Menu Planning #8 + No bake Cranberry Crunch Bites

What have you been eating lately? I suddenly find myself craving sweet potatoes, soups and stews, so that’s largely what our week looked like. My two favorite meals from the past week were Curried Squash Stew and Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili.  I love that you can throw almost anything into chili and it is delicious.

Curried Squash Stew, Bean Dip, Sweet Potato Chili topped with plain yogurt

Here’s the Menu Plan for the week, with more beans and sweet potatoes planned:

Sunday: Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers

Monday: Black Bean Sweet Potato Crock pot Soup

Tuesday: Clean-out-the-fridge omelets or frittata

Wednesday: Leftovers before we head out of town

Thursday: Travel day!

Friday: Thanksgiving meal with my side of the family

Saturday: Thanksgiving meal with my husband’s family

I’m looking forward to the easy cooking week! And I hate throwing food away, so we will do our best to eat all our perishable foods before we go.  It’s always a tricky balance to determine how much to buy so that we have enough produce, but not more than we need.

Last week as I was perusing the bulk bins at Whole Foods, I picked up dried bananas for L as a little treat.  Unfortunately, neither she or I were a big fan of them, so I was looking for a way to use them.  It turns out they are delicious combined with cranberries and nuts! So here’s a simple holiday no bake “cookie” option…

No Bake Cranberry Crunch Bites

  • 3/4 c. dried bananas
  • 3/4 c. dried cranberries
  • 3/4 c. almonds (I use raw)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • dash cinnamon or ginger

Throw everything in a food processor and blend until the mixture is beginning to stick together.  Roll into balls.  (If the mixture is not sticky enough, process longer).

The dried bananas gave these a nice crunch, and made it a sweet treat.

Thanks for everyone who entered the PopChips giveaway last week.  The winner is Amy from Running Escapades!

Are you traveling this week?

29 thoughts on “Menu Planning #8 + No bake Cranberry Crunch Bites

  1. Laura, you could have been a chef. Your food always looks amazing. We are staying home this Thanksgiving and it’s just my family, but I plan on making a huge feast. T-Day is my favorite holiday, I also love to cook and love that there is no crazy present opening etc. the best holiday ever, food and family! Have a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving!
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  2. Thanks for sharing the no bake cranberry crunch bites. I may steal it and use it for little appetizer or dessert for upcoming parties. Great idea. I do agree the dried bananas will give a nice little bite and crunch!

  3. You are so smart to use the dried bananas for the cranberry crunch bites. I once bought a giant bag of dried blueberries thinking my daughter would love them. She didn’t…at all. I ended up throwing them out. I need to get more creative, like you! Thanks for including my slow cooker soup in your menu planning. Very exciting. I hope you like it. I’m happy for you that you have a bit of a break from cooking this week. That’s always nice! :) Joann
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  4. I recently made a sweet potato, butternut squash stew with quinoa that was so yummy. I’ve been craving sweet potatoes too but have been too lazy too cook them. I’m not quite sure how that works but it’s true. Or else the boys eat them all before I get to them!! We’ll be home on actual Thanksgiving day and then head to my in-laws over the weekend.
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