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22 Apr 2015, Comments (11)

Blake’s Hearty Beef Stew

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Saw this at Target today (the best store in the world, duh) and decided to give it a whirl. I often stay away from frozen dinners for a few reasons…
1. Full of sodium (hellooooo bloating)
2. Full of preservatives (how about some BHT with your carrots?)
3. Teeny portions for a lot of money

And while this one looked small, the sodium levels were low, and it was a natural dish so no preservatives or colors added. I’ve also had Blake’s chicken pot pie before and it was scrumptious. So I decided to give it a whirl.

Suggested cooking method is the oven. Did I use the oven? Of course I did….theĀ microwave oven (see what I did there?) šŸ˜‰

Here’s what it looked like:
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Smaller than I thought. Frozen dinner? How about a frozenĀ snack….

There was literally 3 pieces of beef in here. THREE. TEENY. PIECES. I am a big girl (okay, I’m not a big girl, but my stomach likes big portions), and I can easily down a plate of meatballs, steak, hamburger, etc. And still be hungry. So I knew this wasn’t promising.

The first piece of beef was scrumptious. Soft, tender, flavorful. Bits of garlic and pepper, perfectly complimented with the gravy. Reminded me of the stew my mom used to make…mmm.

The other two pieces of beef were fatty. Half fat I should say. White, visible fat. Chewy and bleh. Some people like fatty meat. I am not one of them. Moving on…

The carrots and peas were on point. Carrots were perfect consistency, and peas were nice and crisp. It reminded me of the inside of a pot pie. Both flavorful and fresh. Very good.

The square potatoes were an epic fail. These were supposed to be red skin potatoes? They tasted like the super starchy brown ones you can make french fries with. They were essentially a block of mush. Starchy mush. Awful.

The gravy was thick, but gelatinous, which probably meant it had a high fat content. And seeing as my mere 3 pieces of beef could not possibly contribute all 12 grams of fat, I assume the rest of the fat was in the gravy. Which I will admit, was delicious and flavorful. It held the dish together nicely and went well with everything. Even those awful potatoes.

Overall? Meh. Hearty? Hardly. I wasn’t even hungry when I ate this and I think I am hungrier post meal. Would not buy again, but if bought for me I would eat it. 2 1/2 stars

 

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31 Jan 2011, Comments (4)

Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Loaf Whole Meal

Author: Healthnuttxo

Alrighty. Here goes the Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Loaf Whole Meal review. Ok, so the name isn’t exactly super exciting, but then again I don’t really find the word “loaf” all that exciting either. Anyway, I’m assuming Amy’s Kitchen is taking a veggie stand on meat loaf.

Sooooo in this meal is a veggie loaf with some sort of gravy, peas and corn, and mashed potatoes. After I cooked it, here’s what it looked like.

much prettier on the box, indeed.

I started with the peas and the corn. I took a spoonful and almost instantly noticed a texture problem. These were, well, mushy. I was expected them to be crisp, even slightly firm. The taste was really good, but they had a uniform texture- I couldn’t distinguish a kernel of corn from a pea as I chewed it. However, everything was pretty flavorful and the peas were pretty sweet.

Next up, the mashed potatoes. I was a bit let down at the portion of the potatoes, as it wasn’t very large. I took a scoop and they were fluffy, slightly pasty, and slightly salty. The taste reminded me of those thick wedged potato fries. Pretty good.

Lastly, the loaf. On top was a sweet tomato-flavored sauce/gravy. It wasn’t super sweet, but it wasn’t really salty either. The loaf itself was dense, chewy and had a lot of vegetables in it. I easily detected a black pepper flavor, and some garlic as well. It was a tad bit dry, but not too bad. It’s kind of hard to explain- it was almost like oatmeal and veggies in a loaf shape. Here’s a picture of what a piece looked like.

Overall, I actually really enjoyed this meal. It was a light meal, not super filling but substantial, and really quite tasty. It’s a little low on protein, only 9 grams, so I think having a glass of milk or something along the side would be a good option. I also think it’s safe to say I filled my vegetable quota for the day Ā ; ) Ā  4 stars.

1 meal is 290 calories, 8 grams of fat, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.

What’s your preference- Vegetable Loaf or Meat Loaf?

