new finds & BFD.

by Janetha on March 11, 2012

in groceries,meals

hello! hard to believe it’s already sunday night.. must be that pesky lost hour catching up to me.

i just got done eating dinner and decided to bust out a quick post before marshall and i head to the movies. we are going to see john carter. and we are going to take a bag of grapes.. our favorite sneaky movie snack.

i did my usual grocery store + costco run today, a favorite sunday activity. today’s venture was extra exciting because i ran into my best friend kristen & her boyfriend rory at costco and then i ran into my friends janelle, steph & her little guy anakin at whole foods. fun stuff!

i bought the same old, same old staples while shopping.  for those of you who are creeps (like me) and care to know what groceries i stocked up on.. here’s a comprehensive list of lists.

fresh produce: apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, blueberries, onions, avocados, limes, cilantro, asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes, a jalepeño, and mushrooms.

protein & dairy: chicken breasts, peppered turkey lunch meat, black forest ham lunch meat, chicken sausage, feta, goat cheese, cheddar, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, skim milk, almond milk (okay, it’s not dairy but whatevs.)

bread & cereal: sourdough bread, sprouted baguettes, cinnamon raisin bagels, mini wheat cereal, bran flakes, shredded spoonfuls, love crunch carrot cake granola.

drinks: ready to drink protein shakes, naked juice blue machine (x2 bottles), POM juice, kombucha.

other stuff: guar gum, xathan gum, cuban seasoning, french fry seasoning, a tea ball, canned tomatoes, tortilla chips, fruit leather, sunflower seed butter, green beans for the dogs, dog food, a griddle, probiotics, castor oil, a dry brush, and a $5 donation to the hungry.

there are a few new things among all those same old, same olds that i just listed. i thought i’d show you my new finds!

probiotics, castor oil, and a dry brush.
all from whole foods.

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i went to a naturopath on friday (promise i will post about it later this week) and she suggested the castor oil and dry brush–which i already had been wanting. i am just about out of probiotics so i am trying a new brand (partially because it was on sale and partially because it said “colon support” on the box. i am a sucker.)

reduced fat cabot cheese.
from whole foods.

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i have been meaning to pick this cheese up for awhile now, but it’s only at whole foods (as far as i know) so i am glad i finally made it there to grab this cheese. i will be using it for a recipe later this week.

dave’s killer bread peace bomb sprouted baguette.
from costco.

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dave’s killer bread was having a road show at costco and they were sampling this baguette. i have been buying and loving dave’s killer sandwich bread for a long time, so i was excited to try another DKB product. check out the natural, organic ingredients:

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unfortunately this particular variety of DKB won’t be available for purchase after the road show, but hopefully costco will decide to carry it in the future.

cracked wheat sourdough.
from costco.

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marshall is still on his sourdough kick and it’s become his crusade to find the best buyable sourdough in town. this is the fifth or sixth kind we have tried.. i love that it’s cracked wheat! i wish i could find some sourdough wheat like the one that is sold at trader joe’s. or i just wish utah would get a trader joe’s…

both from whole foods.

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no grocery trip is complete without spending at least ten minutes looking at cereal. this is totally normal behavior. i picked a couple new-to-me, fiber-packed varieties today. i really love three sisters cereals (i reviewed them in the past) and was pleased as punch (what the hell does that saying mean, anyway? is punch typically really pleased? does punch have feelings??) when i saw they have an unfrosted mini wheat cereal. i wanted a no-sugar-added bran flake cereal, but couldn’t find one. this arrowhead mills brand had the least amount of sugar on the shelf, so i went with it.

chicken breakfast sausage.
from whole foods.

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since breakfast for dinner was on the menu, i wanted to pick up either bacon or sausage. marshall voted sausage so this is what i went with. it has awesome stats:

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a tad high in sodium, but all in all it’s a great alternative to traditional pork sausage links.

cuban & french fry seasonings.
from cali’s natural foods market.

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i ran out of the gums so i had to head to cali’s to grab some. i spotted these two bulk seasonings so i decided to try them out.  by the way.. if you live in the SLC and need xanthan & guar gum for cheap, head to cali’s market on 1700 south and about 350 west.

