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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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 beΒ 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 “caramelizedΒ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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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Veggies For An Upsest Stomach

Posted on September 22, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning. So I’m thinking I need a section of this blog where I solely talk about how ridiculous my professors are? As in when we’re translating a Catullus poem that deals with bed squeaking and my Latin teacher uses the phrase “going at it, hot and heavy”. Yes, that will scar you. Or perhaps my Greek History class which is taught by my Latin teachers husband in which he frequently mentions how the Olympians were naked, oiled, and wrestling. Should I mention to her that her husband might have something else on his mind? Thankfully, Epic Poetry is a break from the craziness. I love our professor; she’s a middle-aged Spanish woman with a heavy accent and it feels like a museum tour guide is talking to you when she leads discussion ❀

After the Latin class experience, I, amazingly, still had an appetite and went to the Ratty

Vegatable Stiry Fry, Tofu With Steak Sauce/Mustard/Agave Syrup, Snap Peas, Sprouts, Waterchesnuts, And Broccoli

Vegatable Stiry Fry, Tofu With Steak Sauce/Mustard/Agave Syrup, Snap Peas, Sprouts, Waterchesnuts, And Broccoli

The new Taste Of The World section is up and running for the week and this week is Japan. How exciting, I grabbed some scoops of the stir fry which was supposed to have tofu and veggies in it but was lacking. To compensate I grabbed some for the side as well as some tofu which I heated in my microwave with the described sauce. Something in this meal did not sit with me at all. I knew it wasn’t that much food or fuel and I should have eaten more but I could barely get down what was in the picture; I’m thinking it was the stir fry, since oily things tend to give me trouble, so I’ll be steering clear of that this week. Around Epic Poetry I started to have an appetite so I ate these in order:

Peanut Butter Z-Bar

Peanut Butter Z-Bar

Red Delicious Apple

Red Delicious Apple

I hate getting hungry in class because it’s hard to whip out a Whole Food that’s portable and quiet to eat, but the Z-Bar is a close second. When I got back to my dorm I noshed on the apple. Red Delicious all the way for me, which is great because that’s one of the varieties that I can steal from the dining hall πŸ™‚ My roommate was in the room reading all day; I really was not in a people mood so I decided this’d be a good time to run an errand I’d been meaning to do.

Providence Place Mall

Providence Place Mall

So I’ve lived a mile from a mall and only went to Bed, Bath, And Beyond on the first day–what’s up with that? I was impressed how big this place was: 5 stories! I didn’t get anything, but it’d be a fun place to hang if I ever stayed here over the weekend like I should. If they would only put a Whole Foods in there…

When I got back I had a craving for mint ice cream. Normally, I might go out and buy a quart and that’d be that. But given my recent “experience” I was too hesitant to buy anything new and improvised:

Vanilla Elan Frozen Yogurt With Dark Forest Mint Chocolate

Vanilla Elan Frozen Yogurt With Dark Forest Mint Chocolate

It wasn’t really mint ice cream :-/ But I did what I could, right? Maybe tomorrow I’ll go out and get the real thing. By the way, 1 square chopped up goes a long way in ice cream. I’ve always wondered how chocolate bars are so calorific but chocolate chip ice cream not so much. After the sweet I had a little salty:

Roasted And Salted Edamame With Goji Berries

Roasted And Salted Edamame With Goji Berries

This was such a great find last week at Eastside Market. Not only is it uber healthy with fiber and protein, and uber salty with… salt, it was pretty cheap, like 2.50. Considering the amount of goji berries in this, I’m guessing it’s a better option than buying goji’s from the bulk bins. Delicious. Come dinner time I definitely had my appetite back and didn’t touch the stir fry station.

Vegan Chili, Green Beans, Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Veggie Stew, Sweet Potato

Vegan Chili, Green Beans, Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Veggie Stew, Sweet Potato

That’s a lot of vegetables, and it sat with me. Well. The stew was mostly just a ratatouille with less tomatoes which reminded me of Provence. The artichoke hearts were also delicious and apparently made with a cooking wine which I really didn’t taste. And the chili was pretty great. It reminded me of Wendy’s chili except without the dodgy meat. I was very happy and very full with this meal(well, full for an hour, which is about what you can expect from me).

