Dessert First

September 14, 2010

Does it count as dessert if it’s all Real Food!?

This snack was KILLER!

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I was in the mood to do something creative in the kitchen and was feeling pretty hungry. I pulled up a recipe from Evernote (what I use to clip and organize online recipes) that I’ve been saving for AGES. How often do you have a ripe avocado just sitting around unclaimed!?

Gena’s Chocomole, which I modified with banana a la Ashley

[I also used maple syrup in place of brown rice syrup]

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Now if that isn’t puddin’ I don’t know what is!

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While the food processor was dirty, I obviously had to make banana soft serve. I’d make this EVERY DAY if someone would do the dishes for me!

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All layered up (I ate about 1/4 of the pudding recipe) with some raw buckwheat (just like Grapenuts!), granola and chia seeds. Although the pudding was delicious, just plain, I could really taste the avocado. But mixed with the BSS, it was perfect. 

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While totally incredible, this snack was soooo filling and gave me a bit of a stomach ache that postponed wanting to make dinner for hours. Guess that’s why you don’t have dessert first!

Finally around 7 Matt asked when I planned on starting dinner 😳

By the time it was done cooking, I was hungry deep down in the pit of my stomach

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Roasted Chicken with A Side Of Fall

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We started with sweet potatoes (2 biggins) plus 2 carrots, 2 apples tossed in Garlic Gold, salt and pepper for 26 minutes at 400*.

Then we added green beans –

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And two local pasture-raised chicken legs from Davis Creek Farm rubbed in fresh rosemary from the garden, salt and…

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Tomato Cinnamon Clove Preserve. The OpenSky debut. I had not wanted to open this and put tomato in my oatmeal! But it’s the perrrrfect sweet + savory topping. The tomato was totally subtle to the sweetness of plumy jam flavor and a hint of clove in the background. I liked it a lot!

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The chicken roasted for an additional 30 minutes or so and turned out fabulous. I had a drumstick

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And a big pile ‘O veg! I liked the apple bits most of all!

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A glass of wine would have been a nice complement! Matt said it was not a special enough occasion to open a fancy bottle :(

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If you’re on Twitter, you’d know I’m jamming to GLEE right now (just got the word that Uncle Jesse a.k.a. John Stamos is making a guest appearance this season. MELT MY HEART! )

I should probably close the windows…I think the neighbors can hear.

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1 Nicole @ yuppie yogini September 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Try out the Glee Pandora station…I love it!


2 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

That pudding looks awesome puddin’! :) Honestly, I need an avocado right now just so I can make it. I wouldn’t have been very hungry for making dinner either if I would have had that as my snack!!


3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I made banana soft serve almost everyday and I do hate doing my food processor dishes!


4 stacey-healthylife September 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Looks so good. I never think of adding apples to dinner. That snack looks so good, but it does look pretty filling, but so worth it.


5 Evan Thomas September 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm

That does look like the best snack ever.


6 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Whenever I make the batter for my avocado banana bread I lick the ban-avo mash!! My babies are SO eating that if and when they arrive :)


7 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm

LOVEE Glee! Can’t wait for this season.

Your dinner looks amazing, as usual. I’ve never thought of roasting apples along with my veggies. I will have to try that!


8 Ellie September 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

That pudding looks amazing! YEAH for Glee- I guess John Stamos is going to be Emma’s dentist boyfriend. Love the show! Can’t wait for it to start back


9 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I don’t watch Glee, but I just might if John Stamos is on :) Oh Jesse and the Rippers!!!

That pudding looks awesome, too bad about the tummy ache!


10 Natalia @asideofsimple September 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Any night is an occasion for wine in my book!

Ah my Full House crush. I loved Uncle Jesse!


11 Paige @Running Around Normal September 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I’ve been wanting to try that pudding out for ages too! Aaaand I have a ripe avocado just hanging around:)


12 Emily September 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

You had me with the chocomole pudding..but then I got to the part about watching Glee and I was hooked!! I am singing along with them because clearly they need my vocal support :)


13 Ally @ Girl in Her Kitchen September 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Everything looks fabulous! I wish my hubby liked sweet potatoes :( I have Glee on my iPod and I listen to it all the time on the treadmill. Fun!


14 klm September 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

The other day I was watching true blood with the windows open —- I wonder what my neighbors thought?!!! Hot + heavy vampire scenes!!


15 Tina September 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I cannot wait for this season to start! It starts next week, right? I hope I’m not mistaken because I’ve been looking forward to it.

That really does look like rich chocolate pudding. You would never know by looking at it its made with such wholesome ingredients.


