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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….the microwave oven (see what I did there?) 😉

Here’s what it looked like:
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Smaller than I thought. Frozen dinner? How about a frozen 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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I spotted something new in my freezer this afternoon, something I haven’t had in a while. French Fries! I decided to give these a try with some broccoli and vegetarian style chicken nuggets for dinner.

I cooked them up for about 15 minutes or so,
and here’s how they looked once transferred to my plate.

And a close up with a bite taken

can you see the spots of grease on the plate? and minuscule broccoli remnants (:

As I stated before, these were certainly greasy, so napkins are recommended.  They cooked up nicely, with crispy edges and a potatoey filling. There was mostly a yummy potato flavor, with a kick of peppery flavor at the end. They really weren’t that salty, despite the 470 mg of sodium per serving either. They actually really reminded me of curly fries that I used to get at school when I was younger, but these had more of a cripsy-ness to them.

The bag states they are “skin-on potatoes” but I’m not really sure exactly what that means, and they tasted like standard fries to me. I did like that the portion size was pretty good for 3 ounces, and I got a good amount of the fries filling up my plate. However, they were kind of lackluster for me. I would probably eat them again, but wouldn’t go out of my way to buy them. 3 stars

yea. that is my finger in the bottom right. FAIL ):

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26 Mar 2010, Comments (6)

Amy’s Kitchen Sheperd’s Pie

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Amy’s Kitchen has made a Sheperd’s Pie that is meatless, gluten AND dairy free. Amy’s says this Sheperd’s Pie has “organic vegetables in a nourishing broth blanketed with smooth mashed potatoes”. This meal also has only 4 grams of fat, no cholesterol, and is completely and 100% natural.

So I followed the microwave instructions and popped this pie in, let it sit for 2 minutes as directed, and popped it on out. I decided to have it with some Trader Joe’s soy nuggets & applesauce, because I had a feeling a little vegetable pie would not be enough to satisfy my raging hunger after an afternoon run.

After 5ish minutes or so, a little bit of the filling oozed out into the packaging, but nothing I couldn’t handle lick off the wrapper. I decided to try just the top first-the mashed potatoes. They were super fluffy with a real homemade taste. The potatoes were nice and creamy, and almost had a whipped-like consistency. There were garlic and onion flavors that also complimented the potatoes nicely. Onto the filling-assorted vegetables consisteing of bits of mushrooms, carrots, celery, garbanzo beans and tomatoes.  It sort of reminded me of vegetable soup- the taste, not the consistency. It had a tomatoey-based taste, mixed with some spices, which included a dash of black pepper. This pie was packed with these veggies, that were all tender and nicely cooked, The carrots were not as tender, and had a bit more of a bite to them. In my opinion, I liked that the carrots were slightly less soft than the rest of the veggies- mushy carrots are for baby food jars! 😛 The filling also had a slightly salty and garlicy flavor, but overall was very tasty.

Overall, I give this pie 4 stars. Amy’s rarely lets me down- I have yet to encounter a meal I haven’t liked. This pie has a very good flavor- a comfort food for sure. It’s not enough by itself for a meal, but if you pump it up with some protein and veggies (or applesauce!!), you can turn it into a light, healthy and delicious.  However, my favorite part was the crispy edges that formed on the potatoes after being cooked in the microwave. Yum!! 🙂

What’s YOUR favorite Amy’s Product? Let me know!!

1 pie is 160 calories, 4 grams of fat, 27 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.


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 Pie 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! 🙂
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 this  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! 🙂
Overall, this pie rocks. You saw it coming, 5 stars. It also doesn’t leave you with that heavy feeling some other 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), 50 grams of  carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein. Satisfaction at it’s best.

 (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.

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