Tags: vegetables

Not going to lie….I didn’t expect this to be as good as it was. I’m almost strictly an organic frozen meal kind of girl, or one that’s made with the best ingredients possible. I normally go for Amy’s Kitchen Meals, like this one, or sometimes even Kashi, like this pizza here. Online Colleges is a resource for finding information about health and nutrition. There is always more to learn about what the best ingredients in foods are.

Regardless, browsing the frozen food section, I saw this and was intrigued. I took a peek at the ingredients, and approved. I didn’t see any ingredients I didn’t really approve of, so I thought it would be worth a try.

mmmm.

Once it was done cooking, I could certainly smell the sauce throughout the kitchen. It smelled really good, and seeing as I just did a weights workout, I was hungry. This meal I felt was perfect post workout- protein, carbs, and some healthy fats alongside some veggies. I also had a chocolate chip cookie….but that’s besides the point 😉

I have a complaint when it comes to frozen meals and the vegetables sides. For the most part, I feel like the vegetables on the side are either

1. Too chewy/hard

2. Too mushy

3.Too plain.

THESE vegetables, however, were different. They were almost sitting in what I’m assuming is olive oil, and had a bit of seasoning to them. There were peppers, carrots, and broccoli, all perfect consistency. Not mushy, not chewy. So delicious. In fact, I kind of wish I could buy just the side compartment on vegetables and eat them alone. Yes, I am talking about broccoli and carrots. The peppers I could have done without, but I’m not a pepper kind of person.

Moving on, the pasta was a little on the soft side, but pretty good. It rested in a sauce that was a tad salty, but had a good flavor and even soft chunks of tomatoes. On top was the chunks of chicken and some pieces of cheese. The cheese was sparse, but certainly delicious. The chicken, not going to lie, was the letdown of the meal. It was a bit chewy, and I had some fatty parts I wasn’t happy about. It was juicy and not dry, so that was good, but I really wasn’t digging it. There was a mild pepper flavor I noticed too.

Overall? I really liked this meal! I would definitely buy it again. 4 1/2 stars

What’s your favorite product by Stouffer’s? I haven’t had much that I remember in the last few years, so this is my new favorite!

8 May 2010, Comments (2)

Amazing Grass Kidz Super Food Wild Berry

Author: Healthnuttxo

Keeping up with my berry and fruity theme this week, I thought it would be appropriate to review a product sent to me by Amazing Grass, the Kidz Super Food Wild Berry .

One serving of this mix combines 32 fruits and vegetables that provides that antioxidant level of THREE servings of fruits & veggies. You simply mix it in water, juice, or a smoothie (it also comes in a chocolate flavor, that you can mix with milk!)

Seeing as the amazing nutrition punch this product packs, I decided to try it on a day I was feeling sluggish and just blah. I’m not one who likes to take medications , so I prefer more natural ways of helping or healing my body. I decided to just mix it with water, since I wasn’t home at the time and didn’t have access to juice (or a smoothie, for that matter). I put it in my water bottle and gave it a shake. It was green and dusty on top, and then the rest of the water was purple. I had a very curious glances my way like, “what on earth is she drinking?!?!” I’m not one to judge on color, so I took a sip. It was very, very mildly sweet- just a hint of berry flavor. It didn’t mix together perfectly, as it was still a bit piecy in the water.

I definitely reccommend using it in juice or a smoothie instead of just water, or maybe adding some stevia/sweetener if you want to use it in water. It wasn’t bad, though, taken for what it was. It’s an excellent way to boost your nutrition and fit in some powerful antioxidants. With water, I give it 3 1/2 stars based on taste, 5 for nutrition, for a total of 4 stars. It did make me feel SOO much better after- Really! My headache was gone, and I had more energy throughout the day. I think I might buy some in the future and try it in a smoothie or juice- if I do, I’ll let you know how it is!

1 packet (6 grams) is 21 calories, 0 grams of fat, 4 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

you GOTTA love the ingredients—> GREENS-organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, asparagus, lima beans, green peas, kale, kiwi, organic spinach, organic broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, zucchini ORANGES/YELLOWS-apricots, organic carrots, mangos, pineapple, sweet potatoes, tangerines, yellow squash REDS-organic yumberry, pomegranates, raspberries, guavas, cranberries, red cabbage, cherries, tomatoes, BLUES/PURPLES-beets, plums, purple grapes, blueberries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic inulin, organic oat fiber, natural flavors, organic guar gum, stevia, probiotics (L. Acidophilus) and vegetable juice for coloring (from carrots and hibiscus).

19 Aug 2009, Comments (3)

Seeds of Change Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

Author: healthnuttxo

Normally I pop something by Amy’s or Kashi in for my frozen dinners, but i was feeling something different. So shopping at Whole Foods (where else do i shop!?!), I picked up Seeds of Change Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles with Vegetables & Tofu. It looked pretty good, pretty much all of the ingredients were organic, and it looked healthy. Like there was a good amount of vegetables in there too, and since I LOOVEE peanut butter, I thought I couldn’t lose!
So how was it?
Well, after cooking it for 5 minutes in the microwave, my kitchen had the aroma of a Chinese food restaurant.
As for the taste?

In a word, SPICY. WOO. Have some water/milk near by. It’s not SOOO spicy that it’s overpowering, but you will feel a burn on your lips, in your mouth, and as the food goes down your belly. Or at least i did. I was happy I had some water near by, needless to say 🙂

The noodles are cooked perfectly. Not too chewy, and not too hard either. There was a lot of them too. I almost wish there was more vegetables than noodles, but that’s personal preference, I’m just not a pasta person. I also wish they were whole grain noodles 🙁 .
The peanut sauce is so yummy. It has the consistency of an alfredo sauce, it’s creamy and has a hint of sweetness, and then a KICK of spice. I’m going to hold the cayenne pepper responsible for that! It has a nice peanutty taste to it too, and I even found a few peanut chunks in the dish as well.
The tofu was my favorite part. It soaked up the peanutty taste, and was perfectly cooked. Yum. How come when i cook tofu it never comes out as good as this (or Amy’s tofu!?) ?!
Lastly, the veggies. There are carrots, broccoli, onions and red peppers. The carrots were sweet and crunchy, which was good because it toned down the heat of the dish. The broccoli was delicious. Perfectly cooked, not mushy at all, and bright green. Ah, so good. The onions added a nice flavor to the dish, and the red peppers were good as well. They still had a crunch to them, I’m not really a red pepper fan, but these weren’t bad. They were a bit sweet too.

Overall, it was a good dinner. I probably wouldn’t buy it again because I’m not one for spicy, but if YOU like spicy, i would definetely invest in this dish. It’s healthy, unique and nutritious. If i’m ever craving some heat, i know where to look! I also like the quality of this dish- I’m excited to try their other meals!

One entree is 350 calories, 9 grams of fat, 51 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 17 grams of protein.

Cooked linguini (semolina wheat flour),water, tofu [filtered water, soybeans, nigari (magnesium chloride, a natural firming agent)], broccoli, soy sauce (water, soybeans, salt, alcohol), onions, red bell peppers, carrots, peanut butter (roasted valencia peanuts, salt), agave syrup, Grade A pasteurized cream, nonfat dry milk, apple juice concentrate, soy bean oil, corn starch, roasted sesame seed oil, natural cream flavor, garlic, red chilies, ginger, ginger powder, locust bean gum, cayenne pepper.

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