We all know the star of the day during the Read-a-thon is the books. But, the woman behind the books, is the food. FOOD. It helps us get through the day, keeps our energy up, and with careful planning, you will have a great day for both reading AND eating.
Firstly, make a game plan. What do you plan to eat all day? You don’t want to take long breaks to fix meals, find snacks for others (if the kids or spouse are around), and you certainly don’t want to take time to make supper. So. What do you do? You make a LIST, silly. For example, since I’ve already planned mine, here is my list.
Mini crust-less quiches (made the day before)
Apples and peanut butter (needs lots of protein!)
Celery and cheesy pesto dip (also made the day before) (dip recipe)
If I’m not forced to go out with the family (don’t worry, audiobooks are great for this!) we will have:
Cheesy Flat Bread (recipe)
Some sort of veggie, probably carrots, or I may cook up some home fries
An avocado dip (made the day before!) I kinda accidentally made up myself, with chips
Since I have to feed the family…and it is supposedly going to be raining all day….
Crock-Pot Chili (which will cook all day) (recipe) and cornbread (which, yes, I made the day before!)
And of course, scattered throughout the day with be lots of water drinking and chocolate. Can’t read all day without chocolate.
So you see, with a little for thought and planning, you too can have a great day for eating, as well as reading.
Avocado Dip (original recipe, it’s a dressing. I didn’t have buttermilk the day I made it, so I improvised)
This is my version
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
1 small jalapeno, seeds removed
¼ cup fresh cilantro
1 medium haas avocado
2 cloves of garlic (or more, I like a lot)
Juice of 1 lime
1/8 tsp cumin
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
½ tsp kosher salt
Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
It’s delicious and doesn’t turn brown as fast as guacamole. Tastes about the same, but creamier. So much lovely creaminess.
What are your favorite read-a-thon snacks? Share (recipes too, please?) in the comments or on your blog. Link back here if you do!
Thanks to Heather of Capricious Reader for her tasty meal plan!