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Product Review: Catelli Gluten-free Pasta


Although I don’t have celiac disease, I do like to try different gluten-free foods every now and then for variety. Quinoa, rice noodles, brown rice and buckwheat noodles are already staples in my house. A few weeks ago, I was delighted to receive a free sample of Catelli Gluten-free fusilli. I had served different types of gluten-free rice pasta in the past, but the texture just wasn’t a winner with my kids.

This gluten-free fusilli is made from the flour of four grains: white rice, brown rice, corn and quinoa. In 1¼ cup (85 grams) of the dry fusilli, you’ll get 310 calories, 2 grams of fat, 66 grams of carbs, 6 grams of protein, 0 sodium, 3 grams of fibre and 6% DV for iron. It’s nutrition profile is similar to regular enriched white pasta except that the gluten-free fusilli is much lower in B vitamins and iron because, like most gluten-free products, Catelli’s gluten-free pasta isn’t made with enriched flours.

There were three cooking times suggested on the package: 7 minutes for very firm; 8 minutes for firm; and 9 minutes for tender. I taste tested the pasta at each stage and must say that they were right on the mark! And what about the taste? Both of my kids gave the product a “thumbs up”, and so did I! Both the taste and texture were just as the package promised – delightful!

Product Review: Sunbites

Hands-down, one of my favourite summer veggies is corn on the cob. So when I was asked to taste test a new corn on the cob product called Sunbites, I jumped at the chance. I received the box of Sunbites on a cold winter’s day, and when I opened it up, it literally felt like a ray of sunshine was beaming out. I had to smile.

Developed by Lassonde, the corn is picked fresh, pre-cooked and vacuum-sealed within 24 hours. The innovative vacuum seal packaging claims to preserve the corn’s sweetness and taste. One cob has 180 calories, 3 grams of fibre and 15% DV for vitamin C. I cooked the Sunbites corn as per the instructions and was very pleased with the sweetness. The texture however was a little on the mushy side. I also noticed that the corn has best before date of about one year, which seems rather long for fresh produce. When I inquired about this, I was told that the corn is first pasteurized before being vacuum-sealed which extends its refrigeration life.

Bottom line: While nothing compares fresh summertime corn on the cob, Sunbites is a nice alternative to brighten up the winter. You can find it in selected grocery stores across Canada in the refrigerated produce section.

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