Why Fish For Lunch And Tofu Is Local

Posted on April 2, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s the last Friday in Lent and I didn’t slip! Not on eating meat, not on eating “prepared soy”, not on anything. Trust me: There have been some times when I almost threw it all by eating bacon peanut brittle on a Friday(only I could make this mistake…), but not today.  Of course, my biggest challenge came on the last day…

Avocado Kale Salad With Roasted Cashews, White Fish With Lemon

Avocado Kale Salad With Roasted Cashews, White Fish With Lemon

I ended up eating lunch at Whole Foods again, this time with my dad on the way to Boston and then home for Easter weekend. When I got to the salad bar, all I could find was meat and tofu. And it looked goood. The one fish I was able to find had a wheat cracker coating, so I brushed that off and added a lemon wedge. It was totally overcooked and tough; in a phrase, it was Lent.

Avocado Kale Salad With Roasted Cashews

Avocado Kale Salad With Roasted Cashews

Trilogy Kombucha

Trilogy Kombucha

Of course, I had to have more of that amazing kale and avocado salad; I can’t wait to try to make this myself! And kombucha is on sale this week so I had a trilogy flavor to wash that all down. Yum!

Green & Black Cherry Dark Chocolate

Green & Black Cherry Dark Chocolate

Actually, before lunch I went for a run. My “prerun fuel” was 4 more squares of Green & Black cherry dark chocolate. Would I fuel with anything else 😉 I did not feel like I had energy the first 3 miles; in fact, I thought of cutting it short early just because it felt like I was “chugging along” and not really running. I may not run pretty, but I have good endurance and I convinced myself I could “chug” the full 9.5.

9.5 Miles At 8:12 Pace

9.5 Miles At 8:12 Pace

When I got back, my jaw almost dropped looking at my watch. I “chugged” the 9.5 mile route 3 minutes faster than I had so far this year. Apparently, I don’t know my own speed! That kale and avocado salad from yesterday must have been my running magic, which is why I took it again today 😉

"The Vegan" Cupcake

"The Vegan" Cupcake

I don’t suppose it would surprise you if I told you we went to another Whole Foods after passing through Boston, would it? This cupcake was part of my birthday celebration; it’s “chocolate cupcake with chocolate chips, a chocolate ganache center and chocolate frosting” and all vegan. It’s made by Kickass Cupcakes, so it’s all-natural, but it’s not gluten-free. I’ll just be paying for that last part later.

Cupcake And Coconut Ice Cream Sundae

Cupcake And Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream Sundae

First thing we grabbed at Whole Foods was chocolate So Delicious Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream, a spoon, and a cup. There’s something so amazing about buying a pint of ice cream and eating it on the spot. When that was devoured, we got almost all our groceries for Easter Sunday, and headed across the way to the 2nd most glorious place on earth:

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's

I can’t believe this must have been the first time I went in to a Trader Joe’s in over a month! There were some new goodies to gawk at, but I wasn’t there to dilly-dally. My favorite fun find was milk chocolate peanut butter eggs(!!). I’m thinking/hoping these are going to be like the Reeses’ eggs.

Organic Fuji Apple

Organic Fuji Apple

Putting away the groceries, I snacked on an organic apple. The coconut milk I was trying to bring home totally went bad after 5 hours in the car 😦 Good thing we got a new can. We also wanted to eat out for a birthday dinner but the restaurant had nothing free tonight. Double 😦 Good thing we had groceries for dinner, too.

Maple Baked Tofu, Roasted Broccoli And Sweet Potato Chunks Drizzled With Maple Syrup

Maple Baked Tofu, Roasted Broccoli And Sweet Potato Chunks Drizzled With Maple Syrup

I did what I always do when I feel like a simple meal; I threw maple coated tofu, steamed broccoli, and raw sweet potatoes in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes. At least I know I couldn’t go wrong here. And you really do learn something new everyday. At dinner, my mom told me the man who started Nasoya lived two doors down when we first moved in(I would have been 2 or 3). I’ve always known Nasoya’s a Massachusetts company, but I didn’t realize we were that close. I like to think that means I’m eating local whenever I have tofu 😉

And now, as you might have guessed, I’m at home. Man Vs. Food is on the Television. I completely embrace the crappy and addictive shows whenever I can get them. Happy Friday and do enjoy whatever is your “guilty television programming” 😀

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I Save The Environment By Eating

Posted on January 4, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good evening. Is it just me, or has it been a long day for everyone? I could really use a nap, which I think by this point would constitute going to bed. Anyway, this afternoon after blogging we headed straight out the door to Jordan’s Furniture for the Imax 3D Avatar

A Streetcar Named Dessert

For anyone who doesn’t live near a Jordan’s Furniture store, it’s quite the experience–not at all like a “normal” furniture store. It has a full cafeteria, Imax, dessert station, and so much more. There is another one around here with a replica of Boston made entirely out of jelly beans. Of course, we weren’t there for furniture or beans; it was all about Avatar. This probably wasn’t a movie I’d have seen if others didn’t invite me. I like comedies and occasionally a good Rom Com–action, not so much. However, I have to say seeing it in 3D AND Imax was such an experience on its own that I would never pass that up. I thought the movie was OK. It was actually kind of hard to enjoy with the heavy message it kept on pounding and pounding into the audience about environmentlism. And some of the characters just weren’t realistic(Yes, I’m saying that only some of the characters in a sci-fi film weren’t real). Overall, though, the intensity of the whole shebang made it an enjoyable experience, and the people I was with really liked it, so I think it was a good time for all.

1.4oz Organic Dark Chocolate With Natural Cherry Flavor

I was not at all tempted with popcorn during the movie. For me, it’s all about the chocolate 🙂 This was another one of the Endangered Species bars I was sent to review, and the flavor really appealed to me today. Like I say in my review here, “natural cherry flavor” was a huge clue-in there wouldn’t be whole cherries or actually that much cherry flavor. But it was still tasty, and a perfectly portioned serving of dark chocolate(2oo cals, low sugar, 4g fiber). And not only was it organic, but 10% of Endangered Species bar’s profits go towards the environment. So really I was saving the environment by eating. Suck on that, Avatar.

Wild Atlantic Cod With Sesame, Sweet Potato Fries With Chili Powder, Turnip

When we got home, my dad and I was starving. Thank goodness my mom had a full meal hot from the oven waiting for us(to be fair, I made killer cornbread this morning which was also at the table so I “helped”). The cod was very flavorful for wild white fish. The turnips, which tsted like white beets we decided, somehow led into a discussion about weight watchers. According to them, turnips are a “vegetable” wheres sweet potato is a “starch”. This is my mom’s food terminology and it drives me insane because it’s so wrong. Can’t weight watchers just say they’re both vegetables and sweet potatoes are just a more starchy one? And apparently turnips are “pointless” because “no one’s gotten fat off of turnips”. My argument: Brussels sprouts are pointless, too, and if you roasted enough I’d be the first to get fat off of them 🙂 I think me and any sort of diet other than low sugar will never see eye-to-eye.

