Wednesday – you know what that means! We headed out on the bike path today. The temps were in the mid 50s, which is a perfect morning ride temperature.
This part of Glens Falls is going through a rebirth. It had some questionable buildings (aka flophouse) which are now closed and there will be some demolition. This coffee shop opened in one of the restored buildings. The Empire Theater building.
My cuppa joe:
And my wheat bagel:
The sun broke out today, so we had a sunny ride home. 3 cheers for vitamin D! It was quite a nice day for a ride. 12 miles round trip. Gotta burn off some of that cream cheese.
Lunch time came pretty fast as work was busy all morning. I made up a salad and crushed some tortilla chips on top for a little crunch.
Interesting, but I think I like nuts better.
I received a fun box today from Amy’s Kitchen. They have 4 new Light and Lean Organic meals, and offered me a sample of each of them to try. I used to be the Lean Cuisine Queen back in the day and I haven’t had a frozen entree in years. I didn’t like the processed taste after a while, but these sounded interesting. Being organic, I figured they were a few steps up from LC, right?
The best part? They were packed in dry ice! That meant John and I could geek out for a while.
Outside? Pretty boring.
Inside – instant fog machine!
Dry ice is so fun to play with. I brought the bowl over to Pixie thinking she might find the bubbles interesting, but she was was all “get that out of my face”.
After keeping my face in the smoke for a while, I began wondering if it was possible to suffocate from dry ice vapor, so I figured it was time to make dinner.
John and I each had an entree. Mine:
Official description: Rotini pasta tossed in a light tomato sauce and tender shallots, organic asparagus spears and broccoli florets. Just 210 calories, 5 grams fat, and 470 mg sodium. (haha – you know with broccoli florets I was all over this one)
A mixture of organic black beans, tofu, brown rice, vegetables and cheese tucked into a tortilla covered with tomatillo and ranchero sauces. Organic brown rice with carrots and sweet corn complete the meal. Contains 240 calories, 4.5 grams fat and 480 mg sodium. Gluten free.
We chose to cook these in the microwave. I didn’t want to wait 45 minutes to cook in the oven. Does anyone ever cook frozen meals in the oven?
Mine cooked for 3 minutes, stirred and another 1-1/2 minutes. Voila
Actually pretty close to the picture, just not with cheese on top. It mixed in when I had to stir the entree.
Served avec poire:
The taste? I actually liked it quite well. I find that often times frozen meals with veggies always taste heavily of bell peppers. Maybe it is just me, but that was my experience. Not the case here. The pasta was not gummy or mushy and the veggies were surprisingly fresh tasting. Not often that asparagus appears in a frozen meal. I definitely could have used more cheese, though. What I really liked was that the pasta was not over sauced. Too many time frozen dinner have gobs of sauce and 3 pieces of pasta. Overall I was quite impressed with the quality.
There was sauce pictured on the box of his meal, but it must have soaked into the tortilla, which made it a little chewy. He really liked the flavor of the enchilada. The enchilada filling had a nice spice to it. The rice was good, but a little on the bland side (I agreed with that). He said that cooking in the oven would probably be the best method for his dish. His meal was gluten free, too.
These meals retail for $4.89 per meal, which is on the high side, but then again, they are organic and of definitely better quality than a Weight Watchers or Lean Cuisine. And pretty low in sodium for a frozen meal at around 470 per meal. We have 2 more to try as well, so you will see those sometime 😀
Evening snack for me tonight is some of this:
Question: Have you ever tried Amy’s Kitchen products?
Disclosure: I received these items from Amy’s Kitchen to sample, but the opinions expressed are my own.