Anyone need any spinach?

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Seriously, Costco makes me smile so wide. I stopped by after work tonight and picked this bag up – which is bigger than my torso in case you were wondering – for $3.97!! A regular sized bag at my grocery store is $2.99! Who do they think they are?! I see copious amounts of salads, Green Monsters and general good health in my future. I love spinach! 

After my Costco run, I came home to start dinner. We’re back on the 101 Simple Salad Challenge, my friends! Tonight: #89: Asian Peanut & Mango Noodles.

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The recipe calls for rice noodles, but fettuccini was $.99 at the store this weekend and you know my bargain warrior ways…

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I cooked up some of the pasta and threw in some chopped up broccoli crowns when it had about 2 minutes left. Meanwhile, I chopped up some zesty toppings which included: Mango, Carrot Matchsticks, Green Onions & Peanuts.

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After draining my pasta and broccoli, I drizzled on my sauce – which was made up of:

  • Juice from half a lime
  • Spoonful of almond butter (this was hard to part with)
  • Dash of rice vinegar
  • Spoonful of chili sauce
  • Dash of sesame oil

After tossing the pasta to coat, I added all of my glorious toppings…

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Ohmylanta – the mixture of textures and flavors in this dish were spectacular! It came together so quickly and was SO satisfying. How on earth could it not be though? It’s got mango in it! Mango is culinary gold in my opinion :) Asian Peanut & Mango Noodles gets two thumbs up from this girl!!

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Oh you guys, check out these cookies I made last night: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – aka Puppy Chow Cookies!!

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Trust me, they are every bit as delectable as they look!

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It’s a peanut butter cookie, coated in a chocolate-peanut butter coating, then rolled in powdered sugar. Aka: naughty, coated in naughtier, rolled in naughtiest! Sinful…muwahahaha!

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The recipe calls for a cookie mix – which the inner scratch-baker in me died a little after using – but I quickly got over it…these are amazing!!

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Well, I’ve actually got MORE cookies in my future – I’m working on another cookie order tonight! Have a great night everyone!

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Do you prefer cooking or baking?

I’ve mentioned before that I actually got into cooking after baking my brains out for several years, so baking definitely has a special place in my heart. But, I obviously love cooking too…mmmm too hard – not even going to answer my own question :)