ORGANIC VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN MEALS DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME OR OFFICE Trifecta Sweet Potato “Mash” with Brussels Sprouts By Maria Pittarelli, DTR
I was able to sample one of the refrigerated meals from Trifecta organic meal delivery service. This meal is called Sweet Potato “Mash” with Brussels Sprouts. It was labeled as vegetarian, and the ingredient list shows that it is actually vegan. When I heated it up and opened it, it looked like mashed potatoes with some halved Brussels sprouts, slices of bell pepper, and onion pieces. I was surprised it wasn’t orange, but perhaps they use white sweet potatoes. I found the recommended heating time to be accurate. After three minutes, the meal was consistently hot throughout. Our volunteer coordinator tried it as well, and said “If it were a little spicier, this would taste like Indian food! Very good.” It is creamy with a strong herbal flavor, and the ingredients show tarragon, parsley, basil, thyme, and marjoram. This meal is more sweet than savory, which may appeal to some people. The larger chunks of vegetables provided some texture contrast, but they were still cooked soft. This is a great way to sneak in Brussels sprouts for people who may not generally enjoy them, as they are well disguised. I appreciated the presence of an ingredients list and a nutrition facts label, which showed that this meal contains:
8 grams fat
345 mg sodium
65 grams carbohydrates
13 grams fiber
25 g sugar
9 g protein
I like that this meal is low in fat, relatively low in sodium for a packaged meal, and has no added sugars. It has an impressive amount of fiber, over half of the daily recommended amount. After finishing the meal, I was mostly satisfied. For those of you who use nutrition tracking apps, I will report that it did not recognize the barcode on the meal but did provide all the necessarily nutrition information to enter it. At 370 calories, it’s a bit small for a complete meal for an adult. I really liked the concept of this meal, with sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts being two of my favorite foods. Though I personally don’t care for tarragon.
For more information on Trifecta meals, see http://trifectanutrition.com/vrg
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