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Cedarlane Three Layer Enchilada Pie

I know it’s the day after Christmas, but, who’s craving Mexican!?
I was! Too¬† many sugar cookies (organic of course ūüėõ ) 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! ūüė¶ ). 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 ūüėÄ ). 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! ūüôā

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. ūüôā

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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Cedarlane Eggplant Parmesan

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My mom RAVES about Eggplant Parmesan. Everytime we go out for Italian, she gets EGGPLANT Parmesan. When eggplants on sale at the store, she frys em up and makes Eggplant Parmesan. I’m not too fond of chicken parm (sorry!) only because i HATE chicken cutlets, and i really don’t like fried food. But, Cedarlane’s Eggplant Parm is slices of baked eggplant, with cheese, lightly roasted vegetables and a sundried tomato sauce. Would this Eggplant Parm live up to the dish my mom RAVES about? Let’s see!

Well, after heating it up in the microwave, the picture on the box certainly does not depict what i had. They show 2 long slices of eggplant with cheese and veggies. What i got (i didn’t have my camera so i couldn’t take a picture of it! Grr!! ūüė¶ ) was about 5 or 6 circular pieces of eggplant all mooshed together with some cheese and scrambled veggies. But I’m not one to judge on looks, so¬†I dug in.
The eggplant was very soft, and “buttery”tasting. There is also a LOT of eggplant, and I didn’t see any breadcrumbs like the ingredients say there are, but perhaps it was just mixed up with all the cheese and veggies. I really liked the “seeded” part of the eggplant-it has a little bit more of a bite and more flavor to it compared to the rest. There definitely is a strong tomato flavor here, probably from the sundried tomato sauce. There also is¬†pa-lenty of cheese in this dish. It was gooey and stringy and it was how cheese is supposed to be ūüôā . I also liked the parmesan cheese flavor that came through with the veggies.
Overall, this dish wasn’t bad. I think it kind of tasted like Ellio’s pizza, which is a frozen pizza i had a lot growing up.¬†I do, however,¬†almost wish that it had less eggplant and they paired the eggplant¬†parmesan with another side dish. It was also a bit too salty for me, but that’s expected with tomato sauce. It is, however, an excellent way to get some vegetables into your day. I would guess at least 3 servings in this meal alone! ūüôā This meal is getting a 3 1/2 star for me, 4 star if you like eggplant parm! I like there other meals i reviewed better. Check them out!

The box has 2 servings, but honestly, who can eat half? ūüôā So here’s the stats for the whole thing.
1 box is 320 calories, 16 grams of fat, 32 carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein. You also get 30% calcium needs.

Eggplant, Organic Crushed Whole Tomatoes, Organic Tomato Puree, Onion, Rennetless Mozzarella Cheese, Rennetless Ricotta Cheese, Bread Crumbs (wheat flour, water, barley malt, salt), Organic Zucchini, Sundried Tomatoes, Organic green bell Pepper, Rennetless Parmesan Cheese, Organic Red Bell Pepper, Carrots, Wildflower Honey, Olive Oil, Herbs and Spices, Sea Salt.

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Cedarlane Moussaka Eggplant Mediterranean

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Let me just cut to the chase with this one.
THIS MEAL KICKS BUTT.

I never in my life tried a piece of eggplant. It looks nasty, it’s ugly looking (okay that’s 2 superficial reasons…) and it was just never my vegetable “of choice”. So i was skeptical to try this meal, eggplant? And Eggplant Moussaka? What does that mean? According to Cedarlane, “Moussaka” is just another word for Eggplant Mediterranean in the Old World.¬†¬†Either way, THIS MEAL IS SO GOOD.
I decided to try it because after overindulging myself with 2 HUGE garlic knots from my local pizza place (oops!), i wanted a healthier dinner that was lower in carbs to balance out all that greasy dough. So i figured what they heck.

So let’s begin. This dish is slices of roasted eggplant in a tomato sauce that has carrots, mushrooms, red bell peppers, feta cheese and other spices in it. Then on the top is a little smattering of a white sauce. The eggplant is amazing. It’s soft, it is bursting with flavor, and it melts in your mouth like butter. I am definetely an eggplant friend now ūüôā
The veggies are awesome too. There are thick chunks of carrots, and the vegetables as a whole add a little spicy kick to the meal.
There is also “Ground Round”, or veggie crumbles. After all, this meal is vegetarian. They taste almost exactly like and have the same consistency of ground beef. They are also delicious.
Lastly the white sauce on top. I didn’t care for it too much, it was slightly bland compared to the flavor of the rest of the meal, and if it wasn’t there i honestly wouldn’t have missed it. But who cares. This meal is so good they can keep it or ditch it and i would be happy all the same.
Overall, this meal is tomatoey, gooey, savory and just DELICIOUS! You must must must try it!!

Hows the nutrition? Excellent as well!
per dish, it’s 230 calories, 10 grams of fat, 22 carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of protein. You also get 20% calcium and vitamin C, and 35% vitamin A. Yay!

Eggplant, Milk, Crushed Tomatoes, Veggie Ground Round (Water, Textured Soy Protein, textured Wheat Protein, Natural Falvor, Malt Extract, Salt, Onion Powder, Evaporated Cane Juice, Carrageenan, Garlic Powder, Spices, Wheat Germ, Oat Bran, Vitamins and Minerals), Fire Roasted Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomatoe Juice, Salt, Calcium Chloride and Citric Acid), Feta Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Salt and Enzymes), Onions, Carrots, Mushrooms, Rice Vinegar, Organic Unbleached Wheat Flour, Canola Oil, Red Bell Peppers, Green Bell Peppers, Extra Virgin Oilve Oil, Parsley, Water, Spices, Garlic Powder, Cornstarch, Salt, Guar Gum, Lemon Peel.

