This is the time of year when we feel free to indulge a little more since we know that New Year's resolutions are right around the corner. However, there is no reason that some of these wonderful foods can't have some nutritional benefits. Whole wheat flour and rolled oats are the "good" carbohydrates and when I substituted the olive oil for butter or margarine, which was part of the original recipe, I found it worked as well. As a result there is very little saturated fat in these cookies!!
1/3 cup whole wheat flour 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup old-fashion rolled oats 1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg
3 Tablespoons olive oil 2 oz dark mini chocolate chips
(orange-infused olive oil is my favorite)
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Measure and combine the the flour and the oats into a bowl.
3. Measure and add the baking soda and salt to the flour and oats and stir together.
4. Measure the olive oil into a small bowl.
5. Measure and add sugar to the bowl and mix until smooth.
6. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture and blend well.
7. Beat egg in small bowl and blend into the flour mixture
8. Measure and fold in the vanilla, cherries, and chocolate.
9. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto cookie sheet with parchment paper.
10. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Cool for 3 minutes and put on wire racks.
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Party time! Cooking with a large group is really fun. Our church encourages members to offer small groups with any topic of interest. I offered a "cooking together with friends" group and limited the number to 12. Many of you have gatherings of friends or family that are about that size and these recipes are really fun and flexible for such a group. Who doesn't like a pasta entree or a fruit crisp for dessert? Since the quantities for the recipes on my website are mostly for six - I doubled them. Each person was assigned to bring some of the ingredients and we were able to keep it under $8.00 apiece. Everyone was also asked to participate in the clean-up. I've included the menu items which are linked to their recipes on my website. Since each recipe makes six generous servings, we found that we had a lot left over, however, we didn't have heavy eaters in our group. You should take into account the individuals that are coming to your group and adjust the quantities needed, though they do make great left-overs. Have this great meal with good friends and enjoy the party!
Below is a one minute video of the making of the meal. Cooking together, not only results in wonderful food, but creates a sense of community and smiles of contentment.
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Tricia Gregory, MA,RD/N
A dietitian who is a foodie and loves a great dinner party with wonderful food and terrific friends.