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Bullock's Buzz: EVOL Foods: The EVOLution of My Love for an All Natural Food Brand

Thursday, September 6, 2012

EVOL Foods: The EVOLution of My Love for an All Natural Food Brand

Review and Giveaway!

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      I recently had the opportunity to try a few products of all natural food made by EVOL.  Since my interest in all things ‘natural’ and ‘green’ has been increasing daily, EVOL immediately caught my eye while looking around on the internet.  With a mission that reads: “Inspire People to Care About Where Food Comes From, and How it is Produced by Making Real Food that Tastes Delicious.” and the motto “Love What You Eat”, how could I not be tempted to give their products a try?!
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     Armed with my husband, our son and coupons, I made my way to our local Publix to check out the selection of EVOL products.  The goal was a good-tasting, nutritional dinner for three semi-picky eaters.  EVOL’s frozen foods product line include Pizzas, Flatbreads, Bowls and Premium Wraps and Burritos, Classic Burritos, Mini Burritos, and Big Burritos.  You can also find a nice variety of Burritos in the Deli section.  We settled on three of the Bowls, two Fire Grilled Steaks for the guys and a Teriyaki Chicken for myself.  Unfortunately, my Publix did not have any of the Wraps or Burritos, so I decided to get those on my next trip to Whole Foods.
     Dinner time rolls around, and I open the packages preparing to fix our dinner.  The first thing I noticed was that the boxes were made of 100% recycled paperboard, with a minimum of 35% post consumer recycled content. Very ‘green’ and awesome!  Then I noticed that there were 3 different ways I could prepare the Bowls: I could nuke them in the microwave, bake them in the oven or toast them in the toaster.  Being that it was already late in the afternoon, a school-night and we were all starving, I hesitantly opted for the quickest of the three options, 4 minutes in the microwave.  I say ‘hesitantly’ because I am not a huge fan a feeding my family microwaved meals, plus I have had some meals that do not taste very fresh, or good for that matter, when cooked in the microwave.  However, since the other two options called for approximately 50 minutes of cooking time, I went ahead and opted for the microwave.
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     The second thing I noticed were that the bowls themselves were not made of plastic like all the other microwavable meals seem to be, instead these were 100% compostable and recycle-able, and made from a zero pollution, chemical-free pulping process.  Okay, this company obviously is very eco-friendly and environmentally concerned, which I highly admire!  Each bowl appeared to be fairly filled with vegetables, rice and meat, and smelled delicious once removed from the microwave.  Having my initial concern about the juices leaking through the bowls proven completely unfounded, it was time to find out how they tasted!
     Before we get to that, I want to tell you a little about the nutritional value of the foods we selected for our dinner.  All were made with natural ingredients, and were minimally processed with no artificial ingredients.  My Teriyaki Chicken was made with cage-free, white meat chicken raised without the use of hormones and antibiotics, and never fed with animal by-products.  The guys’ Fire Grilled Steaks were also made with sustainably and  humanely-raised cows which were never given antibiotics, growth hormones or fed food with animal by-products in it.   Both varieties were also Gluten-free, and provided a good amount of protein and fiber.
     My Teriyaki Chicken bowl was filled with broccoli, red peppers, bell peppers, snap peas and carrots, all mixed together with brown rice and covered in a light, tasty Teriyaki sauce.  The chicken chunks were pretty good-sized and delicious, although I wouldn’t have minded a little bit more!  The vegetables also tasted very fresh and full of flavor.  Although microwaved, the vegetables did not get all smushy and mushy like I have noticed in other products.  The serving size was the perfect amount as well, just enough to fill me up without my getting stuffed.  A very enjoyable dinner.
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     The Fire Grilled Steak bowls came with a mixture of black beans, red and green peppers, cilantro-lime flavored rice and a bit a cheddar cheese all mixed together with a cilantro lime pesto sauce.  Again, there appeared to be plenty of vegetable and rice, as well as fair-sized pieces of fire-grilled steak.  Both my husband and son said the steak was juicy and flavorful, while the vegetables tasted fresh and not like they had been nuked.   Like me, they both said that they would have preferred a bit more meat, while my husband also would have liked a larger sized portion.  All in all, they enjoyed the taste of their first EVOL food.
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     So next time my son and I want to try one of EVOL’s pizzas, and my husband wants to try a burrito.  If you would like to try EVOL’s products, you can find a list of stores HERE or you can online at the EVOL Webstore.  And when you are visiting the EVOL website, make sure to check out all of the different  Ways to Cook EVOL products as well as their BlogYou can find out even more by liking EVOL on Facebook and following them on Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
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     One lucky Bullock’s Buzz fan will win an EVOL surprise prize pack!  All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below.  I will contact the winner by email, and they will have 48 hours to respond, or I will have to choose another winner.  The giveaway will start tonight at 12:01am EST and end on Sept. 14 at 12:01am EST.
GOOD LUCK!!


