Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Celebrating National Vegetarian Awareness Month with Veggie Patch Products

If you live on the East coast, were you affected by Hurricane Sandy?  We ended up losing power off and on for the past few days.  Unlike last year's October storm, which left us without power for over a week, I didn't have to throw out a stocked refrigerator.  Instead, I stocked up frozen meals, which could be cooked on the stove top or grilled.  If you looked into our freezer, you would have seen shelves of Veggie Patch products, and thought we are vegetarians.  But, we aren't.  You can say that we are flexitarians --semi-vegetarians who still eat some meat.

Did you know that October is National Vegetarian Awareness Month?  I didn't know until the other day, when I was stocking up on Veggie Patch products, and the lady next to me, who was also filling her cart brought it to my attention.  She, too, wasn't a full-fledged vegetarian like her husband and daughter, but loved the taste of this brand over other vegetarian meals.  With a product offering including vegetable and meatless products, there is something for everyone's taste and preference. "Veggie Patch offers delicious, healthy and convenient vegetarian foods and meatless options ideal for snacks, lunch and dinner. Veggie Patch takes some of America’s favorite foods and makes them better for you by eliminating extra fat, calories and other concerns posed by meat. Products include family-friendly entrees, kid-approved vegetable and cheese bites and other tasty appetizers. All Veggie Patch products are made from real vegetables, and do not contain trans fats, GMO ingredients or MSG."

If you have never had Veggie Patch products, then you are missing out.  When people think of vegetarian foods they think of salads, vegetables and tofu.  I have tried tofu, but didn't care for the feel or bland taste of it.  So, when my husband first picked up Veggie Patch meatless meatballs and brought them home, I was reluctant to try them.  But, after he took a bite and couldn't stop talking about how great it tasted, I had to see for myself.  After one bite, I, too, was hooked.  I have even switched from making homemade meatballs to buying these frozen ones, as they taste much better and don't require over an hour in the kitchen making like homemade ones.  And, unless I tell family and friends they are eating meatless meatballs from Veggie Patch, they wouldn't know.  All they say is how good the meatballs taste. :-)

Veggie Patch offers the following products for the whole family to enjoy:

Vegetable Products

• Falafel Chickpea Balls
• Spinach Nuggets
• Broccoli Bites with Cheese
• Spinach Bites with Cheese
• Mediterranean Patties

Meatless Products

• Meatless Meatballs
• Chick’n Nuggets
• Chick’n Cutlets
• Ultimate Meatless Burger
• Veggie Dogs
• Buffalo Wings
• Mini Corn Dogs

Just check out these nutritional facts about some of the Veggie Patch products above --

"Veggie Patch’s vegetable-based products make it easy to sneak veggies into any diet.

• Veggie Patch Falafel Chickpea Balls contain more than 3/4 of a serving of vegetables per serving
• Veggie Patch Spinach Nuggets and Zucchini Sticks each contain more than 1/2 serving of vegetables per serving
• Veggie Patch Broccoli Bites with Cheese, Spinach Bites with Cheese and Mediterranean Chickpea Patties each contain at least 1/3 serving of vegetables per serving"

Who wouldn't want to make the switch after reading about these nutritional facts?  So, whenever I am looking to incorporate healthy meatless products into my weekly meal plan, I turn to Veggie Patch, as I know my family will enjoy the food I put in front of them, and I will feel good knowing that what they are eating is good for them, and doesn't contain unnecessary added preservatives and additives, or high levels of salt, like other frozen food products. 

In honor of National Vegetarian Awareness Month, why not give Veggie Patch products a try, next time you head to the market?  Who knows you may become a flexitarian like my family. :-) There are many recipe ideas for kids, snacks and meals on the Veggie Patch site, which may inspire you with their product.  Check them out here:

Don't forget to follow Veggie Patch on Facebook and Twitter for news and special offers.

Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Veggie Patch. I received product coupons and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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