Stove Top Biscuits + POM Iced Coffee

September 27, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments

 

We’re low on groceries right now so this morning I went scavenging through our pantry trying to come up with something to make.  I remembered seeing these stove top biscuits and they idea had totally intrigued me. For a slow Sunday morning, making four drop biscuits on the stove is so much more appealing then heating up an oven and making a dozen biscuits.

I was so pleased with how these turned out! A little crunchy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. Since they are all whole wheat they also have that hearty texture that I love.

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Topped with some of James’ mom’s homemade jelly. We were happy campers. Not too shabby for having an empty fridge!!

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A little while back POM asked if I’d like to sample their iced coffee. Since I love all things coffee I happily said yes and was pumped when the package arrived.

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Not to worry, folks, this does NOT have pomegranate in them!! Something that was made clear to me from the start 🙂 What makes this iced coffee special is that fact that it’s made with POMx: “a potent antioxidant rich extract from POM Wonderful pomegranates”. The coffee is made from Rainforest Alliance Certified shade-grown Arabica coffee beans and contains hormone-free milk, and organic cane sugar. It also has no preservatives.

Chocolate – The chocolate flavor has 190 cals, no fat, 30 g of sugar (yikes!) , 10 g of protein, and 175 mg of caffeine. The flavor was pretty good – it was a little too sweet for me though and didn’t have any kind of coffee flavor. It tasted like chocolate milk, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since I do enjoy chocolate milk but I was disappointed that there wasn’t more of a coffee flavor.

Cafe au Lait –This has 170 kcals, 3g of fat, 7g of protein, 20 g of sugar, and 175 mg of caffeine. This one wasn’t as sweet and had a subtle coffee flavor. James tasted it and said it was pretty good! I liked this one better.

Overall, these definitely gave me a jolt of caffeine without making me jittery and it felt like I was getting a treat. I would compare them to getting a flavored iced latte from Starbucks. I’m not sure how much these are in the stores but I could see myself getting one from a gas station if I needed a pick me up on a road trip or something. I would definitely opt for one of these over an energy drink or one of those starbucks frappaccino drinks you can get at the store since these have more natural ingredients.  I’m glad I got to try them. Thanks again, POM!

Toby got a treat this week too. I know people like putting their oats in almost-empty jars of peanut butter, but I know someone else who enjoys them too much for that:

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A pup after my own heart.

After posing for a picture (which took every ounce of his self control) he got to work:

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I usually cut the jar in half when he’s almost done so he can get the bottom. 😉

Outlining and more reading are on the agenda for the rest of today. I have all the windows open and a nice breeze flowing through the apartment. I love you Fall!

Have a happy Sunday 🙂

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Quinoa Sushi + Vegan Artichoke Spinach Dip

September 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Heya all! I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth quite yet…just muddling through all my reading and frantically trying to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing (briefing?! outling?! hornbooks?! commercial summaries?!?!?!) It’s confusing to say the least. I mean we don’t have exams until December and I can’t really wait until then to figure out the best way to prepare for my exams. Basically running around with my head cut off! But in a good way 🙂 I love what I’m learning and I love the people and feel SO lucky I get to do this!

okay enough of that…

So my favorite recent creation has been quinoa sushi. You heard that right. I prepared the quinoa how I would prepare rice I would use for sushi (cook normally, then add more water while still cooking as well as some rice wine vinegar. The extra water makes the rice sticky)

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Then I spread the quinoa on a piece of nori and put some sliced raw zucchini, raw sliced carrot and tempeh in there and rolled it up. 

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Protein packed sushi without the hefty price tag (or the white rice!!)

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I’ve definitely made this a few times since then!!!

I also went to a potluck for my small section at school. I went back and forth over what I wanted to bring and finally decided on some kind of dip. Once I found Happy Herbivore’s spinach and artichoke dip recipe I was sold.

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It came out really good! I did add about a quarter cup of garlic hummus at the end to make it even creamier and more garlicky (always a good idea when hanging out with new people right?!)

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It was a huge hit! (Of course anything served with Stacy’s Pita Chips always are so I knew I’d be safe 😉 ) And I’m sure no one would have guessed it was low fat and vegan. Thanks Happy Herbivore for another killer recipe!!