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they also have a huge selection of other bulk items including spices, teas, grains, flours, noodles, beans.. the list goes on.

tea ball.
from cali’s natural foods market.

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not much to say.. this looked pretty convenient, so i bought it.

stove top grill/griddle.
from costco.

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i always wander up and down the kitchen gadget aisles of costco to see if there are any new items small enough to fit in my crowded kitchen. last week i got a digital food scale, and this week i spotted this reversible grill/griddle. it goes right on top of the stove burners and is way more convenient than my plug-in griddle. plus, flip it over and it’s instagrill! ready for indoor burgers. added bonus? made in the USA. oh, and it was only $25. bargain.

for tonight’s breakfast for dinner, i used several of the new items! namely the griddle, the sausage, the sourdough, and the french fry seasoning. i left the castor oil out, figured that wouldn’t really go well…

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yeah, my plate is missing the hash browns. i used the french fry seasoning on them and it turns out it was REAL spicy.. and not that tasty. oh well, you win some, you lose some. the rest of the meal was absolutely delicious. that chicken sausage is awesome and i will definitely be buying it again. the sourdough french toast (topped with maple syrup) tasted great alongside the runny egg–the best kind of egg to eat with french toast to allow yolk dipping.

well, gotta head out to catch the movie. enjoy your monday!

xo. janetha g.

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Molly March 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm

i love arrowhead mills! the parents of my dad’s best friend growing up started the company. :)

Cassie March 12, 2012 at 12:17 am

My mom says “BFD” all the time, but it means “Big Effing Deal” – I thought you were going to talk about that…breakfast for dinner makes much more sense.

I miss things here in Africa I never thought I would crave, like cottage cheese. I would LOVE cottage cheese right now!

janetha March 12, 2012 at 7:34 am

I say it for that, too, and always laugh when I see it used for breakfast for dinner because I think of the other one.

Averie @ Averie Cooks March 12, 2012 at 12:41 am

I’ve heard that Dave’s Killer Bread is pretty awesome and years ago, I used to buy Cabot cheese like it was going out of style!

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva March 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

I love eating breakfast for dinner! For me it’s either a big plate of scrambled eggs with veggies or french toast. I’m looking to invest in a griddle pan so I can still ‘BBQ’ when it’s cold and rainy outside. hope you enjoy the movies!

Alta March 12, 2012 at 2:59 am

So random question – what do you use guar and xanthan gums for? I use them for gluten free baking, but since you’re not gluten free, curious!

janetha March 12, 2012 at 7:35 am

I use it in smoothies and to thicken recipes (rather than using corn starch) here is a post more about them!

~Jessica~ March 12, 2012 at 3:34 am

I think ‘pleased as Punch’ is an expression deriving from the sinister grin on the face of Mr.Punch, a puppet common to English kids’ shows. I don’t know if you have them in the US or not, but Punch & Judy puppet shows used to be really popular over here in the UK. Not so much now though, which I’m not sorry about as I’m not so keen on the perpetually smiling and thus pleased Mr. Punch myself…he’s pretty creepy to be honest.


janetha March 12, 2012 at 7:38 am

Oh my goodness! That’s so informative, thanks for the heads up. I had no idea.

Lauren March 12, 2012 at 3:53 am

Nothing is more beautiful than seeing a gorgeous BFD on someone else’s blog. :) You know I’m all about the BFDs!!! :)

janetha March 12, 2012 at 7:43 am

Yes! You are the BFD queen!

Katie @ Raisins&Apples March 12, 2012 at 4:01 am

I adore my grill/griddle! It’s great for chicken in the dead of winter…and of course, BFDs!

