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13 Aug 2011, Comments (4)

Apple Cinnamon “Rice Pudding” Oatmeal

Author: Healthnuttxo

This morning, I was feeling something a little different than my normal bowl (ok…two bowls) of cereal, with fruit, milk and spoon full of peanut butter. Don’t get me wrong, I think that will always be my favorite breakfast, but I was feeling some change.

So I cooked up some oatmeal, added a few ingredients, and once I tasted it, it really reminded me of rice pudding! Rice pudding is one of my absolute favorite desserts, especially topped with cinnamon. Now I can enjoy it, with the health benefits of oats!

Here’s what you need:

1/2 cup rolled oats (I used Quaker)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
BUNCH of cinnamon- I didn’t measure, but I added a lot.
1 apple (half cut in tiny pieces, half in slices or however you want to eat)
3 packets stevia (or sugar)
butter (to taste)

In a pot, add the milk, water, oats, cinnamon, vanilla, and 2 packets of stevia. Cook until desired consistency. Add half of the apple to the pot in the final minute or so, so it is warm and soft.

Transfer oatmeal to a bowl. Add the final packet of stevia/sugar on top, along with the butter. Add some milk around the edges if desired. Enjoy with other half of apple, some toast, juice, etc.

I gotta learn to wipe the sides of the bowl clean before I take pictures …..  ; )

I really liked this oatmeal- I will certainly try it again. Let me know if you try it and like it!

What’s your favorite oatmeal recipe? I’d love to hear some!

16 Jun 2011, Comments (10)

No Pudge! Fudge Brownie Mix Original

Author: Healthnuttxo

Brownies. Nothing quite like a brownie. And when the craving struck, I turned to no other than the No Pudge! Fudge Brownie Mix in the Original flavor.

The directions were easy peasy- add 2/3 cup of yogurt, mix, and bake! I added 2/3 cup of one of my favorite brands of yogurt, Stonyfield Farm.

Another thing I liked? That I didn’t have to use a hand mixer. Seriously. Mine is SO OLD I feel like it’s going to break every time I use it. I can see it now. Baking our yearly 3,000 (I’m exaggerating, of course) Christmas Cookies, and then POOF! out goes our electric mixer. Mixing by hand  for ALL of those cookies would be no fun at all.

Anyway- for these I got to use a spoon.
Not to say mixing was easy, cause it wasn’t. This batter got super thick and hard to mix.

And can we say powder all over my counter? (Ok, I’m exaggerating again. It didn’t
get ALL over. But it certainly made a dusty appearance
on my white countertops.)

Hmm. Should I add something? I kept mixing, and decided a few drops of water would help things mix easier.

Aside from the fact that this pic is super blurry
(I blame my poor photography skills 100% for that),
the water seemed to do the trick.

I then transferred the mix to a pan and put it in the oven. I then had a failed attempt at getting the batter off the bowl. It was so sticky! It would not come off! (good thing for dishwashers!)


So. FINALLY. How did these brownies taste? That’s all that matters right? I’m sure you heard enough of my complaining about how the batter was too sticky or hard to mix. Poor me. Good thing I have a batch of brownies to console my whiny self…

yeaaaaaaaaaaa.

The taste? DE LIC IOUS . So good. Super fudgy and VERY SWEET! Man, did these satisfy my sweet tooth! They were also really moist and very chocolatey, and VERY RICH.  It’s going to be hard not to eat all of these myself, which is why I can either be generous and

1.Share these with my friends
or
2. (the more likely option) freeze these and eat at a later date (which will more than likely be as soon as the fresh ones are consumed).

Overall? 4 1/2 stars. I wouldn’t exactly count these as health food in my opinion, given the 22 grams of sugar per serving just in the mix, but they are really delicious and worth a try! I do think they are a bit too sweet, but that just may be me!

Have you ever tried these brownies? How would you/did you eat them?


Any exuse to eat chocolate (and/or peanut butter) and I’m down. It’s obvious that when Enjoy Life offered me a bag of their new Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks to try for free, I accepted without having to think twice!

These chunks are gluten free, dairy free, nut free and more. I don’t have any allergies (at least that I know of!), but I’m certainly up for trying all sorts of foods.

First when I took these out of bag, I would agree they are “mega”! Long and rectangular in shape, and a dark brown color.

I decided to try one straight from the bag. It was slightly bitter, but with a smooth melt-in-the-mouth chocolatey taste. I believe I even tasted just a hint of vanilla.

Next, I thought I would bake peanut butter cookies with these Mega Chunks added in. Here’s what they looked like in the oven

See how big the chunks were!

And here’s one fresh from the oven…

What I really liked about these, was that they kept their shape even after being baked. They didn’t melt or become “lost” in the cookie. They still had a teeny bit of a bite to them, while still have the ooey-gooey goodness of a chocolate chip – just bigger!

Overall, really good! I couldn’t tell the difference between these and the chocolate chips I usually use. They were sweet, chocolatey, and love that they kept their shape! I would use these again! 4 stars

What’s your favorite type of cookie? Besides the usual peanut butter & chocolate chip, I REALLY like White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies!

I spotted something new in my freezer this afternoon, something I haven’t had in a while. French Fries! I decided to give these a try with some broccoli and vegetarian style chicken nuggets for dinner.

I cooked them up for about 15 minutes or so,
and here’s how they looked once transferred to my plate.

