Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Little Kitchen Helper

 

This past weekend I woke up early on Saturday and felt inspired. Inspired to go to Target…

What? You don’t wake up early and go shopping? Target is WAY better around 8:00 in the morning. There are WAY less people crowded in there, and you get the good sizes in the clothing department.

We buy most of our groceries at Harris Teeter (and a tiny amount at Whole Foods) but I do like to scan the groceries at Target. Sometimes they get new products first. So when I saw:

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Gluten Free Hamburger Helper – Asian Chicken Helper…

I couldn’t resist! Well, honestly…I almost put it right back on the shelf when I looked at the ingredients:

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White rice, artificial flavor, yellows, MSG!!!!!

But I decided to try it once, for you guys. I feel as a blogger, it’s sort of my duty to try new products and tell you if they’re worth the purchase. PLUS I do like to support companies when they take strides to make gluten free products.

So in the cart it went, along with dog bones, new running shorts, and a few clearance pillows.

When I was planning the menu for the week, I gave Asian Helper the ‘Easy Monday Supper’ slot and made sure to pick up some bok choy at the Teeter to accompany. I highly suggest making a veggie side with this meal.

To prepare the Asian Helper, I simply followed the directions on the box. Easy Peasy!

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As far as servings go, I would say that if you make a veggie side, you could get three servings out of this. The directions call for 1 pound of chicken, and I only had .90 pounds BUT it’s still pretty small. And even though the box says there are five servings…I didn’t see five servings.

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The bok choy was delicious! I simply chopped the choy in to small bites and sautéed with one minced shallot, one tbsp. oil, and one tbsp. GF tamari.

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I seriously love bok choy. Especially baby bok choy. It’s so tender and not the least bit bitter.

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The helper had good flavor…probably highlighted by the MSG…but it was yummy. I liked the egg, but the best part was:

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the chicken! Juicy, tender, and full of “asian-y” flavor.

Aren’t these chopsticks cute?! They were a gift from MOH and I love them! Cute little owls:

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I know a blogger who would love these!

SO the final verdict on Gluten Free Asian Helper? Yummy

Would I buy it again? I honestly don’t think so.

I couldn’t stop thinking about making my own version with brown rice and whole, natural ingredients. Plus, I’m not a fan of MSG. It’s unnecessary.

And did you notice this little gem on the box?

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Even though it’s gluten free it still tastes great? Phew! I thought gluten free meant gross. bahahahahahaha

I guess you have to reassure gluten lovers. It’s ok. It still tastes great…even without the gluten.

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Keep those answers coming!! I’m working on a post about going gluten free and weight, and I would love your input! I’m loving your emails on the subject too!