Friday, June 13, 2008

Thank You Bob's Red Mill

Can you guess what one of our favorite food companies is?

Yep - definetely
Bob's Red Mill. And we've been blessed this month to receive FREE Bob's Red Mill food products! We are so appreciative for their generosity. In addition to the free products, we bought a few items from their website, with our Bob's Red Mill Gift Card (that we received as an early birthday present from our mom - she knows what we like!).

These gifts couldn't have come at a more special moment - our birthday is next week, and we've been blogging for a year now!

When we received two huge packages of Bob's Red Mill, we were overwhelmed with gratitude - we don't deserve all this!

We each got two Bob's Red Mill t-shirts, so now we can show off how great Bob's Red Mill is! The back of the shirts says,
"The whole grain and nothing but the grain".

The flours and mixes that we received will definetely come to good use; as a matter of fact, we already used some (continue reading!). We got Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, 7 Grain Pancake and Waffle Mix, Hard White Whole Wheat Flour, Quinoa, and Steel Cut Oats. The hard white flour we've never tried before, so now we are eager to make delicious homemade wheat bread with it.

We also received two professional Bob's Red Mill pens, a bundle of bag clips, and a large bowl scraper, which will be handy for when we make cookies, pancakes, etc.

The food that we bought with our gift card included Peppy Kernels, Blue Cornmeal, and Date Crumbles.

The Peppy Kernels are so unique and tasty. It has rolled oats, rolled wheat, cracked wheat, sesame seeds, hulled millet and wheat bran. The millet gives it a nice crunch! You can have them cold with cereal and fruit, or you can cook it in the microwave like oatmeal. Good both ways!

The Date Crumbles are awesome! Good as a snack alone, mixed in a trail mix, in cereal or oatmeal, and would be good in cookies! The date pieces are coated with oat flour to prevent clumping and sticking together, so there is a nice subtle oat flavor.

Haven't used the blue cornmeal yet, but we are eager to!

So, after receiving all these packages, we quickly went in the kitchen!

Quinoa-Oat Date Porridge

A hearty nutritious breakfast!
1/4 cup quinoa
1/4 cup steel cut oats
Bob's Red Mill Date Crumbles (to your liking - 1/4 cup?)
~ 1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk (could add more depending on how thin/thick you like your oatmeal)
lots of cinnamon
optional: hemp seeds

Bring milk to a boil in a large saucepan. Add quinoa and oats, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Portion into two bowls, add dates and cinnamon, and sprinkle hemp seeds if desired. Makes two servings.

Chai Crunch Pancakes with Cherries

3 Tb flaxseed meal
3 Tb water
2 cups Bob's Red Mill 7 Grain Pancake Mix
1 Tb chai seeds
1 Tb finely ground nuts
2 cups cold vanilla soymilk
2 bags Organic India Red Chai Tea, seeped in the soymilk

2 Tb safflower oil
1 - 1 1/2 cups frozen cherries, warmed in the microwave
cinnamon for sprinkling
powdered sugar and/or agave

In a small bowl, combine ground flaxseeds and water and mix to make a pasty "egg". Let sit for a few minutes.

In a medium-sized bowl, add pancake mix, chia seeds, and nuts. Add milk, oil, and the "egg" mixture into the medium-sized bowl, and mix everything just until blended.

Preheat a large skillet at medium heat. Spray with cooking spray, pour batter onto the skillet, making two or three pancakes at a time. Flip the pancakes when the edges begin to brown and bubles show in the center. Cook the other side until slightly-browned.

Sprinkle powdered sugar and cinnamon, top with cherries, and serve with agave, if desired. Enjoy! Makes 10 pancakes (depends on how large/flat you make them!).

Note: We each had two pancakes with 1/4 cup of cherries, and then froze the other servings to have on hand for another breakfast!

Hope you are all blessed with special moments of joy and gladness. May we appreciate all that we are given and enjoy every day! Thanks again, Cassidy!
- LK


ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

First of all, happy (early) birthday AND blogiversarry!

Secondly, it's so fun that you got all those free products from such a great company.

And I love your porridge idea.

romina said...

Wow I love Bob's Red Mill! That's great that they sent you all that stuff. =)

I loooove quinoa porridge, it's such a hearty and delicious breakfast!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Oh my goodness what awesome freebies!! I use lots of the bob's red mill products, but some of those are new to me as well!

And happy early birthday to both of you! And blogiversary! Lots to celebrate :-)

aTxVegn said...

Happy Birthday to you 2 and to your blog! How fun to receive all those great products from Bob's Red Mill. The date crumbles sound interesting.

Animal-Friendly said...

Chai pancakes? Oh man, I'm in heaven!

I absolutely love Bob's Red Mill and all of their products and it's great to see how you used them!

Kati said...

Wow, how awesome to receive so many great products! Both recipes look amazing, too.

Thanks for visiting my blog - I will be back soon! :-)

Sarah said...

I truly wish now that I had warmed by ABC cookie, I bet it was 10x better, though it already was delicious. I lived in a dorm the past two years, and boy did it suck having to be on the meal plan. Was your guys school okay food-wise? I almost starved the last few weeks after I switched from lacto-ovo to vegan. I ate bagels and peanut butter that probably had glycerides, eek!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! That is so cool that you got free pressies from Bob's Red Mill. And those pancakes look so delicious. Though I haven't seen the pancake mix around these parts, is there a good substitute to make the recipe as delish?

Happy Herbivore! said...

jealous! I <3 BRM~!

equanimity said...

Wow, the pancakes look really yummy! I wish I could have them right now, hehehe..