Van’s Whole Grain Pasta Sides & Soft Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters Review

Posted on Feb 13 2015 - 1:19pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received this product for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.


Sometimes it’s tough finding quick, healthy meals made from wholesome ingredients that also taste great. While there are a lot of companies claiming they have great quick meals, they usually taste like cardboard to my husband and me. Add in that you want them to be gluten-free and it feels like you are completely out of luck. When I found out one of my favorite brands – Vans Foods – was introducing new products for people who want quick meals, I was very excited! When my box of items arrived I couldn’t wait to get the box open and start cooking!

Van’s Foods Products: Whole Grain Pasta Sides

Looking for some truly delicious, gluten-free emails you can make in about 10 minutes? If so, we think you will love Van’s new Whole Grain Pasta Sides. This yummy pasta comes in three gluten-free varieties that can easily be prepared on the stove in just 10 minutes. Each boxed pasta dish is made using simple ingredients and seasonings that are not only healthy, but taste great! As well, they are preservative free, high fructose corn syrup free, and contain no artificial colors. Currently, it is available in 3 flavors –

  • Rotini & Red Sauce
  • Creamy Herb & Garlic
  • Ultimate Cheddar Penne

Personally, I love the Ultimate Cheddar Penne. This dish is made with real aged cheddar cheese, and uses rice penne pasta. The sauce for this pasta is out of this world. My husband and I both loved it and I am planning on buying more of it to keep in the house. Based on our own experience, I am delighted to give the Van’s Whole Grain Pasta Sides an A+ rating!

Vans boxed meals

Van’s Foods Products: Soft Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters

Are you someone who loves granola? If so, we think you will love Van’s new Soft Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters. These clusters are the perfect snack and dessert. We personally love to mix in traditional yogurt, Greek yogurt, eat them plain, or have them like typical cereal with milk. These delicious treats are certified gluten-free, egg-free, and kosher. Like their other foods, they also contain no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and contain no high fructose corn syrup. Currently, it is available in two flavors – Blueberry Walnut and Cranberry Almond. Like other Van’s foods, we think they are truly delicious! Based on our own experience, we are happy to give Van’s Soft Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters an A rating.

Vans Clusters

Van’s Foods Products: Where to Purchase

Want to try this awesome food out for yourself? You can find Vans at grocery stores, mass merchandise stores, and natural food retailers near you nationwide. To see the closest Van’s Foods dealer near you, check out their spiffy store locator.

Want to learn more about their awesome food? Check out Van’s Foods on Social Media!

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Van’s Foods Products: Giveaway

Want to try some of these awesome foods for yourself? We are excited to be working with Van’s Foods on this awesome giveaway! 1 lucky reader will win 5 vouches for purchasing these awesome products at a store near you. To learn more, read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter!

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

17 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Alice F February 14, 2015 at 10:32 am - Reply

    I would like to try the ultimate Cheddar Penne.

  2. Diane February 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    The blueberry walnut clusters would be a great alternative to chips or crackers. Much healthier.

  3. Amy M. C. February 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    The granola clusters would be great for my husband and my kids are always happy with mac & cheese.

  4. sandra February 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I would like to try their granola

  5. David February 18, 2015 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    I am most interested in trying the blueberry walnut granola clusters. For those that aren’t aware, Walmart carries a large selection of Van’s products.

  6. Jackie February 19, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

    I think the whole grain pasta sides sound delicious. I’d like to try the Rotini & Red Sauce first. Thanks for the review and givewaway!

  7. Ashley Morrow February 19, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I would try the blueberry walnut granola. I love granola, and I eat it almost everyday.

  8. vickie couturier February 19, 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    i havent tried this yet but sure would love to win to try it out and my family likes this type of food

  9. Dandi D February 19, 2015 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    I am always on the lookout for healthier foods and these all look amazing! I would really like to try the Ultimate Cheddar Penne.

  10. lisa February 20, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

    I would like to try the mac & cheese first. The only one that I wouldn’t try is the herb and garlic. I’m not fond of garlic.

  11. Daraya February 21, 2015 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I would love to try any of the Whole Grain Pasta Sides first (& the Ultimate Cheddar Penne looks amazing)! 🙂

  12. Daraya February 21, 2015 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    I would love to try any of the Whole Grain Pasta Sides first! The Ultimate Cheddar Penne looks amazing!

  13. Laura J February 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Oh I would love to try the Rotini & Red Sauce first! Although they all look so good! I have such a hard time finding good gluten free frozen easy dinners to make for me! I cannot wait to try these!@

  14. sandra February 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I’ve been trying to eat more whole grain whole wheat products lately. so I would like to try the Creamy Herb & Garlic. the granola looks really good as well.

  15. Linda Bradshaw February 28, 2015 at 1:39 am - Reply

    I would love to try the Blueberry Almond Granola Clusters. They look so good.

  16. Nancy February 28, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    First I would try the Cranberry Almond Soft Baked Granola Clusters. They have so many unique, delicious, and healthy food products to try!

  17. Hannah Avery February 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    My kids would love the Ultimate Cheddar penne!

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