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean March 12, 2012 at 4:05 am

omG now you’ve got me craving french toast!

fox peterson March 12, 2012 at 4:22 am

if youre ever in portland, dave’s killer bread puts up a booth at the saturday market every week with like every kind of bread they make and free samples… long drive for bread, but maybe someone on here is a portlandite and can send you some?

janetha March 12, 2012 at 7:56 am

Oh man I know a few, I will have to hit one of them up :)

Carbzilla March 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

YES come to Portland! (though I’m happy to send you bread any time)

(I was totally gonna look up Pleased as Punch, but someone beat me to it)

Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) March 12, 2012 at 4:55 am

My husband is on a sourdough kick now, too! However, I refuse to buy it anywhere except my farmer’s market. The stuff they make is a-MAH-zing and nothing can compare. :)

janetha March 12, 2012 at 7:58 am

Dang, sure wish I had a year-round market!

Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 12, 2012 at 4:57 am

Those baguettes look incredible!!!

Lee March 12, 2012 at 5:22 am

I went to Costco on Saturday and was eyeing that griddle!

Michelle March 12, 2012 at 5:35 am

Oh my……I want to have breakfast for dinner now too! So sad that the seasoning didn’t work on the hashbrowns…..sounded like it would have been good. I will definitely have to try those sausages…..sounds yummy!

katie March 12, 2012 at 6:16 am

pleasant as punch! Haha! Love it!

Oh the cereal aisle I could be in forever at Whole Foods, Mike thinks this is cray cray! What does he know ;)

Love you!

janetha March 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

Oh man, it’s a good thing M doesn’t go grocery shopping with me, I spend SO much time just reading product labels and browsing!

Nicole March 12, 2012 at 6:33 am

I love seeing what other people buy at the grocery store! I love to try new things so this helps me to find new products to try!

I have also wanted to try dry brushing. I’m looking forward to your naturopath post!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List March 12, 2012 at 6:49 am

How long did it take you to write this post?? I’m always amazed at the length and detail you put into each post that are going to be “short”. Give me your quick writing tips!!!

janetha March 12, 2012 at 8:02 am

Ummm probably like 30 min? I dunno.. I just ramble and insert photos at the end!

Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt March 12, 2012 at 6:53 am

I’d love to hear how you liked the movie, I am looking forward to going, I must have read all the Princess of Mars books by Edgar Rice Burroughs 10 times!

janetha March 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

I had never heard of the books and had no idea what the movie was supposed to be about, but I really liked it!

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 12, 2012 at 7:00 am

That dinner looks awesome- I’m having breakfast for dinner tonight and am thinking French Toast (mostly because I have vanilla ice cream in the house, which pairs perfectly!) but I need to find those sausage links!!
I have the cabot cheese.. it’s okay. Definitely not as good as full-fat, but it gets the job done.
The baguette looks so good! And I have a tea ball too- but have never used it for tea. I made mulled wine with it a few times, but that’s it. I need to get some loose tea leaves and put it to use!
Hope you liked the movie- I heard some not so great things about it this morning. :(

janetha March 12, 2012 at 8:05 am

I really liked the movie! I had no idea what it was about since I hadn’t heard about it beforehand, so I didn’t have any opinions going into it. I thought it was super cute. And the main character was super hot, that helps haha.

I am using the cheese in a mac & cheese with a couple other cheeses, so I bet it’ll work well in there.. masked by other cheeses? Hah.

Trixie March 12, 2012 at 7:24 am

Would love your french toast recipe?

janetha March 12, 2012 at 8:07 am

It was just two eggs, two egg whites, a splash of skim milk, and a shake of cinnamon!

Trixie March 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

Thanks, was curious how I could adapt it for 1 serving?

janetha March 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

For one piece of french toast, I would just use one egg and about 1 TB milk and a shake of cinnamon. If you want two pieces, use an egg and an egg white and maybe a bit more milk.

Trixie March 12, 2012 at 11:24 am

Thank you!!

Jillian @ Sprinkle Massacre March 12, 2012 at 7:27 am

My mom buys that cabot cheese! I had it this weekend when I visited. It’s pretty good!

When I was in California last weekend, we went to Boudin. It’s similar to a panera — they have really good bread and are known for their sourdough. I think they claim to have invented sourdough or something.

Is that chicken sausage from whole foods? NEED.

Another California tid friend that I stayed with has that griddle and also has a panini press, like a super heavy piece of metal you place on top of the sandwich. Bummed I didn’t make a grilled cheese with it while I was there lol…

I think I may have asked you this before. I use xanath gum — is there a reason you mix xanath and guar?

