energy balls

hehe, balls. I’ll get to ‘em.

While I’m a full on Pinterest addict,  sometimes I feel like a fake.  Here I am pinning all this sh*t I, allegedly, want to cook, create, and decorate and 9 times out of 10 I do nothing…really like 9.999999 out of 10.   The few pins I have tried ended in a disastrous, but highlarious state, that is until tonight!   I saw this pin over the weekend:

Source: smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com via ashallann on Pinterest

I was sold as soon as I saw “no bake.”   They were so easy to make, and claimed to be delicious.  Bonus that it’s fun to call them energy balls (sometimes I have the humor of a 12 year old boy.)  You’ll notice the recipe creator didn’t refer to them as balls, that’s my own personal way of classing it up.    If you can’t get to the original post for the recipe, just click here.   Basically you’ll need oatmeal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, honey, ground flax seed and vanilla extract.   Mix.   Refrigerate.  Roll into balls.   Enjoy.

I didn’t stop with the delicious balls this evening, I was on a roll.   I wanted to have portobello mushrooms, but didn’t feel like sauteing them or soaking them in balsalmic, so I decided to stuff ‘em!  I sauteed about a cup of spinach with a tbsp of olive oil with 1/4 of a red onion (chopped.)  I added in tomato towards the end and then took the mixture and placed it inside a washed portobello mushroom cap.   I added some chopped bacon to manfriends.  I baked the whole thing at 375 for about 10 minutes.   Awesome, perfect balance of natural flavors:

Seriously, try the energy ball recipe.   I don’t know if they actually give you energy but they’re easy.  You could make them at work.

snack attack

I spent most of the afternoon in the kitchen on Sunday getting snacks ready for manfriend and kiddo ahead of the game.  Here was the spread…obviously kiddo and his dad are not embracing my attempt at vegan eating:

Fresh Salsa, I just chopped three tomatoes, half a large green pepper, 2 ears of fresh corn, 1/2 c of cilantro and mixed with a dash of lime juice and 2 spoonfuls of chili sauce.   Amazing.

Nachos (melt cheese over nachos, tough stuff.)

Honey Lemon Garlic wings, you can find the recipe here.   I threw some honey on them for the last five minutes of baking and manfriend loved them.  He’s a wing expert.

Twice baked potatoes, which are always amazing.   The big game version had bacon and cheese in them, but I’ve made them vegan many times with a little bit of Earth Balance and some veggies or herbs mixed in.

There were also lots and lots of veggies.  If my kid is allowed to eat anything with bacon in it, he better be housing some serious veggies along with it.

Hope you enjoyed the snacking Big Game!

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