Probiotic Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Crispy NibMor

I’d like to know how many points my first dessert was(or maybe not).  I’m sure this would have been better in the food processor, but to spare myself the extra cleaning I mushed 3oz avocado with 2 tablespoons cocoa, 3 tablespoons coconut milk kefir(the probiotic part), and vanilla stevia until mostly mixed, and topped it with a Crispy Nibmor. I’m really not a fan of crispy chocolate, but I was sent it to review so try I did. Unfortunately, I’m still not a fan. Sorry, Nibmor 😦 Every other part of their chocolate is delicious, though.

Speaking of Nibmor, this was the last flavor of theirs I had to try, so now seems as good as ever a time to recap them for you. In case you didn’t know, all of Nibmor’s chocolates are raw, vegan, organic, kosher, gluten free, diabetic friendly–the list goes on and on! And the folks at NibMor really care about nutrition; they donate 5% of their profit to organizations working against health-related diseases in America. Saving the environment: Saving the American people–it’s all good! Did I mention NibMor also comes in 3 flavors? Well here they are.

Original

9/10: It’s not often that a chocolate scores higher with me in terms of nutrition than in flavor, but that’s the case here. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the dark chocolate taste hear. It was a bit more bitter than I prefer it but it truly was dark. And the texture was nice and soft but not melty. Still, what I appreciated more was how this was made. Nibmor’s chocolate is raw, vegan, gluten and GMO-ingredient free. I also liked that it didn’t have a strong coconut taste which has been my experience with other raw chocolates. For any raw enthusiast, this is a perfect treat.

Almond

8.5/10: Chocolate and nuts is a combination of two of the most decadent things. Make them both raw and you’re also as close to nature as you can get. First off, this bar was not shy on the amount of almonds, so you know you weren’t getting the same experience as theiroriginal flavor. I liked the flavor for the most part when the almonds were in small pieces and the flavors melded together. On the other hand, when I got a huge chunk of raw almond, it was precisely like you don’t want a nit to be: soft and chewy. Otherwise, it was very good, and deliciously cocoa-y

Crispy

7/10: I think this bar had to work damage control with me going in; I don’t particularly like crispy rice cereal ever on its own so why would I want it in my smooth, delicious chocolate? Bonus pointsto NibMor for using brown rice puffs, but they did not make me a crispy lover. The puffed rice was hardly crispy anymore, anyway. I think overall it sweetened the raw chocolate, for anyone looking to get away from the bitter taste. But for me, it will never be about the crispy.

nut butter giveaway! Can you tell I’d be happy to win this one?

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Soups And Raw Eating

Posted on January 2, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m glad you guys found my format for the last post witty; I’d like to do stuff like that more often but it’s something that comes and goes(mostly goes). Maybe it was because I was watching sassy Sabrina, The Teenage Witch while working out? Maybe… For lunch my mom threw together for herself chicken noodle soup, which gave me a major craving for the stuff. After looking at what she made hers with, I actually had no clue what half the ingredients were(me, the person who has gone shopping for xanthan gum) and the ones I did recognize I was not willing to touch. Instead, I tried to supplement that with a replacement soup.

Amy's Lentil Vegetable Soup

Broccoli And Cornbread With Raw Cheddar And Vegan Organic Bac'Uns

Amy’s soup was only OK. I added dehydrated onions, pepper, and salt to it to boost the flavor(and it was already a sodium bomb). Really, though, it did not impress or feed my craving at all. On the side I had leftover killer cornbread and broccoli. Is microwaving raw cheddar cheese counterproductive? Something tells me that it is, but it was better melted. The Bac’Uns again were only OK; they had more of a general smokiness than a bacon flavor. By the way, I ate it along with this.

Looney Toons Utensils And A Scratch Ticket

Because if microwaving raw cheese isn’t hypocritical, maybe baby utensils and adult entertainment is–not a problem. After lunch it was still snowing but less so than it will be for the next few days, so we went to TJMaxx to return a sweater. Fun stuff, isn’t it? I was not so interested in the clothes shopping so I ran in to Sudbury Farms(a grocery store) right next door to grab a few things.

Full Circle Organic Chicken Noodle Soup

Such as this soup. Meat cravings cost money when you’re only willing to go free-range; good thing I don’t get them much. I was actually grabbing stock and whole wheat egg noodles first and then asked myself “Do I really want to actually buy a big chicken? And would I be motivated enough to make it all from scratch?”. Short answer: Buy the canned stuff. When we got home I could not wait to make an afternoon meal.

Organic Chicken Noodle Soup In A Parisian Soup Bowl

Chocolate Vitamuffin

With a muffin on the side, to make it a well-rounded meal 🙂 The soup definitely hit the spot, despite having like 2 pieces of chicken in it. Really, I probably could have drank chicken broth and been happy at that point. I picked up that bowl in Paris last year and thought it would be a fun time to use it. It fits, no? I don’t actually remember eating soup that trip… Anyway, afterwards I planned on making some roasted nuts, but realized if I did that I’d be all out! I hate running out of things which is why I usually have 2 cans of everything. Instead, I found another recipe I wanted to make.

Ingredients

I decided to go with Averie’s almost raw chocolate chip cookie dough balls. I think I was in love with this recipe when I saw it had 4 ingredients(5 with vanilla powder) and I could make it all in my food processor. I used 3oz cashews, 30g oats, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, and 2 tablespoons chocolate chips.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies

These came out the perfect consistency. I made mine into 10 90-calorie cookies rather than into balls because I just like them more that way(Oh, the things that could be said here…). Of course, I needed to taste them and spoil my appetite 😉

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie

They were really good considering how simple they are. They kind of tasted simply like cashew butter; maybe next time I’ll add more vanilla and a touch of sea salt. Or I could put these in yogurt or ice cream like real cookie doughs. I’m liking the possibilities. While I was making(and eating) these, my mom made dinner for everybody.

Turbot With Smoked Salt, Baked White Potato With Habanero Salsa, Green Veggies With Nutritional Yeast

We picked up turbot at Whole Foods in Dedham even though we didn’t(still don’t) know that much about it. It tasted like any sort of white fish so I added some of my new, fancy shmancy salt to perk it up with smokiness. I’m liking the nutritional yeast more and more a as I eat it. And I don’t think I’ve had salsa on a white potato since Summer–long overdue. For dessert, I have wayyyy too many possibilities going around my mind. This should be fun…

By the way–I just looked around and asked if I was the last person not in my pajamas. My mom said “Yeah, I didn’t want to say anything because I thought it might be rude, but…” and my dad asked “Are you feeling alright?”.

