Tuesday Test Kitchen: Green Monster

I’ve been getting horrified looks for the past 2 years when people see me drinking one of my favorite quick breakfasts.  This delicious treat would be none other than the Green Monster.  There are many variations on the tasty protein drink.  Today I’m sharing my usual recipe.  I make changes as dictated by my grocery and/or CSA selections for the week.



  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Silk Almond Milk (you can use whatever milk you like, this is my preference)
  • 1 medium banana (many other GM enthusiasts freeze their bananas, but I never have)

Tuesday Test Kitchen: Green Onion Mashed Potatoes

I have yet to write a full write up on this subject, but back in January, I joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) organization called The Veggie Bin.  I get a box of local, often organic veggies and occasionally fruit every other Thursday.  Members of the CSA get whatever the CSA has purchased each week.  I generally like what we get in our bin—except for the beets.  For some reason, we get a lot of beets that, sadly, are wasted.  I should really make something with them.  I’ve never had a beet in my life so I don’t really know that I don’t like them.

Tuesday’s Test Kitchen: Banana Split Pie

I love dessert.  Sugar is definitely my weakness.  When craving something, you can bet it’s a sweet treat instead of a salty one.  I’ve been seeking out new recipes to try that are lower in calories but still satiate my craving. 

The recipe I’m reviewing today I actually saw on the Hungry Girl show on the Food Network.  I’ve seen Lisa Lillien’s (aka Hungry Girl) books and heard her name mentioned online many times.  The show I caught had all recipes under 200 calories.  This one looked tasty and met my sweet tooth requirement, so I gave it a shot.

Pizza Thursday

Dinner is in the oven as I begin this post.  Tonight, as the title implies, is pizza night.  But not Dominoes, Pizza Hut, or Papa Johns.  It’s (kind of) homemade.

Last week, Publix had their pizza dough buy 1, get 1—and I can only say, “No,” to a handful of B1G1s—so we ended up with 2 lbs. of pizza dough.  One is in the freezer and one is being prepared tonight.  Since we are feeding 3 adults with different wants for pizza toppings, we decided to split the dough in fourths and make DIY personal pan pizzas.

Tuesday’s Test Kitchen: Super Bowl Snack Foods

Today’s test kitchen entry is actually a couple of appetizers that I made for Super Bowl Sunday.  All of the recipes come from the Skinnytaste blog.  I found the site and fell in love with all of Gina’s awesome recipes!  I’ve made quite a few recipes from the site:  Pineapple Bliss Cupcakes, Skinny Macaroni & Cheese Soup with Broccoli, Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro, Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones, Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries & Bananas, and Bangin’ Good Shrimp (hopefully I will get around to reviewing all of those soon).  FYI they are all fantastic! 

From the Test Kitchen: Black Bean Brownies

I’m “doing” Weight Watchers, but not really.  I use the eTools to track Points, because I understand Points.  ANYway, since I use eTools, I have access to the WW Message Boards.  I like browsing around for interesting recipes.  Years ago it’s where I found the Zero Point Vegetable Soup recipe that I love to make.

So a few weeks ago, I was intrigued when I saw folks talking about Black Bean Brownies.  Black beans + brownies = ??  Not sure about that one.  But. I love brownies, so I decided I’d give them a try today.

Test Kitchen: Pouding Chômeur

When my husband and I visited Montreal earlier in July, we went to Le Jardin Nelson in Old  Montreal for lunch one day.   We had two things that were, in my opinion, out of this world.  One was a pitcher of Apple Cider Sangria (so good, still searching for a similar recipe).  The other was Pouding Chômeur. 

Pouding Chômeur is a Quebecois dish that translates to “poor man’s pudding.”  It is a cake bake in a dish of caramel.  It is heavenly!