Flatout News

November 30, 2009

An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Filed under: Uncategorized — flatoutnews @ 9:28 pm


During this season, I am always cognizant of ways to fight anything from the flu to the common cold.  Apples are the perfect snack to take advantage of to maintain a healthy lifestyle- especially now, when they are in season!  Apples are a terrific source of fiber, and they are easy to incorporate into your diet.

My favorite thing about apples is that they are significantly filling, especially compared to other fruit.  Not only are they easy to pack as part of lunch (whole or chopped into slices), but accompanied with peanut butter, cheese, or other fruit, apples can be even more fulfilling.  And, if you have the time, bring some fun into your apple-eating by apple-picking!  Save the grocery store for when it gets really cold out there!

The Turkey Apple Flatout Wrap is one of my favorite dishes that include apples.

All you need:

1 Flatout Flatbread

2 tsp reduced fat mayonnaise

2 tsp Catalina dressing

1 slice low fat sharp cheddar cheese

3 slices smoked turkey breast

6 thin apple slices

All you need to do:

Whisk together dressing and mayo.  Spread dressing over entire Flatout.  On one rounded end, layer turkey, cheese and apple. Roll, cut and enjoy!

November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Desserts- Flatout SWEET

Filed under: Thanksgiving — flatoutnews @ 3:50 pm

The Flatout Apple Streusel Pizza is a tasty autumn dessert.  When entertaining- especially on Thanksgiving- it is a fabulous dessert option, because it is easy to prepare and it does not take long to bake.  I’m having 12 people over for my Thanksgiving dinner, so I intend on making six Apple Streusel Pizzas.  Unlike other desserts, you don’t even have to prepare the night or two before.  After dinner, I plan to pop the pizzas in the oven, and serve seven minutes later.  Buy a carton of vanilla ice cream to accompany the dish, and give yourself – and your guests- something to really be thankful for!

All you need:

1 Flatout Flatbread

Pam Cooking Spray

8 oz can of apple pie filling (Feel free to make your own apple pie filling with fresh apples)

1 Tbs streusel icing

2 Tbs of low fat granola

All you need to do:

Preheat outdoor grill.  Lightly oil both sides of Flatout.  Top Flatout with pie filling and sprinkle with granola.  Cook Flatout on closed grill for six minutes.  Drizzle Streusel icing over pizza.  Cut Flatout into six squares.  If you want to make this a la mode, or share with a larger group, cut into 16 wedges.

If it’s too cold out there: (which it is for me, around this time of year)

Cook lightly oiled Flatout in 350 degree Fahrenheit oven directly on grate for 7 minutes.  Remove.  Top Flatout with pie filling and sprinkle with granola and cook 7 more minutes.  Drizzle with icing.  Enjoy!

November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Filed under: Thanksgiving — Tags: — flatoutnews @ 7:53 pm

While I love Thanksgiving dinner, I am crazy for the next day’s leftovers.  When preparing the meal, I always deliberately cook much more than necessary to guarantee a wonderful lunch the next day… and the day after that!

After dinner, be sure to wrap leftovers in containers and refrigerate.  Thinly sliced turkey wrapped in Healthy Grain Flatout Flatbread or Artisan Fold It Flatbread is delicious.  I like to dip the wrap in gravy set aside from the night before.  Leftover sides such as mashed potatoes, stuffing and rice are hearty tag-alongs to your Flatout Leftover.

November 17, 2009

FOLD it Mediterranean Style

Filed under: Flatout Fun — flatoutnews @ 8:36 pm

With Flatout Artisan FOLD it Flatbread, who needs forks? Fold up your favorite dinners into FOLD it sandwiches. You’d be surprised just how fun forkless meals are. I especially enjoy folding up my Mediterranean favorites. Check out some of my favorite Mediterranean meals below.

Flatout Grilled Lamb and Roasted Vegetable Artisan Sandwich

All you need:

1 Flatout Artisan FOLD it Flatbread

½ lb lamb chunks

8 chunks of yellow and red peppers

4 cherry tomatoes

1 oz prepared tsaki sauce

All you need to do:

Grill lamb and vegetables until done.  Layer meat and vegetables on one half of Flatout FOLD it.  Spread sauce on top.  Fold and enjoy!