With lots of reading during my days, I keep things interesting by always changing location. I study at the school during the day then come home in the evenings and study in the apartment. I’ll start at the desk…move to the dining room table…then to the couch..sometimes the bed. Basically I’ve taken over. But on the weekends I need to get out of the house and I’ve found my spot.

There’s a little independent coffee shop near us with a nice Toby friendly patio and lots of shade.

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I get to set up my office and have a nice, refreshing, fruity iced tea

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Toby gets fixed up with a drink too 😉 (please excuses the plastic bag attached to his leash)

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Good times.

 

On my Honor, I will try, to update the blog more regularly and not get sucked into the great abyss that is first year law school….

I will have some product reviews to do soon so get ready for that!!

I think it’s time for a sweat session break then it’s trying to finish up some work before James gets home at 8! He has tomorrow off!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which unfortunately means we go look for apartments for the 32923989328 time. No fun. Moving sucks.

But yay for getting to spend all day with him tomorrow!!!! Okay time to get Toby and hit the pavement! My ipod is updated with the latest This American Life and I’m ready to go.

 

Have a good one!

Where is your favorite place to study??

I love coffee shops but if I need to do some serious studying, the library is the best place for me.

One Week Down…

September 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

 

Of course on my first day of law school, we had to do the obligatory “first day of school” pictures (which I’m told are always taken in front of the fridge. anyone?):

Strategically planned outfit:

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Yes I laid my outfit out the night before. And packed up my backpack. And lunch box. I was all set!

Preparing for the commute:

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I love that backpack! It’s a NorthFace Borealis and was DEFINITELY a splurge but absolutely worth it. It gives my back soo much support and it has a TON of room in it. Just as an example of the heaviness: when I put my backpack in the passenger side of my car, the buckle seat belt sign starts blinking. So basically my backpack is a small child.

This week has been a pretty exhausting blur (but also exciting!!!) so I’ve been putting together some fast dinners involving different variations of stir fries and putting them on top of romaine:

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This stir fry included

  • 1/2 c. prepared quinoa
  • 1 carrot cut into matchsticks
  • 1/3 c. chickpeas
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • 3 mushrooms, chopped
  • glug of soy sauce
  • 1 T. Mu Shu sauce (loving this right now)
  • 2 tsp. creamy peanut butter
  • garlic salt

All of that added at the apropriate time (carrots first since they take the longest to cook etc.) to a olive oil sprayed pan and cooked until it was all perfecto. The amount of sauce may seem small but I find that a little goes a long way. I’m using the sauces for additional flavor, not for masking up the flavors. I’m loving cooked carrots right now too. Perfectly sweet.

Because of all the romaine I have chopped up this looks like a TON of food! I chopped up 3 different romaine heart middles. You know the part where the leaves get pretty small? I think that part tastes sweeter than the rest! I guess James doesn’t like them though because there were 3 in the fridge!

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All mixed up:

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I chopped up the romaine with a knife to give it more of a restaurant “chopped salad” feel. The little bit of peanut butter in this totally made the meal. SO delicious!! You seriously only need a little bit to get that nutty flavor distributed over everything.

When I have a salad for dinner, I like putting stir fried veggies on top. It makes it seem more substantial and is more satisfying for me than a cold salad. The addition of quinoa was also nice and helped to fill my carb craving!

On the agenda today is lots o reading. We went out to Big Boss Brewing  last night so I’m dragging today from going to sleep later then normal (I was the driver! But still tasted everyone’s beers. Very yum). They had just finished their Harvest Time beer which is their pumpkin brew for the fall! So excited for fall flavors!!

I’m getting a running bug with all these races starting to pop up! I really want to run one but don’t know if it’s too soon with my leg. I had promised myself before I wouldn’t race anything until the Chapel Hill 10 miler in April but maybe a 5k wouldn’t hurt…I do need to get new running shoes and one of those water bottles that hook onto your hand. Anyone know a site that has good deals for those bottles??

Okay Toby and I are off to a coffee shop for some reading for me and more sleeping for Toby. Hopefully a good cup of java is just what I need for a kick start today!

 

Happy Saturday! and happy 3 day weekend!! WOO!

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