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Road’s End Organics Chreese Pasta Dinners

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Pasta Dishes, Product Reviews with 2 Comments
Product by:
Edward & Sons
Version:
Cheddar 123′z & Chreese
Price:
$2.99 per box

Reviewed by:
Rating:
3
On April 11, 2014
Last modified:April 5, 2014

Summary:

We give them points for their organic ingredients, allergy-friendly nature and ease of preparation, but the pasta we trialed didn’t hit the flavor mark. It was okay, but needed doctoring to suit our tastes.

During a recent shopping outing I spotted my opportunity to finally sample a product that has been on my radar for years, Cheddar 123′z & Chreese pasta dinner. I’d heard many moms rave about their love for Chreese sauce packets, and this boxed meal (Chreese dry sauce included) was on sale for an unbeatable price.

Chreese Pasta Dinners - Dairy-Free, Vegan, Select Gluten-Free

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.

Roads End Organics Chreese Pasta Dinners - 123'z Cheddar Chreese

I’m still more than willing to give the other Chreese pasta dinners a chance, as they do have other flavors, and perhaps I caught this one as the formula was changing. Plus, I think it 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?

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.

For More Product Information: Visit the Edward & Sons website at www.edwardandsons.com.

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2 Comments

  1. SaraApril 12, 2014 at 5:32 amReply

    I like them, but they simply do not compare to Kraft’s Macaroni and Cheese, or really ANY dairy-based macaroni and cheese. Once I accepted that, I found they were pretty good :-) And since I am now anaphylactic to dairy, THIS is the option that I can have when I am craving some “mac and cheese”…

    The one thing I do NOT like is that it is NOT at all easy to make.

    In our household, dairy-based macaroni and cheese (we used Kraft and one store name-brand product) were prepared using the MICROWAVE. This meant they were done in under ten minutes from start to finish.

    The Road’s End products have to be made stove-top and take over half an hour. This is NOT fast. This is NOT “easy” in my book. This is time consuming and frustrating and annoying. Therefore, it is not a “treat” and not something we make very often. If they came out with a way to make it in the microwave we’d be doing it once a week or more. As it stands, with stove-top prep we’re lucky to do it once a month and in reality don’t even do it that often.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the product, I really do. The problem is I do not like the lengthy time I have to spend making it; time that could be spent doing other things.

    • Alisa FlemingApril 12, 2014 at 7:35 amReplyAuthor

      Thanks for sharing your personal review Sara!!

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