…aaaand lastly, your BFD looks amazing!

janetha March 12, 2012 at 7:33 am

Here is a post explaining the benefits of each of the gums:

Yep the sausage is from WF, and I love Boudin’s!

Cat @ Breakfast to Bed March 12, 2012 at 7:33 am

try montreal steak seasoning on your fries. SO good.

janetha March 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

Cool, thanks for the tip!

Madeline@Food, Fitness, and Family March 12, 2012 at 7:35 am

All of that looks fabulous! I have been meaning to get one of those stove-top griddles for awhile now!

Ty March 12, 2012 at 7:36 am

I love getting cooking gadgets from Costco. I got that scale and I’m eyeing a rice cooker. :)

I just noticed Dave’s killer bread bagels at the grocery store a few days ago and eyed it for 5 minutes before putting it back. I’m gonna have to actually buy it now!

I don’t know if you have a sam’s club in your area but they have Cabot cheese so I think a super Walmart would too?

And hopefully trader joe’s will come to your area cuz they have great reduced far cheeses too. As well as a lot of other super awesome things. :P

janetha March 12, 2012 at 8:09 am

I dunno if UT will ever get a TJs :( rumor has it it’s because we can’t sell wine in our grocery stores but who knows if that is the real reason.

I will check walmart or sam’s, thanks!

Carly March 12, 2012 at 7:49 am

Are you going to be doing castor oil packs? My Naturopath had me doing them, and I can’t say enough good things about them. They made a huge difference. They are kind of inconvenient and a hassle, but so so worth it. Good luck!

janetha March 12, 2012 at 8:10 am

What are those? She just told me to rub castor oil on my belly.

clare @ fittingitallin March 12, 2012 at 7:51 am

I just got a dry brush too, and my digestive enzymes and probiotics are in the mail!

Andrea @ Vegvacious March 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

I feel like I need to get to Costco so I can some of that awesome looking bread! I absolutely love Costco runs – we don’t go often because I always go way above our budget (I have serious problems sticking to a grocery/food budget !)

janetha March 12, 2012 at 8:11 am

Oh, me too! I always over-buy.. but I figure better to spend money on food than on clothes or something that I really don’t need/won’t use, right?!

Denise March 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

Oh my lord! I LOVE costco. I got a griddle yesterday as well. LOVE it! I’ve been wanting one forever!

Erica March 12, 2012 at 8:55 am

I was totalllly thinking about brinner tonight. French toast sounds great and I have leftover bread! French fry seasoning? I need. And I want to try Dave’s bread. I have wanted to forever- I’m slow moving :). Grapes …I can’t even buy them , I have 0 control :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail March 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

You always have the best finds–I’m interested to know more about the dry brush. I know its popular in spas–more exfoliation?

Breakfast for dinner is always a WIN!

janetha March 12, 2012 at 10:33 am

It’s supposed to help with circulation and digestion! We shall see.

Kelly March 12, 2012 at 9:46 am

Thanks for the grocery list and pics!! Super helpful (not creepy!) That baguette looks super yummy. And did I read that right??? You give green beans to your dogs? Why?!

janetha March 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

Oh it’s something we are just starting to try! My best friend’s dog trainer suggested it.. here is an article that tells more:

Stoney Acres March 12, 2012 at 10:16 am

We love french toast for dinner!! In fact I can’t think of the last time we had it for breakfast! I’ll bet we have it at least once a month. We have the advantage of our own chickens so our french toast is 100% local and organic! Top them off with some strawberries from the garden and they just can’t be beat!

Corrie Anne March 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

Of course! I always need to know what’s in peoples’ grocery carts. I’m liking that baugette. Mmm!

