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Girls Bite Out

We love soup. A lot. But our favorite canned soups are sky-high in sodium. So we decided to take some of the new, reduced sodium versions out for a spin. Here's what

we think...


The Yummiest Frozen Meal Ever

Ethnic, organic, gourmet: Frozen entrées have become more upscale-and healthier-in recent years. But how do they taste? We put 15 of the newest options to the test. These four have now become staples in our office freezer.


Gluten Free Glut

Please your favorite celiac with edible foodstuffs

Amy's Rice Crust Cheese Pizza (Whole Foods, $6.50): Put one of these frozen pies in the oven for 15 minutes, and the rice crust will be crunchy but not crumbly - a rare feat in the world of rice bread, and even rarer for a pizza that's also healthy.


Amy’s arrival

Tuesday marked the completion of organic food manufacturer Amy's Kitchen's new Medford digs
WHITE CITY — It takes a lot of hands to produce an Amy's Kitchen pizza, from mixing the dough to packaging the frozen product.

On Tuesday, nearly everyone who had a hand in bringing the Santa Rosa, Calif., organic frozen food manufacturer to the Rogue Valley was present as Gov. Ted Kulongoski flipped a ceremonial switch, recognizing Amy's arrival. It was an emotional time for owners Rachel and Andy Berliner, a proud moment for the plant's architects and builders and a new chapter for many Amy's Kitchen veterans.


Perfect Pizza

 

Healthy, organic and great tasting, too - the new Mediterranean Cornmeal Crust Pizza from Amy's Kitchen has it all: Roasted vegetables plus three cheeses and an extra-crispy crust. Now that's amore!


Right Stuff: Bean Breakthrough

 

Despite the name, canned refried beans are often free of bad fat, high in fiber, and a decent source of protein and iron. The problem: sodium can reach 400 to 600 milligrams in every half cup, depending on who's doing the cooking. Not anymore. Amy's has added Vegetarian Organic Refried Beans (Traditional or Black) to its new line of Light in Sodium foods. They're not salt-free. (if you've ever tried mashed beans without salt, you'll know why.) At about 200 mg of sodium per half cup, they're salt-sensible.


Road Test: Frozen Pizza

Cheesy in a good way
You can delete the neighborhood pizzeria from your speed dial. After trying more than 50 different frozen cheese pizzas-and casting aside dozens that tasted like their boxes Real Simple's tasters found three that really deliver.


Veg Picks: Best Savory Entrée

Amy's Kitchen has teamed up with Vegan Gourmet Follow Your Heart Cheese to create a Non-dairy Rice Crust Spinach Pizza. Imagine a gluten-free crust smothered with spinach and Veggie Award-winning cheese. While their Roasted Vegetable Pizza has long dominated as the ultimate frozen pizza, Amy's has outdone itself with this new triumph of gooey, finger-licking goodness.


Healthy Summer Salsas

9 Great reasons to hit the sauce.

Our noses ran. Our eyes watered. Our lips burned. (Note to self. Never again test salsa when lips are chapped.) And, after sampling 88 different salsas, we learned that something that looks so good can taste so bad.

For several weeks, the We Test It crew tried salsa on chips, celery, eggs, chicken, fish, salads, and hey, even burritos to get the full-on experience of this surprisingly versatile melange of tomatoes, onions, peppers, and spices.


Reviews from Hungry Girl

Spinach Pizza in a Pocket Sandwich

What It Is: Tender crust filled with organic spinach, feta and mozzarella cheeses and pizza sauce.
 
What We Think of It: This thing is so good it almost made our heads pop off.  It is as close to perfection as one can imagine a frozen spinach pizza wrap to be.  Wheat-y, healthy-tasting yet delicious doughy crust is stuffed with yummy cheeses, spinach and sauce, just like the box promises.  The ingredients really work well together.  It's actually WAY better than we expected it to be (and we always have high hopes for our friends over at Amy's).


She’s a Natural

Amy Berliner couldn't hold back the tears. Her graduation day had arrived. As she accepted her diploma from Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa on a perfect afternoon last month, her parents, Andy and Rachel Berliner, beamed with pride of a job well done. The Berliner family has two reasons to be proud: their daughter's graduation and the growth of Amy's Kitchen, the natural foods company bearing her name. 


Tofu Scramble

This one's for the vegans and mmm mmm is it ever good. Amy's does it again, this time with their "Tofu Scramble". Here's what reads on the back of the box : "Generous portions of tofu scrambled with organic tender spinach, carrots and mushrooms along with hash browned potatoes make up a dish which is simply too delicious to miss. And of course this makes a great breakfast, quick lunch or dinner. Amy's grandma, who doesn't have a microwave, adds a bit of olive oil to a skillet and heats her breakfast that way." Better said than I could do.


The Great 8: Plus Our Winner

After 14 people tasted and rated (and tasted and rated again and again) more than 25 veggie burgers, it became clear that only were there a handful of standouts but that they fell neatly into eight categories - plus the winner: the "chicken patty" that every single tester said was great.


Amy’s Kitchen Medford Update!

Thanks to you, Amy’s has outgrown its current production facility and we need to expand. With that in mind, we have been building a new production facility up in Medford, Oregon. Medford is located just north of the California border.


