Dec 11

Sriracha. The New Pumpkin.

I’m ahead of the “trendy” curve.


This is a first.

According to this article, sriracha may be the new pumpkin.  Many of you saw the chips.  They have now gone so far as to turn it into a vodka flavor.

sriracha vodka


Why does EVERYTHING good need to be turned into vodka?  I like a good drink, and I admit that a sriracha Bloody Mary sounds good… but PB&J?  Really?

The point was going to be that I like sriracha before it was cool.  Before the pumpkin obsession.  Before even the bacon obsession.  So there.  Pass me a pumpkin-bacon-sriracha martini.  


This WIAW felt like it was going to be “meh” after a rushed food prep.  Looking back it didn’t turn out too badly.  I’m pressed for time, but having quick proteins has helped – on busy weeks I rely on no-salt deli turkey and rotisserie chicken.  With a few simple flavor adds, semi-homemade tastes pretty good!   WIAWbuttonRead on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else delicious creations!



It hasn’t cured my cold, but the day still began with my apple cider morning cocktail.

I crave random things when I’m sick, so breakfast was even more random than usual.  Cinnamon-ginger egg white scramble with strawberries, topped with hemp cereal and Apricot-Riesling Greek yogurt cream cheese from Atlanta Farm Fresh.

random scramble


Mid-Morning Snack:

I lost track of time, so this was more like lunch.  I had my salmon with snow peas and Roots spinach hummus (a Whole Foods find), but I got pulled into a meeting that had lunch brought in… so I added a little supplement in the form of a chopped salad and a cookie.  I went back for seconds on the cookies.



Shredded rotisserie chicken (naked from Whole Paycheck) made an appearance again this week.  I meant to make a giant batch of a hearty soup Monday night, but I made it super-thick so it’s more like casserole.  Whatever.  It included swiss chard, sweet potato, onion, garlic, and a ton of Indian spices.



Mid-Afternoon Snack:

I ended up working really, really late so I was especially grateful for my desk snacks.  I love this bar.

think thin protein bar



Dinner was late, but I had to make something warming when I finally did get home.  Skinny Noodles shirataki noodles were a quick and easy base for this marinara and turkey dish.  I used Whole Foods’ no salt tomato sauce, but added mushrooms, cayenne, nutritional yeast, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

skinny noodles shirataki



Total comfort food.  I used my 150 Calorie Chocolate Cake recipe to make a pumpkin version with vanilla protein powder, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spices.  I alternated between shoveling this in my mouth and trying to savor each bite… it was SO good!

Pumpkin Mug Cake


The icing on this cake was the icing – Cocoa Pumpkin.  I mixed cocoa powder, cinnamon, pumpkin puree, coconut flour, almond milk, and liquid vanilla Stevia to make one helluva fluffy topper.  With a dollop of Tru Whip and cacao nibs.

Maybe I should make a sriracha flavor.  With a shooter. ;)


I’m back home but sick and crazy busy… blogging is taking a back seat this week, but I promise to have a fantastic (my mom’s assessment!) #strangebutgood recipe up on Friday!

Would you buy sriracha vodka?

How are you surviving the holiday insanity?  Vodka?



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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    You had me at sriracha bloody Mary! Yum. I usually have it virgin style (for no other reason that I find a morning drink doesn’t lead to a very productive day), but I love the spice. Definitely my go-to hot sauce.

    1. Laura

      I usually have it sans tomato juice… ;)

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Imagine SALMON VODKA……. As much as I love me some salmon, I am gagging just thinking about that!

    Cookie Salad (crumble that cookie atop your bed of lettuce) = #stangebutgood – Your next recipe! LOL!

    1. Laura

      OH gawd… I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  3. Carrie@familyfitnessfood.com

    I could do a sriracha bloody mary… but not the chips – or the vodka.

    I’m a big fan of sriracha on eggs.

    1. Laura

      Sriracha on eggs is the BEST!

  4. Mitchell

    Time to admit it: I’ve never tried sriracha. Ever.

    But blogs can change your attitude to anything I’m learning (zucchini in oats, I would never! … Maybe)

    I’ve only recently started to hunt for sriracha. It’s not in most supermarkets here, but I have spotted it in one of the Chinese grocery stores last week – I am going to have to go buy it to find out what the fuss is all about. But if it’s what I think it is then the flavoured vodka is pushing it. Just.

