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Review of Two

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I do recommend trying new foods and new recipes as a good way to keep your food plan interesting and satisfying. Fresh foods, unprocessed, are most important, but having a few convenience foods can make sticking to the food plan and life in general easier on those days you don't have time or just don't feel like working in the kitchen. Also, I am feeding several people who are not crazy about vegetables, so if I can find something they (grandkids, DD, DSIL) will eat I'm delighted. In my running group, on a Saturday morning, two products were recommended to me and I decided to try them.

The riced veggies are great IMHO! I added edamame, scrambled egg white, some green onion, some spinach, and just a touch of low sodium teriyaki sauce and I thought it was extremely delicious for a very satisfying, low calorie meal.

At just 25 calories for a full cup, the Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower Medley provides 2 grams fiber, 2 grams protein, 20% of vitamin A, 50% of vitamin C, and 4% of daily iron requirement. Actually, I ate it all, so I'm not sure if any of my relatives would like it or not. Probably not, honestly.

The other package I bought because one of my runner friends said she got her grandkids to eat and love broccoli for the first time. So I thought we should try it:

Great disappointment. No one liked it. Hubby won't eat it. 90% of what was served ended up in the garbage. DD and DSIL both said yuck. Kids definitely didn't like it. Well, actually Gwen would not even take a bite so I can't say she didn't like it, she didn't even try it. I'm throwing the end of this package away. At 110 calories for 6 broccoli tots it is no calorie bargain. It does provide 4.5 grams fat (soybean oil), 6 grams fiber, 3 grams protein, 10% of vitamin A, 30% vitamin C, 4% of each calcium and iron. I didn't particularly like it. I much prefer fresh broccoli or frozen broccoli florets and they are a much better calorie bargain. Don't want to spend my precious calories on something that is not very good.

So, win some, lose some.

What have you tried recently? Any winners to recommend??

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    I love how willing you are to try new foods! I had not heard of any of these so thanks for sharing!
    965 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Never heard of those tots, sound and look gross, no wonder they were not liked lol. I have always liked veggies and rice. I usually use a colorful rice medley and add much the same what you did, but I also like mushrooms. Using aboro rice, Mom makes an incredible risoto, but it is rather high fat (uses butter and cream but she uses 2% milk instead), but very tasty. I don't use any processed foods at all so can't offer any suggestions.
    One thing I do is steam a quantity of veggies ahead of time, and then saute them on low heat in coconut oil adding a bit of teriyaki and sweet chili sauce to flavor, provides a neat stir fry flavor but with a healthy oil. When you cook and cool potatoes twice and then eat them, you get a lot resistant starch which is supposed to be very good for you. So I steam them, then saute them later. I can do 2 lbs at once in my steamer and eat on them all week. I use Russian Blue potatoes and sweet potatoes. Mom is so stubborn, she sticks to white even though the blue taste exactly the same, just have more nutrients.
    966 days ago
    Glad you found something you enjoyed and could have on hand for a quick meal.
    966 days ago
    Sure hope those riced cauliflower veggies are available up here in the GWN: I looked for the So Delicious coconut coffee creamer recommended by HAYBURNER but could not find it!!
    966 days ago
    Love riced cauliflower. Never tried the frozen product. Will ave to now. As for the tots, well, I think I agree. I'd rather have broccoli or cauliflower as is. You win some, you lose some.
    966 days ago
    I could not agree more about having some convenience foods to fall back on in a pinch. For me it can make the difference between staying on plan and not. I am definitely going to try those riced veggies. I just tried the new Green Giant mashed cauliflower and it was terrible. I love mashed cauliflower, but it is a pain in the neck to make. I was hoping it would be good, darn. One thing I use all of the time is Tyson grilled and ready chicken strips. I use them in salads and burrito bowls. You heat them in a skillet. It's much quicker than cooking a chicken breast.
    966 days ago
    I'll have to look for the veggies and stay away from brocolli tots - those don't sound too appealing even before your review haha!
    966 days ago
    The plain Birds Eye riced cauliflower is good - I pan saute with a bit of olive oil spray for best texture and add seasonings for what I'm pairing it with. I didn't like the sugar and such in any of the new veggie tot products out there, so I've not tried them.
    966 days ago
    Those riced veggies sound great!
    966 days ago
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    I need to try the rice veggies, it sounds good................ thank you!! emoticon
    966 days ago
    We had minestrone last night it was a huge hit with the whole family I have a 9 year old and a 2 year old
    966 days ago
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