Namaste Foods - Gluten Free Say Cheez Dairy Free Macaroni & Cheez Dinner - 9 oz. (255 g.)
Namaste Foods Gluten Free Say Cheez Dairy Free Macaroni & Cheez Dinner is a yummy non-dairy cheezy pasta dinner that will give you plenty of reasons to smile! This cheesy dinner now has a new creamy sauce. It is also free from the top allergens such as peanuts, fish, wheat, and soy. Namaste Foods was borne out of passion, pure and simple - a passion for helping people and for making great food. Since the year 2000, their products have been happily satisfying everyone - and not just people with food allergies. Try this Namaste Foods Gluten Free Say Cheez Non-Dairy Macaroni & Cheez Dinner and see just how delicious eating gluten free can be. It's carefully made in a dedicated allergen free facility with the finest ingredients and just the right amount of TLC.
- Namaste Products & Their Dedicated Facility are Free of Top Allergens*
- Whole Grain Pasta & All Natural
- Vegan, Non-GMO & Gluten-Free
*Top Allergens: Wheat, Egg, Dairy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Soy, Preservatives, Additives, Sesame, Casein, Fish
What does Namaste mean?
Many people ask Namaste Foods what the term "namaste" means. They will do their best to explain it here. The word "namaste" (pronounced "Naa-Maa-Stay") is an ancient Sanskrit word with no literal translation. After many hours reviewing all the different translations, Namaste Foods decided they like this one the best.
"The Spirit within me honors and respects the Spirit within you."
The word ‘spirit’ in this context has no particular religious connotation. You could substitute the word ‘heart’ or ‘soul’ if you like. The essence of the phrase is simply that the best part of another person wishes you well – in every way. In seeking to offer you delicious gluten and allergen-free foods, Namaste Foods nourishes the body. In nourishing the body, they hope to help nourish the mind and the spirit so you can enjoy optimum health.
Namaste Foods Gluten Free Say Cheez Non-Dairy Macaroni & Cheez Dinner FAQ
Are Namaste Foods products gluten and wheat free?
Yes! Their products are made without wheat or any other source of gluten, such as barley or rye. Moreover, the dedicated gluten-free facility where they make their products has been certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Namaste Foods requires all of their suppliers to fill out non-contamination certificate, and they perform regular Elisa gluten testing to less than 10 ppm.
What are the top 8 or priority allergens your products state they are free from?
All Namaste Foods products are free-from the top 8 most common food allergens in the US, as declared by the FDA, which are: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish. In addition, their products are made in their own dedicated allergen-free facility, so there’s no chance of cross contamination. Namaste Foods products are also are free-from Canada’s twelve priority food allergens, which include the top 8 listed above plus sulfites, crustaceans, sesame and mustard.
Are Namaste Foods products made in a dedicated facility?
All of their products are made in their own gluten and common allergen-free facility certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.
Are Namaste Foods products certified Kosher?
Yes, with the exception of their three soups. They are certified Kosher Pareve by Rabbi Londinski for Square-K Kosher Services of Seattle, Washington. They are not certified for Passover.
How does one read the expiration date?
Their expiration dates read:
Year (4 digit) Month (Abbreviated) Day (2 digit)
Example: 2018 JN/June 30 = Expires June 30, 2018
Other numbers are Batch/Lot numbers.
What about xanthan gum. Doesn't xanthan gum have corn in it?
Namaste Foods uses xanthan gum that is not derived from corn or corn sources. It is certified by the manufacturer to be free of corn, wheat and soy. If you are reacting to xanthan gum it is much more likely that you have a sensitivity to xanthan gum itself, and should avoid all products containing xanthan gum.
Do you use genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) in your products?
Almost all Namaste Foods products and ingredients are Non-GMO Project Verified. The others are still in the lengthy verification process. All products and ingredients are, to the best their knowledge, considered to be non-GMO in that they are produced with the addition of no genetically modified organisms.
Which Namaste Foods products are vegan?
All Namaste Foods products are considered vegan as they do not contain animal products including dairy and eggs. Many of their baking mixes recommend the addition of eggs though some people use an egg replacer, such as Namaste Foods Egg Replacer, as a substitute with good results.
What is the best way to store your products?
