Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Peanut Butter Granola Balls

This recipe has become a family favorite at our house. It can be made with chocolate chips or any dried fruit, my favorite is dried cranberries because they are not too sweet. The recipe is from Everyday Food magazine.

Peanut Butter Granola Balls
Makes 24

1/3 cup honey (or agave nectar)

1/4 cup natural peanut butter

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup crisp rice cereal (we've even used cheerios successfully)

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/4 cup dried fruit

In a small saucepan over medium, heat honey, peanut butter, and butter. Stir until loosened and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cereal, oats, and dried fruit.

Drop mixture by the tablespoon into mini paper cupcake or candy liners. Place on a rimmed baking sheet, and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes. To store, refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Sausage and Chick-peas over Couscous

Couscous is something I prepare often with meals. Joe and I both love it and kids adore couscous. It can be used in place of rice or pasta or even on its own as a side dish. Greta loves couscous so much that she specifically asks for it at the grocery store and she always asks for a second helping! Our favorite cous cous is Hodgson-Mills whole wheat. Last night we had a version of franks and beans with couscous.


Sausage and Chick-peas over Couscous

1 pkg. sausage of your choice (I use low sodium)

1 can chick-peas, drained and rinsed

1 can Italian style stewed tomatoes

1/2 onion, sliced

1/2 c. water

Cut sausage into slices or chunks and brown. Add onion, chick-peas, tomatoes and water and cook until sauce thickens. Serve over prepared couscous. Recipe based on Progresso brand recipe.

Greta's rating: She LOVED this and asked for more!