*making a geeky arm muscle* in that the workout of the day is a toughie. 6 miles in <50 minutes (usually between 47 and 48) followed IMMEDIATELY by muscle pump can be a little tiring.
And hunger monster making. I pretty much came home stomping around making editorial comments concerning the state of dinner.
Which was mostly done. Gah, I can be a total brat. Forgive me. Any of you ever get hangry?
We (err Mike) heated up some spaghetti squash in the microwave, pulled out the leftover pot roast and sauce from Sunday, and got some broccoli going. The broccoli will be featured soon- but just know that broccoli tossed in sambal olek, soy, and honey and roasted in a super hot oven is delicious
If you want dessert first. I won’t tell.
But here’s tonight’s dinner:
and when both halves are done, scrape the insides out with a fork.It may not be much to look at, but it has great “pasta-like” texture, a lightly sweet flavor, and is a much lower calorie choice than pasta. As in, if we were eating noodles tonight we would be having like 1/6 of that portion.
Add a massive portion of pot roast (there isn’t a super huge amount of meat left, FYI), and a side of broccoli- and you have a supremely comforting dinner in which AGAIN we only added 2 new things. Squash and broccoli! This one is a little harder to make pretty- but we make up for it in relishing in an absurdly large portion of dinner. Since it is mostly veggies (and the pot roast sauce is mostly veggies… and I don’t add NEARLY the amount of fat Ina’s recipe calls for), this is health food. Clean, leftover using, and economical.
On to something that is totally NOT health food.
We have then added the 2 eggs, one at a time to the butter, and mixed thoroughly.
This log is done- cracked through the top, cooked most of the way through, but still moist. Let it cool a bit so that you can slice it into 1/2 pieces. The slices then get baked for another 10-15 minutes, until crispy. My recipe made 18 large biscotti. If you do 2 logs, you get approximately 36.
- 2 Cups AP Flour
- ½ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa powder, we use Ghiradelli
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1 Tsp Salt
- ¾ Stick (6 Tablespoons) Unsalted Butter, Softened
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 Cup Walnuts
- 1 Cup dried Cherries
- ¾ Cup White Chocolate Chips (Ghiradelli)
- ¾ Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Ghiradelli)
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Whisk flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl
- Using an electric mixer (hand or stand) cream together the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating until fully incorporated.
- Add flour mixture slowly, as well as chocolates and nuts. The dough will be stiff.
- Form into one large log, going down the center of your baking sheet. Alternatively, you can make several smaller logs. Adjust baking time down to reflect smaller logs.
- Bake (a large log) for approximately 40 minutes, or until cooked yet still slightly moist. Keep the oven on.
- Cool Slightly
- Cut the log into ½ slices, and arrange on a baking sheet.
- Bake the slices for 10-15 minutes (erring on the side of 10) until crispy. Watch carefully to avoid burning the chocolate.
These are REALLY delicious, easy, and travel really well. They can go in coffee, so they are almost breakfast. I ate half of one about an hour before going running, and it was fine! So it is fuel, too!