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Give It Away Give It Away Give It Away Now (A Very Rare Giveaway!)

12 Aug

SO.

Sorry about my song lyric title… It kept coming to mind as I wrote this. Random Story #1: My dad worked for a college, and right before the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the big time (i.e., topping charts), they played there. They also got naked during their show. So my dad had to kick them out in their underwear. The End.

It’s Friday. You’re probably needing a little pick-me-up. I might be able to help you out with that…  Now, I’m not about to go all giveaway crazy on you —  I am not a huge fan of that. But, because I supported this brand far before they contacted me about anything (check out this post of yore for proof), I feel great about giving a couple readers the opportunity to see why I actually dig this stuff in the first place.

Muir Glen, one of my favorite companies, has generously offered to send two readers each a Reserve Kit of their products!

Not only are their tomatoes organic, but this is one place where I can taste a huge difference when I use other brands. Random related story #2: While I was working out a few months ago, I was flipping through channels and saw America’s Test Kitchen do a blind taste test of canned tomato schtuff… and  Muir Glen was #1 out of both organic and conventional. I don’t own a tv, so this was a limited glimpse into what I presume to be something impressive… right? (<– I am so, so, so behind the times. [facepalm])

ANYway. I actually only use Muir Glen canned tomatoes regardless of whether they send me and my readers awesome things. This is one thing I don’t really budge on, because they taste better, are only marginally more expensive than others, if not the same price, but don’t contain unnatural preservatives or chemicals like the rest. I was delighted to find out they are also going BPA free with their cans, which is a big deal because tomatoes are probably the most dangerous in leaching out BPA junk in cans due to their acid. = win-win-win.

Enough rambling. Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment with how you would use some canned tomato-y goodness, or what is nourishing flourishing in your life right now. OR, you can help a sister out and “like” Nourishing Flourishing on Facebook (if you haven’t already). Either way, your name goes in the virtual hat. : )

Winners will be announced on Monday, August 15th. Confession: I’m totally excited to receive my own Reserve Kit.

Yay cool free stuff!

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70 Responses to “Give It Away Give It Away Give It Away Now (A Very Rare Giveaway!)”

  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 12, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    I love to use their fire roasted tomatoes in pizza sauce.

  2. Mac August 12, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    I would pour them over chicken breast and top it off with a little garlic and bake in the oven!

  3. Caitlin August 12, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    i love making soup with muir glen tomatoes, so that’s what i would use them for!

  4. Steph August 12, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    the fire roasted tomatoes are PERFECT for tortilla soup :)

  5. Jenny August 12, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Oh man, Muir Glen really does set the bar. I’d take up those fire roasted tomatoes and throw ‘em in an awesome pasta sauce.

    BONUS Red Hot Chili Peppers Story: I once chatted at a bar with Anthony Kiedis’ dad, once.

  6. Lesley Lifting Life August 12, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    I LOVE that they’re transitioning to BPA free cans for their tomatoes. We loved their products but stopped getting them awhile back because of BPA, and I love that we’ll be able to start getting them again! Thanks for the info:)

  7. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 12, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Liked you on Facebook! Duh ;)

  8. Kat August 12, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    I would love to use this for making summer pasta!

  9. Lindsay August 12, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Yum! I would use them to make my friend’s dad’s delicious pico de gallo recipe… my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  10. Michelle August 12, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    I’ve been wanting to try & make my own marinara sauce, so this would be perfect for me!

  11. Amanda August 12, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    I loooove that song and will have it stuck in my head ALL day now…not that it’s a bad thing :)

    We have started a new trend of making our own, homemade pizzas at least one (okay twi…yeah, twice) a week and I would love to try these babies out for that!! :)

  12. Angela August 12, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    I’d use them to make an amazing pizza sauce to spread on my GF toast!

  13. Mary Kate August 12, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I would use them to make my own tomato sauce. It’s not especially original or exciting but I’ve never found a jarred tomato sauce that tastes better than what we can make at home.

  14. Maryann August 12, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I never had this brand would love to try it. I use the lowest sodium I can find due to Hypertension. I do use canned a lot because we own our oun business so we have little time home to cook. Chilli is a weekly staple and pizza almost every Sunday. Tomatoes any way is good. Tomatoe sandwich is the best. I truely love your recipes I am going to make that lentil meatloaf this Sunday. I’ll let you know how my Hubby likes it.

  15. Liz @ IHeartVegetables August 12, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    I would use those tomatoes to make some kick-butt vegetarian chili!!! YUM!!