    Meanwhile because it’s summer here, rotisserie chicken is making into just about every salad I prepare. Served cold = x10 better than hot :D

    1. Laura

      You like zucchini bread, right? Why not oats then? I love them. And carrot. :)

  5. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    Can you imagine I never had Sriracha? Not a swiss thing obviously.
    I looove your dessert. that microwave cake is my favorite!
    Feel better soon lovely!!

    1. Laura

      For real?!?! I guess when you have all those chocolates hot sauce isn’t so exciting… ;)

  6. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I went through a stage of eating so much sriracha, my mum put a ban on it. So I started on this brand of hot sauce which was identical :D

    Not sure how I’d feel about the vodka though…I remember being perplexed whn I was in the states to see PB flavoured vodka…Australia think they are so cool because we have apple vodka. Yep, mind blowing.

    1. Laura

      Tell you mom I said she needs to quit banning stuff. Kabocha, hot sauce… it’s cruel!

  7. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I’m totally on the sriracha vodka. And I don’t even like bloody Mary’s!

  8. Kierston @candyfit

    I love that dinner. I have it often. The marinara sauce with balsamic is so tasty! It’s so crazy to see how much Sriracha is growing world wide. I remember enjoying it back when I was just a wee FU.

    1. Laura

      Marinara and balsamic is one of my favorite combos! Anything Italian.

  9. Linz @ Itz Linz

    not sure i can get down with the sriracha vodka! i like my vodkas sweet!

  10. Miz

    Im so torn
    does it become my THING Ive never tried it? do I cave?
    what to do what to DO?!?! :-)

    1. Laura

      Everybody’s doing it… ;)

  11. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    You know I’m a total pansy when it comes to sriracha so I think I’ll pass on the cocktail hour, but helLOOOOOO gimme some of that boozy cream cheese! YUM!! Oh and I’ll take a side of cookie with that too…please and thank you!

    Hope you get to feeling better soon hon! I know you and I know you’re probably not sleeping all that much, but maybe try to work in at least ONE night of 8 hours rest? xoxo

    1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

      Right?! That cream cheese is off the chain. Gimme, gimme, gimme….alright that’s sounds a little demanding. Pretty please with an organic cherry on top.

      Feel better soon. Sleep is the answer.

      1. Laura

        How about boozy sriracha cream cheese?!

        I would say screw sleep… but right now I’d sell my soul for it.

  12. lindsay

    feel better friend! and maybe go eat another cookie to cure. Sriracha one, those exist somewhere i am sure!

  13. Alex @ therunwithin

    i was always told to try those think thin bars but I have yet to actually taste one.

    1. Laura

      They aren’t bad. Not a candy bar, but for a protein bar they’re my fav.

  14. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    flavored vodka is very meh. It’s kind of a problem that I find the taste of vodka water kind of refreshing…I swear I don’t have a drinking problem haha

  15. Lee

    I think PB&J vodka could be good if it was in the right drink, like a smoothie. But then again, I like flavored vodkas.

    1. Laura

      Vodka smoothie. I like where you’re going with that… how about a vodka and coke float?

  16. Sue

    My husband got to try horseradish vodka a few weeks ago. And he liked it. But I’d pass. I prefer my vodka either plain or sweet. Currently, I have a very delicious caramel flavored vodka at home. But this month my drink of choice is mulled wine, either home-made or store-bought. Sometimes a girl just needs a strong drink.

    1. Laura

      I’ll skip the vodka in favor of your mulled wine!

  17. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!

    Mmm I love the sound of that soup you made! The thicker the better in my book! Sweet potatoes and kale are great together :)

  18. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Love those bars too and keep a stash in my purse and desk. While I love sriracha, not so sure about sriracha vodka. Maybe if I liked bloody mary … but then you could just add in the sriracha and save on the vodka?

    1. Laura

      Haha – I’m munching on one from my desk right now. :)

      Good call on adding your own -I’ve been doing that for years at bloody mary bars.

  19. Jody - Fit at 56

    I saw some crazy flavors on Ellen the other day – I am thinking not! :) I am not a drinker so.. I don’t have to worry.

    I stopped at the cookie, lingered, thought of you eating it & back for more – I think I forgot the rest of the post! ;)

    1. Laura

      No vodka with your cookies? ;)

  20. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    It is truly amazing the flavors of vodka that they come up with. Seriously…like EVERY flavor imagineable even if they don’t sound good!! :/

  21. Jamie @ Rise.Run.Mom.Repeat.

    My hubs LOVES Sriracha. He puts it on everything. I’m not a huge fan of spicy, so I steer clear.

    1. Laura

      I’ll take your extra sriracha then! :)

  22. RavieNomNoms

    I love siracha! I put it on just about everything. I love it on fish, chicken, beef, veggies, eggs! Just about everything haha

  23. Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

    The sriracha trend is crazy because now they are shutting down production because the filtration system is messed up in one of the cities…to the point where residents’ eyes are burning. So I imagine the price will go up soon because of the shortage? Stock up!! ;)

    1. Laura

      I know!!! Those people are nuts. I know someone who lives near and says they are being ridiculous.

  24. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I have a thing for crazy-flavoured vodkas (my current stash includes birthday cake, chocolate, and fruit loop) so I’d absolutely try the sriracha version…I’m not sure what i’d mix it with though, considering that I don’t like tomato juice (and therefore, Bloody Mary’s). I’d make it work somehow though ;-)

    1. Laura

      I’m with you – pass on the tomato juice. Maybe with pineapple juice and club soda?

  25. Julie

    I totally didn’t like sriracha and can’t get on that bandwagon. PB&J is forever though. Not sure about that as a drink though.

  26. Hannah

    1. I made tabasco peanut butter cookies three years ago at least, very early in my blogging days. So take that ‘sririacha in everything’ people.
    2. Stop being sick. Okay?
    3. Your cookie makes me happy.

    1. Laura

      1. I need to go find those.
      2. All healed!
      3. You make me happy.

  27. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's

    I think I could try a siracha bloody mary, but definitely not the chips!

    1. Laura

      I’m the opposite… but really, I think the classics are still the best. :)

  28. Amanda @runtothefinish

    ok since you are the queen of strange…any experience with sardines??

    1. Laura

      I can’t do sardines… that and oysters. *shudder*

  29. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I’ve never tried sriracha. I feel like I’m missing out!

    1. Laura

      For real?! It’s great on a burger. ;)

  30. She Rocks Fitness

    When it comes to vodka I just like it straight up with muddled cucumber…I cannot do sweet or strange flavors. Although one of my favorite restaurants does the BEST espresso martini…da’BOMB! Everyone is getting sick right now and I’m just trying to steer clear of that with good eats, hydration, and REST. We’ll see…

    1. Laura

      Cucumber is so refreshing in vodka! I think I could get on board with that martini too. :)

  31. Calee Himes

    ermgerd i want sriracha vodka. now i’m envisioning a sriracha martini …

    1. Laura

      With a splash of Laphroaig?

  32. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    Ick! Siracha Vodka sounds disgusting! Then again, I don’t like anything spicy. So I’m not exactly the right clientele for this.

    I’m surviving the holiday season by multi-taking and making lists. So much to do!!

  33. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    I am huge wuss when it comes to anything hot so I don’t actually like sriacha – yes start the hate reply comments now ;)

    I NEED to try your cake recipe it sounds great.

    I understand why you went back for more of that cookie, it looks delicious and makes me want a cookie myself now now now!

    1. Laura

      LOL! You and Heather. More for me! ;)

  34. Fran@BCDC

    Somehow your photos make Everything look good, Laura!!

  35. Jolynn @ Lift Pray Love

    It may be good but sriacha is definitely NOT the new pumpkin. #nuffsaid

    1. Missy

      I think peppermint is the new pumpkin actually!

      1. Laura

        Noooo… I can’t stand peppermint flavored things. Kabocha is the new pumpkin!

  36. Missy

    I actually broke down and bought the cilantro Absolut Vodka (I drink my signature Bloody Mary Spritzers a lot) and it was….. interesting.
    Won’t do it again.
    Next on my list needs to be this sriacha (I call it Rooster Sauce becasue the original sriracha IMO is the one with the rooster on it.

    1. Laura

      We grew up calling it rooster sauce too! I’d take that vodka over the cilantro.

  37. Annette@FitnessPerks

    I just bought some siracha. I have yet to eat it…what do I do with it?!!? :)

    1. Laura

      Put it on anything! I love it on eggs, any mexican-esque dishes, burgers… in bloodys… ;)

  38. Allie

    Yum to that cookie with your lunch. That looks super good!

    Sriracha vodka… that is something my brother would LOVE!

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