Monday, March 22, 2010

warm colors

I’m slightly surprised how few people have entered my giveaway. Perhaps cause I didn’t go “GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY!” in the title? It’s still going, y’all. Search through the blog :D A giveaway scavenger hunt.

For lunch the other day, I had a really pretty color scheme going  without even realizing it. Like interior design, except food!


Trader Joe’s tomato and red pepper bisque (SO good. I try to not eat fresh tomatoes except when they’re actually in season, because they are just not good and I know various environmental traumas have occured to get them to the grocery store. So this soup is a nice, summer-tasting alternative!).


Accompanied by pear slices and pita with spicy orange hummus. Ohhhhh yes.


So simple, so good.

Same bowl, crappier lighting (oh, clouds, you break my heart), delicious ‘n nutritious (and color-boosting!) addition of avocado.


With this bowl, I decided to try another Newman’s Own Organics freebie- barbecue soy crisps.


They look exactly like the package.


If you think rice cakes are good, you will think these are better. They have a bit more substantialness and toothsomeness (yes, those are both words) than a rice cake. And they have 7 grams of protein per serving (of which I ended up having two… went back to the bag!) so they give you a bit more satiety (although you still wouldn’t want to eat these if you were craving super stick-to-your-ribs food).

The barbecue flavor is really nice- maybe I have excessively sensitive taste buds, but a lot of traditional chemical laden salty snacks make my tongue hurt and just overwhelm you with “flavor” (which is mostly salt). These have a nice flavor balance.

Although I have to say, maybe it’s that they’re organic and can’t include creepy chemical glue stuff, but the barbecue powder falls off these guys! There was a lot left in the bottom of my bowl.

With a strawberry shortcake yogurt (sad to be done with the Chobs but stoked that Yoplait was on sale!)


I took a picture of my snack just because it is such a perfect combination:


Apple ‘n almonds. Match made in heaven. I bought Jazz apples because they were on sale and all the bloggers had been raving about them and I really like them! Almost… citrusy?

Dinner… oh dinner.


Oh yes.

So remember when I made the eggs poached in tomato sauce on toast? Tonight I took it to the next (carb) level by putting it on pasta.

I was stoked to see my favorite whole wheat pasta on sale:


I ate their angel hair this fall like it was my job, and this time I opted for the spaghetti. Excellent taste and texture, very filling, reasonably priced. Yay Barilla Whole Grain (they don’t give me free stuff or anything- not that I’d turn it down- but this is an independent recommendation!)

I went with the time-honored pasta dinner side dish, a simple salad.


You know what the best part was? YOLK BREAKING! This is the first really successful flowing egg yolk I’ve had in my home in far too long.


The wheaty pasta, rich egg, tomato sauce, and just a hint of parmesan cheese and fresh ground black pepper… best easy dinner everrrrr.


Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said...

Oh I love Jazz apples! But not quite as much as my beloved honeycrisps.

MelindaRD said...

Mmm, spicy orange hummus sounds good. I think I did enter the giveaway, but I will double check.

fittingbackin said...

Yummy! Those ARE warm colors - love that bisque too!

Mom on the Run said...

I love hummus and a spicy orange one sounds so good. I am still unsure about the egg and pasta. I will have to take your word on it...LOL!

Molly said...

ahh i heart tomato soup!

Fit Chick in the City said...

Spicy orange hummus?? Sounds interesting and delish! The plain/normal flavors just get boring from time to time.

Anonymous said...

I love the amount of tomato in this post.

Rachana said...

I love Hummus and a spicy orange one sounds really delicious!!

Anais said...

Hmmm!!! I have some pasta sauce lying around somewhere, maybe it's time for me to try this out!

I find it so hard to find a prepared tomato soup that I like, but yours looks really good! I know it's not great, but my fave is the campbell's :S

La said...

as usual, drooling over everything in your post, esp the last shot of the egg and pasta. i must try those newmans rice things, thanks for the rec!

Anonymous said...

Barilla is also my favourite. My mum taught me to use it afte she spent 9 months in Italy and said it the only useful pasta brand in Finland which is eveng a BIT close to the italian ones :D

I want those soy chips, but I'm almost sure we don't have that brand in Finland...