Depending on where you live, you should store the products as you would any of your dry goods. If you are not going to use them on a regular basis or intend on keeping them for several months, you should consider how you would store any other products (for your area) to keep them longer. Always remember to bring to room temperature (if refrigerating or freezing) before using in your recipes.
Are your products Feingold Approved?
Yes. Namaste Foods is currently listed on the Feingold.org website under "Product Resources."
About Namaste Foods
"Namaste Foods is a family-owned and women-operated maker of exceptionally tasty food that is better for you than the run-of-the mill choices on most grocery store shelves. We’ve been in business since the year 2000 making outrageously delicious food that everyone in your family can enjoy, including those with food allergies. We care deeply about the quality of the food we eat and we know you do, too.
Our approach has always been very 'grassroots' in nature. When we first started, we didn’t have the money to hire advertising firms, public relations people and expensive brokers like everyone else did. So we just started reaching out to people. We delivered Namaste Foods products to a handful of local natural foods stores and contacted support groups. We offered free samples for people to try and as it so happens, people loved our food! (Well, we knew THAT would happen!) Word spread and we started hearing from people all over the country, people who wanted Namaste Foods. And a company was born...
Today, we still don’t do things the ‘big guys’ do (because that ends up costing YOU more) and we rely heavily on what got us to where we are today, good ‘ol word-of-mouth advertising. It’s the biggest compliment anyone can give us and we appreciate it more than you know. In return for your patronage and your loyalty, we work extra hard to be a better company than most and make better products for you and your family. Here are some of the ways we do that:
Worry-free products – Unlike many manufacturers, our facility is owned by us. We don’t contract with another company to make our products because we care more than they do. It’s only natural. As the saying goes, ‘if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.’ And that’s what we do. Also, our facility is free from the top 8 allergens, making it the safest environment for people challenged by food allergies and sensitivities. And, it is certified Gluten Free, Kosher and USDA Organic among other things, too.
Why go through all this trouble? It’s simple. We care.
A better value – We know that eating healthier can be more expensive and that just doesn’t seem right. That’s why we continually strive to give you more for your hard earned dollar. Take our cake mixes for example. They make a two layer cake as opposed to one. And for about the same price as other companies who just give you a one-layer cake. (Who ever heard of a one-layer birthday cake anyway?!)
Truly delicious food! - That goes without saying yet bears repeating. We work diligently to try to offer you products that make your mouth water and your face smile! We truly believe Namaste Foods products to be heads and shoulders above the rest in taste and texture – because you’ve told us so!
From all of us here to each and every one of you,
-Daphne Taylor, CEO and Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Namaste Foods Gives Back
Everyone at Namaste Foods feel a responsibility to do what they can to make a difference in the quality of life for their fellow human beings, communities and planet. So, each month one of their staff chooses an organization that they will 'give back' to that month. They can choose any organization that is close to their heart for whatever reason, be it local, regional or national. (The only organizations that are off limits are those that promote a specific political or religious agenda.)
Below is a list of just some of the organizations that have been chosen. You may notice that many of these organizations promote and support women, children and families. This is likely because Namaste Foods is run by just a handful of women, most of whom are stay-at-home moms who have left their 'real jobs' to enjoy a little more quality in their own lives, spending more time with their family and helping in their communities. Namaste Foods hopes their products are making a difference in your life. And they hope you feel good to know that your purchase is helping to make a difference in the lives of others.
Namaste Foods is actively involved in and routinely donates to groups and organizations such as CSA (Celiac Sprue Association), GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group), GIG Kid's Summer Camps, FAAN (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network), AFAA (Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association), FACES (Food Allergic Children Education & Support), R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids), NFCA (National Foundation for Celiac Awareness), TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), local support groups and many more. They appreciate the opportunity to be involved with these groups in raising awareness of disease and food allergy problems and helping those with food allergies and sensitivities to enjoy a healthy allergen-free lifestyle.
Other organizations include Jewish World Watch, The solar cooker project, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, American Diabetes Association, Connor Okruhlica Children's Foundation, Equality Now, Community Action Partnership, World Vision, National MS Society, Center for Celiac Research, RAINN-Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, NOCK-National Organization Caring for Kids. Heifer, The Childrens Village, Inc., WILFund - Women's International Loan Fund, and UNICEF Tap Project.