Content in the kitchen

I woke up just after 9 today, a little earlier than usual — and a full hour before my alarm went off. Even so, I didn’t try to go back to sleep.

No, I got up and headed straight to the kitchen. I had things to make. Lots of things. Delicious-sounding things — and I couldn’t wait to get started.

Breakfast was the first thing on my agenda, of course. I whipped up the Chocolate Cranberry Pancakes Di posted at the Treadmill Diaries the other day.

I used vanilla almond milk instead of regular (because that’s what I had open in the fridge) and then omitted the vanilla. I also sprinkled mine with powdered sugar before eating them.

Chocolate-Cranberry Pancakes. Yum!

Mine weren’t quite as pretty as Di’s. I think I turned them too soon. Looks aside, they tasted fantastic … just like Di promised: Sweet, spicy, chocolatey. What’s not to love?

Next, I started work on Tina’s Oreo Balls. I saw them on her blog yesterday and decided I had to have them … so I headed to Walmart after work last night to see if I could get the ingredients. Success!

I set out the brick of cream cheese while I was making breakfast, so it was soft enough to work with by the time I processed the cookies into crumbs. After rolling the balls, I stuck the cookie sheet in the fridge and started on my next project: Broccoli Crunch Salad.

This recipe is left over from my Atkins days, so I stopped eating it when I started WW. I don’t know why … OK, I do. Full-fat mayo, cheese and real bacon weren’t exactly WW friendly (at least in my mind — too many Points).

Here’s the recipe.

1 head of broccoli, chopped

Real bacon. Glorious!

1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 cup shredded cheddar

1 cup mayonnaise

2 T sugar substitute

2 T cider vinegar

Mix first three ingredients. Mix last three ingredients. Then combine and mix well.

Broccoli Crunch Salad, right before assembly.

I used light mayo because that’s what I had in the house. But I made it with real bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. Licking my fingers after crumbling the bacon into the bowl was almost better than sex! 😉

Once the salad was hanging out in the fridge, I put together a pan of Trading Up Downtown Tina’s Last-Minute Lasagna for lunch (and a few more meals later in the week).

I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, though. Instead of spinach, I used chopped zucchini this time. I also added two turkey sausage links to the sauce. And I used two kinds of frozen ravioli — portabello mushroom and three cheese, alternating rows of each.

After baking, it looked like this:

Last-Minute Lasagna

And here’s one of the two pieces I ate for lunch.



Lunch came later, though. First, I had to finish the Oreo Balls.

I melted the chocolate. I dipped. I froze. And finally, after I finished my lasagna, they emerged from the freezer looking like this:

Oreo Balls ... mmm.


I  couldn’t wait to bite into one … so I didn’t. I picked the ugliest one of the  batch — as one of the last to go into the chocolate, it wasn’t coated quite as well — and took a big bite (after lunch, of course). Mmm … candy-coated heaven in a ball! I can see why Tina raves about eating a whole bunch. (So far, I’ve been satisfied with just one, though.)

Half an Oreo Ball ... more chocolatey goodness!

Yes, that’s  my computer you see being used as an impromptu plate. I couldn’t hold the cookie in one hand and take a picture of it with the other. 😉

Now I sit here, about to head into work, satisfied.

I’ll be taking some Broccoli Crunch Salad and some leftover Sausage, Potatoes and Cabbage to work with me to eat later. But right now, I don’t even want to snack.

How often can I say that? Hopefully it’ll start happening a lot more often. 😉

4 thoughts on “Content in the kitchen”

    1. They are really good … and I currently have an entire bowl full in the fridge. I’m thinking of making another batch for our holiday party a week from Monday.

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