I’m not sure about you but I for one am getting weary of the cornerstones of healthy eating is to cook everything from scratch. Do not get me wrong, I 100% believe that the benefits of taking raw ingredients and creating a nutritious dish with your own hands is one of the pleasures of life. Cooking this way provides numerous benefits; you know what you’re eating, you’re not exposed to (more) pesticides, it’s less expensive plus one of the main perks is the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you do manage to create something that looks great and tastes fantastic.
However sometimes I don’t have time to wash, cut, chop, sauté, marinade, cook, season and then add the final flair of presentation to the dish with a touch of basil. Sometimes I just want to come home after a busy day at work and know there’s something in the kitchen that won’t take me long to cook.
Yet whilst the retail food industry is definitely looking at the ingredients it puts into its products now, it’s still full of those sneaky little ingredients that are just not good for you. A food item that sounds healthy is suddenly causing sweats when you turn over the packet and look at the ingredients – sugar, fructose, starch and then if you have intolerances and allergies you see the words wheat/mustard/dairy/fish sauce which makes you drop the packet quicker than a hot potato. Finding simple food products that don’t have these pesky add-ons proves difficult.
So when you find a food product or brand that caters to your every digestive whim, it takes a lot of restraint not to go wild and purchase in bulk. I randomly stumbled over the Gosh brand and it fit my criteria perfectly.
Appeals to: free-from lovers, vegetarians, healthy-conscious eaters and anybody else who fancies a quick bite
It was actually the packaging that caught my eye as I was browsing the supermarket shelves. The slightly quirky sleeve and bright orange colour jumps out with the large font of the brand name Gosh making you do a double swivel of your eyes. What I really liked as well is that you could see the product as clear packaging peeps over the top of the sleeve. I liked the fact I could see what I’d be eating rather than it being fully covered in a cardboard sleeve. Easy to read information on the front and back tells you immediately this is safe for allergy/intolerance sufferers to eat. For me the ingredients list is simple and quick to run your eyes over quickly.
£2.50 (based on Tesco’s pricing). I’ve become so used to paying more for allergy-free products that when I see a product that’s reasonably priced it makes me think huh? But this is a very fair price for a product that is simple and tastes good.
I was expecting a dense, slightly tough texture when I bought these so was really (pleasantly) surprised that these were soft and oh so chewy. To say they are tasty is an understatement – these little babies are so moorish. I could have eaten the full pack in one go but had to restrain myself. The flavours of harissa and paprika are just enough not to overwhelm the product and add that little bit of spice. I’ve had these on three or four occasions now all in different dishes, and each time I just look forward to popping one of these in my mouth. Delicious!
Verdict – in a word, simple. These are worth every penny, quick to cook, simple ingredients and delicious to eat. For those, like me, who have to be careful about the ingredients they eat, this product is one of the very few that I can stock up on and be relieved that when I get home from work there’s something quick to pop in the oven, fills me up and goes with a variety of dishes. I would definitely recommend these without hesitation.
Feel free to leave your thoughts below after you’ve tasted them – always open to different opinions!
Guest Blogger: Mrs M.
As a person with a recently diagnosed sensitive digestive system, I’m now on a path to make sure I eat well whilst still enjoying myself. Having been fearful of food, I now love finding new products, going to new restaurants to try new twists on dishes and am constantly looking for quirky items to consume. I’m a huge supporter of simple food that is made tasty with the right combination of ingredients and more importantly enjoying your food and diet in a balanced way. That means I always have room for my favourite item – chocolate!