There was too much to choose from last night on TV. I decided to go with Heroes, and this lil’ guy:

Deep Chocolate Vitabrownie

Deep Chocolate Vitabrownie

For chocolate fixes nowadays, I don’t even go for chocolate chips or chocolate cookies; I go for vitaproducts. 30 seconds in the microwave and they become so cakey yet with a fudgy flavor. Perrrrfect, because I’m a cake person but hate how most cakes chocolate cakes come out tasting too vanilla(and not in the “vanilla bean” kind of way). I was so excited to see Chelsea from Days Of Our Lives as an actress on Heroes! And then she got killed off… wtf. I’m going to try and pretend that the season wasn’t ruined then for me. And for all you HIMYM fans, don’t worry, I’m still loyal to the show. I just need to track the new episode down online in my oh-so-plentiful free time. 2 hours is way too long for 1 show, in my opinion. I had to make snacks half way through.

French Toast Oatmeal And 10-Grain Bread With White Chocolate Wonderful And Cream Cheese

French Toast Oatmeal And 10-Grain Bread With White Chocolate Wonderful And Cream Cheese

Talk about hitting the spot. At first I was hesitant to make the oats; I thought to myself “Evan, do you realize you’ve gone a whole day eating vegetarian? Do you want to change that at 9pm at night?” Well, as much as I support the cause, I’m not a vegetarian and thought it’d be kind of silly to ignore a craving over something like that. The secret to good french toast oats: lots of vanilla powder. It’s not a household staple, but you should make it one.

I ended up in bed with my Nintendo DS copy of the Iliad and spent the night mostly like that and got some great sleep. My roommate is starting to get a cold or something so I’m being careful to get my sleep and eat right to fend of the flu this season(no shot for me. I’d rather bolster my immune system with food than fluids). When I got up it was a “treadmill morning” because Tuesday’s and Thursday’s my mornings are a bit hectic and I wanted to be done running at 8:30 sharp. I did 6.86 in 55:10, which is almost perfect pace for me. My right arm and shoulder started getting really sore; I need to learn to watch the TV in front of me rather than 10 feet to the side. When I got back I had the weirdest morning cravings:

Oatmeal/Bran With An Egg And 365 Steak Sauce, Multibran Vitatop With Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Carrot Juice

Oatmeal/Bran With An Egg And 365 Steak Sauce, Multibran Vitatop With Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Carrot Juice

I warned you. What I really wanted was the steak sauce. Don’t ask why, but 365 steak sauce is just addicting. Obviously that would have been too weird to just put on oatmeal, right? Gotta have an egg to balance it out. Oh, and salt. Lots and lots of salt πŸ˜‰ Because I’m such a Bran boy I was happy to try this vitatop. I took a lesson from Christina and topped it with one of my favorite peanut butters, Butter Toffee by Naturally Nutty. The nutrition for this vitatop threw me off a bit; I wouldn’t have imagined something “bran” having so much sugar. But I was happy there weren’t sugar alcohols and the ingredient list was about as simple as could be. The flavor was just what I expected and hoped for: bran. Believe it or not, sometimes I don’t want everything to taste like a dessert(though I give you plenty of reason to not believe me, there). I would definitely buy this vitatop as a morning-starter, though if I had the choice of flavor I might go for one of their fruitier healthy flavors like BlueBran or AppleBerry.

Why oh why did I make oatmeal on a day I have early class? Seriously, I can spend 2 hours on a good bowl in the morning. I better get my butt moving and the spoon to my mouth. I’m wicked excited for today because it’s going to be nice and sunny and I’m done with class at 11:50! Where will the day take me? I’m guessing it’ll be a Whole Foods lot of fun, wherever it is.

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A Very Vanilla Weekend

Posted on August 31, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In case you left the planet for the day, check out my Naturally More nut butter review. And don’t confuse that with the Naturally Nutty company, for which I already have a second review in the works(the first being here).

