PistachiOH NO!

by Jenn (eating bender) on March 31, 2009

FYI: It looks like pistachios are now being recalled. Will salmonella please stop attacking my favorite nuts?! (That’s what she said.)

I’m a little emotionally drained today šŸ˜ I’ll stick to the food, capeesh?

I woke up early this morning and did 30 minutes on the elliptical at the gym, followed by a P90X Core Synergistics workout. Fabulous.

Breakfast was totally ‘fubulus thanks to Miss Erin. I had a tofu coupon this weekend and I used it to by extra firm and silken tofu. I used the silken in my oats this morning!


The only thing I would change about this bowl is that next time, I’m going to try the blended technique. I need me some creaminess instead of the little ‘fu pieces. Other than that, it tasted awesome. Here’s what went in:

  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • 1/5 package silken tofu (aka 1 serving)
  • 1 tbsp. Barney Butter (from my contest winnings!)


I put the tofu in near the end of the cooking process. I wanted a hot bowl, so I figured I would let it cook a little, too. I wasn’t really sure what I was doing, but it turned out good and I will definitely blend it next time to make it even better. Thanks for the idea, sistah! I also had some Coffee Cocoa.


After breakfast, I took a nap (ha, waking up early made me sleepy!) for 30 minutes and then got prepared for my first class. I really like my accounting course. The teacher seems very cool – she spent years working for Quaker and at one point was pretty high up at GHIRARDELLI – and I think the information we learn will be very useful. Once class was over, I came back and was ready for lunch.


The theme of today’s lunch was “fries” a la Sarah, who had a fry challenge a while back. I made a ton of fries out of 1 sweet potato, 1 red pepper and 1/2 cucumber. I covered the SP in ketchup.


And had roughly 3 tbsp. cucumber dill hummus for the other veggies.


This left me so full! It’s amazing what water + fiber can do to the tum (in a good way). I wasn’t hungry for anything else, but I was pretty chilly and somewhat not in a good mood, so I made another mug of Coffee Cocoa to drown my sorrows feel better.


The rest of the afternoon is kind of a blur. I had every intention of being productive, but my mood just wasn’t going to let that happen. I ended up taking another nap for 45 minutes. It was just one of those days. The rain sure didn’t help.

My Tuesday afternoon and evening is full of classes, so I wanted to make sure I was fueled. Before I left, I made myself a protein shake using this packet from YouBar that I received a few months back:


I further customized the YouShake by adding 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 5 ice cubes. I blended it all up in the Vita-Mix and came out with this:


It was really tasty. Thanks, YouBar! I’m looking forward to the other mix I still have waiting for me.

To get me through the classes, I also packed a sandwich + string cheese.


The sammie was made with 2 slices of whole wheat bread and 3 tbsp. PB2. It was v. delicious.


I loved my marketing and my photojournalism classes! I am so pumped about this new fancy schmancy camera! First I have to learn how to work it šŸ˜‰ But then I am going to experiment!

Ok, I gave in after class and had another one.


It was just one of those days…


Hoping for the best,


1 verbalriot March 31, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I can’t wait for you to share with us what you learned with your new shmancy camera!

Thanks for the link for the Barney Butter! :)

2 Sharon March 31, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Oh wow, cucumber dill hummus? Aweosme!!!

3 marafaye March 31, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Your eats look fab! I don’t think I could deal with ‘fu in my oats in the a.m. but it is oddly intriguing.
I had Jay Robb in my oat bran this a.m. and I think I liked it! I’m going to try a breakfast cookie with my remaining vanilla whey, then do something else with the chocolate egg white protein packet. I’ll probably end up with chocolate whey though :)

4 runsarah March 31, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I love the idea of the different ‘fries’ for lunch…I need to try that!

5 FoodsThatFit March 31, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Hang in there, I hope tomorrow is a better day.

I really like the idea of adding soft tofu to oats. I bet it would be really creamy if you blended it.

6 Dianna March 31, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Thanks for the Barney Butter link! I’ve been wanting to try it. You rave about it, but it can’t be found where I’m at!

7 Evey March 31, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Omg, Jenn! Thanks for the Barney Butter Link!!

I’m happily waiting for my free sample.. mm!! Can’t wait!

I hope tomorrow is a better day for you, šŸ˜‰

8 Laura March 31, 2009 at 9:02 pm

thanks for sharing the link for the free barney butter sample! I def took adavantage of that and repped u for it! :)

9 Pearl March 31, 2009 at 9:17 pm

the variety of “fries” for lunch looks yummy and creative :)

i hope your day is better tomorrow :)

10 Bec March 31, 2009 at 9:30 pm

love your fry plate!

11 Alisa - Frugal Foodie March 31, 2009 at 9:32 pm

I absolutely love that bowl! Too cute.

12 Marianne March 31, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Yeah, I can see how little bits of tofu in the oats wouldn’t be the best eats. You could probably just blend the tofu, then stir it into the oats if you didn’t want blended oats as well :)

13 jenngirl March 31, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Aw Jenn, I’m sorry to hear today was a little “off” for you. You know we all have them, and weather totally affects me that way! I hope you feel more like yourself tomorrow!!

