Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May Foodie Penpals

Foodie Penpals is the brainchild of Lindsey @ Lean Green Bean Blog Basic premise: get matched with another blogger or blog reader and send a $15 dollar "foodie gift" it's a lot of fun both shopping and receiving the packages. 
My penpal for this month was Kelly of Cupcake Kellys-another Boston Blogger. Since we live so close we decided to meet in person rather than an anonymous post office drop. She and her adorable son met me at starbucks. 
I got a whole slew of goodies.
have been and always will be a Larabar fan!
Apparently Freeze-dried fruit is a huge trend right now. It's quite tasty. perfectly tart and such an odd texture!
We're granola lovers in our house, so it is always fun to try a new flavor!
Pistachios! It's hard to pick my favorite nut, but these are up there
Last but not least, my new favorite vinaigrette-charred tomato by Giada for target. SO YUMMY! something I would have never picked out for myself, but something that's so delicious!!

Thank you Kelly for another great Foodie Penpals Match! 

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Monday, May 28, 2012

NuNaturals Giveaway!

It's a sweet world out there, but navigating through the jungle of sweeteners to add to your coffee, baked goods or drinks can feel like wading through a swamp. Sugar? This is Don't (White) Sugar Coat it. High Fructose Corn Syrup? No thanks. Still a Splenda Addict? You might want to rethink that (in fact Janel Ovrut, RD wrote a fantastic post all about the horrors of Splenda) Aspartame? I'd rather not.When it's my turn to choose, I normally pick honey (sweetener of the gods and 100% natural/unrefined), maple syrup (new england pride) or Stevia, a non-nutritional sweetener that is made from a plant native to South America. And the only stevia brand I will consume is NuNaturals-all the others have this gross bitter-aftertaste. How Ron's team eliminates this and creates such a pure product is beyond me, but I am always grateful. 

I drink the vanilla stevia-which uses natural pure vanilla extract in my coffee daily. And there are 2 NEW flavors-with no artificial flavors of course- orange and lemon! As the heat starts to settle in, these two flavors are great to work into summertime drinks.
Maybe some lemonade on this Memorial Day?

Matcha Lemonade for 2
2 lemons
15 drops lemon stevia
1 Teaspoon Matcha Powder
Cold Water
Stir to combine!

And because I feel like sharing. 4 of you can win one bottle of each of the Lemon & Orange Flavored Stevia Liquids!! Entering is easy- just leave a comment below on your favorite summertime drink that you could use Lemon or Orange Stevia in.

If you would like to gain additional entries, you can do the following:
  • "Like" NuNaturals on Facebook and leave comment below that you did so
  • Tweet: "Enter to win @ElizabethEats @nunaturals Stevia #Giveaway"

I will pick a winner on June 4th at 10am EST so go enter! 
Here's to a lovely week!

Full Disclosure: Yes I did receive free product to test before the giveaway. Do you think I'd offer you something with out at least trying it?? I was in no way paid or coerced to write a positive review. I really do love this stuff. Have questions? Ask away!  

Monday, May 21, 2012

Recipe Redux: What's Up Wakame?

Wait, you haven't met my friend Wakame? Oh my goodness, it's time for you to sea what you've been missing!

"What the heck is Wakame??"

I know you're thinking-"Sea Elizabeth really went off the deep end. Now she's eating kelp like a little plankton." (I'm just paraphrasing your thoughts).
Although I do often have this expression, this is not me. But I do enjoy kelp/seaweed. Because it's delicious and so gosh darned good for you! There's a whole other eco system below our seas-why limit yourself to earth vegetables??Wakame absorbs 10 X it's weight in water and is extremely nutrient dense with  a variety of minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and trace amounts of zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. In addition, wakame contains beta carotene and folate. Wowza! Traditionally eaten in miso soup I challenged myself to come up with something new. And here's what happened. It's pretty delicious. And my meat-eating man even loved it. His tastebuds are how I really judge whether I'm rockin' the kitchen.
Wakame Stirfry
Steam baby bok choy, carrots and extra firm tofu
 While this is steaming, soak 1/2 cup wakame in 1 cup of water. Wait for 5 minutes and then drain remaining water.
 Mix up some sassy sauce: 1 T sesame oil, 1 T soy sauce, 1/4 cup OJ, 1 tsp grated ginger, 1 tsp sriracha. Add soaked wakame to steamed veg + tofu. Pour sauce over all.
Serve over a bed of brown rice. (Frozen brown rice is my new best friend)

Wahoo Wakame!!
Want some more delights of the sea? Check out the other Recipe Redux this month! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Elizabeth Eats: Tribe Hummus and Late July Chips

Happy Wednesday people!

Here's a quick little snack I'm digging right now;

Tribe Hummus 40 Spice

questions i ask: How did they get 40 spices in 1 hummus. why is this so delicious?

with Late July Sea Salt Chips

chips with quinoa, chia, flax and 100% glutenfree and organic. This family knows how to do chips well. The CEO Nicole is the daughter of Mr. Cape Cod Potato Chips. Keeping with family traditions!(the sweet potato are my other favorites)


Full disclosure: I paid for these with my own cash money. I was in no way shape or form asked or obligated to write a positive review. Cool?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Elizabeth Eats: Hail Merry Treats

I have a new favorite dessert. And that's saying a lot for a girl with a serious sweet tooth. Let me introduct you to-Hail Merry!

I'm a little bit obsessed with these raw vegan desserts. and not just because they're raw or vegan but because they are SO DELICIOUS.

 First, the macaroons. coconut, coconut oil and maple syrup make a rich, but still light macaroon (does that make any sense?) and at room temp they literally melt in your mouth.
The tarts are coconut oil based with an almond flour crust. If i had to pick a last meal, i think it would involve a lot of kale, and then a dessert of the Meyer Lemon Tart-seriously. The chocolate-almond butter is better than any Reeses' I've ever had.  Persian Lime and Chocolate Mint are also wonderful.
 It's easy to see why they've won Best New Vegan Product at Expo West and a Veg News Award
Susan O'Brien-the founder, studied to be a raw food chef and landed on the holy grail in making these treats.

100% gluten free- BUT according to Hail Merry ~ 80% of their buyers are not raw or GF-they just love a delicious treat.

Find them at Whole Foods, Central Market, and other natural foods stores. Don't forget to check out their website! Ok- i think it's time for a macaroon break!

Full disclosure: I paid for these with my own cash money. I was in no way shape or form asked or obligated to write a positive review. Cool?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Elizabeth Cooks: Roasted Plum Tomato Pasta

I'm a big fan of the fast, delicious and nutritious meals. Working 7 days a week every meal I'm making right now is a "quick weeknight meal." And while I love going out to eat, and getting take out, there is something incredibly soothing and meditative for me in making my own food. It just me and the garlic to be chopped, pasta to be boiled, veggies to be sauteed.

Sometimes these days there's a moment of hesitation- should I just pick up something from the Whole Foods Salad bar? mmm Thai Takeout. But then I think about what I really want, and get excited to get home and whip it up.

So on Sunday I decided to take advantage of a plum tomato sale and roast them into a pasta dish
4 garlic cloves, 1 can cannelloni beans and 1 pint plum tomatoes, sliced in half, drizzled in olive oil
 broiled for 20 minutes
served on whole wheat linguine and bed of spinach

Best enjoyed with a glass of wine. and a man who loves me even with garlic breath.

Any favorite quick meals? I'm dying to expand my recipe library!