Product Spotlight and Review: Success Rice + Recipes + Giveaway!

 

 

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This has been quite an amazing year for the blog. I went from nothing to now averaging 2-3 restaurant tasting and/or events a week and I balance that with my full-time job. The constant eating out has definitely taken its toll and I made a decision to transition my diet a bit by starting to balance my eating, by having healthy options when I’m not eating out. Now you will never see me post a recipe with some dry ass vegetables and chicken lol, but if I can find ways to incorporate some healthy options into my life, I’m going to do it.

With that being said, I was recently contacted by Success Rice to try some of their boil-in-bag rice options. This came right on time as I’ve been brain wrestling for a while about what I could do to start this healthy lifestyle. I received the coupons to try Success Rice over a month ago, so it has taken me a while to get this post up. I wanted to try it several times, to be sure I could give a full review. I would never feel comfortable recommending something that I really haven’t tried.

Brown Rice *I also purchased the Jasmine Rice but my focus was mostly on the brown

Pros:

  • Convenient and easy
  • No additives or preservatives
  • Same health benefits as the brown rice you cook longer
  • 100% whole grain, gluten-free, sodium free, cholesterol free, has fiber and is heart healthy

Things you should know:

  • I felt that it did not cook enough for me in 10 minutes. I let it cook for ten minutes first, because I wanted to follow the directions. I found that although it was done, it still had a bit of a bite to it that is similar to parboiled rice. It wasn’t bad at all, I just felt it needed an extra 5 minutes. On the second try I let it cook an extra 5 minutes and it was perfect for me.
  • 1 bag is enough for 1 serving. So if you are cooking for multiple meals I would suggest boiling more than 1 bag.

Suggestions:

  • I’ve always strayed away from brown rice because it took so long to cook and has zero flavor. I would suggest boiling your rice in some low-sodium chicken broth or stock to add some more flavor.
  • Another option would be to boil it in water with a little unsalted butter.

These recipes are great with brown rice:

Giveaway

I am on the hunt for some healthy recipes, so leave a comment below with your favorite recipe that includes brown rice.

*All entries must be received by Midnight on May 16th.

*The winner will be selected at random and contacted via the email provided when leaving a comment.

*There will be 3 winners chosen.

*Prize was provided by the uber fab folks over at Success Rice.

Until next time…happy (healthy) eating!! xoxo -Milla

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Inspiralize the Spring with Tuttorosso Tomatoes + Giveaway

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*Picture taken from Tuttorosso

Giveaway Details

Tuttorosso Giveaway

From March 25th-April 15 Tuttorosso will be hosting a promotion giving fans a chance to win prizes weekly. Prizes include Spiralizers (20 will be given away a week), Inspiralized book (5 will be given away a week) and Aprons (250 will be given away a week). The grand prize package includes  a Spiralizer, Inspiralized Book, Apron, Picnic Basket and Kitchen Gadgets. All you have to do to win us visit Tuttorosso’s Facebook page.

Happily Eating/Tuttorosso Prize Pack Giveaway*

In addition to Tuttorosso’s Inspiralized promotion, I will also hosting one right here at Happily Eating. All you have to do is leave the comment below “Enter Me” and that’s it! The giveaway will run until April 15th at which time a winner will be chosen at random for the Tuttorosso prize pack which includes an Inspiralized Cookbook and Tuttorosso coupons.

*Winner must be 18 years or older and live in the United States.

*All entries must be received by Midnight on April 15th.

*The winner will be contacted via the email provided when leaving a comment.

*Prize pack was provided by the uber fab folks over at Tuttorosso Tomatoes

Until next time…happy eating!! xoxo -Milla

Product Spotlight: Beef Lasagna using Red Gold Tomatoes and Laura’s Lean Ground Beef + GIVEAWAY

 

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As you guys know I have a great relationship with Red Gold tomatoes and they recently contacted me about sending me a lasagna pack that included a coupon to try Laura’s Lean Beef. I love trying meats that are grown as organically as possible as those meats tend to taste better and have more flavor.

Pros/Cons

  • Laura’s Lean Beef is all-natural, has no added hormones or antibiotics and is vegetarian fed using sustainable agriculture with humane treatment.
  • The con that I see with using leaner meat is that there is less fat which causes beef to dry out much faster than normal. The trick that I use to resolve this is to add just a bit of extra-virgin olive oil to add some healthy fat to keep the beef moist.

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Product Review: GiGi’s Fall Pies + GIVEAWAY!

Southern Comfort Pecan Pie

Southern Comfort Pecan Pie

Outside of spending time with family and friends, the holidays is about food! Lol In the African-American community it is typically a tradition to have sweet potato pie during the holidays, but because I like to go against the grain and because I have an open mind about food , I wanted to try something different in terms of dessert.  Gigi’s Cupcakes contacted me about trying their Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie and the Southern Comfort Pecan Pie that was recently introduced for Fall.

Gigi’s Cupcakes was founded by Gigi Butler in Nashville, TN. She started her own cleaning business at age 15 and in 1994 sold that business and moved to Nashville, where she would clean during the day and waitress and sing at the local clubs at night. She started Gigi’s Cupcakes in 2008 after her brother tried some cupcakes at a cupcake shop in New York and told her that she should start her own shop as her cupcakes were better. Now, Gigi’s is in 23 states with 84 locations and still growing.

I really admire how she started her business as I am an entrepreneur myself. Her story is very inspiring and I suggest you read more about it here.

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Tin Can Fish House + GIVEAWAY!

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I like to keep a pretty open mind when it comes to trying something new and different so when the opportunity presented itself to be a part of helping to narrow down what new oyster will be added to Tin Can Fish House and Oyster Bar’s menu, I thought to myself, “Why not?”. Arte Antoniades and Nik Panagopoulos, best known for their restaurants Fishmonger and Teela Taqueria, Tin Can Fish House and Oyster Bar is located in Sandy Springs right off Hammond Drive in the same plaza as Kroger located adjacent to it’s sister restaurant Teela Taqueria. It is a seafood restaurant with menu staples like raw oysters and fried seafood platters, but also takes it a step further with po’ boys and foccacia bread sandwiches.

I was invited among other press and bloggers to help narrow down 3 new oysters that will become a part of the permanent menu. From those 3, it will then be narrowed down to 1 by customer votes to become Tin Can’s Ultimate Oyster, thus adding it to the menu. I have never been the biggest fan of raw oysters, but I thought it would be interesting to try them to see how creative they could get and to also see if I could be converted to a lover of oysters. Continue reading