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Cappello’s Grain Free Pasta and TX Organics 100% Grass Fed Beef: A Review and Giveaway!!

Disclosure: Cappello’s and TX Bar Organics provided free pasta and beef products for me to review and also for this giveaway.  However, this is not a compensated post and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

I’ve never been shy about sharing my struggle to commit to the gluten free diet after my celiac diagnosis in 2005.  There’s something peculiar that clicks in my head when the words “no” and “forever” are expressed in the same sentence.  What do you mean no gluten ever again?  Does that mean the same thing as “not even a single little crumb for the rest of my life?”  Could we perhaps negotiate a “points program” instead, kinda like Weight Watchers®?  How about if I “only” eat 2 points worth of gluten each week, that would be okay, right?

Um, NO!

Once I was finally able to see (and feel) gluten’s deleterious effects on my health, I assumed my subconscious would naturally absolve this little Sisyphean hiccup of mine.  Alas, that wasn’t to be the case.  When I was diagnosed with a corn allergy in the fall of 2010, I suddenly HAD to have a corn dog.  And I hate corn dogs.  Thankfully, I was able to move over to corn free acceptance much faster than I did with gluten.  But a few months later, the entire grain elevator dropped out from below me when I was told that my immune system was not playing nicely with ANY grains, gluten free or otherwise.  Oh you’ve got to be kidding me!

I’m beginning to think I must have been a grain-fed, feedlot cow in my former life.

I’ve been (mostly) grain free for the past 18 months and I’ve never felt better.  My body thrives on this diet (I’m not saying that yours will – we are all unique biochemical snowflakes after all).

Sometimes though, my inner Sisyphus rears it’s ugly head and I succumb to the plate of gluten free pasta.  Even when I know that I won’t feel my best for several weeks thereafter.  If only there was such a thing as grain free pasta…and no, I’m not talking about zucchini “pasta” or spaghetti squash (which I do enjoy).  I’m talking pasta pasta.  As in noodle-y pasta, the kind you slurp up between pursed lips.

Cappello's Grain Free Pasta

Cappello’s Grain Free Pasta

Move over rice, there’s a new grain free pasta in town!

And it’s good.  Really really good.  The texture is just like that of fresh grain-based pasta and it only taste a minute (or less) to cook in a pot of boiling water.  A minute!

A bit about Cappello’s from their website:

“Cappello’s is a Colorado-based gourmet food company specializing in high-end gluten free and grain free pasta. Founded in 2011 by friends Stacey Marcellus and Benjamin Frohlichstein, the inspiration for Cappello’s was born out of Stacey and Ben’s desire to create a totally unique food company, to be the best at what they do, and to legitimize their penchant for asking strangers to taste their pasta. Cappello’s mission is simple: provide fresh, uniquely delicious options for gourmet food-lovers, healthy eaters, and people with dietary restrictions.

Our fresh gluten free, grain free fettuccine is carefully hand-crafted to achieve a texture and taste that is unrivaled among traditional pasta. Low on the glycemic index and made primarily from almond flour and egg, Cappello’s fettuccine has a deliciously rich, buttery flavor and silky consistency.

Unlike dry pasta alternatives, our fresh gluten free, grain free fettuccine cooks quickly— a minute or less, depending on your personal preference for bite. Serve the pasta immediately, and watch as your friends dig in—oblivious to the fact that their dish is 100% gluten free.  All products are freezable.”

To read more about Cappello’s, click here.

Cappello’s offers three different varieties of FRESH grain free pasta: fettuccine, gnocchi and lasagna.  Stacey and Benjamin kindly sent me all 3 varieties and we sampled the fettuccine for this review – I tucked the gnocchi and lasagna away in the freezer until I’m struck by some divine cheese-free inspiration, something other than dairy free pesto.  I think the gnocchi would be a fantastic grain free substitute in chicken and dumplings, and the lasagna noodles can easily be cut and used to make ravioli.  Imagine, grain free toasted ravioliOh my.

Fettuccine

Ingredients: almond flour, cage-free eggs, tapioca flour, potato starch, xanthan gum, sea salt.

Price: $39.00 for Four (4) 9-oz. packages of fettuccine.  Cost includes custom eco-cooler.

Gnocchi

Ingredients: organic potato flakes, water, almond flour, cage-free eggs, tapioca flour, potato starch, sea salt.

Price: $39.00 for Four (4) 12-oz. packages of gnocchi.  Cost includes custom eco-cooler.

