Salted is where it’s at.

by Holly on August 2, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,fun finds,Italian,rambling,reviews

I love when I wake up on Mondays and actually look forward to going to work.

Now, if only that happened more often.

I don’t hate my job whatsoever, but work is just…well, work.

After a relaxing weekend home with the fam, my brain was in anything but work mode this morning. I blame the fact that when I poured milk into my coffee, it was curdled. I about vommed right then and there. Actually, just the thought of it makes me want to vom right now.

Luckily, two slices of PB+B toast sprinkled with apple pie spice helped me recover.

Well, almost…

You see, I bought unsalted peanut butter at the grocery store this weekend. Do you know how important salt is to a gloriously delicious tasting peanut butter? Or any nut butter for that matter. Peanut butter without salt is like Lindsay Lohan without the drama; watching The Price is Right with Drew Carey; drinking beer without fried cheese curds; and having to see Matthew McConoughay – gasp! – with his shirt on.

It’s just ain’t right.

Salted is where it’s at.

Over the weekend, I received the most lovely package of goodies from Coco at Opera Girl Cooks

Homemade Double Coconut Granola (!!!)

She also sent me some other fun goodies, which shall make their blog debut soon. However, I was giddy with excitement when I finally got to try some of this today in a good ol’ fashioned yog mess today.

6 oz. container Fage 0% plain Greek yog
1/4 cup OGC Double Coconut Granola
1/2 cup blueberries
1 T low sugar raspberry jelly

AH-MAY-ZING.

This weekend at home, I also discovered a new product: Baked Lentil Chips! I obviously bought them on my parent’s dimeĀ and proceeded to bring them home without sharing (albeit a handful or two)…

That would be 22 chips for 110 calories, 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

But how did they taste? Delightful! I could have used more sea salt action, but overall, I would most definitely buy them again. Then, I would channel my inner hippie and dunk them in hummus.

LOTS of hummus.

When I told you I the blogging gods were watching over me and my paltry bank account, I wasn’t lying. This is the first of three product review to come on the blog this week. In conjunction with My BlogSpark, Romano’s Macaroni Grill sent me one of their new frozen meals for free to review for the blog: Grilled Chicken Florentine.

I immediately gave this meal a thumbs up because it features farfalle (bowtie) pasta, my favorite.

However, the nutritionals were a little more dicey…

The amount of saturated fat and sodium kind of skeeve me out. The rest of it isn’t so bad, but those two stats weighed heavily on my Everythingtarian soul as I cooked this pasta up.

Luckily, they sent me a GINORMOUS white plate + metal tongs, which helped ease the blow of the saturated fat + sodium content…

Seriously, this thing is huge.

And yes, TWSS.

I couldn’t resist.

To add a veggie-packed punch to the pasta, I served it on a bed of organic baby spinach…

…took the obligatory blog photos…

…and dominated it.

Final verdict? Although I admittedly wouldn’t spend my own money buying this meal, I will admit it was quite tasty and pretty fresh. The chicken was not fake tasting at all and the cream sauce was thick without being too heavy. I give it one thumb up, one thumb down.

And before I forget, today was a monumental day in my life.

You see, my homegirl Sofia featured a certain t-shirt on her fabulous blog not too long ago. I immediate fell in love with its powerful message. Before I knew it, several e-mail exchanges later, Sofia offered to send me a different one I may happen to love even more than the first.

In three words, it precisely sums up one of my life’s mottos…

‘Chos before Hoes.

And yes, that t-shirt would be referring to nachos.

Recognize.

P.S. I may have hopped on the bandwagon and joined Twitter: follow me here!

{ 34 comments }

Evan Thomas August 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Lol. I love your comparison of what unsalted pb is like. So true. I use it for baking sometimes but that’s it.

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Those chips look really good! And I HATE nutbutter without salt. Blech.

Maya August 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I agree with your salted PB cry EXCEPT for almond butter. Raw unsalted almond butter is actually quite tasty. It has a delicate flavor that I may prefer over roasted salted almond butter.

When I see that plate I think BIG ASS SALAD. Mmmm.

BroccoliHut August 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I, too, have made the tragic mistake of buying unsalted nut butter before (I think it was AB), and I was seriously sadski for the whole jar. I ate it all of, course.
I am coveting those lentil chips!!

Liza @ Health Nutting August 2, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Just bought those lentil chips in salt and pepper flavor, tonight! Had to try some — amazinggg, very peppery and delicious. :)

Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm

That pasta looks delicious, but yeah, yikes, the sodium would puff me up like a blow fish! lol

Jenn

Rachael August 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I’m gonna butcher a feminist saying and taking aquatic creatures out of it entirely- peanut butter needs salt like a Tour de Franc-er needs a bicycle.
I hope that makes sense to someone out there other than me.
Great shirt, and here’s random fact to accompany it – the Executive Director of Greenpeace (my former boss) is obsessed with nachos, orders them in every city he visits, and aspires to write a nachos-only cookbook one day. Saving forests, protecting whales and eating cheesy chips – all in a day’s work.

highonhealthy August 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Hey now, unsalted PB isn’t too bad.. if you aren’t a fan of salt. Which I’m not. I’m a weirdo though.

Those lentil chips are AMAZING and yes, you absolutely need to try them with hummus. I can easily dominate an entire bag in one sitting.

Angharad August 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I’m pretty sure that much sodium and saturated fat in a pasta dish is wrong. Delicious, most likely, but wrong, most definitely.
Lentil chips however sound like a win and that t shirt is AMAZING. Glad you had a lovely weekend with the fam. Mondays….meh.

