Flipping for Luvo

Disclaimer: I received Flipped Bowls from Luvo as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Food! My second favorite subject after running!

Except, real talk- I can’t cook.  And I am lazy, I eat out way more than I should because by the time I get home from work I just don’t want to do anything else.  As for lunches? I usually only get 45 minutes and sometimes that doesn’t happen uninterrupted.  I like my lunch to be something that is easily prepped, easily cleaned and I can eat quickly.  Anything that fits my issues doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy.   I’m the first to admit I need help.

When I read about the new Flipped Bowls– where 1/3 of the protein comes from plants- that Luvo was rolling out, I was intrigued.    Pasta, chicken meatballs and good mix of veggies?  I could get behind that.  Plus, the convenience factor was so up my alley.

So I went online on a Monday, placed my order and by Friday, a big white box showed up at work.    Everything was nice and frozen, in fact the dry ice was so cold I almost burned my hands.  😛  Which would not be the first time I’ve burned myself with ice so maybe it’s just me.

So what did I get?

  • Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Pesto Sauce
  • Chicken Meatballs in Stroganoff Sauce
  • Chicken Meatballs in Garlic Wine Sauce
  • Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce

Beef Stroganoff (my mother’s recipe) is actually my favorite meal ever so I really high hopes for that meal but it also had really standards to measure up to.😛

I loaded them all into the work freezer and planned for some healthy lunches the following weeks. So what did I think?

Like I said, the Chicken Meatballs in Stroganoff Sauce was my prime choice- in fact I ordered more of that one with high hopes and just paid extra.   I followed the directions on the back and less than 5 minutes later, I had a steaming bowl of pasta and veggies in front of me.    I liked the taste of the sauce, the chicken meatballs had a good kick to them and I was eating kale!  The only downsides were that I realized I needed to add about 15 seconds to the cook time for the noodles and Luvo adds legit mushrooms to their Stroganoff.   *My mother does not- I hate mushrooms!  So I was eating around those.  😛

Next up was the Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce.  Holy, yumminess.  And my 5 year old palate didn’t have to avoid any ingredients.  I adjusted the microwave time and the whole wheat penne pasta noodles were perfect.  Plus I was still eating veggies!

The Chicken Meatballs in Garlic Wine Sauce is pretty good too but like I had to avoid the mushrooms in the Stroganoff, I have to avoid the white beans.  I did mention I have the taste buds of a 5 year old right?  As for the Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Pesto Sauce?? Well, those juvenile taste buds are too scared to try it.  I’ve eaten everything else-only have 1 left of the Tomato Basil, which makes me sad- but I can’t bring myself to push that far out of my comfort zone yet.   Why am I writing this review before eating it?  Well… I am hoping for some good old online encouragement to make me branch out.  So…help?!

Overall, I am definitely ordering more.  The Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce ended up being my favorite which made me glad that I had ordered more of those as well.  I loved that I could pop one in the microwave, go the restroom and get a few things done while my lunch was preparing itself.    Plus, I was getting protein and more veggies than usual.

Now, there were a few downsides–  Mushrooms.  Sorry, I hate mushrooms so to me that’s a downside, but I’ll keep eating around them.    Lastly, I never received an email notification that my order had shipped so I had no idea when it was coming.   As I was having these meals shipped to work, that could have been problematic as there is no one there to receive packages on Saturdays or Sundays.   I was surprised when they showed up on that Friday- glad but surprised.  Right now the Flipped Bowls are only available to order online but I am hoping that they will soon be in stores too.  That said, shipping is very reasonable.

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Outside of my Box

Disclaimer: I received Luvo Inc. to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro  (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Food is my weakness, my Achilles heel- guilty pleasure, comfort food, way to celebrate, when I’m sick, when I’m bored, yadda yadda.  I know I have a dysfunctional relationship food, I’ve mentioned it here a few times.  I have a very angsty post on the back burner too but that’s not the point right now.   Laziness is also a weakness- I eat out way too often.   I try not to think about how much money I spend on food.    Side note- I did set up my online banking to track pizza spending once—holy crap!!!!!!!!!!!

I am trying to change things up though so when the opportunity came up to try Luvo Inc, I thought about it.   I liked the convenience but was concerned about the food.  I have so many diet restrictions I have troubles remembering what is what.  Then there is the fact of how picky I am outside of the restrictions.  But I spent some time perusing the website and decided to go for it.  Good time to step outside the box right?

So, first things first- I went with a few of restrictions but not all.  So the items I received  had no soy, no nuts, no fish and I no dairy?  I think, not sure about that last one. Not too bad right?  I received-


They looked equal parts yummy and scary.  There were a few things in each meal that I was little stymied by, I won’t lie but I was looking forward to trying them.  They are super easy to cook- place the bag in microwave to steam, let sit for a minute, cut open and slide onto a plate.  Done!!  Want to know something sad?  I use my microwave so rarely, I couldn’t figure out how long to cook the meals!  It got worse when I tried to use the work microwave that is about 12 years old! 😏


Once I got past my ineptitude with the microwave, I discovered that I really like the meals I got to try.   The Red Wine Braised Beef is my favorite.  Well, except for the brussels sprouts, I can’t stand brussels sprouts.  😛  It was also my first time eating Polenta.  Sadly I had to google what it was first but I like it!  I only wish the meals were a little bigger.  I felt really good about my dinner choice though!

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I liked that the meals were all natural and better for me than my usual dinner choices.   They were super convenient and took very little time to prepare.  Plus, they look pretty on your plate so I felt like I actually accomplished something.    They have an Orange Mango Chicken and Chicken in BBQ Sauce that I would love to try.

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