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What I Ate Wednesday #14

This time last year, I had yet to indulge in a pumpkin treat.  Shameful, I know.  So this year, I made my best effort to stuff my face with all things pumpkin during the holiday season.  I don’t think a day has gone by that I haven’t started my day with Pumpkin Oatmeal, treated myself to a few Pumpkin Bars, or scarfed down a bowl of Turkey Pumpkin Chili.  And just when you thought I couldn’t possibly eat any more pumpkin, with only a week left until Thanksgiving, I decided to up the ante and incorporate it into my day as much as possible.  Because after next Thursday, it’s all about peppermint, gingerbread and egg nog :)

Breakfast:

Pumpkin Pancakes (recipe coming soon)

Side of Kielbasa

I have always taken pride in my homemade pancakes.  But these pumpkin pancakes kind of blow them out of the water.  I’m just saying…they are pretty darn scrumptious!  And nothing completes a pancake breakfast like a side of burnt-to-the-crisp kielbasa.  The blacker the better.  I like it scorched.  Can’t wait to share the recipe with you :) (the pumpkin pancake recipe that is…)

Snack #1:

Pineapple Chobani Yogurt topped with Fresh Raspberries

A handful of Roasted Coconut Chips

Believe it or not, I am still trying to work my way through my huge Chobani shipment.  So today I enjoyed my favorite combination of all…Pineapple Chobani Yogurt topped with fresh raspberries.  It’s so sweet and refreshing it kind of takes me away to a deserted island.  Magical.  And then I had to take it to the next level with a handful of my latest addiction: Trader Joe’s Roasted Coconut Chips.  Can’t go a day without them.  You MUST try them.

Lunch:

Chicken Cornbread Salad

After a fun and festive music class, Harper and I were ready for a healthy and hearty lunch.  This salad is one of our favorites.  With add ins such as grilled chicken, dried cranberries, walnut pieces and crumbled cornbread, it’s pretty much an autumn explosion on a bed of mixed greens.  If only my homemade salads where this fancy.

After Lunch Treat:

Slice of Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

Ever since I received my Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows from my Foodie Pen Pal, I have been wanting to whip up a batch of Rice Krispies Treats.  Sadly, Halloween has come and gone and my poor Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows were still sitting on the counter.  Even though Thanksgiving is around the corner I couldn’t let me my fun idea for Jack-O-Lantern Krispies Treats go to waste.  Besides, now I have a killer idea mastered for next year’s festivities!

Snack #2:

Bolthouse Farms Mango Protein Smoothie

Since Harper has swim class on Tuesdays, dinner is always later than usual.  I was looking forward to a filling meal, but my tummy couldn’t wait.  Luckily, I found this sitting in the fridge and it was the perfect snack to take the edge off of my hunger until dinner was served.

Dinner:

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pork Chops with Butternut Squash

Sautéed Swiss Chard

Comfort food has never tasted so good.  Butternut squash is one of my favorite autumn veggies and it pairs perfectly with pork.  I normally serve this meal with a side of broccoli but grabbed a bunch of chard from the crisper instead.  I love to sauté chard with some olive oil, onions and a few splashes of stock (chicken in this case).  It’s so quick and easy and the result is mouth-watering.

So just in case you were keeping count, I managed to squeeze pumpkin into 3 of my meals today.  Which in my opinion should win some sort of pumpkin rockstar award.  Granted it was more of a “pumpkin essence”, but the bottom line is, I am a pumpkin machine.  And tomorrow I am shooting for 4 pumpkin filled meals :)

Your turn:  What is your favorite way to incorporate pumpkin into your meals?  Any favorite pumpkin recipes you want to share?  Looking forward to reading your responses :)

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S’mores Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats.  They always bring me back to the old school.  No literally.  I can remember my first run in with a Rice Krispie Treat at my elementary school bake sale.  It was love at first sight.  From then on I always made sure I had a few extra quarters in my pocket so I could stock up on these gooey goodies whenever the next bake sale would roll around.

It’s no secret, I have long had an addiction to s’mores.  Some might consider it an obsession (I mean I do have an entire board dedicated to s’mores on Pinterest).  Either way, I’m kind of proud of it.  I guess you can say I am a s’mores connoisseur.  And so far, there hasn’t been a s’mores concoction that I didn’t like.

So when I came across the idea to marry these two treats into one…it was truly a match made in heaven.

Ingredients

3 tbsp unsalted butter

10.5 oz. bag mini marshmallows, plus 3/4 cup roughly chopped for mix-ins and topping

6 cups Rice Krispie cereal

1 cup graham cracker pieces ( about 3 1/2 regular sheets)

3/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Preparation

Start by breaking up the graham crackers into small pieces, being careful not to crush.  Reserve about 1/4 cup in a separate bowl.  Add about 1/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips, and the chopped mini marshmallows to the bowl and set side, reserving for topping.

Over medium heat, melt butter in a large pot.  Once butter is melted, go ahead and add the bag of mini marshmallows, making sure to stir constantly while marshmallows melt.  When the mixture is fully melted and smooth, add cereal.  Using a rubber spatula stir mixture until cereal is coated completely.  Once combined, add graham crackers, chocolate chips, and chopped mini marshmallows.  Stir until s’mores mixture is evenly dispersed throughout.

Pour mixture into an 8×8 or 9×13 glass baking dish.  Using your hands (which you can grease with cooking spray), evenly press mixture into dish.  Sprinkle with reserved toppings, pressing down gently.

Let treats sit for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares.

Recipe slightly adapted from Baked by Rachel

As all relationships aspire to be, this marriage of Rice Krispie Treat and S’mores is truly a 50/50 balance.  You have the crunch and chewiness of the Rice Krispie Treat with the delicious flavor combination of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.  It truly is the perfect pairing.

With summer just around the corner, this dessert is perfect for picnics, barbecues and outdoor parties.  Kids of all ages (including adults) are sure to love them.  So make sure you whip up enough batches to share with your friends and neighbors, because these puppies will be flying off the platters.

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Your turn:  What is your favorite childhood treat?  

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