Phew, let’s take a break from peanut butter… Ok that’s over. Saturday was such a dreary morning. You know it’s bad when you need flash at 11am to snap your snacks:

Peach With Naturally More Peanut Butter

Peach With Naturally More Peanut Butter

Banana Goodness Bread

Banana Goodness Bread

I took a tip from Erik over at VeganFritz and tried my peanut butter with a peach. Why did I doubt this would work? It was like a double-dose of Georgia in my mouth. I think I might prefer bread overall, but it’s nice to have a few simple swaps in the toolbox. I also grabbed a mini-slice of bread and flew out the door to the bank where I cashed my last paycheck!

Wallet

Wallet

Lettuce in the pocket πŸ™‚ Ok I kind of already spent most of that on peanut butter but it felt like I was getting more, and nothing beats that winning feeling. When we got home it was a munchy lunchy inside.

Veggieburger with Cheese, Broccoli With Ground Flax And Pepper

Veggieburger with Cheese, Broccoli With Ground Flax And Pepper

Don’t you love how you can make anything in the microwave these days? The veggieburger was Morningstar’s grillers vegan, which is pretty great but has a bit of a weird and long ingredient list. I have some Gardenburgers’ Grillers which is made by the same company but organic lying in the freezer, so hopefully those will be a good replacement. Afterward we hung around a bit while my dad did his errands. I thought I’d bake up some fig and almond blondies with our figs before they grew mold. Well, it was a little late for 2 of them, but the rest seemed fine so I plowed ahead(just don’t tell anyone).

Fig And Almond Blondies

Fig And Almond Blondies

Fig And Almond Blondie With Almond Milk

Fig And Almond Blondie With Almond Milk

I also resurrected on of this batches’ older brothers from the freezer while it was in the oven and enjoyed it aside some vanilla almond milk. I can’t believe I drink that stuff straight now. I first bought it to lighten up my coffee but couldn’t stand it plain. Now I drink my coffee black and my almond milk straight up, yo… sorry, I don’t know where that came from.

After that we did some Back2School shopping. Ugh, if you need proof that we feed our kids too much sugar, go to Walmart on back to school weekend. Them lil’ buggers be running up and down every aisl, ahootin’ and ahollerin’. I grabbed a stabler and was out of there. We also stopped at Market Basket for lots of loot including Carrot Juice and Whole Foods. I was pretty famished at Whole Foods, so I grabbed a Kind Almond & Cashew bar by instinct. Then I thought “Sure, this is pretty nutritious, definitely delicious, and all the ingredients are recognizably food, but could you do better?” At that point I put it down and hopped over to the salad bar for something special.

Whole Foods' Chicken Rice Soup

Whole Foods' Chicken Rice Soup

I’m the last to think I’d be getting chicken soup in August, but it was that kind of day in Massachusetts. This soup was packed on chicken, light on the rice, so I knew I was getting a heavy dose of protein. It was actually a little underseasoned; isn’t that rare to find in premade soups these days? This definitely gets a big “Food” stamp. When I got home I was proud of myself, but also a little munchy. I made up this parfait:

Vanilla Chobani With Cinnamon And Cinnamon Puffins

Vanilla Chobani With Cinnamon And Cinnamon Puffins

Vanilla and cinnamon were made for each other, just like Laverne and Shirley. If you recall, we were supposed to be seeing the Savannah Chef doing her thang over a stove tonight, so dinner wasn’t really planned, and definitely didn’t go over smoothly. I’ll spare you the drama and pathetic pic of “dinner”. What was much better was dessert(isn’t this always the case?). I had been looking for a good vanilla frozen yogurt and finally just went with elan’s at Market Basket, hoping it’d be suitable.

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

I was a little worried, because this wasn’t vanilla bean, which is the only way to know you’re getting real quality vanilla. But oh my god, was this good. It definitely was not one of those this-has-no-flavor-so-let’s-label-it-vanilla flavors. No, this was like frothy milkshake from a burger joint vanilla. I just let it sit and licked it like a cone as it melted, which made the flavor even purer. And because it’s elan it’s all natural and has a readable ingredient list. +1000 on this purchase.