And THANK YOU for that BB link! I totally went straight there!! šŸ˜‰

14 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 31, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Your classes sound so interesting!

15 Caroline March 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I was bummed about the pistachio thing too–my mom sent me an urgent e-mail making sure I knew about the recall since she knows how much I love those guys!

I had a “fry” kinda day today too! I had hummus and dippers for lunch as well, and your cucumber dill hummus looks fabulous! Did you make it yourself? I also had some zucchini fries:)

I’d love to try that YouShake–I am desperately low on my protein powder supply!

16 Moran March 31, 2009 at 10:42 pm

I loved your lunch! In Israel (my home country) the produce is so cheap I eat veggies (baked/steamed/raw) ALL DAY LONG! I could live on them! Well, and on porridge!

17 lora March 31, 2009 at 11:02 pm

omfg i am laughing so hard right now…..i had PISTACHIO gelato tonight…i never eat either..hello, im a dumbass LOL

18 Sarah March 31, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Thanks for the shout out!

I’ve had my bag of pistachios in my cupboard for so long, there’s no way they are the dirty nuts. I just wanted to say dirty nuts, since you already used my line. :)

Do you kiss your mother with that mouth? šŸ˜‰

19 coco April 1, 2009 at 3:52 am

hope you feel better soon girl~~~ we need your positive energy~ :)

20 eatavegan April 1, 2009 at 3:55 am

Oh gosh, your that’s what she said had me cracking up!
Hope the rain clears up and spring hits Chicago immediately!

21 MizFit April 1, 2009 at 4:31 am

Heres to a better day today and heres to them not messing with my ALMONDS :)

whats up with all the nutstuff?!

22 Virginia April 1, 2009 at 5:26 am

love your blog! delicious looking oatmeal, and those youshake’s are popping up everywhere!

23 Karla April 1, 2009 at 5:34 am

Glad to hear your classes started off well! I hope that things brighten up for you soon šŸ˜‰

PB2 sandwiches are yummy aren’t they? I do the whole wheat+PB2 all the time!

24 Erica April 1, 2009 at 5:39 am

Hi Jenn! How are you girl? I cannot believe more nuts are being recalled! Totally crazy….they need to stop with this already šŸ˜‰ GREAT lunch. You’ve totally inspired me to have some sweet potato for lunch. I will have to show you some link lurve. Hope today is less stressful!

25 glidingcalm April 1, 2009 at 5:43 am

that’s what she said. hahahaha. love you

26 Darius T. Williams April 1, 2009 at 5:47 am

I’m loving all the healthy things going on here – and a recall on the nuts…just horrible, right?

27 Marisa (trim the fat) April 1, 2009 at 5:49 am

Mmmm…I have been loving ketchup on my sweet potatoes, too! I may have that for lunch today!

Glad you like your classes!

28 VeggieGirl April 1, 2009 at 5:53 am

I’m so pissed about the pistachio recall – grr!!! :-(


Hooray for YouBar samples!!

29 ksgoodeats April 1, 2009 at 6:23 am

Why can’t companies keep their factories clean?! I’m so over all these recalls ughhh!

Love your tasting plate for lunch BUT I love the PB2 peaking out of the sammy even more šŸ˜‰

Hooray for Barney!!

30 Meghan Telpner April 1, 2009 at 6:31 am

Been hearing so much about this Barney Butter in blog land. Went to see the free sample- but alas… until I get my beach house in California I am not eligible. They don’t send it up to Canada.

31 Betsy April 1, 2009 at 6:36 am

I love everything about this post… especially the mention of your photojournalism class – can’t wait to see how that goes! But about your oatmeal bowl… you need an upgrade! There’s so many Christmas-y oatmeal bowls still floatin’ around the blogosphere… it’s SPRING! :)

32 Alli April 1, 2009 at 6:44 am

hey jenn,

I love your blog. I’ve commented before, but I don’t have a blog. I’ve been wanting to try blending my oats too, because I’ve seen the idea around the blogs. but I can’t seem to find where the blog post that tells you how to do it is.

I saw the post once, but I forgot to bookmark it, and now all I remember is that it had a picture of a hand blender on it and it made you scroll down a lot before it told you the instructions. Do you maybe know what post i’m talking about?

If you do, could you possibly link to it in your next post? Because I might forget to check back here, but I always always read your new posts so I’ll be sure to see it that way :). and I’m betting your other readers would enjoy the link too, since everyone who’s tried blnded oatmeal seems to like it so much.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then I’m sorry to bug you! It’s just that I’ve been looking for this mysterious post for a while now. So I’m crossing my fingers that you know what I’m talking about and don’t just think I’m a crazy blog fan!

33 girlrunningaround April 1, 2009 at 6:51 am

Loving the Caribou Coffee mug. :)

34 Emily April 1, 2009 at 6:55 am

I hope you have a better day today!!

35 Sarah April 1, 2009 at 7:13 am

emotionally drained is so much worse than physically drained!! we definitely need a phone date soon! Are you free tonight?

