But first, last night’s dinner.
There is a grocery store on campus where I have ‘blown’ my food points in years past. Well this year, when I happened to lived a block away from the store, they were closed for renovation. Boo hoo. There has been major construction going on outside of my apartment, which is why there were many days/nights when we were without power or water throughout the year. Remember those miserable days, my veteran readers?
Anyways, the grocery store is finally open again! They built several new small buildings including an eatery, a study room, a common room, and a small gym (!!!). I’m glad I have a whole whopping month to take advantage of it now (construction was originally scheduled to be completed before the start of 2nd semester). Imagine if that mini gym had been open all semester long! It would have saved me a lot of travel time, that’s for sure. I’ll show you photos of the new buildings when I go the Grand Opening Celebration tomorrow night.
I’m telling you all of this because the grocery store has some great products including but not limited to healthy snax, organic frozen veggies, baking supplies, bars galore, and a whole line of Amy’s products. I saw these veggie burgers yesterday and had to give them a try.
*NOTE: This box was $1 cheaper on campus than at Whole Foods!! On-campus food is always outrageously overpriced….I guess not this time.
I’ve never tried Amy’s veggie burgers before because I haven’t been un-allergic to walnuts for very long and these contain walnuts. The ingredients list is slightly longer than Dr. Praeger’s brand but I think these taste more like traditional burgers than Dr. P’s.
I ate my Amy’s All-American veggie burger on a sandwich round with ketchup and spicy brown mustard.
I added avocado and melted fresh mozzarella to make it a cheeseburger.
I paired my burger with an ORANGEY salad including bell peppers, baby carrots, and kabocha squash cubes.
Did ya see? I got a brand new glass!
I got this National Champs glass from the bookstore yesterday. Like my t-shirt, it was 100% necessary. I will be imbibing many green smoothies out of this guy.
I also picked up a shot glass because my family collects shot glasses. Remind me to show you our extensive collection when I get back home. We buy shot glasses as souvenirs when we travel and/or visit interesting places. We have quite the collection, let me tell you.
After dinner and throughout the rest of the night, I had some strawberries.
I also had 2 1/2 of these granola bars bringing my total for the day to 4 1/2! Since they are whole grain and filled with good stuff, I figure it is like eating a big hearty bowl of oatmeal .
Now let’s talk AllieBars.
These granola bars started as my attempt to recreate the Rosie’s bars I found on campus. Well, since trying the Rosie’s bars again, I will say my granola bars don’t taste like Rosie’s at all! I’m okay with that though, because I like them better. I think it has a lot to do with putting so much time and effort into creating the recipe as well as figuring out the perfect balance of ingredients and a method to make them stick!!
I have gotten a number of comments and emails requesting the recipe for these bars, which have been referred to as ‘AllieBars.’ (Hahahaha the sound of that cracks me up every time . It’s weird to hear your name in something!) As many of you know, I am putting my rather expensive degree to good use by pursuing a lucrative career post graduation…baking. Therefore, I am keeping the recipe under wraps for now incase I find a way to sell them somewhere down the line.
I really enjoy making these bars so I’ve given them away to a several bloggers and blog readers here and there. While I wish I could make them for everyone, I would go broke trying to pay for ingredients and shipping! However, I will make a batch for the winning commenter….an AllieBar giveaway.
To enter, leave a comment telling me a suggestion for a name for these bars. I will pick my favorite name, with help from my Momma. The prize will be a batch of ‘AllieBars.’
(By suggesting a name, you give me permission to use the name if I so choose to)
***EDITED TO ADD: Based on the comments so far, it looks like we don’t need any name suggestions. Leave a comment with an idea for a bar flavor or ingredient.