As I’ve written about before, to keep my grocery spending in check without feeling deprived, I allow myself one impulse buy when I go to the store, if I want it. The other day while grabbing some things for the week at Trader Joe’s, I picked up this Coffee & Cocoa blend.
I think I made it about twenty minutes before brewing a pot. I have one of those little 4-cup coffee makers, so a pot is really not that much compared to what most people think of as a pot of coffee, but I digress.
Anyway, it was really good! The cocoa flavor is subtle but distinct. There is definitely no mistaking this stuff for hot chocolate, though—it’s more like a rich, smooth coffee with a little hit of je ne sai quois (I guess I do remember some of my high school French after all). Not bad for a $6.99 pick-me-up.
Any favorite impulse buys lately?
Have you ever tried fermented black garlic? I saw some when I was at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago,and I just had to try it. I’m glad I did! It’s mild and a little bit sweet and adds a note of wtf-is-this-awesomeness to a humble stir-fry.
I made this the other night when faced with a craving for a grain & veggie /vehicle-for-poached-egg dinner. I made a large amount so I would have leftovers for the next day, but you can definitely make a smaller amount if preferred.
Serves 2 (or 1, twice)
- ~2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 head black garlic, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 10-oz package shredded brussels sprouts
- 1 tsp light soy sauce (optional)
- salt & pepper to taste, if desired
- ~1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup roasted golden beets
- 2 poached eggs
- tahini, for drizzle (optional)
- Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add garlic and cook a few minutes until fragrant.
- Add shredded brussels sprouts and cook until wilted and hot. Add soy sauce and salt/pepper if using.
- Add quinoa and beets. Cook until flavors are well-blended.
- Serve hot. Divide into two bowls and top each with a poached egg. Drizzle with tahini if desired.
Have you ever tried black garlic? What are some of your favorite dinner recipes?
If you’re rolling your eyes in the manner of, “Wtf is this stuff, dietitian bacon?” that’s fair—I prefer to let the experts work with “the good stuff.” I really have no business handling any of the applewood-smoked whatever-the-hell. All I really know how to do with bacon is microwave a few strips and then crumble them over things.
I think the hardest thing in the whole process was slicing the shallot I sautéed before adding the shredded sprouts and crumbled bacon. I ended up adding a little parm on top, but follow your taste buds.
Any favorite new food combinations you tried recently?
OMG so many pumpkin things at Trader Joe’s right now! And so many more to try…I allowed myself a few impulse buys yesterday afternoon on my after-work grocery run. Can’t wait to give these a try.
What was your last impulse buy?
1.) Full moons and PMS should not be allowed to coincide, but that is neither here nor there.
2.) After fighting an August cold last week/weekend, I’m finally feeling like myself. I could tell something was up when I noticed I wasn’t as hungry during the workday… Though I enjoyed some of the usual sick-day staples like soup over the weekend while I recovering, the extra downtime also gave me a chance to try a few new things in the kitchen and clean out my cabinets and freezer a little.
3. Um, Happy What I Ate Wednesday? So let’s get to the “What I Ate” part of this post, shall we? Thank you as always to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!
Haha I’m fully aware that my “sick day” appetite probably still involves more food than a lot of people’s normal day, but hey, what’s normal for you is normal for you. I know a lot of people avoid dairy and certain other foods when they’re under the weather, but in general, I tend to feel that we should eat what we crave when we’re sick. My only rule is that I make sure to work in lots of fruits and veggies and plenty of fluids. With a few exceptions, it seems like, more or less, that’s all I really wanted to eat anyway this go-around.
Breakfast: I’ve been eating this zucchini-carrot oatmeal a lot lately. What started as a way to use up baby carrots has become a new favorite—go figure.
- Lunch: Friday when I came home early from work, I enjoyed some ravioli soup
- Snack: Being sick always makes me crave green apples for some reason. I also swear by turmeric tea.
- Dinner: Sunday night I combined a can of Trader Joe’s Masala Simmer Sauce (weird springtime impulse buy) with a can of chickpeas and a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies. It was good but not spicy enough. A little curry powder fixed that. I enjoyed it over some cauliflower rice (pulse cauliflower florets in a food processor and cook with some minced garlic in a little coconut oil—almost too easy), which I would totally make again—it was really tasty and soaked up the sauce so well!
- Dessert: Warm, roasted plumcots + cold Greek frozen yogurt—perfect for a sore throat!
What do you find yourself eating when you’re sick?
Happy Friday, guys! Keep the Firmoo giveaway entries coming!
Here are a few things I’ve been digging on this week:
…and I just saw “This is the End” last night. Really f-ing funny. I laughed so hard for so long you could consider it an ab workout !
What are you digging lately?
So this week marks a very special edition of What I Ate Wednesday. It is officially my last week as a dietetic intern—graduation is tomorrow night! I still remember how excited I was the day I found out I’d gotten into the program. When I first started participating in the WIAW blog-hop, I was still almost a year from starting, and here I am, about to wrap it up. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the weekly link party. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.
Here’s what I ate on Monday. It was a busy day of running around to meetings, studying, and cleaning, so I needed to make sure I kept my energy up.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with a chopped plum & ground flax, topped with applesauce & peanut butter
Lunch: salad with a Trader Joe’s salmon burger; toast with hummus and roasted eggplant; an unpictured square of dark chocolate
Snack: Greek yogurt with berries & cereal
Dinner: Whole wheat pasta with leftover roasted veggies & kale, chicken, and parm
Snack: sliced banana with nonfat ricotta and 1/2 tsp maple syrup
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently?