Southern comfort and a GIVEAWAY!!

Before you find about about the giveaway, of course, you get to hear about the yummy lunch I cooked heated.

This lunch was inspired by the south because (1) I wish the weather here were warmer, (2) I love country music and that’s something southern, too, and (3) I’m temporarily (I hope) an invalid and happened to have some frozen and canned ingredients on hand that fit this theme brilliantly.

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That’s right, collard greens, baked beans, and cornbread!! YUM 😀

I made and froze these sweet collard greens a few weeks ago (remember when I brought home those huge bags of them from the food pantry overflow at work?) using Kath’s recipe here.

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Seriously delicious. If you ever find yourself with collard greens on your hands, img_6940this is the way to cook them!

I also rummaged around and found this can of fat free vegetarian baked beans in the cupboard that didn’t really seem to belong to anyone. Since it didn’t belong to anyone, it belonged to me:

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And on the side, I had 1/2 piece of the cornbread that I brought home and froze after dinner at BBQ two weeks ago:

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Perfect! I felt like I was in Arkansas or somewhere while I was eating this 😛

Earlier, I snacked on two biscotti bites (and a piece of oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that “broke off” when I was rummaging through the freezer cookie bag for the bites) with this delicious Tazo tea sample I had lying around:

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Normally, I’m not into fruit teas … but something about the lemony-mango-ness of this tea reeled me in, and I loved it. It would be amazing in oatmeal, I’m sure. Look at the gorgeous color!

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OK OK, I suppose it’s time. You all know how I LOVE my whole grains (case in point: this morning’s protein porridge). Well, Bob’s Red Mill, home of what is probably the most extensive selection of whole grains/seeds/nuts/beans/baking mixes/flours ever, has generously offered to send FIVE lucky readers a full package of the food item of their choice (from the list of categories I just mentioned). This is a very exciting giveaway because it means you could pick out a familiar staple (such as oats) to replenish your supply … or you could go totally wild and experiment with something new (my suggestion) like whole grain chocolate cake mix or organic amaranth grain.

How to enter:

Step 1. Visit the Bob’s Red Mill website and select the one food product you would most like to try (again, from the list of categories I mentioned above).

Step 2. Leave me a comment with your selection!

Step 3. Link back to this contest on your blog to help me spread the word! If you like me, you can also add me to your blogroll, but this is not mandatory as that is a very personal decision 😛 If you don’t have a blog, email me at talesofexpansion@gmail.com after you leave your comment to let me know this is the case and that you still want to enter.

Step 4. I will randomly choose the five winners Sunday, April 5, so you have until NOON on that day to enter.

While you’re busy contemplating your next whole grain experiment, I will be at my doctor’s office. I’m so relieved I was able to get an appointment this afternoon — hopefully I can make it there without getting stuck on the subway steps … and hopefully the injury is just a simple muscle issue that will fix itself with rest. Eeek!

Ready, set, go!

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179 thoughts on “Southern comfort and a GIVEAWAY!!

  1. Mariposa says:

    oyyyy!!!!! i didnt see the injury post!!! ouch ouch ouch!!!! i hop ethat feels better soon! but seriously.. stop running!!! just wait!

    i love bob’s cornbread mix.. gluten free of course.. lol would they go for that??

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  2. AnAppleADay says:

    LOVE this giveaway!
    thank youuuuuu!

    I would love to try their oat bran!!! or even more back to basic and try OAT GROATS!

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  3. Lisa says:

    Hey Sarah! Uh oh a pulled groin? No Fun! I hope you feel better ASAP. You will be missed in class tonight. Get better, see you soon.
    Take care of yourself!
    Lisa

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  4. Susan says:

    Ooh, so much to choose from!! I think I’d have to go for the soft white wheatberries. I’ve never tried them and can’t find them here!

    P.S. The Tazo Passion tea is amaaaazing iced, with a little lemon and honey 😉

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  5. joggerslife says:

    I just got (probably) way too excited when I saw that they have 13 Bean Soup Mix. I love soup. I love beans. What could be better??!!

    You’re blogrolled, and I’ll link you back on my next post!

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  6. Leanne says:

    I would definitely try something different like the wheat berries!!!

    It’s funny what you said about the passion tea because that’s exactly what I said when I tried it for the first time…. I’m not into fruit teas either but I loved it!

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  7. verbalriot says:

    I love baked beans!!!

    I’d like to try Organic Rye Berries…because well, what the hell are they? 🙂

    Your wonderful blog’s already on my blogroll and you’ve been linked!

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  8. Christina says:

    I’d have to choose the steel cut oats. The 10 grain pancake mix looks tempting too though.. I love Bob’s Red mill and wanna try them all!

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  9. ttfn300 says:

    how exciting, and what a tough choice!! i’d go for something i’ve never seen before– teff flour (to recreate ethiopian bread), kamut berries, or whole wheat farina 🙂

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  10. Hallie says:

    Whole grain chocolate cake are you kidding me? I’d go with that or the 5 grain cereal. Probably the cereal though; I’d get more use out of it.

    I’ll be linking to this post in a future blog entry. I’m adding you to my blogroll as well, because I really enjoy your blog! So fun to read.

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  11. biz319 says:

    Great giveaway!