My All-time Favorite Personal Creation: THE MEDITERANEAN FLATOUT WILD

All you need:

1 Flatout Artisan FOLD it Flatbread

1 grilled chicken, sliced up

Onions and tomatoes, chopped

1 oz prepared tsaki sauce

1 oz prepared hummus

Feta Cheese

All you need to do:

Grill chicken, tomatoes and onions together until done.  Layer meat and vegetables on one half of Flatout FOLD it.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top of grilled chicken, onions and tomatoes.  Spread sauces on top.  Fold and enjoy!

I enjoy eating my Mediterranean Flatout entrees with Mediterranean favorites such as lentil soup, rice, and fries.  Also, as an appetizer or a side, Flatout Artisan Snackers are delicious and quite easy to prepare!

All you need:

Flatout FOLD it Snackers

1 container of prepared hummus or tsaki

All you need to do:

Rip or cut Flatout FOLD it into pieces.  OPTIONAL: Toast the FOLD it before ripping or cutting.  Dip and enjoy!

November 16, 2009

FOLD it

Filed under: Flatout Fun — flatoutnews @ 3:58 am

I love the folks at Flatout, because like me, they are innovative and resourceful.  They understand that food’s fun, and they know how to have fun with it!

Because Flatout is versatile bread, it is really easy for me to incorporate it into several meals and cuisines at all times of the day for all kinds of people.  Kids, adults, breakfast, dessert—this bread is Flatout AWESOME! I offer my friends at Flatout recipes, tips and ideas all the time, because I’m so crazy about the bread.  Flatout’s Artisan FOLD it Flatbread is one of my Flatout favorites, because it compliments my favorite foods nicely.

A piece of Artisan FOLD It Flatbread:

Contains 100 Calories

Contains Flax, an excellent source of ALA Omega 3s

Contains 8 g of fiber, or 30% of the daily value of fiber

Contains 8 g of whole grain

folditIf that alone isn’t Flatout impressive to you, I don’t know what is! FOLD it Flatbread is available in a variety of flavors including Rosemary and Olive Oil, Traditional Country, and 5 Grain Flax.  I love taking a delicious meat or salad and folding it into a delicious sandwich.  Turkey burgers, beef burgers, veggie burgers, grilled chicken, turkey off the bone and salads are just a few of my favorites to add to a FOLD It Flatbread.  Check it out!

November 12, 2009

Flatout Pizza Pizza!

Filed under: Flatout Fun — flatoutnews @ 11:34 pm

pissaFlatout Pizza is a great lunch entrée for you or your kids, because it is extrememly satisfying.  Sometimes, we assume that the more fulfilling a meal is, the more unhealthy it is.  Check out these easy-to-make Flatout Pizzas below, and you’ll be surprised just how wrong that assumption is! I persoanlly prefer to eat my pizza cold, because I love leftover pizza, but if you would rather eat your pizza warm, re-heat at the office for a minute or two.

Let’s be Flatout SMART Tip: If you want to make these recipes below even more healthier, feel free to substitute the cheeses listed with fat-free, low-fat, or reduced fat cheeses. You can find a reduced fat version of most cheeses at your local grocery store.

Flatout Farm Fresh Perfecto Thin Crust Pizza

All you need:

1 Flatout Artisan Foldit Flatbread

1 ½ tsp balsalmic vinaigrette dressing

1 cup fresh baby spinach

½ cup shredded Fontina cheese

6 grape tomatoes, sliced in half

All you need to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.  Place lightly oiled Flatout Foldit on top of oven grate; cook 4 minutes and remove.  In a bowl, toss dressing, spinach and tomatoes.  Place mixture on top of entire Flatout.  Sprinkle Fontina over top.  Return to oven and cook 4 more minutes. Remove.

