Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Some of My Newest Food Finds

Yes, I know it is February.  Yes, I know this is my first blog post of 2016... we moved in January and spent most of the month doing it!

It wasn't that I have not been cooking... or even cooking up anything new. It was that I was just too occupied elsewhere to take pictures and post!   I had no idea that moving was so time consuming or so physically demanding.  I don't want to do it again for some time.

But now that the move is done and we are mostly organized in the new place (nope, I haven't hung any pictures yet) I really feel like turning my attention to foodie matters and telling you about them! And since I last posted I have found some new products that I am excited about and want to share with you... you might like them too.

The first product I want to tell you about is this Lite Life Naturally Turkey Bacon that I found at Costco a couple of weeks back.

Several years ago when we lived on the sailboat we spent 3 Winters in Washington State.  I regularly purchased a turkey bacon distributed by Oscar Meyer, I think the brand was Louis Rich.  It is not available in Canada and I never found another one that was nearly as good... till now.  This Lite Life Naturally has a good bacon flavor without all the nitrates and is a good texture, too.  I have tried cooking it in the mike, but find that a saute pan works better.  Less mess and fussing around!

The package is divided into 2 sections... so I put one in the freezer and keep the other in the fridge and used it up within about 8 or 9 days. Was still fresh and good all that time.

The cooked strips are great with eggs in a traditional breakfast, and also really nice in sandwiches and breakfast 'bowls'.  The N.I. and ingredient list are pretty good.  2 slices are only 1 Weight Watchers Smart Point.

The second product I want to share with you is something I am quite excited about!  Yes, I love berries and use them a lot... and I love cherries, too.  So this new Compliments Berry & Cherry Boost is a great way to get in some of both.

It is a lovely frozen mixture of strawberries, pitted dark sweet cherries, black currants, blackberries, cultured blackberries, and pitted sour cherries.  These are the only ingredients. There is no added sugar.  On the Weight Watchers program, these fruits are 0 Smart Points, unless you blend them into smoothies.  See my note below this post for more information about that.

But I will share the N.I. with you anyway.  I am sure you all know that these fruits are a terrific source of Vitamin C... and taste wonderful too!

And yes, that cereal in the picture with the fruit and yogurt above, is the third item I want to share with you.  It is called Nature's Path Sunrise Crunchy Maple.

I first ran into it a few weeks ago when I was attending a Sunday morning Weight Watcher's meeting... it was the first launch day in December of the new program, Beyond the Scale.  One of the members that attended that meeting was eating her breakfast and as I sat and visited with her, I could smell the aroma of maple coming from her bowl.  I had to ask about it. Jamie told me it was this Crunchy Maple cereal... and I tucked that information away till last week, when I spied a box of it on a shelf of a store that I don't normally shop.  I saw that it is Gluten-Free and tossed it into my cart.

Well, when I got it out of the pantry to try it today, I finally read the ingredient list.  I see that it contains corn.  I am not normally a grain eater... every once in a while I do indulge, but honestly, corn is on my never list!  Well, apparently not anymore. I ate 1/3 cup of this cereal with my 0% Greek yogurt and some of the Berry & Cherry Boost and loved it!  I will likely finish the box... a wee bit at a time.   And even though I won't be buying it again, I am telling you about it, because it is very tasty... and you may not have any issues with corn.

The recommended serving size of 2/3 cup contains: 110 calories,  .2g saturated fat, 7g sugar, and 2g protein. That works out to 4 Smart Points on the Weight Watchers program. 

Have you tried any of these products?

Do you have anything new and wonderful products that you would recommend?  I would love to hear about them.

Monday, December 21, 2015

5 of My Most Popular Recipes in 2015

Looking back over the year, I realized I have posted many fewer recipes than in previous years. I have to admit to doing less experimenting in my own kitchen than I have in the past, and have been enjoying favorites that are already created, way more often.

Here are 5 of the most popular recipes I posted this year. Not only were they viewed, and Pinned quite often, they are dishes that I like to make over and over again myself... so I am going to highlight them here for you, so that you can check them out for yourself if you missed them the first time around.

They are all gluten freen,  and grain free. They may contain eggs or egg whites.  Where I call for a particular brand, use your own favorite version.  I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do myself!

In no particular order...

Low Carb Revolution Rolls

High Protein Waffles

Ultimate English Muffin

High Fibre Egg White Muffins

PB2 and Banana Waffles

What was your favorite new dish this year?  

Do you experiment in your kitchen or do you stick with the tried and true?

Friday, December 04, 2015

The Captain's 3 Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes

I don't do a lot of baking anymore, but when the festive season rolls around, it just seems that it is a natural to get out some of The Captain's favorite old cookie recipes and crank up the oven.  These 3 cookies are the ones that I know bring the biggest smile to his face... all delicious and each one just a wee bit special!

His 3 Favorite Holiday Cookies

I have tried all three of these recipes with gluten-free all purpose flour and so can recommend you use that if gluten is an issue for you or your cookie monsters...   Otherwise, just follow these recipes as given... you will not be disappointed. I promise!

Here's the lineup...

Kim's Ginger Crack Cookies

I am not sure where the CRACK in the name of this cookie comes from... CRACK because you cannot stop eating them or CRACK because the batter cracks as it bakes... either way, they are a wonderful light molasses ginger cookie.  if you only make one cookie this Holiday Season, this is the one!

Lemon Snowballs

This is a fun little short-bread like ball that goes so nicely with a cup of hot tea or even cocoa. It is surprising light, too.  And honestly, they melt in your won't break the calorie budget with these so if you are looking for something not too sweet, this one's for you!

Sugar-Crusted Ginger Cookies

These scrumptious crispy cookies have small chunks of candied ginger inside. MMMM.  Just the thing for a true ginger lover and they are an easy icebox cookie.... that means you just roll up the dough, let it cool in the fridge, then slice and bake.  Just right for the baker who doesn't like to mess around!

So, are you a Holiday Baker, too?  

What is your favorite Festive Cookie?