Lynn – Highly Recommended

Last night I cooked the package of Multi Grains I picked up at 99 Ranch Market in a 50/50 mixture of Pom Juice and veggie broth. While that simmered, I sauteed a whole onion and some black beans in some olive oil and garlic powder.

An hour later, everything mixed together, to form a super-antioxidant-packed beans and rice (and sorghum, barley, buckwheat, oat) dish:


I topped it with Asian frozen veggie mix, nuked with a tablespoon of Kimlan Soy Paste and a squirt of Sriracha:


Really delicious! If you’ve never cooked grains in juice before, you should definitely try it. The pomegranate juice gave them a sweet taste, which balanced nicely with the salty veggies. We’ve got leftovers for days.

For dessert I ripped open some Kaia Buckwheat Granola:


Very impressive and minimal ingredient list. All organic, raw, and naturally sweetened:


They come in huge chunks, which I love. I tried a few pieces with a Redlands orange:


I don’t know how to describe this, because it didn’t really taste like granola (or anything else I’ve ever had for that matter). That said, I am ga-ga about this product. Absolutely bonkers. Perhaps the most unique snack I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing? Am I hyping it up too much?! I’m just so excited because I feel like I’ve made a huge new discovery that I feel so strongly about!

I’m Lynn Chen and I approve this granola!

It’s kinda like a crispy fruit leather, with added crunch from the seeds and nuts. But the spices are perfection – I can’t imagine how one would eat this as a cereal (like the package suggests) but I can’t wait to find out!

We got all snuggly with some Hot Chocolate and an old movie…


…”The Fortune Cookie.” Had never seen it before but how can you go wrong with Billy Wilder?! I was relieved that there wasn’t any stereotypical Asian stuff in it (considering the title and the time period, it was a definite risk). Would I recommend it? Highly.


30 thoughts on “Lynn – Highly Recommended

  1. lynnchenrocks

    Not sure if they sell that here in Canada but will definitely keep my eyes open for it. Thanx for sharing.

  2. Alison

    I tried a sample of that granola a few weeks ago. I was pleasantly surprised. I almost bought it last week; perhaps I’ll get it this week.
    Speaking of Fortune Cookies, have you heard of the Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee? It’s an interesting book telling the history of the fortune cookie as well as Chinese food in America.

  3. Danielle

    I am obsessed with granola. This looks right up my ally šŸ™‚
    Your grain dish is so varied (sorghum, barley, buckwheat) <– I've never tried any of those!

  4. aletheiazoe

    Cooking grains in juice?! Now there’s an idea! That’s awesome. I’ve only ever cooked rice in beef broth before – and my, it was tasty! I’ve always wanted to try cooking rice in coconut milk, but I think cooking it in juice might be more feasible!

    “Iā€™m Lynn Chen and I approve this granola!”

    That made me chuckle. šŸ™‚

  5. theemptynutjar

    Its refreshing to see someone eat grains. I know some people that only eat spaghetti squash as grains…I shouldnt judge though…but rice and pasta can be good stuff! I need to try to do more of the beans + rice thing cause i need cheaper meal ideas.
    I see Kaia on blogs alot….but its not in canada šŸ™

  6. Lauren

    The multi-grains sound awesome, but I especially love how you cooked them. Pom juice would go perfect with this blend. Good thinking girl! šŸ˜‰

    I love watching movies over a nice warm cup of coco. It’s so comforting. šŸ™‚

    Hope you had a lovely day Lynn.

  7. greensandjeans

    Just great, one more delicious granola that I will just HAVE to buy… Why must you be so tasty granola?! Why???

  8. candice

    I’ve always wanted to try cooking grains in juice. I mean, if my mom does it in chicken broth, and oats can be cooked in milk, then why not juice? šŸ™‚ That “granola” looks super yummy, especially with the “dates and spices” label—I love fruit leather!

  9. Susan

    Lynn-approved granola? I must try!

    And what is up with the oranges these days? Mine have all had those little “cratars” like on yours.

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