November 16, 2012

National Fast Food Day

"Prepared and fast foods have given us the time and freedom to see cooking as an art form - a form of creative expression." - Jeff Smith

It's National Fast Food Day!

Sponsored byAmy's

Do you know what happened in 1951? The term "fast food" was put in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. It was as a result of all the burger and fried chicken stands that were popping up throughout the United States. But the concept of fast food definitely doesn't belong to us. It originated in Ancient Rome where they had street vendors with bread, olives, and wine (that's like my perfect fast food situation).

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

I can just hear the herbivores and health-conscious eaters out there crying out about what an awful food holiday today represents. But "fast food" doesn't strictly mean rolling up at a drive-thru of some evil corporate establishment that represents The Man and having them hand you back a paper sack filled with processed, high fat, low quality, underwhelming crap.

Fast food can simply mean edible sustenance that was prepared and served quickly. And sometimes - as a person with a plant-based diet - THAT'S what I really miss: ease and convenience. I spend so much time in the kitchen cooking that sometimes all I want is a break. And if there are companies out there that are creating delicious, healthy, and compassionate meals that I don't have to personally make from scratch? That's fast food to me.

So let's celebrate that, yeah?

Amy's is the only company I would want to spend today with. One of the very first intentional vegan meals I had was their Roasted Vegetable Pizza. I was in a new relationship, and the boy I was seeing wanted to introduce me to his world gently. And knowing I loved pizza he thought this was the best way to do it. AND I LOVED IT. But since we were newly dating I didn't want him to think I was a giant pig yet, so I had just a couple of slices. I knew I liked him when he said, "If you don't eat more, I'm going to assume you hate it. And I know you don't, so do the right thing." That was all the invitation I needed to continue stuffing my face.

Since then, I've tried all sorts of other Amy's products that I LOVE and that really do save me when I've hit a "please get me out of this kitchen" funk. Some of my favorites include:

- Veggie Loaf: "A meatless alternative to an old time favorite, made from a unique blend of grains, vegetables and legumes and smothered with gravy. Organic mashed potatoes, peas and corn on the side." This is so NOT something I would be into, but after having it once... I'm hooked. They're the perfect on-the-go lunch, especially when it's cold out and you need something really warm and hearty to sit with you while you venture out into the tundra.

- Chili: Chili out of a can can be a sketchy, I know. But not Amy's. They make several different options (medium, spicy, black bean) that are made from organic ingredients in flavorful Mexican sauces. Mix a can with a tub of vegan cream cheese and you've got one crazy sexy dip, too!

- Salsa: I don't know why I waited so long to try it, because it was really, really good. The blend of sweet organic vine ripened tomatoes, lime juice, garlic, and jalapenos just makes for a really thick, flavorful salsa.

If you've wanted to try an Amy's product but haven't yet - do it! With so many different options, there's seriously something to please everyone.

Happy National Fast Food Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.