Disclaimer: I was sent 4 Kyvan products to review. All opinions are my own.
When I was contacted by Sheila at Kyvan Soul Food Selections I knew I was going to be trying unique food products not to mention products developed by an NFL pro athlete, Reggie Kelly and his wife, Sheila. 🙂 What a plus!
The company name is a combination of their kids’ name and they were inspired to share their family recipes by pitching the idea to retailers which became the products they are sharing with us.
I first plunged into the Honey Apple Salsa pairing them with blue corn chips for a lunch and then by adding some on a breakfast omelette. I loved the flavors and contrast which made it a different salsa.
On to the BBQ sauce. We are Texans and although this sauce a little sweeter than I would have with a Texas BBQ, it went well with the Deconstructed BBQ Baked Potato. I cooked some chicken with a bit of Buffalo Chicken Rub and then let the cooked chicken heat with the BBQ sauce. I then cooked potatoes for 2 people and mashed it with some Earth Balance and olive oil.
Since I am taking a break from dairy I topped the dish with green onions and paired it with some oven-baked broccoli. I shared this with our toddler and she LOVED it. I love hearing her say, “nom nom, nummy!” She ate this dish really quickly too!
Another product that Kyvan makes is this awesome Blackberry-flavored Honey. I have been using this to add to our oatmeal and cream of wheat cereal in the mornings. It was so tasty!
My favorite product was definitely the Jambalaya Sauce. I once had a friend show me how to make it from scratch and I really liked and fell in “love” with Cajun food. Now that was a while back and I have not made it is a while so let me tell you how I made the QUICKEST Jambalaya ever!
I sauteed 6 links of turkey sausage with 1 1/2 cups of uncooked rice and two cans of kidney beans. I then added the jar of Kyvan Jambalaya Sauce and 3 cups of water. I added kosher salt and a bit of garlic powder. I cooked it for 45 minutes and it was finished! It was ready for our Sunday lunch.
Can I tell you again that this was toddler-approved? It was a tad bit spicy but I decided to take a risk and see if she would eat it. Sure enough she ate her little bowl. Yay!
How delicious does this look? I think it is ingenious to have a ready-made sauce which it makes it ideal for this busy mom to make a quick and delicious meal. Anyone could add shrimp, real sausage, or any other ingredients.
If you get a chance go to the website and check out the rest of their products. Most of them are all-natural, gluten-free, and even vegan!
How about a chance to try a few of their products? The owners will be giving away 1 mild and 1 hot Honey Apple Salsa and 1 Sweet BBQ Sauce.