Monday, March 15, 2010

Dinner with the folks

by Meghann on March 15, 2010

The best thing about afternoon doctors appointments? They make the afternoon fly by!

I ate lunch around noon and before I knew it, it was 3:00 and I was heading out the door. On my way out I dug into a serving of mixed nuts and a couple of dried prunes.

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My parents had been playing the role of ‘puppy sitter’ this past weekend and even though they were having a ball spoiling their grandpup, I missed my Maddie. After my doctor’s appointment they were kind enough to meet me at the half way point between us so that I could have my baby back. 🙂

We met at Designer Greens – a cute build your own salad and sandwich bar – for dinner and to make the switcheroo.

After I realized we were meeting at Designer Greens I was a little bummed I had already ate a salad for lunch. I LOVE building my own salad at Designer Greens, but wasn’t really feeling two salads in one day. Instead I opted for a panini.

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I ordered the portobello turkey panini which came with gorgonzola cheese, tomato, turkey, portobellos, and mayo, but I opted out of mayo and got the honey mustard instead.

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The honey mustard was a BIG mistake in that combo. I should have asked for spicy mustard or just opted out of sauce completely. The honey mustard just threw the whole flavor combo off and it didn’t taste right. 🙁 Oh well.

I was also a little disappointed with the pita & hummus I got as my side.

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The pita was the same pita used for the panini and the hummus was bland. Next time I would get fruit instead. Or just stick with my usual build your own salad combos. 🙂

Once I made it back home my sweet tooth was more that ready for dessert and I had a new recipe I had discovered on Mama Pea’s blog that I had been dying to try all day.

Mainly because it involved the Xanthan Gum I had got through iherb.com and have been waiting to figure out what to do with it!

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Chocolate Strawberry ‘Ice Cream’

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Per Mama Pea’s loose instructions I blended frozen strawberries, cocoa powder, almond milk, and xanthan gum until it was creamy and topped with cacao nibs

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While this was no ice cream by any means, the xanthum gum did give the smoothie a creamy, fluffy texture. However, it still tasted icy like a smoothie. I wonder how I can fix that?

I love it when Maddie comes back from my parent’s house. She is one pooped pup on my couch at the moment. I think she’s happy to be home. 🙂

Time to spend some quality time with my baby girl.

Good Night!

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