Review of Tom's Of Maine Luminous White Toothpaste

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine . All opinions are 100% mine.

When Todd and I first went vegan over three years ago, we immediately began to replace our conventional toiletries, housewares, apparel, and accessories with vegan-friendly alternatives. It took some time; we didn't throw out our old products on the spot, but replaced them when they were used up.

For replacing toiletries like face wash, soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotions, etc. this meant finding natural products that did not contain animal products nor were tested on animals. For the most part, we had been buying items such as these long before becoming vegan. However, I still had a few products that didn't fit the bill and on occasion, it was harder than I thought to find cruelty-free, natural, and effective products! Toothpaste happened to be one of the items that I still had yet to find a decent substitution for. 

This is why I was so excited to test and review Tom’s of Maine new Luminous White ™ Toothpaste which is exclusively handpicked by Target for their Made To Matter collection. I don't know why it never occurred to me to check Target for the vegan products I had been seeking! The line's mission is to challenge brands to create products that meet at least one of five criteria: reduced sugar, dietary restrictions, clean label, and/or less packaging & closed loop; all of those are things that I myself look for in products, so I am super excited to support this new collection. It actually includes a ton of vegan brands!

Luminous White ™ Toothpaste is Tom's of Maine's most advanced natural whitening toothpaste. As I'm someone who has been scolded by my dentist to, "Try not to brush so hard..." I'm relieved to know that this toothpaste is completely safe for enamel and everyday use. Luminous White ™ Toothpaste is comprised of biodegradable and mineral-derived ingredients, water, and contains no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.It's also gluten and paraben free, and it's vegan; containing zero animal products. Tom's of Maine never tests on animals either, which is great.

While I haven't been using Luminous White ™ Toothpaste long enough to comment on its whitening ability, I can say that I really appreciate that it doesn't have a strong minty flavor. There was a little 'whitening' aftertaste to it, but what else would you expect from a whitening toothpaste? Subtle in flavor, this toothpaste is a more of a paste consistency as opposed to a gel consistency (I'm anti-gel toothpaste). I can't wait to see the whitening results as time goes by! 

So, if you're like me and searching for an effective, natural, and cruelty-free toothpaste that you can feel good about... look no further. Don't forget Luminous White ™ Toothpaste exclusively at Target. Have you discovered this new toothpaste or any of the items from the Made To Matter collection? With Tom’s of Maine®, there’s something for everyone in your family – Wicked Cool!TM Deodorants, Luminous White ™ Toothpaste, and Men’s Naturally Dry North Woods™ Antiperspirant. Free of artificial dyes, fragrances, flavors and preservatives, Tom’s of Maine products are good for the planet and are Made to Matter® - handpicked by Target. What did you think? I'll be excited to try more. It's great that stores are listening to their consumers and offering an easy way to discover products that matter to them and align with their values and morals: products that are good for the planet and good for us too. 

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Pumpkin Tom Kha (Coconut Lemongrass Soup)

This soup is inspired by the Lao Pumpkin and Coconut Tom Kha at my favorite local restaurant, Pho Lena, in Anchorage. It’s basically Tom Kha Gai without the chicken and with pumpkin instead. I add tofu for a protein boost! In Alaska, it can be difficult to find some of the very specific ingredients for Tom Kha so I’ve included commonplace substitutions. I have to use ginger, lime rind, and canned mushrooms because galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and straw mushrooms aren’t accessible. Still, the soup is absolutely divine!

Produce On Parade- Pumpkin Tom Kha (Coconut Lemongrass Soup) - This soup is inspired by the Lao Pumpkin and Coconut Tom Kha at my favorite local restaurant, Pho Lena, in Anchorage. It’s basically Tom Kha Gai without the chicken and with pumpkin instead. I add tofu for a protein boost! In Alaska, it can be difficult to find some of the very specific ingredients for Tom Kha so I’ve included commonplace substitutions. I have to use ginger, lime rind, and canned mushrooms because galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and straw mushrooms aren’t accessible. Still, the soup is absolutely divine!

I'm almost scared to post this recipe, but I have to because it's one of my very favorite soups and I'm not ignorant to the fact that many folks aren't able to source authentic, specialty ingredients; especially those of us in rural areas (and especially in Alaska).

Does this mean we can't or shouldn't try to replicate our favorite ethnic dishes? I don't think so. In no way am I claiming this Tom Kha to be authentic, however, I think it's a pretty darn good replication with ingredients one can get at any local grocery store. It's my hope that you enjoy it as much as I do and if you're able to find galangal, straw mushrooms, and kaffir lime leaves... um...send me some in the mail, please. Pretty please?