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I hear ya’ on the salted front. Thankfully hypertension does not run in my family, so I always add salt with no shame. Unsalted nut butter is blander than public access television.

That pasta is seriously picturesque and yummy looking. Though, I’ve eaten at the Macaroni Grill before and can attest to how fat laden their dishes are.

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks August 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

So glad you are enjoying the granola! Salted for your enjoyment ;-)

kristy @ ksayerphotography August 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I definitely agree with the salted peanut butter! I have been known to add salt to my PB sandwiches (shhh :P)
I’ve never had a problem with my sodium intake so I’m happy with my salted PB

Crunchy Granola Gal August 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm

i ate ‘chos tonight and it was glorious. fo’ shizzle.

glad you like the shirt! when will you come to NYC so we can go on a Mexican restaurant food tour in I nacho NY and ‘chos before hoes t-shirts? it’s tempting, i know. bring a dude friend to wear the nacho nacho man t-shirt (yes, it really does exist) and we’ve got a sweet trio of ridiculousness. you down?

Run Sarah August 2, 2010 at 11:29 pm

The baked lentil chips look amazing! LOVE that shirt – its hilarious! So everythingtarian!

Erica August 3, 2010 at 4:58 am

hahahahhahaha that t shirt is awesome. Lurve it. Sorry to hear about the coffee and milk situation…makes my tummy turn to even just read about it. No Monday should start that way. Buttttttttt that toast looks like it would make it all better! A lot of the nutritional stats on nutritional meals are down right scary. Minus a few, I usually stay away from them (minus free samples ;) ;)). Hope your Tuesday coffee is a success

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self August 3, 2010 at 5:36 am

I can go both ways when it comes to salted/unsalted nut butters. It all depends on what I’m eating them with (or if I’m digging in straight from the jar!)

I’m following you on Twitter. :)

Lauren August 3, 2010 at 6:06 am

I’ve seen these meals in the store and I immediately thought they would be perfect for my sister. She hates to cook but she LOVES Macaroni Grill and LOVES these frozen bag dinners. I will tell her to buy it next time. Thanks for the review!

PS- LOVE the shirt! You are too cute my love.

Lee (NachosNY) August 3, 2010 at 7:06 am

You’re rocking the shirt well. Glad it worked out! I’d be willing to complete your trio with a Nacho Nacho Man shirt if someone can pull it off. And I’ll be glad to provide a guide to the best nachos in the city.

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) August 3, 2010 at 7:42 am

that is a hyuge plate! i’m gonna check ya on twitter……..i’m HippieChristian :)

rebecca lustig August 3, 2010 at 8:22 am

gotta love the chos.

Hope you have a remarkable day!
love love love
becca

Katharina August 3, 2010 at 9:01 am

LOL!!! Nachos before hoes!!

That package from Coco looks SOOOO tasty. I LOVE COCONUT! So that granola sounds fantastic.

I use to love going to Macaroni Grill but they shut the nearest one to me. I loved the loaf of rosemary bread they’d carry out before the meal and olive with cracked pepper for dipping. YUM!

I’m glad that you are being blessed my love!

XOXO

amanda August 3, 2010 at 9:05 am

i love that you’re wearing shades in that picture. it just makes the shirt all that more awesome. which is kind of hard to do, since it’s just fantastic, and hysterical. and i must get me one!

that pasta dish looks like the bomb! love me some bowtie!

Sami August 3, 2010 at 9:20 am

i’ve never had unsalted pb, but i know it must be bad with the matthew mcconaughey analogy and all….what a waste! haha. love the shirt, btw!

Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 3, 2010 at 9:49 am

Oh, I totally agree- nut butter NEEDS salt!

Kacy August 3, 2010 at 10:07 am

LOVE that shirt. Love love love.

I’ve been dying to try those lentil chips. And that plate is serious.

Yay for Twitter! I’m obsessed.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 3, 2010 at 10:41 am

Nut butter without salt is just wrong. Also, I totally thought those salad tongs were a compass (like you used in math class to draw circles) when I first glanced at it. I’m such a nerd.

Megan (Braise the Roof) August 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Woot. I’m following you now. I recently joined Twitter too. I may get made fun of occasionally (ok, a lot) for it but hey- we have clever things to say! The world needs to know!

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) August 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I love salt. I really do. In fact, I could go for some right now…. it is for sure my afternoon snack craving!

Laura August 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Ohhh i must disagree!! I much prefer unsalted PB…so ya can send yours my way if ya like;) xx

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) August 3, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Once I accidentally bought unsalted pb and I had to add salt (yup, from the shaker) every time I used it. True story.

Hooray for you being on twitter!!

janetha g. August 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

that shirt?! incredible! i don’t salt things, ever. actually marshall salts his food so i wont steal it!

I LOVE YOU! it’s been nice catching up on some posts a la holly.

*Andrea* August 3, 2010 at 6:27 pm

totally agree with you on the salt! i bought raw unsalted almond butter once and couldn’t finish the jar (this is an abomination haha).

love the t-shirt!

i love when i get pumped for mondays too. i sometimes feel not 100% excited all the time about my work/job (i love it but it involves a lot of stress and mundane tasks and lots of presentations, etc.)

Jess August 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I definitely prefer salted verse unsalted!! Gotta love the salt.

Hilariously awesome shirt!!!

Maura August 4, 2010 at 11:40 am

Yay! You’re on twitter!! :)

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