April 2013, readathon

Read-a-thon Count Down: Day 1. The Food.

snacksWe 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!)

Mid-morning snack:
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

Mid-afternoon snack:
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!

17 thoughts on “Read-a-thon Count Down: Day 1. The Food.”

  1. I love mini-quiches for breakfast, and I’m a fan of making smoothies throughout the day. This time I’ll probably grab some lunch at Panera as I love their french onion soup. I’ll be cheering and tweeting most of the day whilst listening to audiobooks. I may make some oreo balls to get my chocolate fix for the day. 😉

  2. Oh, I’ve never been this prepared! I just usually grab a bunch of snacks for me but I am going to have to think about getting the meals ready ahead of time.

  3. I thought about doing crock pot chili, but I have to be at the ball field from3-6 (yay for audio books) so I may make bbq chicken ahead of time and just heat it up. 🙂
    Also smoothies all day an lots and lots of coffee. 😉

  4. Wow, you really are prepared. I’m going to have lots of unhealthy snacks (because that is half the fun, right?) and trust the real nourishment to the boyfriend.

    In my list:
    – Sugus candy
    – Toffee cake
    – Chocolates
    – Veggie chips

  5. This will be my first time participating, so I haven’t thought much about food. I do think I’ll have some of my Greek yogurt and oatmeal bars handy as snacks, but I’ll probably take a lunch break to make a sandwich. Hopefully my mom cooks dinner, so I can just make a plate and get back to reading! 😛

  6. Someone please tell me more about the Oreo balls! They sound dangerous but delicious! My kids have been asking for Beef stew so I’ll probably throw that in the slow cooker for Saturday’s dinner. Through the day we’ll have fruit and veggies with ranch dip for snacks. And possibly nachos with salsa if I let my kids talk me into them. Of course, there needs to be some sort of chocolate, as well. I can probably convince my husband to make breakfast so yay! All set and so looking forward to Saturday!

  7. OMG!!! I just whipped up a batch of the dip recipe you posted and this may be my new crack. Seriously delicous. I’m taking it with me as my lunch tomorrow to share with another coworker who loves all the things in this recipe. I know she’s going to love it. 🙂 Thank you SO much for sharing. I will be making it Saturday for sure. Or rather Friday in preperation for Friday.

  8. Stephanie! Isn’t it the best thing EVER? OMG I LOVE IT. And completely agree. It’s like crack. I will be making a double batch tomorrow for sure!

    Have fun and enjoy the food!!! 🙂

  9. I will be reading in a beach house where I will go with my boyfriend. So it has to be for two, easy and quick to prepare, and it has to be two meals because here Readathon will start at 2pm.
    So I was thinking ghocchi with cheese first lunch, omlet shaped like a flower the second (I saw on internet this thing, where you take paprika, cut it across and it will shape like a four-leaf flower, you put it on the pan and put egg in it and it bakes into something adorable).
    Also, banana and/or strawberry frapes throughout the day…. which reminds me, I need to buy some bananas…

  10. Awesome food plan for the day!!

    Jalapeno poppers have become my traditional readathon snack, which I’m sooooo looking forward too. And I’ll probably do chicken tacos for dinner, because the chicken can cook in the crockpot and I won’t have to do much! And of course I’ll have veggies, candy, water, and caffeine available 🙂

  11. Lucky for me, my fiancé does the cooking! So I can just focus on the reading.. and the not getting bed sores. 😀 I am, however, planning to spend a chunk of tomorrow baking up snacks for Saturday. Can’t wait!

  12. How about drinks?
    I usually brew plenty of tea, but this year I find the Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer at my Whole Foods store. It’s non-alcoholic, brewed in “Hogsbreath” for “underaged wizards and wizards young at heart”. Just the perfect soda for a read-a-thon!! I’ve stocked up on them!

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