Thursday, April 26, 2012

Product Review: PB2: Powdered Peanut Butter

I really like peanut butter, but I always hated how many calories just two tablespoons have (usually 200 or close to it!). So when I heard of this stuff, I thought I would give it a try. This has only 45 calories and 13 calories from fat per serving. The only ingredients are roasted peanuts, sugar and salt. So it's definitely a much better choice health-wise!

It's super easy to whip up. All you do is take two tablespoons of the PB2 powder and one tablespoon of water, and it will look something like this.


This was the chocolate one, but they also have plain peanut better. Personally I think the chocolate one tastes better. I like the little hint of sweetness it has compared to the original peanut butter.


This was my breakfast this morning. A caramel rice cake with an apple and some PB2. I started out spreading it on the apples but then just dipped it because it was just as easy to do it that way..but I do think it looks better ON the apples for a picture!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Product Review: Gardein Beefless Sliders

I've recently tried these beefless sliders by Gardein and I have to say - they're probably the best meatless hamburger I've tried so far! Back in my meat eating days, I actually never had a slider so it caught my attention when I saw a vegan version available!

They're very simple to make too. There are directions for the microwave on the box but I like to make them on the stove. I think they just taste better that way. All you have to do is add a little oil to a pan, heat it up (I usually just keep mine on medium heat) and then cook them for about 4-5 minutes on each side. I also toast the buns in a separate pan while the burgers are cooking.


I usually fix a salad to go with it. It's perfect for a quick lunch or dinner at home.


Oh, and these are good plain but I like to add a slice of Tofutti mozzarella cheese on mine to give it a little something extra!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

'Meat' and Vegetable Lasagna

   1 box of lasagna noodles
   3 vegan hamburger patties (I used Boca)
   1 26 oz. jar of pasta sauce
   1 large onion
   1 cup of spinach
   Vegan mozzarella cheese (I used Toffuti)

First boil and cook your lasagna noodles according to the instructions on the box.

While you wait for your noodles to get done, heat up your hamburger patties. Then cut them up into tiny pieces. I would recommend using Boca meatless crumbles, but my local grocery store didn't have any that day so I just used the patties. They worked just as well!
Next, saute your onions to get them nice and soft. Chop up the spinach as well.

Once your noodles are done and you have all your ingredients together, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare a baking dish to lay the rolled noodles in. Start by putting a layer of pasta sauce on the bottom of the dish to prevent the noodles from sticking.

Next, take a noodle and lay it on a glass plate. Scoop some of your pasta sauce onto the noodle and spread it around so you have a nice thin layer. Then add on your ingredients! Layer the hamburger, onion, spinach and since I used the cheese slices - I just broke 'em up into smaller pieces and tossed them here and there on top of the ingredients.

Then for the part that can get messy..Very carefully roll up the noodle and set it in your baking dish with the end of the noodle facing down to keep it from falling apart. Do this until your dish is full (I got 6 to fit nicely into a smaller baking dish).

Once you have all the noodles rolled up, top it with the remaining sauce (or just add as much as you like). Then get another two slices of cheese to break apart and lay on top of everything.

Pop it in the oven for about 45 minutes and enjoy it!