Thanksgiving Favorite – Chocolate Salami

Every family has their Thanksgiving traditional dish.  It could be a main dish served next to the fabulous looking Turkey or its a dessert that everyone looks forward to eating right before that wonderful nap when the football game is about to come on!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving “must have”?

For me, my favorite dessert is a Chocolate Salami (are you surprised that there’s chocolate in it???) that my mom makes every year.  It’s sweet and simple and I look forward to eating it once a year!

Ingredients

  • Ø  2 Packages of Goya Maria Cookies
  • Ø  1 Stick of Butter, melted
  • Ø  3 Large Eggs
  • Ø  6 TBS Sugar
  • Ø  3 TBS Cocoa
  • Ø  I shot of liquor (I use Marsala)
  • Ø  ½ Cup of coconut

Chop cookies into very small pieces – they should be no smaller than a corn cornel, and no larger than a dime.  I usually put all of the crackers into a large mixing bowl and use a plastic cup to crush them slightly and then crush the rest by hand (can be time consuming, but so worth it!).  Using a mixer beat the cocoa, sugar, eggs and butter.  Add the liquor of your choice.  Mix in the cookies until well blended.  Lay out a roll of aluminum foil and place the batter onto the roll.  You basically want to form the batter into a log.  Once its rolled pretty well pact, sprinkle the coconut all around the batter on all sides.  Roll up the aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator overnight.  It’s best to slice right before serving.  Or slice it ahead of time and place back into the refrigerator until serving.  This is a great dessert to make ahead of time to avoid the hectic baking that comes the night before Thanksgiving.

So far this week I have been able to keep up with my workouts, which is great.  Work has been pretty busy and we’re going away this weekend so I have been packing and trying to get some housework done since I won’t be around this weekend to do it.  My cardio workout last night was great, but I feel like I’m hitting a wall right now and can’t increase my mileage.  I don’t know if its because I am still struggling with a sore throat.  Although I feel fine 99% of the time, occasionally my throat is sore.  I haven’t been able to run more than 4 miles yet, which is OK – but I’d like to be able to do a 10K in 55 minutes.

I kept my heart rate monitor on during the 15 minutes I did weights:

  • Ø  3 reps – 40 pushups total
  • Ø  3 reps – 90 sit-ups
  • Ø  3 reps – biceps using 5 lb. weights
  • Ø  50 Jumping Jacks
  • Ø  10 Squats with the 6 lb. medicine ball

It’s important to not only do a cardio workout but also work other muscles and areas of your body to have an overall balance.  Your clothes will feel better immediately!  I started consistently working out again 3 weeks ago and I have already noticed a change in the way my clothes fit.  It doesn’t make finding something to wear in the morning a hassle any longer! 

Last night I made a vegetable soup.  Apparently the hubby was not that big of a fan, but I quite enjoyed it!  It was extremely healthy and super easy (as most of my meals are!).  All of the vegetables in this soup I got from the Vegetable CSA (week 3) on Monday!

Ingredients:

  • Ø  ½ a container of Cherry Tomatoes
  • Ø  1 small onion
  • Ø  1 clove of garlic
  • Ø  3 leaves of Bok Choy or Kale
  • Ø  2 Carrots, chopped
  • Ø  1/3 of a Leek
  • Ø  1 TBS Olive Oil
  • Ø  2 Bay leaves
  • Ø  Salt/Pepper to taste
  • Ø  3 Celery Stalks
  • Ø  2 Parsnips

Sauté the onion, garlic and olive oil in a medium size sauce pan.  Add the tomatoes and sauté for about 5-8 minutes, or until the tomatoes have lost most of their juices.  Now add all of the ingredients above and add enough water to cover the veggies (and some) to the sauce pan.  Let this cook for about 40 minutes.  You can add rice or orzo to this also, but I wanted to go carb free yesterday. 

I loved that I didn’t need to add any type of vegetable broth to it.  Since the Vegetable Share equates to $16.28 per week, and I only used 2/3 of my vegetables here, I’d say this is a very cheap, healthy, and flavorful dinner.  If you want to add a protein, I think shredded chicken would make it so yummy!  I think if there was chicken in it, the hubby would have enjoyed it more – he’s not really an all veggie, no protein/carb type of guy!

Attention all you Jillian Michael’s fans - I’m sure I’m not the only one that misses her on The Biggest Loser.  Even though the other new trainers are doing a great job, I still feel she was fabulous on the show and greatly miss her!  She is not going to be on the panel of the Drs Show and today they will air an episode with Bob Harper on it!  I can’t wait to watch it!!!!  They make such a fabulous team! 

If you could choose one trainer to workout with for 1 hour, who would it be? 

I’d obviously choose Jillian!!!

Which workout DVD motivates you the most?

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One Response to Thanksgiving Favorite – Chocolate Salami

  1. I used to love Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred DVD. I haven’t done it in a while though.

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