Kitchen Raid and Chocolate Cherry Cookies

I am packing up for our trip out to New York.  My parents and I are leaving tomorrow night.  Take a look at who thinks she is hitching a ride!  Apparently she doesn’t know that we are driving (and not flying first class)!

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Since I am leaving tomorrow after work, I am working my way through the perishable food in our house.  I think I forgot about my travel plans when I was at TJ’s and WF’s this weekend and overbought on lettuce and squash.  It made for some creative and tasty meals today.  I made a batch of these bars to take with me on my trip.

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Lunch

I threw together a salad using lettuce, broccoli slaw, leftover quinoa (from bars above), sweet potato, peas, dried cranberries topped with Annie’s dressing.

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Dinner

I roasted delicata squash, butternut squash, parsnips, and a sweet onion along with some mushrooms.  I tossed them together over brown rice with grilled chicken that the BOY brought me home from our favorite Mediterranean place.  Dinner could not have tasted better if I had actually planned it!

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I was quite impressed with my impromptu meals.  For dessert, I made Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies.  I followed another one of Martha’s recipes for the cookies and added in dried cherries and mini chocolate chips instead of raisins.

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The cookies are sweet and delicious.  They are soft on the inside and crispy along the edges.  I think I will pack a few of these for my trip as well!

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It was a day of good food combinations…quinoa and sweet potato, squashes with mushrooms and brown rice, and of course chocolate and cherries!  Gotta luv a kitchen raid!!!

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