Annie's Spaghetti and Soy MeatballsI’m a vegetarian and I’m lazy. Most days I eat salads because they’re fast, but I need more protein in my diet.  While I work on cooking as much for myself as I do for my husband, I rely on ready-made foods to get me through.  I’m thrilled at all the new vegetarian options that have started hitting the market, and look for ones that are both vegetarian as well as organic when possible

Yesterday I went to a store I haven’t been to in years to see what they carried that might be new or interesting. I found a lot of products, which I’ll be sharing as I have time, but I found an old friend as well.  One that I thought had been discontinued, but apparently, only at my store.  The product is Annie’s Homegrown Organic P’sghetti With Soy Meatballs.  They are the organic/vegetarian version of Spaghetti O’s with meatballs I grew up on.  Still the same mushy canned noodles (which I like) and instead of hamburger, these are a meat-free soy alternative and they’re DELICIOUS!  I used to eat them almost daily when I worked full time because they were filling, satisfying, yummy, and so easy to heat and eat in the 30 minutes I had for lunch.  Many times I’d eat half the can (190 cals – 1 cup), a small salad, and a piece of fruit so the $2.50 can made two lunches for me.

The Annie’s Homegrown Organic P’sghetti With Soy Meatballs are easy to prepare. Just heat and eat.  How you do it doesn’t matter, but on the stove top with stirring, you’ll likely break up the meatballs as soy is not as tough as hamburger.  To keep the meatballs intact, if you desire, cook it in the microwave.

annies-logoI purchased a can yesterday, enjoyed them today, and then immediately went online to search out a case. I found them at Amazon (I’ve been buying a lot of food there lately!  I’m waiting on three cases of Stacy’s Pita Chips as well as one case of Today’s Farm Freeze-dried Apple Cinnamon snacks).  You don’t have to buy mulitple cases if you don’t want to, they have a subscription program.  By buying them by the case, with free shipping, I saved about 20% off purchasing them in the store (where they would have had to special order a case for me).  The Pita Chips were 25% less as were the fruit snacks.

If you have little ones and are interested in feeding them pesticide-free food, try anything from the Annie’s Homegrown line. So far everything I’ve tried has been delicious. Next I”m going to give her skillet meals a try.  They’re her organic answer to Hamburger Helper, which can be made with meat or vegetarian alternatives (or for families like mine, both!).

Enjoy!

Nutritional Information:

This yummy product is made with certified organic loop shaped pasta and a yummy certified organic tomato and cheese sauce. We then threw in a few vegetarian meatballs made from soy to make your eating experience even more fun.

Made with Only Vegetarian Ingredients!
Animal Rennet Free
0g Trans Fat

Made with only the best ingredients: WATER, ORGANIC TOMATO PUREE, SOY MEATBALLS (TEXTURED SOY PROTEIN, WATER, WHEAT GLUTEN, SOY PROTEIN, PRESSED CANOLA OIL, BREAD CRUMBS [WHEAT FLOUR, SALT], NATURAL VEGETABLE FLAVORS, SALT, VEGETABLE GUM, SUGAR, SPICES, ONION, GARLIC, CELERY, PARSLEY), ORGANIC MACARONI (ORGANIC SEMOLINA [WHEAT], WATER), ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, SEA SALT, ORGANIC CORN STARCH, ORGANIC CHEDDAR CHEESE (ORGANIC CULTURED MILK, ENZYMES, SALT), CITRIC ACID, ORGANIC ONION POWDER, ORGANIC PAPRIKA, ORGANIC GARLIC POWDER.
CONTAINS MILK, SOY, AND WHEAT INGREDIENTS.

Made on shared equipment that also processes egg and crustacean shellfish

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