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The Yogurt Fairy Came

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

And by yogurt fairy, I mean the UPS man.

Strawberry Banana Chobani And Raspberry Chobani

He earns his name. New flavors of Chobani! Did you know at the beginning of 2010 Chobani will be releasing 2% strawberry banana and 0% raspberry? Well now you do! How exciting. I think pineapple and pomegranate were great additions to the line and these seem like yet more good growth. Through facebook, I got the opportunity to sample and review these a little bit early and jumped at the chance. Thanks, Chobani! Before the yogurt fairy came, I made myself a snack plate while making dinner.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie And Milk Chocolate Peanut Sundrops

Fatty foods are so delicious 🙂 The peanut butter cookie from the freezer was not quite up to par as fresh from the oven but c’est la vie(I surely wasn’t going to whip up a batch for one cookie). I think milk chocolate coated candies will never get old, organic or regular. Once again, I was making dinner for the family. I picked up wild swordfish at Market Basket since it was well-priced and made vegetables.

Swordfish, Asian Vegetable Medley

2% Strawberry Banana Chobani

Did I mention I couldn’t wait to try the new Chobani? Don’t worry: I made acorn squash for those at the table who weren’t getting some yogurt-loving at this meal. This flavor was just “OK”. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting because strawberry banana has always been one of those flavors that seems “fake” to me even when it’s freshly blended. I’m sure it will get a lot of appreciation for it’s 2% base, though. The “vegetable medley” had soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger preserves, and mustard on it. My mom was the one to call it a “medley”; I was the one to call it “we didn’t have enough of 1 vegetable so that’s what you’re getting”. I need to get more creative with names 🙂

After dinner my parents had to go to Walgreens and CVS for party supplies and I came along “just for the ride”. Apparently, I’m becoming my 81 year old grandmother, and I love it! I sat in the car the whole time and turned up the heat and volume when they were in the stores. There might or might not have been some “nodding my head like ‘yeah'” happening to Party In The USA. When we got home I had a majorly dark chocolate tooth.

Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate

VERY dark. It totally hit the spot but I could only get through 1 of the squares. I split it with my mother, not saying what it was(she rarely cares) and got wayyy too much amusement out of her reaction. Apparently, 100% cocoa is too much for the unexpecting. Normally, I think 70% has the best balance for my taste buds. Any preferences out there? Later on I made some pre-bed oatmeal.

Oatmeal With Protein Honey Maple Peanut Butter And French Toast Hazelnut Butter

The french toast hazelnut butter is amazing. Seriously, 1 scoop of this will make you rethink your appreciation for Nutella(or Rapunzel’s organic in my case) because it’s such a renovation on hazelnuts. It’s hard to imagine it only has 3g of sugar per tablespoon! Not much protein, though, because hazelnuts are low on that, so some proteinous peanut butter finished the dish.

This morning I have been “vacation lazy”. After saying I was going to try to wake up on time and get to bed earlier, I slept in an hour. Wrong way! Wrong way! Oh well, at least I didn’t have any exercise or baking plans pre-breakfast to “miss” anyway.

Vanilla Sugar 2% Greek Yogurt

Banana Goodness Oatmeal With Chocolate Chips And 365 Peanut Butter

What a delicious way to start the day. I won a case of 2% Chobani playing spoons and since then it’s been all the yogurt we have in the house. Is it weird that I’m actually getting tired of the 2% and craving the 0%? Definitely adding that to the shopping list, ASAP. Speaking of cravings, I was craving a slice of banana goodness bread, which I haven’t made in at least a month or 2. Instead, I made banana oats with salt, cinnamon, and vanilla powder and added chocolate chips. It did OK for the time being, but it also wouldn’t kill to make a fresh loaf.

Speaking of craving and baking projects, today is definitely shaping up. This blogger has me wanting something Pina Colada and this one putting cornbread on my mind. Thankfully, I’m in charge of dinner so if it becomes a tropical BBQ that’s up to me 🙂 I also have to make the hummuses(hummi?) for tomorrow’s party! I’ll be making use of my food processor, for sure. OK, I officially feel gross since it’s past 11 and I’m in PJ’s and glasses listening to Hoda and Kathy Lee bicker :-/ Off to shower up and run those end-of-year errands!

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Cookie Monster

Posted on December 6, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cookied out? Impossible, but I sure know how to try. Last night I made a vegan version of my Carrot Cake Cookies for Ashley’s fundraiser.

Vegan Carrot Cake Cookies

How annoying is it when you can smell but not eat cookies? Because these smelled awesome. I was a bit unnerved when they didn’t puff up like usual but I figured this must be the result of using a flax egg instead of the real thing. They’re still moist and soft as ever so I’m happy with them and hope the bidder really likes them, too! Since fiber wasn’t filling me up, I decided why bother? And just went for some cookies.

Trader Joe Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Fudge Dunkers, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea

At first I was a tad disappointed with these cookies(except for the white chocolate fudge coating, which couldn’t possibly disappoint). Then I tried dunking it and it was perfect. So soft and most–delicious. Now if only I had Trader Joe’s secret recipe… Afterwards I made some cookies for the house. I tried using an anise cookie recipe from last year substituting 1/4 cup milk with 1/4 cup beet juice for coloration.

Italian Anise Cookies

Well the coloration was a big success; would you ever look at these and think they’re all natural between the pinkness and nonpareils? Unfortunately, we all agreed the flavor was off. Either there wasn’t enough sugar, or something was wrong with the alcohol or baking powder. I’ll have to try these again because they were much better last year. After all this cookie madness, I was happy to sit down to some real food(that I didn’t have to cook/bake).

Cod With Soyaki Sauce, Asparagus, Acorn Squash With Red Thai Curry Sauce

Those Trader Joe sauces really can go with anything Over dinner, I was thinking how small our asparagus spears are and how they must be out of season and not so good. Then my mom mentioned how she picks out the tiny ones because she likes how they cook more. Really? I think they feel so much punier. Any asparagus-driven opinions out there? While we were eating, the storm outside took shape.

Snow

Finally! We had a dusting a few weeks ago but this was the majority of snow we’ve gotten this year; it’s been terribly unseasonal for New England and I’m happy that winter is starting to show. I had a sampling of desserts to enjoy the snow and tivo.

Italian Anise Cookie, Advent Calender Chocolate, Orange Milk Chocolate Slice

This is when we decided the cookies were off. Thankfully chocolate makes anything bearable, right? Chocolate oranges are definitely one of my favorite fruit; can I buy a chocolate orange tree? Do they make it in juice for? These questions need to be asked. Afterwards I got back in the kitchen if you can believe it.

