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Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes: Vegan and Gluten-Free Meal Makers!

Version:
Leek & Mushroom, Spinach & Rosemary, Garlic & Olive Oil, Red Pepper
Price:
$3.30 per 2-serving box

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On July 21, 2014
Last modified:September 15, 2014

Summary:

These meal makers cook up to near perfection every time, and provide a great base to a main meal. the four varieties are all extremely similar, varying only in their flavor nuances. It’s hard to say which we liked best, as I tended to pair them with complimentary flavors for full dinners. All are certified organic, non-GMO verified and labeled as vegan, gluten-free, and kosher parve.

Confession: In my teenage years I cooked up quite a few boxed meals. Not the cheesy and creamy ones, but I highly doubt they were healthy, nonetheless. I was responsible for most of my own meals at that age, but hadn’t yet learned to cook beyond boiling noodles. Though my cooking repertoire has since expanded dramatically, I have to admit that the convenience and quality of Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes is a welcome break!

Lundberg Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes - Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified

These two-serving Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes are definitely several steps up from the overly-processed mainstream pastas that they share shelf space with. Lundberg makes their boxed meal makers with whole-grain, gluten-free pasta and real, organic spices and dehydrated vegetables, but without unwanted additives. Yes, with 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving, the Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes are downright nutritious! They are even certified organic, non-GMO verified, dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free for added versatility.

While I am judging this as a convenience food, rather than homemade, my household didn’t see these as sub par meals. However, I never prepared the pastas alone (at just 220 calories per serving, they are more of a meal base or side than a whole lunch or dinner). Rather I lightly steamed fresh vegetables as the noodles boiled and added leftover protein to round out the dinner.

Lundberg Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes - Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified (Mushroom & Leek pictured)

We sampled the following Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes: Leek & Mushroom (pictured), Garlic & Olive Oil, Spinach & Rosemary, and Roasted Red Pepper. All were very similar with just the right amount of seasoning, differing only in their flavor nuances as depicted on the package. In the instructions, there was an option for making a creamier sauce by using part milk alternative. We did like the creamy variation best, particularly with unsweetened coconut milk beverage (unsweetened almond milk tended to overwhelm the flavors).

Two thumbs up to these Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes for an easy, tasty, and light meal starter. My only complaint is that some of the spirals do tend to break apart during the last 2 minutes of cooking, but I’ve found this to be a very common problem with brown rice noodles (they are so hard to cook perfectly al dente!).

Lundberg Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes - Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified (Mushroom & Leek pictured)

Certifications: Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes are Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified, Kosher Parve, and labeled as gluten-free and vegan, but do not show certifications for these.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Lundberg website at www.lundberg.com. The Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes are also available at a discount on Amazon.

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About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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7 Comments

  1. SharJuly 22, 2014 at 12:05 pmReply

    I love all the Lundberg brown rice and pasta mixes!

  2. Carol OJuly 24, 2014 at 5:48 amReply

    versatile and tasty

  3. Carol OJuly 31, 2014 at 2:22 amReply

    These are tasty and versatile

  4. Kelly FaberAugust 2, 2014 at 9:31 amReply

    I haven’t tried the pastas but I have the rice ones and LOVE them! All their flavors are really tasty! :)

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 3, 2014 at 7:19 amReplyAuthor

      Good to know, I’ll have to try the rices, too!

  5. Susan RobbinsAugust 11, 2014 at 7:51 pmReply

    I personally like the way the Lundberg brown rice and pasta mixes are seasoned. Since I do the cooking in my family, I’m the taste tester. Also, ease of preparation is important to me as many rice and corn pastas are a bit tricky to cook. I don’t have trouble cooking the brown rice pasta in the Lundberg mixes. Leek and mushroom favorite is the favorite flavor in my house.

  6. Carol OAugust 23, 2014 at 5:16 pmReply

    So easy and flavorful

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