Saturday, November 15, 2014

So Delicious Mint Chocolate Coconut Milk

I am already a huge fan of So Delicious products. I typically have some of their ice cream in my freezer. Their products are a great option for people who cannot or chose not to have dairy products and do not want or like soy. I was pretty excited when I saw this product at whole foods! I love coconut milk but I have never had any from So Delicious and this flavor sounded amazing!

Let's forget about the nutrition information here. It's a limited edition item that can't unfortunately be consumed every day of the year. The serving size seems a little unrealistic too - a half a a way am I only drinking a half a cup at a time.

Smell: heavenly! 
Consistency: smooth and think, it looked like cream
Flavor: amazing taste of chocolate mint, it was easy to forget I was drinking coconut milk because there wasn't any flavor of coconut in this drink
Texture: very creamy! Great dessert drink for the holiday season
Grade/review: I absolutely loved this, just like every other So Delicious product I have tried. Their products really are delicous. I think it's very good for my health that this is only a seasonal item! A

Quest Protein Chips

I had read on several blogs about Quest Protein Chips so I was pretty excited when I saw them in my local health store. I chose two flavors- the Sea Salt and Sour Cream and Onion flavors. Some information about these chips: they are gluten free, baked, have no soy, are vegetarian, have 5g of carbs, 120 calories in a bag, 15% of your DV of calcium and 21g of protein!! Another thing to know is the serving size is 32g (1 and 1/8 oz) and it cost me $2.50 per bag of chips! So a little on the pricy side! This is a review of the Sour Cream and Onion flavored chip.

Smell: like any other sour cream and onion chip out there, not to overpowering
Definitely looks baked, not quiteas appetizing looking as you may think from the picture on the front of the bag.
Taste: I have to admit that I didn't see they were baked until I got the bag home. I am not really a fan of baked chips. That being said these had a really strong sour cream and onion flavor. This was good because it covered up the baked flavor that I am not a fan of. I think I would not like the sea salt flavor, that might be a little too plain for me.
Texture: so this one is a little weird for me , there were a lot of textures going on in this little chip. It was crunchy due to being baked, airy (there were actually pockets of air in the chip) and also had a slightly chalky reside on the chip. I am a fan of crisp and airy, not so much chalky. These chips also made my mouth a bit dry. You could put a chip in your mouth and it would just crumble also (I think this was due to the airiness). 
Grade: the chalky texture really threw me off and I am not a huge fan of baked chips so I am a little biased here. These would be better with a drink. I would give them a C.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Nature Valley Granola Protien

My first concern was my Protien intake. I know a lot of veggies contain Protien but I don't like cold veggies much and lately I have been too lazy to cook meals so I picked up a package of Nature Valley Protien Granola. 
This contains milk so it is vegetarian not vegan. It contains 10g of Protien for every 1/2 cup. I ate mine in a cantaloupe bowl. :) First of all if you love chocolate and you love peanut butter this is a no brainier, forget the added Protien. It was absolutely delicious! The peanut butter flavor really stands out but doesn't overwhelm this granola. It's also very  filling - I'm a fan!

Vegetarian and Vegan Reviews

So I have in the past few months decided for ethical and health reasons to eat a vegetarian diet.  For the same reasons I will try to eat as close to vegan as possible. I have cooked some meals and plan on sharing recipes. For me I am in an experimentation period and personally, the one thing I have enjoyed reading are product reviews on vegetarian and vegan products to help me make my mind up on what I want to try and also so I do not waste money on expensive products that's are just horrible. I have also found some products through blogs that I am sure I would never had heard of otherwise unless I stumbled across them.  I plan on writing reviews of every new product I try. After that I will post some recipes :)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Almond Milk Shake

Ok, so it's time to get back on the Paleo horse so to speak...I went way off diet for Christmas and New Years. Now, I'm slowly easing myself back into it...IE I have some leftovers I need to finish and then I will be back to almost full paleo. I found out about Steve's Paleo Goods recently online and ordered some of their products. So far I really like what I've tried. I'm planning on writing a review when I've sampled everything. I'm eating their apple pie paleo krunch this morning with a chocolate almond milk shake I made.

Ingredients in the shake:
-almond milk (I always fill a glass with almond milk and pour it in the blender so I don't know exact amount)
-2 teaspoons of almond butter
-1/2 teaspoon honey
-1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of coconut palm sugar
- 1/2 cup of ice

Blend in a blender until smooth.

