
Package Description: Sweet, moist and delicious; Melts in your mouth
Brand: Live G Free
Price point: $1.89-ish
Why I picked it up: Haven’t had cornbread in awhile. I don’t particularly like cornmeal-only cornbread, I prefer to use flour. So, I thought we could try it.
Summary of Preparation: You mix the ingredients into a batter, but let it sit for a few minutes before you pour it in the pan and bake it. And yes, we greased the pan (butter…. mmmmm), but I guess it needed more.
Initial impression: Cupcake.
Lasting impression: It’s sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. So, if you enjoy Yankee cornbread… you will like it. The texture is fluffy like a yellow cake.
Recommended Accompaniments: I initially served this with black bean soup, but I served the leftover portions with sugared strawberries for a quick shortcake dessert.
Kid friendly: They gobbled it up, of course. It was mostly sugar!
Repurchase point: If I want to have strawberry shortcake, sure. But as a savory bread item, can’t do it.