The first thing I made was black bean and corn salsa. I love this salsa because it's inexpensive, easy, light, refreshing, and mighty tasty. Tiff made it a few weeks ago when our sister Kate was in town from the Dirty Jersey and it really hit the spot. It's also the perfect thing to take to, say, an Ohio State Football tailgate party, you know, as an example...just sayin'.
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A few days ago, I stumbled upon a baking blog called Chip Chip Hooray with all sorts of good dessert recipes! They aren't health-centric necessarily but sometimes you just need a little chocolate in your life. Am I right?! I really like this blog because I feel like I have a lot in common with the girl who writes it. She has a boyfriend but he doesn't live close, so she has to cook for one most nights, which can get tricky because it's hard to just make enough for one without having a week's worth of leftovers. I chose to make her peanut butter cereal bites pretty much just because I already had all the ingredients on-hand (a Bethenny Frankel tip) and, obviously, no oven is required. Another bonus: it only makes 5 bites, the perfect number for a single gal.
1 tbsp unsalted butter *I used salted because it's all I had
2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup Cheerios *I used multi-grain Cheerios
Handful of raisins
2. Remove from heat and let cool for about 2 minutes.
3. While the sticky mixture is still warm, stir in oats, Cheerios, and raisins.
4. Let mixture cool for about 3 more minutes. Then stir in chocolate chips. (Wait a little bit longer if you don’t want them to melt as much.)
5. Drop heaping spoonfuls of the warm mix into cupcake wrappers and arrange on a plate or small tray. Place in the fridge until cool and set, about 15-20 minutes.
Makes about 5 cereal bites.
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