Produce On Parade- Pumpkin Tom Kha (Coconut Lemongrass Soup) - This soup is inspired by the Lao Pumpkin and Coconut Tom Kha at my favorite local restaurant, Pho Lena, in Anchorage. It’s basically Tom Kha Gai without the chicken and with pumpkin instead. I add tofu for a protein boost! In Alaska, it can be difficult to find some of the very specific ingredients for Tom Kha so I’ve included commonplace substitutions. I have to use ginger, lime rind, and canned mushrooms because galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and straw mushrooms aren’t accessible. Still, the soup is absolutely divine!

It's my great joy to share this recipe with all of you small-town kids who struggle with making pretty much anything 'authentic'. I refuse to be constrained to tofu noodle soup because my store doesn't care bird's eye chilis. Who's with me!?

Produce On Parade- Pumpkin Tom Kha (Coconut Lemongrass Soup) - This soup is inspired by the Lao Pumpkin and Coconut Tom Kha at my favorite local restaurant, Pho Lena, in Anchorage. It’s basically Tom Kha Gai without the chicken and with pumpkin instead. I add tofu for a protein boost! In Alaska, it can be difficult to find some of the very specific ingredients for Tom Kha so I’ve included commonplace substitutions. I have to use ginger, lime rind, and canned mushrooms because galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and straw mushrooms aren’t accessible. Still, the soup is absolutely divine!

Pumpkin Tom Kha (Coconut Lemongrass Soup)

Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

Published 10/28/2016

This soup is inspired by the Lao Pumpkin and Coconut Tom Kha at my favorite local restaurant, Pho Lena, in Anchorage. It’s basically Tom Kha Gai without the chicken and with pumpkin instead. I add tofu for a protein boost! In Alaska, it can be difficult to find some of the very specific ingredients for Tom Kha so I’ve included commonplace substitutions. I have to use ginger, lime rind, and canned mushrooms because galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and straw mushrooms aren’t accessible. Still, the soup is absolutely divine!

Ingredients

  • 1 small pumpkin or delicata squash (2 cups cubed)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15 oz can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 stick of fresh lemongrass
  • 1 1-inch piece of galangal or ginger, peeled and micrograted
  • dash of crushed red pepper, to taste
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves or 1 1-inch piece of lime rind
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (optional)
  • ½ lb fresh straw mushrooms or 1 8oz can of sliced mushrooms, drained
  • ½ of a 14 oz block of firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 limes, juiced (¼ cup juice)
  • 3 tbsp vegan fish sauce or 1 tbsp soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chiffonade
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Deseed the pumpkin and cut off the ends. Slice into wedges and steam for 15-20 minutes until just tender. Set aside to cool. Slice off the skin (leave skin on if using delicata) and cube.
  2. In a large soup pot, bring the vegetable broth and coconut milk to a gentle boil over medium high heat then reduce to a very low simmer.
  3. Slice the lemongrass in half lengthwise and bruise with the back of a measuring cup. Add the lemongrass, galangal, crushed red pepper, lime leaves, and brown sugar to the pot and stir; simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the mushrooms and tofu, simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the lime juice, fish sauce, and basil. Remove from heat. Serve hot and topped with cilantro.

Yield: 4

Produce On Parade- Pumpkin Tom Kha (Coconut Lemongrass Soup) - This soup is inspired by the Lao Pumpkin and Coconut Tom Kha at my favorite local restaurant, Pho Lena, in Anchorage. It’s basically Tom Kha Gai without the chicken and with pumpkin instead. I add tofu for a protein boost! In Alaska, it can be difficult to find some of the very specific ingredients for Tom Kha so I’ve included commonplace substitutions. I have to use ginger, lime rind, and canned mushrooms because galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and straw mushrooms aren’t accessible. Still, the soup is absolutely divine!

Penne w/ Broccoli & Miso Pine Nut Gremolata + Dreamfields Giveaway

This bright and zesty pasta is a great way to get in some greens! Toasted pine nuts lend a unique flavor that blend excellently with par-boiled broccoli. It’s lemony and earthy with plenty of umami from red miso and nutritional yeast; a plant-based protein meal sure to please the whole family and done in the time it takes to boil the noodles!  

