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Friday Food Fun!

We made another great meal the other night that also offers lots of options. Because I had a little bit of frozen hamburger meat, I decided to use it.

First, start lentils and rice, following the package directions.

Take one decent sized zucchini for each person, cut it in half then scoop out the middle leaving a “pocket” to fill. I saved the flesh from the center.

Set the oven to 425° to preheat.

Fry the hamburger meat, drain and rinse it, and add back to the pan with just a small amount of olive oil. To that, add diced onions, bell pepper and the zucchini flesh. Cook this just long enough to heat everything up.

Add a can of drained black beans and also one of drained corn into a small pot and heat it until warm.

Put all the above ingredients (Except the hollowed out zucchini) together in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Using a sheet pan, lightly coated with oil, place the hollowed out zucchini on it. Fill the hollowed area with the mixture and top it with a sprinkling of parmesan and grated cheese. Place it in the oven and cook it for 25 minutes.

I added some mushrooms to mine, too because I like mushrooms.

The fun thing about this is recipe is it can be made so many different ways. It can be made similar to a pizza by filling the hollowed out area with pizza sauce and your favorite pizza toppings, then top with cheese. You could use alfredo sauce and chicken. You could use mixed veggies seasoned with oregano or Italian seasoning, and top with breadcrumbs and tomato sauce…the possibilities are virtually endless, and they are all so delicious!

Real Stories GENEROUSLY Sprinkled with Chocolate

The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen is a book for all women who have been on this journey called life.

Karen does a wonderful job in The Chocolate Diaries of injecting her own life’s battles; such as bouts of depression along with life’s joys.

She believes in using lists to guide her and keep her on track.  After one disheartening experience with her lists, she decided to always start her list with: Eat chocolate, thereby ensuring at least one thing on her list would be done every day.

At times lighthearted and at other times reflective, the book features real women with real stories and ways each coped with their situations.

Karen draws her analogies from extensive interviews with friends and family and peppers the stories throughout the book.

I think this book would be great for a study group ending each session with the Food for Thought questions and then making the recipes.

Real people with real stories generously sprinkled with chocolate. Nothing is much better than that! I received this book in exchange for my review at Blogging for Books.(From 5/2/2011 blog)

Real Stories Generously Sprinkled with Chocolate!

The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen is a book for all women who have been on this journey called life.

Karen does an excellent job in The Chocolate Diaries of injecting her own life’s battles; such as bouts of depression along with life’s joys.

She believes in using lists to guide her and keep her on track. After one disheartening experience with her lists, she decided to always start her list with: Eat chocolate, thereby ensuring at least one thing on her list would be done every day.

At times lighthearted and at other times reflective, the book features real women with real stories and ways each coped with their situations.

Karen draws her analogies from extensive interviews with friends and family and peppers the stories throughout the book.

Each chapter has, in addition to the story, Sweet Secrets which poses the question to different women “What’s your secret to a sweeter journey on the rocky road of life?” and gives their answer, Food for Thought which asks the reader questions based on the chapter and finally at the end of the chapter is Because Real Women Don’t Need a Cookbook which highlights reader-submitted recipes.

I think this book would be great for a study group ending each session with the Food for Thought questions and then making the recipes.

Real people with real stories generously sprinkled with chocolate. Nothing is much better than that! I received this book from Blogging for Books. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.