Flashfoward to Sunday morning. I was planning on just running around the neighborhood about 6 times, but I decided to take advantage of the fact that nobody’s on the road on Sundays, so I went out for 8.5 miles. I would call this my “long run” but Friday kinda trumped that. I was ready for refueling after that, so I made myself this:

Pineapple Chobani, Banana Goodness Bread, Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter, Carrot Juice

Pineapple Chobani, Banana Goodness Bread, Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter, Carrot Juice

I wanted to give pineapple Chobani a second chance after seeing it so much on the blog world. I didn’t like it so much the first time but I figured I must have missed something. I enjoyed it much more than I remember. This time I could taste the creaminess from the 2% base. And I thought that the pineapple wasn’t a distinct flavoring but rather more a sweetener which masked the natural tartness, which I also enjoyed about it. I gave the mocha peanut butter a second try after not getting a strong taste of it the first time. I don’t know if I’m down with coffee in my peanut butter, but there’s no denying the flavor is there and kicking. Of course Sunday morning meant coupon clipping time:

Weekend Circulars

Weekend Circulars

My mom totally stole the coupons I clipped myself. I’m going to have to raid her stash for the things I eat before heading off on my own next weekend(odd thought, right there). Check out my shirt I got on the internet last year(that doesn’t sound sketchy at all)

Get Your Greek On

Get Your Greek On

What a painful reminder I have 2 dead languages to relearn for next week after my brain rotted this Summer. Oh well, I’ve studied Latin so long I can probably pick up the Aeneid and start translating, but Greek is another story.

Sunday also meant having my grandmother over for dinner. I was not feeling turkey(what was being cooked) so I turned on the grill and fired up one of the bison burgers I made last week.

Bison Burger With The Fixings On Whole Wheat Bun, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potato

Bison Burger With The Fixings On Whole Wheat Bun, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potato

Clearly, I’m not becoming a vegetarian any time soon. But I would like to cut animal protein out of my diet a bit and the first thing that I feel good about giving up is bland poultry(not that my mom’s turkey is bland more than any other turkey). That being said, nothing’s bland about bison, am I right? I picked up a trick from UFood and put steak sauce underneath the burger. That way your tongue gets a dose of it before the meat, making for a flavorful combo. I was also a bit of a genius when it came to dessert.

Vanilla Frozen Yogurt And Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Vanilla Frozen Yogurt And Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

I can not begin to describe how good this was. The vanilla with the cinnamon and cookie dough chunks made for some super-cookie-concoction with protein, fiber, and probiotics. It was also a delicious way to stretch an expensive ice cream(the snickerdoodle) with a cheaper one(the vanilla). Too bad I figured this out with the last of the snickerdoodle 😦 I got out the college check list…

College Checklist

College Checklist

…and hit up Target…

Blue Spoon And Newman's Own Organic Decaf

Blue Spoon And Newman's Own Organic Decaf

Not the largest loot but not bad. I picked up that spoon, which was the only blue one in a sea of green and white, so it was obviously meant for me. And I couldn’t belief that coffee was on clearance. It’s the same stuff from McDonalds and is soooo good(not to mention organic). Newman’s Own Organic have made my Summer in more ways than one; can’t wait to bring them into my dorm! We also swung by Roche Bros. where I completely beat the system with the sales.

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola And Kashi Vive Cereal

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola And Kashi Vive Cereal

Check this out: Both of these were on sale for 2 dollars a piece, and I had a 1.50 off any 2 boxes of Kashi cereal, making this a 2.50 grab. At normal prices, this would be over 9 dollars. Isn’t that ridiculous? If they had Kashi Honey Sunshine, I could’ve grabbed a box of that for 50 cents with my coupon, but they were out so I’ll check another store this sales period. I haven’t tried either of these, but I was sold on the Vive when I heard it had probiotics and vanilla yogurt balls. And granola is just impossible to pass up ever. Hopefully they’ll both be good.

For dinner we grilled. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to I made up some lentils but figured salmon would also be good.