Oh Nuts! Raw Cashews

Oh Nuts! sent some delicious, raw, natural products of theirs my way. The first I opened were these cashews and the first thing I noticed was how HUGE they are! Thanks, Oh Nuts! There’s no lack of nuts with you guys 😉 I decided to try a recipe online to make my own maple roasted cashews. First I roasted them for 15 minutes, then coated them with 1/4cup maple syrup, a touch of sea salt, and 1 tablespoon Organic Smart Balance Vegan Butter, and toasted them for another 12 minutes.

Maple Roasted Cashews

I don’t think anything smells more wintery than roasted nuts 🙂 These were so simple and yet the ones at Whole Foods at the bulk bins cost twice as much. Really? This is definitely a DIY project. These deserved a bowl of oats.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mighty Maple And Maple Roasted Cashews

The cashews were awesome, but I think they need a sprinkling of turbinado sugar right when they come out of the oven next time to enhance the sweetness just a tad. Clearly, I’m a maple freak 🙂

I woke up at 7:30 this morning; I really think having an 8-hour sleep session no more and no less, is just the right balance for energy and hope I can keep it up. It looked amazing out in my backyard:

More Snow

More Snow

And now I’m expecting it to always look like this when I’m home. Got that, mother nature? I decided after blogreading I wanted to give Mama Pea’s cinnamon rolls a try. Yeast is always fun to play with.

Warm Yeast

But soon enough it looked like this:

Dough In Trash

Dough In Trash

This recipe was just not working out for me. 2 cups of flour? I think I was on my 3rd by the time I gave up, with dough stuck all over my hands. Oh well, I’ll just have to look for another cinnamon roll recipe that works for me. Meanwhile, I remembered we had bakery vegan cinnamon raisin rolls in the freezer so my breakfast didn’t have to change much.

Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Organic Smart Balance And Brown Sugar, And Smart Balance Peanut Butter

Eggnog Greek Yogurt

I topped the roll 1/2 with vegan smart balance and brown sugar, and the other half with smart balance peanut butter because I thought it was “cute” how both were smart balance. Seriously, you would have thought I had been sipping the apple brandy(which for some reason is on the island in our kitchen) the way I was amused by that. I think that’s the first time I’ve topped one of those vegan rolls with something also vegan! The yogurt… was not vegan but equally delicious 🙂

So far I have stayed out of the kitchen and been working on my 15 page Epic Poetry essay since breakfast; this thing is turning into a piece of epic poetry itself and I’ll probably have to ask for an extension on it as I ignore my other 3 papers due the following week. I’ve also caught up on Days and SNL; who couldn’t have seen the Tiger Woods and White House Crashers being parodied? Hopefully more work will happen 🙂

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Kicking Off The Month Right

Posted on December 2, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

December is one of, if not my absolute, favorite months. Why? Snow, Christmas, family, vacation–you get the picture. Thankfully yesterday was perfect for kicking things off. My breakfast(pumpkin oatmeal with smart balance peanut butter and maple syrup and a chobani with blueberry jam and double chocolate pillow) filled me up amazingly well. I was not at all hungry after class got out, so I thought I’d seize the opportunity to go to Eastside Market and Whole Foods! Would you believe me if i told you it’s been over 2 weeks since I walked that way? It has! On the way, I came across the best car:

LDYINRED

Would it be awful to paint this car blue as a very involved April Fool’s joke? Probably. First up was Eastside, which looked mostly the same. I noticed they had brown rice sushi now, which might or might not be new, and for less than $5! I grabbed some for lunch and moved through fairly quickly getting just “the essentials”. Then I hopped over to Whole Foods and was psyched to find this.

December Whole Deal

There’s a new Whole Deal! But it has some pretty awful coupons 😦 I would majorly suggest stocking up on the old ones before you can’t get them anymore. Again, I tried to be quick and dirty shopping here so as to get back to my dorm. Thankfully, it’s a small Whole Foods and not much changes. I couldn’t even find a single Tofurkey roast 😦 Maybe hunting season’s over? I got back at 1:30 so as to only miss half of Days, and unloaded the loot.

Groceries

The Chobani and banana were from the dining hall bought with meal points. Otherwise, it was all from my grocery fund. And while none of it I had a coupon for, I tried to just get sale items and things that were “essential”. Here’s a question: when did I become the type of person who considers fake bacon an essential? The only thing that was really an impulse buy was the Carrot Cashew Ginger soup which, for 75 cents a serving, I was willing to try. I also got this one last thing:

Advent Calender

An advent calender! Frankly, I was a little saddened to find that the 99 cent advent calenders my mom always got us had artificial ingredients I couldn’t eat 😦 Thankfully, this one is made with all-natural ingredients and fair trade cocoa to boot! Here’s to a delicious 24 days.

Brown Rice Tuna And Salmon Sushi, Carrot Cashew Ginger Soup

My lunch was simple yet amazing. The sushi wasn’t bad at all for $4.89, although I only ever really eat sushi for the fish. I honestly couldn’t care less for the bit of whole grains and small amount of avocado they give you that hardly adds up to a veggie. The soup was delicious! Albeit a little thin. I think I just like stews and thick bowls of oatmeal, but the flavor was rich.

My afternoon felt like a whirlwind. I hadn’t answered emails or read blogs since 9pm Monday night right before my lock-out experience. Rachael Ray, Ellen, Oprah–I think I was there for them all but I wasn’t really “present”. Before I knew it it was 4:30 and I had a rather odd snack craving.

Acorn Squash With Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, And Sea Salt

For some people(here’s looking at you, Heather), acorn squash might not be so weird a snack. For oatmeal and peanut butter boy here, it was. Nonetheless, I complied, cut up my squash, and steamed it in the microwave, adding a little seasoning at the end. It was perfectly spot-hitting. A little later on the munchies came again and I wanted some protein.

Greek Yogurt With Pumpkin Butter And Peanut Butter Chips

18 grams to be exact. For this I just mixed a plain Chobani with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter and clear liquid stevia and then added on Sunspire chips–yum! It was such a sweet treat. I love the pumpkin butter with peanut butter for a fall flavoring. As for protein, I don’t generally keep close track of all that stuff; I just aim to have at least 3 high-protein sources through out the day, which often end up being greek yogurt or tofu.

For dinner, the online menu for the dining hall was not promising. Really, there was nothing since even one of the main vegetables was beets which I’ve sworn off for 2 weeks. I still wanted to catch up with my friend, Adam, however, since it’d been nearly 2 weeks since we last had dinner with Thanksgiving being last week. Thankfully, he was fine with bringing takeout to my room, where I whipped up this dish:

Tofurkey Loaf Slice, Broccoli, Carrot Cashew Ginger Soup, Orange Zevia

So I like the soup, wanna fight about it 😉 This was a delicious way to serve up leftovers. I was thinking of adding some flax to the soup to thicken it up but I hate playing around with things and so let it be in the end. We caught up on each other’s Thanksgiving and groaned about how ridiculous these next few weeks of work will be and then said our goodbyes to “write papers”(which in my case meant blog). I’m not a terribly political person so I was happy to skip the Presidential address for some serious snackage.

