WIAW Gardein Review and Giveaway!

It’s the Wednesday before Christmas!!! How do you make the Wednesday before Christmas even more exciting than it already is? How about a GIVEAWAY?!?!

That’s right folks – two giveaway weeks in a row! I must like you a lot (and I do!!). Winking smile


As usual, let’s start with a review of What I Ate yesterday, before getting to the goodies:

What WIAW isn’t about

Comparison – Judgement – Restriction – Guilt

What WIAW is about

Celebrating one of the glorious things we all have in common: We all eat!

WIAW is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, inspiring yourself & others, embracing fruit & vegetables, finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so much more <3

Celebrate blogging. Celebrate Food. Celebrate Individuality.


I love breakfast leftovers, especially when I have a strength workout + early morning meeting at work! I enjoyed another Eggnog Spice Biscuit with Earth Balance, Almond Butter, and Maple Syrup this morning. Mmm…mm….m!

illy espressoeggnog spice biscuit

We also enjoyed a pre-workout shot of espresso, which I haven’t had in a while.


We pre-made today’s lunch on Monday evening, Naughty & Nice Vegan Enchilada Casserole. No pretty picture to go with this one, it was a tupperware lunch after all, but the taste was delicious!


The downside? For some reason my tummy was not happy with this recipe (it’s not even spicy!) and I could feel my stomach reacting toward the end of the work day. I could feel the acid – reflux I guess? – and it continued through my evening run. I really have no idea what triggered this, it’s a very rare thing for me.


I had a few too many snacks trying to absorb all that acidity going on before my run, which didn’t really help. First my planned pre-run snack:


Then a few thin slices of marinated tofu (unpictured) – weird, but it sounded creamy.

Post-run, I had one more Eggnog Spice Biscuit while stretching and before making dinner.


While cooking, I enjoyed a bourbon-spiked Earth Balance Nog. Still looking for that creaminess to calm my tummy (and I think this one finally helped).


Finally, it was time to make a new recipe with Gardein BBQ pulled shreds – Peppercream Pasta (recipe below). I was inspired from an old-favorite recipe from Cooking Light that I used to make quite often. For tonight’s dinner, I wanted to make a creamier, plant-based version to enjoy.

gardein peppercream pasta

And finally, a Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pillow from a batch I made over the weekend.



I contacted Gardein a few weeks ago to review one of their products and they kindly sent me a coupon for a free product from my local store. One of the great things about this brand is it’s available at a lot of locations – including Kroger!

I already had this recipe in mind, so I selected the BBQ Shreds to simulate the pork from the inspiration recipe. This dinner was fun, because although I had an idea in mind, I really made it up as I went along (and prayed it would taste good at the end)!

The end result doesn’t really taste at all like the inspiration meal, but I love this light & creamy version!

peppercream pasta 2

The pulled shreds were very flavorful in this meal. The BBQ sauce blended very well in the bean mix and the texture of the shreds was soft, but not mushy. I like that they’ve reduced the sodium in this variety, which I find a little high in many faux meats. A great product, one I would buy again when I want that meat-like flavor & texture.  There are many different products to choose from, including: chick’n filets, BBQ skewers, wings, & burgers. I’d love to try the wings next time!

And now it’s time to share the love with you! Gardein provided 5 $1.00 coupons for their products – a great way for you to try several different varieties to find your new favorite.

gardein coupon

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This giveaway will run through midnight (EST) on Christmas Eve (Saturday, 12/24) – your last chance to win something before Christmas! The winner will be announced on Monday, 12/26. Good luck!!

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  1. Shaunna Ulrick says

    I would want to try the BBQ shreds. i think I can pull off not having my family realize it is vegetarian. :)

  2. Ashley says

    I would love to try the gardein beef tips in a stew recipe I have been eyeing…thank you for the giveaway!