I seriously have a metric ton of reviews (OK, maybe not a metric ton, but quite a few) to get posted for y’all. And soon, someday, maybe, I will get to them.
I did want to share Zema’s Madhouse Foods with you, before the bag that is sitting on my desk reminding me to write this gets whisked away in a cleaning frenzy.
Jill (the founder, cook, and chief bottle washer at Zema’s, and a very nice lady) contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing her products. I receive product review requests that I do not accept. After all, does it really make sense for me to review a prepackaged, rice flour based, nutritionally void bag of macaroni and cheese? Something I ordinarily would never eat and would never recommend you to eat? Mmmkay. Yeah, that’s a no. So, when Jill emailed me I set out to do a bit of research on Zema’s before responding. This is what I found:
“Creators of delicious and nutritious bread mixes made using ancient wholegrains, minimally processed organic and natural gluten free ingredients…mixes that are rich in natural and organic vitamins and minerals. 5 unique mixes that are allergen free, gluten-free and sugar free…Zema’s ancient grain based gluten free flatbreads are a delicious and healthy alternative to processed snacks…”
OK. I’ll bite. (Bad pun of the day, folks. I’ll be here all week.)
Zema’s website is still under construction, so you can check them out on Facebook. Under the “info” tab is where you can find more information on their products available. In the “discussions” tab are different recipes using the mixes.
Here are the current Gluten Free baking mixes:
GF Dedicated Cinnamon-Oatmeal
Peruvian Sweet Potato-Pumpkin
Zema’s mixes commit to being free of dairy, soy, rice, sesame, yeast, tree nuts, peanuts, sulfites, additives, trans fats, preservatives and sugar.
Yum, eh? When Jill asked me which mix I would like to try I told her quite frankly, they all sounded delicious and let her choose. She sent me a sample of the Peruvian Sweet Potato-Pumpkin Flatbread mix to try. I was really pleased when I looked at the bag and it was clearly stated:
“ELISA tested < 10ppm" Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know that the products were tested as having < 10 ppm (parts per million) of gluten. (I talk a little more about ppm and naturally gluten free foods discussing the Tricia Thompson study that found contamination in gluten free grains.)
When I made these back in January I had just been in the hospital and was craving comfort food. Why a sweet potato pumpkin flatbread seemed like comfort food, I don’t know, but it did. And happily, the ingredients that you add into the mix are easily found in anyone’s cupboard. Water, olive oil (I used melted coconut oil,) maple syrup, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, egg whites, and pumpkin puree. Other than changing the fat to my preference, I followed the directions as given.
And it was very tasty. It was warm, not in temperature, but in intent. It was comforting just as I expected it to be. Not overly pumpkin-y, but flavorful.
Those are pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and sunflower seeds on the top of the flatbread. I also sprinkled the top with a tad more cinnamon.
I definitely recommend checking out Zema’s on Facebook. Food that tastes good and is good for you is our right as humans, not just as celiacs or those living gluten free. Don’t compromise your health or your taste buds.
Thanks to Jill for her vision and her company!
Have any of you tried Zema’s products? Thoughts?
If you haven’t already, check out my free (gluten free!) nutrition guide for a taste (wow, I’m killing the bad puns today!) of my overall nutrition perspective. Also be sure to look thru Gluten Free and Fit 101 for information on living a healthy gluten free life.
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