Chocolate Vitatop With Shortcut Cream Cheese Frosting

Oh my God. What have I released? This was sooooo good. Seriously, has anyone else tried this frosting? If anyone made it vegan with Tofutti I would be mondo impressed/intrigued to hear how it worked out. The Biggest Loser was inspiring, as always. I couldn’t wait to see them do a marathon! That’s really going to make me feel lazy and like I need to get a move on that, haha. The Biggest Loser must make me hungry because at 10 I made a large(r) snack.

Whole Wheat Vegan Cinnamon Roll With Cream Cheese Frosting, Yogurt With Cherry Butter, Dried Cherris, And Advent Chocolate

Advent Chocolate In Smart Balance

If I weren’t addicted to running and a health eater I’m sure I’d be driving my doctor nuts. The roll tasted just like a cinnabon; Afterwards I had a better idea for the chocolate. I love how the advent candy was in the shape of a heart. I hope they’re all fun like that. I pretty much gave up work after this(note how there’s a notebook under that food) and just focused on getting a good night’s sleep. I was also inspired to ask myself after watching the Biggest Loser contestants run a marathon why I hadn’t tried to run farther recently? Unfortunately my answer sucked: time. I’ve just always been focused on getting back to my dorm and making oatmeal too much to go the extra mile. And so this morning that’s exactly what I’m going to do(literally). I’m going to challenge myself to go 16 miles. If I have to walk or slow down I’ll let myself and I’ll give myself all the time I need. But that’s why I’m up posting at 6:30–to take a bit of time pressure off as I head out right now. Wish me luck!

So so many giveaways…

Popchip giveaway! Snap, crackle, POP!

Some very sweet nut butters to enjoy.

And an awesome regions best giveaway!

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Target Hopping

Posted on November 28, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday was the epitome of a rainy day in New England. It did get off to a rockin’ start, however, when I got this in the mail right as I was posting yesterday’s blog entry:

Me And Goji Granola

I got the opportunity to custom build my own cereal from [me] & goji. Let me tell you, this was a ton of fun! I’ll go into the process more in my review of them on another day, but they have TONS of options for you to pick out and make your very own cereal. I ended up making a mix called “Chocolate And Berries” with vanilla granola, gojis, raspberries, blueberries, chocolate covered gojis, and chocolate covered peanuts–yum! Of course I was ready to dive in for breakfast.

 

 

Banana Oats With Chocolate Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt With Chocolate And Berries Me And Goji Granola

Loved it! Thanks [me] & goji! There’s definitely not skimping on the mix-ins with them; this was like chocolate and berry overload(except that’s of course not possible). I think my favorite was the organic chocolate covered peanuts. The oats were so simple and yet hit the spot; a touch of sea salt on top really had the flavors placed. My morning was pretty lame, but that made it excellent. I was stuck home alone in the rain, and the highlight was showering and getting straight back in to pajamas 🙂 Montana was clearly in the spirit, too, since he got out of his crate, went to the bathroom, and fell asleep under a blanket. I made lunch in time for Days.

 

 

Stuffing, Spicy Chicken Sausage, Broccoli, Grand Marnier Sweet Potatoes

Have I mentioned that I love leftovers? I never have them when I cook for myself, but I think it’s fun to play with them when they come around. Everything here was leftover except the broccoli, which I made because I wanted some green. I think I’ve taken in more alcohol from those sweet potatoes than I have since being at college(OK, that’s not saying much with me). I will never tire of Whole Foods’ stuffing; thank God we have 24oz left. After some soap opera and homeworking, I decided to transition to the kitchen.

Seasonal Music Channel

Oh yes, there’s a channel that only plays Christmas music, all day 😉 Sometimes you have to wonder what barrel they scraped the bottom of to get the renditions of carols by the people they do, but other times they’re quite festive. Anyway, I decided to make up a new recipe and hope and pray it came out good(and chocolatey!).

Double Chocolate Pillows

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Wet And Dry

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line 2 cookie trays with wax paper. In a large bowl, sift together the first five ingredients. Mix in the chocolate chips evenly distributing. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the oil and extract. Add in the pumpkin and sugar and mix until all is dissolved. Pour the wet into the dry and fold together until fully incorporated(batter will be very thick). Scoop into 24 mounds, flatten, and bake for 10-12 minutes, until puffed and firm to the touch.

Thick Batter

The batter was incredibly thick; I was thinking of maybe adding some liquid, but I’m glad I didn’t. They ended up taking 14 minutes in my oven, but smelt so good when they were done.

Double Chocolate Pillows

Hello, chocolate. These were so soft and light but with a heavy, rich cocoa smell. Of course, in order to truly appreciate one, I had to try it first over oats.

Pumpkin Oats With A Double Chocolate Cookie And Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

Much better. The cookie was delicious, with a very dark taste of chocolate. It wasn’t quite bitter, but also not sweet. Bittersweet maybe? I’ll definitely make these again, but I might swap the 1/4 cup oil for 1/4 cup cream or full fat yogurt to give it more of a milky flavor. I’m sure you could go the otherway and veganize this recipe fairly easily, too, but I was not feeling that creative. When my parents finally got home from the funeral, I took the chance to get out of the house.

Target

Thankfully, Target had died down 12 hours after it opened. And surprisingly the store wasn’t entirely picked over. Then again, there wasn’t much left. I found a good deal on a camera, which a, let’s just say aloof, salesgirl led me to believe they had but when the manager came and I tried buying it pointed out it wasn’t the right one. Well they supposedly had some at another Target, so we picked up some things and moved on. After that we hit up a natural grocery store and Stop & Shop and, lastly, the other Target. When we got there, however, those 11 cameras they supposedly had were no longer. Wtf? They assured us they’d get some overnight if we really cared to come back. I’m not sure I’m that invested in the purchase, so I’ll have to give it with more thought. In the end my shopping was a lot more modest.

Shopping Loot

I either got really screwed on some stuff or really good deals on the other, because the peanut butter chips were the most expensive item by $2+ dollars. It was also well past dinner by the time we got home from Target hopping.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts In Balsamic Vinegar, Catfish, Roasted And Mashed Butternut Squash

Who buys two types of fish the day after Thanksgiving when there’s well over a few pounds of turkey in the fridge? My mother, apparently. And yet I’m the one who gets the name for being a wasteful shopper. That pretty much rubbed me the wrong way for the night, but rather than try to pick a fight I just took a plate of food and removed myself from the situation. I hardly feel comfortable having meat once a day, and I don’t feel comfortable at all wasting it, so all of this is meat overload for me and has just made me feel tense thinking about it. To take my mind away, I had a delectable snack.

