Kinetic Go Green Premium Food Storage Containers
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Seems like lately I have less & less time to blog--with traveling to Connecticut, my job, working on Saturday, emergency shopping for a new clothes dryer and a car (time & money)--blah, blah, blah. I'm home today--just got back from a fantastic 1/2 spinning--1/2 weight-lifting exercise class & I'm determined to unload at least 5 posts. Yeah right--when will I learn?
Numero Uno Post! What's in my pantry these days? I'm always getting emails asking for a post about my favorite food products--so here goes!
The Kinetic Go Green Premium Food Storage Containers
I'm about to save you a whole lot of time & money on all that fresh produce crammed in your refrigerator.
On August 24 here's what my favorite sister-in-law emailed me:
.i've come across these safe plastic containers for food storage that are phenomenal-i've had cilantro last 2 weeks, no kidding. i found them in georgia at the Home Goods TJ Maxx store, but they must be around everywhere and maybe even sur la table etc. the name is: "Kinetic Go Green Premium Food Storage Containers" -i got a set of three and will definitely buy more-forget the bags! Your favorite sister-in-law
Last February 2010 I was all about storing my sprouts, veggies, and greens in PEAKfresh Produce Bags. Well, the thrill is gone. Kinetic Go Green has stolen my heart!
Here's why: It was impossible to find anything in a fridge filled with unidentifiable plastic bags stacked one on top of each other--and I HATED washing them out to reuse them. Here's what I wrote back in February. Don't bother.
My friend Marge offered to picked up 2 sets of the Go Green Containers for me at a TJ Maxx Home Goods store near where she works--an offer I couldn't refuse. They aren't cheap--$24.00 for a set of 1 large container that's great for greens--and 2 smaller ones that work for berries, leftovers, herbs, mushrooms, or green beans.
My sis-in-law was absolutely right! These containers really do keep my greens, herbs, and produce fresher longer--like about 2 weeks or more--and they are see-through and stackable. All the reviews I read about this product are glowing.
To be honest, I don't know much about the FDA Approved Nana Silver Technology used in these containers--maybe one of you will. For many of you--this will be probably be a deal-breaker. Looking online I learned that silver nano-particles prevent against spoilage and protect against the colonization of harmful bacteria--but there are also some articles that call for more research before it's used in our food packaging. Think BPA in Nalgene water bottles. Click here to read more. Tom, the scientist, any thoughts?
"Kinetic's Go Green Premium Food Storage Containers feature BPA Free Plastic Food Storage with FDA Approved Nano Silver Technology that keeps your foods fresher up to 3 times longer than conventional plastic food storage. Airtight & Watertight Silicone Seal. Refrigerator & Freezer Safe. Microwave Safe & Top Rack Dishwasher Safe." Quote comes from their website Me: Don't ever microwave plastic or put it in the dishwasher!
Some of My Favorite Plant-Based Food Finds
Wildwood Soyogurt-the Best Plain Unsweetened Soy Yogurt I Have Tasted. Find it at Health Food Stores--not at Whole Foods. No bloat-no discomfort non-dairy yogurt. Love this stuff!
Trader Joe's Very Cherry Berry Blend with Sweet Cherries, Blueberries, Raspberries, and Blackberries. The Best Mix of Frozen Berries I've Ever Tasted. Use it in smoothies, on top of yogurt or steel-cut oatmeal or all by itself.
For Breakfast, Lunch, or just a Snack. Soyogurt, Berries, and Chia
Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal--This is my husband's favorite after-dinner snack.
Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Muffins topped with PB2 & All-Fruit Spread & Chia--is a fast-delicious-take-with-you breakfast. The 7-grain Ezekiel Sprouted Muffins (no raisins) are wonderful for sandwiches.
PB2 or Trader Joe's "Powdered Peanut Butter" on Ezekiel English Muffins--Breakfast on the Run!
I wouldn't want to be without any of these products--they make meals delicious & quick.
I literally Hoard Kabuli Whole Wheat Pizza Crusts in my freezer! It's an almost INSTANT dinner when you top it with jarred spaghetti sauce, jarred roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh basil, water-packed artichoke hearts, canned mushrooms--and anything else that you don't have to chop & saute first! Just Hold the Cheese! I can only find these at one local health food store--and not at Whole Foods.
You Will NEVER MISS the cheese on a veggie loaded Kabuli Crust pizza
Alvarado Street Sprouted Burger Buns--made with Sprouted Whole Wheat Berries & Whole Wheat Flour--Just 140 Calories a Bun, 3 Grams of Fiber, 7 Grams of Protein. Great for Sandwiches and Homemade or Frozen Veggie Burgers
Mestemacher's Whole-Grained Thin-Sliced German Specialty Breads. These are dense breads unlike any other. They come in multiple grain varieties & unopened have a long shelf-life. Great for traveling. Delicious for snacks when toasted, spread with hummus & topped with sliced tomato, roasted red pepper, or kalamata olives. Find at specialty & health food stores.
My Lazy-Girl Indulgence--Frozen Brown Rice in 2 cup Microwaveable Pouches. Get the Rice Expression brand in regular grocery stores--or Trader Joe's (much cheaper) Brand. What a time-saver!!
Bionaturae is an Artisan Pasta made from freshly-milled wheat from small farms in Italy. The taste is incomparable to other whole-grain pastas! Comes in all pasta varieties. Find at health food stores. Recently reviewed on New York Times--best tasting whole wheat paste. I agree! Click here.
Muir Glen Portabello Mushroom Pasta Sauce--one of my three favorite no-fat pasta/pizza sauces. The other two are: Trader Joe's Fat-Free Organic Spaghetti Sauce with Mushrooms and Whole Foods 365 Organic Pasta Sauce
Muir Glen Fire-Roasted Crushed Tomatoes are THE BEST for all recipes calling for diced or chopped tomatoes! Also try their Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes in Adobo-Sauce (FANTASTIC for Spicy Flavor) & their latest: Fire-Roasted Diced No-Salt Tomatoes.
Whole Wheat Panko Crumbs--Use for any recipes calling for whole wheat breadcrumbs. Great for oil-free crunchy breadcrumb toppings for casseroles!
Bearito's Organic Vegetarian Refried Beans with Green Chilis. Great for stuffing into tortillas along with salsa, or for Dr. Neal Barnard's Three Layer Tortilla Casserole. Click here for recipe
Trader Joe's Steamed Ready-to-Eat French Lentils. Long Shelf-Life Unopened. Great to top a salad, add to a humus sandwich, for a quick-to-make Mediterranean Salad, or lentil soup. These are firm--not mushy lentils.
Mediterranean Lentil Salad made with Trader Joe's Cooked Lentils. Click here for the recipe.
A Lentil Humus Tomato Cucumber Red Pepper Sandwich
I alway stock up on Low Sodium Vegetable Broth (Pacific Brand or Trader Joe's). I use it instead of oil for sauteeing vegetables and when recipes include broth. For coffee--soymilk (not the light variety) really works almost as well as cream (??!!!) For cereal, hot cocoa, chocolate banana milkshakes, and cooking, I like Pacific Brand Oat Milk, Almond Milk, and Hazelnut Milk. I use plain unsweetened soymilk when I need an unflavored milk substitute for a recipe. *These are on the Esselstyn's approved food lists--but they recommend looking for no added oil or sugar in the ingredients.
This is just a sampling of products that make eating plant-based quick & easy. I've skipped the usual suspects of beans, cereals, grains, seasonings, and spices.
I'd love to hear what's on everyone else's Must Have in the Pantry List!