February 24, 2006

Back to Nature Macaroni and Cheese Dinner

Given the number of well-known "natural" macaroni and cheese boxed dinners that are out there, it doesn't seem like there's much need for yet another newcomer. The only reason I picked up the Back to Nature Macaroni and Cheese Dinner with Organic Cheddar Cheese sauce mix is because my kids have about a three-month window of time with any mac 'n cheese product before they decide that their favorite is now "yucky!" (usually right after I've invested in a jumbo pack of the now-reviled brand).

The first thing to note about the Back to Nature brand is that the sauce mix is organic, but the macaroni is not. Kind of odd. The second thing to note is that the taste of this organic sauce is quite bland. The macaroni was tender and the sauce mixed up well, but it just didn't have a very cheesy taste. However, my kids seemed to like it (pasta made it into the mouth with no coaxing, no screams of protest upon tasting), so I guess I'll be buying it anyway. But if I'm eating with them, I'll be making a packet of Annie's Homegrown Microwaveable mac and cheese for myself. Especially because I have a giant box of it sitting in my pantry.

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About Back to Nature: The company, most well-known for its line of natural cereals, has expanded into other categories including cookies. crackers, and boxed dinners. Their web site seems unfinished so in-depth company information is scarce. For example, they mention their "active efforts to support causes which benefit the natural environment" on the back of their boxes, but when you click into the "Charities" section of the Web site you get a weird mixed message: "We keep our commitment to nature very much in mind with everything we do - including our active efforts to support causes which benefit the natural environment. Please visit again soon to learn more about our upcoming charity efforts." Hmm.

Back to Nature Macaroni and Cheese Dinner ingredients:

Enriched macaroni product (unbleached wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate [iron], thiamin mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), organic cheddar cheese sauce mix (organic whey, organic skim milk, organic cheddar cheese [cultured pasteurized organic milk, salt, enzymes (non-animal), salt, yeast extract, annatto [color]).

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Posted by Blogpire Productions at February 24, 2006 4:30 PM

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