Remember my post about World Penguin Day? No? Well you can check it out here, because this is the part 2 of that post!

Or if you’re feeling lazy here’s the background: Stonyfield Organic, who I’ve been working with the past few years, is sponsoring the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program to help 10 save endangered species, including the African Penguin. AZA stands for Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and to promote their sponsorship, Stonyfield is encouraging families to check out these conservation efforts first-hand at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. I’m lucky enough in that both the zoo and aquarium here in Atlanta are AZA-accredited, so we can observe these conservation efforts whenever we go!

We actually have a zoo membership that we received for his birthday, so we try to go when the weather’s nice and it’s also a fun thing to do with out of town guests.

Every time I go to the zoo with my son we have a different experience.  When he was itty bitty and not as mobile, we got to see more of the zoo and I got to chitchat with my mommy friends a lot more.  As he got older and could run around, keeping him in the stroller became a bigger challenge and we would have to choose which parts of the zoo we’d see and my friends and I would spend a good part of time wrangling our kids.

More recently, we’ve been skipping most of the exhibits and head to the playground and petting zoo and have also discovered the “choo-choo” that goes around the kids’ area. It’s so fun to see him get excited about seeing animals we’ve looked at in books, his little “wooooowww” gets me every time!

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As part of the AZA SAFE campaign, we were given general admission tickets by Stonyfield, so we went with a group last week and shared our tickets. We seemed to have picked school field trip day, but we were able to avoid most of the crowds, we got to see the elephants, giraffes, the reptile center, and the petting zoo before we decided to hit up the splash pad, which just recently opened for the summer. At first he wouldn’t go unless I went up with him, but after a while he warmed up and then he didn’t want to leave the splash pad! I can tell we’ll be coming here a lot this summer when it’s hot outside! Thanks, Stonyfield for our zoo outing!

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*Disclosure: Stonyfield Organic provided me with coupons for their yogurt and provided me with general admission tickets to Zoo Atlanta as part of this campaign. All opinions are my own.

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Good Food Made Simple Review

by spiceaholic on May 10, 2017

I promise, one of these days I will get the hang of preparing healthy and nutritious meals from scratch every day, every meal.

It’s a major life goal, really.

But right now with a very active toddler on the go every minute of the day, it’s not happening. I’ve been resorting to keeping easy to heat and grab stuff for me during the day and trying not to cave and hit the drive through on the way home from play dates.

When the folks at Good Food Made Simple contacted me about reviewing some of their frozen meals, I was all over that. I’ve tried the Chicken Chorizo Cafe Wrap before and liked it, so I was excited to try these new meals. I like that the ingredients lists have REAL ingredients and that the meats used don’t have any antibiotics or hormones added. It makes me feel little better about eating a frozen meal!

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As you can see there was a nice mix of cuisines available – Asian, Mexican, American/Comfort food.  I grabbed a few I thought my husband would like as well, since he sometimes eats frozen meals if he’s home late or I was just too lazy to cook (it happens a lot!).

I apologize in advance for the less than stellar pictures, I tried these out during my son’s nap and was trying to eat lunch AND catch up on my TV shows. Multi-tasking, people.

First up was the Turkey Meatball meal. As far as frozen pasta meals go, I think a lot of them tend to use too much red bell pepper in their sauces which I’m just not a fan of. The meatballs themselves were decent and I was happy to see at least 4 in there, usually you get short-changed on the meat. I liked that there was broccoli, since that’s something I usually end up adding when I make pasta. I think it could have benefited from some more herbs or flavor in the sauce, but overall this wasn’t bad!

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Next up was the Three Pepper Beef.  This one looked SO good, I’m a sucker for spicy Asian food. Usually I’m so disappointed in the sauces for frozen meals, but this one was actually spicy and not too sweet. I loved the hit of ginger and lemongrass, it gave it a fresh taste and some zip. I got one of these for Mr. Spice to try and he noticed the same thing.  We’ll be getting this one again for sure.

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Lastly we have Chicken Pad Thai. Encouraged by the Three Pepper Beef, I was excited to try this one – I adore Thai noodle dishes. Unfortunately, this one was my least favorite of the three meals I tried. The first thing I noticed were all the chopped up peanuts. I know Pad Thai is topped with chopped peanuts, but I felt that the amount was a bit too much and the smell of nuts as the meal was heating was overwhelming. I’d suggest they include the peanuts in a separate packet to be added on by the consumer after the meal is heated.

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I’m hoping to hit up a couple other Target locations to see if I can track down a couple other meals that looked good on the website – Lemon Chicken (Greek-style, with Kalamata olives and lemon peel pasta!) and Hatch Chile Mac. Oh and the Pancake Puffs look like something my son might like, so that’s going on my list as well!

If you happen across these and are curious, I say give them a try!

Disclosure – Good Food Made Simple provided me with a Target gift card to purchase these meals but I received no other compensation and was not obligated to provide a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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Celebrate World Penguin Day with Stonyfield!

April 25, 2017

What do penguins have to do with a food blog? Man, she’s really lost it now, hasn’t she? I bet you’re thinking these thoughts! But I promise there’s a connection. You know that I’ve had a long-running partnership with Stonyfield Organic over the past few years, and at first it really was all about the […]

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When Being on the B-List is a Good Thing!

March 6, 2017

We’re always told to make straight As, be on the A-list, etc.  But what if I told you that in one situation in particular, it’s actually preferable to be on a B-list? I recently learned that there is a growing group/community of businesses called certified B-Corps that are working together to redefine success in business. […]

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*CLOSED* Krusteaz Holiday Cookie Party + Giveaway

December 12, 2016

How is it December already? Thanksgiving seemed to sneak up out of nowhere and here we are already on our way to closing out 2016. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We went to visit my parents and my sister was there as well so Baby N got thoroughly spoiled for a whole week. […]

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Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Candy Cookies

October 29, 2016

I can’t stop eating these cookies! If you’re in the mood for cookies full of chocolate chunks, candy and butterscotch, you have to give these a try. Some fun facts about these cookies: They don’t have eggs in them – perfect for those with egg allergies and those of you who want to be able […]

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*CLOSED* Crusty Oven Fried Chicken Thighs + Say It With Krusteaz Giveaway

October 23, 2016

Fried chicken is easily one of my favorite foods. The crunchy fried crust is the best part in my opinion. All your fried chicken skins are belong to me. However, I am a huge scaredy-cat when it comes to frying stuff.  So we usually end up hitting the drive-thru or grocery store deli for ours, […]

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Salted Chocolate Caramel Bars – Bake a Difference with OXO for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and Dorie Greenspan

September 20, 2016

Say it with me: salted chocolate caramel bars. With a chocolate shortbread crust.  What is not to like about these? You guys know I am not a very confident baker, so why on earth did I decide to attempt to make chocolate shortbread and salted chocolate caramel?  Especially with a 13 month-old running around like […]

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Easy Chicken Badami

August 30, 2016

Yogurt and almond butter.  In a chicken dish.  Bet you didn’t see that one coming! But it totally works. This month’s challenge through the Stonyfield Organic Clean Plate Club was to use their yogurt and Justin’s Nut Butter in a recipe. I’ve tried some of their different nut butters before and enjoy them, but was […]

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Bengali-Style Chinese Noodles

July 11, 2016

This is a comfort food dish from my childhood that I love even to this day. It would make appearances on potluck dinner tables, a welcome reprieve to all the traditional Bengali dishes like pullao, korma, dal, vegetables, various beef/chicken/fish curries. I also remember eating it for lunch with my cousins when we’d go visit […]

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