Here are some of the gluten free products I have enjoyed throughout November.
- Quaker Oats Gluten Free Porridge Sachets.
This is my go-to lunch at the moment. It is delicious and takes less that two minutes to make, great for a quick and easy meal.
The sachets hold the perfect portion of gluten free oats and are very filling, keeping me going for the rest of the day. The sachet can be used to measure out the correct amount of milk too. This is great for students, like me, who are unlikely to have a measuring jug or scales in their accommodation. It also saves on washing up which is great because this is my least favourite part of cooking!
My two favourite ways to have this porridge are: covered in cinnamon and topped with banana or with a teaspoon of cocoa powder mixed through. These gluten free oats are not sweetened; I like my porridge to be sweet so I will usually stir a teaspoon of set honey into the bowl as well.
I would definitely recommended these to anyone that likes porridge, especially students or those of us with limited time for breakfast or lunch!
- McVitie’s Gluten Free Hobnobs (Milk Chocolate).
I love getting ‘care packages’ from my family; they are definitely the best part of university life, mainly because they are always full of snacks! Recently, my mum sent me a box of gluten free hobnobs and now I am obsessed – It took all of my willpower not to eat the entire box in one sitting!
The biscuits have a great texture, they are crunchy & only slightly crumbly which means they hold their shape really well. There is a generous layer of milk chocolate on the bottom of the biscuit too, which is smooth & delicious.
These biscuits are great dipped in a hot cup of tea (my favourite is Twinning’s English Breakfast) – The chocolate melts but the biscuit holds it shape & leaves minimal soggy crumbs in the bottom of the mug. I was able to dunk my biscuit in my tea at least 5 times before it became too weak! This is very impressive because gluten free baked goods are usually crumbly and easily break apart.
I would definitely recommend these and will be re-purchasing!
- Tesco Beef Casserole.
This is perhaps my favourite thing from November.
My days in university are really busy so when it comes to dinner time I prefer to have something that involves minimal preparation and is quick to make. The less time cooking, the more time I can spend in bed watching catch up TV with a hot chocolate!
At university, the microwave is my best friend. I was so excited when I found this gluten free beef casserole in my local Tesco (it is also free from milk and eggs).
The casserole is so easy to cook; you just pierce the plastic film and then heat it in the microwave for 5 minutes. I usually serve this with a portion of homemade dauphinoise potatoes (thanks Dad!) or mash which I also cook in the microwave!
It is worth mentioning that some of the beef can be a little chewy. However, this is to be expected for something that takes five minutes to cook in the microwave! Despite this, the gravy is lovely and thick and the red current jelly gives it a slightly sweet taste. The vegetables are soft but still hold their shape and I was surprised to see a nice mixture of vegetables in the dish including: carrots, swede, peas and mushrooms.
The gluten free dumpling is my favourite part of this meal! They are soft, spongy, light in texture and soak up the delicious gravy, which means they stay moist and do not dry out when heated.
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