Tags: cheddar cheese

Don’t forget the Sahale Snack Giveaway!!  =)

I don’t know about you, but I was always a fan of mini snacks when I was younger. I think they are so cute- and, you usually get a bigger portion size for roughly the same amount of calories as the bigger counterpart!

So, you can count on it that I was certainly happy when I got a box of each Mini Cheddar Cheese and Mini Peanut Butter Bite Sized Sandwich Crackers to try given to me from Late July!

First, I tried the Mini Cheddar Cheese ones. I opened the box and saw a lot of little sandwich crackers- yum!  I couldn’t agree more with the front of the box, as it said “Buttery Tasting Rich Crackers” for the cracker part, and “White Cheddar Cheese” for the cheese filling. It’s EXACTLY what it tasted like! The cracker was salty a buttery, a bit dry, and soft/flaky. The cheese had a nice white cheddar flavor, that was salty and slightly tangy.  I liked that I got 13 crackers for one serving size, of only 110 calories!

The Peanut Butter ones were just as good. The cracker tasted the same, salty, buttery and slightly dry, with a thick peanut butter on the inside. Thick in consistency, not amount. It had that stick-to-the-roof-of-my-mouth peanut butter, that wasn’t oily at all. It was also a slightly sweet peanut butter- yum! I do wish there was a bit more peanut butter on the inside, but still delicious!

Overall, these get 4 stars. I love that I get 13 crackers (1 oz) for a serving size, that these are organic, and I loved twisting each cracker off one by one, and eating them that way. Brought me back to when I was little =) On the downside, there is hardly any fiber in these (less than 1 gram per serving), and they are a bit high in sodium (310 mg for cheddar cheese, 240 mg for peanut butter) and fat. But, I think they are a great snacking alternative, and are quite tasty, too!

13 crackers is 110 calories, 7-9 grams of fat, 16-18 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 2-3 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

26 Dec 2009, Comments (2)

Cedarlane Three Layer Enchilada Pie

Author: healthnuttxo

I know it’s the day after Christmas, but, who’s craving Mexican!?
I was! Too  many sugar cookies (organic of course 😛 ) and yummy dishes can do that to a girl. So I was in the mood for some Mexican, and where other did I turn to than Cedarlane’s Three Layer Enchilada Pie?

Cedarlane’s Three Layer Enchilada Pie is layers of organic corn tortillas, green chilis, cheddar cheese, organic black beans, black olives and cilantro all smothered in a tomatoey salsa-style sauce. Taking it out of the freezer it sure looks prettyy (sorry i forgot to take a picture! D’oh! 🙁 ). You could see the cheddar cheese sprinkled on top with about 5 or 6 olives and some scattered green chilis to decorate the dish (and add flavor, obviouslllyyy). When it’s cooked, the cheese melts in with everything else and it has nice and crispy edges. It smells amazing too- saucy, cheesy, onion-y, yumm-y!

I took this “pie” out of the container and transfered it to a plate and put a big heaping of applesauce next to it ( Okay it seems like I eat applesauce with everything!…perhaps that’s true 😀 ). I sort of destroyed the layers by doing that, but it was one big pile of deliciousness on my plate instead of in an organized stack. But i’m not biased- I can eat messy things. Looking at this meal there were a TON  of black beans, so if you like black beans, you are IN LUCK! I scooped up some of my “mess” and it was actually very good. It wasn’t spicy at all, and had a nice cheddar cheese taste. The cheese had a consistency after being microwaved to the cheese in baked macaroni & cheese, rather than being gooey like the cheese in mozzerella sticks (you know, that  annoying kind that you keep pulling and pulling and never ends…*sigh*).  It gets a little pasty, but still has a nice sharp, cheddar taste. The chilis and olives had a wee bit of a crunch to them, and flavored the dish nicely. The taste of the dish overall is like combining Amy’s Cheese Enchiladas with Cedarlane Vegetable Enchiladas. Both I enjoy very much- so I was a happy camper :). I was also happy there was no corn in this dish either (aside from the corn tortilla). Every time I buy enchilada/burrito products there are always corn niblets! I prefer other vegetables, so thank you, Cedarlane for omitting it this time! 🙂

Overall, I liked this. It reminded me of eating a bowl of nachos with the hot salsa/cheese dip in “pie” form. It has a nice tomato and onion flavor, and it was satisfying with the 26 grams of protein it provided. The negatives, however, are that the sodium is a little high (50% Daily value for the whole meal), the saturated fat is a little high (6 grams for the whole meal) and there are 2 servings in one container. I hate that! There’s no way I can cook half or even consider sharing something so delicious. 🙂

Otherwise- 4 stars for you Cedarlane! Delicious!