Soy Yogurt With Peanut Milk Chocolate

This candy bar definitely had me with “caramelized peanuts with a touch of sea salt”–could somebody please adapt that and put it on my gravestone? All Stop & Shop had was flavored soy yogurt, but it was also on sale for a dollar, so good enough. I think there’s a bit of irony topping soy yogurt in milk chocolate that I never appreciated until now… I also watched this week’s Modern Family, which was more than fantastic. Can Fizzbo please come to my party? It’s OK if the comb sheaths aren’t there, though.

Green & Black Organic Peanut Milk Chocolate

I didn’t like this chocolate bar at all. That must be why it followed me upstairs and into my room 😉 After a while I had trouble sleeping. Hmmm, maybe sugar isn’t a better night time snack than oatmeal? Fascinating. I had a pretty genious thought, though.

Free-Range Turkey With Salt And Rosemary

Tryptophan! I’ve heard it’s also in legumes(and thus peanut butter) but I’m sure in greater amounts in turkey. I salted and seasoned 3oz of leftovers. While that was good, it didn’t do the job, so I did another 2oz. After that I good have fell into a food coma, and was asleep soon enough.

This morning I slept in until; I think vacation is making me lazy, haha. Isn’t that the point of Thanksgiving? It’s not looking like running weather and I could always use rest(I just never take it) so today will probably be a sans running day as well. Maybe I’ll work up a sweat at Target or a Whole Foods–we’ll have to see.

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Pans And Pies

Posted on November 26, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I didn’t feel that much pressure to get out and run yesterday. At the same time, I wasn’t sure how many opportunities I’d get today and tomorrow, so I decided to take the time and go out. It was a slightly slow 6.7 but felt good to be active for an hour(because I firmly planned on being lazy the other 23). When I got home, I challenged myself to make a lunch not with the microwave. It’s simple enough but there’s so many flavors and textures it just can’t achieve. After planning out a menu, I got to work with my fancy pan I won from some Hood milk promotion last month.

Brussels And Sausage In A Pan

First I scrambled 2 eggs and cooked those in the pan to the perfect doneness–so much easier than in a microwave! Then I steamed raw brussels for 3 minutes in the microwave and then pan-browned them for another 2 minutes. I also heated up a pre-cooked chicken sausage in the microwave(btw, all these uses of it don’t count ;-)) and finished that in the pan.

Scrambled Eggs, Spicy Chicken Sausage, Brussels Sprouts

This deserves a Holy Yum award. Brussels sprouts are seriously my favorite green vegetable and by far the best thing here, even though they were a bit dry, with a touch of salt. The browning gave a good crispness to the outside. The sausage was also quite good. Note: It was real meat and not faux meat. I think I can love them equally. The fennel in it was really impressive. For dessert I had something that took neither pan nor microwave.

Oikos With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam

So perfect. Well, OK, it could have used more jam, but then again my ideal would be eating the jam from the jar with a spoon, which is a no-no when it costs as much as this one does. I had a lovely evening on the couch planned, but then my mom asked if I wanted to accompany her to Market Basket while she picked up some last minute food. My knee-jerk reaction was a big yes, and next thing I knew it I was in the car. Oops. At least I brought a little work with me. For those who don’t have a Market Basket, it’s a place full of interesting finds…

Christmas Decor

Oh, Canada. What are you doing up there? Jk, but Market Basket does have good finds. It’s right across the way from Whole Foods, and while it might only carry about 30% the same stuff, what it does have is very often cheaper. The only thing I could find on my list this trip was a 4-pack of deep chocolate vitatops for 3.69. they had faux meat, but unfortunately nothing all-natural and breakfasty 😦 It was pretty late when everyone was done, so I was happy to grab a snack in the car.

Banana Walnut Gnu Bar

Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow. All you have to do is read my review to know I loved this. I don’t like bananas that much, but I swear anything that tastes like bananas I’m game with. And this was just like banana bread. There wasn’t a large presence of walnuts, but that was fine by me since I don’t care for the. And all the fiber filled me up and kept me calm when I realized I still had to make the pie! Yikes. By the time we got home it was dark and I was getting anxious about that, until I remembered this is the simplest recipe and I didn’t even need to check my computer to remember how to make it.

Unbaked Crustless Pumpkin Pie

There was a mini-issue with the pesky water bath, but otherwise crisis averted and sanity restored. I felt a little something was in order along with a pat on the back.

Chocolate Elan Frozen Yogurt

This snack ended up being a little littler than I expected; who knew we were almost out and there was hardly a serving left in the container! Too bad nobody realized this over the past 4 weeks we’ve been having freezer-space issues. Normally I’m happy to finish an ice cream but I love elan and this flavor so much I feel like I need to get an exact replacement for it. I watched 1 of the 2 SNL’s I slept through and then the pie was done.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

It had a couple bubbles but no cracks and definitely nice and firm so that it will stand on its own at the table. Amen 🙂 And then there was dinner.

Haddock With Soyaki, Beets, Parsnips With Peach Salsa

Not quite my pan-licious lunch, but this was pretty good, too 😉 There was a little more beets taken after the photo and we finished it all! We didn’t want any leftovers going in to Thanksgiving. I swear this house empties of all vegetables when I’m not here so I made sure we got good ones at Market Basket. Parsnips are so good for a soft and white vegetable; I don’t like white potatoes because they always taste dry and starchy but I think I’ve found a new friend in parsnips.

I almost forgot about The Biggest Loser last night! I was so thankful my tivo reminded me of it. I brewed some coffee and had a naked dessert.

Deep Chocolate Vitatop

I kept racking my brain to try and figure out what to do with this vitatop. It finally occurred to me: If it wasn’t coming naturally, it wasn’t meant to be. And this vitatop tasted just delicious on its own. It was great to see where former contestants are and to know they’ve really changed their lives. I think finding and staying with that balance must be the toughest thing. There was another snack.

Oikos With Turbinado Sugar And Chocolate Chips

Turbinado sugar is good for you because it has the minerals crystalized in, right? And it’s from Trader Joe’s so it cures cancer, right? We’re just going to go with all of that because this hit my sweet tooth. It was so depressing seeing the winner who gained back so much weight. Clearly, though, he felt bad about it, too, so it’s hard to be upset with him.

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mighty Maple And Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter

Let’s just say, this bowl took a lot of work to figure out what to do with it, but I’m happy where I settled. I forgot how good and chocolatey(not to mention thick) the chocolate sunflower butter is. And probably a better choice at 10:30 than chocolate chips with my sugar tolerance(or lack thereof).

I set my alarm for 7 this morning. On a holiday–why’d I do that? To run, of course. I wasn’t sure it was going to happen but it was actually reasonably warm and I felt refreshed with only 8 hours of sleep. I grabbed a bar for the run.

