New Meals & Entrées
THIN, ARTISAN CRUST PIZZA
Bon Appétit from Schwan’s Consumer Brands is thin, artisan crust pizza made from carefully selected ingredients and premium, high-quality toppings such as whole slices of mozzarella and fresh cut cherry tomatoes. Available beginning February 2015, the lineup includes Mozzarella e Pesto, Spinaci, Trio Bacon (Canadian bacon, bacon, pancetta), Pepperoni e Pesto and Roasted Vegetable. It boasts a suggested retail price of $4.99.
GOURMET GLUTEN-FREE SKILLET MEALS
Boulder Brands, Inc. expanded its Udi’s Gluten Free brand of frozen offerings with gourmet gluten-free skillet meals, available in national grocery stores and retailers for a suggested retail price of $11.99. Varieties include Chicken Parmesan (gluten-free penne, classic marinara sauce, breaded chicken and nutty parmesan), Ziti & Meatballs, Chicken Florentine (gluten-free fusilli, grilled chicken, spinach and fire-roasted tomatoes in a rich cream sauce) and Chicken Alfredo (gluten-free penne, grilled chicken and broccoli in a cream sauce).
FRESHLY PREPARED ENTRÉES
Sandridge Food Corp. launched a new line of freshly prepared entrées and side dishes that feature a “new-to-market” layering concept. The Layered Selections line is produced in small batches using a strategic and proprietary layering technique that preserves the integrity of the individual ingredients until the consumer is ready to use. Made from well-sourced ingredients and merchandised in clear, stand-up pouches, consumers just need to open the BPA-free pouch, pour into a bowl, stir and heat in the microwave or serve cold (depending on the product). The line includes Grilled White Chicken Pasta Alfredo, Southern Style Three Bean Salad, Cheesy Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Mediterranean Style Pasta Salad and Black Eyed Pea Salad.
CedarLane Natural Foods launched an all-natural, gluten-free line of frozen vegetarian tamales that are a good source of protein and high in fiber. They come in Chile & Cheese, Roasted Vegetable, Spinach & Feta Cheese and Sweet Corn varieties.
VEGAN MEXICAN CUISINE
StarLite Cuisine expanded its line of vegan, non-GMO, non-dairy, trans-fat-free and cholesterol-free frozen enchiladas, taquitos and tacos. New Enchiladas Rojas boast 400 calories or less per entrée, and feature two large gluten-free enchiladas filled with pea protein, bell peppers, black beans, traditional red sauce and the company’s proprietary vegan cheese, while the Enchiladas Verdes includes pea protein, bell peppers, corn, a tangy tomatillo sauce and vegan cheese. Other kinds include Enchiladas de Queso with all-natural corn tortillas filled with creamy pinto beans and vegan cheese topped with red sauce, and Enchiladas Suizas featuring pea protein, red and green bell peppers, non-dairy cream sauce and vegan cheese. Vegan Taquitos—what are said to be the only vegan and gluten-free taquitos available for retail in North America—come in Beef Style, Chicken Style and Chorizo & Black Bean Style, all featuring eight hand-rolled corn tortillas with soy protein and authentic spices. The Crispy Rolled Tacos come in Santa Fe Chicken Style and Chipotle Chicken Style, both containing six hand-rolled flour tortillas with soy protein, chopped vegetables and authentic spices.