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Another True Delights Review

by Meghann on March 22, 2010

Does anyone else spend the first part of their Monday mornings picking through their e-mails from the weekend?

It always surprises me how many work e-mails I receive over the weekend. My whole morning was spent researching and responding to a back log of e-mails that were sent on either Saturday or Sunday. What happened to just enjoying the weekend?

Some of you may remember that last week the folks at Quaker sent me a lovely package of their updated True Delights line to review and sample.

Fresh out of the box I tried the True Delights Dark Chocolate Mocha Hazelnut Cafe Square (review here) and mid-morning I broke out the True Delights Vanilla Creme Brulee Rice Snacks.

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Since one serving (8 cakes) is only 60 calories and these babies are similar to eating air, I loaded up my tuperware this morning with as many rice cakes as it could handle.

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The ingredient list wasn’t horrible on these babies (HFS was surprisingly missing – way to go Quaker! πŸ˜‰ ) and they were actually quite sweet and tasty. Yes, they were like eating air and would never make for a substantial snack, but for satisfying a sweet tooth I give them two thumbs up. πŸ™‚

For some reason my mind has been drawing a blank lately for fun, original meals. I am just not finding the inspiration I usually do at the Supermarkets like I used to. Perhaps a revamp in my weekly purchases is in order?

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When absolutely nothing calls out at me in the fridge, my go-to back up tends to be a big ole salad.

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  • Spinach
  • Tofu
  • Cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • Zucchini
  • Tomato
  • Olives
  • Hummus
  • Balsamic Vinegar

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With toasted challah bread.

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Perhaps inspiration will return for dinner. Anyone have any ideas?!?!

1 Heather March 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm

i’m in the same boat…meal creativity has gone flying out the window! i’m flipping through magazines for ideas – whether i use the actual recipe or not it always gives me an idea to go off of!

2 Evan Thomas March 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I’d be interested to see the ingredients in those. I was shocked to see splenda being used on the apple cinnamon variety, and trans fats on the cheddar ones. I’ve kind of lost faith in the quaker :-/

3 Meghann March 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

From Quaker’s website

Ingredients
INGREDIENTS: WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE, BROWN SUGAR, CORN (WITH GERM REMOVED), MALTODEXTRIN, MILK, SALT, SUGAR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SOY LECITHIN.

4 Evan Thomas March 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Thanks for the info!

5 britchickruns March 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I hate it when I lose my meal creativity mojo – it happens like every two weeks or so! I find it helps to read a load of cookbooks or magazines (like Heather said above) – or to just embrace it and be dull, cos you know you’ll get it back πŸ˜€

6 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

My meals have been plain and simple lately too–so a lot of salads! I attribute it to my busy-ness and not having time to go grocery shopping. I’m trying to spice it up with my snacks and salad themes though.

7 lisaou11 March 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm

There’s nothign wrong with a salad esp when it looks as good as yours!!

8 missyrayn March 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I’m making lemon balsamic chicken and whole wheat pasta with broccoli. I’m excited because I love the flavor combination.

9 Jenna March 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I have had ZERO creativity lately, so I am welcoming this question. Can’t wait to read the other comments!

10 Beth March 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Hey the salad looks pretty good to me! I personally LOVE soba noodles and have done a few different recipes on my blog mostly with veggies and tofu and asian seasonings.. ginger, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, chili paste… yum! I am also going to be doing a cream of asparagus soup soon, without the cream so I’ll shoot you an email when I put that up.. its easy and delicious!

11 Meghann March 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Yes please! that does sound good!!

12 Anna March 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I love things like rice cakes, but I agree with you on the “eating air” thing– it’s just not worth it for me!

13 Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I’ve been lacking in meal creativity lately too!!

14 Waking Up Hungry March 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I think tonight we will try something with couscous, maybe chicken and pineapple with couscous. Or a turkey smoked sausage with mixed veggies and couscous. Exciting stuff!!

15 Jessica March 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I just did a stir fry that I just came up with all in my head yesterday! Complete with steam fish and quinoa!

16 Jenny March 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I love Vanilla Creme Brulee Rice Snacks!!!! They’re an awesome mindless snack:)

I hope your work sched gets back on track!