Lasagna

Ingredients: almond flour, cage-free eggs, tapioca flour, potato starch, xanthan gum, sea salt

Price: $55.00 for Four (4) 12-oz. packages of lasagna.  Cost includes custom eco-cooler.

Taste of Each

Not sure which of Cappello’s fresh grain free pastas to try?  Be sure to check out their sampler pack!

Manufactured in a Dedicated Gluten Free Facility

All of Cappello’s grain free pasta products are manufactured in a gluten free facility and tested with an ELISA gluten assay to verify the absence of gluten.  Please note that ALL of the pastas contain almonds and egg (my little guy Luke, who is allergic to egg whites, is currently re-trialing eggs under doctor supervision so he was only allowed to enjoy 2 noodles…and enjoy them he did!).

 Xanthan Gum

Quick note about the xanthan gum used in Cappello’s grain-free pasta (for folks with corn allergies like myself).  When I was first diagnosed with my corn allergy in the fall of 2010, I was warned to steer clear of xanthan gum because it can involve corn derivatives in the manufacturing process.  Being a celiac, I’ve learned a lot about the many ways of food processing over the years and how it can render some gluten derived foods, technically “gluten free.”  Think alcohol and vinegar distilled from gluten grains.  If this rule applies to the toxic gluten proteins, could certain processing methods also turn a corn-derived product into a “corn free” product?  Seems logical to me but seeing that there isn’t a “National Corn Allergy Association” funding research on the matter, I initially went with the better safe than sorry approach and avoided it altogether.  But then my dear friend Shirley Braden of Gluten Free Easily shared some information about xanthan gum in June of 2011 (originally published on the Celiac Listserv) by gluten free cookbook author, Connie Sarros.   Connie explained how xanthan gum is made, the involvement of corn in the manufacturing process and whether or not there is any corn protein in xanthan gum (click the link to read the full note, but as always…talk to your doctor). 

Before sampling the pasta, I contacted Benjamin, one of the founders of Cappello’s, and he verified with his xanthan gum source that it is indeed free of corn protein.  That being said, you know your body best so if xanthan gum poses an issue for you, Cappello’s grain free pasta may not be an appropriate addition to your diet.

More Reviews of Cappello’s Grain Free Pasta

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TX Bar Organics

TX BAR Ranch is located in Northern California, 120 miles north of Sacramento. The beef they sell have spent much, if not all of their lives on a local ranch in Northern California.  Their cattle live a completely natural existence as foragers and grazers therefore, the beef from TX Bar Organics is 100% grass fed and grass finished.

If you aren’t aware of the nutritional differences between pasture-raised and feedlot-raised cattle, you may be surprised to learn that pasture-raised beef is not only lower in overall fat (compared to grain-fed beef), but the meat from grass-fed cows has two to four times more Omega-3 fatty acids than their feedlot-raised counterparts.

Think of grass-fed beef as the land form of cold water fish – good news indeed for the salmon-adverse (er, dad).  Curious as to why this is?  I encourage you to read The Differences Between Grass-Fed and Grain-Fed Beef over at Mark’s Daily Apple, it’s quite fascinating!

TX Bar Organics, 100% Grass Fed Beef

Our verdict?  TX Bar Organic 100% Grass Fed Beef is delectable, both tender and flavorful.  Yes, it’s very tasty beef indeed but it gets even better:

Food For a Cause

 TX Bar Organics also believes in giving back through their Food for a Cause program.  For every 20 pounds of product sold, they will donate 1 pound of organic grass fed/grass finished beef to needy families.  Two weeks ago, they made their first 50-lb drop with the North State Food Bank (click here to learn more).

More Reviews of TX Bar Organics Grass-Fed Beef

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Paleo Plan

 

Fettuccine with Beef, Kale and Mushrooms

For this review, I did a spin on one of my all time favorite recipes by Giada De Laurentiis, her Penne with Beef and Arugula.  Only I subbed the penne with Cappello’s grain free fettuccine, kale for the arugula (which is a bit too spicy for my little guys) and I tossed in a few sauteed Portobello mushrooms at the end.  Of course, I also used TX Bar Organics 100% Grass-Fed Beef.  Muy Delicioso!

 

Yes, they genuinely like kale…little freaks, aren’t they? ;-)

 

Would you like the chance to try Cappello’s Grain Free Pasta and TX Bar Organics 100% Grass Fed Beef for FREE?

