January 22, 2010

i like sammiches

Ahh, yes. Sandwiches. That classic lunch staple. I grew up eating sandwiches. Salami and cheese with mustard squeezed on in the shape of a heart or smiley face used to be my favorite. After going gluten free, sandwiches pretty much became a thing of the past for me. (cue the weepy trombone...waahh, wahhh, waaahhhh)

Granted, these days the gluten free bread selection has become MUCH tastier. I have a few favorites, but what I was really feeling left out of was the new "wrap" craze. Heck, they're even throwing Big Macs in a wrap. Where's mine? I want one!

Yes, I know there are already some gluten free wraps out there and trust me, I've enjoyed them, but there was always that quality factor. As good as they were, they'd crack or get too crispy after warming them up. They weren't the easiest to eat.

When I heard of Sandwich Petals back in December, I quickly ordered a box. Scratch that, I emailed asking if I could find them in stores and received a prompt response from Raquelitas Tortillas telling me not yet, but shipping is FREE and all orders placed Mondays between midnight and noon are buy one get one free. Needless to say, I took advantage of that BOGO sale!

My petals arrived quickly, fresh as a daisy - no pun intended. Made from gluten free ancient grains, omega-3s, and prebiotics, these petals come in 3 flavors - Agave Grain, Spinach Garlic Pesto, and Chimayo Red Chile. They are super nutritious, with only 90 calories per petal. Some gluten free breads have more calories than I'm looking for, so I was happy about their nutrition values: 90 calories, 1 gram of fat, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Luckily my order arrived at lunch time, so I quickly tore into a bag. I made a wrap with provolone cheese, leftover ham from Christmas dinner :), spinach, carrot sticks, and bleu cheese vinaigrette. I couldn't believe how well the petal held up. No splitting when I rolled it. No crumbling apart. And the taste?! It was love at first bite! Soft, fresh, and soooo flavorful. I couldn't decide which petal I loved the best, so it's a good thing each package comes with a dozen each.

The best part is that these do not need to be frozen or refrigerated. You can keep them at room temperature for up to a month. They do suggest you nuke them for about 30 seconds prior to using, which works out well. I even split up the packages and kept a bunch in my food cabinet at work. I've been eating these for lunch for the past 3 weeks and they have yet to get boring. If you're looking for an alternative to gluten free bread, give these guys a whirl - you'll love 'em!


Christopher And Tia said...

Now me and the bean are hungry.

Starving, actually.

Jenn/CinnamonQuill said...

yes, i would like one of those. right now, please! thank you for the review; i'll be looking for them!

Julie said...

Hi Betsy-
These look great! It's just my opinion, but I'm guessing you're not missing much where the Big Mac Wrap is concerned ;)

Linda_Kitchen Therapy said...

I have been hearing good things about these petals. Can't wait to try one. Odd name though.