This is continued from the previous review on Leahey Foods soups.
On busy days, you feel obligated to prepare delicious quick meal-to-go and move on with your tasks. Leahey Foods, Inc. serves healthy VEGAN dishes that are easy to prepare, for any consumers. Most of Leahey Foods products are GLUTEN-FREE and VEGAN since there is a growing need for GLUTEN-FREE products.
I will be reviewing two entrees by Leahey Foods, Inc.:
1. No Beef Stroganoff
2. Macaroni & Cheese (GLUTEN-FREE)
I have also reviewed Leahey Foods’ soup products on another post, feel free to read them.
As of June 2012, Leahey Foods’ products that are GLUTEN-FREE are listed here: Macaroni & Cheese, Cheese-Flavoured Sauce, Homestyle Creamy Gravy, No Beef Brown Gravy, No Chicken Golden Gravy, No Beef Mexican Style Gravy, Mushroom Gravy, No Beef Rice Soup, No Chicken Rice Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Potato Soup and Red Beans/Rice Family Size Entree.
★ PRODUCT NAME: Leahey Foods
★ WEBSITE: www.leaheyfoods.com
★ ABOUT: Based in Altoona, PA, Leahey Foods, Inc. was founded in 2003 with more than 20 years of experience in food research and development, production, sales, marketing and customer service focusing on vegan and healthy lifestyle. The mission statement is, “Our goal is to ‘light up your tastebuds’ with tantalizing foods that meet a healthy lifestyle and to select ingredients with the health conscious consumer in mind. ” (Leahey Foods, About Us).
Macaroni & Cheese is a vegan and GLUTEN-FREE meal with creamy sauce and elbow macaroni. Inside the bag, it came with a pack of sauce and dry elbow macaroni (gluten-free). The instruction called for 6 cups of boiling water and cook for 6-8 minutes until tender, but I cooked it for 8-10 minutes at high heat. I added a pinch of salt to the pasta while boiling. I just got home from a 2-week trip and all I had was Leahey Foods’ Mac n’ Cheese and that new vegan milk product. I used Taste the Dream‘s vegan almond, cashew, and hazelnut blend milk for the sauce. When I smelled the powder, it smelled cheesy. I blended with the vegan milk and it boiled 5 minutes later. I let it simmer at very, very low heat for 2 minutes. The cheesy sauce looked very creamy after mixing it in with the cooked macaroni. I would recommend using non-sweetened dairy-free milk from now on for this dish, because the one I used made the creamy sauce a sweeter tone (my fault, but I didn’t have a choice since I just got back from my trip with a nearly empty fridge!) It is a great gluten-free dish for two
★ INGREDIENTS: Semonlina, durum flour (niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamine, mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), unbleached flour, corn starch, yeast extract, nutritional yeast, palm oil, corn syrup solids, tomato powder, sugar, salt, natural flavor (contains canola oil)
No Beef Stroganoff is a massive skillet meal for sure (ended up having a couple of leftovers the next day with my partner). The sauce is similar to a No Beef soup broth, but thicker as a gravy consistency. The instructions for making the stroganoff are precise. As a pre-warning, if you leave the cooked dish aside beyond 10 minutes, the sauce turned a bit thick and tend to be a bit salty. It is best to eat it warm and saucy before you leave the dish aside too long. If you want to eat it after being left aside, add 1/2 cup boiling water to make the dish more saucy and less salty, and cook until warm. The textured soy protein provided a texture to the stroganoff. I added fresh wild mushrooms from the Farmer’s Market, and it was a great topping for the dish! I really love the rotini pasta in a vegan “beef” sauce, and this is a great dish for a busy family! “A good source of protein with 5 grams and just 197 calories per one cup serving.”
★ INGREDIENTS: Semolina, unmodified corn starch, textured soy protein, palm oil, rice flour, yeast extract, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, maltodextrin, corn syrup solids, shitake mushrooms, < 2.0% vinegar, sugar, natural flavors, spice extracts, tomato, apple, caramel color, vanilla
This item(s) was kindly sent to me to review by Leahey Foods. All products that are mentioned and reviewed here on my vegan blog are of my own personal opinions and I am not being compensated to review them, only just to share my thoughts. Any products mentioned here should be used at your own discretion and with caution. I only review cruelty-free and vegan products. I will not review any products that I don’t love. If I receive a product complimentary of the company, it will be stated so in the post, otherwise, all products are purchased myself for my own personal use.