 

Amazing Grass Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar

What a delicious way to start Thanksgiving 🙂 I ate 3/5ths of it on the run and then never needing the last bit. I ended up doing 10.55 miles–my longest run outside! The course was completely new to me; they demolished a bridge near my house which pretty much eliminated as options all my longer runs but I figured out a new course that worked perfectly. I came home to a house already smelling of food–love that. I got a touch creative with breakfast:

 

Pumpkin Yogurt With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Nog Cream Cheese Frosting, Peanut Oikos

Ok, I’ll admit it, I used the microwave for the oats and I don’t regret it because this bowl was perfect. The frosting, which I dreamed up on the run, really made it; the recipe is 1oz greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon low fat cream cheese, and 1 tablespoon Silk Nog with 3 drops vanilla liquid stevia. I wouldn’t give such precise measurements if I weren’t convinced those are the measurements of the Greek Gods. It’s sweet but not so much that you lose the cream cheese, and it’s entirely seasonal.

Happy Thanksgiving, all! Now I’m kicking back, watching The Parade with Pikachu just having floated by. My relatives are coming in just 2 hours! I’m so excited, even though I realize the 2 little cousins will probably have me tearing my hair out of my head by the end of the day, haha.

 

NuNaturals giveaway! I think they’re stevia taste the purest(and this is coming from someone who, from time to time, nibbles on his plant).

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What Makes A Good Day?

Posted on November 19, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Is it setting a distance PR?

Is it starting the day off with this Amazing Grass bar?

Decaf Coffee And Plain Chobani

Is it abusing using your meal plan to hook yourself up with coffee and greek yogurt before class?

Is it getting an email that you have a package waiting for you in the mailroom after Latin class?

Wildwood Sample Products

Is it getting a great box of soy products from Wildwood including burgers, yogurt, and baked tofu to sample and review?

Is it making lunch with a new condiment?

Wicked Natural Caramel Mustard Dip

Caramel Mustard Tofu, Broccoli And Sliced Carrots, Flamegrilled Gardenburger

Is it having a lunch that tastes almost like a dessert, except with a vinegary kick to it?

Is it vegetables that taste fresh with a little salt even though they’ve been in the dining hall God-only-knows-how long?

Is it an old, favorite vegan veggie burger with a smoky kick?

Lemonade Vitamin Water 10

Is it standing 1 foot next to Emma Watson when you go to the convenience store in the mail room to grab a drink between classes?

Epic Poetry Paper

Is it getting an A you totally didn’t expect because, even though your work kind of sucks and you gave up hope half way through a paper, the teacher sees enough progress and takes enough pity to give a damn good grade?

Peanut Butter Chip Cascadian Farm Granola Bar

Is it eating a granola bar with very low fiber and protein and no fortified vitamins or minerals but that has peanut butter chips in it?

Is it forgetting your water bottle in Greek History class, invading the room and another class 2 years later, and getting mistaken as an “escort” for a sick girl?

Is it watching Oprah, but an episode that unfortunately has no porn stars, ex-vice president nominees, or ex-vice president nominee’s grandbaby’s daddy who’s becoming a porn star?

Pumpkin Oats With Cranberry Frosting And Cranberry Vanilla Peanut Butter

Is it having a colorful bowl of oatmeal that reminds you you don’t need artificial ingredients or colors in your life for edible things to look and taste amazing?

Is it being inspired by New England to make a dish with pumpkin, vanilla, and cranberry as the flavors?

Carrots And Caramel Mustard Dip

Is it dipping carrots straight into the jar?

Is it convincing yourself that this is better than just eating straight caramel because there’s mustard and vinegar in their, too?

Local Products

Is it a day when, despite the fact that the Farmers’ Market ended two weeks ago, local companies arranged to send their products to Josiah’s for a special night?

Is it buying more caramel mustard for Thanksgiving and a new jar of local jam and paying with 2 breakfast meals because you eat oatmeal in your room every morning?

Baked Scrod, Sweet Potato, Steamed Vegetables

Is it the dining hall having fish, sweet potato and steamed vegetables all on the same night?

Is it laughing at how the one night that you don’t get food from the vegetarian line your friend, a completely careless meat eater, won’t touch the fish?

 

Greek Yogurt With Raspberry Chocolat Jam And Shaved Newman's Own Organic Super Dark Chocolate

 

Is it having a dessert with fruit and chocolate that clocks in with 20+ grams of protein?

Is it being convinced that because fruit is the first ingredient, jam with chocolate is still reasonably good for you?

Is it having no unread emails in your mailbox for the first time at 8:45pm?

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

 

Is it having your favorite bowl of oatmeal, with the same exact combination of ingredients/nut butter/topping that you’ve had umpteen times?

Is it watching a new Modern Family and laughing a little too hard at “she came to the Halloween party as Sigfried and half of Roy”?

Deep Chocolate Vitatop With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

Is it eating one of your favorite desserts ever with a blend of chocolate, peanut butter, and toffee just because you can?

Is it getting 50% your daily value of iron in said dessert?

Is it knowing and respecting your body well enough to listen to it when it says it wants to go to bed at 10:20?

Amazing Grass Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar

Is it waking up and feeling energized, and grabbing this bar you’ve been dreaming about on the way to the gym?

Is it watching television shows you’re about 8 years too old for because they make the treadmill an enjoyable experience?

Is it running 10 miles in 83:41 when you only planned to go 7 miles because you feel so darn good?

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pepita Sun Butter, Nog And Cinnamon Soy Yogurt

Is it that your room smells like fresh cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg at 9am?

Is it when you realize that you won’t have to give up anything going vegan for a day–again–but rather just find different ways to love the food you normally eat?

 

Is it the thought of winning this amazing coffee filled giveaway?

I think it’s all of those things(especially the Emma Watson one ;-)) What about you? What makes it a good day?

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Popcorn Flavored Cod

Posted on November 16, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m very stubborn. I insist to eat oatmeal when I know I won’t have time to finish it all. Boy am I a crazy person 😉 Jk, but I was still working on my bowl yesterday morning when my parents arrived around noon. They didn’t mind sitting around while I finished, and look what they brought me!

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Archer Farm's Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter

A new peanut butter? A new Target product? A food present I didn’t have to physically pick off the shelf? This was like everything I like all in one ❤ Big thanks to Naomi at One Fit Foodie for giving me the heads up on this one. After putting that and some other groceries they brought, my parents, grandmother and I headed of to Foxwoods! We’ve been going there every few months or so since I was 2 or 3. Don’t judge my family because we bond over institutions of gambling; there are sooooo many other reasons to judge us. Anyway, I can’t gamble until I’m 21, and the arcade room has lost its luster to me, so when we go my dad and I usually eat at one of their great restaurants. This time it was Junior’s.

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Junior's

Junior’s started in Brooklyn, and is much more well-known for their cheesecake. Bobby Flay even threw down(and beat) them! They also built a restaurant at the MGM part of Foxwoods. When you arrive, they give you pickles, beets, and relish.

