Sunday, October 12, 2008

Peanut Butter is Yummy

by Meghann on October 12, 2008

WARNING: ONLY ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE NEXT TREAT IF YOU PLAN TO HAVE OTHER CONSUME IT WITH YOU..

… or you will eat it al by your self! :)

A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed a Peanut Butter Rice Krispie treat from Whole Foods and have been dying to come up with my own recipe to make this amazing treat. So today I experimented and came up with something wonderful. I have to warn you; these are addicting and I kept finding myself heading to the fridge to pick at the treats!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

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  • 3 cups Puffed Brown Rice
  • 1/2 cup of Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Rice Syrup
  • Handful of Chocolate Chips
  1. Bring the dark brown sugar and syrup to a boil in a small sauce pan
  2. Add the peanut butter to the sauce pan and cook until all is blended.
  3. Remove from heat and add the puffed rice until all is coated
  4. Distribute mixture in to a 8×8 baking pan and sprinkle chocolate chips on top
  5. Refrigerate until firm

I have definitely finished off a good 1/3 of this.  It’s too addicting I can’t trust myself with it in the house, so I am going to bring the rest to work tomorrow and spread the wealth.

Before my peanut butter adventures I had a great day of laying by the pool and getting some cardio at the mall. I am a firm believer that going to the mall is the best cardio. :) At least that’s always my excuse for going. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford to buy anything so I just had fun trying stuff on. Every time I felt the urge to purchase something I would just remind myself that Abbie needs shots and that would bring me back to my senses.

After some lounging by the pool, I worked up a little appetite and decided to break in to a falafel mix I got at Publix yesterday. The instructions were super easy and I only had to broil them in the oven for 2 minutes on each side. I also made a yogurt sauce of non fat plain yogurt, oregano, garlic salt, & pepper.

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In the whole wheat pita I stuffed spinach, tomatoes, falafels & the yogurt sauce. It was very yummy.

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With the falafel pita I also had some grapes and carrots on the side.

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And last, but not least, I enjoyed a Sam Adams Octoberfest beer.

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I’ve had this single beer in my fridge forever but am just never in the mood to have a beer by myself with dinner. While I was laying by the pool I was salivating thinking about this beer and knew it would be a perfect component to my lunch.

Before I hit the mall I snacked on a serving of Annie’s Bunnies and 4 Kashi Vegtable Crackers.

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I had a HUGE headache after I returned from the mall and came so close to just having toast for dinner. I had been looking forward to preparing my preplanned dinner and knew I would be sad if I didn’t make it, so I told myself to just start cooking and if I didn’t want it by the time it was done, that I would just eat it tomorrow. I am so glad I made myself cook, by the time I was done, my headache was gone and I was ready to eat.

For dinner I had Golden Nugget Acorn Squash Pasta

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  • 1 Golden Nugget Acorn Squash
  • 1 cup cooked pasta
  • 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 Fresh Spinach
  • Small Grilled Chicken Breast
  • S&P
  • Garlic
  • Nutmeg
  1. Poke the squash with a fork and microwave on high for 8 minutes, cut in half and scoop out the inners to save for later
  2. Add the onion, broccoli and garlic to a hot pan and cook until tender
  3. Add the squash, ricotta cheese, and vegetable stock to the veggies and cook on low for about 5 minutes while stirring until all is blended
  4. Once the sauce resembles a sauce add the rest of the ingredients and cook until the spinach is wilted and everything is warm

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This was a great pasta dish that I loosely based on Megan’s Skillet Pumpkin Pasta. I was looking for a fun way to use up the random Golden Nugget Acorn Squash I bought (it was pretty and only $1) so this recipe worked perfectly. I would happily make it again and I believe any sort of squash will do just fine :)

Sadly, Sunday is coming to a close. This has been a great relaxing weekend, which has been great because next weekend I am once again packed to the rim with plans. I hope everyone else had a great weekend as well! 

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