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Simply Nature Apple Banana Squeezable Fruit Blend (Aldi)

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  These are tasty little pouches. I've generally been impressed with anything in a pouch from Aldi. From their other Simply Nature squeezable fruit blends, to their Little Journey Organics line of baby/toddler foods, if it's a semi-liquid in a pouch, and geared toward little ones, chances are you can't go wrong with it. Originally, they sold these little 3.2 oz. guys individually at the checkout line for $.69 a pop, as they started to replace the junkier impulse buys (chocolate bars, candy, etc.) with healthier options. I didn't think it was that bad of a price...until they stopped doing that and only started selling them in four packs. That's when I realized not even discount grocers like Aldi are above the sneaky practice of marking up goods in the checkout area, as the four packs retail for a ridiculously low $1.65. That's some pretty solid value! But now comes the true test: how do they taste? Oh yeah, this is a fantastic little pouch. One of the problems th

Simply Nature Goat Cheese Macaroni and Cheese Garlic and Herb (Aldi)

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Hope you love being overwhelmed by garlic. Is goat cheese boring? I ask this because, at least in my limited experience, it seems to be an ingredient that can stand out on its own: I'm reminded of Aldi's own spinach, tomato and goat cheese pizza, which is one of my all-time favorite pizzas that they offer. While I'm certainly not well-versed on the intricacies of goat vs. cow's milk, if that pizza is any indication, the cheese is fluffy soft, almost like a cream cheese, with a rich, soft flavor that borders on the decadent. It's the standout ingredient on a pizza that would otherwise be a margherita, and it really takes the taste to another level. (Random fun fact: it's the only cheese I can name off the top of my head that my cheese-loving wife absolutely refuses to eat.) So when I grabbed a box of Simply Nature's Goat Cheese macaroni and cheese with garlic and herbs, I did it to see how the addition of goat cheese could change a dish that's inargu

Simply Nature Apple Peach Squeezable Fruit Blend Pouch (Aldi)

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An affordable and (almost too ) tasty snack for kids. I’m quickly learning another great benefit to having a child: raiding their food stash, especially as they get older. I don’t do it all that often (although some of my reviews might make it seem otherwise), but sometimes I’m a little short on “grown-up” food for lunches at work, or I need a quick pick-me-up snack at home, and don't have very many “adult” options. That's when I find it’s okay to snoop around and see what items he’s had sitting in his little section of the pantry for a while…I mean, hey, it’s better than having it go to waste! The (un)lucky item this time is Simply Nature’s Apple Peach Squeezable Fruit Blend, which are little pouches of what basically amount to flavored applesauce. Aldi sells these four to a pack, for under $2, which is a good deal made slightly less so by the size of each pouch: 3.2 oz. I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it again: these are almost too small, as our 3-year-old has them s

Simply Nature Apple Cinnamon Squeezable Fruit Blend Pouches (Aldi)

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Please pardon the obnoxious light glare. Is there a better combination than apple and cinnamon? No need to think about that, because the answer is “no”: it’s the perfect combination of sweet, juicy, maybe a little tart, and then back to sweet again. And that's why my eyes lit up when I saw Aldi was selling a multi-pack of apple cinnamon pouches, under their Simply Nature moniker. I actually purchased these for our son, but after they fell by the wayside and were still sitting in our pantry after a couple of months, I decided to try one for myself. Yep, tastes just as one would expect this to taste like: if baked apples were ground up into a pouch. There’s the taste of apples in the forefront, followed up immediately by a nice kick of cinnamon to bring it all home—to me, this flavor is absolutely addicting, and a textbook example of what this combination should taste like when well-executed. Adding to the positives is the value: a four-pack of these will run you arou

Simply Nature Green Pea Crisps (Aldi)

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The perfect snack for when "vomit" is the flavor you crave. I like trying unique things, and things don't get much more unique than Simply Nature's Green Pea Crisps. In my mind, what could go wrong with taking the deliciously-natural flavor or green peas, and then dehydrating them into a crunchy, chip-like snack? As it turns out, a lot of things. This is the kind of snack that will probably "appeal" to the rice cake crowd...and only the rice cake crowd. And by "appeal", I mean it's something they'll learn to force down despite getting nothing satiating out of it. For starters, its taste doesn't even resemble that of a pea or pea-pod, which is kind of ironic given that it was made from dehydrated green peas—it tastes kind of like bad-breath with a crunchy outer-layer. Seriously, the taste is very hard to describe...it's not sweet whatsoever, but it's also not bitter, yet it's simultaneously not identifiable with any v