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Cedarlane Beans, Rice & Cheese Style Burrito

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After trying Cedarlane’s Enchiladas [ see my post here¬†] i had a good feeling about their other products, such as the Beans, Rice & Cheese Style Burrito. It is made with organic¬†ingredients, such as the¬†tortilla, beans and the rice, are all organic. But what’s this? This Burrito only has 1 GRAM OF FAT? How can it be cheesy? How can it be TASTY?! Well, readers, fear not, Cedarlane knows what they are doing!

So,¬†I wrapped this burrito in a paper towel like I was supposed to and put it in the microwave. After two minutes, a spicy, flavorfull¬†aroma filled my kitchen and made my tummy grumble. My mom even commented on “what smells so good?” and was totally jealous when i popped this baby out of the microwave. A little bit of cheese oozed out of the burrito, but that didn’t bother me a bit. It¬†just means there’s plenty of filling on the inside to enjoy!
I cut the burrito in half, and there was a substantial amount of filling. They didn’t scrimp on it- it looked like it would actually keep me full! There is also a thick amount of bread as well as the¬†filling. The bread has an almost “bisquity” taste to it, and is also slightly sweet. It cooked pretty evenly, chewy in some areas due to the filling and crisper in others, but it was good. I actually enjoyed the mixed consistency of crisper tortilla on the ends and a softer, doughy tortilla in the middle. It tastes like the inside of a pizza crust as well.¬†Yum. When is that ever a bad thing?
Onto the insides, which were also delicious! There were a lot of beans and brown rice all smothered in a tasty tomato sauce with cheese dispersed. The cheese was so good- a great compliment to the burrito. It was soy cheese, which is how the burrito is so low in fat and still tasty, but if i didn’t tell you it was soy, you wouldn’t be able to tell (so don’t turn up your nose until you try it!¬†ūüėČ )

Overall,¬†I will be buying this burrito again. It was filling, delicious, and the right size for a quick dinner to be paired with a glass of milk and some veggies, or even by itself if your really pressed for time. One burrito is 260 calories, 1 gram of fat, 48 carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber (woo!), and 13 grams of protein. You also get 25% Vitamin C and 10% of your daily calcium needs. My only complaint (sorry!!) is that they didn’t use a whole wheat wrap ūüė¶ There is plenty of fiber in this burrito already, and they did use brown rice instead of white, but this would be absolutely perfect if the tortilla was whole wheat. For now, it’s fine by me!

Burrito Filling (Organic Pinto Beans, Organic Brown Rice, Soy Cheddar Cheese [soy beverage {filtered water, soy protein and soy milk solids}, casein {a milk protein}, soy oil, food starch modified, natural flavors, powdered cellulose, salt, sodium citrate, citric and lactic acids, calcium phosphate, carotenal color, carrageenan {a natural seaweed fiber}], Organic Tomatoes, Organic Tomato Puree, Filtered Water, Green Chilis, Onion, Herbs and Spices, Tamari, Cilantro, Sea Salt, Corn Starch), Organic Unbleached Flour Tortilla.

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Cedarlane Garden Vegetable Enchiladas

enchilCraving some¬† Mexican food, but hate the calories, fat, and artifical junk? Want something sinful tasting, but¬†something you would regret?¬†Look no further than Cedarlane’s Garden Vegetable Enchiladas! These babies are so good they only make you feel like you are eating at a Mexican restaurant, when really you are enjoying them from home!

Each Enchilada is made with organic beans, bell peppers and tortillas, is low fat, vegetarian,¬†and gluten free. The enchiladas are wrapped in a yummy corn tortilla, stuffed with vegetables and cheese, and then layered with a “spicy enchilada sauce”. The box is a bit misleading, it shows 2 enchiladas all rolled up and good to go, but when you cook this meal you obviously can’t eat them with your hands. These yummy enchiladas require a fork and knife (and even a spoon to scrape up the leftover sauce!)

The corn tortilla tastes like the hard yellow taco shells you would get when eating out. I liked the outer layer, and i especially liked after it was cooked, the edges of each enchilada were a little harder/got crusty. It was yummy!
The vegetables inside were cooked nicely, tender and full of flavor. I didn’t care too much for the onion, however. There are a few pieces of onion that are crunchy and they are STRONG. When you take a bite and there is a piece of onion in it- you’ll know! The peppers add a nice touch, and are definitely responsible for the “spicyness” of the dish. There are also pinto beans with the vegetables, and i’m not usually a fan of beans, but there was just the right amount of them in the enchiladas.
Lastly, the sauce. One of my favorite parts. It’s savory, tomatoe-y, a tad spicy, but also sweet. It’s really good! I found myself running my finger on the carton after i finished my enchiladas to eat the remnants of the sauce. De-lish!

 

Overall, i would definitely get this again and reccommend it highly. It’s very satisfying and packs a nutritional punch with low fat,¬†and high fiber/protein. ¬†Each enchilada is 140 calories, 3 grams of fat, 20 carbs, 3 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein, and provides 20% of calcium needs. There are 2 enchiladas in the tray. My only complaint was that i wish it was a little more cheesy. I did get one REALLY good bite that had a lot of cheese, but other than that, there isn’t too much cheese flavor. Regardless- GET THIS MEAL!

Enchilada Filling (rennetless non fat cheddar cheese, organic bell pepper, organic pinto beans,rennetless cheddar cheese, organic corn, green chilis, onion, black olives, herbs and spices, salt), Enchilada Sauce (filtered water, organic tomato puree, sweet rice flour, herbs and spices, honey, salt), Organic Corn Tortillas.

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