Snobby Joes In A Whole Wheat Bun, Salmon Burger With Avocado

Snobby Joes In A Whole Wheat Bun, Salmon Burger With Avocado

I’m totally doing an impressive job freeing up our freezer by eating all these burgers. Plus it doesn’t take much convincing for me to eat salmon πŸ˜‰ We went for a walk after dinner and got in right before it became dark and the bug started swarming.

Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Deep Chocolate Vitatop And Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt

Deep Chocolate Vitatop And Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt

Consider operation eat-out-the-fridge-of-my-food officially on. I really can’t complain about that operation; it’s giving me an excuse to eat vitatops and ice cream for any and every meal πŸ˜‰ I also tried catching up on some TV shows before all these new seasons start in September! Crazy!

This morning the run wasn’t so hot, just like the weather. I got in 6.7 but I don’t feel like I ever really got going. I think my time was 56:45. Maybe I spent too much time on my feet and not enough time in front of the tube, which I will make up for today. Breakfast was more let’s-finish-this-crap-so-we-can-make-some-space:

Raspberries, Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt With Maple-Agave Syrup, Strawberry Flax Waffles With Cream Cheese And Syrup

Raspberries, Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt With Maple-Agave Syrup, Strawberry Flax Waffles With Cream Cheese And Syrup

Ok, by “crap” I meant really yummy stuff. I’m definitely bringing my TJ’s Maple Agave syrup to Brown. It’s so good at sweetening up just about anything. And the raspberries are still from the bunch that we picked last weekend. A little bit less on the freshness and nutrition by this point, but still tangy and delicious. Today I’m debating buying myself a really nice chair for Brown because it’s 50% off. Besides that I’m going to see how many more Kashi coupons and loot we can score. Boy this was a long one, thanks for hanging in there!

P.S. Mary over at Food & Fun is having her first giveaway. Check it out and add her to your blogroll if you haven’t already!: http://mponz.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/my-first-giveaway/

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Traffic Jam In Aisle Three

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In case you missed my Naturally Nutty review because it was a late-night double post, you can catch it here.

Breakfast

Breakfast

That right there is was my knock-out recovery breakfast: English muffin with 365 raspberry perserves and TJ almond butter, a plain Chobani/vanilla bean Wallaby yogurt mix, 1/2 a peach, and some carrot juice. That’s all pretty standard, but notice anything new in this pic? The plate, of course! It’s one of the things we picked up school shopping yesterday. It was only like 2 bucks and allegadly hand crafted and painted by some baby in China. I got some more plates and bowls but I still need to find some cool silverware. My mom doesn’t understand why I need these things since the dining hall has them, and my dad doesn’t see why I can’t take a few plates and forks from our house set. Oh parents…

Well after breakfast yesterday I found out who the next to die was…

Empty Mighty Maple And Extra-Full Mighty Maple

Empty Mighty Maple And Extra-Full Mighty Maple

Yep, that’s right, after White Chocolate Wonderful the next jar I emptied out was Mighty Maple. I really didn’t think the oats-in-a-jar was anything special last time, so I thoroughly scraped the old one out with a spoon and added it to the new jar. After that mini-project, I went for a walk and came back to this:

Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbetto

Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbetto

This is one of those things that’s been sitting in my freezer that I just hadn’t gotten around to. Until now, that is. I don’t know why I let this just sit there for so long; it’s the perfect summer treat with a strong citrus-y flavor and cool, thick body. Such a great refreshing pick-me-up.

Yesterday for lunch we had my grandmother over. I got some good moola from her for my upcoming trip to Georgia πŸ™‚ Good thing, too, cause I’ve become damn expensive to feed lately and I’d hate to burden our family friends by eating them out of house and home. Here was my take at the lunch table:

Salmon Burger On Olive Bread With Parmesan And Avocado With Salt

Salmon Burger On Olive Bread With Parmesan And Avocado With Salt

I was digging the salmon/parmesan combo from a few days ago so I thought I’d go for it again. And it paired perfectly with some herby olive bread we picked up in Maine. On the side I had straight avocado. Damn I love avocado; and all you need is a spoon and your good to go. After lunch we planned to hit up Target, Bed bath & Beyond, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes to tackle some massive shopping lists. Obviously, I needed a little sugar to bolster me for the intense shopping so I grabbed this out of the fridge:

