Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Goodies

With all my new-found experimentation in the kitchen, though I would share a few things that I bought this past weekend, which I'm loving.

Baking pans
I bought a mini-muffin tin (not pictured) which has been key, most recently for my buffalo chicken bites (and chicken enchilada ones too!). Plus, there's a bazillion recipes on emilybites.com and theworldaccordingtoeggface.com that I'm interested in try.

The other one I bought, which I'm using to try out Baked Ricotta tonight, is the mini-loaf pan. It's a silicone one I picked up from Amazon.com. I'm also looking forward to trying it out for Cauliflower Bake, and some mini-meatloafs when it comes time.

I put my hand there so you can see size, though I'm considering a new career in hand modeling ;)
Torani Sugar Free Syrups
I've seen so many recipes online using these, I finally bit the bullet and ordered a sample pack from Amazon.com. Truth be told, I sort of thought they were sample-sized bottles, not the normal-size bottles I received, but suppose I shouldn't complain about getting more than I thought I was. But I'm running out of counter space! And suspect it will take me FOREVER to go through these.

So, what will I use these for? Add to plain greek yogurt to get the fruit flavor without all the sugar you'll get in the pre-made ones. Add to protein shakes for a different kind of flavor. Or perhaps to cool whip for a yummy dessert? The options are endless. The first thing I did? I actually added a bit of the caramel to mustard and mixed with canned chicken in an attempt to make a fake honey-mustard type thing. Wasn't something recipe-worthy, but did add a bit of the sweetness I was seeking. Really looking forward to trying out the raspberry. I love raspberry ANYthing.

The result of my mis-interpretation of a "sample pack" on Amazon.com
My Favorite Shake Bottle
I received a free bottle when I ordered the unjury starter pack of protein. I love the size so much I went online to Amazon.com and bought another one. I'd scoured the stores for something similar, but everything was super-sized (ah, the American way) and my 6-12 oz protein shakes looked so pathetic in them. It's one quart and now I can keep one at home, and one at work. Fabulous!

Powdered Peanut Butter
I'd posted about this in one of my vlogs, but thought it was worth mentioning a bit more here since it's fast becoming a favorite pantry item. When I got sick of my Isopure Zero Carb Vanilla protein powder plain, I started mixing this in and....YUM. And without the fat I'd get with actually adding nut butter from the store. The brand I can get at the market is made by Betty Lou's, but I've heard PB2 is a popular brand as well.

If you like peanut butter in its true form, you can add water to it and "voila!". Peanut butter it is. You may want to check out this powdered peanut butter review from Daily Garnish as well.

Well, those are some of my new goodies and favorite things at the moment; feel free to share your own! Best, gastricsleeve4me

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