Sunday food prep & hot cocoa brownies

Hello, hello!

Happy Tuesday!

So, I started my new job yesterday and if first impressions mean anything, it’s pretty safe to quote Little Orphan Annie and say, “I think I’m gonna like it here.”

So, I have an UH-MAY-ZING view from my desk.

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Pretty fabulous, huh? πŸ™‚

Anyway, heading into this week, I was unsure what my schedule was going to be. So, to make things easier on all of us, I decided to food prep on Sunday for the week. This way, I wouldn’t have to worry about what I was going to make for dinner or they it might take too long.

Who knew I was such a planner?!

Oh wait. Me. I knew it. πŸ™‚

I got the food prep inspiration from Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean.

She’s amazing and a master food prepper. Seriously. She prepares a TON each week. Blows my mind.

So, here’s what I did

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I baked and sliced bread for sandwiches, made chickpea, cherry and ginger salad for lunches (4 of them), prepped the turkey & spices for crockpot turkey taco meat, chopped bell peppers and onions for crockpot Mexican chicken, made 2 peanut butter & banana overnight oats in a jar, and made some brownies. Phew!

What you don’t see is the chili on the stove and the extra chicken thighs I cooked on Saturday night.

I was a busy, busy bee!

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I was absolutely exhausted after I was finished but it was a good kind of wiped out. I’m glad I got all of that done – it will help out so much! And, we’ll stick to the menu I planned and shopped for so less food wasted! Saving money FTW!

So. Let’s talk about those brownies.

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I finally got the recipe right! They are dense and chewy and fudgey and chocolatey! All the best things about brownies!

I was drinking a cup of hot chocolate one day (hey, snow and cold makes you want to do that!) and I thought it would be amazing as a brownie. I mean, really. Yum! So, I set out to create my own recipe!

I use Swiss Miss hot cocoa. I cannot guarantee what other hot cocoa mixes will taste like.

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The best thing about this recipe? There’s not a ton of sugar so there’s not a ton of guilt! You can have your brownie and eat it too! Or two. Whichever makes you happier. ; )

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Hot Cocoa Brownies
makes as many brownies as you cut

1/2 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup hot cocoa mix
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup white whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
1/2 – 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used a combination of dark, milk, & bittersweet because I didn’t have enough of one kind)
1/2 cup chopped nuts, if desired

1. Preheat oven to 32057 degrees.

2. Spray an 8×8 pan with nonstick spray.

3. Whisk yogurt and honey in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients, except chips and nuts, and mix well.

4. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired.

5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and cool before slicing.

7. Don’t eat them all at once. Om nom nom!

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Talk to me: Did you watch the Super (boring) Bowl? What was your favorite commercial?

– jennifer

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2 thoughts on “Sunday food prep & hot cocoa brownies

    • It will really help! I’d been meaning to but was daunted by the thought of all that work. It really wasn’t that bad and you can enlist the help of some small people. Get them all involved! And congrats on the j.o.b. πŸ™‚

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