There are 2 servings per container. Stats are for both servings.
430 calories, 14 grams of fat, 54 carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, and 26 grams of protein. You also get 50% calcium needs. woop!

Enchilada Pie Filling (organic black beans, rennetless cheddar cheese, organic green chilis, organic wheat free tamari, herbs and spices, sea salt), Enchilada Pie Salsa Style Sauce (organic tomato puree, organic tomatoes, filtered water, onion, green chilis, organic safflower or canola oil, herbs and spices, cilantro, corn starch, sea salt), Organic Corn Tortillas, Black Olives.

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10 Aug 2009, Comments (0)

Earth's Best Elmo Mac'n Cheese

Author: healthnuttxo

ELMOO

Macaroni & cheese anyone? Who, honestly, can resist mac & cheese!? This sinful dish is often gooey, cheesy and delicious, but also often packed with sodium, artificial colors and fillers. But not this mac & cheese!
Earth’s Best Elmo (yes, ELMO!) Mac’n Cheese is all natural, with 22g of whole grain per serving. Yes i admit, it’s probably aimed toward kids, but who says “older kids” can’t enjoy it as well? Plus i’m a sucker for portion size!

This Mac & Cheese comes with a side of carrots and broccoli for extra nutrition. If you look on the box, you will see, yes, the macaroni is in shapes of elmo’s face. Cute! I was excited to try this, i love macaroni & cheese, but we all know how easy it is to overdo it.

So how does this meal live up? Well, this is real macaroni & cheese. No fake boxed crapola, no cheese “powder”, no dyes. This uses REAL cheese, REAL milk. So, it tastes like REAL macaroni & cheese! It’s very creamy, cheesy, and buttery tasting. The cheese adheres well to the elmo pasta, which is cooked nicely, not mushy but not too hard either. There’s a pretty generous portion of pasta in this meal too, i thought it would be a itsy bitsy amount of pasta, but nope, there are a lot of cheesy elmo faces ready to be eaten. As for the veggies, i would have liked more. The broccoli is not big at all, rather chopped up in little bits. The carrots are good though, soft and sweet. It’s a good compliment to the mac & cheese, but i wish there was more. To make it more filling i added an extra serving of vegetables and had some protein with it as well.

As for the nutrition, it’s pretty good! It’s 220 calories, 7 grams of fat (YES, SEVEN, and it’s made with REAL ingredients!), 33 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein. I was happy that the first ingredient was whole grain durum wheat for the pasta, not blanched wheat/refined flour. Yay! It’s also enriched with extra vitamins and minerals, like B vitamins, etc.

The only cons for this meal that i have is it skimps a little on protein (but as i said, i just had a little extra to round this out and make it more of a meal for my size), and it has 4 grams of saturated fat, probably from the heavy cream , cheddar cheese and butter oil in the ingredients. But most macaroni & cheese has about that amount of saturated fat, and at least this fat is from real cheese & butter and not fake stuff..

So if your craving mac & cheese, this will help your craving without helping your waistline fill out. Give it a shot- and enjoy the cute little elmo faces!

Organic Elmo Pasta (Organic Whole Grain Durum Wheat, Organic Durum Semolina, Vitamins & Minerals [reduced iron, niacinamide, zinc oxide, riboflavin, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, cyancobalamin]), Cheese Sauce [water, heavy cream, cheddar cheese [cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes, annatto color], nonfat milk, corn starch, butter oil, enriched wheat flour [flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], sea salt, natural flavor, torula yeast, xanthan gum, annatto color), Organic Carrots, Organic Broccoli.

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