If you’ve ever glanced at a vegetarian section in a grocery store you’ve seen Sweet Earth Foods frozen entrees. Today, I’m giving their convenient Aloha BBQ Quesadilla, and vegan Cauliflower Mac dishes a try! Let’s see how it went.
I’ve reviewed some of SEF’s products before, such as their Japchae and Pad Thai – yum! And their Benevolent Bacon is a favorite in my decidedly non-vegan family; plus I love their seitan. So, when Sweet Earth came out with their newest frozen entree and mini meal, I knew I wanted to get my hands on them.
First up, the Cauliflower Mac Artisan Bowl! Now, I am a huge vegan Mac lover; I’ve dedicated entire months of blogging to it, so I have some preferences. I tried to push those away and judge this dish objectively, so that you can form your own opinions on it.
Thankfully, SEF sent me three of each product, so that I could test different methods of preparing them to give you a thorough review! For the mac, I first microwaved it, and then oven-baked one, according to the packages instructions. For the third package, I air-fried it, and I have to say that was my favorite way!
Ranked in order: air fryer, oven-baked, and lastly microwaved. There’s a bread crumb topping, and the texture is best outside of the micro. Luckily, in all applications, the mac – which is probably half pasta/half small cauliflower chunks, stayed creamy. Plus, the pasta held up really well! Given that it is prepared and then frozen, the salt seasoning is pretty light once you reheat it. If you’re somewhat of a salt fiend like I am, sprinkle a pinch over the top after heating to enhance the flavors.
Now, for the second of the Sweet Earth Foods Frozen Entrees! I’ve seen a lot of posts about finding these Aloha BBQ Quesadillas in the Target freezer section, on social media. I mean, who doesn’t love Target? Furthermore, it’s awesome finding solid vegan options there! To find these products near you, use Sweet Earth’s store locator.
As the title conveys, there’s a lot going on in these quesadillas. It’s one of two vegan quesadillas they offer, and there are two small ones in each box. Personally, I eat two as a meal. 😀 I prepared these in both the microwave, and a panini press, according to the box instructions. It was no surprise that the panini press was absolutely the way to go! Plus, it only takes a few minutes because of their size.
The ranking of flavors in these quesadillas, is that the BBQ sauce is most prominent. Second the vegan cheese, and third, the pineapple, which really comes through more as sweetness than a pow of pineapple flavor. Be careful when eating these right after heating up because they are saucy, and a bit messy. Once they’ve cooled down a tad, they’re perfect.
I really appreciated what the savory BBQ grounds and beans added to this, in terms of texture, flavor, and protein content. I didn’t feel compelled to add any other seasoning, or even dip the quesadilla in anything! If you have kids, I think these would make a great after-school snack, as they don’t have much spice from the jalapeño. Same as the cauliflower mac, these are nut-free, but contain soy and wheat.
Overall, I was happy with both dishes, but am leaning towards the quesadillas as a favorite between the two Sweet Earth Foods frozen entrees. As stated before, you can find out where these products are sold, near you, using the SEF store locator! (Plus, there are coupons on the site) And if you’ve tried these out, tell me your thoughts in the comments. 😀
This post is in partnership with Sweet Earth Foods, all words and opinions are my own. Posts like these help me to keep this blog going and more recipes coming your way!