Well, here’s your chance so pay close attention! :-D

THREE winners will each receive all of the following items:

Sampler package of Cappello’s grain free pasta:

  • (1) 9-oz. package Fettuccini
  • (1) 12-oz. package Gnocchi
  • (1) 12-oz. package Lasagna

Singles 1 Week Package from TX Bar Organics:

  • (1) 6-oz Top Sirloin
  • (1) 1-lb Tenderloin Tips
  • (1) 2-lb Roast
  • (2) 1-lb 85% Lean Ground Beef Packages

Please note that this giveaway is open only to legal residents of the lower 48 United States and D.C.

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Comments

  1. Flibitz says:

    I’m a big fan of pesto pastas.  We also sometimes do a smoked salmon, tomato, and spiral pasta dish with a little olive oil.

  2. Deanna says:

    I would love to try this. I’ve seen it before and I’m a bit put off by the price. But, if I could try it for free, well, then yes please. The pasta that is, not the beef. I don’t eat beef. :)

  3. pasta. beef.  how about a tender, juicy steak?…

  4. Now that is one fancy giveaway set-up Heidi! Hmm, I can’t think of a favorite dish right now. I love Korean-style beef, but haven’t had it in ages.

  5. PoorButWise says:

    I am so curious to try the grain-free pasta and I can’t think of a time when some grass-fed beef is a bad thing!

  6. Diana Slater says:

    I used to make a pasta and beef dish similar to Giada’s but with a twist toward beef stroganoff. Sigh. Won’t ever be doing quite that dish again.

  7. Ann Stark says:

    So excited to hear about grain free pasta.  Thanks!

  8. Aaress says:

    Ribeye and Fettuccine Alfredo

  9. Liz Evans says:

    I discovered problems with all grains after I was diagnosed Celiac, too.  And the thought of no pasta ever is so sad.  I would love to make chicken pasta with caramelized onions.

  10. Ana Cardia says:

    The grain free pasta sounds simply amazing! Being recently diagnosed with gluten intolerant (me and my 10yo son), this could not come at a better time. I would love to try it!
    Ana

  11. Sharihegland says:

    I would love to try to gnocchi in something – I’ve never used that type of pasta before. And I feel extremely lucky to have a father-in-law who raises cattle and is the person we buy 95% of our beef from. While it isn’t entirely pastured, grass-fed, I feel better knowing where the meat came from.

  12. Tanna Block says:

    Oh yum!! I LOVE fettucine alfredo….that’s one thing I truly miss since being diagnosed with a dairy and gluten allergy! Pasta all the way baby!

  13. Doris Williams says:

    I saw this pasta on a different food blogger.  A few days ago, I was just wanting real pasta, as I can’t eat rice, even though it is gluten free.  And, I searched on the web for almond flour pasta recipe and didn’t come up with any until I saw someone had done it.  But, it’s a bit on the pricey side.  But, would love to try it.

  14. Emily Lynn says:

    My favorite pasta is angel hair with capers, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, olives, and grilled chicken tossed in a light lemon sauce!

  15. GFDoctor says:

    I haven’t heard about an almond flour pasta, this is fabulous!  Just finishing up my detox cleanse and realize that grains aren’t ideal for my body either. 
    My favorite pasta is puttanesca but I tend to add a bit of ground beef for more protein

  16. apryl deeter says:

    fettuccine alfredo w/ broccoli & chicken!

  17. Would love to win this!! Not sure if I have a favorite recipe……..I like EVERYTHING!!

  18. I like spaghetti & meatballs :)
    HEATHERLBRANDT@FRONTIER.COM

  19. Mfeezell says:

    Thisstuff look amazing I would love to try it. I have been doin a lot of research on grain free

  20. Mfeezell says:

    This would be incredible I have been dying for decent pasta

  21. Joneseyob says:

    love pasta, olive oil and tons of Italian spices.

  22. Amanda Chambers says:

    This pasta sounds intriguing! My hubby just went gluten free because of suspected celiac and he is having the same difficulties it sounds like you did at the beginning. Tanks for the chance to win!

  23. Donna says:

    I am venturing into grass fed only beef territory. I would love to try the beef. Also, I’m always interested in a good pasta. Thanks.

  24. Shirley Braden says:

    I’m not entering the giveaway, Heidi, but thanks so much for the mention and OMG, all these products look phenomenal! And I can never see enough of your sweet boys! (I know they are true boys though, with all that entails. LOL Son’s “third grandmother,” his babysitter for about 12 years called him her angel with horns. ;-)

    xo,Shirley

  25. Cteen511 says:

    My fav pasta recipe is spinach and ricotta stuffed shells, well that used to be my favorite recipe anyway!