Breyer's All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt

Breyer's All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt

Like I mentioned, I found this in Maine and had to grab it in case I never see it around here. I love mint but am not a huge ice cream person, so this was a refreshing twist on the flavor. The base of the yogurt was delicious and thick; the flavor reminded me of the center of a mint oreo–cool and creamy. It had an abundance of chocolate chips, but they were not my favorite part; they were more intensly sweet than chocolatey and reminded me of the mint toothpaste you get at the doctor’s office. Maybe that’s because they were technically called “chocolate flavored chips”. Overall, though, this was really good and a refreshing treat I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again.

Did I mention the entire world was also back to school shopping? Seriously, I had never seen Target so busy. I usually don’t get claustrophobia, but I starting feeling really closed in and frustrated pushing my shopping cart around, reading sale prices, and dealing with all the “excuse me’s”. At some point I just needed to abandon trying to get everything on the list and make a B-line for the registers. Here was our loot for the day:

Back To School Loot

Back To School Loot

Can you tell I like green? We also went to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods for some snackage for my trips. Z-bars are on sale for 3 dollars a box this week at Whole Foods, foward the word. Also, I wanted to get a trail mix from Trader Joes to get some high-calorie food to snack on. How is it I’ve been there so many times and not hit up the trail mix aisle before? They have so many variaties, it’s really ridiculous, and I was NOT in the mood for decision making. I ended up deciding that a) I wouldn’t buy one more than 3.99 and b) I’d go with whatever had the best name, no matter if it was descriptive at all or what was in it. The result was The Temptation Mix. Peanut Butter Chips, Belgian Chocolate Chips, Dried Cherries, Peanuts, Almods, and Cashews? Yeah, I think my selection process worked pretty well, too. I was absolutely beat after this and needed a quick sugary pick-me-up to get me home:

Stoneyfield Peach Smoothie

Stoneyfield Peach Smoothie

Normally, I like my smoothies to be thicker/frutier/have less added sugar, but really quick carbs were good to me at this point in the day. For dinner, I basically told my mom what we were going to do, which she was more than happy to listen to because it meant she didn’t need to plan something. I requested snobby joes with the lazy quick sauce and some sweet potato oven fries adapted from the recipe on Mindful Living.

Snobby Joe And Sweet Potato Fries

Snobby Joe And Sweet Potato Fries

It’s always comforting when you plan a recipe and all the food is gone at the end of the meal πŸ™‚ The snobby joes completely hit the spot, and weren’t as sloppy as my dessert mess from a few nights ago. The sweet potato fries came out good, but didn’t get much flavor from the chili powder/cinnamon I put on them. They did, however, have a lot of flavor from the sweet potato itself so no one was complaining. They should have a warning on the lentil bag, though. 1 serving has more than enough fiber for an NFL line-backer so go sparingly on them, lol. My desserts for the night included this myriad of delights:

Brown Cow Coffee Cream Top Yogurt

Brown Cow Coffee Cream Top Yogurt

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter And Strawberry Marmalade With Orange Liquor

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter And Strawberry Marmalade With Orange Liquor

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Coconut

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Coconut

The yogurt was an impulse buy I wanted to give a try. Unfortunately, it was light on flavor and texture, and was basically just like Stoneyfield soup. Note to self: Just because you odn’t want to finish the yogurt/are too lazy to get the almond milk out of the fridge does not give you reason to put coffee yogurt into your coffee. That just really ruined the whole thing for me. The almond butter was, of course, delicious. And that jam was also an impressive find in Maine. The zestiness of the orange peel paired beautifully with the sweetness from the strawberry and ended up tasting like some fruity alcoholic beverage(or at least how I imagine one would taste is I ever drank). And the chocolate avocado pudding was, of course, a winner. i don’t usually top this with anything but I was having a weird coconut craving(weird because I usually don’t like coconut) and didn’t know how to fit it into my dessert. Turns out it went well with the pudding, but for the future I’m thinking something like mango would go better. Well that was my yesterdaily. Now I need to read all about yours on your blogs.