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Appertif

I thought that was really cute. And it was all so vinegary! It was perfect. For entrees, Juniors has a lot of heavy items; would you really expect anything less from a place whose main appeal is cheesecake? I was in a white-fish mood, so I went with the broiled cod.

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Broiled Cod With Broccoli

The dish came with florentince rice, but I asked to substitute that with the vegetable of the day, which was apparently broccoli. I also didn’t realize that at 2pm I’d be getting the dinner portion. It was very delicious, but I wasn’t expecting the pool of butter it came in. In fact, when I first tasted it I though “Why does my cod taste like popcorn?” That’s how divorced I am from butter; I only know the flavor through popcorn. I’m not even sure what the sauce on the side was but it tasted like mayo and was pretty bland so I didn’t bother with it. One thing that was great about Junior’s was their mustard.

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Junior's Mustard

They make their own, and my dad(who got a steak burger) and I both agreed it was incredible. Luckily, they also sold it, and mustard was on my shopping list, so I got one for 4 dollars. I love buying sauces and jams from places I visit because I think the flavor of their product says a lot about the institution and bring back good memories. We didn’t get any cheesecake, but I snapped a picture on the way out for you to drool at 😉

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Junior's Cheesecakes

Can I move one now? 🙂 We walked around a bit more while my mom and grandmother had fun gambling. I had a huge coffee to flush out the butter from my system. Foxwoods has some fun stores that sell Stonewall Kitchen and other jams. Some of them had me drooling, but I wasn’t in the business of buying new and expensive jams. Once people had had their full(and lost their money), we made the long trip back to Providence. I say long because we stopped at 3 places. For energy I snacked on a new bar.

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NuGo Carrot Cake Bar

It had an interesting flavor. It was definitely sweet, though I’m not sure it was “carrot cake”. Then again, what is carrot cake, anyway? It’s one of my favorites ever, so I’ve had a ton, and I know no two have ever tasted the same because people change up the ingredients so often. Anyway, the first stop was probably the one I was most excited for.

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Rhode Island Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s is always exciting; add in the facts that 1) I haven’t been to one in over a month 2) this was a new one to me and 3) this is their only location in Rhode Island and you’ve got a happy foodie. It felt like reuniting with an old friend. At the same time, so much has changed! They have great looking new profucts like chocolate covered peppermint Joe-Joe’s. And have they always had those vanilla fudge cranberry dunkers? If so, why did I never buy them?

Well, it was dark when we got out of their. After that we went to Stop And Shop for Libby’s pumpkin and Vitatops, but as luck would have it Cascadian Farm’s granola bars were $3 a box and I had coupons! Score. Lastly was Whole Foods, where I restocked on a lot of jam that my yogurt-loving ways have taken, and picked up a dinner. I even slipped my dad $10 my grandmother had slipped me earlier because I felt the groceries had gotten a little out of hand. Here’s the proof:

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Groceries

Like I said, quite a bit. On the bright side, only 3 of the groceries were neither on sale, a coupon item, or store brand. And there was at least $6 saved with sales and coupons, so that counts for something. I rushed to put these away because time had completely gotten by me and was more than ready for dinner.

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Whole Foods Chicken Dumplings And Tuna And Salmon Brown Rice Sushi

Did I mention my parents also bought me a dinner? 😀 This was sooooo good. I haven’t had sushi or Chinese dumplings in what feels like ages; I know of some great sushi places but honestly I’m content with Whole Foods. I like brown rice and most real Japanese places don’t offer that. I’d definitely get it more if it weren’t expensive(though, to be fair, it’s a way better deal than loading up on veggies from the salad bar).

This dinner made me very happy for the ridiculous amount of email responding/blog reading/internet bemusement I had to do. The rest of the night felt like hectic catching up but I’d much rather have a fun day and a stressful night than anything else. For a bit I ran around putting things away, cleaning plates, jumping into PJ’s, and making a snack.

 

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Pumpkin Spice Yogurt With Harvest Spcie Granola

 

I was still hungry immediately after dinner, which I think was either from my low snackage of that the sushi had enough protein. Regardless, pumpkin pie greek yogurt was by far the best answer. I added 1/4 cup pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla stevia, and used 1 Harvest Spice bar as granola. This tasted just like pumpkin pie. It definitely hit the spot. I don’t know that I’d like that bar on its own, but as an on-the-go granola I could see it being handy. Amazing Race and Family Guy were decent, but nothing to gush about. This snack was though:

 

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Peanut Butter Chip Granola Bar, Chocolate Vitatop With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

 

Why people pay an arm and a leg for supplements when they could buy tasty, fortified food I will never understand; I swear I always feel better the day after I have a vitatop for dessert. Even if it’s all in my mind, it’s damn tasty 🙂 The granola bar was good, too. Nothing fortified or particularly nutritious, but definitely delicious. I think this one would make good on-the-go granola, too.

Nerd rant: The Aeneid is just awful to read in translation. At least when you read it in Latin you feel like you’re testing out your knowledge and can enjoy the poetry side of it. As a book, though, it pretty much sucks. In fact, the author, Virgil, wanted it burned after he died because he never finished it and didn’t like it himself. Some people are very glad those orders were not carried out. I, on the other hand, am not.

 

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Soy Yogurt With Smart Balance, Newman's Own Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, And Vanilla Sugar

Speaking of fortified, this was fortified with goodness. I actually used to worry about not getting enough calcium, but with 3 cups of yogurt or milk a day and green vegetables that’s not really a concern. And I think a sprinkling of vanilla sugar is totally justified when you buy plain and unsweetened yogurt 🙂

I’m finding the better I stay hydrated, the more often I need to get up and go in the middle of the night. A bit unfortunate, but if that’s the price for proper health I’ll pay. I grabbed a fruity bar and hit the gym.

 

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Clif Fruit And Nut Mojo Dipped

This one’s not my favorite, but it had me at “and nut”. I think Monday’s are the best for long runs because usually I lower mileage over the weekend, and I’m excited to see The Today Show gang and 7am cartoons. Today pretty much fit that bill. I decided on 12 miles and finished in 99 minutes flat. None of my gym friends were there this morning 😦 But I know where they work so I can give them hell for being lazy and make sure they kick their own butts tomorrow 😉 Breakfast was decided long before it got made.

 

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Oikos With Strawberry Jam And Fluff, Pumpkin Oatmeal With Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter And TJ's White Chocolate Chips

Yum! I love getting new “toys” to play with. The vanilla cranberry butter was surprisingly thin, and the cranberries weren’t whole but rather finely ground. Still, it had GREAT flavor. I think it’d be good in some yogurt. And the white chocolate chips were perfect. I think you can tell they’re made with cocoa butter. I don’t know why, but I was craving a little sticky fluff, so I threw that on the yogurt. Perfect 🙂

 

 

 

Xagave Giveaway! I’d love to be baking with this stuff!

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