I’m so glad that you like your accounting class—I’m taking one now too and I LOVE IT! I have an exam in it tomorrow though which I don’t love so much, haha.

Hope you have a great day!

36 brandi April 1, 2009 at 7:19 am

I hope today is better! I like getting the rain, but it never helps my mood either.

Thanks for the BB link! I’ve never tried it, so I’m excited :)

37 shelby April 1, 2009 at 7:26 am

I’M SO MAD about the recall!!! WTF?!?!

Blend the tofu in the oats next time, it creates much more volume and creamy texture…I love it =)

38 Chocolate Covered Katie April 1, 2009 at 7:54 am

Ooh yes! Definitely use the blending technique! The resulting creaminess is insane!

Gosh, I am such a nerd…

39 raspberryrunner April 1, 2009 at 8:36 am

your teacher worked for ghirardelli?!!! talk about a dream job! :)

thanks for the barney butter sample link! i’ve been wanted to try some, but can’t justify the shipping cost…

40 Nicole April 1, 2009 at 8:36 am

Hmmm..tofu in oatmeal? Sounds kinda good!

41 Victoria April 1, 2009 at 8:38 am

That hummus sounds great, and thanks for the BB sample link!

42 Erin April 1, 2009 at 8:54 am

LMAO at “that’s what she said”!!

43 Andrea (Off Her Cork) April 1, 2009 at 9:01 am

Awww Jenn, I hope you have a better day today! :) I hate days like that. Booo

44 Krista April 1, 2009 at 9:17 am

‘Fu in oats is awesome!!! Blended is beat, though….I don’t like the little pieces either!!

45 carolinebee April 1, 2009 at 9:35 am

It was SO funny…i havent had pistachios in forever..and once i see them on the news, and all the recall info- I’m like dang i really want some now!! I hope your week perks up girl šŸ˜€ That accounting class sounds great, well not that part, but the teacher sounds cool! Thanks for all your wise words about my poutiness :) WE ARE CHAMPS!

46 Allison April 1, 2009 at 9:47 am

Sorry to hear about the emotionally drained business :( All your food looks fab though! And I just posted about how wonderful you are (got the package yesterday!) so that should help? Maybe?!?! :)

47 Katie April 1, 2009 at 10:12 am

I’m bummed about the pistachios, too.

Cucumber dill hummus sounds great!

48 zestycook April 1, 2009 at 10:27 am

Cucumber dill hummus… looks yummy. more food recalled :( Hope you feel better tomorrow :)

49 Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 1, 2009 at 11:29 am

That cucumber dill hummus looks awesome!!! šŸ˜‰

50 runningwithin April 1, 2009 at 11:31 am

I almost bought a bag of Pistachios on Sunday, so glad I didn’t now! Sorry to hear your day is going badly, I hope this one goes better. Love that you’re still rocking the Christmas dish though, I have one on my blog I just used too lol. They’re so cute it’s hard to let go! I need some springtime flowery dishes I spose.

51 bobbi April 1, 2009 at 11:43 am

booo on the recall!!! Everytime I see that Jolly bowl on your blog it makes my heart smile:) Have a beautiful day Jen!

52 Heather Eats Almond Butter April 1, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Sorry you were feeling kind of down yesterday. :( I hope the sun is shining in your neck of the woods today my friend!

How exciting that your teacher used to work at Quaker. Can she get me a robe?!? :)

Tofu chunkies in oatmeal – don’t think I could do it. But I must say it looks a lot more appetizing than my oats did this morning. Hehe.

Seriously, hope your Wednesday is going great. Have fun playing with your new camera, and your “That’s what she said” line was brilliant. :)

53 Danielle April 1, 2009 at 1:40 pm

That fry lunch looks really good, I bet it was fun to eat!
Hope you are having a great day!
And thanks for your super sweet comment on my blog, it definitely made me smile :)

54 Hangry Pants April 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Excellent use of “that’s what she said!”

I have not taken the leap to silken tofu!

Thanks for the BB link. Mark will be pleased. šŸ˜€ Hope you had a better day today!

55 Kelly Turner April 1, 2009 at 4:51 pm

aw hope your day improves!

56 eatingbirdfood April 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Sorry that you had one of those type of days yesterday. You seem like such a happy person I know you probably don’t have days like that very often! I hope today is much better.

I am loving all your “fries!”

Thanks for the Barney Butter link.

57 Sara April 1, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Looks like a yummy day!

I saw an infomercial for the P90X while I was at the gym the other day :) Looks really interesting – and tough! Do you follow the whole program or just use the workouts randomly?

58 matt April 1, 2009 at 8:50 pm

This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

59 eatlivelovedream April 1, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Thanks for the heads up on the barney butter sample! I signed up ASAP!!!

60 Jessica (jesslikesithot) April 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Jenn!! All of this food looks amazing! And your sweet potato fries/hummus/veggies platter looks so good too!! Your pictures always make food look so pretty :)

Thanks for the barney butter free sample link, I am soooo, so, so excited to try it!

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