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PistachiOats Review

by Meghann on April 2, 2009

Yesterday I discovered a larger, protein rich afternoon snack did the trick of controlling my unyielding hunger. I tested the same theory today and found another afternoon snack winner.


Last night I combined 1/3 cup Oats, 1 Spoonful Almond Butter, Cinnamon, Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, Mini Chocolate Chips, Dried Cherries, and 2 spoonfuls of Applesauce to make a Breakfast Cookie snack. It did the trick and that 5:00pm urge to eat my arm never came. ๐Ÿ™‚

Which is good because it gave me time to complete Level 3 of my 30 Day Shred without daydreaming too much about dinner.

When I talked to my parents the other night my Dad had just finished making Sloppy Joes. It made me realize how long its has been since I’ve had Sloppy Joes and I have been craving them ever since. However, I wasn’t feeling the need to have a bun so I came to my version of Cheesy Sloppy Joe Fries. Basically, I’m a genuis!!


My Sloppy Joes are super easy to make and really, really good. It was one of the dishes my Sister used to beg me to make her when ever we ate dinner together. I never understood why people would need a can of Manwich to make Sloppy Joes when you can make them so easily with a few ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Meghann’s Super Easy Sloppy Joes (serves 2)

  • 1/2 pound ground Chicken Breast (or whatever meat you have)
  • 1/2 small Onion, chopped
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1/2 cup Mushrooms
  • Chili Powder
  • S&P
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Diced Tomato
  • Ketchup
  • BBQ Sauce (I used Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce)
  • Honey Mustard

Brown the meat then add the onion, carrots, mushroom, & garlic. Once the veggies are soft add the seasonings and tomato. The trick to adding the ketchup, BBQ and honey mustard is to add just enough to cover the meat. I start with a big squirt of ketchup, a medium squirt of BBQ sauce and a small on e of honey mustard. You have to taste it to make sure the flavors are right. Then just let it simmer until the sauce thickens up and it looks done.


The Sloppy Joe went on top of some Rutabaga Fries that were roasted in the oven at 420 for 25 minutes. And I topped it all with some Jalapeno Cheese.

Don’t forget the pickle for something green. ๐Ÿ˜‰


So, I had an Egg ‘McMuffin’ for breakfast, Pizza for Lunch and now Chili Cheese Fries for dinner. Who says I’m a health nut?HA

Dessert was a new treat I received in the mailbox the other day.


The nice people at PistachiOats were kind enough to send me a variety of their heart healthy cookies to sample and review for the blog.

Now, before you get your panties all in a knot concerning the big pistachio nut recall, let me assure you that the people at PisatchiOats guarantee their product is not part of the recall and safe to eat. Which was great news to me!

The PistachiOats come in three flavors Original, Blueberry & Dark Chocolate Chip.


I sampled one of each and besides the chunks of blueberry or chocolate chip there was no difference in overall cookie flavor or texture.

I especially like the ingredient list in these cookies.


I love it when I actually know what all the ingredients are on a list.

These are very hearty cookies with a distinct Oaty, Nutty flavor. They are not sweet at all and taste like health cookies I have baked for myself in the past. I really enjoyed the pistachioats cookies, but I was also the only one who enjoyed my own cookies I have made. If you are looking for a good ole fashion cookies these are not for you, but if you’re looking for a hearty snack chock full of good for you nutrients look no farther! These things are great!

RIght now you can find PistachiOat cookies at various New York City Health Store locations, in their online storeor you can stay tuned next week for a giveaway of sorts. You will have to check back next week for details!!

Now, I must scrub my apartment to prepare for the multiple guests I’m having this weekend. So excited!!!

Baker’s Spotlight…

With a blog title like Balance My Cake, you know Michelle is baking up something good for the upcoming Blogging Bake Sale on April 6th. I particularly love Michelle blogโ€™s tag line โ€œLearning to healthfully, with all of lifeโ€™s indulgences!โ€ Oh so true. Michelle has my kind of philosophy of being good, but still enjoying what life has to offer.

Recently her and Kristin from Kristinโ€™s Nibbles had a meet and if you click here, you may or may not see what Michelle is baking up for the sale. ๐Ÿ˜‰

1 Sarah April 2, 2009 at 7:18 pm

I’m pretty sure if you mixed dog food with BBQ sauce you get Manwich. I’m going to do that and sell it and call it Bitchwich. I’ll be rich!!!!

Nevertheless, I love your dinner idea. If I did it with Morningstar crumbles, that would be a very man-friendly vegetarian dinner!

2 AshB April 2, 2009 at 7:25 pm

how do you make those rutabaga fries? what do they taste like?

3 Meghann April 3, 2009 at 5:32 am

I cute the rutbaga into fry shaped pieces then I bake them in the over at 420 for around 25 minute turning half way through, just as you would for baked potato fries

4 runsarah April 2, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I get really hungry in the afternoon, I should try making a bfast cookie…good idea!

