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Review: Paleo Granola by The Paleo Foods Co.

Dinosaur Snacking from The Paleo Foods Co. 

Paleo Granola Samples from The Paleo Foods Co.

Paleo Granola Samples from The Paleo Foods Co (this is not their final packaging btw!)

Just a quick post today to tell you about some Paleo Granola I was sent to review from The Paleo Foods Co (their full website is coming soon).  All their granolas are suitable for the Paleo diet – which means they are grain free and therefore gluten free.  The ingredients used are a range of nuts, seeds, raw unpasturized honey to sweeten and coconut – no oats which are usually found in granola – plus of course the extra flavourings such as vanilla, dried fruit and cocoa. All highly nutritious ingredients. Woot.

The flavours I tried were;

  • Honey & Pecan
  • Berries
  • Cocoa

I ate all 3 samples on their own as a snack, one of which on a very long plane ride from London to the USA.  I had planned to keep back at least 1 sample for a nutritious breakfast along with some non-dairy milk or yoghurt and some berries (what a treat that would have been) – however the US immigration had other ideas!  I didn’t realise you can’t take nuts or seeds through security so I munched up the final packet waiting in the customs line for fear of having it confiscated (I wasn’t going to throw it away!)

The granola itself had the perfect level of sweetness.  I really struggle with foods that are too sweet as they send my blood sugar levels (and appetite) crazy.  I find this especially problematic at breakfast time which is why I usually choose to eat a meal that’s high in protein with fat plus veggies.  This granola didn’t noticeably have that effect on me, plus it was uber tasty. My only criticism was that by the time I came to eat the 2nd and 3rd packs, the granola has lost its crunch. Maybe that was to do with the way I’d stored it, would be interested to see it in its final packaging which is now available.

The granola would be a perfect breakfast partner for COYO coconut milk yoghurt, for dessert on top of fruit or a crumble, or just snacked straight out of the bag.

I’ve read about on the internet, and now seen in real life some USA brands tackling this idea so it really is fab to see a new start up company flying the flag for a clean eating product like this in the UK.  Great logo too guys!

The granola is currently available to buy on-line from Red 23

With thanks to The Paleo Foods Co for the Samples.  All opinions in this review are my own, I was not required to write a positive review.  

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Review: Tideford Organics Tomato Sauce

Tideford Organics are a small company based in Totnes Devon, and pride themselves that their products are organic, and many are gluten free.  Their slogan is “no additives, no preservatives, just the good stuff” and many of their company philosophies marry with my own ideals.  I was therefore happy to take some products off their hands, have a play in the kitchen.

When going through the full product list it was apparent that many of their products – soups and sauces contained legumes, grains and vegetable oils so I was a little disappointed that there was just one I could try.  The only paleo compliant fit was the Tomato & Basil sauce.  The Ingredients list of this sauce is chopped tomatoes 80%, butter, onions, basil (1%), sugar, sea salt, pepper.   I was really Impressed that there are no preservatives – this is apparent in the taste since it does taste unbelievably home made. I was however a bit peeved with a little bit of sugar on the sauce.  Is it really needed?

I cooked up a variety of dishes with the sauce;

Tideford Organic Tomato & Basil Sauce

Tideford Organic Tomato & Basil Sauce

  • Top left:  Italian Shakshuka, with spinach.  Shakshuka is a middle eastern dish, an authentic version can be found in the recent Ottolenghi Jerusalem cookbook.  This is my modern interpretation.  For 1 person I wilted down some spinach, then added half a carton of the sauce to the frying pan.  I then made holes for 2 eggs, cracked them in and covered the saucepan while the eggs poach.  A really different thing to have for weekend brunch, or a quick dinner!
  • Top right: Beef meatballs with pesto courgette ‘noodles’.  I served this for dinner for some friends.  They really liked it, and I don’t think it was obvious that I didn’t make the sauce myself.  I did however make the meatballs from scratch using organic beef mince, garlic and some herbs.  I partnered the meatballs with courgette ‘noodles’, lightly steamed and tossed in pesto.  I topped the dish with fresh rocket and parmesan.  (Served 3)
  • Bottom left: Base for roasted salmon.  I warmed up half a tub of the sauce, and used it as a base for some sweet potato roasties and a salmon fillet (serves 1)
  • Bottom right:  Baked chicken thighs with olives.  Poured a carton over 4 chicken thighs and baked in the oven, throwing in a few olives for extra measure.  Really good (serves 2)

A friend of mine who ate the meatball dish also proclaimed it tasted ‘home made’ (I was honest and  did say that I hadn’t made it), so if you were in a hurry and wanted a quick healthy home-made tasting sauce without the effort this would be perfect.  On reflection I think I personally would however continue to make my own tomato sauce cos that’s just how I am!

I received my review samples from Tideford Organics.  I was not required to write a good review.  All opinions are my own.