Thursday, August 5, 2010

good earth Prize Pack Review and Giveaway!

I’m not a person who often buys prepackaged or boxed food (cereal doesn’t count). Part of it is because I didn’t grow up eating it (with a family of 10 people, you learned how to cook!), part of it is because of the expense, and part of it (the biggest part) is because boxed food isn’t generally healthy. When MyBlogSpark contacted me to do a review of General Mills’ new good earth Restaurant Favorites line, though, I was pretty excited. For the first time, there seemed to be a healthy boxed dinner option---which is like the equivalent of receiving a foot massage for a pregnant lady with a toddler and a kitchen that’s torn out due to remodeling! I was more than happy to try it out.

My family made the Mediterranean Chicken with angel hair pasta box and we were all impressed. It was easy (boil some pasta, coat some chicken, cook the chicken, stir in water, milk, and some seasoning packets and then simmer—20 minutes tops). It required very few cooking dishes. And it tasted amazing (I would be impressed if someone served this to me in their home; it doesn’t taste like it came out of a box). The biggest thing I liked about the taste is that it wasn’t too salty like one would expect from a seasoning mix and that my toddler loved it as well (in fact, I caught her with her hands in the main dish more than once). One little change I did make in preparing the meal was that I used chicken breast cutlets instead of slicing chicken breasts like the directions suggest. Using cutlets saves on time and reduces your exposure to salmonella which worked out great.
The main ingredients in the box are whole wheat pasta and flour, water, cheddar cheese, tomato, whey, and olive oil. There is no MSG or added salt, though one prepared serving does give you 22% of your daily sodium intake. We love chicken and whole wheat pasta (the only kind we buy!), so it wasn’t hard to fall in love with a whole grain and poultry meal. On top of having a base of wholesome ingredients, there are five servings per container and they aren’t skimpy, either! I was surprised by how much food it actually made. We were able to eat leftovers quite a few times after our initial dinner.

Visit RestaurantFavorites.com to see all of the different dinner varieties they offer and get ready to “stay in and go all out!”

Win It! One lucky person will win not only a good earth Restaurant Favorites Mediterranean Chicken with angel hair pasta dinner, but you will ALSO receive two sets of bamboo flatware, two bamboo dishes, a bamboo utility board, and a 100% recycled grocery tote! To enter, you just need to be a follower/friend/subscriber of mine (only one way is necessary) and then leave me your best healthy-time-saving food tip below. Be sure to leave an email address and separate comment for EACH entry! Contest will end August 19, 2010 at noon, EST.

Additional Entries:
*Blog about this contest or tell people about it through a parenting forum (2 entries)
*Subscribe to or follow me (each different way = 1 entry; Blogger, Google Reader, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

*Fav me on Technorati or otherwise vote me up somewhere

*Grab my regular button (2 entries)

*Tweet about this contest with a link and @LifeMoreSimply included (can tweet 2x/day)

*Have another great idea to spread the word? Do it and tell me how you did!


I received a good earth prize pack from My Blog Spark and General Mills for this review and giveaway. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are all mine. :-)

81 comments:

  1. I'm subscribed in google reader. My tip would be to stock up on canned beans and diced tomatoes, those can be the base of so many quick and simple but healthy meals.

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  2. Eat frozen yogurt (with live active cultures, Kemps makes a ton of different flavors) instead of ice cream :) if you're going to snack might as well choice something that is not only good for your digestion, but tastes so good you don't know it!

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  3. I have your button on my blog.

    I follow you on FB and blogger.

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  4. Publicly following Life More Simply with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}] -- I save time in the kitchen by using a crockpot/slow cooker; no slaving over a hot stove or oven :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

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  5. GFC follower. Stock up on fruits,nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews etc.) and yogurt. These are healthy snacks and good for midnight cravings.

    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

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  6. Subscribed via Google Reader

    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

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  7. Following you on Twitter (@mandalarctic)

    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

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  8. E-mail subcriber

    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

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  9. I like to slice up a bunch of onions, green peppers, zucchini - anything that I like to have on hand to add to meals that freezes well - and flash freeze them. Then I have them readily available to add to whatever I want!

    gitrecca at gmail dot com

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  10. I follow you on GFC

    gitrecca at gmail dot com

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  11. I like you on facebook

    rebeccamackay

    gitrecca at gmail dot com

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  12. I'm a follower. My tip would be to buy produce at the beginning of the week and cut it all up and portion it out at one time so you have all your healthy snacks/meals ready for the rest of the week and you don't have to rush around each day trying to find something healthy or give in to junk food.
    glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. follow on blogger
    glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. following with google friend...my tip, when making dinner one night, make a double batch and freeze it for another night
    jen
    levysue @ yahoo.com

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  15. following on twitter @n4zfk
    levysue @yahoo.com

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  16. subscribe in google reader
    glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. like you on facebook (stephanie gaffney)
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  18. follow you on twitter @skgaff
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  19. I already follow you through Blogger. And Facebook. And Twitter. :-D

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  20. One way I save time in my daily healthy routine is by shredding a little extra cheese every time I need some cheese. Once I have the block of cheese and grater out, it only takes seconds to grate twice as much cheese as I need, then put the extra in the Rubbermaid container where I keep my cheese in the fridge. That way, I skip a step next time we need grated cheese for a snack, a meal ingredient, a garnish- whatever.

