So, here’s what I got. A jar of Trader Joe’s curry simmer sauce. I used it last night, simmering chopped russet potatoes, carrots, peas, and baby spinach with diced extra firm tofu. The flavor is delicious, although the heat was a bit much for me. My husband loved it, though–he never gets to have super-hot, spicy food because I’m such a wimp about it.
A “think Thin” bar in Brownie Crunch flavor. This bar had a whopping 20 grams of protein. I ate it on a day that I was starving and had no time to make a filling salad. The flavor was surprisingly good, although the bar was somewhat dry.
Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix was the first thing I tried out of my penpal box–who can resist brownies? I’m not sure if I got the full effect, because I used substitutions in the mix preparation–applesauce for the oil and flax egg for the actual egg. I’m sure it affected the texture somewhat. The result was a very chewy, gooey brownie. My husband really liked them a lot. I liked the taste but was a bit put off by the texture since I tend to prefer a cakey brownie.
Quinoa–ahh, I love me some quinoa. I’ll be making Easy Southwest Quinoa and Beans tomorrow!
The box also had a box of pumpkin seed flax granola. What a brilliant blend–did you know pumpkin seeds are one of the richest plant sources of iron??? And flax, of course, is a fantastic source of omega-3s.
Foodie Pen Pals is a great program! I got a great first box and am already looking forward to August 5th, when we get our next pen pal pairing!