Sunday, July 5, 2009

GLUTEN-FREE VEGETARIAN SAN-J PRODUCTS AT FANCY FOOD 2009


There were many new (to me, or to their line) gluten-free vegetarian products at San-J. Exciting! But it's still always fun to see an old friend. I've been a fan of this sauce before I knew I was celiac. Mainly because I'm a strange sort of vegetarian: I need tofu, that food I know is so good for me, to be frozen, dried, minced, just about morphed into something other than tofu before I can stomach it. And that's where the San-J Thai Peanut sauce has been a true magicmaker. 

If I only have time to stir-fry pre-chopped frozen vegetables, and some un-morphed tofu, the addition of the San-J Thai Peanut sauce turns the mix into a great meal where I'm no longer focussed on the soy sponge, but on terrific taste. 

And now, knowing it's gluten free too?
Really, really nice! 

In addition, San-J has four other gluten-free sauces I'm dying to try not only with tofu, but how about that Asian barbecue sauce the next time I broil up some tempeh, or roasting some vegetables in teriyaki sauce?

I'd be thinking of turning these sauces into salad dressings as well, and I might, but San-J has gone ahead and made some prepared salad dressings for us gluten-free folks, too.

I'm curious as to whether the tastes are different enough from anything I could make with their sauces. If so, guess I'll just have to expand my San-J shelf space!

Have I saved the best for last? Possibly, if you like a salty-sweet nutty cracker that is rich in flavor on its own, and yet, with its strikingly deep color, a beautiful foil for cheeses, vegetables, spreads of all kinds. The San-J Black Sesame Oven-Baked With Tamari: Wow, whatta rice cracker! (FYI: marked wheat-free, but certified as gluten-free by gfco.org.)


As a gluten-free vegetarian, I think I'll always be interested in keeping up with new San-J products!

4 comments:

Anaquita said...

Ya know soy may not be as good for you as you think.

Here's some brainfood for thought. http://www.naturallifemagazine.com/0502/soy.htm

G.F.Veg said...

Lately I seem to be getting most of my protein from beans and egg whites, but that changes every so often, so, thanks for the info. Glad to hear more studies are being done, as it seems there haven't been many long-term ones yet.

Nancy said...

You did a lovely job with this report on the show! I was only there for one afternoon, and I didn't get to any of the same exhibits as you -- that show was SO big!

G.F.Veg said...

Thank you so much! I'm hoping to post every day till the end of the week (let's see if I manage it). You're right, that show was massive. Requires several days, I think. But, oh the calories!