**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!
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?!
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:
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.
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!
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!
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!
They also offer:
- Breakfast selections
- Egg white frittatas
- Lunch entrées
- Vegetarian burritos
- Vegetarian entrees
Check out their website for more information: www.cedarlanefoods.com
So what do you think of CedarLane? Have you ever had their products before?