Product: Biatalia Gluten Free Couscous di Mais – $5.00+
Here’s the story…of a lovely lady…who used to always cook with couscous. Then she was diagnosed…as a Celiac…and couscous had to vamoose.
Here’s the story…of this thing called Cuisine Cube…who was packaging up gluten-free products. And in May, the box included couscous…and there was much rejoicing in the land.
Sorry…I couldn’t resist. My last name is Brady…so the Brady Bunch theme has pretty much been a big portion of my life. And, for just over a year, I can honestly say that Cuisine Cube was a big portion of my life. I hated to have to give up my monthly subscription, but I had medical bills from this torn hip labrum eating into my budget big-time. But that’s not to say that I don’t miss it. I am in the process of using up the final few things that I have from past cubes…and part of me hopes to jump back into the subscription again soon.
So, first let me recap for you what Cuisine Cube is all about, shall I? Cuisine Cube is a subscription service that delivers 5-6 gluten-free, full-size products to your door for as little as $34.99/month. Inside the cube, you will discover full-size products (not sample sizes) that are made by local and smaller, artisan companies, rather than those that you can find at the average grocery store. It has introduced me to so many new and delightful products. Each box contains a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and dessert product…and then, sometimes, an extra bonus item. Who doesn’t love a little something extra, right? Keep in mind, however, that Cuisine Cube has gone through some changes as of May. No longer do they strictly only offer gluten-free cubes. In addition to their gluten-free option, they now also offer Artisan and Vegan cubes as well. The Artisan cube means that you have no food allergies and foods that contain common food allergens will be included. The Vegan cubes contain products that are dairy and animal free. And, they still have the Gluten Free cubes, which will have products that contain no gluten or wheat. So, if you’re really interested in being introduced to the smaller, lesser-known, artisan companies, give Cuisine Cube a try! It’s like…Christmas…or your birthday…every month! Who doesn’t love that?!
So, as my sing-songy typed up intro to this blog explained…one of the May (Is For Mom) 2015 Cuisine Cube included an 18 ounce box of Biatalia Gluten Free Couscous. I was thrilled…because I used to use couscous all the time in recipes. And now, it wasn’t off limits. Here, right in my clutches, was an amazing box of gluten-free couscous. And I totally get that it took me until the end of August to actually get around to using it, but…wow…was it ever worth the wait.
First of all, the Biatalia Gluten Free Couscous is simple and easy to prepare. Pour one cup of boiling water over one cup of the uncooked couscous. Add a pinch of sea salt and cover, allowing it to sit for about 5 minutes. After the water is absorbed, gently separate the grains with a fork and spoon, add olive oil, and top with your favorite condiments. Which…is normally what I would do. But I went a little CRAZY this last week.
A couple of weeks ago, my roomie picked up some lamb chops at the local farmer’s market for me to cook up. Hey…I have dreams of appearing on Master Chef…so she said I needs to learn to cook all the proteins, even if I don’t eat them. She volunteers for that. So, with the recipe on hand for Honey Balsamic Lamb Chops ready to go, I pulled up a recipe online from Giada De Laurentiis’ couscous cakes…which involved cooking up the Biatalia Gluten Free Couscous Cakes. I just took 2 cups of the cooked couscous (which was made from 1 cup dry), mixing it with fresh basil, 2 eggs, ground coriander, lemon zest, salt, black pepper, and gluten-free all-purpose flour. Place 1/4 cup of olive oil into a pan and pat the mix into little 1/4 cup cakes (it will make 8) and fry them up, draining them on a paper towel.
Of course, with the leftover couscous, I had to try it out. Untouched. And…OH MY GOD…this is really the first gluten-free couscous (I tried 2 others) that really has that real couscous texture. I would have questioned the authenticity of the gluten-free status of this product, but it’s right there in print. Amazing. And, let me tell you, when I combined it with the listed ingredients from Giada’s recipe and made the couscous cakes…the flavor was only elevated. The taste and texture of the Biatalia Gluten Free Couscous was phenomenal. I mean, I was beyond surprised. In fact, I had to double-check the box just to make sure it truly was gluten-free. To say I am blown away is an understatement. This wowed me in every way possible. It paired great with her honey balsamic lamb chops and my honey balsamic portobello mushroom cap. Seriously. So yum!
Let’s discuss the ingredients of Biatalia Gluten Free Couscous. This amazing couscous is made from organic corn flour and water. That’s it. Yep. It’s that easy. Clean eating at its best.
As for the nutritional information, one serving is 1/4 cup of the couscous (about 40 grams). This serving will provide you with 140 calories less than 1 gram of fat, less than 1 gram of saturated fat, 30 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of sodium, about 0.5 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. Isn’t that fantastic?
So, without a little help from Cuisine Cube I never would have known about Biatalia Gluten Free Couscous. Made from 100% corn, the taste and texture are amazing and honestly…spot on. You would never guess that this was a gluten-free version of one of my favorite grains to cook with. And now, it is back in my life again. You can order Biatalia Gluten Free Couscous from online shops such as The Shop Agora. Trust me, this one is not to be missed!