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Skinny Pumpkin Muddy Buddies!

Oh YEA!

Today was pretty typical. I went to work, picked up some dinner, came home, walked the dogs and ate. Brent was planning on joining me for dinner so I chose one of our favs, Eden’s Fresh. It is a local restaurant that I am slightly in love with. It is a salad place that has just unbelievable salads. Nothing crazy or anything, just the perfect combinations of toppings that compliment eachother so well, that they seem to do flips in your mouth and you chew it. Sounds cool right??

I picked Brent up the Buffalo Chicken Salad and I had the Chitwood.

SOOOO for the main event! Skinny Muddy Buddies! If you ever hung out with me when I was in high school I was probably eating one of a very short list of foods. For a snack, normally a peanut butter flavored power bar, OR Muddy Buddies. Yes, I had a fantastic metabolism that I wish I had back now. People always said that it would just fade off one day and like a kid, I didn’t believe them. Welcome to your Mid-20’s Lauren!

Anyways, the Muddy Buddy lover in me spotted the wonderful Chex chilling on their shelf in the cereal isle and I had a craving for my long lost snacky friend. That thought led to the, what if there was a way to make them JUST a BIT lower in calories?? Which led to, OHHHH and Pumpkin!

An idea was born. I’m truly a fat kid at heart.

The idea, turned into THIS:

Ingredients:

4 Cups Rice Chex Mix 1 Cup Orange Chocolate Chips
2 Tablespoon Biscoff Spread 1/4 Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
1 Package Vanilla Pudding Mix, Sugar Free, Instant

Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat up the chocolate in 30 second increments until smooth. Mix between heating up. Once melted, stir in the Biscoff spread and pumpkin spice.

2. Place the chex in a medium or large sized bowl. Mix in the chocolate until all of the chex are covered.

3. Now transfer the covered chex in to a sealable ziploc bag. Add in the vanilla pudding mix, UNMIXED, and shake until all of the chex are covered. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened! And Done!

I am so excited about how amazing these came out it’s not even funny. They are perfectly pumpkin filled and fantastically ORANGE! I got the orange chocolate at Jo-Ann Fabrics at 2.99 for the bag. I used a little over half the bag and plan on starting another project with the leftovers. If you don’t want to swing by there, just grab some white chocolate chips if that is easier.

Biscoff Spread is my new discovery. After deciding to go with Muddy Buddies, I went to grab some peanut butter and on the top shelf, above the peanut butter I discovered Biscoff Spread. It is a cream made of Biscoff Tea cookies! Crazy good. It is also much lighter than the original peanut butter. And nut allergy friendly!

So, what exactly did I cut out?!

The original recipe::

9 Cups of Chex Cereal 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter 1/4 Cup Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Delicious, but the Skinny version has NO Butter and NO Powdered Sugar. AND it’s pumpkin! Whoot Whoot.

I’m really happy with it. Give it a try! It’s a great little sweet snack and something surprising to put in a trail mix!

What was your favorite snack as a kid?? Have you done anything to mix it up since then??

I Did Something GREAT for Dinner

WELL…that lovely thought of high school got me to thinking about marching bands in movies, then cafeterias in movies and then the crazy lunch ladies in those movies and THEN the sloppy joes. WHY in almost all of the high school cafeterias were the lunch ladies ALWAYS serving sloppy joes?! Mine never did?! Not once did a sloppy joe show up on that menu?! Is it just to make high school food look terrible?? I remember having a plain bagel that I just ripped into tiny little pieces and dipped into my little cream cheese tub. Nothing like Sloppy Joes.

All this thinking about Sloppy Joes led me to…Sloppy Joes! DINNER!

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Cups of Frozen Crumbles (or 1/2 lb of Ground Beef)
5 Ounces Condensed Tomato Soup 1/2 Cup Medium Salsa
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar 2 Hamburger Buns

Directions: 

1. In a small saucepan, start to heat up the crumbles over medium heat. After they are mostly defrosted, add in the condensed tomato soup, sugar, and salsa. If you are using ground beef, you are going to want to defrost it, cook it all the way through and then drain it. Then, you will add in the sugar, condensed tomato soup and salsa. Both of them should simmer, covered for 5 minutes.

 

Just put that sloppy mess on a bun and call it  a Sloppy Joe!

 

I obviously made it with the crumbles and I’ll be honest…I think I like sloppy joes with the crumbles better. It absorbs the flavor a bit better and you don’t have the grease to deal with. They also cook faster…because you don’t have to cook them…just warm them up. But these sloppy joes were some of the best I have ever had. Sorry Mama C.  🙂

As a side dish, not that it really needed it, I made a broccoli salad. Also, very simple and easy to whip up.

 

Ingredients:

1 Head of Broccoli. Chopped 1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Diced 1/4 Cup Red Onion, Diced
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds 1/2 Cup Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar 1 Tablespoon Sugar
Salt and Peppr To Taste

Directions:

1. In a medium sized bowl, add the broccoli, tomatoes, onion and cheddar cheese.

 

2. In a small bowl, Mix the yogurt, vinegar and sugar.

 

3. Lastly, Pour the sauce on top of the veggies. Mix them up. Top with the sunflower seeds and BOOM! Broccoli Salad!

No one ever said that broccoli salad was difficult, but with the sloppy joes and the broccoli salad you have a great well rounded meal for 3 people.

I am so happy with how both of these came out. BUT, now, I am really full. And I feel like a little Rollie Pollie. YUP. So I’m going to roll myself over to the couch, put on a goodie and probably do some more work…MER,

 

What was your cafeteria food like?? Veggies?? Sloppy Joes?? Bagels and Cream Cheese?? Unmentionables?!

 

Bagels and cream cheese it was for me. But the most memorable thing about the lunch room in high school was the cookies. We had these chocolate chip cookies that were legit to die for. They sat in the corner, with one lunch lady guarding a whole stack of trays of cookies. I always joked about buying the whole rack and rolling it over to my seat, sitting down and just doing some damage.

The farthest I ever got was a tray…but no worries, I shared them…well…some of them…:-)