Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pasta Is Better When You Use Sauces 'n Love


I'm not gonna lie, when I was first diagnosed as Gluten Intolerant, it was a bit of a shock. While I was happy to finally understand what my body was telling me, I was in a bit of mourning over the foods that I would never again be able to enjoy. One of those foods being Pasta. Being Italian, it was as if someone told me I couldn't be myself. Not only because I couldn't eat the noodles, but because many of my beloved recipes, including the sauce, were not gluten free. I had pretty much given up hope on enjoying a good pasta dish, but my life was about to change!! Sounds so cliche', but it is true.



I was doing some research on Gluten Free products one day and I came across a company called Sauces N Love. I was interested in knowing more about them but I had to go to a Doctor's appointment, so I saved it to my favorites and went about my day. A few days later, my sister called me up and asked if I would be interested in working with a company called Sauces N Love? I could not believe it. I explained to her that I had just found them and wanted to know more about them. I was very interested and so I said yes!

Sauces N Love is a company that was born out a home kitchen where they made sauces from local, fresh produce and stayed away from canned tomatoes. Their sauces were offered to the neighborhood daily for $5.00 a jar. Can you imagine being able to have fresh made sauce delivered to your doorstep daily? They offer 100% All Natural, Authentic sauces that are Gluten Free Vegetarian, No Sugar Added, Low Sodium, Low Fat, Low Carb, Low Cholesterol.

I looked through their website at the many different products they offer, and finally decided on their Pink Lobster Sauce, Arrabbiata Sauce, and their Peppadew Pepper Dip. I couldn't wait for them to arrive!  Once the package came, I had been informed that they need to be refrigerated immediately. I opened the box, took out the gel packs, and placed the items in the fridge. My mother was coming to visit in a few days, and I wanted to wait and share them with her.

Can't wait to get cooking!

Once she arrived, I couldn't wait to maker her supper and get her opinion on the sauces, but first we needed a little bit of a snack. I pulled out some Gluten Free pretzels and the Peppadew Dip and set them out to munch on while we waited for supper to finish. The dip's ingredients are Sour Cream, Cream Cheese, Cream, Peppadew Peppers, Rosemary, Lemon Juice, Lactic Acid, Salt and Black Pepper. That's it, so simple but such complex flavors. One bite and you could taste the peppers and the cream cheeses. You could taste the acidity from the lemon juice and the sour cream, plus the hint of rosemary topped it all off. This dip is so light and airy, I couldn't stop eating it. I grabbed some fresh carrots and began to dig in, savoring the bits of peppers.

Peppadew Pepper Dip

The Peppadew Pepper Dip is so fantastic, my mother loved the dip. We got to thinking, what else could we use this dip for? We decided that we would use it in a wrap as a spread with cold cuts for our lunch the next day. It took the drab and boring wrap to the next level. It enhanced the flavor of the wrap while not weighing it down like other dips or spreads tend to do. We finished the dip in 2 days! It was so good. I'm looking forward to getting more dips to try, I think they would be wonderful with some grilled chicken.

Look at that fluffy, goodness!

Now, back to dinner. I decided to make it like a tasting, and we had both sauces with our dinner. I heated the Pink Lobster Sauce in the microwave since it stated on the jar that it is easy to microwave and heats in seconds. The Arrabbiata Sauce I heated on the stove top. We didn't notice a difference in the quality of the sauces and concluded that both ways were just as good, and a matter of preference.


Arrabbiata and Pink Lobster Sauce.

We started with the Pink Lobster Sauce, whose ingredients include: Tomatoes, Water, Onions, Cream, Seafood Stock, Lobster Meat, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Lobster Stock, Parsley, Salt, Citric Acid, and Black Pepper. I poured the sauce over some Gluten Free Penne and decided not to add a thing to the sauce, so it could speak for itself.

Oh, Pink Lobster Sauce, I wanted to sop you up with chunky bread!

The color of the sauce was so beautiful on top of the pasta, a light pink hue yet you could clearly see the fresh ingredients. I honestly didn't want to eat it because it looked too good to eat. But, my stomach had other plans and we decided to dig in. The Pink Lobster Sauce, was warm and rich, silky and smooth, almost velvety from the cream.  We could taste the chunks of lobster and appreciated how it was made to be the shining star in this sauce.The flavors blend well with each other, but the lobster really made it sing. This sauce is not fishy at all, and made me feel like I was dining at a 5 star restaurant over looking the ocean.


Can't wait to take a bite of this pasta!

Look at that chunk of Lobster!

Next, we tried the Arrabbiata Sauce. My Mother has difficulty eating spicy foods, so she was not sure if she would be able to enjoy the Arrabbiata Sauce since it is normally very spicy. It's actually my favorite kind of sauce! Upon first taste, I explained to my mom that is was not spicy at all. It had a bit of heat but  not much, and we both agreed that she would be able to enjoy this sauce with no problem. The Arrabbiata Sauce is made with Tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Parsley, Salt, Garlic, Habenjero Pepper, and Marjoram. The aroma this sauce gave off while heating was heavenly

I just want to drink this sauce!

Again, we added it to plain, Gluten Free Penne Pasta, because we wanted to be able to let the sauce speak for itself! And speak it did, the fresh tomatoes and garlic pair nicely with the heat from the habenjero peppers the heat is not overpowering, and it gives the sauce its own identity. I could not stop eating this sauce. I was literaly eating spoonfuls of this sauce out of the jar. The bright red sauce clings nicely to the pasta, yet it is a thin sauce, but not watery. I wishes I had found a Gluten Free Buchatini, I feel like the Arrabbiata would pair nicely with it.


Chunks of tomatoes and spices made this sauce very fragrant.

Close up of the Arrabbiata Sauce, Yum!

So, my mother and I were overwhelmingly pleased with Sauces N Love. I had so much sauce left over that I began to look for recipes I could make that are not pasta based. I found so many, that I can't wait to get to my local Whole Foods and snatch up as many jars as I can find. Meatball grinders anyone? Sauces N Love has a fresh, healthy and quality product that is amazing and the best sauce I had ever eaten, hands down. I have begun recommending these to all of my friends so they can make a healthy and happy change. I hope you all will do the same. You can find Sauces N Love and Dips N Love at Whole Foods, Central Market, Earth Fare, Mollie Stone's, The Fresh Market, Nugget Market, Roche Brothers, and Amazon. Happy Eating!

My Mom waiting for dinner with Diesel and Buddy!


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Interested in trying out Sauces N Love for yourself? You can buy it at many stores like Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Earth Fare and so many more. Give them a like on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on all they have to offer!

Thanks so much to Sauces N Love for allowing me to review their fantastic sauces and dips. 




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