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

I love breakfast for dinner!! And Costco is the bomb. You got some good stuff :)

Megan March 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

I’m from St. George and whenever I visit home I HAVE To get the Artisan sourdough bread from Harmon’’s by far the best sourdough bread I’ve ever had…even my parents rave about it. But you have to put it in a ziploc bag or else it dries out pretty fast. But seriously, on your next run you should definitely try it. You get it in the bakery area.

janetha March 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

That’s the last one we tried! You’re right, it’s super good.. but it dried out too fast and we had to chuck the last 1/3 of it :( On the upside, the guy at Harmon’s told me he would sell me some sourdough starter!

Alison March 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

I hope you guys enjoyed John Carter. I saw it on Friday night and had a surprisingly great time. My husband and his buddies are HUGE fans of the book series and they were kind of disappointed in the changes between the book and the movie, but b/c I had never read them, I really liked it. I’d love to hear your thoughts. :)

janetha March 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

Oh I LOVED it! I had never heard of the movie let alone the books, so I went to it not even having a clue what I was in for. I thought it was a great story and the fact that mister Carter was pretty sexy didn’t hurt, aye?!

Alison March 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Yeah, he was pretty fantastic to look at, for sure. ;) I thought the story was fun and the special effects were wonderful- the green guys looked so good! And I want one of those dog-like guys! So much fun!

I picked up the complete series as part of a collection for, like, $3.99 on amazon,com, for my kindle. I started reading them as soon as I got home and I love the book so far as well.

OOH! Princess of Mars is available for FREE!

Janetha March 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Dope! Checking out now

Biz March 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I love, love, love that cheese. Did I mention that I LOVE that cheese! But with hubs out of work and damn medical bills, alas it is not in my budget – so sad!

I have the same grill pan – I seasoned mine though – so heads up – never use soap. I have a stainless steel scrubber to scrub mine. Before I used it, I washed it – then coated both sides with a good layer of vegetable oil, then bake it at 250 for 2 hours – it will be non-stick and last longer. :D

Happy Monday!

Janetha March 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I wish I could mail you cheese! Thanks for the grill pan tip.. doh, I did use soap.

betty March 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

greens beans for the dogs, eh? scout likes sweet potatoes.. yogi and ace like edamame shells..

betty March 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

maye i should skim the comments before i post one.. i’ll read the article :)

Susan March 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Oh my gosh can you make me dinner?

Janetha March 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

yes. yes i can. you bring the jams.

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Nothing beats DKB! I need to see if they ever start carrying the peace bomb at my Costco. So far I’ve only seen it at Fred Meyers. It’s so yummy :).

Breakfast for dinner is the best. How was the movie?

Janetha March 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I really liked it!!

the delicate place March 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

happy monday! ohhhhh gurl. guar gum totally irritates my guts. does it not hurt you? if you don’t like those probiotics i love mine and they are pretty cheap and also room temp stable (some need the fridge) jarrow brand :) good luck can’t wait to hear about the naturopath!

Janetha March 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I haven’t noticed.. i eat a lot of things with guar gum in them, I will have to take notice!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I’m a freak and love seeing what people buy at the store!

Julie March 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Just a random FYI, when I read your post for link love on FB I thought it said BED FTW and it made me laugh

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Mmmm I love french toast! Especially for dinner. I had that on my meal plan weeks ago and for whatever reason it just kept getting pushed back and then never happened… :(

lynne @lgsmash March 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

we’ve tried feeding our pup green beans (not for any reason than to see if she’ll eat ’em) – she’s not too interested.

i’m curious to see what you think of the dry brush! i’ve read a bit about them but not enough to warrant trying myself. hope you like it!

Lauren @ Girls Gone Food March 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I love cabot cheese!!! i believe they make another cheese thats even more reduced fat…i want to say 70%. even though it is reduced fat, i was pleasantly surprised when I ate it. it has great flavor!!

Ashley March 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Okay, curious… I have a dry brush and know they’re good for detoxing– but what did the naturopath say the benefit of the castor oil was and how should they be used in combination with each other?
Thanks lady!! ;)

Teri {a foodie stays fit} March 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

You will love dry brushing! It feels so good and make your skin so soft.

Kait March 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I LOVE nordicware baking stuff! I have their muffin tins and cookie sheets (b/c I’m sure you care about this). They offer stainless steel at a reasonable price…and USA-made. What more can you ask for?!

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