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Old Favorites & New Inventions

Posted Nov 15 2009 10:01pm

Hey chickadees! Are you all enjoying your weekend? I really haven’t been able to relax but it’s all good..Thanksgiving break is next week! Anyone have any plans? I think we’re just many dinner and having a few family members over. Do you have any special Thanksgiving traditions you do? We don’t have many, except we MUST make pumpkin pie!

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My favorite oat combination is back in my life. Peanut butter pretzel oats, or in this case Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Pretzel Oats. I just love the salty pretzels paired with the sweet chocolate and almond butter. Makes for the perfect combo. If you haven’t yet, you must try this!

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I don’t have a picture of the actual soup, but the Organic Split Pea Soup from Trader Joe’s is absolutely fantastic! Just the right amount of spice, the texture is creamy and smooth, and the serving size is just perfect for one person. Split Pea soup is my very favorite soup but sometimes it’s a pain to wait for it to cook. With this soup, it only takes a couple minutes to heat it on the stove, and it tastes just like it’s homemade.

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Another oatmeal combination I’ve been loving is Pumpkin Pie Oats. For this huge bowl (I was very hungry) I used 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 cup pecans, sprinkle wheat germ, and a scoop of Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter. Tastes just like a pumpkin pie, but much healthier!

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While shopping at TJ’s the other day, I saw a plethora of new items. The one that caught my eye first was this Ready to Bake Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. It was in the refrigerated section next to the hummus and was only 99 cents each! It’s also vegan and it’s so simple to make. I separated the dough into 8 pieces for mini pizzas or breadsticks. I was going to have a mini pizza for lunch but had another idea in mind involving this…

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Smooth and Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. This is the second Smooth and Creamy hummus I’ve tried from TJ’s and I have to say, it’s the best hummus I’ve bought from TJ’s so far. I was going to spread it on my pizza crust for a Hummus Pizza but then…

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I ended up with this! I call it a Hummus Puff. All I did was stretch 1/8th of the pizza dough into a long rectangle, spread hummus over it, and roll it up. Then I baked it at 450* for 15 minutes until crunchy and browned. I also had roasted asparagus and steamed zucchini crescents.

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Here’s a close up shot of the inside of the Hummus Puff. Layers of soft dough and warm hummus rolled together = heaven! I can’t wait to experiment with more combinations. This was a little small for one meal but it would be perfect for a snack. I know it’s what I’ll be eating for the next couple days.

So I’ve been thinking about doing a whole new blog. It would still be about food and daily occurrences, but I want to add a little fun and clean up a little bit. Maybe get all my recipes together and add some new features. What do you all think? Should I stay right here, or try something new? Any ideas for a new blog name?

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