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Simple Harvest Review

by Meghann on March 19, 2009

I was pleasantly surprised to arrive home yesterday afternoon to a large package of goodies.


Ever since I started seeing Quaker’s Spa Package giveaways popping up around the blog world I became an avid stalker of the said blogs commenting to enter any one I could. Last week I let out a little squeal when Jenn from Eating Bender let me know I had won one of the coveted packages.

Inside was a beautiful plush Robe, Slippers, and two boxed of Quaker’s Simple Harvest Bars to sample.


I decided to have one today as my mi-morning snack to test out.


Though the ingredient list was less then stellar, I was pleasantly surprised I could actually pronounce the majority of its contents. This gave me hope.

Upon first bite it tasted like any other granola bar – not too sweet, a decent mix of crunchy/ chewy texture and the pieces of dried fruit were very mild, not too overwelming of taste. I very much enjoyed the good size chunks of chocolate that made certain bites better then others.

Overall, I give this bar a good ole thumbs up. I don’t think I would actually buy this bar in the store as I really don’t tend to buy granola bars other then Kashi for some reason, but I will happily eat and enjoy the rest of the bars I received.

I hate to say it, but its my unintentional day three of left overs for lunch. Now, let’s review left overs make great Pita Stuffers, Salad Toppers, and now Desconstructed Meals of what they once were. Case in point below.


As I was coring the Orange Tomatoes last night to prepare for the stuffing, I ended up with a lot of perfectly good tomato inners. Not one to waste good food I put the orange loveliness into a container to save for today.


I used the tomato insides almost as a spread on a piece of toast then melted a piece of Swiss Cheese on top under the broiler.


The open face Tomato & Cheese sammy ended up being the perfect way to enjoy the tomato left overs. The flavor was right and I loved the mix of the warm tomato and gooey melted cheese.

Next up I also had some left over of the Ground Turkey Filling that I just ate plain on the plate.


And the rest of my Steamed Broccoli.


I took the original concept of my dinner last night with the Stuffed Tomatoes and using the exact same components  deconstructed it to a fabulous, new lunch. Delish!

1 brandi March 19, 2009 at 12:44 pm

great lunch! and I love that plate!

2 Sarah March 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm

The toast with orange tomato & swiss cheese looks so delicious!

3 Sarah W. March 19, 2009 at 12:51 pm

awesome lunch!

4 Haleigh March 19, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Love how you made so many different meals with your leftovers!

5 Mica March 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I love your creative lunches! I’m glad the granola bar was decent–you at least got a cool robe and some slippers!

6 Amanda March 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Lunch looks awesome!! It’s so nice that you get to eat lunch at home — I usually just pack a sandwich for the office bc the whole heating/assembling of a complex lunch takes a while and smells haha!

7 runeatrepeat March 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

You make those leftovers look so good!

8 rhodeygirltests March 19, 2009 at 1:07 pm

i LOVE those granola bars. they are so delicious.

9 Aimee March 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Your blog is a great example on how to waste as little as possible during these hard time! I have always tried to waste as little as possible, but because I recently was laid off from my job, using all the food we buy and not wasting any is more important now than ever.

10 Sophia March 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm

oops! I just accidentally posted a comment on your archive! I had it bookmarked and forgot it was your old posts! heh heh…
but this was what I asked: I know you’ve switched from blogger to wordpress…was just wondering why you switched, and how different/better it is compared to blogger? cause I’m thinking of switching myself. how is wordpress in image uploading? any advice would be muchly appreciated!

11 Meghann March 20, 2009 at 7:41 am

Hey Sophia!

Unfortuatnely I have never hosted my blog through blogger, I have been with wordpress from the beginning. I think Tina fro Carrots n Cake made the switch though so you might want to ask her

12 Rose March 19, 2009 at 1:31 pm

How exciting! Enjoy the robe 🙂

13 Trish (girlatgym) March 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm

YAY on the spa package! 🙂

14 Jenn (eating bender) March 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm

YAY!! I’m so glad that it arrived 🙂 I haven’t tried the bars yet – thanks for the thorough review.

I love the leftover lunch – everything looks great!

15 Hallie March 19, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Yay for packages!

I love love leftovers, too. I think my favorite thing to do with leftovers is make a wrap. I think my love of leftovers stems from the fact that growing up, I didn’t get real, home-cooked meals very often and relied on frozen tv meals/canned soups etc a lot. So now, when I do have “real” food, I want to have it again and again! Not to mention the anti-waste factor, of course.

16 Bec March 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm

your lunch looks delicious!

17 Nicole March 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Your lunch looks amazing!!!

18 Danielle March 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm

So jealous of your fun package! Enjoy the robe and slippers!!
I love how you revamped leftovers to make a great lunch. That’s something I need to learn how to do better!

19 Debbie March 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm

your lunch looks wonderful!! you are very creative with your leftovers…enjoy your goodies..the robe looks nice and soft.

20 priscilla March 19, 2009 at 2:31 pm

That bar looks so awesome! And a great looking meal too. Love your blog!

21 ksgoodeats March 19, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Yummy combination plate!! Thanks for the review of the new Quaker bars 🙂

22 Sarah March 19, 2009 at 3:18 pm

You ain’t fooling me, those are leftovers 😉

J/K, you are clever, and I admire that you use things up. I’m the queen of tossing leftovers. And tossing cookies. But never tossing leftover cookies.

23 Megan March 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Yeah I agree, for some reason I’m addicted to Kashi bars. But you should try the Quaker Simple Harvest Hot Cereal!! It’s amazing… I’ve had the honey, vanilla, & almond flavor for breakfast the past few days. There are actual pieces of almonds in there and the flavors are just amazing! Just a suggestion..

And I LOVE that star plate!

24 Megan March 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Yeah I agree, for some reason I’m addicted to Kashi bars. But you should try the Quaker Simple Harvest Hot Cereal!! It’s amazing… I’ve had the honey, vanilla, & almond flavor for breakfast the past few days. There are actual pieces of almonds in there and the flavors are just amazing! Just a suggestion..

And I LOVE that star plate!

25 Erin March 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Thanks for the thorough review! It sounds like those bars are pretty wholesome.
Hey, at least you’re not wasting food. And I love your star plate. You’re a star. Very appropriate.

26 Maggie March 19, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I am so jealous of your goodie bag! And I love yellow tomatoes… I can’t wait for the farmers’ market this weekend.

27 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) March 19, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Brilliant lunch Meghann. Loved the tomato spread – great idea! Yeah, I really wanted one of those Quaker Spa Packages as well. I’m totally coveting your new robe right now. 🙂

28 runningwithin March 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm

You guys are all killing me with those packages, those robes look soooo comfy, i’m jealous : )

29 Sarah March 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm

dinner deconstructed … i love it!! great salvaging of the tomato innards 😀

30 Melissa S. March 19, 2009 at 5:18 pm

can you come out and cook for me at my trailer? i seriously have been living off of nuts the past few/many days and need a real meal…>P

i’ll call you about this weekend! looks like our little party will be saturday night, and you can totally stay the night too!

31 Run Saraaah March 19, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Awesome spa package! I love your deconstructed meal…I need to make enough for two days and experiment more often myself.

32 Erin D. March 19, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I love tomatoes so I love the idea of the inners on a sandwich, but I know SO many people who hate the inside squishy-ness of them! It’s such a neat idea though, I’ll have to try it!

33 Sharon March 19, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Oh wow, super delicious!!!

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