Reader’s Digest 100 Best! Best Good-for-You Grub

Amy's Kitchen, a line of organic snacks, meals and sauces began in the Petaluma, California, Kitchen of Rachel and Andy Berliner in 1987. Amy's offers more than 100 yummy products, including Thai Stir-Fry.


INDIAN FOOD? TILL NOW, I’D RATHER EAT BUGS AND WORMS

So now you know, I'm NOT a fan of Indian food. And I have been to two or three of the best restaurants in Chicago serving so-called Indian cuisine. First of all, the aroma of curry makes me ill. Maybe not literally, but as aromas go, it's way too overwhelming for my tastes. That was the problem with the Indian restaurants I went to - too much curry in the air. And greasy, very greasy. And beyond that, the spiciness of some of these Indian offerings would put an elephant on its knees. My Indian friends tell me that I just haven't been to the right Indian restaurant yet. "Maybe," one of my Indian friends said, "you need a more open mind when it comes to appreciating authentic Indian food." Nah.


Health Magazine selects Amy’s as one of the 25 Healthiest Fast Foods

Best Frozen Pizza - Amy's Mediterranean Pizza with Cornmeal Crust
A generous wedge of this pie weighs in at 360 calories and 15 grams of fat-a small price to pay for what you get: a crust that actually gets crispy; organic veggie toppings; mozzarella, Parmesan, and fontina cheeses; and a tangy sauce of organic tomatoes and capers. Not quite pizzeria quality, but close.


Beastless Burgers

Yearning for barbecue season? To get an early (and healthy) start, toss a faux-meat burger onto your skillet or indoor grill. Low in fat and high in fiber, these veggie patties pair perfectly with soy chips and vegan-mayo potato salad.

Amy's Chicago Burger
The heartiest veggie burger we've ever sunk our teeth into, Amy's mix of organic mushrooms, walnuts, and cheddar cheese should satisfy even the meat-and-potatoes crowd.


Top 10 Super Products

Here are some of Lisa Lillien's favorite guiltless products to fulfill all kinds of craving without overindulging:


The Indian Spice Kitchen

The adventurous, savvy American palate no longer limits Indian food to a bowl of curry. Professional chefs, home cooks and diners are discovering the culinary splendors of Indian cuisine, recognizing the difference between North and South Indian styles of cooking as well as variations from regions such as Kerala and Chettinad in the south, and Gujarat and Goa on the western coast. Classic recipes appearing in restaurants and specialty food stores include dosa (a South Indian thin, often stuffed, crépe made from a batter of rice, lentil flour and water), chat snacks and Matar Paneer (Indian fresh cheese and green peas in tomato sauce of cumin, coriander and cilantro).


Going Gluten Free

The latest food trend: gluten-free products, spurred by the growing number of children diagnosed with celiac disease. In this autoimmune disorder affecting up to 1 in 133 Americans, the body overreacts to gluten, a protein in many grains, such as wheat, barley, and rye. Check out these new and tasty gluten-free foods for kids:


Viva Vegetarian!

Filled with poblano and jalapeño peppers, black olives, pinto beans and Monterey Jack cheese in a whole-wheat tortilla, Amy’s Southwestern Burrito is a 5.5-ounce, organic vegetarian fix for those nights you can’t spend time behind the stove but want to eat healthfully. Ready in less than 2 minutes in the microwave. Several varieties, each burrito is $2 in the frozen-foods section of natural-food stores and supermarkets. Visit www.amys.com for a retailer.


Organic Shopping Made Easy

Get a crash course in organics before you hit the supermarket aisles.


Eat Healthy Now

You don't need elaborate, homemade meals to eat right. These whole-food options are quick, nutritious, and tasty!

Excerpt: Whole foods are foods in their natural state (like raw fruits and vegetables) or foods that are simply prepared (like grilled chicken). They retain their nutrients and don't have much sugar, fat, or chemicals, which make highly processed foods (like french fries) less healthy.


PASTA SAUCE

Ensure Your Hearty Italian dinner Is a Healthful one. Start With These Label-Reading Tips.

Pasta is quick; it’s easy—just cook it, heat the sauce and serve. But sometimes choosing the most healthful sauce is difficult. Keep these buying tips in mind when you’re jarred by the multitude of pasta sauces on the shelves.


Conscientious Carbfest

In preparation for the super bowl, Plenty sampled organic and natural pizza and beer. Here are the ones that scored big.

Amy's Mediterranean Cornmeal Crust
This pie's crust has the added texture of cornmeal and comes piled with diced tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, olives, capers and three kinds of cheese. Many ingredients are organic.


Frozen Entrees

Have daily trips to your office's neighboring eateries taken their toll on your wallet and your waistline? Slash that lunch bill and cut your calorie count in half by stocking up on these freezer pleasers.

Amy's Kitchen Indian Mattar Paneer ($4)
Instead of overindulging in an INDIAN buffet and going back for more keep curry light and organic with this combo of basmati rice, peas, paneet cheese, and chana masala (spiced chickpeas).


Question of the Month: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD?

Amy's No Chicken Noodle soup and - I know this is terrible - french fries. 


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