5 snackface April 2, 2009 at 7:27 pm

What an incredible day of eats! Haha it does sound so funny when you say you’ve had an egg mcmuffin, pizza and chili cheese fries…isn’t being healthy amazing? The bfast cookie for an afternoon snack if brilliant! Must try. Have fun a scrubbin!

6 lisaheartspizza April 2, 2009 at 7:47 pm

That snack looks awesome! I also love the healthier version of chili cheese fries! Because who doesn’t love those bad boys!!!!!!

7 Sweet and Fit April 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm

your afternoon snack looks so good, buuuut your recipe for sloppy joe’s looks and sounds amazing! I have all of those ingredients, so I think they are gonna be for dinner sometime soon! thanks =)

8 Kimberly April 2, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Um… those sloppy joes look AMAZING. And this is coming from a girl who has never, nor had even the slightest desire, to try a sloppy joe in her life. I think it’s the fries that make them art ๐Ÿ˜‰

9 Laura April 2, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Great idea to eat the breakfast cookie for a afternoon snack!! Good Luck with your first marathon!! I ran my first marathon with Team in Training!! Its such a great cause and I cant wait for your bake sale!!

10 Sharon April 2, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Wow, what an awesome surprise. Totally want to try those cookies!

11 Bec April 2, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Your dinner looks amazing, I definitely need to try this.

12 Danielle April 2, 2009 at 8:59 pm

In 7th grade I became a vegeterian and then in 8th grade my mom made sloppy joe’s and I ate them and never looked back, so obviously sloppy joes are a favorite of mine and your covering fries look delish!

13 Katie April 2, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Hi Meghann,

Have you ever talked about how much you spend on groceries every month? Just curious since you make most of your meals at home. I always feel like I spend a lot and don’t get as many meals out of my groceries as you seem to! Also…do you have any tips for grocery shopping…especially as someone who lives alone? I always have trouble grocery shopping for just myself! Thanks!

14 Meghann April 3, 2009 at 5:34 am

Hi Katie,

I spend roughly $50 a week on groceries and most of that goes towards fruits and veggies, I tend to make packaged things last a while but go through fruit and veggies like theres no tomorrow. Also, my freezer is my best friend and where I store all my eft overs and packaged goods I can’t get around to eatting at that moment

15 Marianne April 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I was going to say – what horrible timing to receive a sample with pistachios in it if they were part of the recall!

You know, I haven’t had a sloppy joe since I was a kid. I can’t say I remember them being all that good either, but I honestly don’t even know how my mom made them. Those look pretty tasty though.

16 RuntoFinish April 2, 2009 at 9:23 pm

you are in fact a genius with the sloppy joes… but I think we all knew that already

17 Hangry Pants April 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I am glad you found out about the pistachios. I just ate those and was wonderfing the same thing. I also agree that they taste like healthy cookies you make yourself. ๐Ÿ˜€

18 peanutbutterandjuli April 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm

BRILLIANT! Breakfast cookie snack. Love it, going to try it.

19 Danica April 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm

You ARE a genius! Seriously – your dinner looks so darn good I might have to make it now!

20 EatingRD April 2, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Those pistachiOats look so yummy! and filling! I love stuff like that to munch on. Love the sloppy joe’s fries too ๐Ÿ™‚


21 Hallie April 2, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Sloppy Joe’s are so easy, and when you make them yourself, they are so much better than Manwhich or the seasoning packet. I add a bit of BBQ sauce to mine. It’s the only thing I make that BF never gets sick of–why he can’t eat Asian stir-fry every day like I can, I’ll never know ๐Ÿ™‚

22 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 3, 2009 at 6:03 am

Haha love the junk food turned healthy eats for the day. Shows you really can have it all!!! YUM!

23 ksgoodeats April 3, 2009 at 6:52 am

Yay for mini breakfast cookies and healthy cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

24 Shelby April 3, 2009 at 7:49 am

Mmm, I love all of your eats today! Especially all the cookies =)

25 wholefoodswholeme April 3, 2009 at 7:51 am

woah those fries and joes look fantastic and i’m not even into that kind of food!! have you thought about adding a recipes page to your blog? you make such amazing dishes, and it would be great for readers like me to be able to have quick access to your recipes.

26 lauren (athlEAT) April 3, 2009 at 7:59 am

chili cheese fries that are healthy!!! definitely a genius creation. love it.

27 Elina April 3, 2009 at 9:11 am

How did you make the cookie? I’m trying to expand my snack horizons ๐Ÿ™‚
That sloppy joe + fry combo looks incredible!!
Oh and I can’t wait for the cookie giveaway, but if I don’t win (likely) I’m going to go hunt for them in NY next weekend.

28 Michelle April 3, 2009 at 10:54 am

YAY thanks for the Baker spotlight shout out ๐Ÿ™‚

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