Friday, March 26, 2010

Safeway & Betty Crocker Giveaway!

My friends over at MyBlogSpark have another giveaway for us! Safeway is doing this crazy deal right now where all their Betty Crocker cake mixes and brownie mixes are on sale for 69 cents each if you buy four through April 6.

There's an old dieter's trick of taking a box of cake mix and adding a can of diet soda - nothing else - and baking the cake like this. No added eggs or oil or butter. I'm not a huge fan of diet sodas, but this works well with soda water! I've heard folks like a chocolate cake mix with Diet Dr. Pepper, or yellow cake with Diet 7-UP. So many things to try! :)

Now for the giveaway! I've got a "Spring Sweet Treats" prize pack that includes a silicon baking pan, stainless steel mixing bowl, oven mitt, Betty Crocker mixing spoon, and a $25 Safeway gift card. Comment on this post with your favorite variety of cake and I'll pick a random winner on March 31st.

Good luck!

Safeway and Betty Crocker provided my gift card and the prize pack through MyBlogSpark.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Progresso Traditional Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

It's surprisingly cold out these days, so soup was on the menu today. I cracked into a can of Progresso from the cupboard - Chicken & Wild Rice today. In January, Progresso provided me with some free cans of soup but I don't remember if this was one of them.

The wild rice was too crunchy for my taste. I don't usually eat much wild rice, so maybe it's not the rice but it's me. I just prefer the long-grained rice that's in the other soups. I was also surprised by the slightly odd tomato chunks in the soup - they were kinda stringy (like sun-dried tomatoes that were re-constituted).

Anyway, the soup was better with the addition of lemon juice. Overall though, I'd go with a regular chicken & rice (not wild rice) soup and kick in that lemon juice. Though I'm tagging this as "not-recommended", it's not a strong not-recommendation - I just would prefer a different soup but wouldn't scream if I was served this one. ;)

Nutrition Facts (per cup, about two cups per can)
Calories 100
Total Fat 1.5g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 650mg
Total Carbohydrate 15g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g