Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday, Desperate for Chocolate Drops edition

As I said last week, the theme for this month's What I Ate Wednesday is "Spooky Snacks & Healthy Halloween Treats."

Now, I would not want to let our host, Jenn, down. So, I was forced to consume snacks...a lot of snacks...this past week.

If you missed my no-bake chocolate nut butter cereal bars last week, go back and have a look. I cannot recommend them enough.

But I also have a new recipe this week, for the "Desperate for Chocolate Drops" pictured above.

Besides the chocolate drops, I also made Laura's No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Balls. See the splotches of peanut butter where some of them are missing? That was me. The kids tried them and weren't big fans (I suspect because you can feel the oats on your tongue) so I was forced to eat most of them. Poor me. 

They are a tasty and nutritious treat. I added chocolate chips instead of raisins to entice the kids.

We also had some actual meals this week. My daughter wanted mashed potatoes and corn one night, but my husband wanted to make sushi. So, we did both, and added some breaded and fried tofu. A little weird, I know, but sometimes getting kids to eat takes work.

I have been digging the slow cooker lately. I made this veg soup in the slow cooker, and paired it with some spelt bread from the breadmaker.

I also made a white bean cassoulet in the slow cooker. I fried up some veggie sausage and added it at the end. This picture is my lunch the next day. I heated some leftover rapini right in the same pan. I don't like the microwave oven and try not to use it much. It's actually in my basement, ever since my naturopathic doctor told me that the microwave leaves radiation in all your food within six feet, even in the cupboard.

People say it's safe with the door shut, but I actually borrowed an EMF reader from work once. When I held it up to the microwave at work (door shut) and turned the microwave on, it overloaded the reader. Even at the kitchen door, the reader was still picking up EMFs. Same thing at home. So, if you are going to use it, especially if you are pregnant, leave the room while it's on.

Another night, I made a very simple meal of rice vermicelli noodles with sauteed frozen veggies and extra-firm tofu. I sauteed the veggies and tofu in olive oil until the veggies were tender and the tofu chunks were browned, stirring in a bit of bottled teriyaki sauce and some Bragg's Liquid Aminos (you could use soy sauce or tamari) mid-way through the process. I then added the cooked noodles and heated through. Delicious and the easiest healthy meal you will ever make!

Here's those Desperate for Chocolate Drops again. One night, I really wanted a treat (as I do every night actually) but we didn't have anything suitable in the house. So I made up this recipe super quick, and cooled them in the freezer. I was enjoying them half an hour after the craving hit!

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Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Desperate for Chocolate Drops

by Joann MacDonald
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (10 to 12 treats)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp vegan margarine
  • 1/4 cup raisins and/or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crispy rice cereal
In a medium size pot, over medium heat, melt the chocolate and the margarine, stirring them together.

Once the mixture is smooth, remove from the heat and stir in the raisins, dried cranberries and cereal.

Put a piece of wax paper over a large plate. Drop spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture onto the wax paper.

Place the plate in the fridge for an hour. If you are really desperate for chocolate, put the plate in the freezer for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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  1. Love all the fun treats! And, good call on swapping out the raisins for chocolate chips. I know it was meant to entice the kids, but it just enticed this adult, too ;).

  2. It all looks great, I'm always a sucker for sweets but right now the combination of tofu and sushi looks pretty perfect!

    1. I am also a sucker for sweets...but I guess you could see that. :)

  3. Oh, yum! Chocolate anything always sounds good to me. :) So glad you liked the pb balls, those are one of my favorites!

    1. I am looking forward to trying some more of your healthy recipes! :)

  4. Dammit, Jo! I love you and your blog, but I feel starving after reading your posts!

  5. Love the kids combo platter {we have many a meal with odd pairings, which are surprisingly delicious & a bit indulgent}. So sad to know you were forced to consume snacks-- just know that it was for the betterment of the blogging community. I pledge your sacrifice will not be in vain!! {I will personally make and then do damage to those Desperate for Chocolate Drops in your memory lol}

    1. Thanks Tabetha. I really think I would feel better about my sacrifice if you did make them. ;) I also am going to make them again just to be sure the recipe is good for my readers. :)

  6. I cannot get over how delicious every one of your meals look!

  7. Jo, these look so festive!

    1. They definitely would be a good, quick Christmas treat. And you could double/triple the recipe and freeze them. :)

  8. I need to make that recipe because I'm desperate for chocolate EVERY DAY. :)

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