I moved to Charlotte, NC from Ann Arbor, MI about 7 months ago. This is my first winter here in Charlotte and its been quite the treat compared to Michigan winters. We did get out first snowfall yesterday and the entire city shut down! I was shocked because we only got about 2 inches. No school, no work, the gym and yoga studio were closed, even the bank was closed! Since there was not enough snow to hit the slopes, I decided to stay in and make some hearty yet healthy eats.
First, I made some no-bake Cranberry Oat bars. They are packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. They are also gluten free, vegan and soy free. Everyone can enjoy these delicious gooey bars. Only 5 simple ingredients are needed.
- 1 cup Vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup almond butter (smooth)
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds (optional)
Just mix everything together until the batter is firm but not crumbly. You may need to add more honey or oats to get it just right.
Then press into an ungreased pan and cut into squares!
Refrigerate for about 40 mins if you like them a bit firmer
My boyfriend got off work a few hours early and we decided to have an ultimate “snowed in” cozy night. We braved the icy roads and got ingredients to make some home made chicken noodle soup. It was SO worth it. It was honestly the best chicken noodle soup I have ever had.
What made it so fabulous was the broth we used. We had some frozen turkey broth leftover from our thanksgiving turkey and vegetable roast. We also bought:
- 3 organic, boneless chicken breasts
- whole wheat elbow style pasta
- portabella mushrooms
- 1 onion
First we sauteed all the vegetables in some olive oil and ghee. Then added a bit of flour to thicken it all up. We boiled water and cooked the chicken in the water, so we would have some chicken stock too. After the chicken was cooked, we shredded it using a fork and knife. Then we just added everything in the veggie pot; turkey broth, shredded chicken, chicken stock and noodles (once mix came to a boil). We let it cook for about 10 minutes, then reduced the heat to low and let everything simmer for about 20 minutes.
Then it was cozy time. Home made chicken noodle soup + movies = great way to spend a cold evening. Although there was not enough snow to go out and enjoy it, I would say my first snow day in the south was a success.
What is your favorite thing to do on a snow day?
What do you like to cook to feel warm and cozy inside?