Monday, April 11, 2011

Giveaway and Review!

Not long ago the lovely people at Namaste Foods contacted us and asked us to review some of their gluten free food products. We were thrilled to do so and to try something new!

They allowed us to pick any two products from their site to review and after looking over all the delicious choices we chose the Namaste Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix and Namaste Gluten Free Say Cheez Pasta Meal.  

Namaste Foods, Gluten Free Say Cheez Pasta Dish, 9-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6) 
I happened to choose to make the Say Cheez Pasta Meal on a night my husband was out of town and the kids were rather ravenous. Great planning on my part, right? Thankfully, it was fairly simple to make like any other macaroni and cheese meal on the market and required very little ingredients (water and oil) for me to complete it. I will be honest, I was looking forward to trying the Chocolate Cake Mix but not so excited about the  Namaste Say Cheez Pasta Meal. I expected it to be bland and lacking flavor. Let me tell you, it was not! We were both amazed at how good it tasted and my kids gobbled it up! 
Photo courtesy Namaste Foods
I actually think I prefer it to your typical non-gluten free mac n' cheese and Amey even thought it had a slight southwest (not spicy) flavor to it. I noticed their appeared to be seeds in the Say Cheez Pasta Meal and looked at the packaging to see it was Hemp seeds. How cool is that!  Hemp Seeds are considered one of the perfect foods because they are loaded with protein and contain all the amino and essential fatty acids your body needs. Overall, we give this product an A+! So good and delicious and even tastes great the next day! **Note** In the rush of trying to feed my kids before they ate the table I didn't get any photos of my finished pasta. But the photo shown is a photo taken by Namaste foods and my finished dish looked almost identical to theirs. Minus the nice cloth napkin and placemat.:)

 Namaste Foods, Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix, 26-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6)
Now, on to dessert! :) Like I said before, I was really excited to try the Namaste Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix.  I think gluten free dessert options have been hard to find that are not only easy to make but that are delicious too. These were a piece of cake (literally too)! Just add eggs, oil and water. 
No need to mess with measuring xanthum gum, sorghum flour or any other binding ingredient usually needed when baking GF.  I opted to make cupcakes versus two 9 inch round cakes. Cupcakes are better for little hands in my opinion and are the perfect portion size. I let the gluten free cupcakes cool while I made my own icing with peanut butter, powder sugar and milk and then iced them. Namaste also offers a gluten free icing mix if you don't/can't make your own.

The cupcakes were delicious! So moist and yummy with a dark chocolate flavor. My husband who has not cared for many of the GF items I have made ate one, then two and I am pretty sure he ate a few more in the days following.  He said they were the best GF desserts I have made thus far and that is saying a lot from a person who loves his sweets. These cupcakes also get an A+. 
Want to check out more of Gluten Free Products? Head on over to Namaste Foods to learn more about the company and what else they offer. Tons of Allergy friendly foods!

So, a review is great right but whats even better is a giveaway!
Namaste Foods is letting us give one lucky reader a chance to win a grocery tote loaded up with goodies! The grocery tote will contain 3 Namaste  Foods products, a copy of their Simple Pleasures Cookbook, a copy of Living Without magazine and an assortment of recipe cards.

How to Enter
  1. Become a Follower on our blog
  2. Check out Namaste
  3. Leave us a comment telling us which Gluten Free products you would like to try from Namaste Foods
  4. One entry per person please! :)
Enter once, now until Saturday, April 23rd. A random winner will be announced Monday, April 25th.
Good Luck!

Giveaway has ended!


  1. Great giveaway! I'd like to try the pizza crust, and definitely the chocolate cake.

  2. I would love to try the Blondie mix and the pizza crust! Thanks so much :)

  3. I love the Namaste Chocolate Cake mix and the Cookie Mix, but I have yet to try the Pasta Pisavera mix and the Say Cheez mix. Both look so delicious!

  4. I have made their spice cake mix once and it was delish... I cant wait to try out more of their products. I will definatly have to try the chocolate cake mix out now! :)

  5. I love the pizza dough, but I'm most excited to try the spice cake! If only product was easier to find near my home, I always have to order and wait, waiting can be torture!

  6. would love to try the pizza crust and the mac n cheese!!:)

  7. I'd have to go with the mac & cheese! And I am a follower - thanks for the opportunity!

  8. i would love to try the chocolate cake with frosting! i would love to make only one dessert for each event, instead of having to make two. how great it would be for everyone to enjoy a dessert that tastes good! love this blog too!
    jillmarie_mt at hotmail dot com

  9. I found your website when I was looking at the Namaste Foods website. I've been looking for a frugal GF website and i'm so happy I found you!
    I have tried the Chocolate Cake mix but not any of the other products. I would love to try all of them but especially the biscuit mix and the muffin mix.