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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 😛 ) 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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Amy’s California Veggie Burger

What comes to mind when I say, Veggie Burger? Are you thinking of a schlop of veggies pureed into a patty? Well that’s old school veggie burgers, my friends. Veggie & soy products have gone a looooong way from what they used to be, and some are actually quite tasty. I personally, have never had a veggie burger. So here it is- my first “veggie” burger experience. And what better brand to try than Amy’s?

Fortunately, I was sent the California Veggie Burger, voted Favorite Veg Meat by magazine VegNews in the “Veggie Awards of 2009”. They claimed “Vegetarian food darling Amy’s Kitchen delivers your top choice with a whole-foods burger bursting with flavor”. I was excited. This burger had to be good if it won an award in a magazine. Plus, I’m in love with Amy’s. How could i lose?

And I sure didn’t! 😀
Each burger is the average patty size, and actually decently thick. It has a brown/tanish hue and looking at the patty itself you can see all the yummy veggies, like celery and carrots, blended nicely in the burger. I cooked mine in the microwave for 60 seconds, and then popped it in the toaster oven to crisp it up a bit. I took a bite, and instantly I thought of Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Steak Whole Meal- a.k.a. formerly Country Dinner Whole Meal. The burger tastes very similar to the veggie steak in this meal, with slight variation of course. It has an oaty, lima bean taste, with a hint of cheddar cheese and some salt. It has a “grainy” texture, I felt it was more “crab cake” than “ground beef” consistency. There are also little crunchies throughout the burger due to the walnuts. It was very flavorful and I actually did really enjoy it. It also had a nice garlic and onion flavor to it as well.
Overall, I give this burger 4 stars. It was surprisingly filling and satisfying, and very tasty. Amy’s never lets me down! I had it twice so far, once as a light meal with some salad and applesauce, and once with a slice of cheddar cheese on top. Both were very good combinations, I especially enjoyed it with the applesauce because I love sweet & savory mixed together.
So-moral of the story? Don’t fear veggie products! (at least not ones made by Amy’s Kitchen). I really want to try the Cheddar Burger and the Gluten Free Bistro varieties too!! 🙂 🙂

1 burger is 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein. A good swap for beef anyday.

ORGANIC MUSHROOMS, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC BULGAR WHEAT, ORGANIC CELERY, ORGANIC CARROTS, ORGANIC OATS, ORGANIC WALNUTS, WHEAT GLUTEN, ORGANIC POTATOES, SEA SALT, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC GARLIC.

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Mom Made Foods- Cheesy Mac Meal

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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 sure  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 health  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 🙂

Overall, i liked it. 4 stars for me  for excellent nutrition stats and sneaky veggies. There are a lot of noodles in this entree, especially considering it’s geared toward kids. However, 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 some  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 🙂 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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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!! 😦 ) 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 🙂 . 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! 🙂 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? 🙂 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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Amy’s Broccoli & Cheese in a Pocket Sandwich

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Cheeeeese. Who doesn’t like cheddar cheese? Or even cheddar cheese melted or cheddar cheese sauce. It’s gooey, melty and delicious. Amy’s says, “People love AMy’s broccoli pot pie. So we thought ‘why not take the same great tasting filling-the crisp organic broccoli, organic golden carrots, organic northern potatoes, and a smooth creamy cheese sauce0 and bake it into a pocket sandwich?”
 I was excited to try Amy’s Broccoli & Cheese in a pocket sandwich, because  I personally LOVE broccoli & cheese and potatoes and cheese, and this baby has BOTH. Plus, as an added benefit, out of all of Amy’s pocket sandwiches, it is the only one with a whole wheat crust.

So how did it hold up? Wonderfully, of course. Amy’s never lets me down. The crust was soft and chewy, with a slight sweet honey taste to it. You couldn’t even tell it was whole wheat- it tasted just like the other varieties. The cheese sauce was creamy and smooth as promised. It also had just a tinge of a sweet taste to it. It wasn’t too salty either like cheese sauces can sometimes be. It wasn’t YELLOW either like in powdered  macaroni & cheese varieties, but more of a beige/yellow-orange. After all, it was made with REAL cheese. The potatoes were soft and tender, the carrots were a good consistency as well, soft but not mushy. All together, the filling (which oozes out of the pocket bread if you cut it in half), tasted like a broccoli and cheese baked potato. It was really tasty, I really enjoyed it. It was pretty filling too despite it not being a HUGE pocket bread. I would say its a little bit longer but a little flatter than a Lean or Hot Pocket. I would reccomment this when you need a cheesy/potatoey fix. It will hit the spot!

1 pocket bread is 300 calories, 12 grams of fat, 350 mg of sodium (not too shabby for frozen), 40 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein.

ORGANIC WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC POTATOES, ORGANIC BROCCOLI, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC CARROTS, CHEDDAR CHEESE (PASTEURIZED MILK, CULTURE, SALT, ANNATO, ENZYMES [WITHOUT ANIMAL ENZYMES OR ANIMAL RENNET]), ORGANIC SWEET RICE FLOUR, HONEY, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC FLAX SEED, SEA SALT, YEAST, MUSTARD POWDER, PAPRIKA, SPICES.

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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 🙂
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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Seeds of Change Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

 

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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