|A variety of goodies from Andean Dream|
If you’re not familiar with Andean Dream, they provide gluten-free quinoa products. Always one to be vigilant of fiber, I have often shied away from quinoa fearing it would upset my Crohn’s. Every time I have it though, I’m reminded how much I enjoy it, and that I should incorporate it more into my diet. Which leads me to this review. I was lucky enough to try out a variety of their products. The cookies, I had tried before, but it had been a while, and I’d never tried their pasta products. Speaking with Ingrid the founder of Andean Dream, she mentioned that their pasta is the only that is truly able to be prepared al dente–a real novelty for GF pastas. I’d never tried the quinoa pasta, so I was very curious. She also mentioned that in the past, she had been approached by Disney to use her products–some of the chefs actually tried the pasta and really liked it. Well, that settled it. Now I had to test it out!
|Coconut Quinoa Cookies|
First up were the coconut cookies. I love all things coconut, so to me, I expected to love these. At first bite, I was a bit underwhelmed by the lack of sweetness in them, but as I enjoyed these later on, I realized that it might have been because I had something very sweet right before I ate this cookie, because I really began to enjoy these. They almost have that shortbread sweetness. They also remind me of a cookie that I used to get as a child, so I loved the nostalgia in that familiar taste.
|Cocoa Orange cookies|
OMG I love these cookies. The chocolatey taste in these is delicious. As many of you know, I’m a chocolate-aholic! The combination of cocoa and orange was so lovely–not over-powering and very delicious. I’m ashamed to admit, I ate like three of these in a sitting. Yep, this is what happens when you really like a cookie!
|Vegetarian Quinoa Soup…sooo good!|
Ingrid told me the soups that they have are new, and I was eager to try them out, especially because of the pasta. Pasta soup is a hard thing to achieve successfully when it comes to GF and since Ingrid said the pasta had that al dente texture, I was very hopeful it would turn out great. It definitely exceeded my expectations! I made the soup, but also added pre-cooked homemade turkey meatballs just as the soup was finished. This made for a great meal, but I could have easily enjoyed it meat-free. It actually sort of reminded me of the Mrs. Grass’s soup, only healthy and tastier. Ingrid was completely on the mark about the pasta! It helped up really well, and especially well as I took it the next day for lunch at work. Reheating and sitting overnight didn’t kill it! Some GF pastas get really gummy the next day, and this did not. Score one for Andean Dream!! The other thing that I really liked about this soup was the variety of quinoa in it–little pastas, quinoa, and spaghetti pasta provided a variety of shapes and textures. Loved that! Plus, it has a fairly high level of protein in it, which makes it even more nutritious. Definitely a new favorite on my list.
|Tomato Quinoa Soup|
I haven’t had this soup yet, but I’m expecting to love it. I’ll add my review here when I’ve tried it!
Just a quick review on the pasta–I love, love, love this pasta! As I mentioned above, it holds up so well. I’m using it in soups and pasta salads. Next up on my list is going to be a vegan macaroni and cheese. Oh that is gonna be soooo good!
|Quinoa spaghetti–great in soups and wonderful for saues|
Overall, I’m very pleased with the products from Andean Dream. I know officially have a new favorite pasta–one that actually holds up like the pastas of my gluten days. I can see now why the Disney chefs liked it so much. It’s definitely much more appealing texturally and taste wise than some of the other versions. I can only hope that Disney will add this to their product list sometime!
On a personal note, I love the company’s message and support of local families in Bolivia providing a way to create sustainable business methods helping promote positive economic change. Food that tastes good, is good for you, and supports others is the kind of food I love.
Check out Andean Dream for yourself! You won’t regret it!
*Disclaimer: I did not receive any financial compensation for this review. I received a sample of the products for review purposes. The opinions are my own and based on my personal experiences with this product.