All the Food

Well hey there!

Long time to no chat! I had the best of intentions of becoming a regular blogger over the summer but between graduation, trips to NYC, hanging around town and getting ready to move to California, my little corner of the internet was forgotten. I have actually been toying with the idea of rebranding/shifting towards a different focus as my interest has hanged since I started this blog. More to come later but there are going to be some changes.

Lets catch up on more important matters, delicious food. I got this idea from Imma Eat That – highlight some of the amazing meals/snacks I’ve been muchin’ on throughout the week.

Weekly Noshes

Udis[Udis Broccoli & Kale Lasagna, Trader Joe's Mahi Mahi Burger & Spiralized Zucchini]

English Muffin[Whole Wheat English Muffin, Whole Foods Cashew Butter, Banana & Cinnamon]

Dinner Spriral[Spiralized Zucchini, Chicken Parmesan Meatballs, Massive Japanese Sweet Potato]

IMG_1642[Thickest Greek yogurt]

IMG_1635[My favorite protein bars]

Highlight:

IMG_1608[Lightly Salted Rice Cake, Peanut Butter & Unsweetened Carob Chips]

Right now I am flying from LAX to Connecticut. I am working on the new blog changes which I hope you will all enjoy!

What have been your favorite eats lately?

April 2014: One of the Best Months

April has always been my favorite month for as long as I can remember. This past April pretty much takes the cake though.

I kicked off the month with a trip to Charlottesville with my roommate and completed my second marathon.

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Found out I was matched to Cal Poly SLO and placed in the beautiful Santa Barbara.

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Walked the 3.2 for 32 to remember the 32 beautiful Hokies who are no longer with us

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and ate some epic food

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Crazy to think that in 9 short days I will be a college graduate. Yikes – don’t think I am ready for that! However, I am really REALLY excited to begin a new chapter in my life…especially since it takes me one step closer to my dream job. The California weather doesn’t hurt either ;)

A “Department” Dedicated to Cookies

Back in May, Akiva from The Cookie Department contacted me to review his cookies. After browsing the companies website I was more than happy to take some cookies off his hands. A company dedicated to cookies the size of your face is kinda epic in my opinion. The flavors all sounded dreamy and happily awaited the arrival. Akiva was more than generous in the supply he gave me. I had plenty to give to friends who gave me their feedback on the taste of the cookies

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Tough Cookie: I had high hopes for this one. It is the peanut butter lover in me, but I was not a huge fan of this one. I don’t know if it was the addition of whey, but this cookie was too dry and crunchy for me. I am not a huge fan of crunchy cookies – I much prefer softer, chewy ones so that could be a reason why. I also found the peanut butter flavor to be off. However, the guys loved the sound of this cookie because of the added protein in cookie form.

Chocolate Chip Nookie: Do you all remember the really amazing subway cookies a few (okay 8-10ish) years back? The really really good ones? I am convinced they used the old recipe to make this cookie because it tasted exactly like those delicious treats. Crunchy on the outside, but soft and doughy on the inside. The chocolate chips were amazing. This cookie was the perfect balance of sweet and chocolatey.

Great Full: This was the only one I didn’t try. Not that I don’t like sweet potatoes or oatmeal (because I do), but rather because I have a thing against dried fruit, especially cranberries and raisins. I just don’t like them so I would already have a biased opinion. My co-worker tried it and reported that the flavors were spot on. The sweet potato flavor was very prominent and paired well with the cranberries. The only thing she complained about was the texture. She said it was a mix between soft and crunchy which was weird to her.

Awaken Baked: A sweet cookie and a cup of coffee? Yeah, winning. Like the Chocolate Chip Nookie, this one was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I was pleasantly surprised that the rich coffee taste was not bitter at all. In fact, it was pretty sweet. The coffee lover in me loved the bold taste.

Snap Back: This was hands down my favorite of them all. So soft, so moist and very reminiscent of my Aunts epic gingerbread cookies. The strong molasses taste combined with the sugar crystals on top was an epic duo. There was a lot of spice to this one, which I adored. Paired with some vanilla yogurt and I was one happy camper :)

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Sadly these cookies are mainly available in California, but check out there website to see if there are any locations near you!

Another epic thing that came out of this contact? I am now the Nutrition Blogger for the company! Major wins.

Check out my latest post about protein!

http://thecookiedepartment.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/why-protein-is-so-important/

Alright, I am off to a mini vacation with my roommate for the weekend!

Caramel Sea Salt Chocolate Waffle.

Oh yeah. I went there.

Some of my new readers might not know about my love obsession with waffles. I had my very first one a little less than a year ago (on my best friends 21st birthday to be exact) and it was a life changing foodie experience. Ever since then, I have come up with some pretty great ideas!

While my absolute favorite combination to date was posted on Instagram (recipe to come – I promise!) This new one was pretty amazing as well. You see, my roommate and I kinda enjoy all things caramel. The smooth velvety texture and flavor just get me every time. So why not make it into a waffle?

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Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/4 cup Hersheys Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp Torani Sugar Free Caramel Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp of sweetener of choice (I used Nectresse)
  • 1 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil (or any oil of choice)
  • Milk (to your desired consistency – I use less since I enjoy thicker/heartier waffles)
  • Sea Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat waffle iron. Once heated spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Combine dry ingredients (pastry flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sea salt and sweetener) in one bowl
  3. Combine wet ingredients (egg, milk and oil) and then add to dry ingredients
  4. Mix ingredients until desired consistency and add to waffle iron
  5. Cook according to your waffle iron’s specifications
  6. Enjoy!

I topped mine with Reginalds Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter (heaven!). I bet some strawberries or cashew butter would also taste fantastic too!pecanbutter

Lets Get Cozy

Long story short: I come back down to Virginia expecting warmer conditions after freezing staying at home in Connecticut only to be greeted with 17 mph winds and a high of 18. Yeah – not cool. Although I can’t complain too much. My first day of classes consisted of 1 class that let out early. Naturally, I came back to make a warm breakfast because frigid temperatures really don’t make me excited to be outside. Enter one of my favorite oat bran recipes!

Mocha Almond Oat Branย  mochaalmondoats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Oat Bran
  • 1 cup of coffee
  • 1 packet sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 cup Blue Diamond Coffee Mocha Almonds
  • 1 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter (or any nut butter/spread of choice)
  • Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Combine the oat bran, sweetener and coffee into small sauce pan
  2. Place sauce pan on stove and put on medium heat setting.
  3. While the oat bran thickens, gather the almonds, chocolate chips and spread
  4. Chop almonds
  5. When oat bran is done cooking to your desired consistency place into a bowl
  6. Top with almonds, cookie butter and chocolate chips
  7. Place in the microwave for 15 seconds
  8. Enjoy.

Ahhhh…warm cookie butter & chocolate chips – can’t beat that flavor combo!

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Almost makes the weather acceptable…almost

Dark Chocolate Waffle

While yes, the Red Velvet Cheesecake Waffle is pretty epic, this next one is probably my go to. I mean, what female doesn’t love a good chocolate waffle now and then? The creations are endless with this waffle – top it off with Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter, Cheesecake spread, jelly, chocolate chip, nuts. I could go on and on.

Special Dark Chocolate Waffle

waffleIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup flour (I adore Buckwheat)
  • 1/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup liquid of choice (milk, water, almond milk, etc)
  • 2 tsp of sweetener
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder

Directions:

  1. Combine dry ingredients into a bowl
  2. Add the egg
  3. Add about half of the liquid
  4. Stir ingredients and add liquid as needed – until desired consistency
  5. Pour into waffle iron
  6. Enjoy :)

What are your favorite waffle toppings?