16 Rhea (Greek Feaster) September 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm

LOL at matt sounding like a big jerkface here. you just wanted to take wine to the face and make dinner when you felt like it, gosh! 😉


17 Kath September 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Haha – jerkface indeed! :)


18 Rhea (Greek Feaster) September 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm

lollin because we know that matt is, in fact, a very sweet boy! just to be clear.


19 Rachael September 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm

That is a fantastic looking pudding. I’m currently having Full House flashbacks at the mention of John Stamos..I’m pretty sure I crushed hard on him back in the day!


20 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) September 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Now I know what to do with the rest of my avocado–thanks! John Stamos will always be Uncle Jesse in my book.


21 Vasu September 14, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Looks like a delicious Fall meal!


22 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 14, 2010 at 8:43 pm

that dinner looks perfect! i’d eat all of it even without the chicken


23 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm

That meal sounds INCREDIBLE!


24 Krystina September 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

What a delicious side dish! 😀


25 Dee September 14, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Wow, that dessert and dinner looks bangin’! :)


26 Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous September 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Wow that dinner looks amazing! I absolutely love sweet potatoes :)


27 Catherine @ Life 2.0 September 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Kath! Your dinner looks so lovely! I can’t wait to try that puddin’!


28 Laughter-Loving Stacy September 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I reeeaaaaallllllly doubted you on the avacado/banana/cocoa ordeal. So I made it, too.

I was both wrong and extremely surprised by how dang good it was.



29 Gina September 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Avocado and chocolate?! Two of my favorite foods and I never would have thought to combine them. Sounds awesome!! Looks great too :)


30 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Bananas are *perfect* with pudding..banana softserve is even better!! Yum! Love it :)


31 Kristen September 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Just the act of layering a dessert like that makes it more exciting! 😛


32 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) September 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I’ve made that chocomole before. :) I used a dried date instead of syrup, but mine had little chunks. I’ll use syrup next time!


33 Camille September 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm

What an incredible snack! Heck, I would have just eaten that for dinner! :)


34 emily September 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I made my first bowl of banana soft serve the other day and I was shocked at how full it made me feel.


35 Alyssa September 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I love Uncle Jesse!!


36 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 14, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Your dessert and dinner both look fabulous. I’ve tried the avocado pudding thing too, and didn’t like it cause I could easily taste the avocado. Good idea of mixing it with other things.


37 Melissa September 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Wow! Dinner and dessert looks phenomenal.


38 Shawn Paul September 14, 2010 at 9:44 pm

That looks outstanding! It’s almost 11pm, and you just made me hungry!


39 Hannah September 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I frequently have dessert for dinner, but mine is less justifiable than yours, and I usually follow it with more dessert. I’ve had an awful day (okay, so it’s only 1pm, but still…) and am planning on a huge bowl of cookies and cream ice cream when I get home tonight. Bring it on. 😛


40 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I would be full too!! That dinner and the early dessert would be more than enough for me, but I know I would eat it all :) It all just looks so good!


41 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 14, 2010 at 9:49 pm

oooh love love love this dinner! And I need to try that puddin’ too!


42 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 14, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Loving your pre-dinner dessert! I need to invest in a food processor.


43 Cara Craves... September 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Dessert first, why not!?


44 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes September 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I’m right with you on the banana soft serve problem! I love it, and I would love to have a small dish a couple times a week…but I can’t get past having to wash all those parts of the food processor every time!


45 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Awesome dinner and dessert :)


46 Danielle September 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Hi Kath, I was wondering if you were going to be at the FNCE expo in boston in november?


47 Kath September 15, 2010 at 8:28 am

I would love to but it’s the same weekend as the Foodbuzz festival :( Maybe next year


48 Brittany September 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I have a ripe avocado! Totally going to make this!


49 Sophie September 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Holy chocomole that looks good! I am going to have to try that out soon soon soon!


50 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 14, 2010 at 11:37 pm

lol. I would make banana soft serve every day, too, but I HATE cleaning the food processor. That’s so funny you said that. :p


51 Wei-Wei September 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm

LOL I read roasted chicken with a side of “fail”. Heh. But dessert is always awesome 😉


52 Ashley September 15, 2010 at 12:03 am

Whoa. That dessert sounds incredibly delicious!!!! Never thought to combine the two :) Gosh I love that pudding. Love how filling it is and that it can be eaten as a side dish, not just as dessert!


53 Amy @ Amy Starts To Run September 15, 2010 at 12:46 am

I’ve been pondering this whole avocado/chocolate concoction, and I think I’m just going to have to pony up at try it.

