Popcorn, better

I just really wanted some popcorn the other night, so decided to make some. I have a microwave popper thing that I use — 2.5 minutes to get those kernels nice and poofy (I have learned the hard way that in my new microwave 3 minutes gets me a bad smelling, smoky kitchen and black popcorn).

Ate a kernel and it wasn’t quite what I wanted; it was missing something. Opened some cupboard doors and then it happened — drizzled the popcorn with olive oil put some garlic salt on top, tossed it and BAM (trying not to thing of Emeril). That was perfection, and now it’s an addiction. Have had it several nights the past weeks. Oh. So. Good. I recommend giving it a try.

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Give Me 3

Another Trader Joe’s problem while I discovered; scalloped Cracker Trio. Boxes of these were, of course, used as a display on aisle-end and looked far too tempting – had to try.

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The box has three flavors – Rosemary, Red Chili and Garlic. The crackers have a nice thickness to them but still are a bit soft. They sort of crumble, but in a nice way. They also almost taste like they might have some butter to them, but per the ingredient list, they do not. Perfect to pair with soups, salads and just to munch on. Recommend giving them a try.

Whole Grain Crispbread

Another crazy Trader Joe’s find…Whole Grain Crispbread.

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That dang store. This small plastic bag contains another form of addiction. As the back of the bag says ‘they are a really seedy, really crunchy, savory flat.’

 

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Crunchy is no lie. And I really like the crunch, then the taste. It’s hard to eat just one… Good ingredients, so they can be justified as healthy, so it’s ok to eat more than one, right?

 

Nuts Over Olives, and Pets

Came across a new nut mix when I was shopping recently.  It’s Bobbysue’s Nuts‘ Nuts Over Olives.  There was a sample of them out and I totally had to pick a pack of them up. Nice flavor and a little kick, too!

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What’s also great is that the company donates a portion of their net profits to needy animals, the SPCA of Westchester to be specific.  Bobbysue’s has a variety of other flavor of nuts and per their site you can find them at various locations across the country and can order online.

Say Cheese!

I’m always on the lookout for cheese I can enjoy.  Saw the mention of a new goat cheese at Trader Joe’s in their Fearless Flyer the other day.  A goat cheddar (though I realized later it might not have actually been the one advertised — oh well).  So, had to check it out.  It’s a white cheddar, a bit soft, and lots of flavor.  It had a bit of the goat-cheese ‘flavor,’ but definitely a great option for those who are lactose intolerant can’t take cow’s milk cheese.  It paired very nicely with red wine, crackers and veggies.

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Step away from the…amazing seasonal Pita Crisps

I finally broke down and picked up one of Trader Joe’s seasonal items.  Their Pita Crisps with Cranberries & Pumpkin Seeds.  Good/bad idea.  Addictive!  They are nice and crunchy and have something like cinnamon sugar on the outside.  I have tried to put them out of my direct line of sight so I don’t finish the whole bag immediately.  I recommend giving them a try before they are off the shelves.

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Wine Crack(ers)

You can drink wine alone — there is zero problem with that.  You can find a wine that pairs perfectly with your meal.  You can find a meal to pair very nicely with your wine.  Or, you can find snacks to nibble on while sipping your wine.  While at the wine store, namely Total Wine, working a wine tasting and they give you these little nibbles to include at your table.  Innocent little off-white globes, about the size of a thumb nail.  These are Wine CRACKers.  OMG.  So, so, so good.  I don’t know what is in these things but they are addictive!!!

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Per the website, they are “O.T.C. Original Wine crackers are delicate, dry, yet slightly sweet with a hint of lemon and a touch of vanilla. O.T.C. Wine Crackers cleanse the palate and enhance the subtle flavor of fine wines. But you don’t have to be a wine lover to enjoy OTC wine crackers. While many people first experience them with wine, most end up eating them as a delicious snack or treat.”

They are totally right — have them on hand — they are like candy, oh, I mean snacks.  So good!  I’ve seen them at Total Wine and Wegman’s.  Googling them brings up many other options, as well.

These Chips are(n’t) BS!

Was in Whole Foods the other day roaming through the chip aisle to grab some pita chips (of course, right?).  I always have to see what else is on the shelves that I really don’t need.  Well, a couple years ago I had some chips after running a race that were so good! They were just so unique and I haven’t been able to find them again.  I couldn’t quite remember what they were, unfortunately, so have been on this endless hunt.  I see these sweet potato chips and try them and realize they aren’t quite right.  Well, finally I have found what I was looking for!  Garden of Eatin’ Butternut Squash Chips!  They are and aren’t BS!  So good!  The bag says NEW, no, they were around a couple years ago and now are finally back!  The chips are made with corn, butternut squash and some spice.  They have a bit of sweetness, they’re crunchy and something unique to them.  I don’t even think they need salsa to pair with them.  I did put some hummus on them once or twice, though — the pita chips didn’t have to get all of it, right?  They are also gluten free and dairy free.  Check them out, let me know what you think.  And, if you find them at different stores, let me know.

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New Snack/’Chip’ Find

I was in the deadly Wegman’s the other day roaming through the aisles and an aisle-end product display caught my eye.  The main ingredients/flavors were things I like, the nutritional value was good, so I had to give them a try.  The product — Lesser Evil’s (love that name) Super 4 Snacks, White Bean, Quinoa, Lentil, Chia, with Kale & Roasted Garlic.  And, after visiting their site, I noticed a product I’d tried before that’s addictive, the Chia Crisps.

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A serving has 46 pieces — that’s a nice amount to be able to eat!  And has 110 calories, 3g fat, 2g monosaturated.  There are 18g carbs per serving, with less than 1 of the grams being sugars.

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The pieces you eat are light and hollow, the shape of ziti.  They just sort of float in your hand, they weigh so little!

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Very flavorful.  They were a little bit salty, and going back there are 220g of sodium per serving.  Overall though, addictive…  There are a couple other flavors of them, too — Roasted Red Pepper and Cheesy Nacho.  And, on the back of the bag, they nicely note, the product fits into a lot of (positive) categories:

-all natural
-gluten free
-beans are low glycemic
-kosher
-corn free
-good source of fiber
-no MSG
-baked not fried
-not genetically modified
-empty calorie free
-no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors
-no milk hormones