Sunday, April 12, 2009

Gluten Freeze

Most varieties of popular frozen entrees such as Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine contain wheat, making it more difficult for celiacs to prepare a quick, convenient meal. However, there are companies offering some gluten-free alternatives. The newest brand available is the line of Organic Bistro Whole Life meals, sold at area Whole Foods markets and through online ordering. The company makes eight organic, fiber-rich "to-go" meals, including Pasta Puttanesca, Jamaican Shrimp Cakes and Chicken Citron. At Whole Foods, the entrees are priced at $6.49 each. Organic Bistro's home-delivery service, which ships the products in a reusable, insulated cooler packed with dry ice, currently has an introductory price of $30 for six entrees ($5 each). The standard home delivery charge to the Philadelphia area is about $10; second-day express delivery is about $21.

Hain Celestial, which makes DeBoles gluten-free pasta and Arrowhead Mills gluten-free baking mixes, sells all-natural frozen entrees under its Gluten Free Café label. There are four varieties: Fettuccini Alfredo, Asian Noodles, Lemon Basil Chicken and Pasta Primavera. The entire line is gluten-free certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group. Whole Foods also carries these meals, priced at $4.99 each.

Glutino's microwaveable entrees, including Chicken Ranchero and Pad Thai, can be found at local Wegmans stores as well as at Whole Foods.
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