Product: Grandpa’s Gourmet Gluten Free Citrus Herb Chicken Encrusting – $5.00+
Okay…I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking…what is the gluten-free vegetarian doing with a breadcrumb coating that is meant for making fried chicken?
Well…it all starts with Cuisine Cube.
I signed up for Cuisine Cube back in May 2014…and for a year have been receiving a monthly subscription box of full-size products from artisan and smaller gluten-free companies. I love it. You can subscribe for as little as $29.99/month. While you might be uncertain about the quality of the service, let me tell you…you will receive products you may never have heard of and are definitely not readily available stores. You will receive 5-6 products (full-size) each month, each one representing a time when you’d eat: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert. And…sometimes…a bonus! For me, some some products get used faster than others…and some sort of linger in my pantry until I can figure out something to do with them.
That was the case when, in my July 2014 Cuisine Cube, I received a 6 ounce package of Grandpa’s Gourmet Gluten Free Citrus Herb Chicken Encrusting. Upon first opening the box, I thought…”I’m a vegetarian…what am I going to do with this?” But, as most of you are well aware, I do love to coat some of my fresh vegetables in different breading (some made out of re-purposed items, and some…from actual gluten-free breadcrumbs) and bake them up in the oven to serve for dinner. And, after almost a year of procrastinating on this product, I thought it was time to move the last of the 2014 products out.
That honor…went to Grandpa’s Gourmet Gluten Free Citrus Herb Chicken Encrusting. Grandpa’s Gourmet was founded by a couple – he is a Celiac and she can’t have sugar, making meal planning quite a task. One night, while she was preparing her grandfather’s old recipe for oven fried chicken, her husband gave into the craving and devoured all the fried chicken he could get his hands on. He, of course, braced for the inevitable reaction – which never came. Could it be…they had stumbled upon a recipe that would mean – “One Meal for Everyone!”?
Grandpa’s Gourmet calls their line of products “Encrustings” because they are breading taken to the next level. Typical store-bought breading (or breadcrumbs) you get are genetically modified, unnatural wheat-based products that contain high amounts of sodium, sugar and preservatives. Even most gluten-free breadings are loaded with fat because they are nut based or have a gritty texture as they are rice based. But that’s what sets Grandpa’s Gourmet Gluten Free Encrustings apart. Not only are their products all natural and healthy…but they taste great. These encrustings have a non-GMO corn base, instead of rice or potato, giving it a fantastic texture. They are sweetened with natural fruit juice…no artificial flavorings here. And then, they fold in their own custom blend of spices and seasonings that smell amazing as they cook.
I don’t eat chicken…nor do I cook meat…but I do a lot with vegetables. Had I thought about it before, the Grandpa’s Gourmet even suggests putting it on vegetables on the front of their pouch. It says, “Also great on: pork, fish, pasta, and vegetables.” VEGETABLES! DUH! So, last night and tonight, it was all about the Grandpa’s Gourmet Gluten Free Citrus Herb Chicken Encrusting.
Last night, I roasted up some broccoli that I coated with some olive oil and the encrusting mix. I did the same tonight with green beans, which I toasted up in the oven to get them nice and crispy and good. Let me tell you, Grandpa’s Gourmet Gluten Free Citrus Herb Chicken Encrusting is phenomenal. While I liked it well enough on the oven roasted broccoli, it really shined tonight when I put it on the green beans and toasted those up for dinner. WOW. This breading is anything but bland. In fact, it is a fantastic seasoning that would work well even in scrambled eggs. Honestly…I am beyond impressed with this amazing product. And to think, I never would have thought about this product otherwise. It is versatile and amazing.
Let’s take a look at the ingredients that go into a pouch of Grandpas Gourmet Gluten Free Citrus Herb Chicken Encrusting. This breading is made from organic corn meal (organic corn meal, organic grape and/or pear juice concentrate, sea salt), cashews, almonds, spices, salt, and orange peel. This encrusting is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, MSG free, and non-GMO.
As far as nutrition goes, I am totally impressed with how this all adds up. A serving of Grandpa’s Gourmet Gluten Free Citrus Herb Chicken Encrusting is 1/4 cup. There are about 6 servings per container. One serving will provide 120 calories and 6 grams of fat. This serving will also dish up 0 mg cholesterol, 220 mg sodium, 14 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams sugars, 2 grams fiber, and 3 grams of protein.
Honestly, I never would have given Grandpa’s Gourmet Gluten Free Citrus Herb Chicken Encrusting a second glance, but thanks to Cuisine Cube, I now have a product I can actively seek out (and order) and indulge in and include in so many dishes. This is one versatile breading…so even if you’re like me and don’t eat meat…you can still enjoy this product. I am definitely in love. Enough that I even ate the breading that flaked off my green beans tonight. A nice salty-sweet treat at the end of a meal. Definitely a new favorite.