October 14th, 2012

What's for Dinner Menu Planning Link up- week 3

Welcome to week three of the Menu Planning Challenge!

We did well making our four meals this week, and had enough food for two “leftover” evenings.  I also made several kinds of cookie dough balls for snacks and healthy desserts.

I’ve been making variations of my peanut butter-oat balls… I like to add a couple teaspoons of cocoa powder for a chocolate no-bake ball, and roll it in coconut.  I tried some with pumpkin this weekend, and made a batch of Chickpea cookie dough balls.  My husband couldn’t guess the main ingredient, although he knows me, so he wasn’t surprised.  :)   They were yummy!  If you are used to sweet desserts, add a little more sweetener to taste.

Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 2 heaping Tbsp nut butter
  • 1/4 c. oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 c. dark chocolate chips
  • (optional for chocolate version) 2 Tbsp cocoa powder

Combine all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in the food processor until smooth.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Roll into balls and place on  a greased baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, or until set. 

We’ll be making more of these soon!  Here’s what else we’re making this week:

We’re making this crock pot black beans recipe, and will use Lisa’s peanut sauce for Tuesday’s noodles.  The homemade fish sticks are a recipe from Cooking Light, and the Jambalaya is an old recipe favorite as well.  Our challenge for the week was to incorporate acorn squash somehow, which I neglected to do.  I’ll roast one alongside our veggies Wednesday night.

This week’s prize is a box from Daily Dose of Green.  Each month, their boxes contain samples of all sorts of eco-friendly goodies, from new food products to skin care.  To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter below:

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Last week’s winner was …    Nancy.  Congrats!



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