Written by Megan.
So, we are vegetarian. Well, we have been trying vegetarianism for one month this next Saturday. We feel incredible, not just physically, but morally. We don’t plan to start getting on a platform to encourage others to change the way they eat, but we would like to start our new Recipes page with this news in mind. Basically, if you are looking for recipes to figure out what to do with all of your leftover steak, this is not the place for that. It’s funny because we really wanted to start this page sooner, but we realized all of the previous photos and recipes we had accumulated contained meat. We just could not have that!
Why did we turn vegetarian after enjoying meat our entire lives, you may ask? It is really simple actually. Our dear vegan friend showed us a video of a vegan comedian. After the video we talked a bit more about it and the conversation led to us concluding that we really have a lot of options for food, so we don’t really “have to” eat meat, if we are finding other ways to stay nourished. It’s not like we haven’t heard about these things before, but something about this moment and I suppose having your best friend there to say, “I would actually be okay without having meat. I could at least be vegetarian,” was enough for us to try. So, here we are - meat free.
Our first recipe comes from a wonderful treat I learned at work. For those who are not aware, I spend my daytime life working in the mental health field. During one of our classes, we had a wonderful guest visit us from Food Hero of OSU extension services. We just recently went on their site and it makes me very proud to be an OSU alum. There are tons of healthy recipes along with facts about the main ingredient used in the recipes.
This post is inspired by the OSU Food Hero Cranberry Oatmeal Balls, which can be found on their website.
*Changes we have made
1 cup old-fashioned oats*
⅓ cup almonds, chopped
⅓ cup peanut butter or almond butter*
⅓ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup crushed dark chocolate*
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients until well mixed.
Form oat mixture into balls about 1 inch wide.
Place balls on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
“Notes: Honey is not recommended for children under 1 year old.
To avoid sticky fingers, keep the oat balls cool until ready to eat.”
(Special blog post appearance by Megan's niece!)