Monday, February 16, 2009

Product Review and Giveaway!

For over a month Sundays in our house have been "Crockpot Sundays". We have made something in the crockpot that we could enjoy all week. This week I tried to throw together a minestrone with what we had in the house.

I found these goodies in the pantry:

I drained the beans before throwing them in the crock pot, but everything else I just tossed in as it. The parsley wasn't from the pantry, that is in the fridge. I cut up a few pieces of parsley and threw it in a pan to saute with these veggies:

In this pan is celery, mushrooms, onions, parsley, 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic, and carrots. I saute it in a little EVOO for a few minutes before adding to the crockpot.
I put the crockpot on low for 6 hours. After 6 hours is up I added some of this wonderful pasta and cooked on low for another 30-40 minutes.

When it is done I have this:

We both had this soup for dinner last night, and there were 4-5 servings left over for the week. I had a serving for lunch today too!

Saturday I went to Sam's Club and found these Fiber One muffins in the freezer section.

Steve and I each tried one with a smoothie for breakfast on Sunday. I cut the frozen muffins in half and put a little bit of Smart Balance Light on each half. I then toasted them in our toaster oven for 3 minutes.

I try to stay away from prepackaged foods as much as possible, but I liked these. It does say that the topping on the muffin has some HFCS, although there is barely any topping on each muffin. A vita-muffin may be a better choice, maybe I will compare the nutritionals of the two on a later post.
Finally, another product review and a give away!! Country Bob's was kind enough to send me two bottles of its All Purpose Sauce. Plus Country Bob's promised to give away some of its sauce to two of my readers!

I used the all purpose sauce to marinade some tofu. I then baked it at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

I thought this All Purpose Sauce worked great and was a fast alternative to mixing my own marinade.
I enjoyed my tofu over some veggie stir fry.

My husband also used the All Purpose Sauce on his Chicken and he thought it worked great.
If you want to try Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce. Leave me a comment on this post by Thursday Night at 5pm. Also if you want an extra chance to win, mention this contest on your blog and link back to this post. I will pick a winner by randomly picking a number.


A Toronto girl out West said...

I'd love to try some of that sauce!!

Erin said...

Great looking soup. I love stuff that can be used all week! Soup is great for that.
Also, that tofu looks yummy!

Ashley H said...

Mmmm I love tofu. Also I love vitamuffins. I would love to see how the 2 compare!

Olga said...

That sauce is all over the blog world and it looks fantastic!

I really love the crockpot tradition you have, it's such a great idea =]

ariel said...

Your tofu looks great! I'd love to try that sauce on some tofu or tempeh.

ChickPea said...

That soup looks fab!

I'd love to try some of that Country Bob's.

Anita said...

Your minestrone looks delish! I'm always looking for new ideas for the crockpot! I have a great one that I hardly ever use... shame on me!

I'd love to try the sauce... I'm on such a BBQ sauce kick lately (I usually get Trader Joe's brand), so this couldn't come at a better time!

Tiffany P said...

I've been seeing this sauce everywhere! Would love to try it! Hopefully I'll win!! I luv ur blog by the way!

justine said...

I have yet to try tofu but if I had some of that yummy looking country bobs I should would cook me up a batch!


HangryPants said...

The soup looks great. I definitely don't use my crock pot enough.

I already one the sauce, so don't count me in!!!

Anonymous said...

oooh I just found your fabulous blog and I would TOTALLY do what you did with the tofu and the sauce!!! :)

Thank you for that wonderful recipe idea. i have the same exact goods in my pantry and was wondering what to do with 'em!!!

Catie said...

thanks for reviewing those muffins...they look good! nice giveaway:)

Julie said...

First time I've checked out your blog its really cool! I'll def be reading up on it :) Have a great night!

Annie said...

I was going to mention vitamuffins too! Yummm!

Ps: I wanna try some Bob's! =)

Amanda said...

Love everything about this post :) Espec the giveaway!!

Sarah said...

i want to try this sauce