Boulder Canyon makes a delicious chip with Rice with Adzuki Bean Natural Sea Salt Snack Chips

Boulder Canyon Rice with Adzuki Beans Natural Sea Salt Snack Chips
Boulder Canyon Rice with Adzuki Bean Natural Sea Salt Snack Chips

Product: Boulder Canyon Rice with Adzuki Bean Natural Sea Salt Snack Chips – $2.99+

Who would have thought?  A snack chip made out of rice flour and adzuki beans?  It doesn’t seem at all natural or like it should be even found in nature.  And…well, while not a natural occurrence in our natural environment, Boulder Canyon now delivers this straight to our grocery store aisles.  Founded in 1994, Boulder Canyon has been producing all natural, kettle cooked potato chips that go beyond the standard brands in both quality and taste.  This isn’t just me speaking…this is the company’s mission statement.

And…the thing is, they can back it up.

Prior to this, I had been able to try a few of Boulder Canyon’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.  I first sampled them here in my area (shocking, I know!) and then found them again at a grocery store out in Los Angeles, California, while visiting some friends.  We got them hooked on them as well.  And as snack chips went, these were a safe (save for the Malt Vinegar and Sea Salt variety) as far as gluten-free chips went.  Better still…they were delicious.

Well, as I’ve gotten more accustomed to the whole gluten-free snack thing…I’ve branched out some.  So, when a couple of bags of Boulder Canyon Rice with Adzuki Bean Snack Chips were on super sale at Big Lots…I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try them.  A blind tasting this time.  No samples from a gluten-free fair or expo…this was something I just saw and went with.  At the price with a 20% discount on top of it…I’d be hard-pressed not to make a purchase.

And, as is the norm, I had other snacks to work through first before I got to these…but the magical snack moment arrived yesterday.  I needed a quick 3:00 p.m. snack for the office to see me through to when I could cook dinner.  I had packed up a serving (1 ounce) of these chips and brought them with me for that purpose.  When the time rolled around, I opened up my little container and took my first bite.

I fell in love with them.  Yes…with one simple bite.  The flavor was so familiar and distinctive…but it was light, non-greasy, and clean.  I offered one to my teammate, who has a very picky and discerning palate, and she took a hesitant bite…but soon was crunching on the chip as well.  She said the flavor reminded her of Cool Ranch Doritos.  She was absolutely right.  But it had a better flavor…less mess…and was just better all around.  And trust me…Cool Ranch Doritos used to be my favorite chip!  So this is saying something!

The Boulder Canyon Rice with Adzuki Bean Natural Sea Salt Snack Chips (whew…that’s a mouthful…but a delicious one!) are made from rice flour, corn starch, adzuki beans, and corn flour.  They are seasoned with chili flakes, cumin, and sea salt.  What this does then is lend a little bit of spice and bite to each chip, keeping each taste interesting.

The flavor of these chips, I believe, mostly comes from the adzuki beans, which tend to have a nutty flavor and are commonly used in Japanese dishes.  They are low in fat and high in protein.  That’s a great combination to base a snack chip off, don’t you think?  And with the way Boulder Canyon slow cooks their chips using sunflower and/or safflower oil, you don’t need to worry about trans fat or cholesterol.  All of their products are free from both.

The Rice with Adzuki Bean Natural Sea Salt Chips have 140 calories per serving and 7 grams of fat.  That isn’t bad for a snack chip when it comes down to it.  Even though this is a flavor that is based on sea salt…the sodium content is quite low (130 mg) and each serving provides 2 grams of protein.  Not too shabby for a snack chip.  These particular chips are also gluten-free (obviously) and non-GMO.  They are all-natural, so no strange chemicals go into the making of this snack.

The flavor that these chips provide is unmatched.  You wouldn’t even guess that they are made with beans.  Never in a million years.  You don’t taste the beans…you honestly just taste the delicious flavors that are packed into each bite, seasoned to perfection, and made as healthy as a snack chip can be.  When you can back up your mission statement of providing superior flavor and superior products, then you’re doing your job well.

Boulder Canyon can definitely back up their claims.  I would buy these again in a heartbeat!  And as they taste like really fantastic tortilla chips, they’d be perfect to dip in hummus or salsa or even guacamole.  Mmmm…something to try next time.

If you are looking for something different when it comes to snacks…be bold (heh…see what I did there?) and try Boulder Canyon’s Rice with Adzuki Bean Natural Sea Salt Snack Chips.  I promise…it will be love at first bite.

