New Product Review – Keystone Meats (RECIPES INCLUDED!)

These days, wth two 18-month-olds running around the house, a hubby who’s gone from home working about 12 hours each day, and lil’ ol’ me, who’s trying to hold down the fort, this blog, a photography business…you get the idea. It’s kinda CRAZY around here, y’all! 

Even in the midst of all the nutty, one thing has stayed the same: I still LOVE to cook. My cooking has just been…ummm…modified…a bit here of late. And I’m learning that there is NOTHING in the world wrong with that!

The newly married me who started this blog literally created five-course meals for dinner ALL. THE. TIME. I seriously did. And I loved every second of it! But the not-so-newly-married me, with a hungry hubby and sweet babies and cuddly pets and a house to take care of and a few businesses to run…well, I don’t get the chance to cook five-course meals very often anymore. But I still make sure that my family is fed in a wholesome, and these days, SIMPLE way. And I’ve got to share a line of products I’ve found to help me do just that!

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I’ll be honest. When I thought of “canned meat” I thought of Spam. Nothing against Spam at all, it’s just not the type of thing I normally would include in a nutritious meal, ya know? So when Keystone Meats contacted me and wanted me to check out their products, I hesitated just for a minute. But I’m so glad I decided to go ahead and accept their offer!

Folks, Keystone Meats is no Spam! (Poor Spam, it’s getting a bad rap here today!) Keystone Canned Meats is still maintaining the family tradition of providing all natural quality products! It starts with lean USDA meat that is selected, cut and packed by hand and adding only a dash of sea salt for flavor. All meats are slow cooked in the can to maintain their natural juices and maximize flavor. The result is perfectly cooked, all natural lean and tender meats with no added ingredients or preservatives. With beef, chicken, pork, turkey and ground beef, you really can’t beat it!

Keystone Meats sent me over a can of their chicken and also a can of their beef. I decided to incorporate the chicken into one of our family’s favorite recipes, and create another recipe around the beef! Here’s what I came up with…

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Yes, folks, those are Quick Chicken Quesadillas from Lauren and Kate over at Ease & Carrots! While their recipe calls for rotisserie chicken (which is what I normally use when I make it) I found that I loved using Keystone Meat’s chicken! Super easy and super tasty, too! (And the best part was, my hubby couldn’t tell the difference!)

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New Product Review – Blissfully Better Chocolate

As far as I’m concerned, there is no BAD time for a piece of chocolate. Wouldn’t you agree?

I don’t, however, indulge very often, because chocolate isn’t all that great for you. Now, I’m not a healthy example for the masses, but I DO try to eat good things, and if I “indulge” in the bad ones, I make sure it doesn’t happen all that often.

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But, thankfully, I’ve been introduced to something sweet that doesn’t fit the usual mold! It’s called Blissfully Better Chocolate.

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Made in small batches and handcrafted in copper kettles, Blissfully Better’s Toffee, Caramel & Coconut Thins are the perfect indulgence. Certified Organic and sweetened only with low glycemic coconut nectar, their confections literally are Blissfully Better for you and your taste buds! 

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New Product Review: Dei Fratelli Tomato Products!

**PLEASE NOTE: While Dei Fratelli DID provide me with these products to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

Some time ago, a company I was unfamiliar with contacted me and asked me if I would like to review their products! Tomato products, they said. Sounded good to me – I enjoy cooking with tomatoes, so I agreed. Not long after, a lovely box appeared on my doorstep.

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As you can see, these were no dinky winky sample sizes – these were the full she-bang! Quality right off the bat!

Before I worked with the products, I did a bit more research on them. I found out that Dei Fratelli’s offerings are premium, all natural and gluten free! Picked at the peak of freshness, nutrients are sealed in the canned tomatoes only hours after being taken from the farm. Dei Fratelli canned tomatoes, tomato products and sauerkraut are manufactured by Hirzel Canning Company & Farm, a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company founded in 1923. Oh how I love a family-owned and operated company!

I decided to try the Italian-style chopped tomatoes in olive oil and herbs first. The color and consistency right out of the can? VERY impressive!

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I mean, doesn’t that look amazing?!

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New Product Tryouts: Great Value Pot-Sized Linguine

You may remember this picture from a post I did here on the blog last week.

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Look familiar?

Notice anything out of the ordinary?

How about now?

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Do you notice that small blue box on the left? That’s my linguine. Such a small box, right? Check this out:

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I accidentally came across this in the store, and, I’ll admit, first, I laughed. I laughed really hard. I mean, how lazy are we in this society that we can’t even be bothered to break up our pasta anymore?! Really!

And then I thought…well…I could at least blog on it. So I grabbed a box of it.

I am proud to report that this pasta fit into even my tiniest little pot with no issues whatsoever! And, although I never had anything against the full-sized long pasta, I must admit, I thought this short stuff was fantastic!

It even has a handy dandy measuring tool included!

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So I decided that sometimes, it’s the little things in life. Literally and figuratively. While sure, it seems totally frivolous…it’s fun, and if you come across it in YOUR grocery store, you should try it out. Just for the heck of it!

Have you tried any pot-sized pasta?

New Product Tryouts: Progresso Recipe Starters

From time to time I see a new product on my grocery run that I want to try out. If the result is favorable and I think others would enjoy, then I share it with all of you! So, here we have the results of something new that I tried: Progresso Recipe Starters.

While I really enjoy cooking from scratch, sometimes our life simply doesn’t allow it! There are days when so much has happened that my only goal is to get something on the table that is healthier than fast food. I know that’s bad, but sometimes that’s just all I can muster up! Those are the days that I REALLY love a product like this one!

Progresso Recipe Starters come in five flavors: Creamy Parmesan Basil, Creamy Portabella Mushroom, Creamy Roasted Garlic, Creamy Three Cheese, and Fire Roasted Tomato. Each one offer a variety of recipes they can be placed in, for an easy, no-brainer meal.

I chose the Creamy Roasted Garlic flavor this time around and decided to make some Chicken Cordon Bleu!

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You can see there on the package that it tells you everything you need. The only thing I personally didn’t have already in my stores at the house was the Swiss Cheese, so I remedied that quickly. Then I was all set.

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