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Product Review: Amy’s Kids Meals: Baked Ziti - gluten free/ dairy free/ organic/ vegan

Posted Dec 20 2008 5:50pm

I would totally buy this for myself, no kidding. This is such a great idea and it’s tasty as well.  And it only takes 3 minutes to cook in the microwave.

This frozen gluten free kids meal from Amy’s is a winner at my house.  This meal comes with a portion of baked ziti pasta sprinkled with dairy free cheese, broccoli topped with zesty tomato sauce, a piece of gluten free foccacia bread and a generous portion of apple crisp.  Most of the ingredients used to make this meal are organic and high quality, so I feel comfortable feeding this gluten free meal to my children when I want them to have something balanced and tasty, but don’t have the time the prepare it.

And the fun part: it comes with a cute tattoo of Stormy the dog! My girls had a big fight to decide who would get it. (Umm, who’s Stormy, you might be wondering? Stormy is Amy’s real life dog; a one eyed pooch rescued from a local pound.)

Here’s a breakdown of what you get:

Ziti: dressed with Amy’s tangy and flavorful sauce and topped with a sprinkle of dairy free cheese. The gluten free noodles cook perfectly and evenly, and there is just the right amount of sauce.

Broccoli: this serving of veggies also cooks perfectly- not too crisp, not too soggy. It is topped with a small portion of tomato sauce. It tastes good, but I think I would have liked the broccoli better plain.

Focaccia: thick sliced rice based seasoned bread. It is slightly coarse with a touch of sogginess on the bottom. I liked it; my kids not so much because of the extra moisture.

Apple crisp: totally yummy and flavorful. It has the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and the apples aren’t soggy.  It cooks in it’s own container, which is nice.

Overall, I really like this Amy’s frozen meal, and would choose this meal in a heartbeat over the other frozen children’s meals on the market, even though my kids don’t need to eat gluten and dairy free. Thanks Amy’s! This one is a winner.

Rating: 5 stars

Pros: flavorful, organic fruit & veggies, cooks perfectly

Cons: Kids may not like that some of the foods “touch”, the pasta, broccoli and bread cook in an undivided tray

For an ingredient list and nutritional info, please click here

To purchase this gluten free product, your best bet is to look in the frozen food section of your local grocery store or natural foods store.

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