And a close up with a bite taken

can you see the spots of grease on the plate? and minuscule broccoli remnants (:

As I stated before, these were certainly greasy, so napkins are recommended.  They cooked up nicely, with crispy edges and a potatoey filling. There was mostly a yummy potato flavor, with a kick of peppery flavor at the end. They really weren’t that salty, despite the 470 mg of sodium per serving either. They actually really reminded me of curly fries that I used to get at school when I was younger, but these had more of a cripsy-ness to them.

The bag states they are “skin-on potatoes” but I’m not really sure exactly what that means, and they tasted like standard fries to me. I did like that the portion size was pretty good for 3 ounces, and I got a good amount of the fries filling up my plate. However, they were kind of lackluster for me. I would probably eat them again, but wouldn’t go out of my way to buy them. 3 stars

yea. that is my finger in the bottom right. FAIL ):

Last day to enter this totally awesome giveaway!

I was craving something carby for dinner (me? crave carbs? never (; ), so I decided to try the Glutino Chicken Pizza with BBQ Sauce I bought the other day at my Whole Foods trip. I really liked the Duo Cheese and Spinach & Feta pizzas that Glutino made, so I thought this one would be good too.  I set the oven to 375 degrees and let it cook while I steamed up some broccoli on the side.

Here’s how it looked frozen- there wasn’t a ton of cheese, and the crust was thin.

The pieces of chicken looked small, so I was a bit skeptical at first.
However, I found that they were just hidden underneath the cheese!

And here’s how it looked out of the oven

1 word. YUM.

I took a bite, and instantly fell in love. I honestly didn’t think I was going to like this as much as I did. It was AMAZING! The crust was crunchy yet soft, and there was a good amount of BBQ sauce on the pizza. The BBQ sauce itself had a tomato based flavor, and was sweet at first, but certainly left a bit of spice lingering. There was a good amount of cheese, which I liked because I personally am the type of person who would pull off the cheese on a slice of pizza (haha don’t hate me!!). The chicken was in small chunks, which were juicy, flavorful and chewy, but in a good way.

Honestly, this pizza rocked. I am SO buying it again, even if that means driving all the way to Whole Foods to get one (or 3…). Everything worked together, and tasted wonderfully together. I felt like I was eating something that tasted like it was from a restaurant, and I liked that the nutritional information was pretty good as well! This one deserves it – a 5 star rating!

What’s your favorite kind of pizza besides traditional cheese and sauce? I think this one is MY new favorite!

nutritionals and ingredients!

I dont know what compelled me to  buy this. My least favorite vegetable is spinach. Well, maybe that’s a bit harsh…(or maybe not), either way, I would most likely not ever eat plain spinach on it’s own. SO, perhaps what got me to buy these was the picture on box and the mention of “THREE CHEESES” on the box as well. And the fact that they looked like chicken nuggets didn’t hurt either.

SO, into my shopping cart they went, and then into my fridge after I bought them. The other night I got the urge to try something different, so I took these out and popped them into the toaster oven. It said to cook them on 375, but my toaster oven had 350 and 400 as an option. Hmm? 350? or 400? 350 with the possibility of cold spots? Or possible burning/crispy edges with 400? Regardless, I’d rather have crispy edges than soggy cold spots (if that would even happen), so I chose cooking them at 400 degrees F.

Moving on. After I cooked them, here’s how they looked…

Not nearly as plump as they looked on the box, but still pretty yummy looking. I steamed up a bunch of veggies and had 6 of these for a light meal, with some applesauce on the side as well.

The outside crust/breading tasted like a mozzarella stick, but these weren’t greasy really at all. The inside was actually surprisingly good. It was cheesy, hearty, and a bit salty. The texture was kind of like a chicken nugget- it was like a spinach/cheese “patty”. From the picture, it looks like the cheese and the spinach was layered, and it stayed together. No oozing of cheese or anything like that.

Overall, pretty tasty. I’d get these again. 4 stars

3 bites has 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Do you like spinach? How do you eat it? I really need to incorporate this veggie more… it’s been neglected for too long. 😉

16 Oct 2010, Comments (0)

Chiquita Banana Bread Mix

Author: Healthnuttxo

So, for some reason, in my house we either have way too many bananas, or not enough. Seeing as this week it was way too many, I had a couple overripe bananas waiting to be eaten. I hate to throw them out or waste them, so when I was at the store yesterday I bought the Chiquita Banana Bread Mix. I would say I’m quite fond of banana bread- it was always one of my favorites growing up. And, the mix seemed easy enough. All I needed was an egg, some water, and some bananas. I’m in!

So, when I got home I preheated my oven, took out a bowl to mix and started. I mashed up 1 cup of bananas, added the mix, 1 egg and 1/3 of a cup of water. It mixed rather easily and quickly. I poured it into a pan after spraying some nonstick cooking spray and waited for about 40-45 minutes.

It was a nice golden brown on top. I took a sliver and was instantly happy. Now this is BANANA BREAD! Fluffy, moist, sweet, absolutely delicious. I loved how I could even see the litte pieces of banana in the bread once it was cooked. It was even slightly sticky on the top of the bread.

The only thing I didn’t like was that it was rather low in fiber, and did not have any whole wheat flour in it. Other than that, this product gets 4 1/2 stars. I will CERTAINLY buy this mix again and make delicious banana bread. I might take the suggestion from the box and add some walnuts, as I love the banana bread walnut combination. I can’t stop taking a little piece everytime I walk by the bread that’s sitting on my table! 🙂

1 slice prepared (62 grams) is 150 calories. In mix (33 grams) is 130 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite type of bread? Banana bread is certainly mine!! 😉

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