ask the nutritionist: what to do with truffle oil

Last Christmas I picked up a bottle of truffle oil for my Mom. Apparently I thought she wanted or desperately needed it like I do. We are now nearing October and I doubt the truffle oil has even been opened (the horror, I know!) and so the question arose – what do I do with truffle oil?

I will start by saying that the tiny, but expensive bottles of truffle oil really do last longer than they look like they might.  The flavor is strong, so typically a few drops is enough and chances are you aren’t going to use it everyday, so if you’ve ever been tempted to pick it up, my recommendation is to get it. You can thank me later.

Ideas for Truffle Oil:

  • drizzle on popcorn
  • drizzle over fries with parmesan cheese
  • mixed into mashed potatoes
  • mushroom pizza (saute mushrooms and finish with truffle oil)
  • scrambled eggs
  • on burgers (truffle burger with brie cheese on an english muffin)
  • homemade mac & cheese

Recipes for Truffle Oil:

Wild Mushroom & Truffled Brie

Truffled Deviled Eggs

Truffled Pasta with Spinach

Mushroom Pâté

Navy Bean & Artichoke Salad

Pan Fried Thyme Potatoes with Baked Eggs & Truffle Oil (from Eating for England)

Do you have truffle oil? What do you use it on?

butter toffee oatmeal

I don’t share breakfasts with you very often but I promise its not because I’m eating Egg McMuffins every morning. ;) They just generally aren’t all too exciting and there are a lot of repeats. I only wish I was able to repeat lunches as much as I repeat breakfasts. For some reason I can eat eggs, hemp bagels, toast and oatmeal and never tire of them.

But this fall, I’ve been waiting for oatmeal, and not just any kind, Butter Toffee Oatmeal. Generally my oatmeal is pretty basic, served up with some almond milk and peanut butter, but every once in a while a little something special is in order. This oatmeal is creamy, sweet and the perfect way to start your day on a crisp fall morning.

Butter Toffee Oatmeal - 1 serving

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1 Tbsp butter of choice (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar

Prepare oatmeal as directed.

While oatmeal is cooking, combine milk, butter and brown sugar. Microwave for 30 seconds until butter is melted and stir until smooth.

*If you like a more solid oatmeal use 1-2 Tbsp of almond milk

Pour milk mixture over oatmeal and enjoy!

mill city farmers market

Of the many reasons I love Minneapolis, the Mill City Farmers Market is definitely on the top of the list.  I’m sure part of it is because I can walk there and part because I can get a coffee, fresh lemonade OR cucumber mint water; curry, crepes OR Chef Shack snacks; local pork, vegetables OR fresh flowers and see tons of cute babies, little red-heads AND adorable kids selling organic vegetables all in a half-hour time span.

I’ve mentioned (and complained I’m sure) before that the summers are so busy I don’t get there nearly as much as I would like to but when I do? I’m sure to soak everything in.

spanish coffee

I will never forget my first visit to Espresso Royale Cafe (Dinkytown location). It was the middle of February, I’m sure I couldn’t feel my fingers and North Face jacket or not, it was one of those chilling-to-the-bone days. For those of you who live in warm climates, I don’t mean 20° F, I mean -40°. But for that particular few hours, the temperature didn’t bother me, in fact, I doubt I even thought about it. I was 17 and had just finished what would be my final college tour. I knew right then and there this was where I needed to be. I would worry about getting accepted later, I was going to be a Gopher.

The decision was made right then and there, over a hot drink with my parents. I don’t remember what I drank that February afternoon, but that would be the first of many drinks at Espresso Royale Cafe. It was my favorite place to study and I will always think of it as my spot.

I first had this drink at Espresso Royale and it has been a favorite ever since. I think every coffee shop has a slightly different name/origin for it, but Espresso Royale calls it Spanish so that is what I use. (Thai would be my #2 choice based on the sole fact that I love Thai food) It consists of coffee and sweetened condensed milk – exactly why it is treat. Sweetened condensed milk isn’t exactly good for you, but at 120 calories, it beats a 500 calorie Frappuccino anyday!

Dunn Bros has introduced iced coffee growlers and it sounded like too much fun to pass up. So on a recent 95° day, a mere 135° difference, I knew just what I needed to have.

Only this time it was most certainly iced.

Spanish Coffee – 2 servings

  • 2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz strong iced coffee

Mix the milk and coffee together until well combined. Add a few ice cubes if desired.