Hurricanes Are Moving In

Posted on August 29, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ll just start out with the disappointing news. My family and some of my mom’s childhood friends were supposed to see Paula Deen today in Boston but that was canceled due to “illness”. Apparently Miss Paula didn’t take her daily stick of butter or something. Oh well, it’s a lot more upseting for my mom and her friends who were oh so excited and bought expensive seats. My dad and I just got the 15 dollar nose-bleeders and were mostly functioning as the ride, but I’m still a bit saddened. We’ll see how the day plays out after this.

As for yesterday. I totally revisited a fave from Dark Chocolate Almond Day in the a.m.

Chocolate Almond MilkChocolate Almond Milk

Not too sweet, not too bitter, just right. Goldielocks would have no problem with this. Time really flew in the morning; I think that extra time running set me back and I was basically glued to the computer catching up the entire time. I felt like having something a little special for lunch, which for me meant making lentils(doesn’t it sound like a party? woot, woot!)

Cooking Lentils

Cooking Lentils

I love my lentils, particularly my snobby joes, but I’m the laziest chef. I can bake no sweat, but anything that requires standing over the stove and constant attention is usually too much for me. But then again microwaved lentils aren’t exactly the tastiest treats going so I thought I’d put in the effort while watching some Tivoed Ace Of Cakes. Anybody else love this show? I thought the gimmick was soo bad at first, but now I’m convinced I need to apply for a job there. 50 minutes later I finally got to plating:

Watermelon, Snobby Joe With Goat Cheese, Buffalo FSTG Nachos

Watermelon, Snobby Joe With Goat Cheese, Buffalo FSTG Nachos

I made the snobby sauce with 365 steak sauce, mustard, and some Frank’s hot sauce this time. And I crumbled a little hickory smoked goat cheese on top since we didn’t have any bleu(and I’ll find any way to eat that goat cheese anyday). To go with the Buffalo theme I had the Buffalo Food Should Taste Good nachos. At first bite I thought these were incredibly bland an under seasoned. Little did I know these lil’ devils had a slow and silent kick to them after a couple seconds which set my mouth on fire. I was incredibly impressed and pleased by the strong, spicy flavor. I still think a little salt for some initial flavor would have been nice, but paired with any salsa these would be delicious and have a killer kick.

Pumpkin Patch Chocolate Chipper

Pumpkin Patch Chocolate Chipper

I defrosted this bad boy for dessert. It took me about 3/4ths of it to realize I was celebrating Tina’s Cookie Friday. I guess every day is cookie day around here so it’s hard to tell when I’m celebrating or just eating 🙂 We went to Trader Joe’s because we were mondo low on bread, hot dog buns, and burger buns. Yikes! We grabbed those, some salmon and salsa-makers, and a basil plant.

Baisly

Baisly

I named him Baisly, and plan on keeping him in my dorm. Here’s hoping I won’t kill him! I totally made the worst mistake by a) not bringing a snackeroo and b) not buying a snackeroo, so I was pretty famished when we got home. Note to self: Don’t try to use the mini-chopper as a food processor when you’re hungry. 10 minutes and about 50 swears later, I came up with this concoction:

Banana Soft Serve With Peanut Butter Flour

Banana Soft Serve With Peanut Butter Flour

About 2 bananas pureed with 2 tablespoons peanut flour. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a strong banana-peanut butter flavor which I was hoping for. What the peanut flour did do was act as a great binder that made the soft serve much firmer and almost putty-like, all without messing up the flavor. And adding 6 grams of peanut protein was also a great plus, too.

The second note to self is this: I’m a baker, not a chef. I shouldn’t try to be. I got it in my mind I would make a mango-avocado salsa to go with the salmon tonight. Mango and avocado are two ingredients I’m pretty used to and could dice fairly easy. Tomato? Onion? Garlic? Pepper? That’s when I got into unfamiliar territory. I felt like Julia Child chopping up the onion, having no idea what the hell I was doing, and getting a bit teary eyed.

Mango Avocado Salsa

Mango Avocado Salsa

All in all, it didn’t come out that bad. All that went into it was an avocado, mango, tomato, jalapeno pepper, 1/2 an onion, 2 cloves of garlic, salt, lime juice, and some torn up basil, minus the amounts that fell onto the floor. It had a great sweet heat to it. But salsa and chips really aren’t my things for snacking so I made myself this:

Smartfood Chocolate Chip Cookie Pecan Popcorn And Naturally Nutty Vanilla Almond Butter

Smartfood Chocolate Chip Cookie Pecan Popcorn And Naturally Nutty Vanilla Almond Butter

I love these smartfood products, which are all natural and a serving has 20% your daily value calcium and 5 grams of fiber from chicory root extract. And they come in awesome flavors, case in point being chocolate chip cookie pecan. And this was my first time trying Naturally Nutty’s Vanilla Peanut Butter. I was a little hesitant spending the moola on this one, mostly because I thought it might be too similar to PB&Co.’s White Chocolate Wonderful. The flavors were similar, but this had a much subtler sweetness and a great basic vanilla flavor. After trying all 3 of the flavors I purchased plus the super secret one Katie snuck in, I feel pretty good writing a review for them, so keep an eye out for that sometime soon. This also arrived for me around this time:

Naturally More Peanut And Almond Butter

Naturally More Peanut And Almond Butter

The kind folks over at naturallymore.com sent me some of their nut butter to try. This is one brand I’ve always been curious about so I was excited to get it. Even though they aren’t flavored, they do have an impressive list of ingredients. The peanut butter is made with peanuts, wheat germ, flax seed, cane sugar, egg whites, honey, and flaxseed oil. The almond butter is made with almond, flax seeds, wheat germ, cane juice, and egg white. These ingredients result in some power house nutrition, giving the peanut butter 10 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving, and the almond butter 4 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein per serving. In all honesty, I’ve never seen nut butter as a protein source; while I’m sure to have nut butter at my breakfast, I’m usually scrambling to add high protein bread or an egg in. With 9 or 10 grams, the Naturally More definitely qualify as a source of protein in books. And I love any product with added omega’s so that’s a double thumbs up for Naturally More for me. Thanks again, Naturally More, and I hope the tastes are as good as the nutrition! But because dinner was already planned, I couldn’t quite have a PB&J, so this was my plate:

Salmon, Mango Avocado Salsa, Carrots, Corn

Salmon, Mango Avocado Salsa, Carrots, Corn

The salsa was made for the salmon, but I definitely preferred it as a side and ate it straight. Woh was it a nostral cleaner when I hit that jalapeno! Besides that it was pretty plain and self explanatory; I was too lazy even to break the sunflower butter out and shmear it over the corn.

I was still reeling from the 10 miles after dinner and thought a kickassbutt dessert was in order, which for me means one of them expensive but oh so good vitatops.

Deep Chocolate Vitatop And Almon Naturally More

Deep Chocolate Vitatop And Almon Naturally More

I also saw this as a great chance to try one of the new Naturally More. Like I said, I was pretty darn impressed with the nutrition, and was really hopeful for the flavor to be on par. I like how Naturally More doesn’t pretend that there’ll be oil separation, but this was borderline ridiculous; I was churning for 5 minutes, wondering if I was gonna get actual butter at the end. After I finally got it smooth, I spread it nicely and gave it a taste. This was very clearly almond butter, plain and simple. None of the other ingredients affected the flavor so that you might think this had just one ingredients: almonds. I do like salt in my nut butter, but that was easily fixed. Definitely a strong plus for this jar.

Toast With Strawberry Orange Liquor Marmalade And Naturally Nutty Secret Nut Butter

Toast With Strawberry Orange Liquor Marmalade And Naturally Nutty Secret Nut Butter

After that was s’more bread and spread. I had to have some of the secret butter from Naturally Nutty. This stuff legitimately reminded me of Eggo French Toast Sticks, but my guess of French Toast Peanut Butter was way off. After Katie told me all the ingredients, I was pretty floored. Not only is this delicious and sweet but it has some powerhouse nutrition. It’s going to be out in 2 weeks, and I will definitely be buying a jar in my next order. I also had a little Banana Goodness Bread and called it a night. I wasn’t too surprised when my alarm went off at 7 and it was pouring on account of the hurricane, so I shut off the alarm and went back to bed until 8:30. Bliss. I made myself the ultimate rainy fall morning breakfast:

Pumpkin Oats With Mighty Maple PB And Pumpkin Seeds, Decaf Hazelnut Coffee

Pumpkin Oats With Mighty Maple PB And Pumpkin Seeds, Decaf Hazelnut Coffee

Oh yeah, a lot of pumpkin will be nuked in my dorm microwave this Fall, I can feel it. Can you imagine what that will be like with fresh pumpkin? *drool* Now I’m sitting down watching Saturday morning cartoons blogging and checking emails. I’m trying to think of something on the fly to distract us from no Mrs. Deen today. Any suggestions?

Mrs. Peanut Butter is having an awesome giveaway to check out: http://www.pbandjenny.com/2009/08/so-i-hear-yall-like-giveaways.html

The College Gal is also having a giveaway for some great dorm room munchies: http://collegaleats.blogspot.com/2009/08/back-to-school-giveaway.html

And Tay is having a giveaway!(that one rhymed ;-)): http://heyitstay.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/surprise-package-1-giveaway/#comment-961

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does your family have a crockpot? they’re fantastic for cooking up lentils! I have a smaller one (like, not the size that could hold a turkey 🙂 ) and it is wonderful for a lot of things, especially stuff that will burn if not attended on the stove, like lentils.

I’d be sad if I had tickets to Paula Deen and it got cancelled. While I probably wouldn’t ever make any of her recipes (I’d like my arteries unclogged thank you) she is hilarious!
I can’t wait till you review that Naturally More, I’ve seen it is stores but never purchased it.

haha i laughed out loud when you said she’s sick because she hasn’t had her stick of butter today. hilarious.

more fabulous eats and goods – man, i am totally jealous of your nut butter stash. you have some good ones. love the salsa + salmon, the ice cream and everything. mmmmm!

http://thehealthyeverythingtarian.wordpress.com

omg, those pumpkin oats have stolen my heart

if only oatmeal could be sent by mail, lol, i would have to come up with something comparable to send back to you.


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