During a recent shopping outing I spotted my opportunity to finally sample a product that has been on my radar for years, Chreese Pasta Dinners. I’d heard many moms rave about their love for Chreese sauce packets, and the Cheddar 123’z & Chreese boxed meal (Chreese dry sauce included) was on sale for an unbeatable price.
Truthfully, I really wanted to like it, but this Chreese product didn’t quite hit the mark. It was super easy to prepare, much like Kraft dinner, but without the added dairy products or questionable ingredients. However, the end result lacked oomph and creaminess, and had an overwhelming mustard flavor. I doctored it with some dairy-free creamy additions and flavor boosters (yes, including more cheesiness and salt!) and ended up with a reasonable meal that was much improved, but still not ideal and no longer quick and easy.
2015 Update – I picked up another box, this time the Mac & Chreese pasta dinner – Cheddar-Style, to ensure that I didn’t catch Road’s End mid-formula change. Unfortunately, the flavor was still quite bland, even with the optional buttery spread added. I added salt and lemon juice to make it pop a bit more, but it still didn’t shout cheesy to my taste buds. That said, it was filling, and I loved the big, hearty whole wheat macaroni noodles.
Nonetheless, I think the Chreese Pasta Dinners deserves a couple of stars for the excellent certified organic ingredients and allergy-friendly nature – I mean, how could I not respect an entire line of dairy-free (and some gluten-free) convenience meals dedicated to resolving dairy cravings? I also loved that the heartier Chreese Pasta Dinners, like the Mac & Chreese, are pretty darn high in fiber (9 grams per serving) and protein (13 grams per serving).
What are your thoughts on Chreese pasta dinners? Have you tried any of the other varieties? Feel free to leave your own thoughts and review in the comments.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Chreese pasta dinners are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select varieties are also gluten-free. 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.
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