17 Michelle March 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Since you’re lookin for some dinner inspiration, I’ll share with you what I plan on making tonight. I’ve been thinking about it since yesterday. I’m having a taco bowl made with cooked peppers, onion, mushrooms; canned diced tomato with jalapeno; black beans and canned chicken breast; a sprinkle of taco seasoning; all mixed in with a serving of brown rice and topped with a sprinkle of reduced fat cheddar cheese. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. πŸ˜‰

18 Nicci March 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I made the decision to add all my emails to my Iphone, and now it’s constantly going off. lol Those Rice snacks look good, the thought of air makes me think I’d have to eat more than one bag! πŸ™‚

19 lizrunsdc March 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I think a good way to try new recipes is to pick a veggie or ingredient you have never cooked with (most often because you don’t know how to) and find a recipe/instructions on how to.

I love searching allrecipes.com and finding 5 star recipes, then modifying them to my taste.

20 Racy Runner March 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy following your blog—-it makes me hungry every time, but the ideas for recipes are great. I am actually writing this as my version of your cabbage and potato soup stews on the burner (I added some Smart Sausage, Italian style)–smells good.

Thank you again.

21 Erin March 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I’ve been in such a meal rut while traveling. It’s easier and cheaper to just make a big pot of whatever — usually lentils, veggies and couscous — and then eat that for three or four days straight. :/

22 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm

i love to bake challah bread. i never put raisins in it though.

23 Laura S March 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Hi! I just wanted to thank you for sharing your pre-race meals on here. I always have a hard time finding the right meal to keep me full and energized without me getting awful side cramps. I ran my second half marathon yesterday and took inspiration from your favorite fuel and did toast with peanut butter and half a banana on top. I was satisfied the entire race and not once did I get a side cramp-it allowed me to finish with a new PR of 2:09!!!

24 tramey1 March 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I love the pomegranate variety of the crisps! Yum-ville.

25 Kelly March 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your heart bowl…anything that is served in cute dishes always tastes better! πŸ™‚

26 Sara March 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Ah i love big salads…looks DELISH!
sara
http://eatmanhattan.wordpress.com/

27 Megan March 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Thai Chicken Fetticiune! Love it…chicken and fetticiune with salsa, peanut butter mixture!

28 christina cadden March 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

That bread and salad look amazing!

29 musingsofthegranolagirl March 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Salads are always amazing πŸ™‚

I’m sure you’ll think of something creative. & that challah bread sure looks good πŸ™‚

30 Christina March 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

For dinner, try baked pecan and maple pork chops. If you feel like going veggie, tofu works just the same.
Dredge the protein in a light egg wash, then pat it in some finely crushed pecans, mixed with maple syrup.
Bake in the oven at 350 until brown and toasty.
Enjoy!!

31 theprocessofhealing March 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I have times like that when my creativity is pretty much non-existent. It happens sometimes! It’s kinda like writer’s block πŸ™‚

32 runningfromtheheart March 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Meghann! You’re running Chicago?! That’s so great- the course is flat and fast, I hear. You need to arrange a blogget meet-up! πŸ˜€

33 Courtney March 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Yay Chicago!! You need to arrange a blogger meet-up while you’re there! πŸ˜€

34 Lisa March 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm

My favorite stand by food is Trader Joe’s ravioli with either a little olive oil and shredded parmesan cheese or pesto. Mmmm!

35 adrienmelaine March 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Those bad boys don’t look too bad- a little nut butter or nutella might help them out!

Do you worry about your sugar intake ever? Not that you eat a ton, I’m just curious..

36 Meghann March 22, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I don’t. I probably eat more sugar that I should, but I blame my massive sweet tooth for that. In all honesty it could be much, much worse. πŸ˜‰

37 india March 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm

For meal ideas I like the blog Closet Cooking. My favorite recipe on that blog is butternut squash with crispy fried sage and gorgonzola. Have you ever had okonomiyaki? http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/2009/05/okonomiyaki-japanese-pancake.html
Or, if you have coconut milk you could make a Thai curry?

38 Gabriela (froyolover) March 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm

YUM – those cakes looked so good!
YouΒ΄re so lucky to sample all those goodies, girl πŸ˜‰
Have a great week, Meghann!
Brazilian XOXOΒ΄s,
Gabriela

39 Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com March 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I am planning tonight to have tilapia encrusted with almond meal (from TJs) and pecans with cornbread and lentils.

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