Sunday, August 28, 2011

Harmony Valley Vegetarian Mix Review & Giveaway

I'll be honest here; I am not a vegetarian. I have read all the benefits and good things related to vegetarian eating, but I love my meat too much to give it up for longer than one meal. :) I have been wanting to try to incorporate Meatless Monday into my normal menu planning, and thanks to BlogPR Wire and Harmony Valley, this review opportunity garnered me that chance.

Harmony Valley is a company based in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was launched in 2009 as a food service vegetarian/vegan alternative. Harmony Valley Vegetarian Mixes are a soy based, vegan and kosher certified meat alternative that makes eating less meat, or eating meat-less easy and versatile. They have a Hamburger Style and a Sausage Style mix available now, with a Classic Hummus mix coming soon.

I was sent the Harmony Valley Vegetarian Hamburger Mix to try and review.

The directions were extremely easy to follow and are printed right on the package.

This is what the mix looked like upon opening the package:

After adding the water and allowing the mix to sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, it looked like this:

You cook the mix just like you would regular hamburger meat:

I planned to make tacos, so I worked on my sides while the mix was browning:

Here's the finished product with the sides:
Yum!

I wasn't expecting this to be as yummy as it was. I was quite surprised and pleased that my first foray into a meatless meal went so well. Most of my family didn't even realize it wasn't actual hamburger meat until I told them, and I've got some meat and potatoes eating men at home! This is something I'd be willing to try again in the future.


A couple of cooking tips from me to you:
  • The texture is not like hamburger meat, so it took longer for the meat to brown than I expected.
  • The hamburger mix doesn't produce any grease when browning. Don't do like I did and overcook the mix waiting for the grease to show up so you can drain it.

BUY IT

Click here to find a location near you that sells Harmony Valley products. Keep in mind that the mixes are found on the DRY FOODS aisle. They are located near the rice/pasta/couscous goods.

WIN IT

To help you in your quest for healthier eating, I have the opportunity to offer one lucky reader here at Smoochiefrog Reviews one package of their choice of either the Hamburger or the Sausage mix.


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Disclaimer: I was provided the above mentioned mix from Harmony Valley through BlogPR Wire in exchange for a review. No other monetary compensation was offered or accepted. All opinions expressed are my own and are honest and true.

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