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Product Review: Kashi All Natural Entrees January 22, 2007

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In general, I am not a fan of frozen meals. The ones that I have tried are usually not enough food to make me feel full. Also, more often than not, the meat seems by-product-y (which is a huge deterrent for me) and it just doesn’t really taste like real food. The only ones I have had that taste okay are loaded with fat and sodium and still don’t really fill me up.

When I saw that Kashi was making frozen meals, I was a little skeptical (just because of my feelings about frozen entrees) but I decided to put my trust in Kashi. When have they failed me before?

The first one I bought was the Lemon Rosemary Chicken. What surprised me the most was how much it filled me up. I was able to eat the meal, which was under 400 calories with milk and salad and not feel hungry until a late supper. I could have done with a little more lemon but otherwise it was quite tasty. It tasted like real food; like something I could have cooked myself.

The next one I tried was the Lemongrass Coconut Chicken. This one was heavy on the lemongrass flavor and light on the coconut. Still, it was satisfying. I ate it and an orange and stayed full until supper once again.

I would recommend these meals. There are a lot of different flavors and they are quite filling. The price is about the same as any other “healthy” frozen meal, and it is actually pretty healthy. I wouldn’t expect Kashi to do anything different! Check out the website. It has photos and nutritional information so you can decide for yourself!



Product Review: Reese’s Crispy Crunchy Bar November 3, 2006

Posted by Sarah in Product Review.


When I was at the gas station this weekend, I saw this bar sitting on the counter. When I first saw it I thought, Reese’s Peanut Butter cup meets a Butterfinger! How exciting!

Well, I still haven’t decided how I feel about his bar. The interior of the bar is crunchy and reminiscent of a Butterfinger. Then comes a layer of Reese’s peanut butter that kind of just blends in with the chocolate layer on the outside. This makes it seem like there is too much coating, at least to me. I was expecting more crunch, than I got. Studded in the chocolate coating are some fairly large peanuts for more “crunch”, but they really weren’t that crunchy. Lastly, for some reason I can’t explain, the first thought in my mind when I tasted it (before I ever looked at the ingredients and nutritional information) was “greasy”. For some reason, it is just greasy throughout.

I suppose the candy bar is okay, but I really wouldn’t buy it again. I finished the pieces of candy bar that I broke off, but that is where it ends. If you are really looking for something Reese’s and something Butterfinger, I would say you are better off just buying a Reese’s and buying a Butterfinger and eating both.

The Reese’s website has the “nutritional” stats on the candy bar. Not really worth it, in my opinion…


Chicken and Wild Rice Soup October 21, 2006

Posted by Sarah in Dinner, Product Review.

Often, while I’m at school working as a teacher, I think about food. This may concern some parents out there, but … your kid probably doesn’t go to my school! Actually, while I’m working, ideas just kind of pop into my head. Then, on my 45 minute commute home I plan it all out. That day, the plan was Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.


It has been cold and dreary lately in Iowa and it has really put me in a soup mood. Homemade soup is really just so easy to make. A lot of people think that a truly good soup must sit on the stove for hours cooking, but it is simply not true. Since I am usually under a time crunch during the week with all my other activities, and that day was no exception, I wanted a delicious soup in the smallest amount of time.

I’m usually very against prepackaged “Hamburger Helper-ish” types of food since I ate A LOT of it growing up. However, sometimes it is necessary to use such items to cook quickly. In this case I used one of these new Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice packets. It claims to be ready to eat in 90 seconds. I thought, well, using that in my soup would make it quicker… might as well give it a try!

It actually worked out pretty well. My only complaint was that I felt like there wasn’t enough wild rice in it for my tastes. There was plenty of long grain rice and it did its job of being rice. If I had more time, I might have done something different, but the soup was really very satisfying.


Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

2 Tablespoons butter

1/2 medium onion diced

2 stalks celery, sliced

3 medium carrots, diced

1 lb. chicken breast (boneless, skinless, or pre-cooked white meat)

1 1/4 cup. white wine

2 cups 2% milk

2 cups chicken broth

4 Tablespoons flour


fresh rosemary


1 pkg. Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice -Wild Rice variety (or your own wild rice recipe)

If you aren’t using pre-cooked chicken, place the chicken breast in a pot and cover it with water. Set it on to boil. Cook until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Remove to a plate and when cool enough to handle, shred it with two forks.

While the chicken is cooking chop the vegetables. Heat the milk in the microwave (this is key, or you will be stirring for a long time) Then, melt the butter in a large stock pot or dutch oven over medium heat. When the butter is melted add the onions, celery and carrots. Cook them for 5-10 minutes until onions are translucent, celery is no longer crisp and carrots are slightly soft when poked.

Add the flour to the pan and stir well. Pour in the wine and stir. Add the chicken broth and milk. Stir well. Add rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often. Add the chicken.

Microwave the rice according to the package directions. Pour rice into the soup. Stir. Cook for 5 minutes more and serve.

Product Review: Haagen Dazs Light Vanilla Caramel Brownie Ice Cream October 8, 2006

Posted by Sarah in Product Review.
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A week ago, my best friend and I decided to have one of those girlie times where we eat ice cream and talk. This ice cream had been on sale at Hy-vee; 2 for $5.00. So on the way to my house, she picked it up and we indulged.

My only complaint about this ice cream was that it seems like one of those products that because they reduced the fat in the ice cream, they added extra sugar. I felt like it was sweeter than it really needed to be. However, it had a good caramel swirl with yummy chewy brownies in it.  I would probably buy this ice cream again.
I don’t know if eating this ice cream would really be good for anyone’s diet, but it was pretty tasty. If you are really trying to be healthy, you should probably just have some fruit. These were the stats on the ice cream for one 1/2 cup serving: 240 calories, 11% of your total daily fat (20% saturated fat, 0 trans fats), 17% cholesterol, 12% carbohydrates, 3% sodium, 31 grams sugar, 6 grams protein.