Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Helen's Kitchen

I make weekly trips to Whole Foods to pick up vegetarian food staples - like Wallaby yogurt, Tofurkey deli slices, Quorn cutlets, and organic produce...but I've started to notice that Giant Eagle is really ramping up its organic section. I normally shop at the Legacy Village location, and on my last few trips there, I've found some great frozen products by Helen's Kitchen, a line of organic vegetarian and vegan foods with tofu in every meal.

The most recent product that I tried was the Rotelli Primavera. It was a pretty hearty meal with rotelli pasta, broccoli, tofu squares, and a zesty tomato sauce. I wouldn't normally think to pair any of those foods together, but it works. Really well. This entree boasts 14 grams of protein and is certified organic. At only 260 calories, it makes a great lunch or light dinner. I'm a tofu snob, and I'm impressed with how well the tofu in this pasta holds up. It's perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Another one of my favorites is the Farfalle & Basil Pesto. I used to eat it all the time until the nutritional information changed. If my memory serves me right, the entree used to be about 300 calories. Now it's a whopping 470. Even with as much as a I work out, I just can't justify eating a small frozen meal with that many calories.

I've also tried the Garden Steak Tofu Steaks. I've tried cooking them on the grill, in the microwave, and in the oven, but I can't seem to get them to taste like anything more than a bland block of tofu. I've used different marinades and sauces, but nothing has helped. I like the texture and consistency - solid - so I'll keep trying to find a way to make these tofu blocks a bit tastier.

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