PB&J Hot Cereal

Today I’m going to share with you two new discoveries that will have you changing your mind about breakfast forever… well, it will at least having you hopping in your car to get to your nearest grocery store to try it out.  This will not disappoint.

If you haven’t noticed… I don’t typically post about breakfast.  It’s not because I don’t eat it though… In fact I actually LOVE breakfast, brunch, eggs, pancakes, everything breakfast related.  It’s really just because I’ve been eating the same breakfast for the past year and a half.  If you missed it, here you go.  It’s something I put together at night for the next morning with some fat free greek yogurt, some kind of fruit, and some type of jam.  It might be boring to eat every day for over a year but It’s healthy, filling, and so yummy.

After discovering Peanut Butter Co’s Mighty Maple Peanut Butter, and also Trader Joe’s new Organic Multigrain Hot Cereal, I have not eaten my boring Greek Yogurt all week!  This new breakfast kicks butt.  And admit it, who doesn’t love PB&J!?

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PB&J Hot Cereal

Serves: 1 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Organic Multigrain Hot Cereal

1 cup Water

1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter Co’s Mighty Maple Peanut Butter (or regular)

1 Tablespoon Jam

1 Tablespoon Dried Cranberries or Raisins

1 Tablespoon Roasted Peanuts

2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Directions:

1.  Cook Hot Cereal according to package directions:  combine water and hot cereal in a saucepan and heat while stirring occasionally.  Put the lid on the saucepan but remember to stir every 30 seconds or so, it WILL overflow on you if you aren’t careful.  Stir until the water has been absorbed.

2.  Place the hot cereal in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir and enjoy.

PBnJ Hot Cereal

 

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While the hot cereal is the main ingredient of this hearty breakfast, the peanut butter just steals the show.  The maple flavor isn’t overpowering but gives the cereal just that extra hint of sweetness that is so tasty.  The PB gets super creamy when it’s heated by the hot cereal, it’s hard not to add more!

Play around with this, you can use different nuts, jams, and fruit too.  Don’t mind me while I do a little dance to the Peanut Butter Jelly song… have a great day!

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Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants

o.m.g.  Have you ever tried TJ’s Chocolate Croissants?  If you haven’t… go out and buy them now.  Then we can talk.

Dave and I have discovered a new favorite breakfast in bed item.  These croissants are NOT healthy.  But they are delicious.  Delicious enough for you to forget about how bad they are for you.  Sometimes you need a treat like that!

We love eating these bad boys on Sunday mornings after we sleep in.  They are perfect for the occasion because all you do is take them out of the freezer and let them sit on a baking sheet overnight.  Then, when you’re ready to eat them, you bake them in the oven for under an hour.  You don’t even need to do anything!

It’s amazing how much they rise overnight.  So cool.

They are hot and gooey on the inside and crispy crunchy flaky on the outside.  YUMMY!

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When you wake up to a face like this, it's hard to get out of bed in the morning!!

When you wake up to a face like this, it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning!!

Cookie Butter Pinwheels & the Be a Good Cookie Spatula from OXO

So, have you gotten the Cookie Butter fever yet?  Biscoff?  Speculoos?  Like, OMG!  It’s the best stuff ever.  It’s like the non-chocolate version of Nutella.  It tastes like mashed up butter cookies and cinnamon.  What could be bad?

SOOOO Yummy!

SOOOO Yummy!

You can get Biscoff Spread at any grocery store near the peanut butter, or you can pick up a jar of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter.  It was supposed to be seasonal but it was such a big hit that they sell it all year round.

I’ve been eating Cookie Butter by the spoonful or with pretzel rods, bananas, graham crackers, you name it!  I was totally satisfied eating my spreadable heaven in these delicious ways… well, that is until I saw this recipe on Cookies & Cups blog the other day.  Whoa!  (Joey Lawrence voice…)

Cookie Butter Pinwheel Cookies

Recipe slightly adapted from:  Cookies and Cups

Ingredients:

1 can Crescent Rolls

1/2 cup – 3/4 cup Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread

1 cup Powdered Sugar

2 Tablespoons Milk

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions:

1.  Unroll the Crescent Rolls and spread out flat.

2.  Spread the cookie butter in a thin later until it covers the entire square.  Tightly roll the dough jelly-roll style, lengthwise.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

3.  Preheat the oven to 350.  Take out of the plastic wrap and slice into 1/4 inch pinwheel cookies.  Place the cookies spread out on a cookie sheet prepared with parchment paper.  Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden.  Let cool.

