Friday, November 20, 2009

Bento Snacks

I was gone most the day today so I packed up a few weight loss surgery friendly snacks in my super cool bento box. I worked for my pal for a few hours. It was payday today. Great. So I paid bills. Yup. Broke again. Grrr. How do people save these days? Suze Orman can kiss my saggy arse.

Before I came home I hit Costco to pick up my Silk Vanilla Soy Milk (best price in my neighborhood.) The place was packed. Everyone was getting their Thanksgiving feast supplies. Carts filled to the brim. Costco needs an express lane. If anyone reading this is in with Costco head honchos will you pass that on ;) I was in line forever for 3 items. I do like to people watch though... I check out what everyone is buying. It's scary sometimes. I just want to scream, "No stop! You don't want that gigantic bag of Doritos. Step away from the industrial size box of HoHo's. Save yourself while you can. Learn from my mistake." Alas we know how that goes... until you want to save yourself it wouldn't matter what anyone said.

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Sweet Zucchini Pancake w/ Peanut Butter & SF Strawberry Jam
Green Box (top right): (in blue silicon container) Shelly's Holiday Nuts
Blue Box (bottom left): Shelly's Antipasto Skewers (Roasted Onions & Peppers, Olives, Mozzarella)
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Cafe Mocha Protein Fudge

Shelly's Cafe Mocha Protein Fudge

1 cup Chocolate Protein Powder
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
2 Tablespoons Click Espresso Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla - on sale now)
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut
1/4 cup Chopped Nuts (I used Walnuts)

Toppings (optional): Unsweetened Toasted Coconut, Crushed Nuts, Crushed SF Candy Cane or other SF Hard Candies (I used these)

Mix all ingredients till thoroughly combined. It is a dry mixture... it will come together after some mixing. You could add a drop more SF Torani if absolutely needed but not too much. Keep mixing the ricotta thins and it comes together. It's a stiff mixture. Spread evenly into a Pyrex dish or baking pan (I used a 6x8) that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle with optional toppings. I smashed 4 or 5 coffee hard candies. Place in fridge to firm for at least 3 hours before serving. Cut into squares (I get 28 - 1 1/2" squares). Keep leftovers refrigerated. You can also freeze them (they are fab this way too) or defrost in the fridge.

Oh we've been crafty at my house lately. I can't wait to show you guys the new tote bag my Mum & I have been working on. Should be done in a few days. Till then check out my cool new bento box napkins. I love this material. It looks like a picnic tablecloth with ants...


JoeKnee said...

OK, finally made the fudge. I made a choc/peanut butter version with Whey Gourmet choc/pb protein powder, and PB2 instead of cocoa. It is really good. I want to say to anyone making it- dont make it if you dont love the taste of your protein powder. This isnt a recipe to "use up" powder you dont like. It relies on the taste of your powder. Make sure it tastes good. :) Anyway, thanks for the recipe!

deep said...

I absolutely detest coconut. Are there any other alternatives-preferably with less fat?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Glad you enjoyed it.

@deep: You don't taste the coconut it's a binder. The other flavors over take.