Sriracha Tours + Accidentally Gluten-Free WIAW

Atlantarctica no more!


Working from home was nice, but the cold was no bueno.

This week we are finally thawing out down South (sorry about your luck, in the Northeast).  While I hope it’s here to stay, I find myself craving a getaway.  To some place thing warm.

Now that they aren’t shut down, California’s Huy Fong Foods factory (a.k.a. where Sriracha is made) is giving tours of the factory!  It’s purportedly to educate people about “how our Sriracha is made and how delicious it smells” after near-by residents complained that the spicy Sriracha production caused “unpleasant odors and burning eyes.”  Wusses.

sriracha burn


Who’s up for a field trip???


This WIAW I’m back in the office and on the wagon with meal prep.  I brought back a few favorites, and learned to cook something new!


Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!



The usual apple cider morning cocktail was followed by one of my favorites: overnight oats in an almost-empty nut butter jar.

I usually make this with Greek yogurt, but I used a new find from Whole Foods.  Elli Quark is thick and creamy, and even higher in protein per serving!

Banana-Almond Overnight Oats

Banana-Almond Butter Overnight Oats (in a jar)

  • 1 almost-empty almond butter jar
  • 1 serving Elli Quark (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1/2 diced banana
  • 1/4 C oatmeal (I used Purely Elizabeth)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Stevia and almond milk (or other liquid), to taste


Mix it all together and place it in the fridge overnight.  Remove from fridge in the morning, stir, and add additional liquid if necessary.  You can also warm it in the microwave if you’re using a glass jar.


Mid-Morning Snack:

I’m loving KIND bars as a pre-workout snack.  I had a Peanut Butter & Strawberry one before a lunchtime back and tri workout.

KIND bar



Sea Bass roasted with lemon, garlic, and rosemary with a spinach and beet salad drizzled in mustard.  I saved the cinnamon-topped sweet potato for “dessert.”

Sea Bass


Afternoon Snack:

Chicken, roasted eggplant, BBQ Cauliflower Bites, and my last Dora frozen edamame.  I’m really sad the store quit carrying these little packets. :(

Edamame and chicken



Soy bean pasta (Whole Foods find!), vodka marinara sauce, spinach, scallops, annnnd… bacon.

Scallops and marinara

This was a partial-leftover dish.  I made the scallops on Sunday.  It was my first time (successfully) making scallops, but it was really easy!

I sautéed minced garlic and shallots in olive oil, then added the scallops and fresh lemon juice to sear (~2-3 mins each side) before dumping in the marinara sauce and letting that simmer another 4-5 mins.

Pre-dessert was a (unpictured) Purely Twins’ Protein Thin Mint.  These are amazing.  I made the 1/2 cocoa, 1/2 carob version, and I swear they taste just like the real-deal.


Carrot Cake Batter made with cottage cheese and a scoop of coconut flour.  I warmed it a bit before topping it, which was a good call.

Decorated it with popcorn, cocoa powder sauce, and my favorite peanut flour sauce (I get my peanut flour on iHerb  – use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your order).

Carrot Cake Batter and popcorn


After writing this, I realized I ate gluten-free all day… completely on accident!

What new recipes or foods are you liking lately?

Do you like overnight oats?  What’s your go-to recipe?



  1. says

    WELL YOU JUST SOLD ME – You’re pretty good at that! I saw the Purely Twin recipe for their protein thin mints and I was quite INTRIGUED! I even went to the store and LOOKED at the ingredients needed for the recipe. LOL – That’s a big step for me 😉

    BUT YOU have pushed me over the edge! It’s on! Lets SKYPE and make them together? LMFAO!

  2. says

    While I haven’t tried any new foods lately, I’ve been bringing back some old favorites, like sweet potato starch noodles. The look like glass noodles, and are light, but very filling, and so good. Those are used to make Korean japchae.
    Fun fact: my husband used to eat so much Sriracha, but since we always have spicy home-made kimchi in our fridge now, he uses that to spice up his food instead.