  16. Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa August 12, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Fun giveaway! I would use the tomatoes in a super secret recipe that I can’t share unless I get my hands on a few cans! :)

  17. Kelly August 12, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    I not only “like” you on facebook, I LOVE you on facebook and my google rss feed. Your posts make me smile every time.

    We’re coming up on soup season and I can think of about a thousand different uses for a Muir Glen care package.

  18. Dragonflyrunner August 12, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    I would use the tomatoes for spaghetti and pizza sauce – two favorites at our house!

  19. brenda August 12, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    in chili!! mmmmmmmm…..

  20. Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers August 12, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    Mmmmm I love those fire roasted tomatoes when I make chicken Cacciatore!! Molto bene!

  21. Dragonflyrunner August 12, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    I like you on FB :)

  22. Carolina @ Peas in a Blog August 12, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    I’d use this awesome package to make some baked polenta with tomato sauce — so good!

  23. Michelle August 12, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    I’d definitely go with homemade pasta sauce.

  24. Beverly August 12, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    I would love to make zucchini and parmesan cheese dish, as well as pizza sauce, yummie.

  25. Erika August 12, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    There is nothing better than a homemade red sauce… slow simmered to perfection!

  26. Allison August 12, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I have been meaning to make a big pot of chili… these tomatoes would seriously help me out! :)

  27. Kylie August 12, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    I love using their tomatoes for a sauce on spaghetti squash! Yum!

  28. Heidi @ Food Doodles August 12, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    Ooh, I use canned tomatoes for so many things. I usually make my own so I’d love to try these. My favorite way to try them, probably in a marinara sauce. Yummy :D

  29. Nancy B. August 12, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I love their fire roasted tomatoes with green chilis. I use it in soups.

  30. Suzanne August 12, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Either spaghetti or chili. Nothing exciting, just delicious. :)

  31. Cindy August 12, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I love making chili with Muir Glen fire-roasted tomatoes! I also use their tomato paste when making pizza. And their diced tomatoes when making soup. I eat them all the time!

  32. Lindsey August 12, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    ooOOOoooOoooOooO! I love Muir Glen products!

    I would defintely use it to make pizza sauce, and tempeh sloppy joes. And pasta sauce. And possibly, to bathe in… (!)

    ;)

  33. Heather August 12, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    I would use the fire roasted tomatoes for a simple panini with tomato sauce and mozarella. I had it once in Finland and I can’t find them here, I would love to have it again!

  34. Rebecca August 12, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    i LOVE making my own tomato and marinara sauces! also what’s nourishing flourishing in my life right now is your vegan cinnamon buns!!! AAHHHHH those things saved my life completely. but i didn’t roll them up because it was too messy for my little fingers but i just left them as a rectangle and it’s like cinnamon toaster strudel or a poptart! amazing recipe, thank you verry very much!

  35. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 12, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Pizza sauce for Pizza!

  36. sarah@spinach and spice August 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    great giveaway! I used the fire roasted tomatoes for a shrimp and sausage jambalaya.. so tasty :D

  37. Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel August 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Tomato Basil Soup or Pasta Sauce!!

  38. Bethany August 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    I used the tomato sauce to make a Ugandan recipe, Malakwong. This recipe incorporates peanuts, peanut butter and tomatoes to make a delicious sauce, which you then put over spinach, chickpeas and cassava. I made this while I lived in Uganda and every time I make it now it brings back fond memories!

    • Bethany August 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

      *correction, I would use!

  39. Erin @ Big Girl Feats August 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Let it be known that I am not just commenting for the awesome giveaway (which I would totally use for eggplant parm that I’ve been dying to make lately), but because I am insanely behind on Google Reader (that’s what happens when you have 2 weeks left at your job!) and saying HI! I miss you!!! A week till Philly!! :)

  40. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    I like using the fire roasted tomatoes in soup! :)

  41. Jennifer August 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Ketchup! I would use the fire roasted tomatoes to make my own sugar free ketchup. Yum!

  42. Nicole @ Special Diet Creations August 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    I would use the tomatoes in a sauce to pour over gluten-free meatballs. Yum!

  43. Kirsten N. August 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    These products would definitely make my pizza and spaghetti sauces even more delicious!! :)

  44. Noelle August 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    One: I totally agree and Muir Glen is the only tomatoe product I will use in my kitchen.
    Two: I would use it the way I normally do – by making my everything Italian except pasta dish, which =’s:
    Peppers
    Onion
    Mushrooms
    Garlic
    Olives
    2 lbs fresh, organic spinach
    2 cans of Muir Glen canned tomatoes (any flavor works)
    1 lb ground turkey with plenty o’ crushed red pepper, cumin, and salt mixed in for flavor

    Yum. Serve.

