Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

I was pleased to find today's Sweet Earth Natural Foods bowls in addition to the Sam's Choice meals we picked up at our last trip to Walmart. If you've been following our reviews for a while, you probably know that Sweet Earth Natural Foods has a truly enviable reputation around the Dr. Gourmet tasting table. Only two of their products, both veggie burgers, have received thumbs down reviews from us.

We have learned through sad (and less-than-tasty) experience that too often when a frozen food company ventures away from its core burrito competency (ahem, evol Foods), that can herald a significant decline from the quality we'd been used to. While our tasting panel has been curious about Sweet Earth's bowls, their arrival at our table was met with a fair amount of skepticism. Could their bowls hold up to their burritos? Sweet Earth Natural Foods Bowls »

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Featured Recipes

Shrimp Boil Potato Salad

This potato salad is a riff on the crab boil or crawfish boil which usually have potatoes and corn along with the seafood. It is perfect for your picnic or cookout because you can make this in advance and serve it with grilled fish, seafood, or even burgers.

You can use Old Bay Seasoning for this recipe or your favorite Cajun seasoning blend. Old Bay has less sodium than you might think – about 50 mg per 1/4 teaspoon. Having these types of spice mixes on hand will make sure that you can always make something new out of something familiar.

Jerk Shrimp Salad

This shrimp salad is one that you will want to make a double batch of so you have some for leftovers. The spiciness of the jerk seasoning is complemented perfectly by the sweetness of the shrimp, peppers, cucumbers, and especially the mango.

The recipe calls for you to serve this on top of the sliced mango, but you can dice the fruit and fold it into the salad. The salad is great on its own, but it's also terrific in sandwiches or wrapped in corn tortillas.

Roasted Pears

Roasted fruits, including pears, plums, and apples

There are dozens of varieties of pears, but only a few are found in the market. Tree ripened pears are lovely but most of the year pears are available as under-ripe fruit. Unlike many fruits and vegetables, pears hold up pretty well when picked before they ripen. Good quality Anjou pears are full of sweet and succulent juice. They are short and squat without the classic tapered neck. Because they are slightly soft they are not my first choice for cooking.