I was trolling the frozen food aisle of the supermarket recently when I spotted Amy's Light & Lean meals. They provide less than 300 calories and 5 grams of fat, so I picked up a few to try, including Amy's Light & Lean Spinach Lasagna. I'm already a fan of Amy's Tofu Vegetable Lasagna (Review) and Amy's Vegetable Lasagna (Review), so I had high hopes for this as well.
Lasagna is not something that microwaves well, so I followed the directions loosely - Amy's has something about nuking on high for a few minutes, then switching to medium power, but alas, I have no clue how to switch that setting on my microwave. So I put a slit through the middle of the film, microwaved for 3:30 minutes, then took the film off, turned the lasagna over, and microwaved for another minute. It came out perfectly heated throughout - no cold spots in the middle.
The nice thing about turning the lasagna over half-way throughout, is that both the top and bottom had a nice layer of the pasta sauce, which was slightly sweet, and not too tomatoey - delicious! The layers of lasagna and cheesy spinach held together well (even with all the flipping I did), and I enjoyed it immensely. It certainly doesn't taste like they left anything out to make this "light."
I picked up Amy's Light & Lean Soft Taco Fiesta, realizing that I hadn't yet tried any of the varieties in this line. Each of the meals in Amy's Light & Lean line provides less than 300 calories and contain 5 grams of fat or less. In addition, as with all Amy's products, Light & Lean Meals are organic, vegetarian, and are made without the use of trans fats or GMOs.
When this emerged from the microwave, it looked like a hot mess - really it looked like puke. I was very apprehensive and was literally scared to take a bite. But wouldn't you know it - this is one of those foods that looks disgusting but tastes amazing! It's exactly as is described on the back of the box - a layer of black beans and cheese on top of a soft corn tortilla - below that is a bed of brown rice, shredded vegetables & sweet corn. It sounds complex, but it's delicious. I cut through all the layers with my fork and made sure to have some of the flavorful black bean & cheese layer along with a piece of the soft corn tortilla and a little rice. I'm not kidding when I say I ate the entire thing - not even a single rice grain was left by the time I was done.
Chili is one of those foods that just screams winter. It's comforting on its own or serves as the perfect way to warm up an otherwise mediocre meal. However, unless you spend the time to make it yourself, chili can be a hit or miss - either too salty, not enough flavor, or too thin. Well, not long after I got out my winter gear, I cracked open my first can of Amy's Light in Sodium Spicy Organic Chili. There have already been rave reviews of Amy's Organic Medium Chili and Amy's Organic Medium Chili with Vegetables, so I was excited to try this as well.
You will immediately notice the abundance of red beans and ground tofu throughout the thick concoction. The tofu is just slightly discernible in the flavor department, but far from appalling (especially for those who like their tofu). There is also a plethora of sautéed onions and green peppers that add an extra element. However, this is labeled spicy and I just didn't feel like it was SPICAYYY! Don't get me wrong, it's got some heat that will linger after each bite and possibly give you the sniffles, but it won't cause smoke to come out of your ears - perfect for those who gravitate towards more mild creations.
I remember coming home from school when I was a kid and being greeted by my mom with a warm bowl of Spaghetti-O's or Alphabet Soup, on a cold rainy afternoon. I thought it was really interesting that Amy's is attempting to bring out the kid in us with a slightly higher quality, Amy's Organic Fat Free Alphabet Soup. This just started me reminiscing, and before I knew it, a can was going home with me.
This soup (which is vegan and Kosher) was more tasty than most other canned vegetable soups I've had (and not just because I could spell things out with the noodles). The broth is prominently tomato based with a touch of spices and all of the components of the soup are al dente (not mushy) - about the size of a piece of corn. Therefore, you get more vegetables (corn, carrots, potatoes, green beans and onions) and noodles in each spoonful, making for a more flavorful and textural mouthful.
Each cup of Amy's Organic Fat Free Alphabet Soup provides a mere 80 calories, no fat, 680 mg of sodium (28% of the daily value), 2 grams of fiber (8% of the DV), 4 grams of sugars and 3 grams of protein. The sodium content is most definitely something to keep an eye on, but otherwise, it's pretty impressive.
I've always liked tomato soups - I think it stems from the fact that my mom always used to make me Campbell's Tomato Soup with Rice when I was sick. Luckily, I haven't associated it in my mind with being sick, and I still enjoy eating it - it's no coincidence that almost all of the tomato soup reviews on Iateapie.net have been positive! When I saw Amy's Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque on the supermarket shelves of my local grocery store, I had visions of delightful tomatoe-y goodness, especially since Emily's review of Amy's Organic Low Fat Cream of Tomato Soup was so positive - I figured I couldn't go wrong with another Amy's Tomato Soup!
And my intuition was spot on! This soup is just delicious. The cream adds an unbelievably creamy element to a natural tomato base, and the chunkiness of it is just perfect - actually that's one thing I missed in Campbell soups. This is amazing by itself, and wonderful with a grilled cheese sandwich as well. I LOVE this stuff and will probably have to look into buying it in bulk.
Each 1 cup serving of Amy's Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque provides 120 calories, 5% of the daily value for total fat & 10% for saturated fat, 28% of the DV for sodium, 2 grams of fiber (8% of the DV), 14 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein. There is also 40% of the DV for vitamin C and 20% for vitamin A.
Amy's Kitchen barely ever lets me down. The pizzas, chilis, veggie burgers. Among the soups, I have loved Amy's Organic Black Bean Vegetable Soup, Amy's Organic Fire Roasted Southwestern Vegetable Soup and Amy's Organic Light Sodium Low Fat Split Pea Soup, but I haven't been so thrilled with Amy's Light in Sodium Organic Minestrone Soup, Amy's Organic Butternut Squash Light in Sodium Soup and Amy's Organic Lentil Soup. Still, given Amy's track record, I'm always more than willing to try more varieties, so I didn't hesitate to give Amy's Low Fat Cream of Tomato Soup a whirl.
The texture appears fairly thick, as you would expect from a creamy tomato soup; but when you place a spoonful into your mouth, the texture comes across as a delightfully delicate puree. The tomato flavor is so vibrant and fresh, yet the spices and addition of organic cream and evaporated cane juice take this soup to the next level (unlike Progresso High Fiber Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, which is the exact opposite). I even took a spoonful of this smooth creation straight from the can and, let me tell you, it would make for one fabulous gazpacho.