Welcome to the last day of my event. Today’s I have both a product review and a GIVEAWAY! Don’t forget to get your entries in for my other 3 giveaways (links below):
I am pretty sure almost everybody is familiar with Bob’s Red Mill (website here: http://www.bobsredmill.com/). They offer a wide range products such as flours (like chickpea flour and black bean flour), meals (like almond and hazelnut meal), cereals, oats, and gluten free products. I always peruse the bob’s red mill products when I am at the grocery store just to see what’s up. The company generously donated the 3 products pictured above so I could do a full review on them. They have also generously donated 1 gift set containing 3 Bob’s Red Mill products (giveaway at the end of this post).
Bob’s Red Mill sent me 3 products to try; 2 different types of quinoa and almond meal. My dad is a huge quinoa fan so he was pretty stoked when I received not one but two packages of quinoa. I was actually more excited for the almond meal as I have always wanted to try it but have never had the opportunity until now.
I received red quinoa and tricolor quinoa. So first off, for those that aren’t familiar with quinoa, it is actually a seed. But it is not just any seed. It’s a ‘superseed’. Nutritionally it offers potassium, fiber, protein, iron, b-6, and magnesium. What’s pretty awesome about quinoa is that it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids making it a complete protein. It’s a great option for those who are gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan.
So what’s the difference between tricolor quinoa and red quinoa, you may ask? Not much. Nutritionally, they are very similar. In all honesty, from what I can tell, there’s not much difference between the two other than color.
One thing to note about quinoa is that prior to cooking it is important to give it a good rinse to remove the saponin which can give quinoa a bitter flavor. The quinoa from Bob’s Red Mill has already been pre-rinsed so you can skip that part and just cook it as usual which involves boiling it in water and simmering until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Quinoa is not only great on its own but it is very versatile so you can add it to several dishes like pilafs, soups, salads, or even baked goods. I have successfully added quinoa into chocolate chip cookies (recipe here: https://f00dventures.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/whole-wheat-chocolate-chip-cookies-made-with-a-few-surprise-healthy-ingredients/).
I also made a quinoa stew last weekend (recipe can be found here- click me)
I really enjoyed both of the quinoa products I received as did my dad. They were easy to make and they were great quality. In addition they are both USDA organic which is always a plus in my book.
As for the almond meal, I really enjoyed it as well. Almond meal is actually what it sounds like; it is basically made from ground up almonds. There is a difference between almond meal and almond flour; Almond Meal is ground almonds with the skin on, while Almond Flour is blanched almonds with the skin removed. Almond meal is great for gluten free baking. Being in the profession I am, I love seeking out new products so I can confidently recommend products to future clients/patients. I don’t believe in recommending anything without trying it myself first.
One thing to note is that, because it is made with nuts, it is a little higher in calories when compared to other flours. 1 cup of almond meal provides 656 calories whereas 1 cup of whole wheat flour provides 455 calories and 1 cup of white flour provides 578 calories.
Almond meal can be used on its own or it can be used to replace up to 25% of regular flour called for in recipes. I successfully used it in several different recipes like peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and sweet potato pancakes. It added a great flavor and texture to the chocolate chip cookies! I would almost purchase it just for that alone.
Overall verdict: I really enjoyed everything I was provided. Bob’s Red Mill is a great company with high quality products.
* Bob’s Red Mill was generous enough to send me these products for free. I received these products for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*
Bob’s Red Mill has generously offered to provide one lucky subscriber with a gift set containing a bag of quinoa, almond meal, and hazelnut meal. Unfortunately this version of wordpress does not support the rafflecopter widget so please click the link below to be taken to the widget where you can put in your entries for the giveaway.