Having been gluten free for a number of years now, the one thing I really, really missed was fajitas. They are without a doubt one of the best Friday night indulgencies – quick, easy and bloody delicious!
Of course, even just a few years ago the chances of coming across gluten free wraps was nought percent, they just weren’t available anywhere in the UK or at least to my knowledge, and sadly fajitas and enchiladas were a thing of the past for me. Obviously, having to watch my housemates at uni and my family scoffing these delicious Mexican treats was pretty soul destroying.
However, with the creation of Warbutons gluten free wraps and the Santa Maria UK (formerly Discovery Mexican) stir in sauces, fajitas have become a part of my weekend feasts again – which I have to say is about the best ‘welcome back to my life’ free-from find of 2014 so far.
The best thing about Santa Maria though is the fajita kits they manufacture. They are perfect for a family or friends wanting a quick, cheap and delicious meal mid-week as they incorporate the wraps, spice mixes and sauces without needing to buy it all separately. I was really happy when I discovered that one of my favourite free-from brands, BFree, had just launched a gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, nut, egg free version of these kits.
I found the fajita kits in my local Tesco and actually, I wouldn’t normally be too concerned to comment about the packaging, but the box just looked really appealing with the picture of two yummy chicken fajitas on the front and what also looks like a satisfied chilli complete with a face and arms telling me that it was of a ‘mild’ heat.
I have to say that one of the selling points of BFree products is their calorie count. As I’m sure many people know, gluten free foods usually contain double the amount of calories, fat and sugar than that of their ‘normal’ equivalents, and so it can be hard to follow a strict calorie controlled gluten free diet if you don’t want to give up the occasional slice of bread or cake. But the BFree kit, consisting of the wrap, seasoning and salsa, contains just 127 calories, which I don’t think is at all bad.
With six wraps contained, the kit could easily feed a few people for either a quick lunch or dinner, and of course the main problem with having such a big appetite as mine was trying desperately hard to fold the wraps once all the meat, salad and toppings were dolloped on top.
I have already prepared two meals out of the kit, one containing chicken, peppers and salad, and the other incorporating beef mince, kidney beans, peppers, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, grated cheese and a dollop of soya yoghurt on top (which is obviously the one I had to fight with in order to contain all of the ingredients in the wraps)
The fajitas tasted absolutely delicious – really fresh, seasoned to perfection and most of all, they were the ultimate comfort food for my Friday night treat. I’m really pleased that BFree launched these kits, as I think the free-from market is really missing a trick with easy to make, take-away style sort of food.
I really hope that the company continues to make them, as from now on I’d quite like to make sure I have a kit in the cupboard for times when I need an easy meal or snack. I know the fajitas must have tasted good to ‘normal’ eaters, as my brother was hanging around in the kitchen waiting to taste some of the mix, and his reaction was “mmmm that’s gwwoourd” with a mouth full of food. Overall, BFree gets 10/10 yet for yet another great free-from invention. Thanks guys!