Trying out new products from Austin companies Cece’s Veggie Co., Crafty Counter

My weekly livestream videos on Facebook continue to be a fun place to try out new products from local and national brands. Every Wednesday around noon on the Austin360 Facebook page, I talk about what’s going on in the local food community and taste test products that I either find in grocery stores or that are sent to me as samples.

In last week’s video, I tried the new meal kits from Cece’s Veggie Co., the East Austin-based spiralized and riced vegetable company. You might have seen their zucchini or beet “noodles” or cauliflower “rice” at grocery stores, including H-E-B, but last month, they launched a new product line at Whole Foods Market — and soon at H-E-B — that includes the vegetables and a sauce, such as zucchini marinara or butternut squash mac and cheese. Although the company sells a squash mac and cheese with dairy, I tried the vegan version on the livestream last week and really enjoyed the texture of the squash “shells” and the seasoning in the “cheez” sauce.

Wunder Nuggets are a kid-friendly nugget from a local company called Crafty Counter. Contributed by Crafty Counter.

I also enjoyed the chicken nuggets from Crafty Counter, the local company behind Wunder Nuggets. Owner Hema Reddy developed a line of kid-friendly nuggets that are packed with vegetables, and though some of the nuggets are vegetarian, others have a small amount of chicken combined with chickpeas. My kids and I prefer the texture of the Wunder Nuggets that have a little of meat, but you can sample all of her flavors at the Sustainable Food Center’s Farmers’ Market downtown on Saturdays. You can find the nuggets ($6.99) at Wheatsville Food Co-op, Central Market, Fresh Plus and Royal Blue, and through Amazon, Farmhouse Delivery and craftycounter.com.

You can go to facebook.com/austin360 to watch this week’s video or catch up on last week’s, where I also tried Austin-made Mad Pickles and explained why Con’ Olio’s freshly pressed olive oil made me reconsider the freshness of other oils in my cabinet. These weekly videos are sponsored by H-E-B.


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