Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Angel Food Update

When I first wrote about Angel Food Ministries, I said that I thought the program (which provides people of any income with ~$65 of food for $30/month) was worth a try, even though some of the items had dairy. Aaaand...then I never signed up and I never tried it. Way to be a leader!

But now, I will be signing up to to try their food in April because Angel Food Ministries now offers an allergen-free box, which is free of the top eight allergens. The box of food is available for $25 at any Angel Food location. (I checked with our local director. She said that anything you see on the site is available at every location--even out here in the sticks!) You have to sign up and pay ahead of time and then pick up the food on a specific date. Check with your local host site to find out the dates.

Here is what the March allergen-free box included, according to the website:

"Processed to eliminate the eight top serious allergens: Peanuts, Soybeans, Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacea, Tree Nuts and Gluten (wheat, rye and barley).

1 lb. Coated Chicken Tenders

1 lb. Coated Breast Filet

1 lb. Coated Chicken Nuggets

1 lb. Coated Chicken Wings

1 lb. Coated Cubed Steak (Chicken Fried Steak)"

I'm not thrilled that all of the items are "coated" (With what?), but I'm willing to give it a go, especially as the prices of all of the dairy-free chicken nuggets we buy keep going up and up.

Have any of you tried Angel Food yet? What did you think?

11 comments:

  1. You got my attention- let me know how it goes. But I do wonder about the coating thing.

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  2. I thought the same thing when I saw "coated". I was going to give them a try this month also, but was a little leery of the coating and when I added up how much I would spend on the regular box (subtracting out what we couldn't use), I felt like I could do just as well financially at Aldi's. So, I won't be trying this month, but am VERY INTERESTED to hear how it goes for you with the allergy-free box. Be sure to list the ingredients out for us! :)

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  3. Oh Wow! I'd heard about this maybe 2 or 3 years ago from my aunt who uses it every month. She has 4 kids and it helps stretch the usual grocery budget. She said it's a big box of food, always different things.

    I looked up the info back then, but was disappointed w/ the things they packed in there - offhand I could see 1/3 to 1/2 I already KNEW had dairy in them. So that's really, really cool they have an allergen-free box!!! I might have to re-visit the idea!

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  4. I saw the "coated" too and was turned off. I'm very curious about what you think!! I'm considering it, but only if you give it 2 thumbs up. I'm just not real please with the processed "junk" in the other box. But Hubs just got a "BIG" pay decrease and I'm up for almost anything at this point.

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  5. We did Angelfood Ministries in January. We decided not to get it again for now.

    It was a lot of stuff and most of it was OK. We had a few issues with a few of the meats. I would like to see what you think though.

    We just decided I could use that money towards groceries and get pretty close in $$ amount. I shop sales and use lots of coupons.

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  6. I am really happy to see they are going an allergen-free box now though.

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  7. :) We do the Angel Food thing and haul our Heathen selves to church once a month for pick up. I find this endlessly amusing.

    I like it for a number of reasons: It keeps me out of the grocery store and therefore helps with budgeting. It forces me to be creative with what I make to ensure the usage of all the ingredients. (I find they are pretty heavy on the french fries, so last month I made an oh-my-heavens-to-DIE-for Baked Potato soup. Hello creativity!

    I find that it is worth it. And I am in desperate LOVE with the Fruit and Veggie Box. Make sure you get one of those.

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  8. I had never heard of them before. I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.

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  9. If you try it and find out WHAT the foods are coated with, please let us know. I might give it a try if they are truly allergen-free for me. As expensive as chicken nuggets are at the health food store it would definitely be worth it price wise and I could get a break from making my own! :~) But, I'm a little skeptical of what the coating actually is.

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  10. Here is the coating "Breaded with water, white rice, brown rice, modified
    tapioca starch, flax seed, sugar, dextrose, salt, spices,
    dehydrated garlic, spice extractives and oleoresin paprika.
    Breading is pre-browned in Canola oil."

    I got this box in March. My son loved the cubed steak and the nuggets. We have eating everything but the wings, not a big wings fan, oh you were not asking about hockey...lol.
    I will probably get more boxes but it would be nice to be able to get just the kinds we like.

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