Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Truffles

Healthy peanut butter and jelly chocolate truffles

So, Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays filled with sweets. Chocolate seems to be everywhere lately: I can’t avoid it as hard as I want to try doing so. It’s time to take action: today I have some healthy peanut butter and jelly chocolate truffles that are satisfying my sweet tooth without adding the extra guilt afterwards.

Healthy peanut butter and jelly chocolate truffles

Here’s the thing: I’m not against chocolate. I eat it every day pretty much. I LOVE a delicious chocolate truffle. But the reality is I can’t eat them every single day. Every night after dinner I tend to get a hankering for some sort of sweet dessert treat, and these healthier chocolate truffles are the perfect solution for me. They are so easy to put together, they taste delicious, and if you’re not careful your husband will end up eating all of them before you really have a chance. Yep. That’s the way it goes in our household.

I love that these truffles are made from all natural ingredients: oats, dried fruit, peanut butter…what’s not to like right off the bat? The ingredients are pulsed together, rolled into balls, and then gently rolled in cocoa powder. It’s quite simple, and the end result is really a great trick for your eyes. I mean: would you know that these aren’t traditional chocolate truffles at first glance? The dusting of cocoa powder on the outside just adds an extra touch of fanciness to them.

Healthy peanut butter and jelly chocolate truffles

You can make a big batch of these truffles and freeze half of them for later if desired…or just keep them in the refrigerator for a few days if you plan on consuming them all quickly. And they don’t just have to be for dessert: I actually grab one or two after a workout as a little energy booster. Yum!

So, I won’t be completely swearing off the REAL chocolate truffles any time in the future, but these little bites are seriously satisfying. Healthy chocolate truffles? Yes, please!

Healthy peanut butter and jelly chocolate truffles

Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Truffles
 
These peanut butter and jelly chocolate truffles are easy to make and will satisfy your sweet tooth!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups dried currants
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • Additional cocoa powder, for dusting/rollilng
Instructions
  1. Add oats, currants, dried cranberries, peanut butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons cocoa powder into a food processor. Pulse until smooth. You may need to add about ¼ - ½ cup of warm water (gradually) to the mixture in order for it to turn to the proper texture for rolling.
  2. Cover the bottom of a pie plate (or other dish) with cocoa powder.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop (or teaspoon) to scoop a ball of the mixture. Roll the ball lightly between your hands, then gently roll it in the cocoa powder to coat.
  4. Place on a plate or tray lined with wax paper. Continue scooping until all of the mixture is in ball shapes and are coated with cocoa powder.
  5. Chill bites in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Then, place into an airtight container until ready to serve. Keep chilled, or freeze for up to one week - enjoy!

 

Sicilian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetables #WeekdaySupper #McSkilletSauce

Sicilian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetables

Raise your hand if you like vegetables!!!! Can you see that? I’m raising my hand oh so very high up in the air. Not a day goes by that does not include them, and being able to make a quick, easy, and flavorful Weekday Supper dish packed with veggies like this Sicilian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetables is oh so perfect.

Sicilian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetables

As soon as I spotted McCormick’s Sicilian Chicken with Tomato, Basil & Garlic Skillet Sauce, I knew exactly what I wanted to create with it. The sauce is Italian style, infused with sweet basil and garlic – two of my all time favorite flavors! There is something special about Italian food that makes me feel cozy, comfortable, and fantastic.

Sicilian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetables

Sicilian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetables

What makes this dish even more incredible is the health factor – no guilt here! Plating yourself up a heaping scoop of these mixed vegetables flavored with the McCormick Skillet Sauce is good for you and will fill you up in no time. I am such a fan of utilizing spaghetti squash for a low carb option in place of noodles. Their slightly sweet flavor adds a nice element to the recipe as well. However, if you absolutely cannot live without the noodles, you could use spaghetti or angel hair pasta in place of the spaghetti squash…OR serve this vegetable dish on top of a bed of noodles. Options: you have them!

Sicilian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetables

And if that was not enough, the time required to put this Sicilian Spaghetti Squash together is pretty minimal. I baked my spaghetti squash the previous day and had already removed the strands and stored them in the refrigerator. All I had to do was toss everything together in a skillet, add the Skillet Sauce, stir, and my dinner came together in less than 30 minutes. You really can’t beat that, can you? I know I can’t. For some reason these past few weeks have been oh so busy for me, and the ability to get my dinner on the table in a snap has truly been a life saver. No need for take out: when all I need is a few minutes and a skillet, making a recipe in my kitchen on a busy night is still A-OK with me!

