Eat More Veggies with Tommy’s Superfoods {Review}

** I was compensated for the following review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

This past week, my family and I have had the opportunity to try several different varieties of frozen vegetables from Tommy’s Superfoods.

The products are all-natural, non-GMO, gluten free, low-sodium, and many are vegan. All of them come in microwaveable steamer bags (which is how we heated them), but they can be done on a stovetop, as well. In all of our samples, the vegetables looked fresh (not wilted), and had a good flavor.

Root Fusion (Carrots, Beets, Apples, and Sweet Potatoes) – My one year old and I love sweet potatoes, so we really enjoyed this! Normally, I would expect a pairing of apples, beets, and sweet potatoes to be sweet…but this had a sage seasoning that was deliciously unexpected. I served it with leftover turkey breast, and it gave the meal a bit of a Thanksgiving vibe!

Super Greens (Spinach, Collard Greens, Kale, and Lemon Juice) – No one else in my family likes kale, so I was on my own here. I didn’t really notice a lot of seasoning on this one compared to the others, but it’s hard to mask the earthy taste of kale! I mixed it with a pasta dish though, and it was fabulous!

Vegetable Medley (Broccoli, Peas, and Carrots) – My 5 year old preferred this one. His only objection…”Too many green peas!” Hahaha This was an easy one to serve as a dinner side, because it’s all veggies that we eat pretty frequently.

Cauliflower and Green Beans – This was my husband’s favorite. He loved the cauliflower, and though he’s not usually a fan of cooked green beans, he said these were nice and crunchy.

Asparagus with Uncured Bacon (Asparagus, Carrots, Bacon, and Red Bell Pepper) – The asparagus was cooked well…not soggy like asparagus can get. I thought there would be a really obvious bacon flavor, but I didn’t really notice it at all. Still delicious, though. (The one year old kept sneaking some off my plate!)

The only sample we didn’t try was the brussels sprouts, because we’re just not big fans of them. But, I’m sure we would have been just as impressed with the taste and quality.

Tommy’s Superfoods frozen vegetables have definitely increased our veggie intake, and given us new options for meal times! Visit their website to see all of their products, check out new recipes, and find out where to buy Tommy’s Superfoods near you.

{I received six samples of Tommy’s Superfoods Frozen Vegetables in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.}

BBQ Porter-Bella Sandwiches

I tried a new recipe Wednesday night that I have to share!

If you’re from the south, you know that BBQ is practically it’s own food group. Well, husband and I bought some BBQ sauce from a local vendor recently, and we were trying to figure out what to do with it. He was going to make chicken, but knew I probably wouldn’t eat it (he was right), so I had to find an alternative. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of using tempeh or tofu, so I turned to Pinterest for inspiration.

And I found this…BBQ Portabella Mushroom Sandwiches! (The vegan alternative to a shredded barbecue pork sandwich!)

Sorry I didn’t get any pictures, I was too busy stuffing my face! 😉

{Click the image below for the recipe}

Super Yummy Stuff from MySuperFoods!

I was recently given the opportunity to sample some products from a newly formed, healthy food brand for kids – appropriately named MySuperFoods! Their MySuperSnack (soft) Granola Bites are all natural, and contain no GMOs or preservatives. They’re made with real fruit and whole grains, and have tons of nutritional goodness in the form of Omega-3’s, fiber, protein, and 17 vitamins and minerals!

The Granola Bites are currently available in three flavors (apple raisin, blueberry banana acai, and chocolate chip), and come in a BPA-free resealable pouch, perfect if your child takes one bite of something and is “all done”, like mine. 🙂

Each package contains four “bites”, though I think that word is misleading. They were fairly large pieces for my 17 month old, so I did have to break them up a little smaller. However, they are probably the perfect size for a bigger kid!

We started off with the blueberry banana acai, in addition to plain yogurt, for breakfast. Little man could not eat these bites fast enough, and when they were gone, he was saying “MORE!” over and over! (I did get a tiny bite of this one…it tasted like a blueberry muffin.)

The apple raisin bites came with us on our morning errands. Super easy to just throw in the pouch in the diaper bag, and go! Again, these were a huge hit! (I figured they would be because apples and raisins are two of his favorite foods.) I loved this flavor – it reminded me of an oatmeal raisin cookie! Delicious!

I broke out the chocolate chip bites for dessert. Little man was not a big fan of this flavor, but he doesn’t eat a lot of sweets. However, this was my husband’s favorite! He wanted to know where we could buy more! 🙂

Overall, I love this product! Great ingredients, resealable pouch (though we didn’t need this because he scarfed them down so quickly – still genius!), and a filling snack for little ones. The only downside I noticed is that the chocolate chip bites can be a little messy (it’s chocolate – it melts!), so keep that in mind.

