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.

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47 thoughts on “What’s for Dinner Menu Planning Link up- week 3

  1. I would love to try so many new recipes and especially “healthier” ones but then I end up with a lot of left overs b/c the kids take one bite and refuse to eat any more. I guess I have raised picky eaters? Sugary eaters? Not willing to change eaters? 😉

    (I am going to try the chickpea cookie balls though…I wld be curious to see what the peanut gallery says about them)

    • I understand… we’re hitting a pickier stage with L, too. I think some of it is definitely out of our control, no matter how hard we try!
      I’d add a little extra honey or maple syrup to the cookie dough balls, if that’s what they’re used to. I have another cookie dough recipe that I was going to post this week as well, that uses butter and sugar, just less of it… so it tastes like the real deal because it is the real deal. :) But it’s healthier than the standard chocolate chip cookie.
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  2. I actually share meal planning with my mother in law and sister in law- just for dinner. We each cook 2-3 nights a week. We share our calendar on Google Drive. :) It sure helps make life more organized!

    OM goodness! That chickpea cookie recipe is crazy! I can’t wait to try it out. I am sneaking chickpeas into my kids this weekend :)
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  3. You know I love those chocolate/oat/coconut balls! Delicious! This week’s plan is a little boring but I will post it soon. Congratulations on the race this morning!

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  5. I have to plan my menus each week – otherwise, dinnertime is too stressful once I come home from work with two hungry/cranky little ones. But for me, one of the nice benefits is often having leftovers to bring for lunch the next day, saving me the time of having to prepare lunches (one of my least favorite chores).
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  6. Thanks for the mention and hope you like my peanut sauce! I too am a fan of leftovers! I am going to try your chick pea recipe, I’ve added it to baked chocolate chip cookies but curious to try your version. YUM!
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  7. Those balls look good, like your garbanzo brownies but in ball form. I can dig that! I like the brownies, so am looking forward to trying the balls as well. This weekend I made apple cake; it was delicious, but not very healthy, except that it had apples in it! 😉
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  8. I made a big tofu stir-fry for last minute dinners, but I’ll probably stick to my huge dinner salads!

  9. When I wrote my post, I thought I didn’t have much time to do extra food this week. However, a no-bake cookie recipe would be just the ticket! I think I have chickpea flour in the freezer that I could substitute since it’s all being mixed in the food processor.

    If you have a moment, this is just the kind of healthy recipe we’d love to share at Motivation Monday on my main blog, A Life in Balance (http://alifeinbalance.net)
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  11. I know I only posted once but I love reading through everyone’s menu. It totally helps to inspire my menu. I have still been consistently menu planning, just not blogging about it. I love that you guys are continuing with it!!!
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  14. LOVED the chickpea cookie dough balls! Do you think they’d work with white beans instead of chickpeas? Or other beans? Anyone tried other beans?

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