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ASDA has recently brought out a new range of fresh gluten free products including this Macaroni Cheese. I tested it out!
My first plus point for this product is that it does not contain any onion or garlic! For someone who suffers from IBS this is a big deal – alliums are a big trigger for IBS and finding pre-made gluten free food that doesn’t use them is nearly impossible.
As with classic ready meals this can either be microwaved for a 4-5 minutes or oven baked for 30 minutes. I opted for the microwave option to test out the convenience of this product. It heated through very easily in the time recommended and stayed warm for 15 or so minutes afterwards, unlike some microwave meals. I was worried that the pasta – being gluten free and therefore temperamental – might be hard or rubbery once microwaved, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was perfectly al dente and very similar to the gluten counterparts I’ve had in the past.
I’m not going to pretend that this is anything more than a microwave meal taste-wise – was it the most delicious macaroni cheese I’ve ever had? No. Does it top my homemade version? No. But considering this product as a convenience item it is very tasty. It reminds me exactly of the ready meal macaroni cheeses I had before diagnosis. The sauce is creamy and not overly thick and stodgy, and the flavours are subtle – there is no overpowering cheesy aftertaste or kick of spice or mustard to this dish.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this dish. It ticked all the boxes taste, texture and cooking-wise and satisfied my hunger one night after a long journey home and I was too tired to cook. What’s more, it didn’t upset my IBS – often gluten free ready meals are still a no-no for IBS sufferers, either because of the ingredients, or because the pre-cooked elements of the dish cause an issue. But with this dish, I didn’t experience any issues!
I’m definitely going to buy this again for the occasional nights when I’m just too tired to cook, or when I’m staying somewhere where I only have access to a microwave.
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