Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Green Giant has a surprise

Do you have a surprise talent? I’m a pretty run of the mill Type-A, list-maker Sally. Does list making count as a surprise talent?

Okay, so really the surprise for anyone who doesn’t know me except through this blog is that I can sing. I mean, enough that I can sing in front of several thousand people without wetting my pants. And for those who meet me in real life, they’re typically impressed that I have a blog.
Them: “You have a blog? You write? Really? And people actually come every day to see what you have to say?”
Me: “Yeah, I know shocker. I'm sure it's just to see the kids.” Doh.

Well, I’m here today to tell you that The Green Giant – the Jolly one, not the hubby one – has a surprise talent. But first, check out some of the talent The Green Giant captured in a recent video:
Some of those were pretty unbelievable, right? Like how ‘bout the lady who puts tennis rackets around her body… what the heck?

While I don’t have any crazy surprise talents that amazing, I do have a talent for eating, which came in handy recently when the kids and I were lucky enough to sample some of the new Green Giant Veggie Chips.
You read that right. GREEN GIANT MAKES VEGGIE CHIPS! And good ones to boot.

The first kind we tried were the Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips – Zesty Cheddar flavor. Using a combination of corn, red and green peppers, these light chips have a fiery taste that’ll put a little pep in your step. They disappeared faster than you can say Jolly Green Giant.

That's Natalie holding a chip and giving a thumbs up sign. 
Next up, we tried the Whole Grain Sweet Potato Chips – Sea Salt flavor. Light and airy with a hint of salt, these chips were so good they didn’t last long in this house. And I didn’t feel guilty since they have 40% less fat than regular potato chips.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Boar's Head gets heart-healthy

This post brought to you by Boar's Head.  All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m sure you can imagine that over the last four years we’ve been concerned about our heart health. So when Boar’s Head announced their Boar's Head heart-healthy deli meats, I thought I’d give it a look-see.

With Ryan’s already compromised heart, I want to make sure he’s eating food that won’t give him further problems in the future, let alone the rest of us. Boar’s Head now makes meats that are lower in sodium and cholesterol-inducing fats.

Henry and I ARE eating deli meat in conjunction with our paleo diet even though some others don’t. I’ve taken to eating a deli meat lettuce wrap or eating it plain with some sides. With seasonings like Maple glazed, Blazing Buffalo, Cracked Peppermill Smoked, and Lemon Pepper Roasted, it’s easy to keep the menu interesting.

In looking over the Boar’s Head website, there’s one recipe in particular I’m curious to try called Ovengold Turkey Spaghetti Squash Tumble. I love spaghetti squash and this is one more way to get it into my mouth!

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To make it, you will need:

1 small spaghetti squash

1 tbsp olive oil

1 large garlic clove, crushed

2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

¼ cup frozen peas, thawed and drained

¼ cup tomatoes, diced

5 oz. Ovengold Turkey, diced

Boar’s Head Parmigiano-Reggiano to taste


1.     Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Cut the halves into equal pieces

2.     Place the squash in a steamer basket in a Dutch oven with water and cook on high to steam until fork tender (15-20 minutes). {My note: you can also steam it in a large pot on the stovetop}

3.     Using a fork, remove the squash strands from the shell, set aside.

4.     Heat the oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat.

5.     Add the garlic, basil, parsley, and squash; toss lightly to coat.

6.     Add the peas, tomatoes, and turkey. Lightly sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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