Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hampton Creek Just Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip - Product Review

dairy free no egg cookie dough
Mmmm....cookie dough.  One of those sinful indulgences that usually conjures up memories of baking cookies in the kitchen with mom.  I know it does for me.  I immediately have images of licking spoons and even purposely ineffectively scraping the bowl just so there would be extra cookie dough I just had to eat (wink wink).  It has been a long time though since I have made cookies from scratch, and with the whole raw egg thing, I have long grown out of eating raw cookie dough.  Enter Hampton Creek's Just Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip.

When I was first asked to review the product, what really stood out to me was that it was endorsed by Oprah.  I thought, this must be legit if Oprah is writing about it.  I do not usually accept requests to review products but for this I made an exception.  

Here's what I LOVED:

  1. All Natural
  2. Sustainable
  3. Affordable
  4. Cholesterol-Free
  5. Dairy-Free
  6. Egg-Free
The only thing that would make it over the moon incredible for me is if it was also Gluten-Free.  Maybe someday ;)

They suggested a variety of recipes, but as the days passed by I found myself just taking a spoon out of the drawer and scooping myself a bite while I pondered which recipe I should try.  Being egg-free, I felt it just screamed to be eaten in its true and happy state.  Cookie dough is no longer cookie dough once you bake it, therefore if you love cookie dough, this is probably one of the safer products for you to indulge.  Back to my dilemma though of how to eat it, should I:
  • Ball it up and toss it into a brownie mix
  • Stick it between a couple graham crackers for a dough sandwich
  • Blend it into a milkshake (Tried this one and don't recommend it.  The cookie dough gets lost.  Maybe if you just ball up a couple pieces and mix it in with a spoon)
  • Add it to vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Drop it in some yogurt
  • Use it as the base of a pie or tart
  • Make cookie dough pops
  • Deep fry it
Alas, I only got to try one of those options, aside from the boring just bake it in the oven on a cookie sheet recipe.  I found that the days passed and the dirty spoons piled up fast.  I opened my fridge and as pictured above, I realized my husband and I had eaten the tub.  I think though that the point of the review is right there in that fact.  It was delicious enough and on its own merits to be eaten just as it is.  No need to add anything or fancy it up.  I think there is some poetic beauty in that given it is about being natural and free from "the other stuff".  I give it a thumbs up!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rainbow Vegetable Bake Casserole

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Looking for a healthy vegetarian casserole?  I have been wanting to try this for a while now, and am so excited with how it turned out.  The vegetables you use are totally changeable and up to you.  I tried to incorporate as much color as I could, but much of what you choose will probably depend on what is in season as well.

If you are new to my recipe posts, please know that I tend not to measure things so these are estimates.  I am kind of a free spirit in the kitchen :)

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion
2 Tablespoons of Garlic
4 Zucchini Squashes
1 Purple Potato
1 Sweet Potato
4 Small Red Potatoes
4 Red Bell Peppers
1.5 Cups Mango Salsa
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 Cup Shredded Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Dice up the onion and mince up the garlic.  Saute both in a skillet with olive oil until softened.  
  2. Spray the inside of a baking dish with non-stick spray.  Spread the onion and garlic in the bottom of the dish.
  3. Slice the rest of the vegetables up.  The thinner the better.  Place the sliced vegetables in the backing dish vertically, in an alternating pattern.  Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Pour the salsa evenly over the top.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.  Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake another 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.
Enjoy!  This is a great dish to make on the weekend and heat up during the week as a side dish to anything you make.  So yummy and a fantastic way to get all your daily vegetables.

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