P.S. I currently have like 7 bananas in my fridge specifically for when the mood strikes for banana soft serve.


54 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 15, 2010 at 12:47 am

i heart avocado pudding. have made it a few times for my family, and they definitely weren’t huge fans, but i am!


55 Sportsgirl September 15, 2010 at 2:07 am

Dessert looks yummy! Also like the look of that tomato cinnamon clove preserve!


56 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 15, 2010 at 2:16 am

I love the look of the pudding – I had something similar but the avocado flavour was too overwhelming :(
FAB dinner, I love the apple and sweet potato mix :) roast apple goes well with roast parsnip too :)


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58 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 15, 2010 at 6:13 am

Snacks like that are why most people don’t get us! AMAZING!


59 CaSaundra September 15, 2010 at 6:51 am

Love the sounds of that dessert! But maybe instead of being called dessert, it can just be a healthy snack :-)


60 Kath (Eating for Living) September 15, 2010 at 7:33 am

I love that chicken dinner! Looks so yummy!


61 Kaci September 15, 2010 at 7:33 am

That dessert/snack looks ah-mazing!! Sorry it upset your stomach, but I bet it was worth it while eating it. 😉


62 Bee Goes Bananas September 15, 2010 at 7:42 am

Wow, that looks amazing! It’s such a bummer when your stomach hurts before dinner. I tend to have little peanut butter spoonful snacks before dinner and sometimes it spoils my appetite.


63 Nicole, RD September 15, 2010 at 7:43 am

Those veggies look amazing…I love the sweet and savory together :)

Cannot WAIT for Glee…or John Stamos!


64 Simply Life September 15, 2010 at 7:44 am

oh what a yummy snack!


65 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 15, 2010 at 7:46 am

I’ve been getting my Glee on too lately… can’t wait till Tuesday! :)


66 Stacey @ The Habit of Healthy September 15, 2010 at 7:46 am

Woah, that dessert looks so good!


67 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 15, 2010 at 7:55 am

That looks like a perfect fall dinner!

And I can’t wait for Glee! 😀


68 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 15, 2010 at 7:59 am

wow, your dinner looks great!


69 Little Bookworm September 15, 2010 at 8:15 am

Your snack looks amazing – I love Gena’s chocomole. :)


70 Jessica@tastyandtrim September 15, 2010 at 8:19 am

Everything on this post looks incredible, from the pudding to the side dish! I love festive, Fall sides and this one is right up my alley :) I’ve made a similar side using celery, carrots, apples, sweet potato, and onion. I have to give yours a go!


71 Lisa @ early morning run September 15, 2010 at 8:30 am

wow. all looks delicious! I’ve been meaning to try the chocolate pudding with avocado for a while now. Unfortunately I just cracked open a great avocado that would have been perfect for this, and used it on the chili I made for dinner last night instead. I’ll have to get another one and make this already!


72 Ashleigh September 15, 2010 at 9:22 am


Thanks for mentioning the way you use EverNote here … I never thought about using it to capture recipes! I can finally delte my 5000 bookmarks :)



73 kayla.eats.healthy September 15, 2010 at 9:34 am

O my gosh, I made chocolate-avocado pudding too! I made some yesterday, and it kinda grossed me out. I could smell the avocado…eww. So I didn’t end up eating too much, but I think I’ll be eating the leftovers with banana soft serve! :)

Oh, and I refrigerated the leftovers overnight and this morning I sneaked a spoonful and it was JUST like eating chocolate frosting! Seriously, I think I’ll frost my next cake with the stuff!


74 Amber K September 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

I rarely have ripe avocado that goes unclaimed! lol Right now I’m waiting for two to ripen. My choices at the store were way underripe or WAY overripe. So I wait…

I LOVE banana soft serve!


75 AllieNic (Frisky Lemon) September 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

WOW. That looks AWESOME! Now I want chocolate avocados REAL bad!


76 Megan (Braise The Roof) September 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Yum that dinner looks like a perfect fall meal! I always look forward to the “new” produce that comes into season every year- I think sweet potatoes are in my near future!


77 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Sometimes eating dessert first is the best bet. I’m on a trip in Chattanooga, and there’s a great bakery with some amazing looking chocolate concoctions that I keep wanting to try, but by the time I get done with my meals, I’m so full that dessert doesn’t even sound good. Tomorrow I’m going to the bakery first thing in the morning to pick out a treat for later in the day :)


78 Sarah September 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

Yum! And I think I have all the necessary ingredients for your delicious concoction. Guess what I’m having for dinner tonight?:)


79 Elizabeth September 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I love that you drink your dinner drinks in mason jars! Cute!


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