I also added golden flax seeds and a herbal calcium supplement. I will grind the flax seeds before adding next time. I do like this shake as is but next time I plan on adding some berries or a piece of a banana...or avacado, I bet that would be good. This was my first time using palm sugar and I really like the taste! 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Brian's Breakfast Casserole

I had something at my home this year both for New Years Eve and New Years Day.  NYD I made a brunch and I knew I wanted something extra delicious so I asked my friend Brian for his breakfast casserole recipe that he had made me several times.   My thinking was that there would be plenty of time for resolutions on the 2nd :)  I did change his recipe up a little so I will post his recipe and mine below.  This recipe looks a little challenging as there are several steps and prep work needed.  It wasn't actually that much work and it was well worth it.

Brian's Recipe:
- 1 box/bag of croutons (he has used stuffing mix when he made it for me in the past)
-2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
-4 eggs
-3/4 tsp dry mustard
-3 cups milk (reserve 1/2 cup for soup)
-2 lbs roll sausage
-1 can cream of mushroom soup

The Night Before:
1. Brown Sausage (like hamburger)  - drain well on paper towel
2. Place croutons on bottom of greased casserole dish
3. Top with cheese
4. Place browned sausage on top of cheese
5. Mix eggs, dry mustard, and 2 1/2 cups milk and pour over top of croutons, cheese and sausage mixture in the casserole dish.
6. Refrigerate overnight covered (Also may be frozen for future use)

Day of Use:
1. Combine can of cream of mushroom soup with 1/2 cup milk and pour over top of casserole.
2. Bake at 300 degrees uncovered for 1.5 hours

This is what I did differently:
- I only used half a bag of stuffing (which was really just plain croutons) as there were  A LOT in the bag I bought
- I like sausage but I don't like to be overwhelmed by it so I only used 1 pound of sausage and I used ground sausage meat to make it easier
- I used 6 eggs instead of 4
-the next morning when I woke up I noticed that the croutons didn't seem wet enough so poured another 1/2 cup of milk on the casserole.
- I baked it for 1.5 hours but the mushroom soup was still not browned at all...I left it in the over for maybe another 10 minutes until the soup mixture was more browned and then took the casserole out.

I made two of these and they were gone in minutes!  Super delicious and unfortunately not something I can eat everyday.  This has a real southern taste to it.  A lot of people mentioned that it reminded them of sausage and gravy biscuits.

Chicken Quesadilla Dip

One of my favorite and not so healthy meals is chicken quesadillas.  For some reason I have never posted the recipe online.  I recently decided to make just the filling of the quesadillas as a dip for New Years Eve and it came out great!  No leftovers unfortunately though :(

-1 can of salsa (I use medium usually)
-1 bag of shredded Mexican cheese
-1 pound shredded cooked chicken (white meat)
-1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder depending on taste
-2 to 3 teaspoons fresh chopped cilantro depending on taste
-1/2 cup mayo

The mayo in this recipe really tones down the spiciness of the dish so if you like your food a little spicy don't be too nervous that you will add too much.  On the other hand, if you feel you added too much chili powder you can add more mayo to tone the flavor down.

Preheat over to 400 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl and spoon into an over safe casserole dish when combined.  Bake at 400 for approximately 10 minutes or until dip is bubbly.  Serve with tortilla chips.

If you would like quesadillas instead of dip - spoon this mixture into soft tortillas that have been buttered on the outside.  Arrange in a casserole dish and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees or until tortillas begin to brown. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Jonathan's Champagne Punch

Happy New Year everyone!  I had a new year's day brunch at my house.  My friend Jonathan said he googled "champagne punch" and got a recipe online.  We didn't have the exact ingredients so ours was a little different.  It tasted amazing!  And also VERY sweet!

- one bottle of Riesling - perhaps a dry white wine would be better
- one bottle of dry champagne
-one can of frozen concentrated cranberry juice
-one can of frozen concentrated pink lemonade
-half a can of frozen concentrated limeade
-one bottle of seltzer
- one lime cut up
- one clamshell of raspberries
-a large bowl
- something to serve the punch with

This has got to be the easiest recipe I have ever posted: open all wine, champagne, seltzer and juice and pour into bowl.  Wash raspberries and add.  Cut up lime slices and add.