Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Annie's Organic Rising Crust Pizza {Review & Giveaway - 3 winners!}

Annie's logo{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Christine, Kristen, and Sunnymay!}

While there are days that I step into the kitchen and feel like being creative — attempting to make a meal that is out of the ordinary for our table — those times are truly few and far between. Where do people find the time? And how to do they find the motivation when there's always the chance that their work will end up not all that well-received by their kids?

Instead, around here we tend to stick with the much-loved classics that are sure to make everyone happy. No matter what, it seems that we can't go wrong when the menu consists of something like pasta or tacos or pizza. Definitely pizza.

But it has been ages since we last ordered delivery or take-out pizza and instead look to our grocery store's freezer section for something fast, easy and delicious. The result is tasty, of course, but there's always the nagging voice pointing out that typical frozen pizzas might not be the most healthy meal around.

Recently we had the opportunity to try out the perfect mix of high quality, organic ingredients with the ease of at-home toss-it-in-the-oven convenience in the form of Annie's and their new Certified Organic Rising Crust Pizza.

Annie's Certified Organic Rising Crust PizzaFor more than 20 years, Annie's has been nourishing families with simple, down-to-earth foods that taste great and are easy to love. They've sought out the best ingredients Mother Earth has to offer, harvesting pure, natural flavors to make delicious foods every family can feel good about.

After having tried and enjoyed a variety of Annie's other products (such as their yummy Natural Mac & Cheese and tasty Bunny Grahams), I knew that the goodness of organic ingredients with the great taste that Annie's is known for would ensure that their pizza would bring smiles to my whole family.

Annie's pizzas are available in four flavors (Four Cheese, Uncured Pepperoni, Supreme and Spinach & Mushroom) and we opted to try the classic goodness of Annie's Organic Four Cheese to see how it would measure up to our usual frozen pizzas.

Annie's Rising Crust PizzaRight out of the box the mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and romano cheeses (made with milk
from cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST*) looked tasty and the combination with the savory tomato sauce and whole wheat crust had us eager for the 17 - 22 minutes to pass while it cooked.

Annie's pizzaAs we eagerly waited in the kitchen, it was hard to keep from taking this pizza out early just to take a bite. When the timer finally rang, I pulled it out to find pizza near-perfection. Annie's rolled crust resulted in a homemade look as it rose in the oven to stand tall around the pizza pie and the cheeses were melted just right.

It was time to grab a slice of happiness!

Annie's pizza reviewI had assumed that Annie's would make a good pizza, but how out of the ordinary could it really be? The answer was absolutely delicious! The hearty rising crust was thick and chewy on the outside and light and airy on the inside and the cheeses and spices were just right without being overpowering... yum!

While I was happy that my kids (and my husband and I) were enjoying the flavors so much, it also made me feel good to know that the ingredients were beneficial as well. The organic wheat flour in Annie's pizzas provides eight grams whole grain per serving and is a perfect complement to the organic, calcium-rich dairy products like the mozzarella and provolone cheeses.

All in all, it was a satisfying and delicious meal!

best frozen pizzaWith the exceptional ingredients and the way that the results tasted as though they were crafted together right in my kitchen, I really did find Annie's Certified Organic Rising Crust Pizza to be as good, if not better, than the last time that we ordered out... not to mention a step above other frozen pizza options.

With a suggested retail price of $9.99 for one 11.5" pizza, the cost for these pizzas are a bit higher than what we're used to in the frozen food aisle, but this one pizza did leave my whole family full and satisfied. Combine that with the only cooking requirement of me being to open and close the oven and I'd say that it was a hit!

Annie's Organic Rising Crust Pizza is available in the freezer aisle at Whole Foods Market, so keep an eye out for them the next time you are out shopping... and be sure to visit their Facebook page for a $2 off coupon! The whole grains, real cheeses, and organic meats and vegetables will surely be something you and your kids will love as well.

Plus, thanks to the generosity of Annie's three people will be able to find out just how much their family enjoys this tasty pizza as well, because...

Three lucky people will win a voucher for a free Annie's Certified Organic Rising Crust Pizza!

Annie's couponTo enter to win: Leave me a comment on this post telling me you or your family's favorite pizza topping(s)!

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

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Giveaway will end on April 25th at 11:59pm CST. By entering this sweepstakes, you are agreeing to these official rules. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by law. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and must be 18 years of age or older.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. If you need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Kristin Gilbert said...

I love extra cheese the most!!

suburban prep said...

I like a margarita pizza so with basil and tomatoes.

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ColleenMarie82 said...

Canadian bacon!

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Amber said...

We love pineapple and spinach on our pizza!
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Amanda Coomes said...

We love tomatoes, banana peppers, and mushrooms on our pizza!
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B. Wilson said...

Pineapple, jalapeno, and olives
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LissaDora said...

Pepperoni. Sausage. Mushrooms. Fresh tomatoes. Parmesan cheese. Olives. Jalepenos. If if can go on a pizza, it's been our favorite for at least a week!

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our favorite is pepperoni

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Tawny said...

We eat uncured pepperoni. I can't have the sulfites in regular pepperoni. Last time I had that at a pizza place, several yrs. ago, sent me to ER. So only organic and at home for me. We love pepperoni. Would love to try hers.

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JSweeps said...

Our favorite topping is extra cheese!

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walk9 said...

My kids love cheese only. I love Hawaiian with bacon and pineapple and my husband loves it topped with tons of hamburger.

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k. said...

I love cheese and mushrooms on my pizza.

darce said...

Personally I like any veggie and lots of them, but we always have my kids' favortie - black olives.

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Laurel said...

We love pepperoni and sausage on our pizza!
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Erica Barnes said...

I like veggie pizzas.
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jessica said...

bbq chicken!

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cynthia said...

pineapple!


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Amanda said...

Anything with sausage and black olives is my favorite!
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janetfaye said...

We like Pepperoni on our Pizza.


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cheese
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Sarah said...

onion is our favorite topping!

Jasanna Czellar said...

we just love plain pepperoni!

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BowieTip said...

Mushroom and artichoke!

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Jackie said...

We usually get a cheese pizza, but we do love pineapple and bacon on pizza!
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lorialcorn2006 said...

The favorite pizza topping is pepperoni for everyone but me I kike sausage better but we always get pizza with everything on it

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Kristen said...

We like sausage, mushroom and artichoke hearts.

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extra cheese!

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Amanda Jorjorian said...

I love veggie overload on my pizza but my boyfriend wont eat pizza unless it has peperoni on it!

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Robyn Dones said...

We love fresh mushrooms on our pizza (extra cheese, of course). Thank you for the chance to win!

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Extra cheese. I will also be entering all the other giveaways, and tweeting about this!

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our favorite: lots of Cheese an ham

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we love pepperoni
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HiHoRosie said...

fave topping are OLIVES!

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Jennifer said...

pepperoni

Lynda Del. said...

Basil and tomatoes are my favorite toppings.
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Miss Sarah said...

We love sausage and onions or bacon and pineapple. :)

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Maryea said...

pepperoni. I also like green peppers and onions on my pepperoni pizza.

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Anonymous said...

pinaplle and bacon

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