For those of you that read my blog on a regular basis, you know that I am gluten free and that I am not crazy about process foods though I don't follow my convictions 100% of the time. (Maybe 50%) I haven't been in a cooking mood lately so I was at the store yesterday looking for gluten free packaged food I could take to work, so I wouldn't be temped to buy cafeteria food, or overpriced food from Au Bon Pain. I found some lentils in a tomato cream sauce in a microwaveable pouch. The package doesn't say it is gluten free, but the ingredients all look good and wheat is not listed as an allergen. Two ingredients that I didn't recognize, asafetida and fenugreek leaves. Wikipedia says that asafetida is a spice that is suppose to decrease flatulence. Fenugreek is an herb in the leaf form and a spice seed form. Often used in curries. No preservatives.
Much of the packaged foods either use noodles or pastas of some sort or use wheat in the processing. Then I saw the Hamburger Helper. I haven't bought Hamburger Helper since the girls were small, or not so small but anyway not for a long time. On two of the packages in bold letters were the words GLUTEN FREE. I strongly believe I should support manufacturers who are making an effort to help me with my dietary needs. The one I bought was beef fried rice. They simply took ingredients that are naturally gluten free (beef, rice, vegetables) and did not add any wheat or gluten in the processing.
I made the Hamburger Helper for lunch today thinking I would take the left overs to work tomorrow. Gluten free or not, it was terrible. I use to eat this stuff on a regular basis. I don't think I liked it then either, but it was quick, easy and cheep. I remember when Rachel first became a vegetarian, I would feed her hamburger helper without the hamburger. She would also order McDonald's cheeseburgers with out the meat. She has since graduated to Capuchino Brownies (from Women of Great Taste) laced with cannabis. (The cannabis is an add in.) I didn't realize there is a whole process to doing that. I thought you just tore up the leaves and threw them in. At least someone is cooking from the book. But I digress.
So I will nix the Hamburger Helper on the next trip to the store and instead op for my mother's goulash using gluten free pasta. Right now I am baking a pumpkin pie sans crust. Let's call it a pumpkin custard.