Each and every week we receive details of new food products that are about to hit the stores or updates on current ones. Add to that the foray we make into supermarkets and into on-line stores to seek out bariatric-friendly foods and we usually have quite a few products to taste, test (or dare I say, ignore).
We therefore decided to add a new strand to bariatriccookery.com by doing the occasional roundup and review of some products that we think are worthy of your attention, tongue, pouch and pocket. Our aim of course is to highlight the best and cut the queue on your time, but we’ll also be frank about those we don’t think hit the mark if they are relevant. Some we won’t feature at all because … well what’s the point if they disappoint us (we think in turn they will disappoint you).
So here goes with the first …
Gosh! Free-From Meals
Gosh! is a new range of delicious and nutritious meals that heralds a new era in everyday free-from eating. Gosh! meals are convenient, simple and easy to prepare, and made from delicious ingredients that are bursting with natural flavour. Gosh! is a range that is free-from the 14 most common allergens; cereals containing gluten, eggs, milk, soya, nuts, peanuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, lupin, sulphur dioxide, crustaceans, fish & molluscs.
The Gosh! range is full of natural and superfood ingredients including chia, flax, kale, goji berries, puy lentils, pumpkin seeds, spinach and quinoa – all of which are respected for their nutritional properties and earthy goodness.
More of us than ever are choosing to opt for a better diet and demanding unprocessed food with better quality ingredients. The Gosh! range is a gloriously natural riot of vegetables, pulses, herbs and spices that are minimally processed, nutritionally dense and packed with flavour. Nothing added and nothing taken away. What’s more, Gosh! Is the first brand that is free-from all of the top allergens that can be found in the chiller cabinet, so it’s easily located. The Gosh! range is quick to prepare, simply heat in the oven for 15 minutes and serve, delicious on its own or with an endless choice of accompaniments.
Free from everything but taste
Gosh! takes you on a culinary journey, brimming with a new freedom in what was once a dry and ‘samey’ food category. Beetroot, kale and quinoa burgers burst onto the scene with dynamic colour and delicious flavour. Mixed seed, quinoa, carrot & coriander bakes with a minted pea centre are perfect for a lunchtime or evening meal; Sweetcorn & quinoa bites with a hint of harissa & paprika are lightly spiced, and Chickpea, courgette & Moroccan spiced bakes, topped with harissa peppers excite the taste buds with a melange of popping flavours that leave you wanting more. Mushroom, puy lentil & butter bean burgers take the traditional veggie burger to new gastronomic heights.
Around 1 in 4 Of the British population suffer from a food allergy or intolerance. Gosh! is suitable for everyone with food allergies and intolerances including wheat, dairy, gluten, fish and shellfish, nuts and peanuts and is also suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. Gosh! is fully accredited by the Vegan and Vegetarian Societies, and Coeliac UK.
What we think
We liked this ready-prepared range of vegetarian (and also suitable for vegans) range. In all cases the calorie count was good and the fat levels generally acceptable within our limits for an occasional meal. Most had very commendable low levels of sugar (only the Moroccan Spiced Bakes had a little more – but still lower than many other ready-made offerings). They look good and can be mixed and matched with more vegetables and salads for a nourishing main meal and certainly took the guesswork out of what to feed a friend or family member who is vegetarian, vegan or has a food allergy. Price wise they offered good value for money and if you look out for introductory deals may be cheaper than the price quoted below. They can also be frozen for use within one month. Cooking instructions were accurate.
We RECOMMEND them.
The Gosh! range is available at selected Tesco stores and online for £2.50 (http://www.goshfreefrom.co.uk). Gosh! launches at selected Morrisons stores nationwide from mid-September.
Sweetcorn & Quinoa Bites
Mixed Seed, Quinoa, Carrot & Coriander Bakes
Beetroot, Kale and Quinoa Burgers
Chickpea, Courgette & Moroccan Spiced Bakes
Mushroom, Puy Lentil & Butter Bean Burgers