  26. Heidi, thank you for this post and giveaway. I’ve been Paleo now for a few months and have felt so much better since getting all grains and sugar out of my diet… but I do miss pasta. Your take on Giada’s recipe sounds like a great idea or maybe a beef stroganoff using cashew cream to create the sauce would be yummy…. and a big side of steamed broccoli or kale. Could your boys be any stinkin’ cuter?!

  27. Alta says:

    Heidi – This is pretty awesome! I enjoy pasta, but rarely make it as I don’t consume a lot of grains either. Love ravioli!

  28. Jeff Gallup says:

    Love Penne ala Vodka…    this pasta and beef products look great!

  29. Wow that pasta looks really good. And grassfed beef? I’m glad people are out there supporting it.
    My favorite pasta recipe is any sort of interesting mac and cheese. Like with broccoli or butternut squash. (But I have to give up dairy, so I shall be experimenting with other sauces soon.)

  30. TamaraD says:

    Our family loves to serve basil cheeseburgers with pizza pasta salad on a hot TX day. Great eatin’! I, too, feel much better when eating grass-fed beef and have been gluten and corn free for several years (among other allergens). Thank you for these wonderful products!

  31. Marielle Elise says:

    Ahhh thank you so much for this giveaway! As for your question, my sister makes the BEST lasagna and I miss it terribly since going grain-free. My favorite thing to do with beef is smoke it… probably what I’ll do with the chuck roast if I win. :)

  32. Marielle Elise says:

    Oh, and my inner Luddite is showing here, but how do I “like” the post so that you can tell I did from my facebook name?

    • Heidi Kelly says:

      Oh, I like that word, Luddite, must add it to my vocabulary, LOL!  I’m new to this Rafflecopter program but it appears as though all you have to do is click on the ‘Like’ button inside the Rafflecopter widget, then click on ‘Enter.’

      • Marielle Elise says:

        I’ve been called one enough to have accepted it into my self-describing adjectives. ;) And thank you; I guess there was a glitch the first time I logged in, because the button wasn’t there! I just signed in again and the button showed up, so it’s all good. :)

  33. Janis S says:

    I LOVE pasta, just about any way it is made is good with me – spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, lo mein………..

  34. Staci A says:

    I love steak tacos!  We cook the steak all day in the crock pot and it’s always delicious!

  35. WOW-fabulous giveaway! I would love to try grain-free pasta-I’ve been looking everywhere for it!

  36. Kristin W. says:

    Oh I would love to try this pasta, it looks amazing!  Can’t get any better than Grass-Fed beef!

  37. Melissa says:

    Nothing beats a nice juicy ribeye! For pasta, i love it all! But a favorite is a fettucine in a lemon butter sauce with diced tomatoes. Along with losing my gluten to my diagnosis I also can no longer tolerate dairy or soy but I’ve managed to adapt my favorite recipe with soy free earth balance and it is just amazing with a seared medium rare ribeye!

  38. maria says:

    Hmmmm, favourite beef and pasta recipe……I have to pick only one?  Bother that is hard!
    Grilled sliced steak over lemon garlic pasta w/a bit of mint perhaps.  Not really a recipe but more a yummy toss-it-together dish. :)

    Although really love a good spaghetti w/meat sauce or meatballs.  And fettuccine alfredo w/sliced steak or just a really wonderful lazagna filled w/veggies and a lovely ground beef meat sauce……..see, how can I just pick one? ;)

  39. Suzanne Hill says:

    Bolognese sauce over zucchini noodles. I’m grain free, so I’d love to try the almond flour pasta.

  40. Heidi says:

    Oh, this looks soo good.  I have only been on a gluten free diet since Feb., but WOW has it been hard to find things in a small town.   There are many a nights that I just go to the pantry when everyone else is having a snack and just want to stand there and cry because I have not figured out the art of gluten free snacking and eating yet.  Thank you for all the posts

  41. Jeanine says:

    Not to take the winds out of the sails of Cappello’s (it sounds great to me), but my daughter can’t do eggs or nuts.  I recently found Organic Black Bean Spaghetti for her.  It’s only ingredients are black beans and water.  Tastes like pasta.  It’s made by Explore Asian Authentic Cuisine, distributed by Opal International Ltd.  

  42. Ufg8trj says:

    I love meat lasagna
    ufg8trj at yahoo dot com

  43. Michelle says:

    I would love to have grain-free lasagna noodles to make America’s Test Kitchen’s amazing lasagna!

