I was walking down the frozen aisle in my local Kings Supermarket where they have a bunch of gluten free options. This one caught my eye. Maybe it was the green packaging, maybe it was the fact that it looked cauliflower based but most likely it was because it said cheddar and bacon. I LOVE cheddar and bacon. My gut can throw a hissy fit all day long but if something is gluten free and has cheddar and bacon included, you better believe I’m going to try it.
Ok ok, I talk tough but my gut is the boss and I will not make it mad so just so we’re clear – I will never knowingly/willingly eat gluten. Wish I could, but I can’t. That celiac thing. You understand right?
Green Giant is known for making interesting meals with unique foods and this one is no exception. Cauliflower mashed potatoes? Interesting. I think Green Giant usually falls into the healthy trend category so it couldn’t hurt to try this. I could get into the details of how this is low calorie since it is cauliflower & has very few ingredients (true and true) but that’s not why I write these reviews.
SIDE NOTE: This product doesn’t explicitly state that it is gluten free or has been certified to be gluten free. This is where my self-taught degree in food label investigation comes into play. The ingredients they used does not normally contain gluten. I also researched their website and found that they don’t explicitly label this as gluten free. They DO label other products that they offer as gluten free though so not sure why this didn’t receive that label treatment.
Ease of Cooking (4.3)
This thing was not easy to cook. I’m no chef but it would have been easier if I bought and mashed up my own cauliflower, spread some cheese and bacon on it and cooked it myself. The instructions said I could have microwaved it but I didn’t. I’m all about convenience but nuking it just didn’t seem right for this. The other option was put it in the oven for 30 minutes at 425 degrees and then another 15 minutes after you took the wrapper off. So I did that. It came out more like soggy cereal drowning in milk, minus the cereal. Who approved this to leave the manufacturer as an edible food product? Gross. So I put it in for another 15 minutes hoping it would get better. All in all, 1 hour of cook time. Terrible.
The Food (5.6)
Honestly, this wasn’t that good. Could you see that coming from my previous section’s rating? What you probably weren’t expecting was to see a bad review here so short into the life of this blog. Well, I’m an honest guy that gives honest reviews and honest opinions. I didn’t like this product at all. The taste was only saved because of the cheddar and bacon, otherwise the score would be much lower. The texture was terrible and everything about it was just overall bad. I love cauliflower, mashed potatoes (any kind of potato honestly), cheddar and bacon but this combo for this product was not worth the buy or the time.
Did I Get Sick? (NO)
No problems in the gut whatsoever after eating this. I did have some rumbling for a little bit but that was just due to the fact that it contains a lot of dairy, I think. Definitely didn’t get glutened in anyway though.
Need I say more?