It's in the Bag, Gluten Free & The WoW Diet

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chocolate Snack Cake

Sometimes, the best things in life are accidents. Like the fact that Ivory soap floats (someone fell asleep and it got overmixed, causing extra air bubbles), or Coca-cola (Wasn't it supposed to be some sort of tonic?) A pleasant accident--that is what happened with today's recipe. Sometimes you're going for one thing and something completely unexpected and wonderful happens instead. Give this snack cake a try, it's positively angelic. See, it even looks like it's floating!

Chocolate Snack Cake

1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup canned butter, melted

Resealable bag:
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons powdered eggs
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Grease 9 x9 pan. Mix all ingredients together. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Cheap Bags and Healthy Truffles

Greetings! I know, 2 posts in 2 weeks. It's ok, you can be impressed. :)

First on the docket, we have a hot tip for purchasing bags. Staples is currently selling a box of 250 bags for $44.99. That works out to a mere $0.18 a bag! Wowza! As an added bonus, the bags are a very pleasant mint green color. They used to paint hospitals green you know. It soothed the patients. If you're not into soothing greens, it appears you also have the option of "electric blue." Join up with some friends and order several boxes to get free shipping. Check it out.... here.

We'd like to thank Christy for her excellent contribution of healthy truffles! Who doesn't like truffles after all?

"Take a dry fruit that is fairly moist (like a store-bought prune) and roll or dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. Healthy truffle! Kick it up by adding a little cayenne to the cocoa if you dare.

One can make a more complicated version that is a mixture of dried fruit that has been food-processed into something paste-like and then rolled into balls and dusted with cocoa. But the first way is really simple and good."

It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious! Give it a try. In fact, I'd probably fill a whole minty green bag full of them. Everybody loves a truffle! Come to think of it...I like prunes too. (Shhh, don't tell.)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Aloha Cookies

Aloooha Baggers! Does the winter season have you down? Are you pining away for azure waters and white sand beaches? Well, we here at The Bag Meal Test Kitchen firmly believe that it is best to eat your way through your travels! Besides, if you can't travel, you can always eat, so it works out both ways! ;)

You have probably noticed that there is a lack of dessert bag meals in the book. There are several reasons for this, one being that those publisher folks have these crazy things called "page limits," another being that The Bag Lady lives by The WoW Diet (click here for more info) and so she doesn't do many desserts. But we are thinking of you and are willing to take one for the team, so The Bag Lady has put on her dessert hat and developed some new yummies for your food storage needs. Besides, if you're in the middle of a disaster, what spells comfort like a warm cookie pulled fresh from a solar oven?

These cookies are a burst of tropical fusion on your tongue! Bite into one and you'll be transported to the azure waters and white beaches of your favorite island. (To enhance the experience hold an EMPTY glass up to your ear and you'll hear the ocean.) The buttery cookie hugs mounds of sweet flaky coconut and smooth white chocolate chunks. The delectable crunch of macadamia nuts rounds off the texture play nicely. So bake up a batch, hold a glass to your ear, close your eyes, and chase those winter blues away! (Yes, we at The Bag Meal Test kitchen are easily entertained.)

Aloha Bag Meal Cookies
1 yellow cake mix
1/2 cup canned butter, melted*
1/3 cup bottled water
Resealable bag: 3 tablespoons powdered whole egg**
Resealable bag:1/2 cup flaked coconut, 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl combine cake mix and powdered egg. Stir in water and melted butter. Add remaining ingredients. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 12-14 minutes or until edges are slightly golden. Allow to cool for a few minutes on baking sheet before moving to cooling rack.

*Remember you want to save your canned butter for a real emergency, so if you're making these at home, substitute fresh butter.

**If you want to use fresh egg, only put in 2 fresh eggs and decrease the water by 2 tablespoons.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Another Contest!

Hey there baggers!

We realize that we have more than fallen off the blogging boat...we pretty much drowned. BUT we're happy to announce another contest! This one is courtesy of a fellow bagger and blogger- PitterPatHeart. Keep tabs on her bag meal adventures and find out about the contest here. You can only enter this give away through PitterPatHeart's blog, so make sure you leave her some comment love!

Keep bagging and I'll see what I can do about getting some exciting new content up on the blog! An exclusive recipe perhaps? (I promise, it will be sooner than later...)