Do you have any skillet recipe favorites you make in your kitchen?

Sicilian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetables

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Sicilian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetables
 
Veggie filled and packed with flavor: this meatless meal will satisfy!
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds), cooked and separated
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, lightly steamed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 package McCormick's Sicilian Chicken with Tomato, Basil & Garlic Skillet Sauce
  • Shaved Parmesan, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the diced onion and saute for 2-3 minutes until they turn translucent.
  2. Add the broccoli, red bell pepper, and spinach to the skillet. Saute until the spinach has almost fully wilted.
  3. Add the spaghetti squash and the Skillet Sauce. Saute for an additional 3-4 minutes until the skillet contents are heated through.
  4. Serve with shaved Parmsan cheese as a garnish (if desired). Enjoy!

 

McCormick_logoIf you are looking for more inspiration for easy dinners with McCormick’s Skillet Sauces, make sure you follow McCormick’s Easy Skillet Dinners Pinterest board!

You can find more information on McCormick’s website, become a fan of theirs on Facebook, see what inspires them on Pinterest, and check out their images on Instagram!

This post is sponsored by McCormick in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

Make sure you check out all of the amazing inspiration from the Weekday Supper family this week!

Sunday Supper MovementMonday – Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Tuesday – Sesame Chicken Wraps by Hip Foodie Mom
Wednesday – Sicilian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetables by Ruffles & Truffles
Thursday – Sloppy Joe and Biscuits Casserole by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Friday – Fire Roasted Garlic Beef & Quinoa Chili by Amee’s Savory Dish

Valentine’s Day Cream Puffs for #SundaySupper

Valentine's Day Cream Puffs

***Love is in the air!*** At this time of the year, everything starts turning heart shaped in hues of red, pink, and purple. Sweet treats abound, and warm fuzzy feelings are all around. I’m not going to lie: I kind of like it! Today in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day celebrations, I’m serving up some Valentine’s Day Cream Puffs for Sunday Supper!

Valentine's Day Cream Puffs

To be completely honest, there are only a few times of the year when I actually break out desserts. Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, and birthdays seem to be the dominant dates. So, in celebration, I thought it appropriate to break out one of my all time favorite desserts: cream puffs! The Sunday Supper family is partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards today to bring you twenty different recipes for Valentine’s Day, perfect for pairing with their Riesling and Sweet Red wines.

Have you ever made cream puffs before? They are such a simple dessert, but sometimes the best things in life are uncomplicated. My love for cream puffs actually started when we lived in Wisconsin years ago. The Wisconsin State Fair is known for their absolutely epic cream puffs. Their shells are golden, they’re packed with fresh whipped cream, and sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar. Plus they are about the size of a salad plate: HUGE. It has been 15 years since I’ve actually experienced one of the Wisconsin State Fair cream puffs, but I still think about how insanely wonderful they are. The quest to recreate my own version has been long and drawn out. I am not sure that I’ll ever actually succeed, but I think we’ve come close. My mom has been making cream puffs for years (in an attempt to get them to a similar level of deliciousness), and I looked to her to teach me how to make them myself.

Valentine's Day Cream Puffs

Personally, I am a fan of a more “miniature” cream puff when I’m making them at home. They are handheld, adorable, and when they’re smaller that means you can have more than one, right? When you make them, you absolutely HAVE to whip up fresh whipped cream. Trust me: it is worth it. While you’re at it, make more whipped cream than is needed for the recipe, because having some leftover is always great (dollop on ice cream, pancakes, waffles, or just scoop it out of the container with a spoon)!

To make these little desserts perfect for Valentine’s Day, there are so many options. You can keep them simple as-is, or add some red food coloring to the cream puff dough to bring them to a festive hue. Holiday themed sprinkles are another great touch for some fun. If you’re a fan of chocolate, drizzling chocolate sauce on top of the puffs is another delectable addition.

Valentine's Day Cream Puffs

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some wine involved, would it? To kick up the romance with this dessert, I suggest pairing these cream puffs with Gallo’s Riesling or Sweet Red. The Riesling is light bodied and sweet, with flavors of citrus and peach. It is a versatile choice that is sure to be a hit. On the other hand, the Sweet Red is medium bodied with flavors of red fruit and jam. It’s a great wine for dessert, and the beautiful red hue has Valentine’s Day written all over it!

So, what will you be making to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Will there be a special menu involved?

