As you run through the grocery store after work, the freezer aisle can seem like your best — wait, scratch that — your only option. You know you should prepare a fresh meal, but the idea of washing, chopping, and cooking seems impossible when you’re dying to eat. If you try to eat natural whole foods, your eye will probably want to go toward the huge selection of Amy’s Organic organic, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free products calling out from the shelf: "Gluten-free! Soy-free! Garden vegetables! Family owned since 1988!" These meals must be wholesome, right? One popular option is Amy’s vegan, gluten-free Sonoma Veggie Burger. But are frozen veggie burgers a fair substitute for a home-cooked meal? Or are these organic patties simply too good to be food?
What's in it:
ORGANIC QUINOA, ORGANIC MUSHROOMS, ORGANIC ONIONS, GLUTEN-FREE OATS, FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC WALNUTS, ORGANIC CELERY, ORGANIC CARROTS, ORGANIC GARBANZO FLOUR, ORGANIC POTATOES, SEA SALT, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC GARLIC
Let's take a closer look:
Organic quinoa — Often called the "super grain," quinoa is in fact a protein-rich seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and nutty flavor when cooked. Although it is technically a seed, quinoa’s nutritional profile means it is usually considered a grain, and a great one at that.
Organic mushrooms — These fungi are chock-full of nutrients such as selenium and riboflavin, which help protect the immune system. Mushrooms are also rich in vitamin D and calcium. Eat up!
Organic onions — This layered root vegetable is packed with antioxidants, including allicin, which works like an antibiotic and helps to reduce stomach and colon cancer risk.
Gluten-free oats — Oats are naturally gluten-free, but sometimes, if they are manufactured in a facility that also manufactures wheat and other gluten-containing grains, cross-contamination may occur. For people with celiac disease or strong gluten intolerance, this is extremely important.
Filtered water — H20. No surprises here.
Organic walnuts — Walnuts are high in protein, and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which I absolutely love, as they help to support brain and heart health. In a nutshell, walnuts provide delicious flavor, protein, and healthy fats to this veggie burger. Love!
Organic celery — Celery's feathery leaves might give a hint that this crunchy veggie belongs to the same plant family as carrots, fennel, parsley, and dill. We usually eat the stalks, which add texture and flavor to all sorts of dishes. Celery is high in vitamin K, which promotes vascular health, proper blood clotting, and wound healing. Celery is super low-calorie, and adds structure and crunch to this veggie burger. As fillers go, this has to be the best we’ve found.