You can purchase your own MySuperSnack Granola Bites online! (I’ve already ordered more!)

{MySuperFoods provided me with sample products to review. I received no other compensation for this review, and all opinions are 100% my own. This post may also contain affiliate links, which help support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Quinoa Mac & Cheese – A Pinstrosity

I’ve been fighting a cold for a few days, so I’ve really been craving some comfort food. Specifically, mac and cheese! I didn’t have any pasta, though, so I had to improvise.

This box of quinoa has been hiding in the back of my pantry since my vegan challenge, because I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with it. Luckily, Pinterest had an idea! (Oh you didn’t know that I’m on Pinterest?! Heck yeah I am!)

Except…it was a pinstrosity!

What should have been a glorious concoction of melted cheese, crunchy bread crumbs, and yummy comforting goodness.

Turned out like this:

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The cheese was solidified on top. The bread crumbs were soggy. If you dug underneath all of that, it was ok.

But it was not mac and cheese. 🙁

Sorry, quinoa. Guess I’m just a pasta girl at heart.

Two ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins {Must Try Mondays}


I featured this recipe on Must Try Mondays!

 

This morning, for some odd reason, I was feeling domestic. I don’t do a lot of baking (though my husband probably wishes I did!), so my desire to pre-heat the oven on a Saturday morning was perplexing.

But a co-worker of mine passed along this recipe for pumpkin spice muffins that she found on Pinterest, and I was intrigued. Mostly because I only needed two ingredients, and I was certain that I couldn’t mess it up.

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This is all you need. Seriously. Don’t look at the cake mix box and start adding eggs or oil! Pumpkin + Cake Mix. Trust.

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Add your ingredients to a mixing bowl. (I also added a handful of raisins for a touch of sweetness.)

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When you mix them together, it’s going to be thick. Again, don’t add anything! Just think of it as an extra arm workout!

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I used these festive cupcake liners in the muffin pan, but you could just spray it with cooking spray.

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Portion your batter into the pan, then put in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

And voila! Pumpkin spice muffins! They’re not the prettiest thing ever, but they taste so good! Not super sweet, just a touch of pumpkin. Even my husband (who’s not pumpkin fanatic) loved them. And the kid gobbled them up, of course, but he eats anything!

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(And for those wondering – according to the ingredient list on the Duncan Hines website, the spice cake mix does not contain any milk products, so technically these are Vegan!)

Wordless Wednesday – Yummy Vegan Food!

Little man enjoying a vegan meal: Pineapple Teriyaki Chickpeas {and veggies} from Happy Herbivore!

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I omitted the szechuan and sugar to tone it down a bit, and make it a little more kid-friendly. The original recipe is pinned here:

30 Day Vegan Challenge – Week Four / Wrap-up

It’s July 1st, and the end of my 30 Day Vegan Challenge!

I didn’t do as well as I hoped. There were a few hiccups along the way, but I tried some new foods and recipes, and learned a lot about my eating habits. (And I lost 6 pounds!)

I think with my current lifestyle (working full-time, chasing around a soon-to-be toddler), being 100% vegan is unrealistic. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to cook all of my meals at home, and eating vegan at restaurants is challenging.

So, for the time being, I’ve decided to go back to eating mostly vegetarian, with a lot of vegan inspiration. 🙂 I plan to stick with using almond milk in my cereal, coconut milk coffee creamer, etc. I’ll still be on the hunt for great vegan recipes to make as I have time.

Baby steps…

30 Day Vegan Challenge – Week Three

Lately, I’ve been losing my motivation in this challenge. Maybe it’s because I’ve already “fallen off the wagon”, and it’s easy to just go back to old habits. I’m still doing my best to eat Vegan as much as possible, though.

I actually had a chance to try a new recipe this week, and in turn, use a product that I had been meaning to try for a while that a lot of Vegan recipes call for.

(Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my review on this product. These are my honest opinions.)

Red Star Nutritional Yeast – Nutritional yeast is great source of B vitamins. It also gives a “cheesy” flavor to foods. I was skeptical about the claims of cheesy flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste! It’s not meant to be a substitute for cheese in a dish like lasagna, but it gives a little flavor to dishes like the Chili Mac I made earlier this week.

I also went to the new Trader Joe’s that opened here last week. I was surprised at how small the store was! Unfortunately, it was our last errand of the day, and the baby was headed for a meltdown. It was very crowded, and I didn’t get a chance to do a lot of browsing.

I’m hoping to try at least one new recipe again this coming week. I can’t believe how fast this 30 days has gone! Look for my vegan challenge week 4/wrap up next Sunday!

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