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30 Comments:

At September 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM , Blogger Patty A said...

I haven't seen this in stores, but it looks yummy. Whenever I purchase meals like this I always go the healthy route.

 
At September 6, 2012 at 3:30 PM , Blogger Birbitt Thinks said...

I haven't seen this before, but it sure does look good! Of course I don't own a microwave, so I'm glad they can be prepared in the oven as well! :)

 
At September 6, 2012 at 3:46 PM , Blogger Debra Gordon said...

Never seen these in stores but they look great. Depending on the price they be the perfect thing to stock up nights my kids don't want to wait for me to cook dinner

 
At September 6, 2012 at 4:06 PM , Blogger Susan said...

I haven't seen this before but it looks very very good!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM , Blogger Melanie Scout said...

I have been dying to try this brand!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM , Blogger Malia said...

I would love to try these, looks good!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 5:39 PM , Blogger Jo Steph said...

Looks so delicious AND simple!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Go Bronson! said...

They look delicious and I would LOVE to try them!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 6:53 PM , Blogger Gia Hammer said...

I can't wait for the giveaway!! We LOVE EVOL here. SO YUMMY!

Great review!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 7:23 PM , Blogger Kelly Stallings said...

I've heard such good things about them but there is nothing my husband hates more than an undersized portion of food after working all day. I guess he just needs 2!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Bridget Williams said...

So excited, can't wait to enter your giveaway and these sound and look amazing

 
At September 6, 2012 at 8:13 PM , Blogger Melinda Dunne said...

We love EVOL at my house!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM , Blogger Patricia Woolverton said...

I am not crazy over black beans. However, I want to try this out! I have heard raving reviews over this product!

 
At September 6, 2012 at 9:47 PM , Blogger jennifer said...

yummy i had them all b4 lol

 
At September 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM , Blogger Sasha Cory said...

Yum, Yum, Yum! Have you found the pizzas anywhere?

 
At September 7, 2012 at 2:27 AM , Blogger nicole hendrickson said...

The chicken teriyaki you got sounds really good.

 
At September 7, 2012 at 3:02 AM , Blogger Casandra said...

I really want to try the chicken teriyaki bowl. I've tried their burritos and they were very fresh! Did you try the bowels in the oven at all?

 
At September 7, 2012 at 3:19 AM , Blogger jennifer said...

coat chesse i thinkk mushrooms lol

 
At September 7, 2012 at 6:34 AM , Blogger Andrea said...

I really want to try the Fire Grilled Steak Fajita. Everything looks really yummy though. Great review.

 
At September 7, 2012 at 9:47 AM , Blogger BargainHoundDailyDeals said...

Try the steak bowl in a Burrito wrap with cheese OMG to die for!!

 
At September 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM , Blogger Susan said...

Teriyaki chicken :)

 
At September 7, 2012 at 8:41 PM , Blogger renata said...

Chicken teriyaki please! Thanks so much!

 
At September 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM , Blogger Ray said...

Grilled chicken & roasted veggies flatbread!

 
At September 8, 2012 at 7:37 AM , Blogger G said...

Teriyaki Chicken looks delicious!

 
At September 8, 2012 at 6:29 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

The vegetarian burritos look awesome!
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At September 8, 2012 at 8:17 PM , Blogger Diana Stanhope said...

I would love to try the bean & cheddar burrito.

 
At September 8, 2012 at 11:22 PM , Blogger jennifer said...

yummy the bowls

 
At September 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM , Blogger lcbrown said...

The chicken teriyaki

 
At September 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM , Blogger Jemima Puddleduck said...

The Chipotle Chicken Burrito!

 
At September 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Danielle Morales said...

Sounds so good and looks easy! Hope i win thanks for sharing!

 

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