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And burrito-porn to come.

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The temperature in Chicago has finally erupted!!!! (Read: Over 60 degrees)

Where is Oat Bran???

Hidden by the heaps of cereal and milk perhaps!oatbran cereal mess

Toppings:

  • 4oz blueberry yogurt (Gotta use up my Dannon light ‘n fit before converting to plain!)
  • 1 cup full of cereal mixture between: Blueberry Special K, Nature’s Path multi-grain flakes, Quaker brown sugar oatmeal squares, and Kix
  • 1/2 spotty ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup skim milk over the top (No Almond Breeze at work)

Really, I just love the cold crunchy refreshing cereal over the hot steamy oat bran. And often, I go overboard with the toppings.😛

To prove there’s really oat bran underneath…

close up oatbran cereal mess

Base:

  • 1/3 cup oat bran microwaved with 1/2 cup water
  • 2 scoops Jay Robb Vanilla Protein powder & Cinnamon

Don’t be boring, do a Cereal Smothered Oat bran perfect for the summer!  

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Lunching on Spelt…Spelt?

I never even knew this grain existed until Rudy’s Organic Bakery sent me some AWESOME spelt english muffins to sample. They’re nuttier, denser, and crunchier (more satisfying) than the Thomas light english muffins I usually get. Plus, apparently they’re better for people who are gluten/wheat intolerant (have celiac disease). Spelt has other health benefits too!

  • Higher protein content than normal wheat grown under similar conditions = feel fuller longer!
  • Slightly better quality in protein than wheat with essential amino acids – lysine, threonine, and methonine.
  • Less glutamic acid /Glutamine (aka MSG!) than normal wheat
  • A pleasant nutty flavour predominately derived from phenolic compounds, not found in normal wheat , which act as natural antioxidants in the body.
  • Less of the proteins (omega gliadins) whose breakdown products cause celiac disease, compared to normal wheat (but still significant levels of homology with other proteins so as to be problematic for those with confirmed coeliac enteropathy).
  • The starch in spelt will be metabolised more slowly than normal wheat because of different levels of proteins on the individual starch granules – so lower GI and better for diabetics or those with fluctuating blood sugar levels.

So what did I eat with my toasted muffins??

Tunamus!!!

Hate the flavor of plain canned tuna? Simply mix the tuna with 3 tablespoons of flavored hummus and enjoy!

spelt muffins with hummus tunaI used Sabra garlic hummus. And then, watch the transformation….(YUM).

THE entire lunch platter.

You got the Spelt muffins with tuna-mus.

And then you have a slaw with sliced oranges and toasted sliced almonds. And extra hummus.

tuna hummus salad muffin lunch

 Assemble all ingredients for an OUT-of-this-WORLD experience!!

hummus tuna open face sandwich

The flavor and texture was just crunchy, flaky, creamy, hearty, all at once!!

And during snack time, I had 10 little Parmesan Pink Peppercorn Cupola Clouds!

cupucola parmesan peppercorn cookies

Taste: They weren’t ask cheesy as I thought (good thing!) and more peppery (another good thing!), but they had a strange and slightly bitter aftertaste. Though the seasonings were flavorful, they didn’t quite work for me because of the texture.

Texture: Think savory meringues! Fluffy, dustry, crunchy, but WAY WAY too dry. 

My recommendation? Try their sweet flavors (pistachio! yum!)…and have some water handy.

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For the grand finale…TOFU BURRITO at WF of course!!!

Remember that time I ventured to the ginormous, brand new Whole Foods in Chicago???

Well, I decided to take my brother out to dinner there to test out the rest of their “food court”, and stumbled upon a good lookin’ burrito station that had vegetarian burrito’s for $4.99 (OMG unheard of prices at WF.)

Tofu Burrito dinner from WF
The burrito was massive and took up the entire length of the basket. (I love getting a great bang for my buck)

Also got a $3 side from the salad station because I ADORE their roasted sweet potatoes..and a couple other things.😛

Tofu burrito

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G tofu burrito. The smoky beans and spicy tofu melted together and make the soft, doughy tortilla hot and squishy. Every bite was filled with crunch from the veggies, heat from the proteins, and then soothed by the fresh guacamole. Sooooo good.

Here’s what my burrito came with:

  • Black Beans (2 giant scoops)
  • Chili-lime scrambled tofu (It kinda looks like minced meat. hahahaha) – they were a tad greasy, but spicy and yummyyyyy!!!!
  • Extra Guacamole (NO EXTRA CHARGE!!!)
  • Extra salsa & diced tomato
  • Lettuce
<!–[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]–><!–[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]–> <!–[endif]–>The vegetables were very fresh and went extremely well with the dressing. Although the orange slices were slightly sour, they went well with the salad and provided appropriate acidity for an otherwise more bland-tasting dish. The shredded chicken was tasteless and could have used any kind of seasoning to make its presence known, as it was also given in scant quantities.

Simply delicious and totally hit the spot for a cheap, delicious dinner. My brother got a chicken burrito for only $5.99. YES! Cheaper than Chipotle!!!

After dinner, we walked around the giant WF and noshed on free samples of Newman’s Own oreo-like cookies and some overly sticky/chew orange gummy candies. (Unpictured)

All-in-all, a fantaaaabulous day of eats I’m quite proud of. Especially that awesome burrito and of course, my tunamus lunch. mehehehe…..

Which one of your food creations are YOU most proud of??

And leave me a link if you can so I can test it out and blog all about it!😀