Foodie Finds Friday

by Jillian on January 18, 2013 · 6 comments

Today was a not very eventful day at work, but I guess it makes up for the days that are so busy I forget to eat! Speaking of food, I had plans to stop at Whole Foods after work because there is one on the way home, but not near our house. It’s hard to find good quality poultry, meat, and fish products at my local grocery store. I like that Whole Foods has a grading system for poultry and beef and that they have wild caught fish options.

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I didn’t even fight my urge to buy excess. I have an ongoing list of things in the notes on my phone that is titled “buy”. I figured I’d already gone a little overboard on Netrition today when all I really needed to order were Joe’s shakes. P28 protein bread, Miracle Noodles, and Bare Barney Butter are among the few things that found their way into my cart.

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I couldn’t part with anything in my basket, so I just bought it all.

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I swear, walking around WF after work to wind down is better than having a glass of wine. The first thing I spotted were these apples. I had never heard of Opal apples, which were from Washington. They had samples out so I tried a small bite. WOW! These are unlike any apple I’ve ever had. I’d say they are almost a cross between an apple and a pear. The texture was soft and juicy with a sweet and not at all sour taste.

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I spotted the hummus that was on sale, so I picked up two standard flavors. I grabbed a few sweet potatoes and some okra as well before leaving the produce department. When I passed the dairy department, I saw a basket that said “New Mini Cheeses”. How cute? Small portions of different types of cheese. I grabbed a $1.00 cheddar.

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I think I saw uncured smokehouse bacon on a recipe recently and when I saw it I just figured I’d pick it up. Joe and I will probably make a big breakfast on Sunday anyway. Tumeric is a spice I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while. Also, we ran out of maple syrup so I got a little guy incase I make pancakes this weekend.

I wanted to try the last flavor of ThinkThin divine – mint chocolate coconut. The other two flavors were absolutely delicious! Speaking of dessert tasting things, I had Van Leeuwen artisan ice cream on my mind since the last time I was at Whole Foods and saw some girl buying the mint chip flavor. $7 for a pint of artisan ice cream? You bet. Lastly in the picture below, I got ground chicken for a recipe I am going to make this weekend.

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Some other items I got were eggs and frozen veggies. One standout item that I was so happy to find was mung bean noodles. Kasey posted about them on Instagram once and I was stunned by the protein content: 20g per serving!

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And there you have it. Tomorrow will be my necessities trip: almond milk, spinach, bananas, etc. Basically stuff to make protein smoothies.

Dinner

When I got home, I opened the freezer and fridge to see what I could use up. I found a zucchini that I shredded into “pasta” and sautéed it with Aidells roasted garlic gruyere chicken sausage. I made a quick “pesto” sauce out of 1 tsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. garlic, 2 tsp. basil, salt & pepper, and 1/4 cup plain 0% Chobani heated up on the stove.

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The sauce got a little chunky, but isn’t pesto chunky anyway!? It all went well together, finished with some parmesan cheese.

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As always, I crave something sweet right after eating. I wondered if I should enjoy a beer or save it for some ice cream.

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Both it is…

This 21st Amendment Bitter American is really good! It has a good hoppy flavor but doesn’t leave that bite on the finish. I’m enjoying it now as I fill you guys in on my foodie finds, and I’m sure I’ll be digging into the ice cream as soon as I finish.

Enjoy your weekend!

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1 Marilyn January 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Those apples sound yummy! I would love to taste them.

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2 Lauren January 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm

This happens to me 99.9% of the time when I walk into a Whole Foods. Why is it the most difficult thing in the world to just stick with a damn list in that store?

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3 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocoalte January 19, 2013 at 12:46 am

I have an extremely hard time restraining myself when it come to Whole Foods and online grocery orders. I always end up with tons of new finds like you though, so it totally makes up for the price in my opinion.

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4 Cassie @RedLetterDaye January 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Your dinner looks delicious. My boyfriend was even like, “ohh what’s that?!” New dinner idea!

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5 Miranda @ Biting Life January 19, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I love Whole Foods! It’s such a bad idea for me to go in there, haha. I have to make myself only get one or two things, or I would be so poor. That opal thing looks so cool, though!! I really want to try one now.

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