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Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce

I never thought that I would find another hot sauce that would be worthy of sharing shelf space with Frank’s, but I found one sitting atop the salsa bar at my favorite Mexican joint. I’ve been eating at this place for years, and never bothered to try it. Major, major fail on my part; Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce may be the best tasting condiment I’ve ever sampled.

Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce is not uncomfortably hot. No sweating, tears, or disgusting runny noses. That isn’t to say it is weak, there is no doubt that it will warm your palette. Unlike many other hot sauces, Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce isn’t hot just for the sake of being hot. It is easy to pick up the more subtle, sweeter notes present in the peppers Valentina is made from. This isn’t a typical vinegar-heavy sauce like the innumerable Louisiana-style sauces crowding the super-market shelves; Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce has a ton of character. Use it on any foods you would typically use hot sauce or barbecue sauce.

Finding Valentina may prove challenging, but you are all a creative bunch, I’m sure you can locate a bottle. Or a case. I highly doubt that you’ll be disappointed in your purchase. Big spicy ‘Yea!’

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-Jeremy Hobbs

MorningStar Farms Sausage Links

If you follow The Consumer’s Corner’s daily blog posts, you’ll know by now that I am a huge MorningStar Farms fan.  I love their protein rich foods, the tasty, distinct flavors and the ease of tossing them in the microwave with the same results as throwing them on the grill.  Most people know that MorningStar Farms makes (delicious) veggie burgers, and if you’ve read my other posts you know that they make microwavable meals, but not many people know the full scope of all the MorningsStar Farms products.  Today’s topic? Veggie sausage links.

These links are absolutely scrumptious.  The sausage links have a slight kick to them that I hear regular sausages possess.  With 82% less fat than pork sausage (that’s only three grams per serving!) and 80 calories they’re a great breakfast food that will fill you up without giving you that groggy, bloated feeling that I find eating too much in the morning can give me.  Have I not convinced you to try the links for breakfast?  My mum taught me another great way to eat them.  Sandwich style.  Personally, I cut the link in half long-ways and lay them between two slices of bread with a little (okay a lot) of ketchup.  However you want to try these, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Meat eaters and vegetarians alike will love MorningStar Farm’s sausage links.  Interested in trying them? Simply go to https://www.morningstarfarms.com/products/breakfast/sausage-links and type your zip code into the ‘where to buy’ box and voila! You have sausage! Certainly a ‘Yea!’ from me!

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-Kat Graham

 

MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie Burger

MorningStar Farms has done it again–this time with their new Mediterranean Chickpea veggie burger.  In a word: delicious.  I was a little skeptical when I first picked this up at my local Winn-Dixie because I tend to be a bit of a picky eater, but I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised.  Right now I’m teaching myself how to cook “grown-up” foods using the oven and stove instead of microwaving everything, but let me tell you, I can throw these burgers in the microwave for a minute and fifteen seconds and I couldn’t tell the difference had it been grilled.  The burger wasn’t soggy or flimsy post-microwave but quite firm and tasted great between some oatmeal bread with a little bit of ketchup.  Ketchup, I know, not most people’s first choice for a Mediterranean dish, but MorningStar Farms’ website offers recipes for yoghurt lemon sauce, cilantro avocado spread and more.

One thing that I love about these burgers is that when they say Mediterranean Chickpea they don’t mess around.  The burgers a stuffed with whole chickpeas and will meet you with a beautiful aroma Mediterranean flavors.  So far I haven’t found any other popular veggie burger brands that offer a Mediterranean option and even if they did, I’m not convinced that they could top MorningStar Farms’ brand.  For those of you who are looking at this meat alternative for health reasons you’ll be happy to know that each burger has 70% less fat than ground beef and only 110 calories per serving.  Will you notice the flavor difference?  No worries there!

So whether you’re looking for a new vegetarian grilling (or microwaving) option or just love Mediterranean food you will not be disappointed.  Have to give this burger a big ol’ “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

 

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MorningStar Farms’ Lasagna with Sausage-Style Crumbles

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MorningStar Farms Lasagna with Sausage-Style Crumbles

MorningStar Farms’ Lasagna with Sausage-Style Crumbles is one of MorningStar Farms’ entrées that was new to me and as a dedicated MorningStar food fan, I was surprised this one had slipped past me. When I saw it at my local Walmart I had to snatch it up.  With 42% less fat than the leading frozen lasagna entrée, 270 calories per serving and 20g of protein that I desperately need as a pescatarian I thought this would be a definite “Yea!”. MorningStar Farms rarely disappoints me but unfortunately this meal didn’t quite do it for me.

MorningStar Farms advertises their lasagna as,

“Layers of veggie sausage crumbles, noodles, cheese, tender vegetables and zesty marinara sauce.”

So here’s where my complaints begin. Veggie sausage crumbles? I saw none in my meal. Obviously defective. I buy their veggie sausage crumbles alone to cook into pasta sauce so I knew what I was looking for and what I was looking forward to.  Was I let down? Yes, yes I was. Onto the noodles. I was really looking forward to soft tender noodles (I tend to be quite the pasta fan), and to be fair maybe this was my fault, I did microwave  instead of using the oven, but the noodles were a bit tough. As far as the cheese and zesty marinara sauce go I have no complaints. Not too much, not too little. But the veggies? I think I had maybe three pieces of zucchini the size of my thumbnail. Jeremy would love this. Me? Not so much. Sigh.

I have to say, this was edible but it certainly didn’t make my top 5 favorite MorningStar Farms foods.  I’ll give it a “Meh…”

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-Kat Graham

 

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I have been a pescatarian since the day I was born.  I’ve never had a hamburger, never cut into a steak or visited many popular fast-food joints.  Call my family crazy, but that’s just how I was raised and at this point in my life I see no need to change that.  One of the first questions I get when people find out I’ve never had meat, they usually ask me what I do eat, how I get my protein and what on earth my mother was thinking when she signed me up for a life without meat.

My answer? Morningstar Farms!  This is a vegetarian (and often vegan) food company that makes meat substitute products.  They make soy vegetarian hamburgers, sausage, lasagna, chick’n and about a dozen other foods.  Thoroughly delicious, Morningstar Farms food looks exactly like real meat and from what I’ve heard tastes quite convincingly like the real thing.  And they’re not just for the vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian group either.  Many dieters love Morningstar Farms because their products have around 75% less fat and many calories fewer than meat.  And you know what? Some people eat it because it just tastes great!

So whether you eat a meatless diet and you’re looking for a new food or you just want to shake up your meals Morningstar Farms is the way to go! Definite “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

 

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