Flatout Arugula Mushroom Thin Crust Pizza

All you need:

4 Flatout Flatbreads

2 ½ cups of fresh, sliced and stemmed mushrooms- shitake, button or portabella

1 medium onion, sliced

1 pint grape tomatoes

1/3 cup olive oil

2  Tbs balsamic vinegar

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

2 cups baby arugula

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

All You need to do:

Cook lightly oiled Flatout in 350 degrees Farenheit oven directly on grate for 7 minutes. Remove.  Top with Arugula, sauteed vegetablesand Parmesan cheese.  Remove, cut into slices and enjoy!

Flatout Tomato-Basil Thin Crust Pizza

All you need:

1 Flatout Flatbread

1 tomato sliced

1 Tbs chopped basil

2 Tbs balsamic vinaigrette

¼ tsp garlic salt

6 oz part- skim mozarella, sliced thin

All you need to do:

Cook lightly oiled Flatout in 350 degrees Farenheit oven directly on grate for 7 minutes.  Remove.  Top with marinate and return to oven and cook 7 more minutes.  Remove, cut into sliced and Enjoy!

Flatout Tex-Mex Thin Crust Pizza

All you need:

3 Flatout Flatbreads

Olive oil cooking spray

1 lb ground beef

1 package (1.25 oz) taco seasoning

½ cup water

1 cup salsa

1 package (8 oz) shredded lettuce

1 cup diced tomatoes

2 Tbs salsa

2 Tbs sour cream

All you need to do:

Cook lightly oiled Flatout in 350 degrees Farenheit on grate for 7 minutes.  Remove.  Top per instructions above.  Return to oven and cook 7 more minutes.  Remove and cut into wedges.  Top with lettuce, a dollop of sour cream and tomatoes.

November 11, 2009

Sidetracked? Nah, Get On Track with Sides!

Filed under: Sides — flatoutnews @ 9:31 pm

It’s easy to get sidetracked, and lose sight of your lunch-packing goals, once you have your delicious and nutritious entrée in the bag. Complete your brown bag lunch by adding two of the following sides. Based on your kids’ preferences, choose two sides below to include in lunches.

  1. Flatbread Crisps: my favorite
  2. Chopped or whole seasonal fruit
  3. Carrot and celery sticks
  4. 100 Calorie Packs or Portioned baggies of your favorite snack (ie: pretzels, low-fat chips or cookies)
  5. Pudding
  6. Low fat Popcorn
  7. Graham Crackers
  8. Yogurt
  9. Granola Bars
  10. Apple sauce

At lunch time, when I’m in the mood to crunch, I get my edge on ! When eating a sandwich or wrap, there’s nothing I want more than edgeon Baked Flatbreat Crisps.  They are my absolute favorite side, and they are full of fiber and have 50-60% less fat than potato chips!  Check out the flavors:  Four Cheese, Sea Salt and Garlic Herb.

Let’s be Flatout SMART Tip: I am the first to gravitate towards the 100 Calorie Pack section of the grocery store snack aisle.  As someone who is a proponent of portion control (and who can easily polish off a pack of chips in one sitting), I often rely on pre-packaged portioned out snacks to keep me in check.  While I do appreciate the notion of portion control, my wallet certainly does not.  100 Calorie Packs are often expensive, and you don’t always get a lot of product per dollar.  It is sometimes much more economically efficient to purchase the snack, read the label, do the math, and portion it out on your own instead of always opting for the 100 Calorie Pack version. This isn’t always the case, but it is something to be wary of. Unless I have a coupon or they are discounted, I try to shy away from these products.  You would be shocked how far a box of baggies and a bag of your favorite snack would get you!  Make sure to read the nutrition label carefully.

November 9, 2009

Flatout for Kids too!

Filed under: Kids — flatoutnews @ 2:50 pm

Call me Flatout Crazy, but Flatout really is the greatest thing since sliced bread, especially for kids.  Some children truly have an aversion to bread crust.  In fact, according to Sara Lee research, 37% of kids ask to have the crust removed from their bread.  Instead of spending time cutting crust, cut corners with Flatout bread!Untitled

Flatout Flatbread cut in half or into pinwheels are just the right size for small hands and big appetites.  Check out the nutrition facts below for Flatout Multi-Grain with Flax.

