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Product Review: Boulder Canyon Riced Vegetables

Boulder Canyon Riced Vegetables Packaging
All Photos By Gail

As an admitted foodie with a very busy schedule – and not much time for, or interest in, cooking an evening meal for just myself from scratch – I celebrate the great quality and awesome variety available in Trader Joe’s frozen food aisle! I love convenience, but I refuse to sacrifice taste, and I’m always excited by side dish options that balance a meal, while delivering on both quality and flavor. Boulder Canyon Natural Foods, best known for their delicious Chips and snacks, have now ventured into the frozen side dish domain, with delicious results.

Riced Sweet Potato

Boulder Canyon Foods‘ grain-free Riced Vegetables are made with 100% vegetables, making them a healthy and easy addition to your dinner table! I received packages of two varieties: the Riced Sweet Potato Caramelized Onion (seen above) and the Cheddar Broccoli. I prepared each of them with a different meal over two nights, and here are my findings.

Riced Sweet Potato in Pan

Cooking instructions on the package call for microwave use (you can actually just throw the entire bag in the microwave , no pan needed) but I don’t own a microwave, so I used a non-stick sauce pan,  without any oil or water added. There is no need to defrost the product. I cooked the riced veggies over medium heat until they were fully cooked – maybe 5 minutes.  Preparation is super easy and the hassle of chopping everything has been done for you!

Riced Sweet Potatoes and Veggie Burgers

I served the Riced Sweet Potato dish with two Trader Joe’s Masala Burgers, which are potato-based veggie patties with Indian seasonings (very delicious). The added aromatic sweetness from the caramelized onion enhanced the sweet potato’s natural flavors, and provided a pleasing contrast to the savory Masala Burgers (which I topped with shredded cheese, because I love cheese).

Riced Sweet Potatoes and Veggie Burgers

Here’s a close up. The Sweet Potatoes cook up soft but not mushy. They taste a little bit like carrots. In fact, if you were to serve them to one of those “I don’t like Sweet Potatoes” people, you could say they were eating carrots and I bet they would never know the difference.

The next night, I made the  Riced Broccoli with Cheddar Cheese, which I figured would pair well with a Trader Joe’s Chicken and Bean Burrito. Yum.

Riced Broccoli in a Pan

A little steam got on my camera lens.

Riced Broccoli and Burrito

If that looks good, it’s because it was! I love broccoli, and the ricing does not diminish the fresh, robust flavor. The cheddar cheese flavor was a bit ‘in the back’ of everything though, so you if you really like cheddar cheese on your broccoli, you could always shred additional cheese on the top. There is no such thing as too much cheese!

Boulder Canyon Riced Vegetables are a terrific Rice Alternative for anyone on a gluten free diet, and they come in eight flavors, so you never get bored! Find out more about all Boulder Canyon Riced Vegetables varieties, and learn about their family of other fine foods products at This Link!

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Cooking with Gail Presents: Easy Tofu Stir Fry!

Nasoya Organic Tofu

Hello and welcome to another installment of Cooking with Gail: the series that is all about me making a meal from whatever I can find in my house. In this episode, I made the most delicious Tofu Stir Fry using Nasoya brand Tofu Plus, which is a fantastic, cholesterol-free meat substitute, even if you are not vegan or vegetarian! Nasoya Tofu Plus is organic non-GMO and vitamin fortified, so you know it’s a healthy choice.

Nasoya Organic Tofu Diced

Some of you out there might be a little afraid of Tofu, because it seems exotic and foreign, but really you can use it just like you would use most proteins – and it is so easy to prepare, because unlike meat, there is no skinning or deboning involved. All you have to do is slice it and throw it in the pan. One container of Nasoya Tofu will serve two to four people, depending on how you are preparing it. I used half the container so I could make enough stir fry to two meals.

Storing Nasoya Organic Tofu

Tofu Storage Hint: If you do not use all of the tofu for one meal, Nasoya recommends that you refrigerate it in an airtight container and be sure to cover it with water (see above photo). You’ll want to change the water daily (it’s like having a pet, in that way) and be sure to cook it within five days after initially opening! Unopened tofu will stay fresh for months and it can also be frozen.

Tofu will absorb the flavor of any sauce it is cooked with, which makes it great for Asian or Indian dishes or as a ground beef substitute in pasta sauce. All you need to have on hand to make Stir Fry is noodles or rice of your choosing (I used Trader Joe’s Brown Basmati Rice, which is my favorite) and some vegetables, such as frozen broccoli. Stir fry is also a great way to use any leftover vegetables from a previous meal.

