Hello friends! We’ve made it through another Monday — let’s raise the roof, shall we?
According to the packaging of my Bob’s Red Mill bag, “Xanthan is used by people who are allergic to gluten to add volume and viscosity to bread and other gluten-free baked goods. It is made from a tiny microorganism called Xanthomonas campestris and is a natural carbohydrate.”
I definitely did notice that it gave my smoothie a thicker, almost gel-like consistency. It also seemed to prevent the smoothie from getting too watery towards the end of the glass, which was much appreciated.
Before using “the gum,” I was able to get a fairly thick smoothie, but it was usually only when I incorporated frozen bananas. If I nixed the banana, the thickness went down. So for instances like today, when all the fruit was fresh, I was definitely impressed. I bought my bag for $10.99, but considering I’ll really only be using about 1/2 tsp. at a time, it’s definitely going to last me for a while. So if you’ve been thinking about it, I would say, “Go For It!” I’m excited to try it out in some other recipes, too!
Tonight’s dinner had been planned since the weekend, when I realized a had bought some whole wheat pizza dough that needed to be used. Jay and I decided that we weren’t really in the mood for pizza again, so I decided to create one of my old, childhood (and still adulthood) favorites: Garbage Bread!!
I split the dough in half and created two mini garbage breads (a.k.a. – stromboli, pizza bread, “enter your own name for it here”…). One of them (which I forgot to photograph) was simply made with pepperoni, reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkling of oregano & garlic powder. The hubby said he enjoyed that one, but it could have used more cheese.
The other garbage bread got a generous helping of green & red peppers, red onion, 3 thin slices of black forest deli ham, & a combination of some reduced-fat mozzarella & fat free cheddar cheeses. I enjoyed 3 delicious slices with dinner – and then eventually went back for a fourth. They were small!
If I had a recipe to give, I absolutely would, but it’s pretty easy and self-explanatory. The possibilities are endless when it comes to fillings – just go with what you like! My next challenge will be to come up with a dessert garbage bread.! When making the bread, just be careful that you don’t roll out your dough to thin — otherwise, your breads are going to explode (right Mom?)
Since I knew it wouldn’t be super smart to fill up simply on “garbage” for dinner, I made some fresh salads to go along with our bread. My salad had a mix of romaine, cukes, pepper, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, & dried cranberries.
T’was a delicious and delightful meal!
So I must say, I am quite excited this evening because I was offered the chance to review a product from CSN Stores! If you’ve never heard of CSN Stores, they are on online retailer that has over 200 different shopping sites under their main name. Crazy, right?!? They most likely have anything you’re looking for, from luggage, to shoes , cookware – even twin beds! I was thinking about reviewing something that could be used in my favorite room of the house – the kitchen! Does anyone have any recommendations on what I should go for?!?
It’s almost BACHELORETTE time!! I can’t wait to see what happens in the home town dates tonight. All I’ll say is…
Robertoooo!!! (right, Julie?!?)
Question for the Night: (can’t remember if I’ve asked this one before, BUT…)
If given the chance, would you ever go on a reality show, such as The Bachelorette?