Posts tagged ‘Foodie Pen Pals’

July 31, 2012

July Foodie Pen Pals!

July has been an INSANE month! I was so excited when my box arrived from Kim filled with so many delicious goodies. I regret that I haven’t actually tried any of the yummy goodies yet. Like I said, this month is nutty and I want to sit down and really ENJOY what she’s put together for me, not just shove it in my mouth!

It contained dark chocolate roasted almonds, Ritter hazelnut chocolate, hot drinking chocolate, olive tapenade and my two favorites that I’m excited to try: Sassafras tea (never heard of it) and currant jam from her local farmer’s market. There may have been one other thing in there that I got antsy and grabbed and munched before I had the chance to take a photo…or even compute what it was!

So stoked to try it all!

July 6, 2012

Thai style peanut noodles

I have had the biggest cravings for something savory and creamy lately. Most things possessing those qualities are so because of the flour in them, which makes it hard for me to find something that’s safe for me.

I decided to bust out the PB2 my lovely Foodie Pen Pal, Dee, sent me and create something myself.

I’ve always loved Thai peanut noodles. I never thought peanuts would be good with pasta, but holy moly. Delicious! Since I’m home from work early today, I decided it would make a delicious little lunch.

Mr and Meatless’ Thai style Peanut Noodles

1 large handful of spaghetti style pasta (I used rice pasta, but you can use whole wheat or regular old what pasta. Tis up to you)

1/2 green bell pepper, sliced thin

2 medium sized carrots, sliced thin

Approx 1/2 cup frozen edamame (or fresh if that’s what you’ve got)

1/2 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)

4 tbsp PB2

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp rice vinegar

1 squirt Sriracha sauce (to taste)

Cilantro, for garnish

Boil the spaghetti noodles in a large saucepan. Steam the bell pepper, carrots and edamame. Combine the liquid amino acids, PB2, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and Sriracha, whisk until smooth. If you’re using rice noodles, empty them into a strainer and rinse with cold water, then place in a serving bowl. Toss noodles with veggies and sauce. Garnish with cilantro (If I had sesame seeds, I probably would have sprinkled some of them on top too) and enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I’ll see you on Monday!

June 30, 2012

June Foodie Pen Pals!

June was my first month participating in the Foodie Pen Pals program created by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean, and boy was it fun! The way it works is this: sign up on Lindsay’s blog and you’ll be given the name of a person you’ll put together a box of goodies (not to exceed $15) for. Another person will get your name and put together a box for you. Not only did I looooove getting my box of goodies from Dee, I had a complete blast putting a box together for my pen pal, Cassie. I definitely plan on participating next month. It’s nice to get to know new people in a way that is so much fun and so unique!

Anyway, as for the goodie box, here’s what was inside!

A delicious selection of chocolate flavored Justin’s nut butters, which I totally love!

As well as a Justin’s almond butter candy bar.

There was a bag of dark chocolate covered Goji berries, a jar of PB2, which I have been dying to try…I just kind of kept forgetting about it. I think I’m going to make a peanut noodle salad for dinner tonight using it in the sauce! Also, a grinder of pink sea salt!

Possibly my favorite items in the box are the two that are from local companies in her area: a bag of yummy looking raw granola and a sun dried tomato and asiago olive oil dip. I love shopping locally and I love trying local things when I travel, so it’s a real treat to receive snacks from her area (although if I love them, I’m going to have to have her send me some more)!

I also adored her packing peanuts: a lululemon reusable bag! So cute and creative and environmentally friendly.

I love everything in my box! Thank you, Dee, for such an amazing selection of new goodies! And thank you, Lindsay, for all your work putting together and organizing the program!

If you are interested in participating in June’s Foodie Pen Pals, sign up at The Lean Green Bean by the 5th of July and Lindsay will pair you with a pen pal! P.S. You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, so if it looks like fun, don’t hesitate to sign up!