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mini’s

I love Luna bars and they’ve come out with Luna Mini’s.

mini luna

mini luna

They are delicious and adorable! My favorite is Carmel Nut Brownie but Nutz Over Chocolate is good, too. Pat likes the S’more ones as well. A nice snack.

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easy dinner

I love pasta and particularly cheese ravioli. Trader Joe’s had a blue cheese ravioli that just called my name when I ran in for something else. I brought it home and made it for dinner.

I quickly made the ravioli according to directions (cook in boiling water for a few minutes) and tossed it with olive oil, salt, pepper, and Parmesan shavings when Pat was running late.

blue cheese ravioli

blue cheese ravioli

I intended to save half for him but it was so good that I ate it all. Luckily, he grabbed a sandwich on the way home.

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Easy dinner

Trader Joe’s saved me tonight. I ran there after work to get something quick but still real food. I found this wrap in the deli section:

Thai chicken wrap

Thai chicken wrap

A spinach wrap with chicken, noodles, carrots, and peanut sauce was a great dinner!

plated Thai chicken wrap

plated Thai chicken wrap

Trader Joe’s isn’t great for everything but they are a great place to hit up for real food when you are in a hurry. The peanut sauce could have been a little spicier but it was still very tasty!

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Serious Eats posted a positive review of No Pudge Fat Free Fudge Brownie Mix and I decided to give it a try.

I generally make brownies from scratch but this didn’t sound too bad. All you do is add vanilla yogurt, mix, pour¬† into pan and bake. It was really easy.

brownies

brownies

I would say they were better than most brownie mixes while actually being pretty good for you (120 cal).¬† Not as good as home-made with real butter…

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fastest meal ever

fastest meal ever

I made dinner in literally 6 or 7 minutes the other night. I picked up frozen vegetables and chicken potstickers from Trader Joe’s and made a quick Asian-inspired meal.

I thawed the vegetables in some luke-warm water while I heated a little oil in a non-stick pan. I drained the vegetables ans stir fried them with some leftover rice. I threw some soy sauce onto it all with a little Chinese 5 Spice.

While the stir fry was going, I microwaved the potstickers after covering them with damp paper towel per the package instructions.

The potstickers were good-not restaurant quality but still tasty with little effort. The sitr fry was pretty delicious, too.

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Chocolate

I read David Lebovitz’s post on visiting Fouquet, a confection shop in Paris. In the comments he suggested a few places that make and sell chocolates including Vosges.

I looked up their locations in Chicago and one of them is just off the brown line! I live by the brown line! I hopped on the train and made my way over there.

The store is cute and the staff were nice. I picked out a library of chocolate bars to buy and ate a sample chocolate with curry powder that was amazing.

At the check-out they gave me a 4 piece box of their caramels which was nice.

chocolate covered carmels...

chocolate covered carmels...

I came home and tried the caramels. I loved the red salt caramel. The ones with anise myrtle and Brazil nuts were good but not my favorite. The last one has a licorice taste and it is the best licorice flavored thing I’ve ever eaten but I just am not that into licorice.

I still have to try the chocolate library. There are new year’s resolutions to keep, so I put it away for another day.

hazelnut caramels...

delicious chocolate covered caramels...

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After trying WW chocolate cakes, I picked up Hostess’s Chocolate Zingers. They seem to be the closest.

Unlike WW which comes 6 individually wrapped cakes per box, the Hostess cakes come 3 to a packet. It’s very hard not to eat 3 at once which I suppose is in favor of WW if you are watching calories.

The Zinger was good. It seemed moister but not anymore chocolatey than the WW. It did have cream filling which was great.

Hostess Chocolate Zinger

Hostess Chocolate Zinger

Calories-150 (440 per package)
Appearance-7/10
Taste-7/10
Satisfaction-6.5/10
Overall-6.8/10

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