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Chop, Chop

September 9, 2010

As in “hurry up!”  But also as in…lunch!

Chop Chop Salad:

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This chopped salad contained: 1 cup kidney beans, chopped cabbage, chopped tomatoes, raw pumpkin seeds, feta, and balsamic vinaigrette.  Yum!

And, as per many requests, here is the pumpkin bar recipe.  I’m warning you…these bad boys are seriously addictive.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars


2 sticks butter (light butter works too!)

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1 egg

1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 cups flour

1 tsp. each: cloves, ginger, nutmeg

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a mixer, beat together butter and sugars until smooth.  Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined.  Add pumpkin puree and beat until smooth, about a minute.  The wet mixture may appear curdled, but that’s fine.

In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour through salt).  Once the dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed, fold in the wet mixture in batches, stirring well to incorporate.  Once the wet mixture is fully incorporated into the dry ingredients, add in the chocolate chips and stir until combined. 

Pour batter into a well-greased 9×13 baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.  Cool completely in pan, then cut into squares. 

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Off to school—it’s pretty cloudy out there.  I hope I don’t get rained on!

See you tonight!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2010 4:07 pm

    Salad looks great. I totally forgot to buy purple cabbage this week. Hope you have a great day.

  2. September 9, 2010 4:11 pm

    I am making them for sure!!

  3. September 9, 2010 4:12 pm

    That is SO beautiful and so colourful!! Vivid 🙂

  4. September 9, 2010 4:15 pm

    This is SO getting made!

  5. September 9, 2010 4:55 pm

    What a great recipe! I’m making those for sure!

  6. September 9, 2010 4:55 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! Yum – butter! 🙂

  7. September 9, 2010 5:13 pm

    This is why I love fall, everything gets pumpkined or squashed up… these sound tasty. Hope you are doing well. I am catching up with blogs after months of being MIA

    • September 9, 2010 5:37 pm

      Galareh!! I’ve missed your posts! Hope all is well with you!

      Sent from my iPhone

    • September 9, 2010 5:51 pm

      Ugh. GElareh! Dang i- phone!

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. September 9, 2010 8:28 pm

    Yes! Thanks for the recipe. I will most likely eat the entire batch but can’t wait to make these 🙂 I love making pumpkin loafs and eating them with nutella in the fall!

  9. September 9, 2010 8:33 pm

    Gorgeous picture!

  10. September 9, 2010 9:25 pm

    Lunch looks awesome….so colorful! 2 sticks of butter?! YUM! Haha 🙂

  11. September 10, 2010 12:20 pm

    Those pumpkin bars sound great! I’m so ready for all things pumpkin!

  12. September 10, 2010 2:10 pm

    I have an unhealthy obsession with pumpkin and this is just fueling the fire! Can’t wait to try these!

  13. September 11, 2010 12:49 am

    The combo of pumpkin and chocolate you can’t go wrong.

  14. September 11, 2010 5:14 am

    Can’t wait to make the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bars. My 9 yr old son LOVES pumpkin muffins and homemade pumpkin bread. Thanks for sharing!
    PS…you’re right, as long as you fit in the exercise everything balances out…four kids and I’m living proof. So glad I found your site…another fitness and sweets addict!


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