Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Curry Chickpea Delight, Review Bungalow Munch Granola

Curried Chickpeas and So Much More
Curry and Cumin all around! Inspired by this recipe, I was thoroughly pleased with the flavoring of this meal.  I stir fried some onion/garlic/fennel with 'the epic spice mixture' and then added some chickpeas and tomato with some more of the spice mixture just to heat up/mix in.  Accompanied by even more similarly spiced vegetables, chicken, and an Avocado-Cumin Vinaigrette Salad. #1 Chicken went well with the avocado and salad and the chickpea stir fry went well with the carrot and sweet potato! A delicious combination for sure. Spices all around! And Orange Blossom Iced Tea.
-Cumin/Turmeric Baked Sweet Potato
-Curry Powder/Turmeric Steamed Carrots
-Chickpea Stir Fry (Fennel, Red Onion, Garlic)
    -Cumin, Curry, Ginger, Turmeric, Parsley, Coriander)
-Leftover Chicken
-Cumin Avocado Vinaigrette Salad (Spring Mix, Green Onion, Avocado)
    -Avocado Dressing + Cumin

 I met Jeri from Bungalow Munch through the cycling world, and could not be more glad! She's totally awesome on top of being an amazing athlete and granola-creator.  Since i'm not cashew-friendly she made me some nut-free to try.  There's so many great things about Bungalow Munch! From the reusable aesthetically pleasing containers option to the quality short list of ingredients. It's got amazing flavor and isn't dry like many granolas. Don't let the nutrition label fool you either, the fat content is a result of healthy fats and the sugar from natural sources, so although other granolas tute their low fat low sugar mantras, this has only real ingredients and is much better for you. There's just no need to add your own healthy sources of fat.
Review: Bungalow Munch
     The benefits to this granola are far from few! The 1st wave of awesome comes with the initial flavor from sunflower seeds and coconut. 2nd the Vermont Maple Syrup with a hint of maple, and making the granola just sweet enough and not chalky.  Sugar content low enough so there's no need to sweeten but is still nutritionally sound.  Finally you realize the pleasant compliments of the baking/roasting process and canola oil, finishing off the flavor.  The texture is not dry like many brands.
    It masters all proper granola aspects, but what really makes it stand out is the ingredients, or lack thereof.  While someone who has tasted few granolas might think safeway generics could taste the same (not even close!), the majority of other granolas have 2x the ingredients, especially the low fat chemically altered versions.  #2 Although the nutrition facts may not impress as far as granolas go, with slightly more fat, the key is the sources are all good for you. No evaporated cane juice (sorry galaxy granola) or other less beneficial sweeteners here. Sunflower seeds, cashews, and coconut provide healthy sources of fat that you need, and you conveniently don't need to add fat sources.
    This time I let the granola get soggy with soymilk and so the flavor was the highlight, but I also enjoyed with Coconut Kefir immediately, maintaining the crunch and it was even better.  Haven't even tried it with traditional yogurt!
-1/2c nut free Bungalow Munch
-Blueberries and 4oz Soymilk

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