Posts tagged ‘Vegetarian Frozen Meal’

September 2, 2014

Starlite Vegan Enchiladas Rojas

by jem614

I’m so happy I found this Vegan Enchilada meal!

It’s a new brand for me, I’ve never heard of Starlite Cuisine but I found them at Nutrition S’mart last week.  I have to fill my macros by eating higher-protein meals and this one did semi-ok with 11 grams of protein.   Also on the plus side, you can actually pronounce their ingredients.  The taste was pretty good and somewhat spicy.

What sets this aside is that it uses a “pea protein” for the “meat” of the enchilada.  It didn’t taste OFF like I expected to so I was pleasantly surprised.  I think the packaging kind of throws me off, something about it makes me think it’s not going to taste good but I’m glad I pushed past it. Looking forward to other products from this company…

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For more info go to http://www.starlitecuisine.com/.

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April 13, 2012

Evol Frozen Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

A brand new Publix opened up just a few blocks from my house a few weeks ago. It may sound a bit pathetic, but that was a huge excitement for me. Our area is full of large buildings and the other two Publixs in the area were a nightmare to just to walk through the aisles, much less actually wait in a check-out line. Plus, a shiny, new grocery store always inspires a slightly slower waltz through the aisles, which helps me find new brands. This time I found Evol, a brand out of Denver, Colorado that originally started as a burrito stand at the bottom of a mountain trail.

Evol’s packaging first caught my eye because of it’s bold design, but I kept reading after seeing the stamp “New & Improved Compostable Bowl” on the upper corner. Their vegetarian and vegan options are slim, but I picked up a vegan veggie fajita burrito and a vegetarian bean & cheese enchilada to try. It’s great that they also use corn tortillas in their enchiladas, making them gluten free. The burrito is made from a wheat tortilla and does contain gluten.

Upon first glance when opening the package to the enchilada, I thought it looked a bit messy. Like a hodgepodge of corn kernels, tomatoes and beans. I couldn’t see any cheese. I took the plastic wrapper off the bowl and cooked it on high in the microwave for four minutes, as the package indicates. Once done, I immediately noticed that the bowl looked a bit dry. The edges were microwaved to a crisp. I cut into the center and took a look around the inside, unfortunately finding it to be dry, as well. The good points I noticed as that all vegetables were distinguishable and seemed to be fresh. The corn has a great char on it and tastes great. Eating through it, I still couldn’t find much moisture and none of the cheese. The rice was mixed around in small portions. The corn tortilla was very authentic and tasted great, except for the hard edges, which is tough to cook in a microwave. I probably wouldn’t eat this again, at $4.99 it is a bit expensive and just didn’t have enough sauce or flavor overall. I still prefer Amy’s for organic, vegetarian frozen Mexican fare.

The vegan veggie fajita burrito didn’t do much better. Visually it looks great, even when cutting into the center. Again the vegetables are discernable and seem to be really fresh. Picking the peppers and corn kernels out was quite enjoyable, however the burrito as a whole was just lacking in flavor. It did have a much better consistency than the bowl, with more moisture. I was just disappointed overall with the flavor of both of these products. I love their idea and hope they continue improving their flavors.

July 15, 2011

Garden Lites has done it again – and with TWO vegan products!

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

I recently won Garden Lites’ blog contest, in which I won a month’s supply of Garden Lites products. I was really excited, as not only am I a tremendous fan of their Roasted Vegetable Soufflé, I have been looking forward to trying some of their other products that are not available for purchase at Publix in South Florida.

I was most looking forward to trying their Butternut Squash Soufflé, which I had seen on their website, but lo and behold I was blown away by their Zucchini Marinara. I’ve heard a lot about zucchini pasta and have been saving up to buy a vegetable spiralizer myself,  so when I saw this product in my prize I couldn’t wait to try it. Not only is it vegan, which I’m leaning more and more towards lately, but it is just like eating pasta marinara without the heavy caloric content. Fresh, crunchy zucchini noodles are enveloped in an amazing sweet marinara sauce that is absolutely divine. I can’t imagine homemade tasting better than this. Now all I need is for my local Publix to carry it! So if anyone is a Publix executive or knows one, please let them know!

The Butternut Squash Soufflé also certainly did not disappoint. It is heavier than the Roasted Vegetable that I like so much, but that was to be expected. I think this one is something I could share equally as a side dish rather than eating an entire one next time. But the rich flavor is what makes it so delicious, so I’m more than happy to try and stuff it down all by myself =)

Overall, I’m even more impressed (if that is possible) with Garden Lites after trying their full line of products, my absolute favorites still being the Roasted Vegetable Soufflé, Zucchini Marinara (VEGAN), Zucchini Portabella (VEGAN) and the Butternut Squash Soufflé. Thank you Garden Lites for this wonderful, and unexpected, prize! You certainly have made a huge fan out of me!

