Sunday, October 13, 2013

September Taste Guru Box

Do you live a gluten free lifestyle? Or maybe you know someone who is gluten free? Taste Guru is a whole box of food that is gluten free. Taste Guru came about when the co-founder was diagnosed with celiac disease. Many of the gluten free foods they found tasted like cardboard and generally didn't taste very good. Through trial and error they found foods they love and mealtimes became enjoyable again. Each month Taste Guru sends out a box of 7-10 full size gluten free foods that have been tested and reviewed by those who live a gluten free life. The box is shipped monthly and the prices ranges from $25 to $34 a month depending on which plan you sign up for. All plans include shipping.

This box ships to the USA only from Denver, Colorado. 

The good:

Gluten free made easy: This is a great way to try a whole bunch of gluten free foods.

Need a gift: I think this would make a great gift for the gluten free person in your life.

The not so good:

Want more: The products they send can be hard to find but an online store through their website is coming soon.

September Taste Guru Box

Contents of Taste Guru Box with approximate retail value:

Glutino Strawberry Breakfast Bars. Value = $6.29

Sea Fare Pacific Smoked Salmon Chowder. Value = $6.99 (although I think I saw this for a few dollars less at Sprouts) - this was really, really good I just wish there were more of it. I shared it with the boyfriend since it said two servings

Cook Simple Tamale Pie mix. Value = $4.99

Toufayan Gluten Free Wraps. Value = $4.99

Rocky Mountain Naked Popcorn. Value = $1.25 - I ate this whole bag while exploring this box. 

Viviana Sweet Potato Fettuccine. Value = $6.99

Triumph Dining Card in English and French. Value = $2.10

Recipe card for Grilled Vegetables and Hummus Wrap

The total value of this box is $33.60. I was really happy with the wide variety of products in this box. I don't have celiac or a need to eat gluten free but I figure if I like the products why not eat it. I can't wait to try the sweet potato fettuccine. I wonder what the texture will be like once cooked. I love tamale pie. My mom used to make it often when I was a kid but she made it with ground beef and this uses ground turkey which it a whole bunch better for you. The salmon chowder is kind of annoying to me. First of all it's says there are two servings in the package. Who saves a half a non-resealable package of soup? Second this is NOT two servings, this is one serving. Just call it what it is people one serving of soup. It was really delicious though. The dining card is kind of cool if your traveling. One side is printed in english and the other in french and it's a tri-fold card that will fit in your wallet. It says what foods you can and can't eat and the thought is you can give it to the server or chef and they can prepare the meal without items containing gluten. They also have other languages available. I don't have a need for this but if someone out there could use it email me and I will mail it to you. 

Verdict: depending on what next months box looks like I might just have to subscribe.

For those who are curious about the serving size of the chowder this is it. I should've put it in a measuring cup to show you but I had heated it up to eat it. This is an oversize mug but I would say there is maybe a cup of chowder and really it's probably closer to 3/4c. 

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