Last week I announced that Amy’s Kitchen has added gluten-free burritos to their large line of gluten-free foods. I was contacted by Amy’s Kitchen after I posted that article and offered samples of the new burritos to review. I was thrilled! The burritos arrived Friday morning (2 bean & cheese and 2 bean & rice dairy-free/vegan) and are almost gone. I have eaten 2 of them myself and Jon claimed the 3rd.
More from Amy’s about the gluten-free burritos:
Our chefs went on a years-long mission to create a gluten free burrito as fantastic as our original. Their goal has finally been achieved! We blend organic, gluten free flours to create our special, handcrafted tortillas. Everyone here agrees that the organic vegetables, beans, rice and cheese find a flavorful, complementary home in this crepe-like tortilla. We can’t stop eating them.
While there are 2 different versions, bean & cheese and dairy-free, they are very similar in taste. I thought I was really going to miss the cheese, which ranks right up there with chocolate in my world, but I didn’t. The beans, rice and other ingredients are wrapped in a gluten-free flour tortilla. The burrito can be prepared by heating in the oven or microwave. I wanted to make them in the oven so that I got a really good take on the product, but it takes close to 45 minutes for the burrito to cook in the oven. I didn’t have time for that on Friday night, so the microwave it was. I heated the burrito for 1 minute on each side and then for another 30 seconds. Being the skim reader that I am, I missed the part about heating at 50% power the first time. Fortunately, that did not affect my results.
The burrito was a tad cold in the middle after the first 2 minutes, hence the additional 30 seconds. I didn’t want to over cook the burrito, so I was extra cautious. The tortilla had a wonderful texture, which we all know is not easy to do gluten-free. The filling was flavorful and not overly spicy. I did end up adding Frank’s Red Hot because I love spicy food. The burritos have decent nutritional stats – 260 calories with 8g fat, 430mg sodium, 5g fiber & 9g protein. The ingredients are as follows:
INGREDIENTS : 0G TRANS FAT NO ADDED MSG NO PRESERVATIVESORGANIC PINTO BEANS, FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC GARBANZO FLOUR, ORGANIC BROWN RICE, ORGANIC TOMATO PUREE, CHEDDAR AND MONTEREY JACK CHEESES (PASTEURIZED MILK, CULTURE, SALT, ANNATTO, ENZYMES [WITHOUT ANIMAL ENZYMES OR RENNET]), ORGANIC POTATO STARCH, ORGANIC TAPIOCA STARCH, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC BELL PEPPERS, ORGANIC SORGHUM FLOUR, ORGANIC SWEET RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, SEA SALT, SPICES, ORGANIC GARLIC. CONTAINS MILK.
When cooking the dairy-free version the following night, I actually followed the directions as written and still needed an additional 30 seconds. Microwaves behave differently based on power, so just make sure to pay attention. The nutritional stats for this burrito are very similar at 240 calories, 6g fat, 430mg sodium, 5g fiber & 7g protein. The ingredients are as follows:
INGREDIENTS : NO TRANS FAT,NO ADDED MSG, NO PRESERVATIVES (VEGAN) ORGANIC PINTO BEANS, FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC BROWN RICE, ORGANIC GARBANZO FLOUR, ORGANIC TOMATO PUREE, ORGANIC POTATO STARCH, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC TAPIOCA STARCH, ORGANIC BELL PEPPERS, ORGANIC SORGHUM FLOUR, ORGANIC SWEET RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, SEA SALT, SPICES, ORGANIC GARLIC.
Overall I was very pleased with these new products. While I am not proud to admit that I have consumed my fair share of frozen burritos in my time (mostly after midnight), I will say that Amy’s Kitchen does a much better job with these than the ones I was eating before. Not only are they gluten-free, but the entire ingredient line up is much healthier than the ones I was eating back in the day. These burritos are great as a snack, small meal, or even part of a large meal. I can even see cutting one up in pieces and using it as a large salad topper.
****In the spirit of full disclosure, I am sharing that I received these samples free of charge from Amy’s Kitchen. The opinions and views expressed in this post are my own and are not influenced by anyone or anything.