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March 2021

Food Review: Red's Egg'wich - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

20210326_081907Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I'm always looking for new options.  I prefer a hot breakfast and my go-to is typically a Jimmy Dean sausage, egg and cheese Croissant.  I also enjoy the Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls, but my Lady friend pointed out the sodium levels in those.  The Meat Lover's Bowl has 1,280 mg of sodium, that's 53% of the recommended daily intake - in one meal!  Yikes!

So looking to reduce that sodium intake, as well as keep the carb count low, I picked up a box of Red's Egg'wiches when shopping at Costco the other day.

Featuring turkey sausage, cheese and egg 'patties' for a bun, the egg'wich packs 17 grams of protein, only 3 grams in carbs and 590 mg in sodium - 26% of the recommended daily intake.  Another plus, these are only 190 calories each.

So enough with the nutritional information, "How do they taste?" you ask.....

20210326_083024Not bad, not bad at all.  The turkey sausage is seasoned well, you would be hard pressed to distinguish this sausage patty from a pork patty in a blind taste test.  The egg is fluffy, in an 'almost' bread kind of way, but trying to eat this egg'wich like a sandwich - hands on - well the texture and feel made me opt for a fork.  Not that it's off-putting, I was just reaching for the napkin too often.  Overall, a decent breakfast offering, the egg, cheese and sausage provides a close-to-classic breakfast sandwich flavor.  It was satisfying and kept me full through most of the morning.

Costing me $12.99 for a box of eight egg'wiches, that's $1.62 per sandwich making it Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly.  Easy to prepare in the microwave, nuke it for 50 seconds, flip, then nuke again for another 50 seconds and then let sit for a minute, Red's Egg-Wich is convenient, a repeat buy and I'm giving it 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It won't be my first breakfast sandwich option, but a solid Plan B.  Jimmy Dean makes a similar product, I gave that 4 out of 5 stars.

3 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Food Review: Simply Nature Red Pepper Hummus - Bachelor on the Cheap

20210316_102212By Mike Thayer

I've been on a bit of a hummus kick lately, I love the stuff and coupled with sliced pita bread, pita chips, crackers, heck - even day old bread, it makes for a great snack!

When shopping for a few groceries at Aldi the other day, I picked up a container of Simply Nature Red Pepper Hummus.  I've never had it before and thought I'd give it a try.

It's another dose of YUM!

Smooth, creamy and with that roasted red pepper giving it that slightly sweet pepper edge, this offering from Simply Nature really hits the hummus craving spot!

Simply Nature Red Pepper Hummus
A really nice hummus enjoyed with gluten free crackers!

Costing me just $2.29 for an eight ounce container, this hummus is both reasonably priced and delicious!  I'm giving it 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a very convenient prepared hummus and that's the only thing holding it back from getting a  5 star rating, I'm spoiled, the best hummus in town comes from the N&J Bakery, scratch made!

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Food Review: Braum's Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger

Braum's Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger
Yes, I ate the cheese off the wrapper....

By Mike Thayer

I heard the marketing hype for Braum's new burger on the radio and said to myself, "Self, I've GOT to try that!"

So while running an errand yesterday during my lunch break, I hit the Braum's drive-thru and picked up a Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger Combo meal.

Here's the description of the burger from the Braum's website:  Take a walk on the wild side with Braum’s NEW Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger.  This bacon cheeseburger adds southern flair to a classic– featuring Braum’s Pimento Cheese piled high on a juicy, beef hamburger patty and hickory smoked bacon. Throw on a slice of American cheese with mayo that all melts together for dreamy, cheesy goodness in every heavenly bite.

Winner, winner, Braum's Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger dinner!

Braum's Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger
It ain't pretty, but it is tasty!

I'm a pimento cheese fan and this cheese - the mix of cheddar and the sweetness of red cherry peppers - coupled with that hickory smoked bacon makes for a really good burger!  It was indeed cheesy goodness in every bite!

Costing me $7.41 for the Combo meal, this burger is reasonably priced and a repeat buy and gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Get one while you can, this burger is for a limited time only.

4 stars

Side Note:  Hey Braum's, you need to do something different with your fries, they're less-than-stellar.  My crinkle cut fries were under-seasoned and a bit dry.  Your fries were so unremarkable, it has motivated me to do a Who has the Best Fast Food Fries Challenge.  I'm thinking Braum's fries will be near the bottom of the list.

The Braum's visited on this occasion is located at 1261 S. Rock Road in Wichita, KS.  Kudos to the restaurant and their drive-thru service, I ordered and received my meal in less than 4 minutes and it was friendly service with a smile!