While I'm ruminating over some more thoughtful blog topics, I thought I would do a quick review of some products I've tried recently.
Disclaimer: Fresh, made from scratch meals are almost always better than processed items. However, occasionally I choose to use my time for other things - like grandchildren and exercise (LOL exercising my desire to watch TV or read a book or play Candy Crush is more like it) - instead of cooking, which I don't really enjoy anyway.
I give this product 3 (out of 5) stars. It tasted fine. There are two per package. You take it out of the wrapper, put it on a microwave safe plate and cook for 2.5 minutes. Let sit for 1 minute. I put a dollop of sour cream on mine. It was okay. Not delicious, but not yucky. I may keep some on hand for those days I'm running late. It has 190 calories and 10 grams of protein.
This product gets 4 out of 5 stars. I thought it was pretty good. Husband thought it was okay. I added a little of the same sauce I put on the chicken I was cooking for some flavor. I think it would make a great base for low carb "fried rice".
If I were rating this after the first time I tried it, it would get no stars. The first time, I microwaved the Mashed Cauliflower, following the directions on the package. It turned out very running and bland. The pieces of bacon are decent sized but a little over powering. I had a second box of this Green Giant Mashed Cauliflower so I thought I would try it in the oven. This would rate a 1 - 1.5 stars. It thickened up a little bit after I took the plastic wrap off for the last 10 minutes. And thickened even more while cooling. After 20 minutes, I tasted it. Better, but still the consistency of soup that had gotten too thick. It definitely did not appear like the picture on the package!
If you are on a low carb diet, and looking for a mashed potato substitute, here is the recipe I recommend. Bacon & Smoked Gouda Low Carb Cauliflower Puree from the I Breathe I'm Hungry blog. I found the key was to microwave the cauliflower as directed in the recipe, and not steam it as I would normally. It comes out much drier, and thus has a consistency more like mashed potatoes.
This is just yum, yum, yummy. 5 stars for the lemon. 320 calories and 12 grams of protein per container. I get 2 servings out of each container. I've tried coconut, pumpkin and sour cherry as well, 4.5 stars.
And my new favorite treats/desserts! I don't each much fruit anyway, so I figured chocolate covered fruit was better than no fruit at all, right? I enjoy dark chocolate with my evening red wine, so I thought I'd try the cabernet flavor dark chocolate! Desserts? All 5 stars!