Valentine's Day Cream Puffs

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Valentine's Day Cream Puffs
 
Light, fluffy, with just enough sweetness! These miniature cream puffs are a perfect dessert treat, especially for Valentine's Day!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • For the cream puffs:
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • For the whipped cream:
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • To serve:
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Chocolate sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat the water and butter to a rolling boil. Stir in the flour and remove from the heat, stirring until the mixture forms into a ball.
  2. Stir in the eggs all at once. Beat with a spoon until the mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes. The dough will become thick and you should be able to stand a spoon up in it.
  3. Drop dough in large spoonfuls (about golf ball sized) onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the cream puffs are golden and puffed up.
  5. Remove the puffs from the baking sheet and allow them to cool. When cool, slice the tops off and pull out any filaments of soft dough inside.
  6. To make the whipped cream, place a metal mixing bowl and whisk attachment into the freezer for about 15 minutes. Then, remove from the freezer - add the heavy whipping cream, confectioner's sugar, and vanilla into the metal bowl. Whisk on high with a mixer until the whipped cream forms stiff peaks.
  7. Carefully fill the bottoms of the puffs with the whipped cream. Place the tops on, then sprinkle with a dusting of confectioner's sugar. Add sprinkles and chocolate sauce, if desired. Serve immediately - enjoy!
Notes
I recommend leaving the puffs unfilled until just before serving to keep the puff shells from getting soggy!

 

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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

 

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Black Bean Taco Salad with Chipotle and Garlic #SundaySupper #McSkilletSauce

Black Bean Taco Salad with Chipotle and Garlic

When it comes to making an easy, filling, and delicious meal, there are a few go-to options I always rely on in the kitchen. One of those happens to be a taco salad. Not only are they satisfying, but they are bright in color, easy to put together, and full of flavor and texture. Today, I want to share a scrumptious black bean taco salad with chipotle and garlic, with the help of McCormick’s Skillet Sauce!

Black Bean Taco Salad with Chipotle and Garlic

The Sunday Supper tastemakers are all excited to be sharing recipes utilizing the different Skillet Sauces made by McCormick. With a collection of seven different styles, there are many flavor options to consider. I knew the Taco with Chipotle and Garlic would be right up my alley for this dish.

Black Bean Taco Salad with Chipotle and Garlic

The sauce itself has a nice, robust flavor. There is a hint of the smoky chipotle peppers included, and it gives the sauce just enough kick! As for how easy it was to implement the sauce into my dish? A snap. McCormick includes suggested recipe instructions right on the packet, but you can let your creative juices flow like I did as well. It only takes a few minutes to put everything together: just simmer and stir! Everything came together in one skillet on my stove top, so not only was it a quick and delicious meal to create, but it was a breeze to clean up afterward as well. Win-win!

Black Bean Taco Salad with Chipotle and Garlic

I really enjoy this salad for its versatility. It’s a meatless option for those of you who would like it, but you could also add some sort of meat into the mix (or top the salad with grilled chicken or shrimp, for example). It’s a “create your own adventure” style meal, if you will! Black beans are my absolute favorite type of bean to enjoy, and they pack a nice punch of protein to fill you up. The contrast between the cool salad greens and the warm black bean mixture is a great element as well. And don’t forget guacamole. It isn’t a taco salad without guacamole involved, if you ask me!

Black Bean Taco Salad with Chipotle and Garlic

5.0 from 3 reviews
Black Bean Taco Salad with Chipotle and Garlic
 
An easy to make, filling, and flavorful black bean taco salad meal made with McCormick's Skillet Sauce!
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 (15.25 ounces) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • 1 cup corn kernels (I use frozen)
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounces) package McCormick Taco with Chipotle & Garlic Skillet Sauce
  • Lettuce
  • Guacamole (optional)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat a large deep skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and red onion, then saute until the onion turns translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add corn and black beans into the skillet and saute for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the McCormick Skillet Sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add the bell pepper and cilantro. Reduce the heat to simmer for 3-4 minutes until heated through.
  4. Scoop the bean mixture over a bed of lettuce and garnish with desired toppings (guacamole, shredded cheese). Enjoy!

 

McCormick Skillet Sauce Taco with Chipotle and GarlicIf you are looking for more inspiration for easy dinners with McCormick’s Skillet Sauces, make sure you follow McCormick’s Easy Skillet Dinners Pinterest board!

You can find more information on McCormick’s website, become a fan of theirs on Facebook, see what inspires them on Pinterest, and check out their images on Instagram!

This post is sponsored by McCormick in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

Make sure you check out all of the amazing inspiration from the Sunday Supper family today!

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.