What’s Your Favorite Granola?

April 26, 2010

My favorite granola is Ola! Vanilla Almond flavor.  However, I’ve recently fallen into flavor lust with Early Bird Foods & Co Farmhand’s Choice granola, which is too delicious for me to keep stocked in the house.  It is like candy to me and I can’t be trusted to just have one serving and leave it at that.  It is a special occasion food for me, and I need to stay away from it during non-special times.

I’ve made up another food comparison spreadsheet (that y’all love so much) comparing the off-the-beaten-path granolas I’ve tried recently.  I’ve listed them with links below, but the comparison sheet will give you a lot of detail.

granola comparison


Ola! Granola

Ambrosial Granola (Anti-Oxidant Blend)

Early Bird Foods & Co

Enjoy Life

Jake Bakes

(Update Feb 2011: a few more granolas I have tried)


Is salmon jerky a good high-protein snack?

April 22, 2010

I basically drink mud after a workout, and I eat dulse, okay, and even I think salmon jerky is beyond disgusting.  Believe me, I have tried (and failed) to like salmon jerky.  If I had one wish granted to me, it would be to like salmon jerky… and be able to fly and be invisible when I wanted to be invisible (and not when I didn’t want to be invisible).  Because really, one could rule the world, if one just had a non-perishable, high-protein snack that frightened as well as impressed both friends and foes and also had a superior Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio. And by “one,” I mean “I.”  But alas, I have tried for the last time.  That ship has sailed.

What do I do with a bunch of leftover vegetables?

April 22, 2010

Make soup.  Or, you can make a delicious egg dish similar to a souffle (this dish is best with green vegetables, I think).  It’s a great dish if you’re trying to reduce grains / carbs in your diet.  I had a bunch of leftover veggies and pesto, and this is what happened. (BTW: here’s another post on making something out of leftover vegetables.)

Peas, green beans, lima beans and spinach

Cook veggies in some chicken stock

I cooked green beans, peas, lima beans and spinach in some chicken stock (not much chicken stock, as you can see).  If there’s too much, this dish will get watery.

Pureed vegetables and chicken stock

Pureed vegetables and chicken stock

I used a hand blender to puree the vegetables.  I put this mixture in a new bowl, and let it cool a little bit.  Then, I folded in four egg whites beaten to soft peaks.  I also mixed in the pesto (around 3 Tbs) at this point.  If you’re not using pesto, add a bit of salt.

Egg whites on top of the vegetable mixture

Egg whites on top of the vegetable mixture

Egg whites half-way beaten in

Egg whites half-way beaten in (the end product should be more homogenous)

Put the mixture into a very lightly greased (I use a light coating of olive oil) baking pan and bake at around 350 until fairly firm (about 30-40 minutes.  Make sure it’s not too high in the oven, or it will brown and you don’t want too much of that.

Fully baked

Fully baked

Let it stand for a few minutes and cut into squares.  They refrigerate well (for up to about 3 days) and you can reheat it in the oven.   This makes a great snack, side dish or breakfast.  If you don’t mind the extra carbs, you can pour the mixture into a pie crust and bake it that way.  It’s kind of like a quiche, but much lighter.  I like to call that “green velvet pie” for marketing purposes.

Best show to see?

April 16, 2010

Baby Wants Candy.  It’s amazing for any genre, but it’s the best of the best in terms of musical improv.  Go see a show – New York and Chicago are well represented.  Oh, and they have a stand-by line for people with student IDs ($7).

Meal Replacements and Protein Drinks?

April 12, 2010

I haven’t tried that many, but my favorite meal replacement is Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Original Blend.  It tastes pretty bad, but makes me feel great after a work out.   My favorite protein drink is Progressive Nutritional Therapies Harmonized Protein Unflavored*.

Here is a spreadsheet comparing:

Here are products I wish I tried but haven’t so far:

*Thanks to Claire for telling me about Harmonized Protein.

How much do you have to cook chicken?

April 5, 2010

You have to cook chicken until it’s 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you don’t have a meat thermometer, go the hell out and buy one.  Seriously.

Why shouldn’t I buy bulk Legos on eBay?

April 5, 2010

You should not buy bulk Legos on eBay because they will most likely be filthy.

Broken and filthy baseplate

Broken and filthy baseplate

Some of them might also be broken.  You may receive many different sets in a bulk pack, but none of them will be complete.

You may ask how I know all this.  It is because my husband bought our son 50 lbs of Legos on eBay.  I hand-washed about 40 of those 50 lbs and got a legal, binding agreement from him to never, ever buy anything used on eBay again.

And, no, you cannot put Legos in the washing machine or dishwasher to clean them.   Most of the pieces are too small and might get stuck and/or break your machine, and there are far too many crevices on a Lego for a machine like that to be effective.

You have been warned.  You’re welcome.

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