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I hope you like product reviews, because you’re going to be seeing a lot of new product reviews in the coming weeks. Some are products I found while on vacation. Others are from a few companies who contacted me, asking me to do a review. While I was away, they shipped me fun samples, which were waiting at my doorstep when I arrived home. (Well, technically, the samples waited inside, thanks to our neighbor who brought in our mail.) One of the new products from New York was incorporated into my lunch:



Veggies, almonds, spinach, and sauce. With a bowl of Savory Oat Bran.

Oatmeal: It’s not just for breakfast.

The roasted veggies couldn’t have been easier. I sliced them, drizzled on some oil, broiled on high for 12 minutes on one side, and flipped for another 12 minutes. Then I put ‘em in the fridge for a while to cool, so they wouldn’t wilt the spinach.  And what about the new product I mentioned?


Another barbecue sauce. The above hails from a little health-food store in New York. I’ve been trying out new sauces lately, especially barbecue sauces, as I’ve yet to find a favorite.

This Dinosaur sauce, when used like traditional bbq sauce, was entirely too sweet for me, and not spicy at all. But I still loved it on the salad. I used just a bit of sauce on the salad, and the bitterness of the spinach balanced the overwhelming sweetness nicely. It was the perfect mix of sweet and bitter. I definitely see more of those salads in my future! More savory oat bran too!

Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite sauce or salad dressing? And how do you use it?

I am in love with Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger. It’s good on salad, on veggies, and I’ve even made a pasta salad with it before.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Jennifer - jcd says:

    Well, I’ll be… a guy at work who went to New York in June brought back the same sauce. He likes it too.

    My favourite salad dressing is miso mixed with lemon or lime juice and a little prepared mustard. It goes really well tossed with sui choy and cucumber.

    I look forward to the raw carrot cake post!

  2. I really like the Raspberry Vinaigrette from Maple Grove Farms. Its SO good on top of spinach, raspberries and sliced almonds. Simple and delicious salad!!

  3. Leslie says:

    I love Newman’s Own! It’s my whole family’s favorite. Pssst, have you tried it mixed into a bean salad? Or fried rice? Yummy!

  4. Valerie says:

    That is one gorgeous salad beast!

  5. Marina says:

    I usually just put olive oil and balsamic vinegar into my salads, I’m not really creative with salad dressings.
    Mhm, I spy some eggplant in your roasted veggies…love eggplants 🙂

  6. Inspired says:

    My favorite sauce is good ole Heinz ketchup. Now I hear they’re coming out with an HFCS-free one. Hope it’s good!

  7. abby says:

    katie, that looks sooooo good! i love simple meals like yours, just thrown together into a bowl. i don’t think i’ve ever put bbq sauce on a salad before, though. love all your creative ideas!

  8. Murph says:

    Ive only recently started using salad dressing, it really used to freak me out! I don’t really like vinegar and I was always worried that any dressing I tried would be full of it. But I’ve overcome my (some may say irrational) fear and now love trying lots of new dressings. My current fav is light tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and a touch of garlic. Yum. I suppose it’s hummus without the chickpeas, lol!

    1. Wow, hummus in liquid form sounds pretty perfect!

  9. Melissa says:

    I actually just use Alessi Raspberry White Balsamic vinegar as a dressing. The raspberries sweeten it and the white balsamic is less bitey than regular balsamic. Plus, cheap and low cal/fat free – which means I can add avocado/nuts to my salad and get my fat in a tastier, healthier way. 🙂

    1. Ooh I love raspberry vinaigrette. In a spinach salad, with walnuts and fresh raspberries!!!

      1. Melissa says:

        You should get this stuff! It’s just vinegar but it *tastes* like a slightly sweet, slightly tangy vinaigrette. Yummo. I like salads with spinach and baby greens, some sort of fruit (berries or sliced green and red grapes) and some cubed avocado and the vinegar on top. EPIC.

  10. Lindsay says:

    I love Annie’s Naturals salad dressings!! I’ve been meaning to try their Green Goddess one. I didn’t start using salad dressing until I was 22…servers used to look at me like I was crazy when I’d say “no dressing”… one time in high school a server told me I didn’t need to be on a diet!! Now that I’ve been converted to a dressing user, balsamic is one of my favorites. Occasionally, I’ll using dressing for salads but mainly I use it for dipping veggies 🙂

    1. I’ve never tried the Green Goddess either, although I did make a homemade one once (and unfortunately added way too much of some offending ingredient that ended up making it inedible).

  11. Katelyn says:

    That is so funny! Dinosaur BBQ is actually located in my hometown, but ironically I’ve never tried their food..OR their sauce! But lezzbehonest, they probably don’t have much in the way of vegan fare, so perhaps not a total loss 🙂

    1. Hahaha when I google-imaged for a photo of the sauce, I DEFINITELY got a lot of non-vegan-friendly photos!

  12. Gloria says:

    I love your running philosophy. I only workout 3 days a week and some people seem to think that’s not enough. My metabolism is so raging that if I worked out more than that I’d disappear.

    YESSS! I’m so excited. Carrot cake <3<3<3

  13. I love BBQ sauce. I buy Bullseye, because I like the taste, it’s pretty cheap, and it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup.

    For salad dressing, I love Maple Grove Farms Balsamic. It’s pretty vinegary and it’s oil-free (I don’t like to eat added oils, and I just don’t like the taste of oil). But I also just love using hummus instead of salad dressing. I just blogged about this Indian curry hummus I bought and have been using on salad. It’s really good!

  14. definitely have to choose mustard, salsa, and apple cider vinegar. sometimes braags too. i havent tried too many sauces tho- always on the lookout!


  15. Melissa says:

    I’ve been running 4x a week while training for my marathon and I’m beat up just doing that. I feel super guilty, since I’m used to working out 5-6 days a week, but just from the high mileage I’m burning more calories a week than I did before. I could work out more (and eat more) but I’m feeling the rest days. I don’t want an injury to sideline me! Marathon is on Oct. 23 – and I stupidly, accidentally signed up for a half marathon the following weekend, Oct. 30. That’s going to be one SLOW half for me! Yowza.

    1. Oh wow! Good luck, crazy girl hehe 😉

  16. Melissa says:

    Oh! And Austin’s Own brand is the BEST BBQ I’ve tried.
    So. Good.

    And I think they are all vegan, even.
    I know the original and medium are, for sure. YUM.
    Whole Foods sells ’em. 😉

  17. Danielle says:

    My favorite sauce/salad dressing is a tie between miso tahini dressing (equal parts miso, tahini, and water omggg so good) and any type of peanut sauce!

    And I totally agree that it’s NOT ‘good for you’ to run everyday.

  18. Vegyogini says:

    My favorite BBQ sauce is Follow Your Heart’s spicy BBQ sauce. You can probably find it at Whole Foods (we have it at WF in LA). As for salad dressing, I’m not really a fan. I dress my salads simply with a little red wine vinegar and nothing else.

  19. BroccoliHut says:

    My favorite salad dressing is Annie’s Goddess–I use it to make Goddess Garbanzos (a good tuna-esque substitute) and mix it into my hummus.

  20. Eric Jaffa says:

    What were the “roast veggies”?

    1. This time, just zucchini and eggplant. Usually, I’ll roast whatever I have on hand :).

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