Gluten free giveaway: Nueva cocina

Today’s giveaway is this variety pack of gluten-free food from Nueva Cocina.  They sent me a variety of their pre-packaged mixes to try.  Since I almost never buy boxed mixes myself, I ended up feeling like I’m not their ideal customer.  I’m an experienced cook, and have no problem flavoring soup or a rice dish in a way that avoids gluten.  But I found the mixes very tasty, and I could see how folks less comfy in the kitchen might like having some easy mixes in the pantry, especially as they are just getting familiar with gluten free cooking.

Nueva Cocina is offering a 20% discount on their Gluten-free Variety Pack for my readers.  This pack features two each of their gluten-free rice mixes, soups and seasonings.  If you’d like to take advantage of the discount and try some of these mixes,  click here  and enter in the code NOGLUTEN when purchasing.

And bonus– here’s a dessert you can make with their coconut raisin rice mix.  I haven’t tried it yet, but am looking forward to it, because I love rice pudding!

Coconut Raisin Rice Parfait

  • 1 box of Nueva Cocina Coconut Raisin Rice
  • 1 Cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup of cream of coconut
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tub of gluten-free pudding (you can also cook the instant kind)
  • Whipped cream (you can use Cool Whip or make your own with heavy whipping cream)

Follow the directions on the Nueva Cocina box to cook the Coconut Raisin Rice.  Once cooked, add 1 cup of cream of coconut, 1 cup of the unsweetened coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of butter.  Cook on low heat until liquid is absorbed and rice has a thick and creamy consistency, approximately 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and refrigerate covered for at least an hour.  When ready to serve, spoon a layer of pudding into a wine glass, then add a layer of the rice mixture.  Continue to build your layers and top it off with whipped cream.  Garnish with toasted coconut and/or fruit of your choice.


If you would like to enter the drawing to win the variety basket of Nueva Cocina goodies, just comment below and answer this question:  what’s your favorite time-saving kitchen shortcut or convenience food item?  For an additional entry, share this post on facebook or twitter, then comment again and tell me where you shared it.  I’ll choose one winner early next week.


  1. time saving kitchen shortcut: whenever I chop garlic, I just chop the whole head then put in a plastic bag in the freezer. It takes just as much effort to chop 1 clove vs. 1 head, but it is a huge time saver in the long run!

    I’m trying to win this for my college-aged friend who recently discovered she’s allergic to gluten. She’s moving out of the dorms soon so these mixes would be fun for her!

  2. My rice cooker and crockpot. When DH went gluten free (migranes, moodness) he really missed rice a roni. I figured out how to make him an easy substitue with the rice maker.

  3. we use lots of celery, so I buy 3 or 4 things of it when the organic go on sale, wash & chop it all & freeze it, than just grab a handful for whatever recipe needs it!

  4. My #1 time saving kitchen shortcut has to be cooking ahead for the week. I chop up most of our veggies that could be used in salads or recipes and store them in stackable containers. Every once in a while I also cook rice, beans, and pasta in advance. That way all I have to do is open the frige and throw something together.

  5. When I buy bacon, I chop half of it into little bits (after freezing slightly). Then freeze thoroughly. I then have chopped bacon at my finger tips if I need it for eggs, salads, etc.

  6. I pull all pots, pans, spices, etc. out of the cabinets before work. It doesn’t save a lot of time, but its a mental lift when I get home after work and working out and they are ready for me. I also cook enough for two meals at a time.

  7. Whenever I cook a big meal, I always double or triple the recipe and freeze for later. It makes it so much easier to pull something out on those busy nights and not spend money on eating out.

  8. Lauren H says:

    My favorite convenience food is waffle mix. It is our go to food when our cupboards run low or when we need a quick, last minute meal. I do know how to make my own, but wen I need something fast, the mix is great.

  9. LOVE my crockpot, it’s the biggest timesaver there is because I often don’t get home from work until 6PM. Another big one is to make a big vat of spaghetti sauce at a time and then use that as we go through the week for various meals, spaghetti or chicken or ziti.
    And since I’m a Spanish teacher by trade, I feel the need to correct a spelling error. Notice the packet says CoCIna but your post has coCHIna. “Nueva cocina” means “new kitchen,” but “nueva cochina” means “new pig.” Slight spelling error, huge difference in meaning. 🙂

  10. I always double or triple casseroles, sauces and other things like that and freeze them–it takes pretty much the same amount of effort to make two or three as to make one, and I don’t have to wash dishes!

  11. I cook and bake only gluten free in our home, and many of the recipes call for different blends of gluten free flours – a fussy process that takes time. I make up my own GF flour blend once a week, and keep it in a large jar, ready to use in all my baking. I’ve found it also works well for recipes originally calling for gluten, with the addition of xanthan gum.

  12. I am not the best in the kitchen, but I think the best time saver that my mother taught me is clean up as you go along! 🙂

  13. I don’t peel carrots…

  14. I grind a lot of wheat and then mix up only the dry ingredients of our favorite pancake mix and store it in freezer bags in the freezer. When we want pancakes we only have to add the milk, oil and eggs.

