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Friday Feast: Schwan’s Home Delivery

schwans-logo1I was recently given the opportunity to try out Schwan’s Home Delivery and I must say was a bit hesitant at first.  I’ve you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of fresh local food, so frozen really isn’t my thing.  But I’m always open to trying new things and Schwan’s LiveSmart line of products looked like there were some tasty options.

I went online to www.schwans.com and chose a few products that I thought would go well together and make balanced meals.   All LiveSmart products have a minimal amount of additives or preservatives, a moderate amount of calories, sodium and fat, and zero grams of trans fats.  That sounds like a win!

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A few days later a large styrofoam box pack with dry ice arrived at my house…I love getting packages!  It was full of all the goodies I ordered and I was actually really excited to start dinner

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Here’s what I ordered: Fire Grilled Italian CodFire Roasted Vegetable BlendMicroSteam Baby Broccoli Florets, and Wild Rice Pilaf.

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The first meal I was going to make was cod with broccoli and wild rice pilaf.  I read the cooking instructions for the cod and was surprised to find that I didn’t have to defrost it before cooking.  Hmmm…  I have to say the cod looked really well seasoned, like something I would do myself.  Well I followed the instructions, popped the frozen cod filets in the oven and hoped for the best.

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Frozen Filets

While the cod was cooking, I started on the rice and the broccoli…both of which were to be microwaved.  I never use my microwave, so once again I’m hoping this will be good.  But what I’m also thinking is, this is a really quick and healthy meal!

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In less than 25 minutes, dinner was served and I was actually surprised at how good it was!  The cod was still moist and extremely flavorful.  The broccoli needed a little seasoning and the rice was a little over seasoned, but having them together balanced each other out.

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A few days later I wanted to try out the roasted vegetables I got, so I popped 2 more cod filets in the oven and evenly spread the vegetables out on a sheet pan to roast.  This was a great mix of potatoes, broccoli, green beans, onions and bell peppers.  The flavor was very good, but the vegetables didn’t have that nice roasted texture I’m used to from fresh vegetables.  Maybe I should just keep them in the oven longer next time…

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While I still prefer making my meals from scratch, this is really a great, healthy option for a quick weeknight meal.  There are many days that I don’t get home until after 7:00 pm and this saves a lot of time in the kitchen!  And seriously, I was surprised at how good the cod is.  I have had other frozen fish before that is dried out and completely inedible.  This was still moist and had great seasoning.

What I really think is great about these products is that they are affordable.  Both of these meals cost just over $6 per person.  You would end up spending more at a takeout joint and it would probably take more of your time!

The nice folks over at Schwan’s want to give YOU a discount for trying their products.  Use discount code KIMH2 which is good for $5.00 off a $25.00 order or $10.00 off a $50.00 order.  So get to ordering…I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed

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Schwan’s Home Delivery via FitFluential LLC sent me these products free of charge for this campaign. As always, all opinions are my own.

Friday Feast: Healthy Options at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Booths (Part 2)

By now you have hopefully digested all of the wonderful dishes that we looked at in Part 1 and are ready to move on to the healthy options at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival for the 2nd half of World Showcase!  If you recall, we ended last week at the South Africa booth which is located between the China and Germany pavilions.  There aren’t many healthy options between here and the America pavilion, but there are some delicious options if you want to splurge.  The Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onion & Sour Cream is particularly yummy!

This 2nd half of World Showcase is heavy on the seafood.  We’ll start at the Hops & Barley booth where you will find some great New England classics.  The chilled Lobster Claw Cuddler with Herb Mayonaise is so basic and so delicious.  Now the mayo isn’t the best thing to eat, but a few small dips won’t kill you.  This is a nice, light dish on those warm days in the beginning of the festival.

Next up is a new booth this year, Flordia Local.  I’m so excited for this booth!  I’m a big proponent of eating locally and I think it’s great that Disney is taking steps to feature this cuisine.  The Florida Shrimp Cerviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro sounds amazing.  Fresh ingredients with a Latin flaire inspired from South Florida are right up my alley.

The New Zealand booth is next along the route, which has moved from it’s former location outside of the UK pavilion.  Here we have Seared Sea Scallop with Kumara Red Curry Puree and Apple Radish Slaw.  This is a new preperation of the seared scallop from past years and it sounds quite interesting.  I like curry, but I just hope it’s not too spicy.  This booth also features a wine from one of my favorite vineyards, Kim Crawford.  I can see this dish pairing well with the crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.

Next to the Moroccan pavilion is the Belgium booth.  Not only is the food great here, but there is a nice shaded seating area next to the booth which is a prime spot to camp out and grab a few dishes.  If you can resist the decadent Belgian waffle try the Steamed Mussels in Hoegaarden Beer Broth with Baguette.  This is a much lighter version of the mussels from prior years, which had a heavy garlic cream that was delicious but far from healthy.

Now you’ll have to walk the gauntlet of deliciously unhealthy dishes in France, Ireland and Canada to make your way back to the beginning of our journey for the last few booths.  The Greece booth has a nice Greek Salad with Pita Bread, which has tomatoes, onions and feta cheese.

Lastly we come to one of my favorite booths from last year, Hawaii.  This was introduced last year and made a big impact.  The Kalua Pork Slider is to die for…I could eat a dozen of these!  The healthier option here is the Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips which is equally delicious.  The tuna is incredibly fresh and the seaweed salad is surprisingly good.  What a great way to end our journey!

Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips from 2011

As you can see, you can stay on track with a healthy diet and still enjoy all that the Epcot Food & Wine Festival has to offer!  You’ll never feel deprived 🙂 

Don’t forget that the Disney Food Blog has released the “DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival“!!  This e-book is far from mini with 160 pages full of Food & Wine Festival goodness.  The guide has a full, daily schedule of events for the entire 46-day festival, mouthwatering photos of all 29 marketplace booths and the food available at each, and a brand new chapter on What’s NEW at the 2012 Festival!  Also included are touring strategies, an Eat to the Beat! MP3 playlist, and 11 themed booth crawls, a really fun way to experience the festival!  Click here to view more details and make sure to use the discount code CHEFS to get a $3 discount!!

I hope you enjoyed this fun 2-part series on the Food & Wine Festival and will share your festival experiences this fall.  I can’t wait for it to start!  So I’m still waiting to hear from you: what’s your favorite healthy food at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival?