Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Lynn - Bye Bye Summer Giveaway

Like Christy said in her last post, it's still warm in Los Angeles but I'm feeling autumn in my bones, especially at night. Yesterday I had a typical summer lunch. Mixed organic spinach/arugula with Wild Garden hummus (thinned with H20), leftover roasted veggies, and a piece of Applegate Farms Organic Herb Turkey.

Plus some Alec's Spicy Pretzels on the side, 2 calcium bears, a fish oil supplement, and raspberry tootsie pop.

I took another hour-long afternoon stroll with my friend Skye before heading off to teach piano and my shrinky dink session. When I got home, the house smelled amazing, thanks to this:

Abe said it reminded him of when we lived in NYC - our apartment building often smelled of slow-cooked dinner.

I added a tablespoon of salt to the whole thing, then served myself a big ladle full of Lima Bean Casserole Cassoulet....

On the side, I made some kale chips by massaging a bunch of cleaned and very dry organic kale with 2 tsp. Grapeseed Oil, salt, and pepper, then roasting them on a thin layer at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

A perfect fall dinner:

Everything tasted incredible. I will definitely be making both these recipes again. Jessie asked what lima beans taste like and the answer is - buttery and delicious.

We had plans to go to our friends' house for their weekly movie night but I got a last-minute audition for today so I stayed home to prep.

Some memorizing fuel:

Three Low Fat Fig Newmans (delicious but I was disappointed they have corn syrup in them) and a cup of Decaf Sweet Coconut Thai with organic skim milk, sweetened with 2 tsp. NuNaturals Sweet Health Erythritol Crystals:

Erythritol is a naturally-derived tooth-friendly, diabetic friendly, no-calorie sugar alcohol. This product was really good - without any weird aftertaste. I'm glad to have a sugar substitute for my hot drinks, which I like to have on cold nights.

To bid ta-ta to summer, we decided to do a giveaway of one of our favorite warm weather foods, yogurt. We loved Chobani when we first sampled it a few months ago, and were thrilled when they offered to give one of our readers the chance to try it too.

The winner will receive a mixed case to try. Open to U.S. Residents only, sorry!!!

How to enter:

1. Visit the Chobani site and leave a comment on this post telling us which recipe you would like to make for a fall meal. (Mandatory)

Extra Entries:

2. Repost this giveaway on your blog and leave a comment saying you did.

3. Twitter about this giveaway and leave a comment saying you did.

4. Add The Actors Diet to your blog roll (or let us know we're already on there) and leave a comment saying you did.

5. Subscribe to The Actors Diet (or let us know that you have) and leave a comment saying you did.

The winner will be chosen by random integer and announced next Wednesday November 11th, so check back to see if you're one of them!


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118 comments:

  1. LYNN! i havent had time to read blogs lately (so sorry!) but i just got your comment and saw that you are NOT going to the fest this weekend. why not??? :(

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  2. I love the sound of their lemon blueberry loaf

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  3. OMG the guac - I am dying to try avocado and greek yogurt - so that would be two in one!

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  4. And of course on my google reader!

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  5. you're on my blogroll and google reader :)

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  6. i want to try overnight oats with plain chobani!

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  7. I'd love to make the cho-nana bread!

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  8. I subscribe to your blog on google reader!

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  9. I'm really into soups right now so I'd like to try the souped up carrot soup :) And you're already on my blogroll!

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  10. Sorry about the other comment, I don't know what happened but like I said before I'd love to whip up their cho-nana bread!

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  11. Cho-nana bread!! My mouth is already drooling at the thought of that recipe :)

    P.S. I love that you water down hummus and use it as a dressing ;)

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  12. I'd want to make the CHOtatta, since I am obsessed with eggs these days!

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  13. And my blogroll! This is easy :-)

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  14. I would definitely want to try the Lemon-Blueberry Chobani Loaf


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  15. Guac...guac...guacammole!!! Never thought to use yogurt in the recipe.

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  16. I would LOVE to make the Holy Guacamole! Yum yum :)

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  17. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/healthybeachbum

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  18. Roasted Beets w/ creamy Chobani dill sauce :) Roasted beets are my new obsession!

    I just tried my first Chobani tonight actually, the pineapple flavor, it was LIFE CHANGING!!! I had been looking for the stuff everywhere and randomly stumbled upon it finally in the store tonight :) Awesome giveaway!

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  19. Hands down, I would definitely make the Lemon Blueberry loaf!

    Great giveaway!

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  20. I love lima beans! lima bimas were a favorite when I was little :)

    I'm feeling fall too. winter veggies and long sleeves are finally becoming very appealing to me!

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  21. Hm, the sweet potato dish looked great, as did the muffins. one of those!

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  22. entry # 2: of course, you are subscribed in my google reader.

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  23. Wow cool, Lynn! I'm subscribed, and I will tweet right now!
    Oh, and yeah...LA is sunny and kind of warm, but at night...it's CHILLY!

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  24. And tweeted it!
    Phew - I think I'm done! Thanks for this awesome give away!

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  25. I had my first kale chips success recently too. Can't believe how simple and easy it is to make. Delicious with a side of ketchup.

    I love Chobani and would love to win a case. From the website, I would make their "Souped Up Carrot Soup". It is soup season afterall.

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  26. My tweet:

    http://twitter.com/TheSkinnyPlate/status/5444065448

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  27. I sub via google reader since forever. Will link back in tomorrow's post.

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  28. I would definitely make the Lemon Blueberry loaf! It looks so delish and I have blueberries leftover from picking this summer in my freezer :)

    Chobani is so yummy. What a great giveaway!

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  29. Why must I be in Russia during a Chobani giveaway! Noooooooo!

    Man, your cassoulet looks really good and seems perfect for Fall--even if it is still in the 70s!

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  30. I would love the try to Holy Guacamole!! I love that you can use greek yogurt in soo many recipes.. and even eat it plain! [I pretty much consume massive amounts of greek yogurt on a daily basis to begin with :) ]

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  31. And I just linked back on my blog! http://healthyontherun.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/unhealthy-obsession/

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  32. And I just tweeted about the giveaway!!! I'm @healthyontherun

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  33. And I don't have a blogroll but I did add you to my google reader.. I hope that counts!?

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  34. I love Chobani! The roasted beets with dill sauce would be delicious.

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  35. Love your fall meal!!

    The Sweet Cho-tato Salad looks so good and fall-like, that's definitely something I would make!

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  36. Just added you to my blog roll :)

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  37. oo the souped up carrots soup looks so good! i love carrots!

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  38. Ummm holy Salmon with Chobani Curry Sauce! Perfecto!!

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  39. tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/sjayray03/status/5455793229

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  40. We said bye bye to summer long ago here in Ithaca haha but uh... muffins could be a meal, right? 'Cause I would totally make those pumpkin ones!

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  41. I love Chobani and their pumpkin muffins look terrific!

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  42. also, I'm a long(ish) time subscriber to your blog ;)

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  43. Yay Chobani! Lemon blueberry loaf sounds awesome.

    Thanks for the lima bean explanation!

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  44. I love beets, dill and any product Chobani makes! So the Roasted Beets with Creamy Chobani Dill Sauce sounds like something I can put into my regular side dish arsenal! Thanks AD!

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  45. I'd make Chobani Pumpkin Muffins for dessert or for a great brunch item.

    e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  46. I have always wanted to make homemade guac so that is the recipe I would use. I did subscribe and I did link back here http://nikinrealtime.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/going-to-guam

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  47. Link back here:

    http://theskinnyplate.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/clif-kid-z-bar-spooky-smores/

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  48. Definitly the lemon blueberry cake!

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  49. I also am subscribed through my reader!

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  50. I would have to agree with tons of the other comments... the pumpkin muffins sound wonderful!!

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  51. And you are on my reader :)

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  52. I would love to make their pumpkin muffins!

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  53. I am subscribed to your blog!

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  54. The carrot soup looks sooo good! And colorful!!

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  55. Oops...link!

    http://twitter.com/NicoleRenee23

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  56. Sweet cho-tato salad, oh em gee!

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  57. My newly rediscovered love of beets (courtesy of the goat cheese and beet tapas salad from Cheesecake factory) got me excited to try this Roasted Beets with Creamy Dill Chobani Sauce! Beets are such a great side or appetizer and they compliment so many dishes!

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  58. the lemon blueberry loaf sounds good for something sweet! or the guacamole with chobani!! great giveaway

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  59. mmm that sweet potato salad with Chobani instead of mayo looks deeeelish!!!

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  60. Plus I added you to my google reader!!!

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  61. I want to try the pumpkin chobana muffins. YUM! Love this giveaway!

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  62. Going to link back on my latest blog entry. :)

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  63. Thanks so much for the opportunity. The Sweet Cho-tato Salad or the Mashed Cho-tatoes would be perfect side dishes at our Thanksgiving meal!

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  64. the pumpkin muffins sound delicious, as well as the sweet cho-tato salad!

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  65. Yum the blueberry yogurt sounds great, well along with everything else! :)

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  66. I love that soup up carrot soup !!.
    I saw this yogurt in the other blog's website , looks like its really popular among foodies! unfortunately I can not find it here!

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  67. So glad I got in on this giveaway in just the knick of time! I have been dying to give Chobani a try!

    I would no doubt make the pumpkin muffins! :D

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  68. Here is the link to my blog post about this giveaway:

    http://nutritiousisdelicious.blogspot.com/2009/11/nutritious-is-delicious.html

    Thanks!

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  69. I'd like to make the Sweet Cho-tato Salad.

    sam94son05@sbcglobal.net

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  70. Tweeted @ http://twitter.com/Naddez/status/5541597777.

    sam94son05@sbcglobal.net

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  71. Added blog link to my blog roll @ http://naddezsgoodycorner.blogspot.com


    sam94son05@sbcglobal.net

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  72. I want to make the Cho-nana bread! I had no idea Chobani had some many recipes on there site!!

    Beth
    blw_22@yahoo.com

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  73. I can't beleive I almost missed this giveaway! LOVE LOVE LOVE this yogurt and now that I see all their incredible recipes, I'm even more inclined to pick up my own case (but I'll try to win this one first!)

    I would love to try the Pumpkin Muffins!

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  74. Hello!!! I am sooo surprised that there are so many great recipes on the chobani website!! I have to say, I need to try the "Wonderful chobani cake" recipe...it looks just like the honey pound cake from Japan that I am so obsessed with. *drool*

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  75. I have added you to my google reader!! I'm actually surprised i haven't added you sooner cuz I read quite often! :) Glad i got an opportunity to do so!!!

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  76. muahuahh for my third entry, I added you to my blog roll on wordpress!!! :)

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  77. Entry #1

    I'd love to try the Souped Up Carrot Soup. YUM!!!

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  78. Entry #2

    I mentioned this contest in my latest post (it's set to publish tomorrow).

    http://healingwithjuices.com/2009/11/chocolate-covered-raisin-hemp-balls/

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  79. Entry #3

    I tweeted the contest (from @RawJuiceGirl)

    http://twitter.com/RawJuiceGirl/status/5583699180

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  80. Entry #4

    You're on my blogroll!

    www.healingwithjuices.com

    Right sidebar, beneath "Juicy Sites"

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  81. Roasted beets with creamy dill sauce -- there are amazing local beets in my market right now.

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  82. Oh yes, and you are on my blogroll!

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  83. I want to make the Chobani pumpkin muffins!!

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  84. I subscribe to the Actors Diet and LOVE Lynn's daily blog!

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  85. Just tweeted about the giveaway!!
    http://twitter.com/Wendy_Young

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  86. All the recipes look so delicious but I think the carrot soup is calling my name!

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  87. PS-I also subscribe the your blog!

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  88. I would like to make the pumpkin muffins for a great fall breakfast, snack, or dessert! They would help me use up some of the organic canned pumpkin I have fully stocked in my pantry right now and they sound delish!

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  89. I tweeted about your giveaway, too: http://twitter.com/thechiclife :)

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