met a rep from Dr. Praeger’s back in July in NYC and I loved hearing about the company and learning about their gluten-free line of products. I was asked to review the line and am happy to tell you all about these amazing products.
First, here’s a little bit about how Dr. Praeger’s was founded………….
It all started in 1994 when successful New Jersey cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Peter Praeger and his medical partner, Dr. Eric Somberg, helped keep a family business alive. They bought Ungar’s Gefilte Fish, a popular Kosher food company within the Jewish community.
The doctors set out on a simple mission – to introduce people to nutritious food that actually tasted great. They kept the Ungar’s brand, but also developed Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods to include healthy, great tasting, and convenient frozen products that would appeal to a wider consumer base. Today, the family owned and operated company has grown into a leader in the vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, GMO Free, and kosher frozen food categories. The company’s wide ranging line of products includes veggie burgers, home-style veggie cakes, breaded fish items, Kid’s Littles, and more.
I was sent quite a few of the gluten-free products to try; Fish Sticks, Broccoli Littles, Spinach Littles, California Veggie Burgers, Kale Veggie Burgers, Broccoli Cakes, and Spinach Cakes. First, let me just say YUM! Each and every product was awesome and I will be quite frank in saying that I did not think I would like a few of the products at first. I have had other gluten-free veggie products that didn’t taste so great but that wasn’t the case with Dr. Praeger’s.
Each of the products can be prepared using the microwave, oven, toaster oven and a skillet. I tried them via the microwave, skillet and the oven and loved them all. If you prefer a more crisp feel, I would definitely cook them in the oven, those were by far the crispiest, although the skillet was great too.
I tried the California Veggie Burgers and the Kale Veggie Burgers first and both were delicious. You can see and taste the veggies that inside, and as is their mission, you can read all of the ingredients in each of the products.
California Veggie Burgers contain carrots, onions, string beans, zucchini, soybeans, peas, expeller pressed canola oil, spinach, broccoli, corn, red peppers, potato flakes, arrowroot, corn meal, corn starch, garlic, rice starch, salt, parsley, black pepper. Each patty is 110 calories.
Kale Veggie Burgers contain kale, cooked quinoa (quinoa, water), cooked brown rice (brown rice, water), expeller pressed canola oil, cooked millet (millet, water), onions, carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, potato flakes, roasted corn, red peppers, water chestnuts, roasted zucchini, broccoli, rice starch, roasted garlic, parsley, salt, black pepper. Each patty is 130 calories.
Next I tried the Broccoli Cakes, and the Spinach Cakes, and again, loved them both. Each cake is so flavorful and you really can taste the veggies that make them up. I like making the cakes and using them as a side for breakfast or lunch.
Broccoli Cakes contain broccoli, potatoes, onions, oat bran, expeller pressed canola oil, egg whites, arrowroot, salt, garlic, black pepper. Each cake is 70 calories.
Spinach Cakes contain spinach, potatoes, onions, oat bran, expeller pressed canola oil, egg whites, arrowroot, salt, garlic, black pepper. Each cake is 80 calories.
Then we tried the kids favorites – Fish Sticks, Broccoli Littles, and Spinach Littles. Let me tell you about these fish sticks, they are AMAZING! They don’t taste like the fish sticks you get at the store in no way shape or fashion. These fish sticks are so good that my oldest said that he will never touch the old kind and would probably eat the entire box! They are seriously the best fish sticks I have ever had and the fact that they are gluten-free is great!
The broccoli and spinach littles were also delicious and although they are geared towards children, I will be eating them on the daily. They are that good!
Fish Sticks contain pollock fillets (wild), rice crust (rice flour, whole amaranth flour, yellow corn meal, corn starch, salt, dextrose, raisin juice concentrate, honey, expeller pressed canola oil, garlic powder, onion powder, yeast extract, spice), expeller pressed canola oil. 3 fish sticks are 120 calories.
Broccoli Littles contain Broccoli, potatoes, onions, egg whites, potato flakes, expeller pressed canola oil, arrowroot, salt, garlic. 2 pieces are 40 calories.
Spinach Littles contain Spinach, potatoes, onions, egg whites, potato flakes, expeller pressed canola oil, arrowroot, salt, garlic. Contains Eggs. Made in a facility that uses wheat, soy, milk, eggs and fish. 2 pieces are 45 calories.
I will definitely be purchasing the other products in the gluten-free line. I was pleasantly surprised out how delicious all of the products were.
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