    • Laura says

      I’ve had those!!! They’re like kelp noodles. MY farmer’s market has them in a billion varieties. Love kimchi too!

  3. says

    Haha I love that Dora promotes shelled edamame. Such a winner! I’ve been dabbling in lots of new foods lately – cacao nibs were (shockingly) new to me and are going in everything. And I mean eeeeverything.

  4. says

    so delicious. i keep saying I will try overnight oats, still on my to do list. I am thinking of making a batch thursday night when I have some time. i don’t have the nut butter but I do have everything else.

  5. says

    I never really think to make overnight oats with an almost-empty nut butter jar…I usually just do regular oats in a jar 😉 And I haven’t really had any new foods lately…but I think I’m going to pick up spaghetti squash this weekend to experiment with, which i’ve only had once or twice.

    • Laura says

      Of couse – wine must follow! 😉

      I got it a Whole Foods, but I think you can order it on iHerb. It’s a little chewier than pasta, but I realy like it!

  6. says

    Everything in here sounds pretty damn good Laura! I use overnight oats a lot, pretty similar to yours actually. I add greek yogurt, banana, almonds, and sometimes cranberries. I usually sprinkle some cinnamon and nutmeg in there too! Yum!

    I have been loving the damn trader joes cookie butter….. but my jar is one spoonful away from being gone, so at least I wont be able to have any more!

    • Laura says

      Yes! I put cinnamon in everything. I’m a little touch and go with nutmeg; a little goes a looooong way for me. Ginger though – I could eat that all day long.

  7. cherie says

    Love the protein thin mints! I made them last fourth of July to enjoy with grilled watermelon cocktails while watching fireworks :-)

  8. says

    I keep seeing the news on Siracha since it is about an hour from me.. :)

    I love that Once Again nut nut butter! Got it on sale at Sprouts one time – it really did taste different than others in a good way!

    OK, going to search out your Elli Quark find!

  9. says

    i’m down for the field trip to the sriracha factory! 😀

    it’s funny, the other day i put some chia pudding (rather than oats) into an “almost empty jar” of nuttzo and thought to myself “but is it actually almost empty?” because there were probably at least 2 “servings” in there…
    and then i grabbed a spoon and said “yea, OF COURSE it’s almost empty” and proceeded to devour it :)

  10. says

    I call dibs for the first name on your list! Siracha is apart of the essential food groups. I made this executive decision about….5 minutes ago! I feel the need to tell you, when I first heard of the temporary shut down I drove to the store and stocked up on 3 jumbo bottles.

    I don’t take missing my vitamins lightly 😉

    I was sad about the little dora packets too, have you tried Sprouts? I think I spotted them at Fry’s too!

    • Laura says

      I love that you stocked up! Hahaha!

      Does Sprouts do the individual packages? I’m know it’s wasteful… but so convenient!

  11. says

    I’ve never had overnight oats either. Between that and my unnatural fear of tofu, I just might be the strangest blogger yet. I’ll have to mock this in print one day.

    I’m sorry your Dora packets are no more. At least you’ll aways have Kind bars. And pasta because pasta is always wonderful.

  12. says

    Ya, you know how i feel about the sriracha place now, as i drive by it on the freeway. seriously gasping for air. eyes burning. it’ll knock ya over. I should go on a tour for you. but send me a face mask, please. need to invent scratch n sniff of sriracha plant. 😉

    • Laura says

      Heather was saying the same thing about lactose – she can go Greek yogurt and cottage cheese if it’s just 1x a day. I think when they strain it a lot of the lactose some out. Same for hard cheeses.

  13. says

    OK, when I first discovered Siracha, it was when they were supposedly “shutting down”. Well as you can imagine I loved it and couldn’t believe I had only discovered it for it to be gone from my life forever.- Enter panic mode- I bought like ten bottles! I’m down for a field trip, I’ll even pack the lunches!

  14. says

    ermergerd yes. tours of the factory would be fun. PS Love Once Again. They’re the only brand that makes a sunbutter I can choke down. Sunflower seed butter is gross.

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