Go Green! Today I'm thrilled to partner with Dreamfields Pasta to bring you this zesty, Penne w/ Broccoli & Miso Pine Nut Gremolata. Using Dreamfields Pasta is an easy way to make your meals a little bit healthier! Check below to enter a giveaway to win a case of their delicious and nutritious pasta.

Produce On Parade - PENNE W/ BROCCOLI & MISO PINE NUT GREMOLATA + DREAMFIELDS GIVEAWAY - This bright and zesty pasta is a great way to get in some greens! Toasted pine nuts lend a unique flavor that blend excellently with par-boiled broccoli. It’s lemony and earthy with plenty of umami from red miso and nutritional yeast; a plant-based protein meal sure to please the whole family and done in the time it takes to boil the noodles!
Produce On Parade - PENNE W/ BROCCOLI & MISO PINE NUT GREMOLATA + DREAMFIELDS GIVEAWAY - This bright and zesty pasta is a great way to get in some greens! Toasted pine nuts lend a unique flavor that blend excellently with par-boiled broccoli. It’s lemony and earthy with plenty of umami from red miso and nutritional yeast; a plant-based protein meal sure to please the whole family and done in the time it takes to boil the noodles!
Produce On Parade - PENNE W/ BROCCOLI & MISO PINE NUT GREMOLATA + DREAMFIELDS GIVEAWAY - This bright and zesty pasta is a great way to get in some greens! Toasted pine nuts lend a unique flavor that blend excellently with par-boiled broccoli. It’s lemony and earthy with plenty of umami from red miso and nutritional yeast; a plant-based protein meal sure to please the whole family and done in the time it takes to boil the noodles!
Produce On Parade - PENNE W/ BROCCOLI & MISO PINE NUT GREMOLATA + DREAMFIELDS GIVEAWAY - This bright and zesty pasta is a great way to get in some greens! Toasted pine nuts lend a unique flavor that blend excellently with par-boiled broccoli. It’s lemony and earthy with plenty of umami from red miso and nutritional yeast; a plant-based protein meal sure to please the whole family and done in the time it takes to boil the noodles!

Dreamfields pasta is made with premium durum wheat semolina here in North America. It's also a great way to fill up on fiber and protein with 5 and 7 grams respectively in each one-cup cooked serving! Dreamfields unique recipe contains inulin, a prebiotic fiber sourced from chicory root, which helps promote healthy digestion. Visit their website to learn more about the brand and find some more great pasta recipes. 

Penne w/ Broccoli & Miso Pine Nut Gremolata

Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

Published 10/04/2016

This bright and zesty pasta is a great way to get in some greens! Toasted pine nuts lend a unique flavor that blend excellently with par-boiled broccoli. It’s lemony and earthy with plenty of umami from red miso and nutritional yeast; a plant-based protein meal sure to please the whole family and done in the time it takes to boil the noodles!

Ingredients

  • 1 box Dreamfields Penne Rigate
  • 1 medium broccoli head chopped, florets only
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red miso paste (or other favorite variety)
  • Dash black pepper
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons large-flake nutritional yeast
  • Vegan Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions, adding chopped broccoli to pan during last 3 minutes of cooking. Before draining, reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta and broccoli to pan; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in small skillet, toast pine nuts over medium-low heat about 10 minutes or until fragrant, stirring often; set aside Watch carefully so they do not overcook.
  3. Zest lemon; measure out 1 tablespoon of zest. Juice lemon, measure out 2 tablespoons of juice.
  4. In liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon zest and juice, miso paste and peppers, whisking until miso is well incorporated.
  5. Stir reserved cooking water, oil mixture, parsley, garlic, yeast and toasted pine nuts into pasta. Toss to coat well. Serve immediately, topped with vegan Parmesan, if desired.

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 20 mins.

Cook time: 10 mins.

Total time: 30 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 380
  • Fat: 17
  • Totalcarbs: 51
  • Protein: 12
  • Saturated Fat: 2
  • Cholesterol: 0
  • Sodium: 160
  • Dietaryfiber: 8
  • Calories:

Produce On Parade - PENNE W/ BROCCOLI & MISO PINE NUT GREMOLATA + DREAMFIELDS GIVEAWAY - This bright and zesty pasta is a great way to get in some greens! Toasted pine nuts lend a unique flavor that blend excellently with par-boiled broccoli. It’s lemony and earthy with plenty of umami from red miso and nutritional yeast; a plant-based protein meal sure to please the whole family and done in the time it takes to boil the noodles!

A big thanks to Dreamfields Pasta for sponsoring this post! Enter the giveaway below. #HealthyPastaMonth