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.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite

    Wow! That granola looks so good! Crunchy fruit leather sounds right up my alley!

  • Jenna

    I love the chunks of granola, so this buckwheat granola would probably be right up my alley. Sounds so unique!

  • lynnchenrocks

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

  • Simply Life

    Oh that granola does look great!

  • Evan Thomas

    Lol, I think those granolas need a little sticker on the front that say Lynn Chen Approved

  • luckytastebuds

    I am super impressed with your home made meal. It looks absolutely gourmet and totally yummy!!

  • Anna

    Indeed I have not cooked grains in juice before– I’ll have to give it a try!! Thanks for the idea!

  • 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.

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      yup – i loved that book (and emailed briefly with jennifer too)!

  • Danielle

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

  • 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!

    “I’m Lynn Chen and I approve this granola!”

    That made me chuckle. :)

  • 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 :(

  • Vicki

    It would never even occur to me to cook grains in juice!

    Old movie and hot chocolate? Sounds like a great night. :)

  • 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! πŸ˜‰

    I love watching movies over a nice warm cup of coco. It’s so comforting. :)

    Hope you had a lovely day Lynn.

  • Ameena

    I love granola so I am going to try to find this brand! Pom juice goes well with anything…such a creative idea!


    Wow that granola sounds amazing! I have never cooked with POM, I am going to have to try that soon.

  • Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15)

    I’ve been wanting to try Kaia–I LOVE buckwheat!

  • whydeprive

    That granola sounds pretty fantastic. Im gonna have to look for it around here.

  • greensandjeans

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

  • Amber’s notebook

    interesting!! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ranch 99!

  • Chelsea Ward

    Thanks for the movie recommendation as well as the granola thumbs up. Both are duly noted!

  • kilax

    Buckwheat granola! Yummy! I want some!

  • Christina

    I love when I find a really good product! I have a favorite granola of mine I always keep on hand.

  • lowandbhold

    I love the idea of cooking grains in juice! Need to try it!

  • 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? :) That “granola” looks super yummy, especially with the “dates and spices” label—I love fruit leather!

  • Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce

    i love cooking grains in pom juice!

  • 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.

  • Allyson

    I’ve never even heard of cooking grains in juice! I’ll have to try that soon. What a great idea!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    The granola sounds great. I think I’m getting some; I can’t wait to try it!!!

    Have a great week!

  • Karla

    I’m a sucker for crunch granola like things! I will be searching for Buckwheat granola! Looks hearty and delicious!