It must be admitted that I love Harris Teeter. I love that they have that yummy bread section where you can get a sample of bread and olive tapenade, or bread and "European style" butter, or bread and something else equally spreadable and tasty, (I obviously need those samples, thats not extra calories at all).
But I also know that Harris Teeter (my love) is way more expensive than other grocery store chains. The cleanliness though, usually keeps me coming back for more. Especially now that they just opened a new one, literally, within walking distance of my apartment.
That being said, a new Wal-Mart SuperCenter also recently opened near my work, and while I usually loathe Wal-Mart (I am that person speeding through the parking lot willing to come dangerously close to a tortoise-like family in order to get that spot near the front) because it is usually packed to the brim with people who prefer cigarettes over showers, this one has scored a special place in my heart (right next to that special place for Target, but oh Target! how I have missed you these past few weeks as I have given up shopping).
Anyways, this new Wal-Mart is great, and they have a really fantastic grocery department, so fantastic, that I took myself there last weekend for my weekly food run. It also must be said that I have been trying to cut corners lately, since I will most likely need a new vehicle soon. ANYWAYS, I had so much stuff in my cart that I was sure it was going to be about $250 (cause it would have been at the Teet). I even said so to teh cashier, "Man this s going to be a LOT." She just smiled and said, "Maybe not." She obviously knew something I didn't.
Well....the grand total was only $150! I was so stoked--yep stoked, cause I had saved so much moolah.
I needed to explain this because while I was shopping at the WM, I noticed that they had a ton of options for natural and organic foods (which is a big deal to me, cause I try to only buy these foods) and they were affordable.
While I was browsing the baking aisle, I came across some milled flax seed, so I had to pick it up. I had been reading about how flax is so good for you with lots of Omega-3s. I always buy the Smart Balance butter with flax in it...which is a great butter substitute if you haven't tried it.
So this morning I made pancakes with the flax seed. I used Bisquick Heart Healthy mix (I usually use whole wheat mix but I was out) and where the recipe called for 2 cups mix, I used 1 1/2 cups mix and 1/2 cup flax, and also added some cinnamon to the batter. I cut and peeled an apple into really thin slices and put those into the pancakes and they were sooooo good! Probably my best ever.
The brand of flax that I used is, Hodgson Mill Milled Flax Seed. Go pick some up :) The box also says that you can use milled flax seed instead of oil in recipes! How ingenious.