April 1, 2009

Herd of Turtles

Holy moly, look what awaited me when I got home this evening.

Practically a lifetime supply of coconut products from Turtle Mountain! Seriously, people - I die. Words cannot describe how exciting this is to me. My ice cream addiction (and will power to moderate it) is in for a major workout.

It doesn't stop there! The other box was full of coconut milk and and yogurts.

I've got a lov-e-ly bunch of coconuts, deedle-ee-dee...

For the moment, I'm pretending this shipment never happened. FOCUS, Diana.

I was disproportionately excited for my oats this morning, but they didn't quite deliver the deliciousness I expected. Still good, but I already know how I'm going to change the mix for Friday's breakfast.

Oat mixture:
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup kamut puffs
  • 1 cup water (too much!)
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sweet potato puree

Toppings:

  • 8 Cocoa Java Awesome Almonds
  • 1 tbsp pepitas
  • 1 tsp-ish carob chips
  • 1 packet raw sugar (added after I realized the bowl was not very sweet whatsoever, surprisingly)

Oh well, live and learn. I'm not going to beat myself up that much - I don't think I've had the same exact combination of ingredients in my oatmeal twice, so the margin of error is necessarily high. I will keep telling myself that. :)

Lunch, however, was a big-arse hit! I brought another container of Rachel's cottage cheese with me to work, this time the Sun Dried Tomato Pesto flavor...

And dumped it on top of a mighty and glorious salad...

...the likes of which have never passed my lips before.

Behold:

  • organic salad greens
  • 1/2 cup broccoli slaw
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1 container cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp walnuts
  • 1 sundried tomato, snipped into pieces with scissors
  • 1 tbsp Sabra sun-dried tomato hummus

Yes, it was a very matchy-matchy salad, but I like themes so I decided to roll with the sun-dried tomato thing and pull out all the stops in terms of related salad ingredients. It was really delicious too! I've never done cottage cheese as a salad protein/topper, but it actually worked well because it basically replaced both any cheese and dressing that I would have added otherwise. Score two for Rachel's!

Once I started feeling snacky, I brought out some strawberries and dug into my bar bag for inspiration. Today's pick: Gnu Peanut Butter Bar.

I really liked this bar! It tastes closer to real, whole foods than many snack bars on the market, and that's because it's made of pretty good stuff. This flavor was both sweet and peanutty, though not overwhelming or cloying in either respect. Plus all the fiber kept me from getting hangry before dinner time.

Speaking of which, I have no picture or report on dinner because I just reheated leftover Hurry Curry Cauliflower Stew.

In light of last night's spectacular failure of a protein cake for dessert, I picked myself up, dusted myself off and started all over again. Much better tonight, though still kinda odd, but let's be honest: no dessert made solely of protein powder is ever going to be "decadent," or even "good" by most people's definition. But I am not most people and with that caveat, I submit for your consideration a protein cookie.

I have seen a number of variations on the protein pancake around the blogosphere, but I'm going to call this a cookie due to the texture and the fact that I ate it with my hands. This is simply one packet (equivalent to one scoop, perhaps?) of Jay Robb chocolate whey protein powder with 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder and 3 tbsp water stirred in. I heated a skillet over medium and poured the batter in, let it cook for maybe a minute on one side, flipped and let it cook until set through. I reconstituted 1 tbsp of PB2 and spread that on top for some much needed moisture.

This was actually kind of tasty, and the stevia was barely noticeable to me. I'm wondering if maybe the times that I've reacted poorly to it were when the stevia was not "cooked" in some way. Heat seems to mellow the effect for me. Anyway, this preparation of protein powder made it pretty darn firm, and biting into it was not unlike biting into a spongey-type cookie. I'll play with it some more and see if I can't get it to be a little more delicious.

So...pistachios anyone? WTF, nut growers - get your salmonella under control or I'mma go postal.

11 comments:

Becca said...

Thats the next gnu bar I'm going to be trying.

Of course as the salmonella pistachio news broke, it was what we were covering in food safety...

ChickPea said...

So jealous of your Turtle Mountain goodies! I have been looking everywhere for the coconut milk but can't find it. I look forward to hearing your reviews--I love anything with coconut in it!

MizFit said...

Im with chickpea!!!

jealous.jealous.

Denise said...

Oh, I like that cookie idea. Gonna have to try that one.

emmyster said...

Man, turtle mountain loves you!

Missy said...

Yay can't wait to hear what you think of all the Turtle Mountain goodies! Great idea to make a protein cookie!

Hinky HQ said...

Diana,
Whassup with your sweet potato puree? I can't imagine putting that in a bowl of oatmeal, but since you do it, it must be good. Tell me how you make it, and why it's good on oatmeal. It seems like a strange marriage, but I clearly am in the dark here!
Thanks,
Heather

Diana said...

Heather,

No mystery here! Sweet potato puree comes in a can. :) I like it because it adds a lot of good things to cereal/oats - some natural sweetness, vitamins galore and bulk without tasting really vegetable-y or breaking the calorie bank.

If you wanted to economize, putting a peeled, boiled sweet potato in the food processor would make the same product as what I buy in the can - I'm just lazy (and without food processor).

just me said...

oh boy what a package! i def wouldn't be able to hold back! can't wait to hear your opinions on all the stuff!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Oh my gosh - that coconut milk ice-cream is so good and don't even get me started on the mini ice-cream sammies. Enjoy!!!!

Jay Robb is great for whenever you need a good sponge fix. :)

Have a good night Diana.

RunToFinish said...

yummmm on the coconut. I love coconut, but haven't tried their products.I'll be awaiting your review