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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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RC Ten

Most readers can’t remember the time when RC Cola was competitive with Coke and Pepsi. Now it seems to be thought of in the same way we think of grocery store brands; a generic knock off. This is a shame, because Royal Crown Cola was, and still is, an exceptionally great tasting beverage. Closer to Pepsi than to Coke, RC has a smooth, sweet profile with a slightly fruity finish. If you’ve never tried RC, or it’s been a long time, I recommend grabbing a bottle the next time you see it. If you’re a cola fan, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Diet RC has been notoriously difficult to find. In fact, despite my best efforts to find a bottle or can, I have never laid my eyes on it in person. Rumor has it that it has been discontinued. That’s a shame, I’d have loved to add it to my collection. What we have now is RC Ten, a product riding the coat-tails of the success of Dr. Pepper Ten.

As high as I am on regular RC (as well as Dr. Pepper Ten), I’m every bit as low on RC Ten. This is just an inferior product when compared to its competition; mainly Coke Zero and Pepsi Max. It certainly falls short of its sister soda Dr. Pepper Ten. It tastes horribly of chemicals, and lacks much in the way of cola flavor. It doesn’t make me think of regular RC in any way. RC Ten is, in a word, ‘Bleh!’

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-Jeremy Hobbs

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Dr. Pepper Ten

Diet soda has come a long way in my lifetime. Once reserved solely for diabetics and dieters, modern low-calorie beverages are fully flavored enough to be enjoyed by all. Diet sodas have become so tasty that I rarely ever reach for their full calorie versions.

Diet Dr. Pepper was always one of the better tasting zero calorie sodas, even ‘back in the day,’ but recent advancements in artificial sweetening by Coke and Pepsi had left the good doctor in the dust, so to speak. Enter Dr. Pepper Ten, a not-quite-zero-calorie-but-close-enough beverage from the Dr. Pepper/Snapple group.

In simple terms, this is probably the least ‘diet’ tasting soda that I’ve ever been lucky enough to sample. The taste is very crisp, no bitter or chemical-like after taste, and it is full flavored. Dr. Pepper Ten squeezes every tiny bit of flavor possible out of those ten calories (per serving) and I applaud the creators for their success.

As long as Dr. Pepper Ten is available in coolers, I don’t ever see myself purchasing the one-hundred plus calorie version of Dr. Pepper again. I actually prefer the mouth feel of Ten, it doesn’t have enough high fructose corn syrup in it to leave my mouth feeling all sticky. I give it a resounding ‘Yea!,’ and if you’re a Pepper fan, Dr. Pepper Ten is a must try. Can’t wait to try the other Ten’s.

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-Jeremy Hobbs

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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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Miller 64

Miller developed Miller 64 in an effort to go toe-to-toe with Michelob Ultra in the low carb beer market. It is a mere 64 calories compared to Michelob Ultra’s 95. I was eager to try this one out.

Miller 64 has a slight corn malt aroma. The pour results in a vigorous head that dissipates to a thin film. The color is a pale yellow. The mouth-feel is very light bodied with an abundance of carbonation. It has a corny sweetness to it, but there are no big “beer forward” attributes. It does, however, have more flavor to it than the watery Michelob Ultra. I think I could drink quite a few of these beers in quick succession and not get tired of the flavor because it is so light.

A friend of mine commented that Miller 64 is “watered down”. I told him that I think they did an incredible job for what they were trying to accomplish in the low carb/calorie category. One suggestion that would not raise the caloric intake is to add a few more hops. The bitters would give it some more dimension instead of being a bit thin on flavor. Even though this beer lacks a bit of beer character, it has its place in the market. It would be perfect ice cold on a hot day and definitely fits the bill if you are looking to drink a refreshing light beer.

A 6-pack of Miller 64 can be found in bottles for $4.99. ‘Yea!’

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–Matt Scheere

Twisted Tea Original

Any long time reader of  The Consumer’s Corner (all 3 of you!) knows that I have a particular disdain for beer. There will be beer reviews available here, but I won’t write them. Those articles will be subbed out to friends who have significantly more experience with the bubbly brew, or I’d be completely skipping over one of the largest markets in all of consumerdom. Not going to happen.

What I love to drink are beer strength (5%ish alc/vol) beverages that actually taste good, much like Twisted Tea. Except for the most virgin of palettes, I think everyone would agree that Twisted Tea offers one of the smoothest, tastiest, and easiest to drink alcoholic beverages on the market. The flavor of  Twisted Tea ‘Original’ is simple and to the point; sweet (but not too sweet) tea, a drop of lemon, and a barely noticeable bite. Again, it’s super smooth.  Refreshing as well.

This review probably isn’t news to some of you; apparently this is a pretty successful product that has flown under my radar for quite some time. Just tossing this up for other poor, clueless souls like myself. Now that it has my full attention, I’ll be sampling as much as I can from the rest of ‘Twisted Tea’ portfolio. Available in sizes ranging from 12 ounce glass, all the way to keg-in-a-box, they all get a big ‘Yea’!

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–Jeremy Hobbs

MorningStar Farms

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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Rockstar Super Sours Bubbleberry

I saw this in the cooler while doing some market research for The Consumer’s Corner (a.k.a. ‘going to the store’). I’m a major fan of energy drinks, by themselves or used as mixers for cocktails. The bite is just different from regular sodas, and they make me feel good. Another thing–I also have a great appreciation for is sour candy: Sweet Tarts, Nerds, sour gummy worms, etc. So grabbing a can of Rockstar Super Sours Bubbleberry was a no-brainer; this was going to be my new favorite energy drink.

In a word? No. The first sip tastes very bitter. Hear me out, bitter and sour are very different flavors. Bitter is like biting into a non-chewable vitamin. In fact, ‘vitamins’ was my response at first taste. That nastiness eased off after a sip or two once my palette adjusted, but ‘ewww’ is not what any company wants a consumer thinking when they taste their product.

Even after the adjustment period, I was not inspired to go in for seconds at all. I’ve been very impressed by the Rockstar line in the past (‘Punched’ is my go to energy drink) but Supersours Bubbleberry left me disappointed, and two dollars poorer. Going to have to give this one a ‘Bleh!’ Sorry Rockstar.

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-Jeremy Hobbs