Love is All Things Chocolate!!!

Onto day #2 of my streeeetch the chicken for my family meal plan…(was that ONE word or more?? lol)

And how do you pronounce “streeeetch”??

Anyway, onto more important matters. I made soup. Yes, I did. Now the directions recommended that I boil the chicken bones in water all night long and finish them at lunch today. I am scared to boil things all night because I am a control freak and what if…..???

So, that didn’t happen.

But, I did end up waking up bright and early for my day and getting them on the stove right away.

They boiled all day. and why the heck did it seem like more than half of my broth boiled OUT???? Anyone else have this problem? I had it on low… That made me soup for tonight. Now, granted, I made a pizza from scratch and cut a salad and served that with the soup but I only ate the soup (do you EAT soup or DRINK it??) and the salad and it was amazing!! The cooked chicken was put into the refrigerator for meal #3 tomorrow 😉

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I’m proud of myself in taking on this challenge and cannot believe one whole chicken will feed our family of 5-6 (we have a guest staying with us for now so she’s our “adopted” daughter/niece!) for 3 nights in a row. Crazy, right? yep! (add in the pizza though!)

Aside from the chicken story, I love chocolate!! ….see how I just turned the topic around and changed it without rhyme or reason? That’s how good I am or how much I really want some chocolate. Well, what do YOU do when you want chocolate and you still want to stay on track?

You browse through chocolate stuff on Pinterest, right????

duh..

And I found this!! (the angels singing should be sounding in your ears about now if you are anything like me!)

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Who is going to be first to try it??? Not before ME!!!

Non-clean chocolatey version: grandma’s delicious no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies. They’re quick, easy, and ready in minutes. And everyone loves them.
Here are the ingredients to my traditional recipe…the one I used for years:

  • 2cups of sugar
  • ¼ cup of cocoa
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 stick of butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2½-3 cups of quick oats

The clean version called for:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil (you could also substitute butter)
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, raisins, or dried cranberries
  • 1 ¼ cups dark chocolate chips (or regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

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