Bulk Bin Bites

One of my favourite sections of the grocery store is the bulk bin section. You can get a plethora of fun foods there, in whatever quantity your heart desires. But I consider my relationship a love/hate relationship – it’s really easy to just pick up a few snacks you don’t really need, but sound like a good idea at the time.

But those bulk bins weren’t around at breakfast. Instead, cereal was.


Just a simple bowl of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch with milk. Nothing fancy, but always delicious.


I like that this cereal doesn’t get soggy too fast. Key for people who like to photograph their food before eating it.


More of the grapefruit juice was consumed with breakfast.


But this time there were no cats trying to crash the photo shoot.


I would love to say I spent my morning at my leisure, but that would be a lie. I slept in, and the only reason I got out of bed when I did was because our neighbour was having a tree cut down in their yard, and it was insanely noisy. Otherwise, I’m sure I would have slept up until the time I had to go to work. So although I slept in, I did take the time to make a tasty and nutritious lunch.


It started with a sandwich, made with Silver Hills “The Big 16” bread, turkey, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks Herbie Fromage Frais cheese (totally loving this stuff), and 1/4 of an avocado. This was an amazing sandwich combo – which you could make yourself if you win my Silver Hills Giveaway 😉

I love how in this photo, the avocado looks like the sandwich is sticking it’s tongue out. Or maybe I’m the only crazy who sees that.


I also brought an assortment of veggies – carrot, cucumber, and snap peas.


With some Sabra Roasted Garlic hummus for dipping.


I would have packed some fruit, but we have pretty much none in the house. Well, there are some strawberries, but I think they are giving me hives again. So I’m trying to moderate my intake, even though they are oh so delicious.

Work was long and boring. I was there until 6:30 pm. My breaks were scheduled all wonky – I went on my first break (ate my sandwich), then a hour later, I was on my second break. During which, all I wanted was something sweet to nibble on. Enter the bulk bin section. I brought a few slices of dried organic mango and some yogurt covered cranberries. Not overly bad selections, but I probably could have done without them. I ate most of them, and brought the rest home. My veggies & hummus were saved for my 3rd break (we get alot of breaks), but I ran out of time to actually eat them all.

When I arrived home, my mom and dad were sat at the kitchen table, enjoying some toasted tomato and avocado sandwiches. I was tired and grumpy by then, plus my knees hurt, so I was not impressed to find out that there was no dinner for me. I’m such a baby sometimes – it’s not like I’m incapable of making something myself. The problem was I didn’t know what I wanted. Had something been ready, I would have just eaten that, and moved on. Instead I ate the rest of my dried mangos & yogurt cranberries. Then I had a few Barbara’s Cheese Puffs. I rummaged through the cupboards, looking for something to cook. Nothing called to me. So I headed out to Planet Organic. I wandered the store, and left with two purchases.

My dinner purchase:


I’d seen Annie Chun’s products in the stores and on blog before, but had always passed them by, because I don’t really like to eat these sodium heavy noodle bowls. But when you are cranky, hungry, and lost for dinner inspiration, this is what you end up with – Kung Pao Noodles.

I decided to bulk/healthify them up with some stirfried veggies – carrots (leftover from lunch) mushrooms, broccoli, and kale.


I cooked everything up, mixed it all together, threw it in a bowl, and topped it with the provided peanut pack.


Looked and smelled pretty damn good.


With a tall glass of cold Zen Organics Matcha Lemonade.


Dinner was served – after 9 pm.


The Kung Pao had a good, spicy kick, and I was pleased with my addition of veggies. I think it would have been rather boring with out them. But alas, I barely ate even half of the bowl. I was full. I ruined my appetite with all those little nibbles when I got home from work, and due to my Planet Organic purchase number two:


Those would be organic dark chocolate toffee almonds. I may have taken a stroll past the bulk section. And these may have called out to me. Then I may have eaten 5 of them in a car on my drive home, fully knowing I was ruining my dinner. You might think 5 almonds isn’t that much, but do you see how much chocolate is coating those babies?


I’m pretty sure there is more chocolate than actual almond. Not that I’m complaining or anything. And I totally ate that broken one after taking the photo.

If anything can be learned from today, it is that although the bulk bin section is wonderful, it is also evil. Deliciously evil.

And now I shall leave you for wonders of slumber. I have 5 whole days off work, and so many fun adventures planned, starting tomorrow morning. I’m gonna need my rest. Night!

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Categories: Breakfast, Dinner, Grocery, Lunch, Snack


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4 Comments on “Bulk Bin Bites”

  1. May 14, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    my mom loves those bowls! i cant have them cuz of the wheat but every time she makes them i love the smell in the kitchen! and im a big bulk bin fan too. i mentioned this awhile back on my blog and i know some ppl didnt like the idea of germs and such in the bins but i find if its a good store like planet organic or any place that has a high-turnover rate.. its totally fine. and id rather pay less for a good amount than bother with packaging and pay twice as much. ❤

  2. May 14, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Dontcha just hate being rudely awakened by loud machinery? Ugh..

    Chocolate covered almonds are the best.

  3. May 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Agreed–the bulk bin can be a very dangerous place, especially when it comes to granola…

  4. Danielle
    May 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    I LOVE Silver Hills…I’ve been buying their products for months. My favourites are Steady Eddie and Little Big Bread but I’d love to try the Squirrely bread!

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