I think it’s true that everyone makes time for what matters most to them. For me, that’s Lily, cooking, and exercise. For Mr. Prevention, that’s sleep and some more sleep. I wish dishes and back massages for his wife were what mattered most for my better half, but I think that’s the name of the husband game…am I right???
People ask me a lot where I find the time to cook every night, and truthfully, I have the time most nights. On busy nights, I make the time. Mr. Prevention will often tell me, “Don’t feel like you HAVE to cook every night, we can always order take-out or grab something from the freezer.” Although we don’t have kiddos, I think that home-cooked meals are an ESSENTIAL part of proper nutrition, education for children (and adults), weight management, and family togetherness. Family meal time with wholesome, homemade meals is important to me and the well-being of myself and my loved ones.
And while I enjoy culinary challenges, not everything homemade (or healthy) has to be difficult or time-consuming. I am simply a self-professed foodie and don’t mind a bit of elbow grease going into dinner. 😉
Baking, however, is not my forté. So when my mother-in-law shared some of their easy traditional holiday treats, I jotted the recipes down stat! If my memory is serving me correct, these peanut clusters are my father-in-law’s favorite. I have a feeling that between Christmas gifts, cookie exchanges, and Mr. Prevention, I’ll be making more of these before we head home for the holidays. 🙂 And that won’t be a hassle or create a big mess because they’re made in the crock pot! And they’re EASY!
2 pounds white almond bark/candy coating
1 pkg (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 oz unsweetened chocolate
24 oz dry roasted peanuts
Put all three chocolates into a crock pot (breaking up the bark into smaller blocks, if needed) on high for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Turn crock pot down to low and stir in peanuts. Spoon mixture onto parchment paper in 2 tablespoon heaps. Allow to cool and harder before storing in an air-tight container. Yield: 60 clusters.
Nutrition Information (per cluster): 173 calories; 11.5 g. fat; 1.1 mg. cholesterol; 87 mg. sodium; 15.1 g. carbohydrate; 1.4 g. fiber; 3.8 g. protein
Result: An easy, delicious classic! They’re also budget-friendly, especially this time of year with all the discounts in the baking aisle. There’s nothing healthy about peanut clusters, but it’s the holidays…I stick with the portion control approach 😉 Enjoy!
Question: What’s your all-time favorite holiday goodie?
More baking today, a
long longish 5-mile run, a few errands, and Illini basketball tonight!
We will also be re-tasting all of the chili contest entries and determining a winner, to be announced tomorrow! 😀 The chili samples are defrosting in the fridge now!
Have a wonderful weekend!