A different sort of vegetarian burger in Earth Fare’s Mushroom Rice Burger (gluten-free)

Earth Fare Natural Mushroom Rice Burger
Earth Fare Natural Mushroom Rice Burger

Product: Earth Fare Natural Mushroom Rice Burger – $3.99+

I have fallen into a veggie burger rut.  That sounds strange…I know.  But it’s true.

The marketplace for gluten-free veggie burgers is booming.  And I’m happy about that, because as a gluten-free vegetarian, sometimes I just want to have a good veggie burger.  And many of the ones I have tried have been awesome.  Some have been better than others.  Despite being one of the more pricier ones, I absolutely can not step away from Amy’s Kitchen Sonoma Burger.  It’s delicious.  And one of the more sane ones when it comes to nutrition.

You might recall my run-in with the epically off-the-chain deliciousness of Sunshine Burgers…but the calories and fat content in them totally derailed my moment of joy.

It’s hard to find decent gluten-free, vegetarian food that isn’t laden with high calories and a lot of fat.

But, one day while shopping at my area’s newest grocery store, Earth Fare (I call it Earth Joy because it makes me happy!), I stumbled across their house brand of veggie burgers in the freezer section.  As I was on my last Amy’s patty, I figured…why not try something else?  And with a quick glance at the nutrition information, I felt so much better about this selection than any of the ones that have come before it.  Now, I just had to hope it tasted as good as it sounded.

Earth Fare Natural Mushroom Rice Burger
Earth Fare Natural Mushroom Rice Burger

The veggie burger I chose this time around is Earth Fare’s Mushroom Rice Burger.  And when I removed it from the freezer last night to cook up for dinner, what I loved seeing was the bits of rice that are actually part of the burger.  You can also see the various vegetables that are incorporated into the patty itself.  Love that.  In fact, the Mushroom Rice Burger is composed of portobello and button mushrooms, onions, carrots, red and green peppers, black olives, potatoes, and garlic.  Organic brown rice is added to that flavorful mixture, and they are seasoned with wheat-free organic tamari, sea salt, garlic, and some herbs.

A single burger is the serving size, but for once, the nutrition facts on the back of the box didn’t send me throwing it back in the freezer.  One patty is only 90 calories (I think this is the first gluten-free veggie burger I’ve had that is under 110 calories) and contains only 1.5 grams of fat (THIS IS A FIRST!).  It is a lean burger that is low fat, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and free of saturated fat.  The sodium level is very low (290 mg).  And one patty contains a whopping 8 grams of protein.  Love that.

Last night, because I had some red onion, local bibb lettuce, and some tomato on hand, I decided it was time for another veggie burger.  So, I busted out the Earth Fare Mushroom Rice Burger to cook up and give a try.  I put it in my skillet to cook and heat through.  This was actually very easy to do.  I just made sure that it wasn’t cold anywhere in the middle, and flipped it a couple of times until it was nice and golden on the outside and warm throughout.

As I am out of my gluten-free hamburger buns, I have been opting to sandwich my burgers in…gluten-free bread.  I happened to only have one slice left of my Glutino Genius bread, so I did sort of an open-face burger thing in lieu of getting more gluten-free bread or some gluten-free buns.  I threw a slice of Veggie Slices Provolone Flavor cheese over it to melt down.  Then, I plated it with the fresh vegetables and sat down to enjoy.

My first order of business was to get a piece of the burger itself, with no veg or bread.  Why?  Because I really wanted to see how it tasted, unmarred by the flavors that accompanied it.  One bite…and I fell in love.  This veggie burger is packed with amazing flavor.  All organic.  All delicious.  I haven’t been this impressed by a veggie burger in a long time (especially one that is at least a little more nutritious for me to eat!).  Gluten-free veggie burgers are becoming a little more common, but these…these not only have the best nutritional stats of any that I have tried, but they were moist and rich with flavor.  All of the vegetables, the rice, the seasonings…they all mingled and mixed to form this perfect bite of a burger.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I hoovered it.  Just completely devoured it.

Yes…it is that good.

I have noticed that Earth Fare markets are opening up throughout the country.  If you have one nearby, I encourage you to go inside and try some of what they have to offer.  It’s a great little healthy supermarket.  And I have fallen in love with their selection (especially for someone like me!) and their products.  Their very own brand of veggie burgers has now become my absolute favorite.  Now…how’s that for amazing?!

Earth Fare Natural Mushroom Rice Burger, topped with melted non-dairy provolone cheese, bibb lettuce, and tomato
Earth Fare Natural Mushroom Rice Burger, topped with melted non-dairy provolone cheese, bibb lettuce, and tomato