June 2, 2011

Gluten Free, Vegetarian Delight: Garden Lites Roasted Vegetable Soufflé

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

I love how the lights in the Publix freezer section turn on and off automatically as you stroll through the aisles. I know it’s simple mechanics and motion sensors, but for some reason it always fascinates me that someone even thought to invent it. As I was making my way through the section, a light turned on just a little late, illuminating the Garden Lites box like a beacon. Despite knowing that most boxes portray perfect specimens of their products on the cover, and containing something that doesn’t even resemble it inside, something about the freshness of the colors made me have to try it. Not to mention that I love soufflés, especially vegetable soufflés. And I was not disappointed.

While the product inside may not be quite as beautiful as the one on the cover, it tastes as if I had just whipped up the ingredients myself from scratch. Carrots, onion, spinach, broccoli, egg whites, potato, zucchini, red peppers…fresh, real ingredients in a list taken verbatim from the back of the box.  And at just 140 calories, 1 gram of fat and 350 grams of sodium, it truly is as healthy as it sounds.

While it is not vegan, due to it being a real egg white soufflé, it is gluten free and full of healthy, natural vitamins and minerals. One soufflé contains a whopping 250% of the daily value of vitamin A, which is an A+ in my book.

May 25, 2011

Eating like a Cow. Moo Moos Chipotle Black Bean Burrito

by jem614

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I love trying new things but there are times I get scared that I’m going to waste my money on something I don’t like.  Before I reached for this Moo Moo meal (what a great name), I was thinking that maybe I should just go for the Amy’s Meals as they are familiar and I can trust their taste.  However, because we are here to try new things, into my shopping basket it went.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.  Usually I don’t like spinach tortillas, a tortilla should taste like a tortilla, not like a vegetable (yes, this is me, the vegetarian talking) but I didn’t even taste the spinach.  The corn was spiced up with real chili peppers and the burrito had things like avocado, black beans, garlic, sea salt, bell peppers, chili’s and tofu.  It tasted like a real Southwestern Burrito which is a great accomplishment for a vegetarian burrito.  It was spicy but not overly so and after a small side salad, I was stuffed.  This meal is Vegan.

Calories: 280 (wow so little)
Fiber: 7g (great!)
Sodium: 530 (eek! this is really high- can’t have any more today)
Protein: 11g (awesome)

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This is what it looked like out of the microwave- you can’t see it here but the tortilla is a bit greener.  All in all, they did a great job with a frozen product.   I will definitely look for other meals they produce and try them out again.

I give them three and a half carrots only because the sodium content is really high, otherwise it would have been 4. (Edited– since reviewing the sodium content of other products, have realized that this is not that bad so I’ve gone ahead and changed to a “Four” carrot marking).

For More information on Moo Moo’s products, go to http://www.moomooscuisine.com/.

April 27, 2011

Vegan on the Run

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Yesterday I needed something substantial for lunch, and since I decided this last minute, I ran out to the health food store near my job and took a peek around the freezer section. I wanted something quick, healthy and filling.

I found two items that fit into my diet, were gluten-free and vegan: Amy’s Mexican Tamale Pie and Kettle Cuisine’s Organic Carrot and Coriander Soup. Both are organic, vegan, gluten-free and 150 calories or less.

As I’d never tried either of these before, I thought I’d do a short review for our readers and take a few photos (please excuse the quality, my iPhone was the only option for photography).

Amy’s Mexican Tamale Pie  

150 Calories, 3g of Fat, 590 mg Sodium, 27g Carbohydrate, 4g Dietary Fiber, 2g Sugars, 5g Protein

Bottom line, this is filling and has decent texture/flavor for a frozen product. A thick vegetable stew topped with a polenta-like mash, for the amount of calories this really is a viable lunch option that is great for on the go.

Here is a photo of the cooked product:

I give it three carrots. It’s good, not amazing, but I’d eat it again when looking for a quick healthy lunch.

 

Kettle Cuisine Organic Carrot and Coriander Soup

100 Calories, 3g of Fat, 410 mg Sodium, 15g Carbohydrate, 5g Dietary Fiber, 9g Sugars, 1g Protein

I’m not good with spicy food, and when I bought this I didn’t think of the coriander. Therefore, anyone with a taste for heat may like this soup a lot better than I did. The soup itself is thick once you stir it and has a nice flavor, but the heat from the coriander overwhelmed me. It took two glasses of water in the middle just to continue eating it. But I did like the carrot flavor and it tasted very fresh, unlike many frozen meals.

Here is a photo of the cooked product:

I give this one three carrots, as well. Even though I personally would not purchase this again, it was not due to quality. My personal tastes just cannot handle the amount of spiciness this little soup packs!

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The whole meal, for 250 calories, is filling and satisfying. Being a completely vegan meal (and me being an omnivore), this is a huge accomplishment for both brands. I really enjoy the quality that both Amy’s and Kettle Cuisine have upheld, and will continue to purchase their products.

Plus, each one was only $3.49 at my local health food store, so great on price, as well!

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Tell us! What are your favorite veg/vegan frozen meals?

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