Did you know that there is a Gluten and Allergen Free Expo? Well there is and this year it will hit 7 different cities. Back in May I volunteered for the Atlanta expo. It was the first time it was hosted in Atlanta and from the looks of the turn out, it will not be the last. Let me tell you how absolutely awesome this expo was. There were over 100 vendor booths. The booths were split into two sections, gluten free on one side and all other allergens on the other. There were not only brands like Glutino and Udi’s but there were also restaurants, beauty products, and home good products.

When you enter you are given a reusable bag and as you walk around you not only get to sample a ton of delicious food but the vendors also give you a load of samples and a stack of coupons that you can take home. Most of them had products that you could buy at the expo too. I left the expo stuffed and with two full bags of goodies.  If you are interested in attending the expo later this year or in the future her is the link for additional information.

Now I’m not gluten free and I don’t have any food allergies but because I am a dietetic student I naturally wanted to go. I learned so much and met a bunch of great people. I also found some brands that I had never heard of till then but now love. One of them was a brand called Cook Simple which is a line of boxed meals. Now these are not your everyday boxed meals that are loaded with a laundry list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce. These are something different. Each of the ten different varieties of meals are not only gluten free but they contain less than 15 ingredients, all of which are really food. The brand is also non GMO verified. How awesome is that?

 

Cook Simple Cowboy Chili

Cook Simple Cowboy Chili

Cook Simple Sloppy Joe

Cook Simple Sloppy Joe

After reading the ingredients and tasting the chili that they were giving out as samples I had to buy a few boxes. I was also given a few boxes of Sloppy Joe for volunteering. Both were an immediate hit with my family. Take a look.

Cook Simple Cowboy Chili with added Corn

Cook Simple Cowboy Chili with added Corn

Cook Simple Sloppy Joe with added carrots

Cook Simple Sloppy Joe with added carrots

 

Looks yummy huh? They are. The Chili contains cinnamon that gives it a little hint of sweet and quinoa that makes it filling. The Sloppy Joe has a nice undertone of turmeric and a really tomato taste. I can’t wait to try some of the other meals they offer like the Cranberry Wild rice and the Tamale Pie.

If you are tight on time these boxed meals come in handy, and are guilt free. I don’t feel bad at all feeding this to my munchkins when I’m too busy to cook a four-burner meal. If you are interested in trying Cook Simple you can order them online from here. They are only $4.99 a box or $15.96 for a four pack. There are also a few variety pack options you can choose from. Some super Targets, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Albertsons carry Cook Simple. To find a retailer near you click here.