Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Amy's Kitchen & a Quick Bean Dip Recipe

Amy's Kitchen is all about creating natural, organic, nutritious meals for busy people. After all, Amy's Kitchen began in 1987 by Amy's busy parents who still wanted to provide their young daughter with healthy, organic meals. There are now over 170 products offered, including soups, pasta sauces, and frozen entrees, pot pies, cakes and lots more. They also offer gluten-free, dairy-free, low sodium and vegan options too!

Amy's generously sent me 2 free product coupons to choose what I wanted to review. I chose one of their frozen pizzas, and a can of refried beans.

The 3 Cheese Pizza with Cornmeal Crust is fabulous! This amazing frozen pizza is made from 77% organic ingredients. It's size is equivalent to a small pizza at a restaurant and is a perfect light meal for me, Hubby and Buddy with a side salad. This is BY FAR the BEST frozen pizza I've EVER had and Hubby completely agrees! The flavor is unique, and tastes like a yummy appetizer you'd find at a fancy event. My favorite parts are the crunchy corn crust with cornmeal, and the tangy goat cheese chunks. This pizza doesn't have a bunch of mozzarella or parmesan cheese but it doesn't need it. I confess, I don't eat pizza crust. It's usually lacking some serious flavor, and it's just a big bite of bread. This pizza, however, has a thin crust and it tastes divine. This pizza is so full of flavor and seasonings and offers a unique experience that even a plain cheese pizza lover like myself will enjoy. I will be buying this pizza time and time again. It really is that good!

The Light In Sodium - Traditional Refried Beans are also delicious! They're vegan, organic, and don't have any horrible ingredients or preservatives to speak of. They are seasoned (something I didn't notice when I bought them!), all while being less than half the sodium per serving than their regular Traditional Refried Beans. Seriously, you would never know they were lower in sodium! They are full of flavor, and really add some extra pizazz to my Quick Bean Dip recipe.

Quick Bean Dip

1 Can Refried Beans
8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
8 oz shredded Pepper Jack Cheese

Simply layer the beans, cream cheese, and shredded cheese in a 9 x 9 glass dish,  or 9" glass pie dish. Microwave for 3 minutes, or toss it in the oven until the cheese is completely melted. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

We LOVE this easy, quick bean dip at our house. It doesn't get any easier than this! The refried beans from Amy's Kitchen really add another dimension to this already great recipe. Because they are seasoned already, you don't need a ton of other ingredients. However, this recipe could easily be adapted to create a 7-layer dip by adding a variety of other ingredients if you choose. You could try diced tomatoes, salsa, olives, green onions, avocado, shredded lettuce or anything else you can think of!

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Price: The pizza was $8.99, and the can refried beans was $2.69.
The Verdict: Amy's Kitchen is one of my favorite frozen meal companies. I've tried quite of few of them now. They are nothing like a "TV Dinner" and contain healthy, organic ingredients to make for a flavorful, quick meal. They have a long-standing reputation as an industry leader for natural frozen meals and ready-to-use jarred and canned foods, and certainly deserve plenty of praise.

Buy It: Check the store locator to find an Amy's Kitchen vendor near you!

Disclosure: I received free product coupons to purchase the above mentioned product(s) to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. This is my completely honest opinion above and may be different from yours. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.


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Brittney said...

It's nice to have an organic option when it comes to frozen foods! I hope this option becomes more popular and you can find them everywhere, not just specialty stores! I NEVER buy frozen stuff but its nice to have that option cause there are days when it's just easier :)
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Amanda said...

OMG you just made me hungry! That pizza looks yummy and the bean dip sounds awesome! I know what I'm going to have to make sometime this week!
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Donna said...

I have to try that bean dip. It looks good.

Tammy H. said...

I just printed out that recipe for the bean dip so I can make it this weekend! Looks good!


astroqueen67 said...

OMG I love Bean dip! I will have to try this recipe! Holly Hennessy Swint astroqueen67@hotmail.com

lewalk said...

Oh man, that made my stomach growl. Lol. I bookmarked this so I can make the dip. My family would absolutely LOVE it. I need to go to the store something fierce and am definitely putting this stuff on my list. Thanks.

Leah W.

Anonymous said...

Amy's Kitchen seem like they have wonderful products for all of us who like natural and organic foods. My daughter is a vegetarian and I am going to buy the Traditional Refried Beans for her. I like that they are lower in sodium for myself also. Great article and recipe.

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Rachael said...

I'll have to try this dip with cheddar cheese instead. Yum!