PS. Check out this amazing give away for pure bars here: http://iowagirleats.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/massive-pure-bar-giveaway-7-winners/

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Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

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

Have the last 3 days of running around been fun? Sure. Am I looking foward to a day of sitting around, reading blogs, watching tivo, and topping it all off with The Next Food Network Star? God yes. Haha, actually today won’t be that simple. I think I’ll be going to TJ and Whole Foods to stock up on snacks for my trip to Georgia at theend of the week! πŸ™‚ I’ll explain that in more detail once the trip gets closer and it becomes interesting. besides that I have A LOT of back to school shopping. it just hit me how much and what I’ll be needing, e.g. salt and pepper shakers, utensils, plates and bowls, etc. Who even thinks about these things?

Ok, I’m going to get stressed out about all that if I think about it more, so I’ll just get to blogging. After breakfast yesterday I enjoyed a delightful slug:

Homemade Lemon Cashew Larabar

Homemade Lemon Cashew Larabar

Kind of looks like one, no? Well it was pretty damn good tasting; and a lot cheaper than my beloved lemon vanilla cashew Nectar Bars. I should recheck Hannaford for dates and make some more funky flavors.

Then we hit the road for Wells, Maine, for another anniversary celebration–this time with presents.

Turkey & Goat Cheese Sandwich

Turkey & Goat Cheese Sandwich


Toast With Vanilla Almond Butter

Toast With Vanilla Almond Butter

Maybe I should just retitle this blog “Things I Eat In The Car” since that’s where most of my meals end up. Haha, I don’t mind, nothing better to do in the car than sit and eat. Anyway, I remade that delicious sandwich from a few days ago. Creamy goat cheese and herbs can make a simple sandwich taste like something from a restaurant. For dessert, I was feeling a little nutty–naturally. Just like I think White Chocolate Wonderful should be the standard PB, I think Vanilla Almond Butter should be the standard AB; the vanilla just adds a special touch that brings out the nuttiness.

There was a ridiculous amount of traffic going up but after 3 hours 20 minutes we finally got there. It was snack time, so I stole some of my 3 year old cousin’s goodies.

Gummy Sharks

Gummy Sharks

Artificial colors and flavors up the wazoo, but everything in moderation πŸ™‚ We had a lot of down time, and my family likes to sit and eat and talk. That’s not how I roll, so I went over to their Hannafords to see if I could find any cool local products. I’m such a foodie, aren’t I? Well, nothing “local”, but I never saw these before and needed to grab them.

Breyer's Mint Chip Yogurt

Breyer's Mint Chip Yogurt

All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt? I think that just combined about 5 of my favorite things. I have yet to try this but I can’t wait for the right moment and to write a review.

Eventually dinner came and that’s a whole seperate soap opera. Let’s just say cousins who have no discipline are hard to get to do anything, but we ended up settling on getting take out from East–that’s the place we ate at last time with thai, chinese, and japanese. I picked out two of the dishes: a sashimi plate with swordfish, tuna, salmon, and sole, and The Gulf Of Siam with seafood in a thai coconut milk sauce.

The Gulf Of Siam

The Gulf Of Siam


My First Plate

My First Plate

Wow, that was all good. Needless to say I kept digging in. I also had to steal half a chicken finger debreaded from my cousin. We usually don’t order chicken fingers or other breaded chinese food so I carpe-ed that diem. What ever follows dinner but dessert of course? Hear is the Peanut Butter Boy’s Pie that I made:

The Peanut Butter Boy's Pie

The Peanut Butter Boy's Pie

I crumbled up 5 Peanut Butter Newman-O’s to add the topping. The pie was OK–some other people liked it a lot more than me which was comforting at least and made me feel like it wasn’t all for not. The middle had a much stronger cream cheese flavor thatn chocolate. And for the crust, I admit the Puffins I used were a little more than stale and had an off flavor so that was completely my bad. I think if I made this again I’d look for a different crust, and for the center I’d use 2 servings of instant chocolate pudding, 1 cup of milk, and 80z reduced fat cream cheese. Not only would it then be all natural but it’d taste more chocolatey and there wouldn’t be half a batch of extra cream cheese pudding leftover.