  44. Lisa S. says:

    Heidi, you are so fabulous!  Grass-fed beef and almost local pasta (I consider Colorado local to NM!)  - I will drive to Colorado for this pasta if I don’t win  - it sounds so good!!!
    We love to toss our pasta with just about anything and I am getting TIRED of rice pasta these days.

  45. Jryalls says:

    Darn, I was hoping the pasta was Paleo!  I’d love to win the meat, though.

  46. Sue says:

    Not all grass fed beef producers are the same. I bought several cuts from local vendors and was not satisfied with the taste. Read the book “Steak” for an interesting study into beef around the world. We raise registered Angus but I mail order my grass fed beef from out west. Can’t wait to try another supplier – and pasta? You must be kidding.

  47. Natalie Kimble says:

    Hmmm.. pasta is a tough one since I have been omitting this from my diet.  Lately me and my son like the tinfoil dinner in the crockpot with ground beef, carrots and potatoes.

  48. Karen says:

    I don’t think I am celiac but have been gluten intolerant for about 10 years. I was sooo happy to feel better after years of being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and struggling with depression. It can be difficult to be gluten free. However, things today are so much easier than they were ten years ago!!! After years of eating gluten free, I found it was actually a blessing to be eating so healthily!! Then came the corn allergy. With corn in everything  it took a dump truck full of prayers and positive gumption to keep a positive outlook. But when I realized that even rice was not going to work for me I was frozen for a little while and grieving a bit more than usual. But God is good again and I can see how simple … I can just leave certain foods out and feel good. How gracious God has been in comforting me. One of these ways I was comforted was by reading your blog. I don’t know ANYONE else that has to be grain free. A trial can seem harder when I think it is just me. So you sharing your story was comforting and a gracious gift to me. Thank you!!!

  49. Misty says:

    Your blog is what prompted me to get testing! I just found out that I tested positive for 3 of the 5 lab tests and will be seeing a gastroenterologist soon. I will be scouring your blog and the internet a lot over the next few weeks . . . trying to learn more about this possible life change. 

  50. Amelia Dodson says:

    I love lasagne! I can’t wait to make it again :)

  51. JessieNjo says:

    I love chicken broccoli Alfredo and lasanga but haven’t had any since going gluten free over 8 months ago..ugh

  52. katherine d says:

    vegan mac and “cheese”

  53. Carol D. says:

    My kiddos love chili mac…homemade chili with grassfed beef over gluten free elbow macaroni! :)
     

  54. Ckshop22 says:

    I like my beef raw, believe it or not, mixed in with my veggies and sprinkled with spices like rosemary etc.  No recipe, just whatever herbs/spices I have.

  55. Treepeters says:

    This is really exciting! That recipe looks so good too. Incredible!

  56. Ashley Tucker says:

    I love lasagna

  57. Lisa says:

    We occasionally do rice pasta when we’re desperate for a pasta fix, but I would love to try almond flour pasta!

  58. Lisa says:

    Apparently I don’t follow directions very well.  Once more, with feeling! ;)

    My favorite pasta dish is fettuccine alfredo  

  59. EV says:

    Schnitzel and noodles! :) Thanks for the giveaway. lifesdeepcolors@hotmail.com

  60. Lisa V says:

    I’d have to say my favorite pasta dish is chicken w/ fettucini alfredo.

  61. My favorite dish is classic spaghetti 

  62. Oh, this looks so good.  I really would like to win this.

  63. ANY, I am a pasta gal and my boy would eat pasta and meat every meal if he could.

  64. Cindy says:

    I love love garlic butter pasta and my husband will eat meat in any form :)

    Cindy

    Cfhullsharp @gmail.com

  65. Lg514 says:

    I miss pasta soooooooo much!  And that Grass Fed meat looks delish!

  66. Sandy says:

    I just made a dairy-free, gluten free “Hamburger Helper-ish” meal last night. Ground beef, rice elbow noodles, seasonings, rice milk, tapioca starch. It was the first time the kids were silent ALL DAY!! That’s when I know I’ve made a good recipe! :)

  67. gatoss says:

    Fav pasta dish…..spaghetti with butter and shredded parmesan…….yum!!!

  68. Mae says:

    I would love the pasta!

  69. Jein Noir says:

    I wonder how long the beef is aged? I may have a problem with biogenic amines, so I’m asking funny questions these days and have not had beef in a long while!

  70. Dani says:

    Love these options!! We have been wanting to get some grass-fed beef….and grain-free pasta would be heavenly!!

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