My Favorites This Week

Happy Friday! So nice to be starting the weekend, right?

We have family coming to visit and help out with some projects in our old house – it’ll be a good amount of work, but it should be fun.

Plus, they’re bringing their dog so Maggie will be in puppy heaven. She loves having other dogs to play with.

I was planning on having another new recipe for you today, but I’ve actually had a few mishaps in the kitchen.

And as for my fashion revolution, I haven’t had anything to show yet this week since I’ve worked from home 3 days! But today’s might be good enough to photograph for later.

Here are my favorite things this week in food:

1. Grilled Banana + Nutella Sandwiches.


2. Lunches this week? A quinoa, roasted kabocha squash, and chickpea salad with smoked paprika, garlic, onion, and olive oil.


A few days, I had this over spinach, but yesterday, I added some green beans and a dollop of hummus. I’m having this same dish for lunch today, too.


3. Coconut Water Vinegar from Tropical Traditions.


Tropical Traditions sent this to me to sample, and I am in love! It doesn’t have a super strong coconut smell or taste, but the subtle coconut essence is there. It is delicious in salad dressings, and I made a killer tofu (killer tofu! Do you remember the Beets song on Doug?) marinade the other night with this vinegar.

4. Fun new foodie things to try + review!



PS: There are more giveaways coming soon!

5. New recipes I’m dying to make:


Evan’s Snickerdoodle Hummus


Jessica’s Cake Batter Pancakes


Kristin’s Bruschetta Chicken Pasta – this will be such a great summer dish!


Mama Pea’s Moroccan Millet Bake


Oh, and I still haven’t had my hair cut. I look like a mess. Every day. Guess I should get that fixed soon.

Happy Happy Friday!!!


What are YOUR food favorites this week? Any new recipes on your radar?

21 Responses to “My Favorites This Week”

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — January 28, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for including my pancakes! :)

    • Brandi replied: — January 28th, 2011 at 8:32 am

      Umm…how could I not? They’re cake batter pancakes! :)

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    Erica — January 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I can’t wait to try the Stonyfield yogurts! They sound so good! Whole milk yogurt will be such a nice switch up from the norm too! Your Grilled Banana + Nutella sandwich looks amazing. I may need to have this for lunch. And I want to make Evan’s hummus so bad! Enjoy the weekend & time with your family

    • Brandi replied: — January 28th, 2011 at 9:05 am

      Thanks Erica! I know – the yogurts all sound so delicious.

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    Evan Thomas — January 28, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for including me! I want to make your german chocolate cookie bars so badly. Good thing I’m going to the store this weekend.

    • Brandi replied: — January 28th, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Good thing for me, too! I’ve got to stock up on chickpeas!

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    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — January 28, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I love Tropical Traditions products! Their coconut oil is seriously the best. I had no idea that they had coconut viinegar though? I must get my hands on some of this – yum!

    • Brandi replied: — January 28th, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Yup, it’s awesome! I love their coconut oil, too.

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles — January 28, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Can we talk about the fact that you just referenced Doug? You might just be my new favorite person! Enjoy your day! :)

    • Brandi replied: — January 28th, 2011 at 11:14 am

      Ha, thanks!

      I miss that cartoon. And Patty Mayonnaise.

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    lowandbhold — January 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I loved Doug! That vinegar sounds great! I’m a sucker for good vinegar.

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss — January 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    That Snickerdoodle Hummus has got to be awesome! I’ve never had dessert hummus before, but that seems like something worth trying.

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    Paige is Running Around Normal — January 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I can’t get over that lunch!! The quinoa and kabocha sounds like a lovely combination!

    • Brandi replied: — January 28th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      It was awesome! I was sad that I ate the last of it today :(

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    Melissa @ TryingToHeal — January 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Those teas look tasty! i love the sleeptime ones! they’re my favorite!

    and the quinoa dish looks delish, especially with the hummus dollop!

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — January 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Sounds like your week was very tasty! :) Bananas and Nutella are The. Best. Combo. Ever.!!!

    Have a great weekend!

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    CaSaundra — January 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

    The cake batter pancakes are on my list of to-do’s too! They sound amazing right?! It’d be the perfect way to start the day :-)

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    Erika — January 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

    So many things in common:
    1 – Love for Nutella and Banana Sandwiches (I had one for breakfast yesterday!)
    2 – Urge to make Snickerdoodle Hummus (Buying Chickpeas at the store today!)
    3 – Urge to make Cake Batter Pancakes (Breakfast today!!!)

    Have a great weekend! :-D

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    Joanne — January 30, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Banana and nutella sandwiches…and that quinoa salad…can I just come over and “steal” all of your food? Delicious.

    I’ve been eying those cake batter pancakes as well! Damn do they look good.

    • Brandi replied: — January 31st, 2011 at 8:50 am

      Sure – I always need someone to eat lunch with! :)

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    Holly — February 2, 2011 at 11:45 am

    oohhh my list of recipes to try is like a mile long. like i say, there just needs to be twice the amount of hours in a day, and i could get a whole lot done :)

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