Gluten-Free Essentials Side Kicks Italian Herb & Lemon Rice Mix- gluten free/ dairy free/ nut free/ soy free
Posted on | September 27, 2007 | 1 Comment
Gluten-Free EssentialsÂ sent me this mix to sample during cake month in August. At the time, I just tucked it in my own gluten free pantry. In my house, I have a shelf just for my gluten free products. This shelf is located across the kitchen from our regular panrty that is laden with gluten in various forms hiding in the cracks and crevices. If I spend the cash for a GF product, you can bet I will do what it take to keep it that way. Unfortunately I found out the woesÂ of pantry cross contamination the hard way- uugggh. I am not taking any chances!
Recently I was pressed for time as I prepared dinner. I decided to pound out some chicken breasts andÂ smother them in garlic. I also prepped a green salad ( Ok, kind of- it came in a bag), but I still needed a satisfying side dish that would be ready in 15 minutes, while the chicken grilled outside. That’s where this Gluten-Free Essentials Side Kick Italian Herb & Lemon Mix comes into the picture. The packaging boasts that the product is ready in just 10 minutes. Wha-hoo! Perfect. You can buy this 8 ounce mix online for $2.99, and it makes about four servings.
I found this mix super simple to prepare- just add butter and water and you are ready to go. Once the mix boils, you simmer for five minutes, then cover and let sit for another five minutes. That’s it- pretty simple. I was thrilled withÂ the results! However, I found that my mix was actually ready in 15 minutes instead of 10 from start to finish.
The texure of the rice was simply perfect. The grains were seperate and somewhat fluffy- not mushy and clumpy. They tasted perfectly cooked- just the right consistency- slightly dense and chewy, but still soft. The flavor was a wonderful blend of herbsÂ with a substantial spicy lemon kick. I felt the flavors really complimented each other, instead ofÂ competing.Â This mixÂ also did not have a processed flavor, and did not have an unpleasent aftertaste, as some gluten free products tend to have.Â Kind of like a party in my mouth!Â This gluten free rice product paired well with my grilled chicken, and helped me have a hot meal on the table in under 30 minutes. I’ll definately buy this mix for a futureÂ meal.
PROS: Great texture, balanced flavor, easy prep
CONS: strong flavor may compete or clash with other dishes – be sure to pair with something mild
Rating: 5 stars
Where Can I Buy This Yummy Mix?
Ingredients: Precooked long grain white and brown rice ( enriched with niacin, ferric orthophosphate (iron), thiamin (B-1) and folic acid, lemon juice powder (maltodextrin from corn and lemon juice), GF herbs and spices.