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I Give You…Carrots and some Fun Carrot Facts.

English: A bunch of carrots (Daucus carota), w...

English: A bunch of carrots (Daucus carota), washed and placed on a wooden cutting board (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Glorious carrots! Thanks Liz!

Image of "baby-cut" carrots

Image of “baby-cut” carrots (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Baby-Cut carrots, the popular snack, are a bit lower in vitamins and minerals than your standard carrot.  The majority of nutrients in carrots and in and just below the skin, and whittling a mature carrot into a baby-cut carrot eliminates the most nutritious part of the carrot.  I used to love baby-cut carrots, but once I tasted a carrot with its dark green, lush greenery still attached, I haven’t gone back.  Besides, a plastic bag of baby-cut carrots costs more than a simple bunch of carrots.  Save some money, grab a knife and    cut your own carrots, and taste what a carrot really tastes like.

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Coming Soon: Lanyards at Owens Acres

Lime Green Lanyard from Owens Acres Design

My job requires that I keep two badges and one electronic door key on my person at all times.

I usually use one of those badge reels, but the clips snap off in a minute or it gets tangled up in the arms of my chair.

The problem (which would keep me up at night, really) is now solved.  I am now the proud owner of a super pretty beaded lanyard from Owens Acres Design.

These lanyards will soon be available on the Etsy website.

Lime Green Lanyard from Owens Acres Design

 

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Sugar/Stevia Blends Question..and that new sugar, Nectresse

English: Stevia rebaudiana foliage

English: Stevia rebaudiana foliage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I have noticed that both Domino and C&H brands have both come out with “light” versions of sugar, a stevia/sugar blend.

Both brands claim the same for their products:  half the calories of sugar, a half a teaspoon of “light” equals the sweetness of one teaspoon of plain sugar, with no artificial ingredients.

No artificial ingredients.

If you check out the ingredients for both products, they are exactly the same:  Sugar, Stevia, Natural Flavoring.  I can’t locate what the natural flavoring is.

Also, on the S&H FAQ Page, there is this disclaimer:

Q. How much stevia is used in C&H® Light?

Since C&H® Light is a proprietary blend of sugar and stevia, we are not at liberty to share the particulars with the public. C&H® Light is an all natural, reduced calorie sweetener that has met with all FDA regulations and contains no known allergens.

-from www.chsugar.com

There’s no way to find out the ratio of sugar to stevia, and who knows what “natural flavors” mean, so I guess I will be leaving this on the shelf.

Oh, I also came across Nectresse, made by the makers of Splenda.  The first ingredient is erythritol, a sugar alcohol.  Next ingredient is sugar, third is Monk Fruit, last is molasses (from http://www.nectresse.com/faq#32).

Nectresse sounds good, looks good, is marketed really well, but is it really beneficial for us?

 

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Lilly’s Hummus: So Delicious

Lilly’s Hummus: Plain

I love it when I come across something fabulous purely by accident.

I needed hummus, and I stress the word need.  I was at my local Chuck’s Produce and I was about to reach for my little clamshell type container of my stand-by hummus, when I saw a bigger container on sale.

It was Lilly’s Hummus.  Bigger is better, and the ingredients were short and simple, so I took a flyer and grabbed a container of their regular hummus.  As I wandered through Chuck’s, I made sure I had a bag of unsalted pita chips (a weakness of mine when it comes to hummus) and a bunch of carrots with the tops still attached.

(Don’t get me started on those “baby” carrots.  If you want a REAL carrot, get the ones with the greenery still attached.  The flavor is amazing.)

Anyway, I digress.  Lilly’s Hummus wasn’t what I expected at all.  It was absolutely delicious.  Thick, creamy, smooth and with an amazing flavor of…HUMMUS.  I got the Plain, and I am used to brands who call their plain version plain, but it’s usually overpowering with garlic.

Oh, and its chunky.  I am a texture girl, and texture will come before taste any time.  Texture will make or break a product for me.  It doesn’t matter how good it is, but if the texture is off, then no.  Just no.  Lilly’s is creamy smooth and perfectly seasoned and did I say it was creamy smooth?

Here are the ingredients for Lilly’s Hummus, Plain:

Ingredients: Organic Garbanzo Beans, Olive Oil, Sesame Tahini, Lemon Juice, Sea-Salt, Garlic, Citric Acid.

A very simple 7 ingredients.  Unfortunately I have seen brands with 10, even 15 ingredients.

Lilly’s comes in several flavors for those who need something more exciting than “plain”:  there’s Roasted Garlic, Kalamata Olive, Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Jalapeno (spicy) and my new, all time favorite flavor, Smoked Tomato and Basil.  There is also a Cracked Pepper version, the creators are still tweaking the recipe to make it amazing.

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus is WOW. I don’t know how else to describe it, so I am going to go with my initial reaction when I tried it.  Just WOW.  Like the Plain, it’s well blended and creamy smooth with a delicious smoky flavor that is out of this world and totally unexpected. It is safe to say the Smoked Tomato flavor has shock value to it, because the amazing flavor is simply not expected.  The smoked tomatoes doesn’t over power the flavor of those delicate Garbanzo Beans, yet the gently sweet-tanginess really shines.  I was stunned, that’s how good this was.

The Smoked Tomato is good plain (seriously, insert a clean finger and go to town if you aren’t sharing your container) or I found it to be fabulous with celery and other goodies, so much so I created a recipe:

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus Dish of Fabulousness:

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus

Grated Carrots (use the ones with the green tops still attached);

Sliced Avocado;

Celery Sticks, Pita Chips, or Garden Of Eating No Salt Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Add slices of avocado to top of hummus, sprinkle with the carrot, and dip away with the celery sticks, pita chips, or my favorite, those Garden of Eating No Salt Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

 

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