Buttercream Is Just Too Easy

I am liking the whole meal planning thing. It’s soo good knowing how much food we really have and when it’s for. It’s interesting to find out things like, while it’s fun to have so many flavors of chips, they just don’t cut it for the entrees. Well I have things sorted out through Friday and it looks like we’ll be eating well 😀 For lunch, ironically, the first planned meal was “do what you want”. This let me eat some leftovers and my parents have their pasta.

Lightlife Savory Chicken Tenders, Microwaved Potato With Salsa, Garlic Broccoli

I’m the best at eating 1 serving of something and letting the rest sit around for far too long, so this time I decided to nip the Lightlife tenders before they went past savory and to funky. On the side I was craving some of the really spicy salsa we picked up at Market Basket, so I had a plain, starchy potato. So good! Seriously, this has some heat. Before we left to do errands I wanted to get all my food processor projects out of the way.

Banana Bread Balls

I made some of Jess‘ balls! her and Avery really know their balls(I’m sorry, but I just had to say it). We had leftover banana goodness bread sitting in the back of the fridge so I combined that with 4oz of cream cheese and made balls to get cold. After those hit the fridge, I threw out some of my less successful nut butters and whipped up a new one.

Organic, Raw Almond Butter With Fair Trade White Chocolate And Strawberries

This one was definitely a winner! I just used 7oz of raw, organic almonds and mixed that up with 1/2 of my favorite white chocolate bar ever, the Divine white chocolate with freeze dried strawberries. I haven’t tasted this yet but the aroma is incredible–just like the chocolate! And I bet the nutrition isn’t terrible for something that must be flavorful. I can’t wait to put these over oats. My mom wanted to go to the mall to look for clothes for herself, and I easily obliged, mostly on account of this:

Seat Heaters

While it was 30 degrees outside, my butt was getting 76 degrees of heated seats. Aww yeah. My dad dropped her off at Macy’s and we went somewhere far more entertaining: Target! I contimplated getting the newest Harry Potter film, but passed up until it’s cheaper. Hell, maybe I can befriend Emma this semester and get it as a gift from her? Well, I can dream 😉 I did pop a drink open while shopping.

Mango-Melon Sobe Lifewater

Walking around looking at things is tough work, you know! It was decent. I like the melony flavor because it reminded me of Summer, despite the fact that the weather oh so disagrees with me. I did end up getting a new pair of running shorts for 3.something on clearance 70% off. I’d say 90% of what I wear came from the Target discount rack or was a gift to me; I never buy expensive clothes. I’d rather eat well and wear the shopping bag, haha! Speaking of eating well, while we waited for my mom we went to the Framingham Whole Foods which is the only place so far I’ve been able to find the best protein bar I’ve ever had.

Cookie Dough Luna Protein

So good, and yet, not this afternoon. We picked up 2, and I thought I really wanted to eat one of them then, but I only got 2 or 3 bites in.

Cookie Dough Luna Protein

While these are tasty, they’re pretty much a candy bar unless you’re working out. And I knew I was hungry for food, so this would not do at the time. As much as I hate not finishing bars, I wrapped the rest back up for God knows when and waited until we got home to eat something real. I threw a really quick bowl of oatmeal together when I got in the door.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Barney Butter

That definitely hit the spot so much more than the rest of the bar would have. I like Barney Butter because it’s pretty much how I imagine Jif or Skippy would be if they made those in almonds. I was a lot happier after that and ready to keep working with Jess‘ balls. I melted together a mish-mosh of chocolate: a Dark Chocolate Newman’s Own Organics bar, a Super Dark Chocolate Newman’s Own Organics bar, and 4 Unsweetened Bakers square. Really, I was just using things up because we didn’t have a bag of chocolate chips I wanted to use, but I like the resulting bitter chocolate.

Chocolate Coated Banana Goodness Bread Balls

These came out great. And they were so much simpler than I would have imagined! I’m keeping these in the back of my head for something different to bring to a dessert party that no one else will have(now, anyone want to invite me to a dessert party ;-)). I had leftover melted chocolate, and for a moment thought “What am I going to do with this?”. Where was my mind?! I quickly figured out what to do with it.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

See? I knew if I made them once I’d be making them again real soon. I filled these with some Earth Balance peanut butter since that’s agave sweetened and would work with the bitter chocolate. After that, I had one last thing to “whip” up.

Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread

Vegan Maple Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting On Maple Cupcakes

Remember those maple cupcakes I made a few days ago? Well, most of them hit the freezer, but I kept a few out for my parents’ anniversary. I made a simple, small batch of vegan buttercream frosting 1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter spread, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 6 tablespoons powdered sugar, and a dash of cinnamon. I always thought buttercream was something incredibly complex to make but this could not have been simpler! Mine might be a little lumpy, but that’s just because I was lazy. Knowing how easy it is to do is just a little dangerous. I mean, this is “healthy” in the sense that there’s no cholesterol, but it’s no superfood 😉 If you can believe it, cupcakes were not on the meal plan as dinner.

Grilled Steak, Green Beans, Nog Spiked Butternut Mash

This meal was so great; I can’t remember the last time I had something on the grill! It just has not been the right weather but we wiped off the snow and fired it up, and the meat came out nice and rare like I love it 😀 For sides, we steamed green beans and mashed butternut squash with 1/2 a cup Silk Nog. That last combination never gets old. I could practically eat a bowl for dessert. Now, I don’t think anyone has started picking at desserts yet. Then again, I haven’t been keeping a hawk eye on any of it, so who knows what’s left. I know there’s certainly no lack of things for me to eat up tonight.

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14 Responses to “Buttercream Is Just Too Easy”

  1. Errign 10. Jan, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    An fyi, I tried the Luna protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar today and it was fabulousss! Can’t wait to track down the cookie dough flavor!


  2. Nicole 10. Jan, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    You’ve been baking up a storm, everything looks so tasty!


  3. marathonmaiden 10. Jan, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    seat heaters? i’m soooo jealous! i’d want to go on trips every second of every day :)


  4. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce 11. Jan, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    those banana balls sound amazing. i’m sooo jealous of your luna bar!


  5. eatingmachine 11. Jan, 2010 at 12:44 am #

    i like the idea of adding some nog to squash… good thinking!


  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) 11. Jan, 2010 at 1:02 am #

    So much goodness in this post!
    “Raw Almond Butter With Fair Trade White Chocolate And Strawberries”–clearly anything w/ strawberries and chocolate seduces me. Nuff said.

    Ball jokes. Keep em coming baby!

    Thanks for the Ball Linkage. I love to be know for my Raw Balls (twss!) no doubt!

    your balls look amazing.

    JEss’ balls look amazing…see, she grinds up like cream cheese and oreos and dips her in choc. I mean my gawd, heaven in the mouth no doubt :)

    And the best powerbar ever. That’s been duly noted (thx for the reminder) and i will stalk that bad boy down this week.



  7. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) 11. Jan, 2010 at 1:02 am #

    and of course the PB cups look spectack. And yes, looks like you had plenty o chocolate this time ’round for those beasts!


  8. MelissaNibbles 11. Jan, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    So many good eats in this post. You should change majors and become a chef :)


  9. Eliza 11. Jan, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    i just saw those new protein luna’s yesterday, and couldnt resist to buy them!…even though i havent had a luna bar since i was 16! but they look and sound great =)
    and love your maple cupcakes, mmm…



  10. Abby 11. Jan, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Dont know where to start.. this post is super!! LOve the look of that raw almond butter!!!

    Happy Monday, Evan :)


  11. Anna 11. Jan, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I really want to try that Lara protein bar!!

    I tried to make homemade pb cups about a week ago, but they went awry. Ugh– I tried with carob chips instead of chocolate chips, and it was a DISASTER!!! This is making me want to try it again…sans carob, of course :-)


  12. Graze With Me 11. Jan, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    I would have never thought to add a white chocolate bar to nut butter. Such a great idea!


  13. Casey 11. Jan, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Those bread balls look SO yummy!! I need to try them :)


  14. Jenny 11. Jan, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    is it just me or have you been channeling your inner bobby flay as of late? all of the grub looks great, Evan!


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