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Busy… busy… busy…

July 27, 2010

The past week has been very hectic for me. I’ve been on graphic and website overload at work.  I’m also working on a few side projects and to deal with the stress, I’ve ramped up my evening workouts – which leaves little time to get all fancy with recipes and photography at night. Thankfully this is only temporary. I’ve got stacks of magazines and pulled recipes ready to go, just have to find the time to crank some out.

It’s been back to basics with eating for me. Lots of veggies, fruits, smoothies and greek yogurt. I do have a new food love. A reader (Thank you Melissa) sent me some Doctor Kracker samples. She doesn’t work for the company, she’s just a fan and has been eating them for a while and thought I’d like them, she was right!

Dr. Krackers are made with organic whole grains and the extreme crunch is like no other cracker I’ve had. They are artisan baked flatbread. I’ve tried 4 flavors now. Sunflower Cheddar, Pumpkin Seed Cheddar, Klassic 3 Seed and Seedlander. They are 100 calories per flatbread cracker, anywhere from 3-4 grams of fiber and they have between 10-11 grams of carbs. Nutritional information can be found on their website.

I’ve been melting cheese on them, eating the shrimp salad from the cucumber bites recipe, tuna salad and just about anything else I can think of throwing on a flatbread cracker.

I love all of the seeds. I’ve also been crushing them up onto salads as croutons, they really do pack a powerful crunch. I was reading some of the reviews on Amazon, a few people said that they had trouble biting into them. Um…wow, they must have some weak choppers. I was excited to see that they also have snack size crackers, I’m going to order some of those next. I have yet to see them in any of my local grocery stores. Haven’t looked at Whole Foods yet, it’s next on my “to do” list.

I’m finally starting to see the new Laughing Cow Light flavors in my local stores. Trader Joe’s started carrying the blue cheese and then I found the others at Safeway. I am in LOVE with the Queso Fresco and Chipotle. The Mozzarella, Sun Dried Tomato and Basil is really good too. I’m not a huge blue cheese fan, so I haven’t tried that one yet.  Have any of you tried the new flavors? If so, what did you think? Any fun recipes? I’ve been seeing some new ones on the Hungry Girl website.  I’m thinking of doing a stuffed chicken breast with the Sun Dried Tomato and Basil. I have already use the Queso Fresco and Chipotle with ground turkey to make some lettuce taco wraps.

Dan and I did manage to fit in “date night” Saturday. I can count on one hand the amount of times we’ve eaten out since I started Foodiddy. I just like knowing exactly what I’m putting in my body and weekends are when I have more time to prep/cook so I enjoy being in the kitchen on those days.

We decided on Macaroni Grill. Dan went for the classic spaghetti and meatballs and I ordered from the Mediterranean Grill section of the menu. It’s pretty scary to see the calories posted right next to menu items. I’m not counting calories, but holy crap, some of the dishes had calorie counts in the 1600-2000 range. Dan’s was 2400, hah!

I went with the Jumbo Shrimp Spiedini and it was fabulous.

Jumbo shrimp grilled with extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon zest and rosemary. It was seasoned just right. It came with roasted eggplant (which was a little too mushy), zucchini, red onion and red and yellow bell peppers. 320 calories and a boat load of sodium in case you were curious. I felt super satisfied, and still managed to share a bite off Dan’s plate and who can pass on Macaroni Grill’s bread? Yum!

It’s nice to go out every once in a while. Now I have a new meal to recreate in the Foodiddy kitchen. I picked up some shrimp at the grocery store last night and plan to put this meal into my rotation.

Not sure what else is in store for the remainder of the week. It’s hard to believe it’s only Tuesday. Dear weekend… Please hurry the heck up, I’m anxiously awaiting your arrival.

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9 comments

  1. Do you have a Jason’s Deli near you? Dr. Krackers are served on their salad bar. They are very yummy!


    • No Jason’s Deli :o(


  2. Have you tried Mary’s Gone Crackers? They have them at Whole Foods – very similar to the crackers you posted above. DELICIOUS. You should definitely check those out!

    Laughing Cow: I have the blue cheese and love it, and love the queso fresco / chipotle one too… haven’t found the sun dried tomato yet but am keeping my eyes peeled.

    I ordered that same vegetable chopper that your parents gave you and it should be delivered today. Can’t wait to use it!!


    • Never tried the Mary’s Gone Crackers – was so addicted to Ak-Mak Sesame Crackers, never ventured much past those. Occasionally Kashi, but with a box of small crackers, I find it hard to stop eating them, LOL. I like the big cracker sheets and the Mary’s Gone look like that – I’m intrigued by the black pepper flavor, just looked at all of them on Amazon.

      YAY! so excited that you got the veggie cutter, just had ribbon cucumber, rice wine and cherry tomatoes last night as a side dish.


  3. Kristen gave me a blue chees HaHaMooMoo and celery. It was good but obviously a blue cheese cream cheese, not a “real” blue cheese. I need to try the others. But it was good and a nice break from the originals.


  4. OMG! You picked up shrimp at the store?!?!?! Woo hoo! Toss caution to the wind and COOK THAT SHRIMP!!!

    As for the crackers….they do have them at Whole Foods and also at the Food Co-op, so we’ll have to pick some up after our next class.

    That MG shrimp looks DE-lish!!! I wish that was my dinner!!!


  5. oh god… im so with you on Hurry up weekend!!!


  6. I’ve never had these crackers but they look fantastic. Certainly something my family and I would enjoy. In a way they almost remind me of Wasa cracker bread.
    Looking forward to your interpretation on the shrimp dish!


  7. Your shrimp looks amazing! I was able to wrangle up some gulf shrimp at the farmers’ market a few weeks ago and we tried out this recipe: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/spicy-grilled-shrimp/Detail.aspx . It was SO good. And I used the leftovers in Bloody Mary’s the next morning – yummy! I’m going to try your recipe next time.



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