  45. Chris August 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    I like, many here, love the Fire Roasted Tomatoes. I would use it for my simply delicious Serrano Garden sauce over spaghetti. It’s full of lots of veggies.

  46. Emily@SavoryandSavage August 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    I love Muir Glen tomato products!

    I would definitely make Uova in Brodetto (Eggs in tomato sauce).

  47. Haley N August 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    i would use the canned tomatoes to make some homemade pasta sauce :)

  48. Nicole August 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Not gonna lie.. I would probably just eat the tomato-ey goodness straight out of the can. I love tomatoes.

  49. Lori August 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I like making vegan chili with lentils and canned tomatoes. With fall right around the corner — it’s one of my favorite meals.

    For nourishing I would say it is working out. I have never really been on any kind of workout regimen, but this past year I have joined a gym and work out for me. It kills me, but I am seeing pounds leaving and muscles coming. I am stronger and healthier and more aware of what I am putting into my body. I have even given up drinking soda which is huge for me. I am down to tea or water. Hindsight is always 20/20, but I am just thankful that I have been doing these things for a better me.

  50. The Teenage Taste August 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Haha! I loved that story about your dad and the chili peppers. If only you guys got some pics – you could have made some serious $$$ when they hit it big. :-P

    Aaaaand as for the giveaway – I would probably use the tomatoes for chili once the weather gets colder or for roasted tomato basil hummus! Yummy! :-D

  51. Amanda KP August 12, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    i would love to use the muir glen tomatoes in a spicy chili!

  52. M August 13, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    homemade pasta sauce of course!

  53. Gail August 13, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    I like Muir Glen and am so glad that they are changing to BPA free cans. My favorite recipe using canned tomatoes is Black Beans & Polenta from the label of canned Westbrea black beans. I made polenta once, but now just make a batch of rice instead.
    I am finding your recently discovered blog to be very nourishing, I hope to go back and read every one. Your pictures look great to me! Your camera is fine! I love your stories, style, and art.
    I went to Facebook to like you also. Was tempted to tell you how much I liked the little purple guy and the aqua seven. I hope that they aren’t gone forever!

  54. Gretchen August 13, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    I would use the tomatoes to make some pasta sauce for my spiraled zucchini noodles…such a great summer meal!

  55. Kimberly August 13, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    Well, I just made a lasagna this week that everyone went nuts for. I’d use the various tomato products to make another one for my coworkers.

  56. Shellon August 13, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    All the great comments on the fire roasted tomatoes sound like it’s a winner. I would use the products to try my hand at marinara. The rate that I’m eating spaghetti squash and marinara lately I could use a more natural and tasty version!

  57. Karen August 13, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I’d make my own pasta sauce! Sadly enough,I’ve never made my own

  58. Katie @ peacebeme August 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    I would make my own spaghetti sauce!

  59. Jen August 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    I’d use them for chili…even in the sweltering heat :)
    or Mama Pea’s Peanut Noodles. So Delish!

  60. nicole g August 14, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    Oh those are the best tomatoes-I can’t afford them every time I shop(I buy lots of tomatoes) but when I can I AM SO THERE lol. I would use them in my pizza sauce, quinoa pilaf and my chili.

  61. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 14, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Great give away Katie! I would definitely use the tomatoes for my pizza sauce to make socca! I hope you’re having a good weekend my friend!

  62. char @ char on a mission August 14, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    I would LOVE to use the tomatoes for a nice homemade pasta sauce. Mmmmmmmm!

  63. Katherine D. August 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    I would whip up some vegan lasagna :)

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  64. Ashley August 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    some lasagna sounds amazing…thanks for the giveaway! :)

  65. Gina August 15, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    I’m dying to make a GF version of Mama Pea’s Noodle salad with Peanut Mmm Sauce which calls for Muir Glen Fire Roasted tomatoes!! ;)

  66. Katie M August 15, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Love the fire roasted also….my MIL has a rawkin’ pasta sauce I’d make…I really want to try making eggplant parmesan…but I really don’t know what I’m doing with eggplant :(…suppose I should learn!

  67. Jayna August 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    thanks for the give away!
    I haven’t had muir glen tomato products before, but after reading this, I’m excited to try them! I think I might first try them in a pasta or pizza sauce.
    Also, I’ve got your “sloppy joe lentil poser” recipe on my list of meals to make this week (except I’ll be using sprouted lentils instead of cooked).

  68. Adam Deane August 19, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    Um… RHCP is my all-time favorite band!!!! That is so cool that your Dad got to kick them out! :D I hope you have a crazy fun weekend! I know you will! Relax and enjoy yourself!!

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