Stir Fry on the Stove

After sautéing the chopped tofu over medium heat with some margarine and soy sauce, I added the steamed broccoli and then the cooked rice. Then I added a bit more sauce and stirred a few times to mix and let the flavors meld for a few minutes. This Broccoli and Brown Rice with Tofu Stir Fry was so healthy and delicious that I was overjoyed to have made enough food for another dinner the next day (when I jazzed it up by adding some chopped onion and an egg)!

Find out where to buy Nasoya Tofu and get amazing Tofu Recipes at Nasoya Dot Com.

Pizza Slice Sleeping Bag with Veggie Pillows

Pizza Slice Sleeping Bag
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Eating and sleeping are right up there at the top of my list of Gail’s All Time Favorite Things To Do. So, if I can catch 40 winks in a bed-thing that looks like a piece of food, win-win! Sadly, one must be child sized to fit into this awesome sleeping bag shaped like a slice of pizza. The vegetable pillows are detachable, so you can cuddle with a broccoli floweret or a slice of rip olive, if that suits you. Designed, hand made and sold by B Fiber and Craft Emporium. Check out their other food-themed relaxation accessory items at This Link!

Pizza Slice Sleeping Bag with Child

Throw an Instant Dinner Party with Emmi Fondue!

Cheese Fondue Package with Bread and Wine

All Photos By Gail

If you enjoy the idea of combining delicious foods with fun and easy home entertaining, then you should probably consider having a fondue party. I was recently introduced to Emmi brand Fondue, a product of Switzerland that you can buy now in the States. The idea of making fondue in your home probably seems like a hassle, but Emmi makes it so easy! I will tell you how easy right now.

Cheese Fondue Box Back
Easy Step By Step Instructions!

First of all, I would like to thank my friend Lauren and her lovely teenage daughter Sophia for hosting the Fondue Party in their home, and helping with the minimal prep work. Here is all you have to do to have a fun, easy and delicious dinner party!

Emmi cheese fondue is made with natural Swiss cheese, white wine, kirsch brandy, salt and other spices to give it the authentic taste of Fondue that you would enjoy in a fine specialty restaurant. All you have to do is squeeze the fondue from the foil packet (which keeps it shelf fresh for months) into a fondue pot or enamel sauce pan and heat it up.

Cubed Bread

While the fondue heats under a watchful eye, prepare the food items that you will dip into the cheese. We had a crusty loaf of bread, which I cut into cubes.

Broccoli and Carrots

We also chose lightly steamed fresh broccoli and baby carrots as dippers. The Emmi fondue package lists other appropriate dippers, but you can get creative according to your tastes. We were thinking that maybe next time we will choose some cubed ham.

Table Set

The Fondue was hot in under ten minutes and ready to enjoy! Emmi Swiss Fondue has an excellent consistency – thick but not gloppy – and a rich cheese flavor enhanced by the wine and kirsch. One package easily feeds two hungry adults.

After a short period of rest, it was time for dessert!

Emmi Chocolate Fondue Package

Emmi makes an amazing Swiss Chocolate Fondue which was even easier to prepare than the cheese fondue. Do you see two packages there? Each serves two people. We made them both.

Chocolate Fondue Unmelted

This is what the fondue looks like before it melts. The white spots you see are little morsels of white chocolate inside the larger, bittersweet chocolate nuggets. Oh, man.
Chocolate Fondue Melted

Over low heat it melts very fast! Smooth!

Dipping Bananas

Reccommended dippers for the chocolate fondue are cut up fruits, cookies, marshmallows or cubes of pound cake or angel food cake. We cut up a couple of fresh pears, an apple and some bananas. Confession: we dipped the bread left over from the cheese fondue into the chocolate also. It was insane. Lauren noted that the melted chocolate perfectly enrobed each piece of fruit.

Chocolate Fondue All Gone

This pot may look empty but, trust me, we scraped it clean.

So, there you go: Delicious. Easy. Fun. Emmi Fondues sell for between $8 – $10 depending on the vendor. Lauren and I definitely agree that they are  super convenient and an excellent value. Why not put an Emmi Fondue Party on your To Do List right now!?

Broccoli Flowerettes Provide Ideal Hiding Spot for Tiny Faces


Frozen Broccoli…It’s…People!

Clever and (likely) bored packaging designers over at Cascadian Farm organic foods decided to have a little fun when they Photoshopped their heads onto this picture adorning a package of delicious frozen broccoli. I’m all about the power of subliminal advertising and I’m thinking maybe this will prompt people to rent and watch DVDs of Soilent Green, a really good classic Sci-fi film from the early ’70s.


A Closer Look, “Hi Guys!”

Originally Via the Bread and Honey Blogspot, this thing has now gone completely viral, so I’m just going to cite the original source.