Amy’s Garden Vegetable Lasagna- made with organic rice pasta & vegetables/ no gluten ingredients/kosher / corn free/ soy free
Posted on | November 20, 2007 | 6 Comments
It’s been a while . . . almost a week and a half since my last review frozen foods review- uugggh. Now that my busy/crazy comittments are past, I am back on the GF review bandwagon. I also had high hopes of reviewing a great pie crust mix- Cause You’re Special Homestyle Gluten-Free Pie Crust Mix. However, on my last trip to my local natural foods store, I puchased the last two mixes, and I need those for my Thanksgiving meal. Therefore, it leaves me without a mix to photograph and review for my site! Oh well . . .I used this mix with great success last year an would highly recommend it. I will at least have a review up in time for Christmas baking though. I am interested to see if this mix is as good as I remember.
In the meantime, I just had to review one of my favorite frozen food entrees:Â
Amy’s Garden Vegetable Lasagna made with organic rice pasta and vegetables. I purchased this gluten free food product at my local Wegman’s Grocery Store for $4.99. This is perfectly portioned for one person, and I think it would make a great gluten free lunchÂ product for work or school.
This is what it looked like straight from the freezer and removed from it’s colorful cardboard box. Not exactly impressive . . .
This Amy’s lasagna may be heated in the mircrowave for five minutes or baked in the oven for 35-40 minutes. If you have read my reviews, you probably know I tend to beÂ impatient with these types of products, and I almost always choose the microwave version of warming and cooking. This was no exception. I heated the lasagna in my microwave for the full five minutes and let it cool for 3-4 minutes before digging in.
When it comes to lasagna, I usually like a hearty meat sauce with lots of cheese. That’s just my style and preference. However, this veggie version really surprised me. I loved it! The vegetables in this gluten free lasagna taste light,Â fresh and flavorful and balance perfectly with all of the ingredients. There is definately no hint of a processed or prepared taste.Â The overall flavor is not heavy and hearty in my opinion, it is light and flavorful.Â
This lasagna is very curious- all the tomato sauce is on the top, and the filling between the layers of rice pasta is just the veggies and ricotta. The rice noodles hold up well and taste great.Â They provide a nice backdrop for the ricotta and veggie medley without mushiness or pastiness. Yum!Â The tomato sauce on the top is just right- it isnt too sweet andÂ compliments the rest of the ingredients.Â
I did notice that the token sprinking of cheese on the top diasppeared when I cooked the lasagna, and I couldn’t taste it at all, unlike the picture on the box. But then again, I don’t know of any frozen food products that look just like the box!Â I also noticed that the bottom layerÂ of the lasagna appeared and tasted a bit watery/soggy, but it wasn’t such a problem that would keep me from buying this gluten free product again.
PROS: light, fresh, flavorful, perfect single portion size, orgamic ingredients
CONS: a bit watery at the bottom, more cheese on top would be nice
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Where Can I Buy Amy’s Garden Vegetable Lasagne?
OR:Â to check the frozen food section at your local grocery store
Ingredients: organic brown rice, organic rice pasta lasagne ( organic rice, four, water), ricoota cheese, organic onions, organic broccoli, organic zuchinni, organic carrots, organic peas, organic spinach, filtered water, parmesan cheese, spices, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, organic garlic, organic evaporated cane juice. (All cheese made without animal enzymes or rennet.)