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Product Review: Garden Lites Vegetable Bakes

Garden-Lites Logo
Above Image Source, All Other Photos By Gail

Being a single, working woman means that I am all about convenience foods. With so many options available to shoppers, I know that I can count on finding delicious meals in the grocer’s freezer section that will go from the package to my plate in about 30 minutes, but I also want to eat food that’s healthy. That said, the ideal frozen entree should fill me up, but not fill me out, if you know what I mean. And I think you do.

Cheddar Broccoli Bake Packaging

For all of those (and so many other) reasons, Garden Lites Vegetable Bakes are a terrific way for convenience-seekers to eat smart. Part of the Garden Lites line of vegetable-forward products that include muffins, waffles and entrees, Garden Lites Vegetable Bakes are an easy way to create a tasty, meatless meal that anyone who saw it would think you spent hours cooking.

Cheddar Broccoli Bake With Packaging

For this review I tried three different varieties of Vegetable Bakes: Cheddar Broccoli (seen above), Zucchini, and Roasted Vegetable. Each vegetable bake comes in its own baking dish and takes about 30 to 40 minutes to bake thoroughly, which gives you time to open a bottle of wine and make a pot of rice, if you choose — which I did.

Cheddar Broccoli Bake Back of Packaging

When fully cooked, Vegetable Bakes are similar in consistency and mouth-feel to a very vegetable-dense quiche or frittata, where eggs have been added only to bind the ingredients together. Therefore it’s understood that these dishes, while vegetarian-friendly, are not vegan, due to having whole eggs or egg whites as an ingredient.

Cheddar Broccoli Bake Cooked

Here it is, just out of the oven, and you can see that the cheese has browned nicely!

Cheddar Broccoli Bake Serving Suggestion

It looks amazing, doesn’t it?

Cheddar Broccoli Bake Ready to Eat

Broccoli Cheddar Bake is a delicious and nutritious dish that is loaded with healthy, superfood ingredients like broccoli, onions, brown rice, and select spices, topped off with cheddar cheese.  Like all of the Vegetable Bakes, it is gluten free, Non-GMO and kosher, as well as being free of peanuts, tree nuts and soy. The full portion clocks in at just 210 calories and 7 Weight Watcher Smart Points. If you wanted to serve this as a side dish, it could easily feed two people.

Roasted Vegetable Bake Packaging

About a week after enjoying the Cheddar Broccoli Bake, I tried the Roasted Vegetable Bake. This dish is filled with tender carrots, broccoli, onion, red bell pepper, zucchini and potato, seasoned with assorted spices including black pepper and garlic salt. The Roasted Vegetable Bake is just 150 calories (wow!) and will set you back 5 Weight Watchers Smart Points. Check out all of those veggies!

Roasted Vegetable Bake Over Rice

I put some cheese on it as well!

Roasted Vegetable Bake With Cheese

There is no such thing as too much cheese.

Zucchini Bake Packaging

Last, but not least, I tried the Zucchini Bake. Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables and it makes everything that it touches taste better: this Vegetable Bake being no exception to that rule. Here, everyone’s favorite summer squash is combined with cauliflower, onions and  potatoes, as well as eggs, and a select seasoning mix for a farm-to-table dining experience.

Zucchini Bake over Rice

Here it is served over rice with a generous grating of sharp cheddar cheese, for just 150 calories and 5 Weight Watchers Points. A satisfying, delicious and low calorie meal that’s healthy and convenient: Win Win Win!

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Highlights from the Winter Health & Nutrition Editor Showcase

Editor Showcase Signage
All Photos By Gail

One of our favorite food-related trade shows, Editor Showcase, kicked off its 2014 series on February 20th with an eclectic mix of Health & Nutrition products at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. As both manufacturers and consumers raise their consciousness towards living a healthier lifestyle. I can hardly contain myself at these trade shows, walking in  for the first time and seeing all the Teardrop Flags with the different products to try, it’s exciting to see what new products come onto the market and how well-established brands adapt to changing consumer demands. Here are a a few of our favorite products and displays from the show!

Veggie Blend Ins

Green Giant has partnered with author Jessica Seinfeld (famous for her cookbook on how to Trick your Kids into Eating Vegetables) to promote its new product, Veggie Blend Ins. Each box of Veggie Blend Ins contains three pouches each of pure Carrot, Spinach and Butternut Squash purees which you can add to a wide variety of foods to add nutrition and fiber without necessarily altering the taste of the dish. This is a great idea, even if you enjoy eating vegetables. Green Giant demonstrated a delicious and practical use for the carrot puree by adding it to seasoned taco meat and serving scrumptious Mini Tacos at its booth!

