Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tasty Tuesday : October Favorites

Happy Tasty Tuesday everyone!  Since today is the start of a new month, I thought it would be fun to look back on October and talk about some of my favorite new products that I tried out.  I've been doing a lot of experimenting in the kitchen, so I thought it would fun to share what I love each month!  Today I'm going to be talking about some food, drinks, recipe and product.

Food

Trader Joe's Just Mango Slices
Mango is my favorite fruit, and these have quickly become my favorite snack.  The only ingredient in these mango- no preservatives or additives or extra sugar.  These are seriously addicting, and Dan is just as obsessed with these as I am!  If we get a bag from Trader Joe's, it never lasts the next day.


Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burger
I've been trying out a ton of veggie burgers ever since I became vegan- homemade, store-bought, from a restaurant- and this one is one of my favorites so far!  I love the fact that it has lots of veggies in it, instead of beans like most veggie burgers.  It has a great texture and flavor!  I'll be doing a round-up of all of my favorite veggie burgers, and you can be sure that this one will be on the list.



Drink

Troegs Dreamcatcher
I love pretty much any beer that Troegs (a local-ish brewer located in Hershey, PA) makes, and this one is definitely my favorite (after Mad Elf of course).  It has a smooth and slightly sweet taste, but isn't heavy at all.  It's the perfect beer to sip on the weekends while watching football or after a long day!

Dole Smoothie Mix
One of my favorite post-workout treats is a smoothie.  I'm always really thirsty, but can't eat anything because my stomach is really sensitive, so this is the perfect solution!  I tried this mix from Dole on a whim when I had a coupon and it was on sale, and I'm loving this flavor.  There are chunks of mango, carrot and bananas, which makes it really easy to make a delicious smoothie in no time.  My favorite way to drink this is with orange juice as a base and some chia seeds mixed in.  

Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage with Nespresso Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Since it's October, that means that it's fine to have pumpkin flavored everything-right?  I took it to the extreme with my coffee habits this month and doubled up on the pumpkin spice flavor with coffee and "cream".  These nespresso pods are very lightly flavored, with a full coffee taste, so I sweeten it up with some of my pumpkin spice almond beverage.  Weird name, but I love how it gives such a great flavor without being overly sweet or fake-tasting (cough cough PSL cough)


Recipe

picture and recipe source
I'm always trying out new recipes on Dan and most of the time he'll eat it, but not really comment on it.  When I made this for him, he couldn't stop raving about it and couldn't believe that it was vegan.  The taste is pretty much identical to a super creamy and rich classic potato salad.  It's not the healthiest food ever, but it will satisfy any craving you have for an old treat!


Product

I'm always on the search for the perfect lunch containers, and I think I found them.  I found these at Marshall's (and linked a similar set from Amazon above), and love how they're collapsible.  These also come with a little fork/knife/spoon set in the lid which is pretty genius.  These might not be available at every Marshall's, but it's worth checking out (you might also find it at TJ Maxx or Homegoods!)



What are some of your favorites from October?
What recipe should I try next?
Who else is a lunch packer?

25 comments:

  1. dr. praeger's veggie burgers are always my fave!

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  2. Try the Greeen Mango slices, if they still sell them! I loved those. I'm going to be on the lookout for that beer! I love a good unfiltered wheat.

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    1. Ohh I don't think I've ever seen green mango..I'll have to look for it next time :)

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  3. I LOVE Troegs Dreamweaver! Anytime I'm in my hometown, I always make a point to stop at Troegs. Love it there!

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    1. It's seriously the best! I'm glad it's not closer or I would go to the brewery every day...

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  4. Have you tried the "Sol" brand veggie burgers? I really like their spicy black bean one! I love those mango slices too--so yummy! I'm a definite lunch packer and could use some new containers--ill have to check those out.

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    1. I don't think I've even seen those! I'll look out for it next time I'm at the store :)

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  5. Where is the Dole mix? Freezer section? It looks good!

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    1. Yup! I've seen it in the smoothie section in bigger grocery stores, but I'll bet you could find it with the regular frozen fruit.

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  6. I hate meal prepping in general, but I'm always the most frustrated when I realize I don't have enough containers to put everything in, so I've been on the hunt for a few new ones. Those veggie burgers sound really good- I have a hard time finding ones that aren't over seasoned in a weird way.

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    1. They're so good..it tastes just like fresh veggies! I really like them :)

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  7. I've seen that pumpkin spice almond milk at Trader Joe's and I've been so tempted to try it! I love anything festive and seasonal :)

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    1. It's so good! If they still have it give it a try :)

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  8. Those mango slices from Trader Joes are SO GOOD!

    I want to look for that Dole mix - I like the idea of adding carrots to a smoothie.

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    1. You can't really taste them at all but everything works so well together!

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  10. I have gotttt to try those Mango Slices from Trader Joes. There have been so many good items popping up lately from there- I need to just go!
    - Favorites from October: Boom chicka pop candy corn kettle corn <3
    - Recipe: Hmmm, not sure! I say whatever the heck you want, girlfriend!
    - I am such a lunch packer. I like to make sure that it's balanced macros and super accessible but healthy for busy days!
    Mackmarie from https://mackmarie.com/

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    1. That popcorn sounds amazing! I love kettle corn!

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  11. Intrigued to try that veggie burger :)

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  12. oh man i used to LOVE Dr. Praeger's burgers!! my trader joes stopped carrying them or at least the version i loved. i seriously ate them all the time. i loved that the ingredients list was so simple.

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    1. What a bummer! hopefully they'll come back sometime. Trader Joe's is seriously the best for veggie burgers.

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  13. Nespresso pumpkin spice coffee?! Every brand really does jump aboard the pumpkin spice train in the US, haha!

    I bought collapsible tupperware before traveling to New Zealand last year and it was a lifesaver! I'd start the day with a heavy bulky bag and end it with a flat one ;)

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    1. It's so great for packing! And yes..the US is crazy about trends. Now that it's November it's Christmas and holiday flavored everything.

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