Feeding My Obsession: Chocolate

First things first, HOLY RAVENS!! Did you see that?! I’m loving my Baltimore teams this year!

Baltimore Ravens Football Maryland MD Anquan Boldin Superbowl Harbowl

Yea. That happened.

Onto the chocolate!

Last week I mentioned a black bean powerbake from one of my faves, Kasey at Powercakes. Sunday seemed like the perfect night to prep a dessert to last me through the week.

Powercakes Black Bean Powerbake Barr & Table Perfect Fit Protein Powder Tone It Up TIU

The smell of this baking was absolutely intoxicating and I could hardly wait to dig in! I made only 2 minor tweeks based on what I had in my pantry:

  1. Swapped the VEGA protein powder for Perfect Fit protein powder.
  2. Swapped the pumpkin seeds for hemp seeds.

I’m happy to say that this will definitely be curbing my chocolate cravings [as long as Nathan doesn’t eat it before me] and the raisins are like sweet little morsels. And if that doesn’t make it perfect enough, it’s also definitely Tone It Up-approved!

Want to make this for yourself? You can find the recipe [and more!] on Kasey’s blog! And if you don’t already follow her on twitter, get on it! She’s pretty fantastic 😉

Food for Thought

What’s your latest recipe success?

Roasted Squash & Chick Pea Baby Kale Salad

Have you entered my Just My Imagination giveaway yet? Only 2 more days!

I am an absolute squash fiend; winter squash in particular. Butternut squash is currently my favorite, but I’ve recently found out about so many more kinds to try! Over the weekend I finally got my hands on delicata. I’d say in terms of flavor, it compares to acorn squash, but it’s so much easier to prepare which instantly wins me over. Not to mention you can eat the skin which also makes it great for salads.

I don’t know about you, but during this time of year, along with some fun new desserts, I’m always looking for an equally fun and tasty salad to bring to holiday gatherings. And nine times out of ten, mine include squash!

Roasted Squash & Chick Pea Baby Kale Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

Serves 4-6

Barr & Table Baby Kale Salad Roasted Delicata Squash Chick Peas Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredients
6 cups baby kale greens
1/3 cup raisins, craisins, or dried cherries
1 medium delicata squash; sliced
1 can chick peas; drained, rinsed, & thoroughly dried
3 tsp coconut oil; divided
3/4 tsp salt; divided
3/4 tsp ground black pepper; divided
1 tsp McCormick Fiesta Citrus Seasoning

For the Vinaigrette
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Barr & Table Baby Kale Salad Roasted Delicata Squash Chick Peas Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place sliced squash on one baking sheet and coat with 2 tsp coconut oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Place chick peas on another baking sheet with the remaining 1 tsp coconut oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 black pepper, and 1 tsp fiesta citrus seasoning. Bake squash and chick peas for about an hour, flipping the squash 1 or 2 times and tossing the chick peas around. When finished, the squash should be golden around the edges and the chick peas should be nice and crunchy! Let cool completely.

While the squash and chick peas are cooling, place all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. After everything has cooled, throw kale, squash, chick peas, and raisins (or other dried fruit) in a large bowl and toss with about 3/4 of the vinaigrette. Make sure everything is equally coated. Drizzle the last bit of dressing over top of the salad and top with a little freshly cracked black pepper. Serve immediately.

To make it into a more substantial meal, throw 4oz of your favorite protein on top!

Nutritional Information
Per serving, for 4 servings

218 Calories  /  6g Fat  /  35g Carbs  /  8g Fiber  /  12g Sugar  /  8g Protein

Food for Thought

What is your favorite holiday salad to share?

Foodie Friday: A Sarah Fit Breakfast

Something very strange has happened in my house this week. We’ve gone out for dinner almost every night! And suddenly I realized I didn’t have an awesome recipe to share for my Foodie Friday post.

I turned to my trusty friend, Pinterest, for an awesome breakfast idea (since I’m also out of all of my breakfast staples) and came across this bad boy. Breakfast quinoa? Carrot cake? Done.

Diet Sarah Fit Hot Quinoa Carrot Cake Breakfast Cereal Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese

It was a great decision. Such a fast prep and so tasty, I’m glad I have extra shredded carrots and quinoa ready for breakfast tomorrow too! I even went ahead and figured out the nutritional info so hopefully you’ll feel even more inclined to make this right away! And then head on over to SarahFit.com and thank Sarah for her delicious creation 🙂

Nutritional Stats
Per serving

280 Calories  /  8g Fat  /  46g Carbs  /  6g Fiber  /  11g Sugar  /  8g Protein

Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to Jennifer Shaw on winning a case of tortilla popchips! Please email me at Brittany@BarrAndTable.com with your address so I can forward it over to the wonderful people at popchips!

Jennifer Shaw says : September 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm
I love pop chips! I can’t wait to try tortilla, looks yummy!

And finally, a huge thanks to popchips for being an incredible FitBloggin’ sponsor and a great company to work with for this giveaway!

*Winner has until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, 10/7/12, to respond. If I don’t hear back from you, I will be choosing a new winner.

“KIND” Bar Crumbles

Before every vacation I scour the internet looking for fun, healthy snacks that are easy to take with us and with our upcoming Cali trip, I was on the prowl! Bars are always the way to go, so why wouldn’t I attempt to make one of our favorites? KIND Bars are the real deal.

I found this recipe from Peas and Thank You for homemade KIND bars and decided to take that and run!

“KIND” Bar Crumbles

Recipe adapted from Peas and Thank You

Ingredients
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tbsp flax seed
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup agave
1 tsp salt
1 cup almonds, roasted & chopped
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 cup rice cereal <– Loved the added crispiness from this!
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup raisins

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix ground flax seed, flax seed, honey, agave, and salt. Mix everything until well combined. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix until everything is evenly coated.

Spread everything onto a parchment covered baking sheet in ~1/2″ layer. Make sure to really smash it all together so it really sticks!

Bake about 20 minutes, turning half way through, until the bars have become slightly crispy.

Let cool completely before breaking into pieces. And try not to eat too much of it while packaging it up! 😉

Speak Up!

When you go on vacation, do you pack snacks? What’s your favorite travel snack?