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Dip Tasting at New Seasons

Saturday, February 06, 2010

This weekend at New Seasons they had various dips, chips, and other Super Bowl type snacks to taste. I love the tastings there because I can try new things without having to DO anything! I tried carrot juice today. It tastes like it sounds it will. Liquid carrot. I love carrots, but drinking them is not for me!

I also tried pistachios for the first time, and I love them! I was glad because it seemed like every single nut I’ve tried, I’ve hated. For the record, I HATE walnuts and pecans with a passion. In every way, shape, and form. I do like cashews, almonds, and peanuts (which are technically a legume).

So I was inspired by the wrap at Blossoming Lotus to make one for myself at home. I used collard greens, which I believe is what they used, but it did not turn out well! They wrapped up very nicely and I was able to get everything to stay in. But the greens themselves were SO bitter! I couldn’t handle the bitterness and ended up scraping out the insides and eating them in a flatbread. It definitely did not taste that way at the restaurant.

Collard greens filled with hummus, cucumber, radish and broccoli.

Since I have had such problems getting the Ezekiel wraps to actually bend without completely breaking and falling apart, I was excited about using veggies as the wrap. I am now thinking about using red cabbage. I haven’t had it in awhile and can’t remember how flexible it is, but what I do know is that I love the taste of red cabbage!

My second smoothie attempt was mostly successful. I swapped out the strawberries for grapes and knew I needed to use about half as much water. However, it still turned out more liquidy than I’d like. I am glad that the greek yogurt really helped in the creaminess department.

Smoothie made with chobani plain greek yogurt, frozen grapes, and half a frozen banana.

The other night we had black bean wraps and again the Ezekiel wraps refused to cooperate. I just used a flour tortilla like Aubrey usually does. Also, does anyone else top their brown rice with anything?

I like that salsa is a nice, low calorie topping, but I am bummed with how high in sodium it is. Aubrey and I still haven’t found a homemade salsa recipe that we like the taste of. I don’t like ones that are salty, even our store-bought salsa is too salty for my taste. But funnily enough, I don’t like the “fresh” taste of homemade salsa. It tastes way too much like tomatoes. I don’t like tomatoes, even though I do like salsa and ketchup. Although to be honest, I haven’t had ketchup in months. I exclusively use mustard every place I was using high-sugar ketchup.

Brown rice topped with salsa, broccoli and a black bean wrap.
Wrap is a flour tortilla filled with black beans, sweet peppers, cumin, plain greek yogurt, and some lemon juice.

But anyway! Tonight we’re having the double-broccoli quinoa again. We actually made it yesterday and I’ve been thinking about it since then. Yummm, food. =)
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    I just checked out your SparkPage, Amber, and you are impressive!!!! emoticon emoticon
    2966 days ago
  • TINK9305
    I'm very interested in your meals :o) Double-broccoli quinoa??? Maybe try a homemade dill sauce. Some sour cream , dill, garlic, and plain yogurt??? on the rice. My family likes this on lots of things sometimes we put some fresh cut onions in too. So where do you live it seems like a fresh friendly place :o)
    2966 days ago
  • NUTMEG1125
    Use romaine lettuce or green leaf lettuce...not iceberg for the wraps.
    2967 days ago
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