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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Semi-Recent Eats Post

The last couple of weeks have been madness for me. I slacked off on the food photography a bit because I was too busy/rushed/preoccupied/forgetful, but I do have a few meals to share with you. Some of them date back a couple of weeks, which is why this is a "semi-recent" eats post.

Chickpea Noodle Soup (unfortunately watered down because I didn't realize how low I was on vegetable broth. Still decent, though.)


I had a coupon to try a free WayFare oat-based "cheese" product and picked up the Mexican-style spread to use in nachos. It's reminiscent of Play Food (cashew-based cheese sauce that was made and distributed just in the Kansas City area for a limited time). Though not as good as Play Food, this was still a nice addition to nachos.


It reads, "It Melts!" on the container, which I thought was strange, because it's already a spread. Then I glopped it on top of nachos before sticking the whole pan in the oven and why, yes, it really does melt!


I needed a fast dinner one night and decided to give this little carton of soup a whirl.

It has a beautiful color!

However, just a few bites in and I was done. I'm not sure what it was about it, but a few spoonfuls was more than enough for me. It is cashew-based, so it's kind of rich. The flavors are great, but overwhelming (for me) in large doses.

I finally tried a Tofurky pizza! I went with the fire roasted vegetable variety.

It tastes very much like a frozen pizza, especially the vegetables. The crust was pretty bland and I felt the pizza was too light on the sauce (I'm a saucy kind of gal). Otherwise, it was a decent pizza. I think in the future, should I decide to get another one, I'd get a plain "cheese" one and top it myself with fresher, better ingredients.


I had read a few reviews of Mary's Gone Crackers around the blogosphere, so when I saw them on sale at a nearby health food store, I decided to give them a whirl. (And I also happened to have some "smoked cheddar" variety of WayFare spreads.)


I picked up the "original" flavor of crackers (seemed like a good place to start). The crackers are wheat-free and gluten-free, with ingredients including brown rice, whole quinoa, flax seeds, and sesame seeds.

The crackers are very thin and crispy. They just barely held up to the WayFare spread. I could taste every single grain that was used in the cracker, which was pretty cool. No weird fillers -- you can taste it all! I wouldn't pay full price for these, but if they're on sale, I would certainly be inclined to purchase them again.

I hate coffee. The only thing I'll order at a coffee shop, typically, is an iced soy chai tea (and it has to be iced because I always burn my tongue on coffee shop hot beverages. I'm such a wimp). Anyway, those things are expensive, and I prefer to keep some chai concentrate on hand and make my own. I gave this brand a try and found it overwhelmingly clove-y. If you really like the taste of cloves, this would be the brand for you. It gave me a bit of a flashback of the clove cigarettes of my high school years. Blech.


While house- and dog-sitting over the holidays, I made a big batch of black bean-veggie stew. I'm very pleased with how it came out.


I kind of hate corn, but it was included in an otherwise-awesome blend of veggies from Publix, so I made an exception.


Some Mary's Gone Crackers went well with this, too.

The new year is around the corner and this year, I am determined to make something with black-eye peas "for luck," since I've never done that before. Hopefully I can find the time and energy to make it happen. If I do, you'll see it here!

4 comments:

  1. You used it for nachos. You are brilliant. I have a tub in the fridge and now I need to make nachos with it.

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  2. Great roundup! I've been enjoying some of the same products recently, including the Mary's crackers and Pacific soup. And I agree, buy the crackers on sale and that soup is oddly filling. I'm not brave enough to try the Tofurky pizza, I just don't think I'd like it that much. thanks for sharing your reviews :)

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  3. so far i haven't been able to find those wayfare spreads here, but i'm gonna keep looking. those nachos look so good! happy new year to you!

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  4. I'm so interested in trying that cheese spread now. I did like the Tofurky pizza, but it wasn't as amazing as I'd hoped it would be. I always like to dip frozen pizza (like Amy's) into extra pasta (marinara, whatever) sauce. I think it makes it much better.

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