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Double Date Night & A Cookie Bar Recipe

by Courtney on January 9, 2011

Yikes! How terrible of me…I promised you all a recipe yesterday and I didn’t deliver! Surprised smile

Well, Jay and I set out yesterday afternoon to run the errands that we needed to take care of, but things took a little longer than we anticipated and we never made it back home before our double date night plans!

Yup, double Date Night! Open-mouthed smile

We were first invited over to Joe & Kate’s place for dinner, where we were greeted with some amazing smelling chicken tacos!

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And they were healthy chicken tacos to boot! Thumbs up

I enjoyed two mini whole wheat tortillas, filled with (hidden) black beans, taco-seasoned chicken, lettuce, salsa, cheese, and homemade guacamole.

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Kate actually made her guacamole using equal parts of diced avocado and cucumber, which helps cut back on the fat. Very delicious, and very similar to my healthified guacamole, too! I had some extra guac along with some blue corn chips and a side of Spanish rice.

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Yumm!

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After dinner, the four of us made our way out to the Albany Devils hockey game.

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This is the game that I actually bought Jay the tickets for for our “Paper” anniversary. I had checked with Joe ahead of time to see if they’d be interested in joining us, and the plan was a GO!

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YAY for double Date Nights!!!

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Thank goodness we were in a box that had a TV in it so we could watch the Jets game…otherwise we may have had to leave the hockey game early to go watch. Winking smile

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So after the hockey game was over, we went back to Joe and Kate’s to watch the rest of the game. All I can say is…

GOOOOO JETS!!! Open-mouthed smile

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Alright, so how ‘bout that recipe?!? Winking smile

On Friday, we officially got our stove back up and working and I was determined to bake something. Granted, it still is not easy, since we have no countertops or sinks, but I had to attempt at least one goody!

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I attempted to make a healthier version of an oatmeal raisin cookie bar, which turned out pretty good for the most part. They were a little bit drier than normal, which I attribute to reducing the butter. But otherwise, they have really good flavor!

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If I were to make these again (which I probably will) I might try to add in a little applesauce, as well as reduce the amount of oats in the bars. If you decide to give them a try, feel free to mess around with the ingredients…if you come up with a winner, let me know! Open-mouthed smile

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I may feel the need to attempt to bake something else today…we’ll see where the day brings me!

Question for the Day:

What are your favorite “healthy substitutions” when baking or cooking?

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1 She Rocks Fitness January 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

Love the new set up of your blog! That game was so AWESOME last night! I was watching at a bar with friends and totally thought they were done. So happy for the Jets and next weekend should be interesting. Enjoy your weekend!

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2 Kristi January 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

Butterscotch.. love it. I’m definitely going to mark this as a must try. :) Looks like you had a great date night. I love going to hockey games, but haven’t been in so long.
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3 Jennie January 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

I’ve been making Mama Pea’s single chin double chocolate brownies for parties and such, and they use applesauce instead of oil. I can’t taste a difference, and they always come out super moist! I think that’s my favorite substitution by far. :)
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4 Amy B @ Second City Randomness January 9, 2011 at 11:34 am

The homemade guac looks soooo good. I’m usually too lazy to actually make guac, but anything avocado-related makes me happy. :)
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5 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 9, 2011 at 11:52 am

That looks yummy! :)

My favourite substitution is applesauce for oil. It doesn’t work well in ALL recipes, but in so many it makes the texture even better! :D
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6 Stefanie January 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

I love subbing applesauce and Greek yogurt to healthify recipes! Your granola bars sound fab! Bet it feels great to have at least some of your kitchen back! :)

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7 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I always substitute half the white flour for a more whole-grain one. And I’m the queen of flax eggs!
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8 Amanda @ Fashionably Plate January 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

When cooking, I try to substitute healthy ingredients but when I’m baking I usually use the regular stuff! I think living a healthy lifestyle and keeping up with physical fitness allows for a little indulgence..or at least that is what I tell myself!

Love your blog!
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9 Courtney January 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Love your outlook! :)

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10 Emily January 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Oh yum! Those tacos and those oatmeal bars look amazing :) I can’t wait for your kitchen to finally be done so we can have a baking date togetherrrrr!
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11 Kristin January 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I love going to watch hockey, so much fun! Those bars look delicious, I’m definitely going to try making them this week. I like using applesauce in place of oil, I can never tell the difference!
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12 Blog is the New Black January 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Oooooh, I love the idea of subbing some cukes for part of the ‘cado! Good call!
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13 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Hey Court -
I like the new recipe ‘card’. Is that a plug-in…?
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14 Courtney January 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Yup! It’s called “Print This”

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