Chillin’

My Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp lounging in his trailer, watching a "film"
My Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp lounging in his trailer, watching a “film”

You Squid?

Telling Dad Jokes is one of the best things in the world, especially when you’re a dad.

<Garrett is playing Animal Crossing>
G: Dada! I just caught a squid!
D: You squid?!
G: OH COME ON!

Garrett – Age 6

Non-meat Meatballs

So, while I was doing some quick pickup shopping at Publix today, I noticed a strange looking sampler. They appeared to be uncooked meatballs at first glance. I was slightly horrified that they’d serve something so obviously uncooked. I was very surprised that they were actually “strawberry bites” and due to the coloration, looked like uncooked meat.

I picked up the recipe, because it seemed like a clever idea for something at Halloween parties. Like “Try these raw meatballs (Werewolves only!)” or something to that effect.

Strawberry Bites

Update: I found the “official” recipe on Publix Aprons site.

Ingredients

2 (0.8-oz) bags, freeze-dried strawberries
1 cup unsalted whole (or sliced) almonds
2/3 cup of quick-cook oats
2 scoops of vanilla whey protein powder (about 4 tablespoons)
7 tablespoons of agave nectar (or honey)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Place strawberries, almonds, and oats into a food processor bowl (or blender); blend until mixture is a powder. Transfer strawberry-oat mixture to medium bowl; Stir in protein powder, agave and vanilla until mixture is thoroughly blended.
  2. Scoop “bites” of strawberry mixture onto baking sheet (about 2 tablespoons each). Place strawberry bites in an airtight container and chill until ready to serve.

Makes ~24 bites.

Nutritional

Because I am on a weight loss/healthy living program, nutritional information is important to me. Here’s the advertised facts:

  • Calories (per 1/12 of a recipe): 160kcal
  • Fat: 6g
  • Sat Fat: 0.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 15g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Calcium: 5% DV
  • Iron: 6% DV

Sickness Levels

Sickness levels are on the rise. Hopefully some rest and medicine will help

Thankfully I can work from home, if needed. Though I’d prefer not to.