Like I said, I’m completely looking foward to a day of blog reading, tivoing, and shopping. After my slightly sloppy 5.6 this morning I sat down to this comforting meal and a Target circular–of course.

Overnight Oats & Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

Overnight Oats & Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

I still need to write a review for Naturally Nutty but, as you can guess, their all pretty amazing. i knew the sweetness of the butter toffee would go great with the earthiness of pumpkin. And I took a lesson from the Ponzes and dumped a Kashi vanilla oatmeal in a 1/2 full container of Voskos plain greek yogurt and let it sit for a few days. Not only did it have that great vanilla flavor but it was thick and soft. thanks for introducing me to this knew way of eating oats! It’s perfect for when I have some plain greek yogurt to use up because you can really bring in any flavors you want and have an instant breakfast.

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Tomasso

Posted on July 19, 2009. Filed under: Restaraunt Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This morning I pumped out a record 6 times around the neighborhood(about 6.75 miles). My legs are barking after them hills–maybe I’ll just take an easy 5 tomorrow. Post workout eats:

Breakfast

Breakfast

Carrot Juice, an English muffin, 1/2 with blueberry peach cobbler and amaretto jam and 1/2 with mighty maple peanut butter, and a parfait with plain Chobani, 1/2 a peach, blueberries, and agave nectar. I’m glad I’m a slow eater because I do not want this to end.

Anyway, after posting yesterday there was a quick run to the store to get some Spicy Black Bean Morningstar Veggieburger because I was craving this:

Lunch

Lunch

A spicy black bean burger with grilled mango on top. This tasted as good as I thought it would; I feel oddly proud of myself for dreaming up this concoction and making it happen lol.

After that there was various shopping. I needed a new mouse for my laptop, grabbed 3 boxes of kashi granola bars while at Target(peanut peanut butter, trail mix, and honey almond flax ftw). Then we stopped in a little health food store I’d seen but never been in; it was basically all the natural stuff at Hannafords, but concentrated into one store. They didn’t have a great selection, but still some cool stuff. I want to get the soft snickerdoodle vegan cookies from there and see how they are(not homemade, but some brand I haven’t seen other places).

After that, there was some arm twisting and negotiating; basically I did not feel like eating out, but certain other people had been grouchy all day and were dead set on going out and insisting I come as well. So, for a compromise, I got to pick out the restaurant. I chose this Italian place near by that seemed pretty fancy to which I’d never been, called Tomasso

Tomasso

Tomasso

I loved the homey, Italian atmosphere. The chef was very friendly and quite knowledgeable about all the dishes(as he should be since they were his lol). We decided to get 2 antipasti and pizze to share for the whole table, which worked out perfectly because I was debating between which pizze I wanted.

Comocoro

Comocoro

Proscuitto e Melon

Proscuitto e Melon

Our antipasti were the comocoro and proscuitto e melon. Both of these dishes were absolutely remarkable. The comocoro had grilled watermelon with goat cheese and mint. The creaminess of the goat cheese blended beautifully with the warm melon, and the mint was a nice subtle back-flavor. The prosciutto e melon was ok but a little bland. The meat could have used a stronger flavor; I ended up sprinkling salt over the cantaloupe and eating it that way(does anybody else do this? I feel like it makes it 10 times more delicious).

Pizze con Fichi

Pizze con Fichi

Pizze Margharita

Pizze Margharita

Not only were the pizzi a work of art, but both were incredibly flavorful. The margharita had an incredible thin crust with a light tomato base, bufala mozzarella, and basil; it tasted just like my favorite pizze from Rome! And the pizze con fichi was in a league of its own; this pizze had black mission figs, goat cheese, and vin cotta. The figs were warm and went perfect with the sweet vin cotta. the goat cheese added a great saltiness and creamy texture to the dish. If you live anywhere in the Southborough area, please do check out this restaurant

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