November 2010



Lauren’s Latest Loves

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Man, I’m really milking the alliteration thing lately!  So things in the Lauren + Mike household have been pretty tame as of late…really, after Pittsburgh I think its necessary that we lay low for awhile.  Laying low, however, does not lend itself to great blog posting material so what you get is another dose of my latest eats!  Hey, they’re interesting to me!  Really, I have found a ton of new and interesting products/recipes on some of the blogs I’ve been following, so if you’re interested read on!

Trader Joe’s Blueberry Flaxseed-I sprinkle this on my Egg White Oats, it adds some healthy fats and a little extra crunch to my oatmeal in the mornings.
Nutritional yeast AKA Nooch to all the foodie bloggers.  I found this at Whole Foods.  Apparently this is used a lot by vegans because it packs tons of protein, vitamin B12, and other nutritional benefits in just a couple tablespoons.  I sprinkle this on my salads or on roasted veggies-supposedly people use this as a replacement for cheese as well, but I don’t know about that.
Peanut Flour.  Best find yet.  Bought this from Trader Joe’s and use it to make a peanut flour paste that is a great, lower cal sub in for peanut butter.  I just mix 1 tablespoon of this with 1 tablespoon of water and a few drops of liquid stevia and I’m good to go!  Only 50 some cals in 1 tbsp!
My yummy new dips!  Who says Tzatziki is just for gyros?!?  I dip all sorts of veggies in this stuff and it is delish!  TJ’s tomato basil hummus tastes like a pizza explosion in my mouth-yum!
Another one of my fav finds-balsamic glaze.  Its basically reduced balsamic vinegar-this makes it thick and just a little packs tons of flavor!  Its so good, I’m already a huge fan of balsamic salad dressings-I just drizzle this stuff on everything.
Naturally More peanut butter-oddly you can only find it around here at Walmart, but its really great peanut butter!
Trader Joe’s Parmesan Ranch Dressing-I’m a huge ranch dressing slut and am always on the lookout for a low cal option that doesn’t taste like crap-and I finallyyyyy found it!  So good, I don’t even notice its low fat!
Check out the nutrition stats on the ranch-not bad!
Ever since my mom and I made the Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Gratin at The Chopping Block, I have a newfound obsession for goat cheese.  These are perfectly portioned little chunks that I throw in my salads and it just takes it to another level.
I’ve used this for awhile but I just had to share my favorite mustard with you-tasty with a little kick of heat-so perfect, I love it!
The latest Laughing Cow flavor I’ve found-I smother this on my veggie burgers and gobble um down.
I got this little gem earlier this year and it might be one of my favorite kitchen gadgets ever-my Zojirushi rice maker!  Throw in some rice and water, press start, and a couple hours later you have perfect rice.  Love, love, love.
So the next few pictures are from my own little pasta recipe that I’ve thrown together a few times.  When I made it this time, it made 14 1-cup servings with 183 calories, 3.4 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbs, and 11 grams of protein each.  Not too bad in my book, especially for a pasta dish.
First I chopped up and cooked a zucchini, yellow squash, and about 2 cups of asparagus
Yum, nice fresh veggies
Then I chopped up some sausage we’ve had sitting around at home-in the past I’ve always used some spicy turkey sausage, anything will work so pick your poison!
Then I cooked up a box of Barilla Plus rotini and added in 2 oz. of sun dried tomatoes to my veggie mix
Veggies + Sausage
All the goodies sautéing together
Add the veggies to the cooked rotini, dump in a bottle of spaghetti sauce and voila!  Dinner is served 🙂
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!!

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