New Product Review: Cedar Lane!

**PLEASE NOTE: While CedarLane DID provide me with these products to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

If you’ve been around the blog, you know I’ve been diagnosed with Celiac disease and I live life gluten-free! When I was first diagnosed, the process took about 6 months, and there was hardly ANYONE making any frozen or ready-made gluten-free items. I ate some weird stuff and made some horrible recipes, can I just say that?! Whew! It was a LOT of trial and error, and sometimes it still is, but now, I’m so thankful for companies who are making life just a bit easier for those of us who live gluten-free. Companies like CedarLane!

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I wasn’t at all familiar with Cedar Lane when they contacted me, but all I needed to hear was “gluten-free”, and I was good. Within no time, a lovely cooler arrived filled with their selection of gluten-free tamales! Can we say YUM?!

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I found four flavor selections as I unpacked the cooler:

  • Chile and Cheese Tamales
  • Spinach and Feta Cheese Tamales
  • Sweet Corn Tamales
  • Roasted Vegetable Tamales

I decided to try the Spinach & Feta Cheese Tamales first, since spinach and feta cheese are both high on my list of faves! The flavor also includes quinoa, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, nonfat Greek yogurt and ricotta cheese, too! How can you lose with that?!

After a little warm-up in the microwave, here’s what I got:

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And my goodness, it was DELICIOUS!

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about quinoa inside of a tamale, but the combination of flavors really was fantastic. I loved mine, and gave the extra one to my co-worker, who thought it was tasty, too!

The next day, I tried the Sweet Corn Tamales for dinner.

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There are two tamales in each box of CedarLane product. They are individually-wrapped in plastic for ease of microwave-cooking (or you can use your oven).

These were entirely fabulous. The “sweet” really comes through in this flavor, and my husband actually took a bite of mine and then went and warmed up the other one for himself, ha! This one was also probably the most “creamy” as far as filling was concerned.

The last two flavors packed a bit more of a punch.

I really enjoyed the Roasted Vegetable Tamale. The flavors of the vegetables really came through, and I felt like I was eating something quite healthy…and still incredibly tasty! And they had a little bit of a kick to them! Not TOO spicy, but just enough of a little something’ somethin’. So I looked at the ingredients: green, red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, roasted poblano chiles, jalapenos, mushrooms and tomatoes—all combined with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses. So there’s where the kick came from!

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The last tamales I tried were the Chile & Cheese Tamales. So creamy and a BIG kick to those! If you like spicy, you will LOVE them! If you don’t like spicy, just try the other ones. These are packed with roasted poblano peppers, Anaheim chile peppers, jalapenos, serrano peppers and spices mellowed by Monterey Jack, cheddar and cotija cheeses. It’s a great combo!

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All in all, I have to say that my first experience with CedarLane was absolutely fantastic! I’ll be looking for these in my local grocery stores frozen food section, for sure! And CedarLane offers much more! I mean, look at this Roasted Chile Relleno!

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They also offer:

  • Breakfast selections
  • Egg white frittatas
  • Lunch entrées
  • Vegetarian burritos
  • Vegetarian entrees

Check out their website for more information: www.cedarlanefoods.com

You can also connect with them on Facebook HERE or on Twitter HERE!

So what do you think of CedarLane? Have you ever had their products before?

69 thoughts on “New Product Review: Cedar Lane!

  1. That roasted chili relleno is calling my name! And quinoa is one of my fave side dishes, so I know I would love it. I’ve never seen these before, so thanks for sharing.

    • You’re welcome anytime, Doris! (Click the “Recipes” tab on the header if you just want a bunch of recipes at once!)

  2. As someone who has been gluten free for almost 20 years, I love that there are so many choices out there now. I adore tamales and will have to look for these in my local market. The challenge with gluten free is that it’s not always a healthier option. Many of the baked goods and breads lack any fiber and have added fat/sugar so they taste super yummy. I make sure to stay conscious of the calorie count and look for other ways to add fiber. Sounds like these tamales would be a good option.

    • You hit the nail on the head, Minette! Fat and sugar are often added in to make up for what’s NOT in gluten-free items! But these are definitely not as bad as some!

  3. Definitely reassuring Kristen! The meals you share look yummy :)
    Question: Any suggestions how to help a 10 year old, recently diagnosed with Celiac disease as well as juvenile diabetes, to eat healthy within his dietary restrictions? There seem to be many products and supplements on the market, but with kids it can be a bit tricky, particularly when on top of it all they are picky eaters! Thanks for the review and eyeopener! HUGS <3

    • Goodness, that’s a LOT for a 10-year-old to handle! I’d focus on some of his favorite foods and see if there are some substitutes for him. For instance, Mac & Cheese was one of my faves when I was younger, and my mom created a Rice & Cheese dish that was pretty close! Sites like Pinterest help out SO much! And run a search for gluten-free blogs – there are so many more ideas out there than there used to be!

  4. One of my local stores carries a few Cedar Lane products & they are amazing! The Chile & Cheese Tamales are by far my favorite so far. Although I do hope that they carry more products soon because the Roasted Chile Relleno looks amazing!

  5. Glad there are more and more companies for gluten free options. For me gluten is not the problem, but conventional grown wheat is. And since it is basically every where i find myself often choosing gluten free products. This looks yummy.

  6. My husband’s brother married a gal whose family has a huge tamale making party each year. They really go all out! I have never tried one though. Looks like I’m missing out (they don’t live close to us, we don’t attend the party, but we’ve heard about them often). :)

  7. I will look for these at my local store. I have a few family members that absolutely love tamales and that is one thing I don’t make from scratch.

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  11. Hey! I am glad to be back! Your blog looks amazing and you are always so busy! I love it! I decided to comment on this because the other ones were blog hops. These Tamales look so good! They don’t require a lot of work and I love that!

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