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  21. ...And my email, because I forgot it above:
    MRBLayaw AT hotmail DOT com

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  22. I follow on twitter. My tip: Use frozen veggies which have stew mix in the bag to get your stew or soup started up. :)

    laurastoicescu*at*yahoo*dot*com

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  23. i plan out our meals for the whole week. i write the list down and put it on the fridge, then it easy to decided whats for dinner without having to think about it each. and when i get home from the grocery store i prewash everything so that its ready to go when i need to cook. i follow you on facebook and the blog i think. luv it! lisa mawson

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  24. I follow your blog. My best tip: I make sourdough pancakes from scratch, so sometimes I'll make a triple batch and then freeze them and just pop a couple in the toaster oven for breakfasts later in the week.

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  26. I subscribe to your blog via email. (soapsbysonia at cogeco dot ca)

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  27. I follow you on twitter. (soapsbysonia)

    soapsbysonia at cogeco dot ca

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  28. I'm an e-mail subscriber.
    I try to cut up fruits and veggies as soon as I get them home.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I follow via Google Friend Connect.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I subscribe via Google Reader.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I'm a fan of Life More Simply on facebook under username Jennie Tilson.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I follow GFC. My best tip is using the Misto instead of oil. I know they were gimmicky, but they really do work to cut back on oil!

    lbaran. pcs@gmail.com

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  33. I follow you on gfc.

    A time saver in the kitchen would be a pressure pot, it cooks everything in no time, and makes meat taste great and very tender!

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  34. I blogged:
    http://ohmygiveaway.blogspot.com/2010/08/good-earth-prize-pack-giveaway.html

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  35. I subscribe via email.

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  36. I am a fan on fb.

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  37. I follow you on twitter @daer0n.

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  38. I have your regular button on my sidebar.

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    #1

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  39. I have your regular button on my sidebar.

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    #2

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  40. I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/daer0n/status/20830225537

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  41. I shared this giveaway on fb.

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  42. I follow your blog and my tip is to cut up veggies and place them in seperate individual bags, that way when you need a snack, they are already cut up and perfectly portioned so it's easier to eat.
    rachel_demille@yahoo.com

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  43. I follow you on Google Friend Connect
    rachel_demille@yahoo.com

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  44. I follow you on Twitter (tobinsmommy08)
    rachel_demille@yahoo.com

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  45. I faved you on Technorati (Rdemille)
    rachel_demille@yahoo.com

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  46. I liked you on Facebook
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  47. tweet http://twitter.com/tobinsmommy08/status/20998760418
    rachel_demille@yahoo.com

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  48. I'm an email subscriber. My tip is to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and when you bring home your produce for the week (or two), try to prepare whatever you can for a few days' of fresh food and cook and freeze the rest. This way, vitamins and other nutrients are preserved and you avoid the risk of letting the produce go bad sitting in the fridge. Also, mince a bunch of garlic, put it in ice cube trays, once frozen, store cubes in freezer. You'll have garlic on hand for many dishes to come. You can do the same for lemon juice, juice from tomatoes, etc.

    Thanks for the chance to win this.

    lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

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  49. I faved you on Technorati (mamandetrois).

    lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

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  50. tweet
    http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/21268213190

    lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

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  51. I like you on Facebook (Laureen M-H)

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  52. I follow you on Twitter (MamandeEDS).

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  53. I subscribe on Yahoo RSS reader.

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  54. Tweet! http://twitter.com/tobinsmommy08/status/21288696234
    rachel_demille@yahoo.com

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    http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/21372844163

    lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

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  56. tweet
    http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/21379458554

    lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

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  57. GFC follower!

    For a quick, healthy snack I LOVE carrot sticks and hummus.

    thewideworldof (at) gmail (dot) com

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  58. following on twitter @woozlewozzle

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  59. rss subscriber (google reader)

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  60. Tweet http://twitter.com/tobinsmommy08/status/21433401956
    rachel_demille@yahoo.com

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  61. Blog follower via GFC. My kids eat nuts and dried fruit instead of snack bars. Saves money and is better for them! To save time, you can make little "snack packs" ahead of time and keep them in the pantry.
    sarah.robot at gmail dot com

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  62. Facebook fan.
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  63. I follow you on twitter.
    knockedupnursin
    sarah.robot at gmail dot com

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  64. Tweet http://twitter.com/tobinsmommy08/status/21473512004
    rachel_demille@yahoo.com

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  65. Tweet http://twitter.com/tobinsmommy08/status/21558771133
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  66. Keep fresh fruit for the kids and yourself quick and easy thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com i follow your blog

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incredibly interesting comments!