Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
in London Drugs, Product Reviews or Commentary
I can’t believe that I am going to actually write this blog post about this product.
I ate gluten free pasta tonight and I loved it! OMG!
Before I get all the hard-core gluten free folks on me, let me put this into context.
We, at London Drugs, were one of the first major retailers in Canada to have the selection of Gluten Free products available to Western Canadians, and at reasonable retails! Others (competitors) can try and refute this, give up, we were front-runners – sorry.
Therefore, it’s not that I am “new” to gluten free products; I am just a virgin (well not anymore) to gluten free pasta. I have had had numerous presentations on gluten free pastas, but I could not do it. Pasta “must” be made from durum semolina. That’s just the rule for pasta – I didn’t make the rules folks, just the way it is.
I mean my Nonna and my Mom would NEVER have used brown rice flour, quinoa, corn, and/or amaranth. Mostly because none of them would have known what he hell these were!
However, after reading “The Wheat Belly Cookbook” by William Davis MD” on holidays last week, and doing way too much other health readings while in Mexico, I figured that I better try and get on the wheat free diet where I could. I might not ever be gluten free totally, but I could sure try and reduce a lot of it out of my diet.
Three areas of my diet where gluten was prevalent was dessert, breads and pastas.
Now desserts were going to be sorta easy. I mean I can do without dessert for the most part, I mean I may cheat here and there; my Mom is a freak of a baker so that would be brutal to completely be without desserts made with flour by my Mom. However, I managed quite easily in Mexico, and I have done ok the three days at home. So desserts – no major problem so far.
Lets discuss breads.
This is tough, really tough for a guy who grew up with his mom baking fresh bread all the time!! However, I know I can find alternatives that I enjoy so I am thinking that I can get thru this one also. Tough, but not impossible. There are options…
Finally, there is pasta.
Big problem! I can’t do it! It is 100% impossible – period!
I had not had pasta in Mexico; that was really not a huge challenge. They may cook a lot of foods well there, but I was pretty safe not hitting the pasta bar. However, when we got home, it became brutal! And that was only after two nights of being home!!!
Monday night I get home late from the first day of work, so I could not prepare dinner; my Mom did (we holidayed with my folks and they stayed with us for three days prior to heading off for more sun – my Mom does not live with us and does not cook every meal for us – I’m not that Italian!).
Anyway, I come home and the house smells freaking awesome! Fresh homemade Bolognese sauce with hot Italian sausages! It looks divine! And I can’t have it, its served with wheat pasta, I just gave up on that! It was killer not to eat dinner, seriously killer!
At that point I KNEW I would never make it as someone even remotely gluten free. I can’t do it. I can’t not have pasta – its just impossible!
Well, I get on the email early this AM and contact my dear friend Nicky at Canadian Choice Wholesale, and ask him to send me some samples of the “Tru Roots Organic Pasta” that he carries.
Tru Roots combines Quinoa, a powerfood full of protein and nutrients, Amaranth, an Aztec supergrain packed with minerals and protein, with whole grain Brown Rice and whole grain Corn in this unique, gluten-free pasta. This combination keeps firm “al dente” texture after cooking, and adds a delicious nutritious boost to pasta dishes. Certified Organic, Kosher and non-GMO. I copied that all from the webpage to make me sound smart’ish.
The main reason I contacted Nicky (outside of the fact he is a really nice guy) was because Tru Roots is made in Italy; gotta be able to trust the Old Country on this one. If the Italians could not pull this off, my gluten free(ish) days were over as of January 15, 2013. I would have made it only 17 days without dessert, bread and pasta.
What a huge surprise we had tonight!
With some of the leftover sauce of last night, my wife cooked up a small package of the Tru Roots penne for me. It was delicious. Absolutely delicious. So good that my son devoured the small pan that was supposed to be mine – jackass – these teens just have no shut off valves when it comes to food consumption! He did not know it was not real pasta (by real we mean durum semolina). He loved it as well!
We are hooked on this!
The listing for Tru Roots at London Drugs happens tomorrow AM! Be in most locations within two weeks.
I may now be able to try and be a little closer to gluten free. I just took care of the pasta issue; sorry Nonna, I know you would have loved this as well.
As for breads, I will hunt. With respect to deserts, well, I may cheat here and there when my Mom is in town. I mean I can’t diss my Mom’s desserts!
Happy eating folks!
Off to the gym to work off some of the Mexican holiday…
Ciao for now @kootenayborn