Review: Solo Chocolate Salted Caramel Meal Replacement

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I’m terrible for skipping meals out, as long as I’ve had cereal in the morning I’m content.

This is not healthy, and with the long shifts I work means I’m often going long periods without any food or just surviving on rubbish.

I came across Huel (which I will review shortly) and Solo shortly after.

Both options are meal replacements giving you the vitamins, fibre etc that you need in a quick and easy alternative.

Both are vegan and gluten free, although Huel also comes in a non gluten free version (so be aware)

Solo do single meal packs for £2, for you to try. This is a good way to see if you’ll like the flavour. I ordered a couple of flavours and the first one I tried was the chocolate salted caramel.

Now having played around with Huel I’ve learnt that I cannot stand these drinks when made up with water. So I make them up with soya milk or a nut milk.

This one I had Tesco’s own brand soya milk to hand.

The powder itself appears finer than Huel with less ‘bits’ in it.

However when trying to mix it up in a shaker it did not blend well. There were huge lumps throughout the mix no matter how much I shook it up.

I tried drinking this as had not brought any food in with me, to work. However with the flavour and the fact that it just would not lose the large amount of lumps left me feeling slightly ill.

I will give the Solo vanilla mix a go at some point soon. But so far I am sticking with Huel.

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Review: Slim Pasta Spaghetti

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I’ve been terrible lately with getting posts up, life has just been so busy!

Recently I’ve decided to attempt to broaden my diet and eat slightly more healthy options than mainly living off cereal and bacon sandwiches.

Whilst shopping on Ocado I was looking for things that are quick, and easy to cook when I’m coming off a long shift.

I came across this ‘pasta’

Now there were a few different options including noodles etc. However I went for this one as it required no draining. Just chuck it in a frying pan with some sauce and cook for a couple of minutes.

The shelf life is quite decent on it, so it’s a good thing to just keep in the cupboard for a very quick meal.

I’ve had it twice now, the first time I cooked it with some red free from pesto and dried bacon pieces with sprinkling of feta.

This time I tried it with just some green pesto and some sheep cheese that needed eating up.

Whilst the image is not particularly appetising.

It isn’t a bad meal, I much preferred the first combination as without the meat I think the pasta was quite flavourless.

I’d be interested to try this pasta with a more meaty sauce.

I’m not sure how well the pasta works at helping you to lose weight, but it is super quick and easy to cook. Stores well, and is gluten free and suitable for vegans (no cows milk, yay!)

Review: Fria gluten free mini baguette

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I’m in love with Fria products, found on Ocado. I have found their range of frozen items perfect for me.

Their rolls, mini baguettes and cakes are brilliant. I know I can always grab one out of the freezer, and not have to worry how long they’ve been in the bread bin for. Or check if they’ve gone stale or mouldy.
 

The Fria products all come in the same sort of packaging. Unfortunately they don’t do larger bags. These rolls come in a bag of four.

They’re pre-baked unlike other brands, so I can just take them out the freezer and either leave to defrost. Or I quickly defrost in the microwave.

The best thing about the Fria rolls is that they actually remind me of the smell of fresh rolls. They have a crunchy crust and soft inside and are as close to normal bread as I’ve managed to get.


Unlike with other products, they are sturdy and thick. They do not fall apart when trying to cut in half. These baguettes are full of seeds as well, for an extra bit of crunchiness in the roll.


Although not particularly large, they are the perfect size for sausages. 

These, and Fria’s rolls are one of my staples on Ocado orders. I sincerely hope that other supermarkets will start to get them in.

Review: Indian Butter Chicken

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Finding a sauce that makes for a quick, easy meal when a coeliac and/or dairy intolerant can sometimes be difficult.

When I came across these pouches in the co-op store, I grabbed a number of these. 

Perfect for chucking in the pan with some chicken, Vitalite and then putting with rice.

What I did find was, that despite the pouch saying it serves four. One pouch did not leave a great deal of sauce after cooking for a while. Having the two pouches allowed for the chicken to be left simmering for a while in the sauce. 


An easy meal to cook up, and serve. 

The sauce is delicious, a buttery sauce full of rich flavour with a slight hint of a smokey taste that goes really well with the chicken.

Perfect for keeping a couple in the cupboard for a quick, easy meal.

I’ve found these in both co-operative and Tesco stores.

Review: Tesco Brown Bread

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Bread is one of those things that most coeliacs have got used to eating, whilst it crumbles to pieces. 

A number of gluten free options are dry, or weak and fall to pieces. There are certain brands whose bread is so full of holes that you can’t even toast them properly.

Unfortunately most of us do settle for this second rate bread, merely because it’s a relief to get an option of it!

When seeing a new type of loaf, I will of course try it!


Tesco brought out this sliced brown bread, with a crispy looking crust, that actually looks fairly solid.

One of the more noticeable things about this bread from the outset, is it’s a lot more solid and intact than other brands. 

The crust is much crunchier, and when toasted gives an actual decent crunch. 


I’ve tried quite a number of free from loaves, and this is definitely by far one of the best! 

Review: Co-op Chocolate Brownies

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A lot of gluten free brownies on offer in shops are not dairy free.

The Co-operative have quite a range of products that are dairy free as well as being gluten free. Their chocolate brownies are no different.


These brownies are little squares, so no need to cut them up to eat. However I tend to avoid looking at the fat, saturate and sugars bar on the front of the box as despite their small size they’re very high in those.


Whilst not quite the same as gooey, home made brownies. These brownies are rich with a strong chocolate flavour. There are also a number of chocolate chips on them.

They are very tasty.

Unfortunately I’ve only found these brownies at one co-op store. I hope that the co-operative start increasing their free from sections in smaller stores.

If you do find these, then definitely try them! 

Review: Tesco Free From Blackcurrant Cheese Cakes

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Cheesecake, probably one of my most missed desserts as a coeliac and dairy intolerance. 

There were a number of frozen cheesecakes that were gluten and dairy free, that I fell in love with. However can no longer find any of these. Tesco have recently introduced their own branded frozen version, however this is unfortunately not free from dairy.

Due to this, it has been a while since I’ve had a cheesecake fix. Therefor I was of course extremely excited when I came across these chilled cheesecakes in the refrigerated free from section.


I’ll admit to being a little apprehensive once I’d got them home. I’m not entirely sure how a cheesecake can be made with oil and coconut milk. 

Packaging wise, there is two in a pack. The cheesecakes themselves come in two little plastic pots with film lids. 

There isn’t a great deal of dessert in each pot, and so these aren’t particularly great value for money.


The ‘cheesecake’ is a layer of a syrup’y tasting jam, which wasn’t particularly great tasting. The next layer was the strange tasting ‘cheesecake’ part. 

This pretty much tasted like coconut oil, but was still better tasting than the jam like syrup layer.

At the bottom of it all was the biscuit base. Nothing particularly amazing here, just a thin layer of crumbs.

Overall, I was rather disappointed. Yes it’s a vegan cheesecake that suitable for coeliacs and those who can’t eat dairy or eggs. However, it’s not cheap and it’s not a cheesecake.

I’m sorry Tesco but these were a disappointment. I will not be trying them again!