4.  Prepare the cinnamon glaze:  Mix the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl.  Add sugar to make it thicker to drizzle or add milk to thin it out to have the glaze go over the entire cookie.  Put the glaze over the cookies, be patient and let it set… THEN enjoy!!

Cookie Butter is spread onto the Crescent Rolls and rolled up into a big long log.  Let sit in the fridge for an hour than slice... mmm

Cookie Butter is spread onto the Crescent Rolls and rolled up into a big long log. Let sit in the fridge for an hour than slice… mmm

Pretty!

Pretty!

I kept mine in the oven about a minute or two too long (12 min... try 8-10) but they were still so good

I kept mine in the oven about a minute or two too long (12 min… try 8-10) but they were still so good

um... YUM!

um… YUM!

These little cookies are so yummy!  They turned out to be nice and soft but crispy on the bottom.  I could hardly wait for the glaze to set before I ate them… like five of them… eeeek!

I couldn’t wait to make cookies in my new place, so I could use my new OXO “Be a Good Cookie” spatula.  I’ve been waiting to use this cute little orange spatula since I got it during the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  All participating bloggers received a free spatula during the swap which raised money for the charity Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.  OXO even got involved by matching all of the money raised by the Cookie Swap- doubling the donation to this awesome charity.

You gotta enjoy making cookies to help raise money for a good cause.

You gotta enjoy making cookies to help raise money for a good cause.

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You might also want to check out these other cookies too!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes

Cinnamon Toast Crunch & White Chocolate Cookies

Cinnamon Toast Crunch & White Chocolate Cookies

Caramel Apple Milkyway Stuffed Cookies

Caramel Apple Milkyway Stuffed Cookies

 

 

Trader Joe’s Mahi Mahi Burgers

OOOH.  Just tried an awesome new Trader Joe’s product:  TJ’s Mahi Mahi Burgers.  TJ’s sells a box of 4 of these frozen burgers for $6.99, so it’s a great deal and it’s pretty delicious.

The first time I tried one of these burgers, I seasoned it just a touch and ate it plain.  It was so good!  The burgers are already pre-seasoned so they are nice and yummy- you don’t have to do anything else to them while cooking if you don’t want to.  This time around, I cooked the Mahi Mahi burger on the stovetop with some Sweet Chili sauce and Teriyaki.  I toasted a Whole Wheat English Muffin and sauteed some Zucchini on the side.  Delish!

Trader Joe’s Carne Asada

Trader Joe’s makes an amazing pre-marinated steak that I love to pick up every once in a while. It’s a great change of pace from my typical asian-flavored marinades I normally use.  This Carne Asada packs a PUNCH of Mexican flavor.  It is a bit spicy but super flavorful.  The steak is also sliced so thin that all you have to do is put it over some high heat (pan or grill) and it’ll be done in just a few minutes.

I cooked this batch up with some Parmesan Garlic French Fries and Sauteed Spinach.

For the Parmesan Garlic French Fries, I took a good ol’ bag of frozen fries my Dad keeps in the house and fried them in a pan with some Sunflower Seed Oil.  I added Minced Garlic, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, and some Smoked Paprika.  Once the fries were all crisped up, I removed them from the pan onto a wad of paper towels and shook off some of the oil.  Next, they went into a brown paper bag with a few shakes of Reduced Fat Parmesan Cheese.  I added a few shakes of Sea Salt too.  YUM.  What a great combination with the garlic and parmesan… seriously yum.

The spinach was frozen also, I just took a big hunk of it and threw it into a saucepan with maybe 1/4-1/2 Cup of water.  I let it cook over medium-high heat until all of the spinach “melted” and was stirable.  It is a pain in the ass (using frozen spinach) but you have to drain the water.  I take a colander and cover it with a few layers of paper towels, then use some paper towels for my hands and squeeze it all out.  Careful though, it can be really hot!  When serving, add a squeeze of lemon juice, a few sprays of butter spray, some salt and pepper and another shake of that Reduced Fat Parm Cheese.  That’s all you’ll need!

