Oma’s Own FUNoodles and Soup Cubes

I was recently contacted by Oma’s Own asking me to try some of their products for an honest review to be posted on our site. I gladly accepted when I learned that their products were both vegan and gluten free. The package arrived with bags of freeze dried fruit chips, vegan soup cubes and FUNoodles. The soup cubes came in three flavors: Grandma’s No Chicken, Grandma’s No Beef and Grandma’s Vegetable. The FUNoodles came in two flavors: Spicy Noodles and Grandma’s No Chicken Noodles.

It took me a little while to try everything that came in the box, but I found both of the products in this review ended up being tasty and useful. Having the soup cubes ended up saving dinner one night as I ran out of my homemade vegetable broth and was able to use the cubes in one of my favorite soup recipes. I tried the FUNoodles during my first week of work at my new job and found that it was a nice solution when I didn’t have any leftovers in fridge and had not had a chance to run to the store. The FUNoodles were filling and delicious.

ProductOma’s Own FUNoodles and Soup Cubes

Overall GradeA

Pros FUNoodles

  • They are convenient and easy to use.
  • Lunch was ready in five minutes.
  • It is a good option on days that you need a quick lunch, but don’t have time to pack food.
  • Both soups had a nice flavor.
  • The spicy flavor was just spicy enough for my liking, but not too much to overpower the true flavor of the soup.
  • The Grandma’s No Chicken soup had a nice mild flavor reminiscent of meat broths.
  • They are gluten free.

Pros Soup Cubes:

  • The bullion cubes all have a rich flavor.
  • The cubes dissolved quickly in hot water, unlike other bullion cubes.
  • It is nice to have a no Chicken and no broth flavor that is different than the vegetable flavor. The variety of cubes offer more options for cooking.
  • A half of a cube makes a full cup of broth, so the cubes will make a good bit of broth.
  • They are a convenient solution when you don’t have broth on hand.
  • They are gluten free.

Cons FUNoodles

  • The cups came with a plastic throw away fork which may add to the convenience, but it adds to the waste of this product. These forks don’t seem necessary as it is easy to bring a reusable fork along.
  • I like the convenience of this product, but I generally don’t buy products like this as they generate more waste than I am comfortable with- even without the fork.
  • I would have liked to see more vegetables and/or a protein in the cups like tofu or beans.

Cons Soup Cubes

  • I followed the instructions for the ratio to make broth, 1/2 cup per cup of water and the broth was a bit too salty for my taste.

Prep It Up (with Seasonal Produce) – Day 22

Our focus on Veggie Product Reviews is generally on name brand products, but I’m going to switch it up a bit today.  Today, our product is pre-prepped fruit and vegetables.  I’ve seen them in pretty much every grocery store and discount store with a grocery section.  Some of them come to the grocery store preprepped, but the kind I really like is where the grocery store preps and packages it for you right there.

Ok, I hear some of you sighing and thinking “how lazy can one person be that they can’t chop their own onion?”  I hear you because I used to be you.  Then at the end of May, I messed up my wrist trying to perfect my tennis forehand.  Fast forward nearly four months and I’m still in the stupid wrist brace.  Needless to say, my knife skills, which were minimal anyway, were completely destroyed.

At first, we thought I might only be in the brace for about a week or two, so I did what most of us would do.  I went for the prepackaged food.  While I’m not disparaging prepackaged products, because I like them as much as the next person, I can’t live on them exclusively.  So, I swallowed my superior attitude and started buying some pre-prepped veggies for making meals.

Once you learn your grocery stores, you’ll know which ones have which fruits and vegetables at the ready for you.

We’ve recently had a Lowe’s Foods open near my work that has this beautiful spread.

 

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The only thing in that whole refrigerator that isn’t vegan is some cheese on the mushroom caps and some ranch dressing in a veggie tray.  Everything else is ours!

In fact, this particular Lowe’s Foods has a booth where you can walk up to them with anything from their produce department, tell them how you want it prepped and they’ll do it while you’re shopping.  One day, I even had one of the employees track me down in the store and deliver it to me. You’ll pay extra, of course, but we always pay extra for convenience.

The only thing I’m not a huge fan of is the plastic containers.  I’ve been meaning to ask if I can take my own containers.  I’m doubtful, but maybe.  If nothing else, at least maybe I can reuse the ones I get a few times before recycling them.

In honor of local produce day for Vegan MoFo, I found a recipe online for a Caramelized Onion, Sweet Potato and Cabbage Chowder with Rosemary and headed to my local grocery.

I had to get the savoy cabbage chopped to order, but the rest was waiting for me in the refrigerator section.

 

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While I’m usually more of a fan of spicy soups, this chowder had a delicate sweet flavor that reminded me of a Moroccan tagine.  I had to cook longer because my sweet potato cubes were bigger than diced and I reduced the fat to just a tsp or so of oil in the cabbage (used all called for to caramelize the onions though).  In order to make it a little more chowder-like, I actually mashed my sweet potatoes at the end of cooking.  Definitely a good choice for an early fall meal on a cloudy day like yesterday.

 

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So the next time you’re injured, super busy, or just feeling a little lazy, but you don’t want a packaged meal, check out the pre-prepped produce at your local market.  I don’t think I’ll be giving it up even when my wrist is healed.