Cedarlane Foods has some EXCELLENT products. TCedarlane All Natural Egg White Omelette With Uncured Turkey Bacon, Vegetables & Cheese blew me away and the Cedarlane Beans Rice & Cheese Style Burrito - so yum! So as I was browsing the frozen food aisle, another Cedarlane product caught my eye and I decided to try the Green Chili & Monterey Jack Cheese Tamales.
Now, I don't eat too many tamales, however, I can tell you that these are stuffed with lots of creamy cheese and a touch of crunchy veggies. The masa (the soft dough-like casing that surrounds the fillings) is thick and soft, just as it should be. When combined with the creamy filling, the overall mouth feel is smooth, with a slight textural difference from the al dente onion and spicy green chilis. The flavor profile was wonderfully developed, but perhaps a bit more of the roasted red pepper sauce would have made things even better. The masa to filling ratio was just a touch off with less emphasis on the latter, but I still enjoyed it.
I enjoyed the first tamale that is. By the time that I got to the second one, the mushy, doughy nature of the dish was getting to me though.
From the stellar reviews of Cedarlane Foods here on Iateapie.net, I didn't think I could go wrong if I chose another product from this brand to try. While perusing the various options at my local supermarket, Cedarlane Garden Vegetable Enchiladas caught my eye, so I decided to try it.
If you haven't tried this before, let me tell you that you're in for a treat. The crunchy bell pepper, corn, onions, black olives, green chili and firm pinto beans come together to offer a perfect combination of textures and a unique flavor profile. Because of the delightfully short ingredient list, you can taste each component of the dish, as though it were made in your own kitchen!
The corn tortillas are thick enough to stand up to the sauce and stay firm, yet soft. This is not your one dimensional-out-of-a-can sauce - i's bursting with robust Mexican flair, a touch of sweetness and a medley of spice. However, it accentuates, not overpowers, the delicious filling. Furthermore, there are no crunchy edges that are annoyingly inedible. After consuming this meal, with a smile on my face, I just had one question for Cedarlane: Where in the world did they find their "rennetless non fat cheddar cheese"? I have never tasted such a creamy non-fat cheese in my life.
The Cedarlane Uncured Turkey Bacon, Vegetable & Cheese Egg White Omelette is described as "an egg white omelette wrapped around a delicious filling of uncured turkey bacon, potatoes, bell pepper, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses." This gluten free, low cholesterol breakfast can be microwaved and ready for consumption in 3 minutes flat! I won't lie - I thought this was too good to be true.
But alas, my hesitations were put to rest as the first steamy bite entered my mouth. The egg was perfectly cooked, not too chewy or soft; but just as an omelet should be: firm, yet fluffy. Furthermore, the thickness of the egg whites was very substantial, being about twice the size of the filling. The generous portion of turkey bacon provided a nice and meaty background, adding more protein and substance to the dish. The bell peppers added an element of crunch and diced potatoes rounded out this hearty omelet. The top is sprinkled with cheese and the filling was held together by just enough cheese to provide flavor and texture without overwhelming the other components of the dish.
When I think of a breakfast burrito, I have thoughts of fluffy eggs (or egg whites), crunchy peppers & onions and melted cheese wrapped within a doughy tortilla. Thus, that was my expectation for the Cedarlane All Natural Scrambled Egg, Vegetable and Cheese Breakfast Burrito - even if I found it in the frozen foods section.
Upon opening the packaging, I saw that about half of the tortilla had broken off, however, there was just enough tortilla left to completely wrap the creation without leaving the insides gushing out. I guess this was somewhat of a plus because the folded parts of the burrito usually get tough anyways. The tortilla was thoroughly enjoyable, being soft and doughy in its entirety; but the filling was something else entirely.
The concoction within the delicious tortilla is mainly composed of egg whites, potatoes, cheddar cheese, milk, onions and green peppers. The vegetable component is most certainly visible and provides a subtle crunch; but, overall, it gets lost within the mushiness of the remaining ingredients. Unfortunately, this tasted more like mashed potatoes, although it looked like eggs. Something about the uniformly mushy texture was just not working for me.
I really like Amy's Organic Beans & Rice Burrito, but as a non-vegetarian, I like to eat meat too. A lot of burritos are very large and calorie dense, so I'm pretty aggressive about analyzing nutrition labels on burritos. For a healthier meat burrito, I went with Cedarlane Low Fat Chicken Burrito.
The beans and rice are organic and provide the necessary kick for the burrito. The shredded chicken looked very good, but the taste wasn't particularly noticeable compared with the other spices in the burrito. There is cheddar cheese included in the burrito, but I couldn't really tell when I was eating it.
Each 6 ounce burrito has 270 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 1 gram of saturated fat, 21% of the daily value for sodium, 15 grams of protein and 6 grams of dietary fiber.
I wanted to get away from the usual frozen meals I have for lunch and try something different. As I was cruising the supermarket aisles, I came across Cedarlane Beans Rice & Cheese Style Burrito (Organic) and thought this would do nicely. It seemed quite large, but it turned out that was just a trick of packaging. Nevertheless, it still turned out well.
Based on the name of the burrito, I was expecting lots of beans and grains of rice mixed with melty, stringy cheese, but that's not what I got. While the burrito had plenty of pinto beans, I did a double after seeing the scant amount of rice and cheese. Upon further examination of the burrito and ingredient list, I learned this uses brown rice and non-stringy soy cheese that weren't as noticeable. Though the filling wasn't what I expected, I did find it tasty with a very slight kick and appreciated the extra healthy edge to the burrito.