Deelish! Super fancy on our paper plates 🙂

Thank you, Instagram!

Trader’s Tots

I’ve been on a major breakfast potato kick lately.  I’ve been dying to make my Breakfast Baked Potato again!  Last month, I made the BEST breakfast I’ve ever made (unfortunately, it was when Dave was in Vancouver and I was all alone) using Trader Joe’s Shredded Potatoes.

Last weekend, I decided to try TJ’s Potato Tots instead.  They are awesome.  I cooked up these babies along with some scrambled eggs and bacon.  Potatoes make the whole breakfast process take more time, but they are well worth it.  One of my fav blogs, “What’s Good at Trader Joe’s” gave these Tots 10 out of 10, something i RARELY see them do!

You can cook these in the oven, but I recommend doing them in a skillet with some oil.  I have personally been using Sunflower Seed Oil (also from TJ’s), but Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil will do just fine.

Get the oil nice and hot and carefully add the potatoes.  They might splatter just a little depending on how much ice flakes are on there.  Mine weren’t too bad.  Let them cook in the oil for like 5-8 minutes, then season them with Salt/Pepper/Smoked Paprika/Garlic… anything your little heart desires.  Carefully flip them over and cook the other side for 5-8 minutes.  I seasoned this side as well, but that all depends on how you like them!  I also prefer mine to be pretty crispy so I kept them cooking just a little longer before removing them onto some paper towels to dab off the grease.

These Tots are simple but taste really yummy.  They’re a great shortcut if you don’t have the time to cut up fresh potatoes and deal with all of that kind of stuff (like me!).

Lunchtime Tuesday

After Brianne requested some lunchtime advice last week… I thought it would be a good idea to start posting some of my lunches.  Although they won’t be anything fabulous like this or this… it’s always nice to see the basics, and maybe you can get some good ideas for yourselves!

Lunchtime! Nom nom nom

For me, breakfast & lunch during the workweek is when I’m most strict on my diet.  I find that if I can be “good” at work, where there are little dietary distractions… I can leave room for a few “bad” eating decisions for dinner and weekends.  For all you Weight Watchers Point Counters… let’s just say I use my Bonus & Exercise points on Nights & Weekends.  Sorta like the opposite of a phone bill.

One of my favorite lunches just became a wee bit more exciting.  My friend Lauren, who I visited 2 weeks ago in NY gave me this great new kick to my normal turkey sandwich:  Laughing Cow Cheese.

If you’re paying attention, you should already know about this stuff:  It’s AWESOME.  Go ahead, do yourself a favor if you haven’t already… go buy a wheel.  You won’t be disappointed.

Anyway, Lauren (who has a pretty similar breakfast/lunch diet to my own) suggested I spread one LC Cheese wedge onto my bread, instead of cheese.  It’s so good!

This brings me to today’s lunch:

I packed a Turkey Sandwich on Sara Lee’s Delightful Wheat Bread (45 cal/slice!), with 1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Wedge, 3 oz of Boar’s Head Turkey Breast, some lettuce, and Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Dijon Mustard.  

I also packed some baby carrots to eat with another LC Wedge (Blue Cheese flavor), a banana, a nectarine, and 1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese w/ All Fruit Jam.  

YUM, check out that mustard… you don’t need much!

 

This mustard is really hot, so be careful! It has great flavor though, you’ll love it.

 

I actually measure out 1/2 cup of Cottage Cheese… measuring is KEY with dieting. Did you know this little baby 1/2 cup is what ONE serving of ice cream / fro-yo should be?! EEEEEEK!

 

My post-lunch/pre-workout snack. If you haven’t tried Polaner’s All Fruit, please do. It’s amazing. I can’t remember the last time I had Smucker’s Jelly… you will NOT miss it, and this stuff is really good for you. (And, yes measure out 1Tbsp of that too)

 

Tuesday is my BIG workout day, so it’s super important for me to make sure I have a full breakfast, snack, lunch, and snack… or else I get SO hungry by the time I’m done at 7:30.

I’d love to hear what you’re eating for lunch and try it out myself!  Let me know if you have any favorites or suggestions!