Due to binge-watching the Rio Olympics, I haven’t been cooking as much as usual. Fortunately, I found loads of Sweet Earth Natural Foods Artisan Bowls in the frozen section at Target, so far the only place I’ve seen them. And with a buy one, get one free coupon from the Sweet Earth site, it’s practically free. Not really, but still $3.99 for two packages is pretty good.
There’s quite a variety of vegan and vegetarian flavors. Of the five vegan options, I’ve tried four so far. The fifth, Moroccan Tagine which I really wanted to try, was sadly out of stock. All were microwaved for a few minutes according to the package instructions. There’s also directions for a conventional oven if you don’t have a microwave.
Kyoto Stir Fry
I think it’s the same filling as in their Kyoto frozen burrito (which I love) but in a bowl. It’s got the same Japanese flavors, taste and texture – shiitake mushrooms, tofu, seaweed and bright green edamame in a ginger sesame sauce over brown rice. Probably my favorite, a gold medal.
General Tso’s Tofu
Another gold medal winner with its excellent flavor. It’s a little bit spicy but not overly so. Nice firm tofu in a tangy sweet-and-sour sauce with broccoli over brown rice. At 280 calories it’s a little light for a meal, I could have used a bit more rice. Then again the low calories might actually be for the best what with all the sitting around watching other athletes run, jump, and play.
Beans and Mango Cubano
Caribbean-inspired bowl of flavor-packed black beans, quinoa and mango pieces. Mango! You don’t see that in everyday frozen entrees. Quite filling too with 12 grams of protein, 320 calories. My least favorite though, nothing wrong with it per se, just my personal preference for more Asian type of flavors. I would have gotten the Moroccan Tagine instead if it was in stock.
Brown rice and quinoa bowl with curried lentils and sweet potatoes for the couch potato that I’ve been lately. It’s got the bold curry taste of East Asia. Also one of the more filling options with 15 grams of protein, 370 calories. And it comes with a side of broccoli. See how it’s off to the side? I didn’t put it there, it came like that.
Besides being a local company, located in Moss Landing along the Monterey Bay coastline, I’m a huge fan of many of the other Sweet Earth Natural Foods products, from their frozen burritos to their line of seitan. The Artisan Bowls is a great addition to their lineup whenever you’re too busy, for whatever reason, to cook.