Favorite Things: Indian Simmer Sauces

seeds of change simmer saucesIf you shop the green, organic or “ethnic” sections of your grocery store, you may already be familiar with Seeds of Change Indian Simmer Sauces. If you’re not and you have any inclination towards super easy Indian food, please DO become familiar with them because they are. So. Good.

To clarify, I don’t think of myself as a foodie OR a lover of cooking (mainly because my kitchen is so incredibly small) but I do enjoy interesting, flavorful food that doesn’t take a lot of time, work or space (I’m woefully short on all three). That said, Seeds of Change simmer sauces, which are certified organic (WINWINWIN!) make cooking Indian about 10x easier with no appreciable sacrifice in taste. Also? My ten year old will eat anything cooked in these sauces.

We typically marinate some organic vegetables and/or chicken in one of our three faves (Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi or Korma) and then while it’s cooking, we make a side of our own easy-peasy version of chana masala (Indian-style chickpea dish) and serve with naan bread. I can have a surprisingly delicious Indian feast on the table in less than 45 minutes, and that includes 15 minutes of marinating. What’s not to love???

Find It Here: Seeds of Change

WIN IT: Filtrete Water Station

filtrete-water-station-1.jpgWhat: Filtrete Water Station

Features: The statistics are jaw-dropping—22 billion water bottles wind up in landfills each year and yet everywhere I go, I see people tossing plastic bottles. Why? Because grabbing a bottled drink on the go is easy, which is part of what makes 3M’s new Filtrete Water Station’s design so appealing – it easily allows you to fill four bottles of filtered water at a time. Extra bottles can be purchased separately.

Green Factor: Using a Filtrete system for one year will save the cost and waste of 3,000 water bottles (Quick, do the math! That’s a lot of money!) The bottles are BPA-free and top-rack dishwasher safe; filters are easy to read, recyclable and last 1,000 gallons (about 3 months)

Bonus: Download a $5 off coupon for a Filtrete Water Station or pitcher

Find It Here: 3M

Win It: We’ve partnered with 3M to give away one Filtrete Water Station to one randomly selected winner! Just leave a comment telling us some of the places you’d take the Filtrete water bottles with you. Giveaway ends at midnight on 09/13/10; $43 value. Open to US residents only. Official Rules. Giveaway has ended. Congrats to winner Jill, #11

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wrap-n-mat.jpgWhat: Wrap-n-Mat

Features: A reusable sandwich wrap and a place mat, all in one—the Wrap-n-Mat is perfect for meals on the go. It’s easy to clean; simply hand wash and hang to dry. (Tip: Get two so you can use one while the other is drying).

Green Factor: The lining is made with a low-density polyethylene, which is free of phthalates, lead and BPA. It’s estimated that every school day, 20,000,000 plastic baggies are used and discarded—Wrap-n-Mats are a great alternative to disposable plastic packaging!

Bonus: Available in regular and large sizes. Check out the web site for colors, patterns and other reusable products

Find It Here: Wrap-n-Mat

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