Flatout Multi-Grain with Flax

Serving Size: 1 flatbread

Serving Per Container:6

Calories: 100

Total Fat: 2.5g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 280 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 17 g

Dietary Fiber: 9 g

Sugars: 1 g

Protein: 9 g


Flatout Options

Filed under: Lunch — flatoutnews @ 1:19 am

For most households, lunch-packing doesn’t end after your kids’ meals are packed.  Due to our budget and health awareness, most of us have cut back on eating out.  Obviously, for your kids, you need to prepare their lunches before they go to school.  For you and your spouse, on the other hand, Flatout creations are easy to prepare beforehand or at the office. If your office has a fridge, why not give yourself the option to decide what you’re in the mood to eat right before you eat it?

Store a bag or two of Flatout breads with your favorite condiments, and you’ll not only save money, time, and calories/fat consumption, but you’ll also save yourself a daily brown bag!

Peanut butter, jelly, hummus, cream cheese, and salsa are all staples to keep in your office fridge.  They will last a long time, and they are inexpensive. Spread and call it a wrap!

Also, cold cuts and sliced vegetables such as cucumbers and tomatoes are great to bring into the office on a weekly basis. With all the condiments and weekly additions, you will have Flatout options at your fingertips!

Let’s be Flatout SMART Tip: Be sure to keep your goods in a bag that clearly has your name written on it.  You wouldn’t want a coworker to Flatout steal… could you blame them!

November 8, 2009

Goodbye to Back to School Blues: Brownbag your Flatout Favorites!

Filed under: Lunch — flatoutnews @ 11:35 pm

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Goodbye to Back to School Blues: Brownbag your Flatout Favorites!

It’s that time of year again. The momentum of the back to school season has died down.  While your kids are sick of homework and studying, you too are dreading the responsibilities that once excited you at the onset of the back to school season.  It’s that time of year again. It’s time when you’re dreading packing a lunch.

We want our kids to enjoy the lunches we pack.  However, we also want lunches to be nutritious and filling, yet affordable at the same time.  It is challenging to pack inexpensive, nutritious and appetizing lunches.  Often times, I find that I have to compromise one of my lunch-packing objectives to achieve the other two.  If I prepare a nutritious lunch, it is expensive.  If I prepare a delicious and affordable lunch, it is often unhealthy.  It shouldn’t be so difficult, and it doesn’t have to be.

This season, now that we’ve been brown-baggin’ it for a few months, you and your kids are feeling bored and desperate for some new lunch ideas.  Revamp your brownbags, with some of my favorite lunch ideas below! These simple wrap recipes will save you time, save you empty calories and fat consumption, and of course, save you money!

Wrap It Up!

PB&J with SB&G Flatout  Wrap

All you need:

1 Flatout Flatbread

2 Tbs peanut butter

2 Tbs of your favorite jam

3 strawberries, hulled and sliced

½ banana cut in half-length wise

¼ cup granola

All you need to do:

Spread peanut butter evenly over entire Flatout.  On one rounded end, spread jam.  Layer strawberry, banana and granola.  Roll, cut, and enjoy!

Tuna Flatout Wrap

All you need:

1 Flatout Flatbread

3 oz tuna salad

2 tsp shredded carrots

¾ oz red pepper, thinly sliced

1 romaine leaf

All you need to do:

On one rounded end of Flatout, layer the tuna salad, carrots, peppers, and romaine. Roll, cut and enjoy!

Perfect Turkey and Cheese Flatout Wrap

All you need:

1 Flatout Flatbread

1 oz reduced fat ranch dressing

3 slices of Low Fat Cheddar Cheese

2 tomato slices

1 Romaine leaf

All you need to do:

Spread dressing over entire Flatout.  On one rounded end, layer the turkey, cheese, tomatoes, and Romaine.  Roll, cut and enjoy.

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