30 Oct 2009, Comments (4)

Amy’s Kitchen Non Dairy Pot Pie

Author: healthnuttxo

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I’m putting this one up here because Amy’s Kitchen Non-Dairy Pot PieĀ it is one of my FAVORITES. It’s a staple in my house. Literally, I panic after I eat one because that means I have to run up to the store and buy another one ASAP! šŸ™‚
This one is relatively low in fat (especially saturated fat), only 360 calories and packed with veggies and ooey gooey pot pie deliciousness. All without milk or other dairy, so those of you who don’t do dairy can enjoy! (This is even VEGAN!)
So let us begin the review, shall we?
I cooked thisĀ  in the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes and then just a littttttle bit in the toaster oven to crisp up the crust.
Anywho-
The Crust is delicious. And I’m glad it is- what’s a pot pie without a yummy crust? It’s flaky and crisp, and I love breaking off a piece of the top and scooping up some of the veggie mixture. Speaking of veggies, the peas and carrots are crisp and sweet, the potatoes are little square chunks that are very fluffy, and the tofu is amazing. My favorite part of the whole thing. I love amy’s tofu in every meal! The tofu is soft and so flavorful- i just love love love it! The veggies are in a creamy sauce as well, that only tastes buttery! šŸ™‚
Overall, this pie rocks. You saw it coming, 5 stars. It also doesn’t leave you with thatĀ heavy feeling some otherĀ meals can leave you with all the saturated fat and unneccessary ingredients. I feel good eating this pie!

1 pot pie is 360 calories, 13 grams of fat (only 1.5 saturated), 50Ā grams of Ā carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein. Satisfaction at it’s best.

Ā (VEGAN) ORGANIC WHOLE WHEAT AND WHEAT FLOUR, FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC POTATOES, ORGANIC CARROTS, ORGANIC TOFU (FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC SOYBEANS, NIGARI[MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, A NATURAL FIRMING AGENT]), RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC PEAS, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, SOY FLOUR, ORGANIC TAMARI, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING POWDER(CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, BAKING SODA, CORNSTARCH), SEA SALT, ORGANIC AGAVE NECTAR, SPICES, YEAST EXTRACT, TURMERIC.

Hey guys- you all know my love for Amy’s. Their birthday is coming up soon (22!!) and they are holding a slogan contest. Create a rhyme, jingle or phrase, 15 words or less, and send it in hereĀ for a chance to win $500 worth of Amy’s stuff. Any hey– if you aren’t too fond of Amy’s but have a good idea, let me know and I’ll enter for you!!! šŸ˜‰

25 Oct 2009, Comments (5)

Mom Made Foods- Cheesy Mac Meal

Author: healthnuttxo

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Ahhh, Mac & cheese. A traditional comfort food. What’s better than some ooey gooey cheesy macaroni on a cold winter day or after a stressful day at work/school?
Exactly.
But, we all know how Velveeta and Kraft’s nutritional stats hold up. And after preparing Kraft’s boxed version with butter and milk, I sureĀ  got the blues (of regret for eating it!). So, Mom Made Foods makes a healthier alternative to macaroni & cheese. “Mom Made” makes it seem like it’s geared toward children, but trust me, all ages can enjoy this dish.
Mom Made Cheesy Mac Meal has some extra healthĀ  benefits in their yogurt. They sneak in butternut squash and sweet potatoes in their cheese sauce- but you would never tell. After heating up this individual tray (yay portion control!), you don’t see any chunks of squash or potatoes, just a bunch of elbow macaroni and cute little peas as well.
After heating it up, the macaroni cooked nicely. It wasn’t too chewy or overdone either. Just the way I like my macaroni- has a bite but doesn’t fall to pieces in my mouth.
The peas were nice and crisp too, not mushy blobs. I personally love peas, and i hate when frozen dinners ruin them by making them all soggy and nasty. Not the case here!
Moving on to the cheese sauce, it was thicker than I expected. It wasn’t a runny cheese sauce, and it really stuck on the macaroni. It was more of a milder cheese taste than I would expected, and it wasn’t as salty tasting as Velveeta or other boxed brands (there’s only 340mg of sodium per serving as compared to 720mg+ in other varieties!). It was good though. An enjoyable mac & cheese entree šŸ™‚

Overall, i liked it. 4 stars for meĀ  for excellent nutrition stats and sneaky veggies. There are a lot of noodles in thisĀ entree, especially considering it’s geared toward kids. However,Ā I would say it’s a tad too small for an adult or those of us with raging appetites (especially after going to the gym), so i paired it some strawberry organic milk and someĀ  extra veggies and had it for lunch. My only complaint is that it’s not made with whole wheat macaroni, but it still packs in some fiber šŸ™‚ I would love love love to try the other things Mom Made Foods has to offer, like fiesta rice and bean burritos!

1 entree is 200 calories, 3 grams of fat, 36 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.

Organic macaroni (organic durum semolina), Organic skim milk (organic pasteurized skim milk, vitamin d), Organic green peas, Organic sweet potato, Organic butternut squash, Organic cheese powder (Organic cheddar cheese [organic pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes], Organic whey, Salt, Lactic acid, Citric acid, Annatto [for color], Natural mixed tocopherols); Organic butter (organic sweet cream, salt).

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