Veggie Blend Ins Tacos
Bite Size Beef Tacos Featuring Veggie Blend Ins!

Avocado Apple Feta Sandwiches Sign

No one needs to do anything to convince me to eat an Avocado, because they are delicious. But the Fresh Hass Avocado Board (#LoveOneToday) were on hand to remind us that Avocados are about so much more than just amazing Guacamole. Their booth served a delicious and surprisingly satisfying sandwich of Avocado, Feta Cheese and Fresh sliced Apples on Seven Grain Bread. So Good!

Avocado Apple Feta Sandwiches
Avocado, Feta Cheese and Fresh Apple Sandwiches!

Planters Preanut Variety

Mr. Peanut may still be the Planters Nuts Mascot after all of these years, but did you know that Planters Peanuts now come in tempting and trendy flavors such as Chipotle, Salted Caramel and Cocoa? I had no idea!

Garden Lites Veggie Muffins

Garden Lites is a terrific brand that I always enjoy seeing at these shows. At Editor Showcase they were promoting their excellent frozen Veggie Muffins that mix traditional favorite muffin flavors with vegetables for added moistness and nutrition. These muffins are also lower in calories, higher in protein, gluten free and all natural. Very highly recommended!

Nature Box Snacks

NatureBox (one word) is a cool company that offers monthly subscriptions to receive boxes of assorted wholesome and healthy snacks delivered right to your door. NatureBox snacks are an ideal alternative to junk foods and it goes without saying, but you can see that I am about to, that they all taste delicious. Find out more about NatureBox at This Link.

Urgent RX

Urgent RX Fast Powders are a convenient way to keep quick relief from some of life’s most annoying minor maladies handy at all times. No water is needed to take the powders as you simply pour them from their stay fresh envelopes onto your tongue and swallow. These are great to keep in your drawer at the office or in your purse to treat a sudden headache or upset tummy. Each single dose envelope is about the size of a credit card, so they are easy to stash in a wallet or card case also. Visit the Urgent RX website and find out where you can buy them at This Link.

Vemma Energy Drinks

Vemma is an acronym for Vitamins, Essential Minerals, Mangosteen and Aloe — ingredients in their line of Liquid Antioxidants, and refreshing Verve brand Energy Drinks. They also promote Chris Powell’s bod-e weight loss and fitness program, so you know they mean serious business when it comes to being the best You that you can be. Vemma handed out generous gift bags of their products at Editor Showcase and I am looking forward to trying their drinks at home.

Uncle Matt's Juice

We want to give a special shout out to Uncle Matt’s Organic Juice and Lemonade just because it is delicious and the folks working their booth were super friendly! Congratulations also to Uncle Matt’s on their 15th Year of growing organic produce!

Eggland's Best Organic Eggs

I’m sure you are thinking that there is no way to improve on the perfection of the simple egg, but Eggland’s Best is here to gently prove you incorrect. Eggland’s Best are like “Super Eggs” in so many ways including the fact that each large egg has 25% less saturated fat, 10 times more Vitamin E and Double the Omega 3s of the average egg, to name but a few of its superior qualities. Plus, look how cute their Mascot is:

Eggland Egg Mascot

Crazy Adorable.

Eggland's Best Quiches

They also served these delicious little quiches in their booth. Mmm…mini quiche.

Simply Protein Crunch Snack

Everybody loves crunchy snacks that taste like fruit, am I right? Simply Choices offer a range of snacks including Bars, Chips and the Simply Protein Crunch you see pictured above, which is made with real fruit, has a popcorn-like texture and is a snack that makes you feel full because of its high whey protein content (Source: http://www.wellwisdom.com/ultimate-grass-fed-whey-protein/). Simply Protein Crunch comes in outrageous flavors like Banana Caramel Cashew Nut and Raspberry Coconut, so you it’s going to satisfy all of your crazy sweet cravings while also being good for you. Worth checking out at This Link!

Nature Made Vita Melts

We all know that we should take our vitamins, and supplements but no one likes taking them. I’ve been taking Nature Made VitaMelts Zinc tablets – which melt away under your tongue and taste like delicious lemony candy –  for a year and I’ve never had a cold since I started taking them, truth! At Editor Showcase I picked up samples of Nature Made’s two newest VitaMeltsHair*Skin*Nails with Biotin (which totally works, trust me) and a new MultiNature Made also comes in Gummy form for those who like something to chew.

I hope that you will be inspired to try out some of these brands I’ve reviewed in this post. Thanks to Formula PR once again for providing access to the show!