It was a bitterly cold winter evening in February. I’d worked late. My head was aching and my eyes were burning from staring at financial reports all day. I had no idea what I was going to make for dinner and I didn’t feel like cooking. I took my dog for a walk and at exactly the halfway point – it started to rain. As we jogged home, a UPS truck drove past us, splashing us with puddle water.
But when we made it home, there, on the porch, was a package.
A package apparently left by that same UPS delivery truck.
A package … from Amy’s Kitchen.
Inside was a number of coupons and a variety of canned soups and chilies. Ideal food for a cold, wet winter night!
Amy’s Kitchen, your timing was perfect!
Of course, Amy’s Kitchen sent me the products and coupons for me to write product reviews, and those are certainly coming! But first I’d like to share a bit I learned about Amy’s Kitchen from reading the brochures. I mean, I’ve been veg forever now but this was still news to me.
Amy’s Kitchen has a ton of vegan products – over 100 items. Maybe I didn’t realize that because I don’t often hang around in the prepared foods section of the supermarket. Or maybe it’s because Amy’s doesn’t ostentatiously label their food as “vegan” – just “dairy free.” Since all of Amy’s food is vegetarian and they don’t use eggs in any of their products, non-dairy equates to vegan.
Amy’s Kitchen has many vegan items besides frozen dinners, burritos, and wraps. Amy’s Kitchen also has seven kinds of vegan veggie burgers, veggie meatballs, veggie sausage, pizzas, chili, baked and refried beans, pasta sauce, salsa, desserts and frozen desserts, plus a verrrry long list of soups. I had no idea!
All of their ingredients are non-GMO.
99% of their beans, grains, and vegetables are certified organic.
Cans (soups, chilies) have BPA-free liners.
Product packaging is safe to microwave. The film around each frozen food tray (the overwrap) is made of polypropylene, which does not contain plasticizers. Trays are paper, lined with PET, which is also free of plasticizers. Burrito packages are made of PET, with an inner polyethylene film in contact with the burritos. Neither of these films contains plasticizers.
Amy’s Kitchen is also a somewhat unique line because, unlike most “veg” food lines, very few of their products resemble meat. Instead, they focus on a wide variety of naturally meatless food, including Thai, Indian, and Mexican dishes. Perfect for those vegans (or vegetarians) that prefer not to eat anything resembling meat!
Many of their vegan products are also gluten-free and/or reduced sodium.
Frugal Friday will return, as I get back into the habit of blogging! In the meantime, here’s a frugal tip. Amy’s is very generous with coupons – even if you’re not a blogger, or maybe just a beginning blogger!
First, go to the Amy’s Kitchen website and click on the Community tab, then click on Coupons on the drop-down menu. Sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Facebook.
Then, go back to the Community tab and this time choose Contact from the drop-down menu. Under “Nature of Message,” choose “Coupon Request.”
Please play fair, however. If Amy’s Kitchen (or any other company) is nice enough to send you coupons, please post a review on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, or on Amy’s website.