  15. I love to buy a big family-sized package of ground beef and prep it for the freezer. I take at least half and form it into hamburger patties and individually wrap and freeze them. The other half is divided into one pound packages for tacos, etc. After wrapping them in saran wrap, I like to smash them flat so that they will thaw quicker when needed.

  16. I always buy the pre-cooked bacon at Costco. I can’t even tell you what all I use it for, but it’s a lot. Since it’s just my husband and I now, I freeze it and take out just what I need. It’s great!

  17. jennifer says:

    Ranch dressing mix- we use it for fajitas and dip

  18. I buy potted herbs in the spring and use them lots and lots.

  19. I buy Costco rotisserie chickens. For $5 I can make 4-5 meals plus stock for a soup!

  20. My favorite convenience food is getting baby carrots for dishes that call for carrots. That way I don’t have to peel them and go directly to the chopping.

  21. I’m really not so good about this, but when I make a casserole I always make double and freeze one.

    With coupons and BOGO deals, I can usually get really good deals or freebies on brownie mix and mixes and those are handy to have on hand.

  22. chantel says:

    Planning for a “leftover night” once a week. Dinner is ready in a snap and we save money by using up extras in our fridge. If we have a bunch of leftovers, we also eat them for lunch that week.

  23. I have a few time savers but the one that comes to mind (maybe because I just did this a couple of days ago) is buying hamburger in bulk and browning the whole package at one time, then packaging it in bags and freezing it to use in recipes at a later date.

  24. OK, I really want to win this package because my husband and I have to eat gluten-free and I am always on the look out for new and tasty products. So my time saver in the kitchen? My crockpot! Seriously, I just through in a meat in the morning, add some broth or a sauce if I want a specific flavor, and leave it for the day. I have been doing this three to four times per week since my son had surgery at the beginning of May. Even though he’s recovered now, I am still doing it because it’s a wonderful time saver! When we get home from our activities like the pool, all I have to do is fix a side dish and a veggie which is often salad. My dinner is ready to go on the table in under 20 minutes of hands-on time in the evening, and we are eating delicious and healthy meals. Yeah!

  25. My crock pot is definitely a huge time-saver for us! Our little family of three eats gluten-free, so when you’re eating on a budget and making everything from scratch, there aren’t a ton of ways to save time.

  26. My biggest time saver is spending time on Sunday planning all the meals for the week. I print it on our weekly calendar and hang it on the refrigerator. No more questions about what are we having and I am sure to have all the ingredients.

  27. I seldom peel potatoes, thus saving me time and getting some of the good stuff that a potato can have.

  28. Alicia S. says:

    When I make a dinner, I double the recipe and stick one batch in the freezer.

  29. Truthfully, I have no kitchen shortcuts. I take the long way home and need to learn how to be a better cook big time…

  30. Time saving shortcut: Chop and wash veggies ahead of time so they are ready to use. 🙂

  31. Mindy Kroesche says:

    I like to cook up a whole chicken, chop up the meat, and then freeze it in 2 cup portions. It saves time plus I can get 5 meals for my family out of one chicken.

    On another note, I’d love to win this for my nephew who’s severely allergic to gluten. He’s coming to visit me in a few weeks, and this would be a great treat for him.

  32. the convenience food item i couldn’t do without in my kitchen has to be garden harvest pasta; it has the veggies and noodles in one package.
    my college kids introduced the their dorms to these when they headed off to college; everyone loves them.

  33. sukyee ng says:

    My favorite convenience food item: pre-washed bagged salad.

  34. Heather says:

    Either cooking ahead or having hubby do it ;). One of our favorite babysitters has recently gone gluten free for some sort of esophageal complication. She’s moving into an apartment when she goes back to college in the fall and this would make a great gift.

  35. I like to make white rice and freeze it. Then, during the week, I can thaw it and adapt it to whatever sauce we have or even make a casserole with some cream of mushroom so I save time cooking rice.Thanks

  36. To save time sometimes, I use instant mashed instead of mashed potatoes. Definitely a shortcut! Thanks so much.

  37. To go faster, I like to purchase those frozen chicken patties from the store. Then, whenever I am in a time crunch after work and the kids are hungry, I just pop them in oven and make some mashed potatoes and green beans, and voila! a decent dinner!

  38. What we do for my son’s lunch, whenever we can get our hands on those prepackaged lunchables, we pack it for his lunch at school. Saves us from the usual “what to put in his lunch bag””

  39. Kristin says:

    One of my favorite time saving methods is to make a lot more than we need for a meal and freeze the rest – I most often do this with soup (soup is so frugal!), freezing in freezer bags on a flat pan and then taking the pan out.

  40. What an awesome giveaway! Whether you are experienced in the kitchen or not everyone can use a little help here and there and these mixes sound absolutely delicious! Good luck to all of the participants and congratulations in advance to the winner! 🙂

  41. AAUUUHH YEEEAAUHHH NUEVA COCINA YEEAUUHHH! my favorite convience food item is getting some chips when i’m throwing a party and eating it animal style…face first. Look ma no hands! lol

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