    I would say the Whole Wheat Pastry flour – I’ve wanted to recreate an apple torte I saw on Barefoot Contessa and have been trying to figure out how to make it more figure friendly, and this may do the trick!

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  12. dailydulcie says:

    Hmm.. There are so many great products by Bob’s Red Mill, but I would love to try the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix!!!

    I’m a cookie addict, so that’s my kind of product! 😉

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  13. Tra says:

    yum cornbread! i wonder if anyone has ever tried to make a nonfat cornbread with yogurt. i saw a recipe once. i guess i’ll be the guinea pig! i would like to try the muesli, hot groats, hot buckwheat, no fat granola! =D btw your email you sent me- i got it! and it MADE MY DAY!

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  14. Genesis says:

    I LOVE TAZO PASSION TEA! I fell in love with it when i first had it as iced tea, but now i drink it hot. isnt the color just great? the red is so vibrant and so is the smell. im glad to see you liked it too.

    im really excited for your giveaway. i just started blogging and this is the first giveaway ive entered because im really excited about the product. i would love to try the apples, cinnamon & grains cereal. that would totally make my morning. thanks for the giveaway chance. btw check out my page at eatsleeprunwhenever.blogspot.com, where i mentioned you in my last blog 🙂

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  15. Lindsay says:

    what an awesome giveaway! im just catching up now but glad i can still enter 🙂 id love to try the steel cut oats simple because can you believe i’ve NEVER tried the real kind? i’ve had the instant steel-cut oats (made by mccann’s)…

    i will link to you tonight and of course i have to check my blogroll b/c i havent updated it in FOREVER!!

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  16. Vani says:

    amazing giveaway!! I’ve been wanting to try cooking with wheat bran . . . and their pancake mixes look so yummy . . . oy! Too many choices!

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  17. meloncauliflower says:

    bob’s is my fav! i love their oat bran and milled flax seeds. i’d like to try their buckwheat pancake mix, 10-grain pancake mix or irish soda bread mix! yummo!

    will link back to you in my next blog post 🙂

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  18. Lacey says:

    I would love to try the Almond Meal/Flour or the Coconut Flour. I’ve seen a lot of people baking with these and would love to try it.

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  19. Sweetie Pie says:

    First of all, we would most definitely eat that food in Arkansas! I’m glad you found some southern comfort!

    As for the giveaway, I like saying “whole oat groats” and I’ll bet I’d like eating them too!

    I will link back this evening, and you’ve been on my blogroll for a while now, girlie! 🙂

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  20. Paige says:

    Eeeek! I hope the injury gets better SOON!

    This might sound really weird, but I’d totally go with the Amaranth grain. I just love that stuff 🙂

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  22. emlod10 says:

    i’d love to try their gluten-free products since i have a sensitive stomach! the gluten free homemade wonderful bread looks perfect – i’ve been wanting to make my own bread but don’t have a bread machine.

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  23. Keegan says:

    I definitely want to try oat bran or the wheat bran. I can’t find them around me at all!! Such an awesome giveaway… and that cornbread looks delicious.

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  24. Steph says:

    I would want to try the oat bran!!! I have always wanted to try it and Bob’s Red Mill has amazing products. It would be the perfect opportunity! 🙂

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  25. Sara says:

    I love their products!! And I had no idea they made a whole grain chocolate cake mix 🙂 That would be great to try!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Kristi says:

    I want to try the wheatberries – they use these in so many recipes in my Nourishing Traditions cookbook, but I have yet to try them!

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  27. Kate says:

    Wooooo I LOVE Bob’s Red Mill. The grocery store near my house only sells a very limited selection, so I’d love the chance to try something new! Probably the Whole Hull-less Barley or the Organic Kamut Berries. Or the wheatberries, for that matter, since I can’t seem to find those anywhere.

    Thank you!

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  28. RuntoFinish says:

    you know I’ve always been afriad to try collard greens..maybe I’ll give it a go.

    I would really like to try Pearl barely. I’ve heard good thing but haven’t ventured out to try it yet. Though really all of their products are good!

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  29. Lainie says:

    Love the blog – I would try the spice ‘n nice cereal…never seen it and it looks really good! (I think I’d choose that…it’s really hard to choose!)

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  30. Erin says:

    10 Grain Bread Mix fo sho! I want to start baking my own bread, as lazily as possible, and that mix would be PERFECT!

    Your din looked great. I love beans & cornbread.

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  31. ikkinlala says:

    May Canadians enter? I’d most like to try the Organic Coconut Flour. I’ve seen a few recipes with it lately, but I’ve never seen it in a store.

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  32. Janie says:

    I would love to try the 13 bean soup mix! I love soup and I have never had anything from Bob’s Red Mill that wasn’t incredible!!

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  33. Jennifer says:

    would love th try any of the flax seed products! i’ve always wanted to try incorporating more flax into my diet. thanks for doing this giveaway! love your site!

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  34. glidingcalm says:

    oooo yay for giveaways!!!
    i love their flaxseed and use it everyday, but would love to try:
    -low carb bread mix
    -low carb baking mix
    -scottish oatmeal scone mix
    -high fiber pancake mix
    -10 grain hot cereal
    -soy grits

    thanks for hosting this!!!

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