Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Soup and Snax

I cooked for 6 hours on Sunday and I don’t have much to show for it. I made my weekly pot of beans, then I made a test recipe for the upcoming Austin Food Bloggers potluck which I don’t want to share yet (it's good!), and then I made some requested nonvegan birthday scones for a friend, which he loved.

It was a cold and rainy weekend, so a big pot of soup for dinner was in order. I made another recipe from Love Soup and took to my mom’s, hoping Chase would join us as well. Naturally he got called in to work, but in these hard times we are all thankful to have jobs and don’t complain. Anyway, I decided on White Bean, Garlic, and Greens Soup.



I used spinach for my greens. The soup was very good, nicely seasoned with sage (an herb I don't use often enough) and garlic, and perfect topped with some seasoned croutons.


Now for the snacks! I love really really crunchy snacks. First the store bought variety.

These Go Raw Snax are very tasty and are nice to have with my salads for lunch. I usually have rice cakes, but these, as you can imagine, have way more flavor.


Best raw crackers I’ve found so far.

I like to have a bedtime snack. I can’t seem to manage more than six hours of sleep a night, so I need quality sleep. I’ve always heard that carbs before bed help you sleep better. This would explain my lifelong habit of having a bowl of cereal about an hour before bedtime. I usually chop up a whole apple, sprinkle on tons of cinnamon, then top with a little cereal and vanilla almond milk. My new favorite cereal is Yogi Crisps.


I imagine this is similar to the new granola clusters cereals I’ve seen. Yogi Crisps are delicious, wheat free, low calorie, and have a way cooler shape than clusters.



I buy cinnamon raisin flavor. There are no raisins in the package and for a while I thought they forgot to add them in. Then I read the ingredient list and saw that the raisins are pureed and added to the crisps – nice! This is a great cereal, even eaten straight out of the bag.

I did make myself one homemade treat. It’s another yummy Dreena recipe - Easy Pleasin’ Oat Bars. Of course I added in chocolate chips and cacao nibs.

These bars are easy to mix up, spread in the pan, and bake in just about 15 minutes.

I’ve been loving all of your MoFo posts. It’s hard to keep up but I’m doing my best!

20 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Everything looks great to me!! Focus on resting up, dear Diann :)

nora said...

never made a bad dreena recipe :)

Catherine said...

I somehow sense Dreena would heartily approve of the chocolate chips and cacao nibs!

I feel that way about my Sunday cooking marathons sometimes, too, since I do so much prep and not much "actual" cooking! Oh well . . . my efforts come through during the week, right??

Jes said...

That soup looks so good! And a pot of beans made on the weekend is so the way to go--stock up for the week!

Oraphan said...

Your soup looks amazing and sounds so delicious. I have to find your best raw crackers, sounds really good!

I love the idea of eating a bowl of cereal an hour before bedtime to help you fall asleep. I always have a trouble falling asleep since I started blogging:)

Gina said...

Everyone keeps making soup and it makes me jealous. Not that I couldn't do it myself, for some reason I just hate making soup....I just love to eat it.

Jacqueline said...

Your soup looks really tasty Diann. I am really in the mood for soup again just now.

Cafe Cyan said...

Those flax crackers look very similar to what we have here in MN called Flackers and boy are they delicious!

Charlotte said...

A bowl of cereal before bed is a great idea... i always get the munchies between dinner and bed, and cereal seems like a safe choice.

Hannah said...

I recently discovered those new Yogi cereals too, and I love them! Seems fitting since they make such awesome tea... A bowl of cereal and a cup of tea is a great way to end the day for me. :)

Sophia.Pflieger said...

What a nice way to get your greens, and those crackers look awesome and so healthy. So do those granola crisps!
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Andrea said...

I've loved all the soups I tried from Love Soup and this one looks great, too. Those flax crackers look exactly like the ones I had in a raw cafe only mine has no taste!

I'm going to look for the Yogi granola crisps. I'm tired of all our cereal (except oatmeal).

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

This is like delicious overload! I must get my hands on those crackers and the Yogi Crisps.

Ricki said...

I'd say you have loads to show for it! The soup looks great. And I LOVE the look of those crisps!!

PS Having trouble keeping up w/ MoFo, too--just too many great posts to read! :)

VEGAN TICKLES said...

Thank you so much for your birthday and anniversary comment!

Kiersten said...

I never heard of those Yogi crisps before, but they sound like they're right up my alley. They don't sound nearly as good as your oat bars though!

Ms Alex said...

Those flax crackers look great. I've not seen anything like them here in the UK, will have to keep looking... :)

Vegetation said...

Mmmm I love the look of those flax crackers!! And I always have a bowl of cereal before bed too.

Great add ins for Dreena's Oat Bars! I made them ages ago and told myself I'd make them often, then forgot, but they're perfect for school for the kids! Thank you for reminding me to make them again! I love your add ins. Yum!

Erin said...

I'm also a crunchy snack person, chips and crackers are in danger if they're within my reach! The oat bars look fantastic, especially with the addition of chocolate.

Meg Wolff said...

I'll have to see if I can find the flax crackers.