Monday, May 10, 2010

Snack Foods and Other Random Things

Dinner was veggie burgers cooked on the grill pan with corn tortillas, so nothing interesting to take pictures of there. I had some leftover napa cabbage from the Nabeyaki Udon, so I sauteed it with a few baby bella mushrooms, sweet peppers, zucchini, and a tablespoon or so of fresh ginger. Here's a picture of the vegetables before I added the requisite TJ black pepper sauce.
I am growing to really like cabbage. When I was a child, I hated it, but I only remember it from the boiled hamhock dish my mother used to make, so that might be the reason. Now I appreciate its delicate flavor. It was wonderful in the udon broth ... mmm. I am totally going to make Nabeyaki Udon again. 

I discovered two snack products recently that I liked enough to take pictures of. :) The first is Zevia, which was on sale at the Co-op. I rarely have any soda these days, even diet soda, but I liked that Zevia is made from stevia (a natural sugar substitute that is supposedly safe for diabetes), rather than aspartame. The black cherry flavor tasted pretty good, too. I'll probably have a can of this once a month or so.

The second find is the most exciting. There are two food products I don't think I could ever go without: salsa and peanut butter. I kept reading praise for the Peanut Butter & Co brand on various vegan blogs. Everyone in the blog world seemed to be in consesus that Peanut Butter & Co made the best peanut butter, hands down. I was intrigued. So when I saw that Giant Eagle was carrying several flavors of this brand, I quite happily shelled out the money for a jar. Giant Eagle had chunky, smooth, and dark chocolate! Guess which one I picked?
Yes, it's true. It's the best peanut butter in the world. The combination of dark chocolate and peanut butter is ridiculously delicious without being overly sweet. Here's a pic of it smeared on a whole grain English muffin.
This will be my go-to dessert until further notice. Wow. J. likes it too -- he can't wait to try it on (his non-vegan) ice cream. For now, he's happy eating it by the spoonful.

I would love to try some of the other flavors too, like the white chocolate or the maple. I did a little online research and found out that Peanut Butter & Co has a storefront in Manhattan that also sells cute-sounding sandwiches and snacks. Why did I not know about this when I lived in NYC?? Oh well. I'm quite happy with my jar of Dark Chocolate Dream. Yay peanut butter!

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