Sunday, March 25, 2012

Food Review: Trader Joe's Chickenless Mandarin Orange Morsels

Here's another reason to love Trader Joe's! So far this year they have released a lot of new vegan products, and I've been slowly trying to sample them all. One of these is their Chickenless Mandarin Orange Morsels. In my pre-vegan days I used to love TJ's mandarin chicken, so I was sooooo excited to try their vegan version.

I found the chickenless morsels in their freezer section priced at $2.99 per 9.25 oz. bag. Wow! What a great deal! This seems like an amazing price, especially considering the price of some other faux meat vegan products.

The morsels (they look like McDonald's chicken nuggets) can be prepared either in the oven or pan-fried, and I've tried both with equally delicious results. Both preparation methods yield crispy, mouthwatering morsels! The addition of the mandarin orange sauce complements the crispiness with a perfect mix of tangy and sweet. Surprisingly, there is enough sauce to coat ever single morsel (one of my pet peeves is when products don't include enough sauce). Thanks, Trader Joe's!

I like these chickenless mandarin orange bites served over brown rice with some sauted veggies, but I imagine there are lots of different ways to enjoy these. They would even be delectable on their own, using the sauce as a dipping sauce and turning them into vegan chickenless nuggets!

It has been a while since I discovered a mock meat product that I really loved, but these Trader Joe's Chickenless Mandarin Orange Morsels are really amazing! Even the carnivorous Mister Spooky loved these, and said they very closely resemble chicken in texture and taste.

Trader Joe's Chickenless Mandarin Orange Morsels are easy to make, are low in cost and, most importantly, are one of the best-tasting faux meat products I've enjoyed! I highly recommend you pick some up at your friendly neighborhood Trader Joe's.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Cards Against Humanity: A Party Game for Horrible People

I just wanted to share that I was finally able to snag the card game Cards Against Humanity!

Cards Against Humanity is "a party game for horrible people" and has been described as an adult version of Apples to Apples. According to the creators, "...Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card."

This has been on my wishlist for quite some time and I'm soooo glad I finally got my grubby little paws on it! It is every bit as fun and offensive as I'd hoped it would be and I can't wait to play it with a big group of people!

The most recent release has already sold out, but the creators promise they are making more that are supposed to be available in May. Another cool thing is that they offer the game for free if you'd like to print it yourself.

I highly recommend the game to anyone that likes quirky and disreputable party games!

Visit Cards Against Humanity's website!

Buy Cards Against Humanity on Amazon!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Batfit 2012 – Challenge #3: Bad Habits

For the Batfit Challenge #3, we have been tasked with identifying at least one bad habit and then replacing it with one good habit. In 2011 I accomplished this by finally kicking smoking and reducing time spent around toxic people.

In 2012 I hope to reduce my bad habit of spending hours and hours in front of the TV/on the Internet. Instead, I’d like to get out more, spend more time with friends, spend more time being active, reading, being creative – just being more productive in general!

So far in 2012 I’ve done great limiting my time in front of the tube, resisting the temptation to spend countless hours watching Hulu Plus, Netflix or my own DVDs by choosing to work out right after work, run errands, cook a healthy dinner, tidy up the house, read a bit, spend time with the boyfriend and kitty cat and then maybe spend a few hours in front of the TV. I already feel so much more productive!

For me, breaking bad habits is all about establishing a routine to "re-train" myself. A healthier habit is established after I've repeated and repeated it and replaced my bad habit with the good habit in my routine!

How are you doing with eradicating your bad habits this year?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pinterest Addicted

Hiya Fiends,

I know I haven't posted in a while...I have so much to share, but lately I've spending my time on Pinterest. Yup, I'm a certified Pinterest addict! Do you have a Pinterest? If so, I want to hear from you!! Leave your links to your Pinterest below so I can follow your pretty pins. Want to check out mine? You can find my profile at!

Don't worry, though, I WILL be blogging again! I've got tons of vegan product reviews to share with you, plus random spooky stuff and updates on Batfit (though I have been failing terrifically on keeping up with challenges). Plus, it is never too early to get started on Halloween, right?!

See you lovelies very soon!
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