The Holidays can be a super stressful time, and this week leading up to Christmas is an 11 on a scale of 1-10. My schedule is screwy right now as clients have busy schedules, I had a birthday (I know you’re thinking “Oh Di, happy birthday!” so thanks for the birthday wishes!), and basically we have no routine due to gatherings, parties and events, plus Bob got the horrible flu bug that’s going round. It’s times like this that meals and food prep gets put further down the priorities list and I was glad I remembered I had some products from Lotus Foods to try.
Lotus Foods collaborated with Meatless Monday (yes I know it’s Wednesday – give me a break it’s the holidays) to give some of their bloggers (me) a few free samples for us to write about, and share our thoughts. While I did get the products for free, as always I am completely honest with my reviews. I will admit I thought all rice was the same, aside from organic vs conventional or the different types. I knew the benefits of rice being gluten free, wheat free and whole grain and all that good stuff but the environmental and fair trade aspects of rice never really occurred to me, until now. The system of rice intensification SRI that Lotus Food has put into place not only requires 80-90% less seed, but requires 20-50% less water, and can double-triple the crop yield! Makes it a great environmentally friendly rice option.
Did you know that 50-90% of people laboring for your rice are women? To produce acre of rice women spend 400-500 hours bent over or sitting in flooded rice fields exposed to parasites, leeches and other diseases. The SRI helps with this too as the crops require less tending, so they have more time for family and other activities. Not only is is it good for the planet and workers, but us too as it’s Non GMO and most products are certified organic. You can read more about Lotus Foods and their passion for fair trade farmers, and organic practices on their website.
I received the Organic Brown Mekong Flower Rice, Wakame & Brown Rice Ramen and Organic Volcano Rice Heat & Eat Bowl from Lotus Foods. While the Brown Mekong Flower Rice I used pretty much immediately I was left thinking “well heck I don’t really do anything ‘instant’ I’ll never use the noodles and instant rice”… yeah famous last words… because then came the holidays!
I’m all about living a life with less stress and worry heading into 2016 so when things got crazy leading up the this holiday week I sat and asked myself: how I could make things easier? By not cooking so much! So one lunch, I decided to cook the noodles, and they were done in under 5 minutes, added some steamed veggies and VOILA a big bowl of noodle soup was born.
Monday is always a especially tough day for me as it’s my busy day and this week was no exception, so when I got home for lunch with just a short time to get food, walk Pixel and get out again, I knew the Lotus Foods Heat & Eat bowl would be getting eaten! In just 90s I had the rice on my plate and devouring it. AWESOME!
Funny how the very things I wouldn’t normally eat (convenience rice/noodles) are the thing that saved my sanity this week. The holidays are stressful enough so taking the headache of food prep off the table really helped, pun intended. I loved that Lotus Food products are vegan, gluten free, wheat free, organic and fair trade. If you’ve never tried the Lotus Foods products, I highly recommend them for a stress free holiday, or any day!
How is your holiday prep going? Stress free I hope!