Sure, I have some recipes to share, but not everything I love comes from hard manual labor, so I thought I'd share some of my recent favorite things (no, you're not getting a car at the end of this post. OR ARE YOU?). Here we go.
Brownie Chew Gooder Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Available only at Target as part of their campaign to promote volunteerism. Other flavors are available, too (such as Volun-Tiramisu).
Short product review: Delicious. Duh.
Healthy Surprise. I won this starter box from Vegan Crunk. It’s a box full of healthy, vegan, and gluten-free goodies from various small companies from around the country. And not a bum one in the box.
Short product review: you should sign up for this service. Or give it as a gift. Even if you don’t have any special dietary needs. Choosing a favorite was difficult, the Coconut Cashew Biscotti from Twin Cakes Bakery was nothing short of a religious experience. Holy cow, this thing was delicious. And I don’t mean, “it was delicious, for, you know, something gluten-free and vegan”; I mean, it was delicious enough that you wouldn’t even think about it being all healthy and stuff. Unfortunately, Twin Cakes is now closed. This is heartbreaking.
Jin-Jin Mango Coconut Fruit Jelly. In most of Asia, “gelatin” is made from seaweed (agar agar), not animals’ connective tissues, so it’s vegetarian-friendly. Available at international and/or Asian groceries (made in Taiwan). Locally at K&S International Market.
Short product review: It tastes yummy and kept my toddler occupied for an hour (the first time; subsequent treat times were a bit shorter). Every thumb and other uppable digit up to this wonderful product.
Short product review: Lovely. A perfect way to start the day. Not too much caffeine, not too strong and with enough bergamot that all I need to add is a bit of honey.
Taco Bell Cantina Bowl. You’ve seen the ads. They run with such frequency that, of course, they’ve got people curious. Among them: Mr. Eats, who brought home a chicken version for himself and a vegetarian version for me as a nice little lunch surprise the other day.
Short product review: it’s good! It’s a bit pricy for fast food, but the ingredients tasted of good quality, the flavors were nice and it was very satisfying. If you are a cilantro hater, though, you’ll need to skip it. The cilantro flavor holds up well in the rice and salsa. Also, the green bell peppers are roasted and marinated enough that I didn’t even taste them. For me, that’s a good thing, but in general, that’s probably not good. Regardless, another good option from what’s just about the only fast food restaurant I patronize. That picture is the chicken version, not the vegetarian version (which is the same, but with no chicken and more black beans). Sorry about the critter flesh on here; my bowl got tossed around a bit in transit and was not so photogenic.
SC Johnson Green Choices. The line of concentrated cleaning products meant for use with reusable bottles (which reduce plastic use).
Short product review: I typically use vinegar and baking soda to clean everything around my house. Unfortunately, there are just some things I need to clean that require more elbow grease than I have, so I need something a little stronger. I use the stuff sparingly, which is why I appreciated this lovely pack of SC Johnson Green Choices products that they sent to me. Not only do they use less plastic than the big bottles, they take up less room in my already-stressed storage area. When I need the heavy artillery, it’s there waiting for me to mix it up in one of the reusable bottles. Thanks, SC Johnson!
NOH of Hawaii Hawaiian Coconut Pudding - Haupia mix. It’s basically a vegetarian coconut jello or flan. Purchased at World Market.
Short product review: I love it. A great little snack and super easy to make. If you like the taste of coconut, but not the texture, you’ll love this. I’m thinking about adding some flavor to complement the coconut, too. Maybe some cardamom.
Dole Nutrition Plus Chia & Fruit Clusters. These are handy (ha!) little snacks made with the usual suspects with the very unique inclusion of milled chia seeds. Yes, ch-ch-ch-chia. It's the new trendy thing right now. And for good reason--chia seeds are loaded with goodness, including more fiber than you'd think.
Short product review: these clusters are totally addictive. I had the mixed berry flavor and I'd like to try the tropical fruit, too. These seem like a pretty tasty way to supplement my diet. And I'm always on the lookout for guilt-free snacks.
Alright, that's it for this edition of Short Product Reviews. And guess what! No car. I could give you a car, but it would be one of Mini Eats' toy cars and I don't think anyone would appreciate that. Certainly not Mini Eats.