Friday, October 22, 2010


Today's post is part of a fun date night in (or ladies night in!) that I'm doing with Reagan from Where is the ME in Mommy? Head on over there and check it out!

Confession: For the longest time I fought reading or watching or anything to do with Twilight. Mostly because of principle; I strongly avoid getting caught up in crazes that are sweeping the entire country. Which means I've never read a Harry Potter book. Or done hot yoga.

But then I happened to join this fun playgroup where half of the active members are huge Twilight fans. Reagan is one of them. She convinced me to try the first book. I caved. I read it in less than two days. And then it was all over; the next three books were each finished in approximately the same amount of time.
While I'm still not a super crazy huge fan, nor have I ever really been on Team Jacob or Team Edward, I do enjoy the books. Except for the last one, the ending made me frustrated, which was the moment I realized that I did care a bit about the series. Oops. :)

Here's an easy and tasty menu featuring the Twilight red, white and black colors:

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup (printable recipe)

Serves 4

2-3 roasted red bell peppers (roast your own or buy them in a jar)
2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes, including juice
1 2/3 c. chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano
salt and pepper, to taste

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp. dried cilantro
1 c. queso fresco, feta or your favorite cheese

In a blender, place peppers and tomatoes. Pulse until almost smooth, leaving it with a bit of texture. Pour into a large pot. Add broth, lemon pepper, oregano, salt and pepper. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, heat the black beans in a microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through. Add cilantro and a touch of salt and pepper. Crumble or grate your cheese.
When the soup is hot, just spoon black beans over the top and sprinkle with cheese.

And now, for dessert! I wanted to do something with a red apple because of the cover of Twilight. But I also wanted to keep it simple and easy.

Chocolate Covered Apples (printable recipe)

Yields 4 apples

4 red delicious apples
1/2 c. white chocolate chips
1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
4 popsicle sticks
Optional toppings: coconut, crushed oreos, slivered almonds, etc.

Press a popsicle stick down into each apple. In a microwave-safe bowl, place white chocolate chips. Melt in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds to avoid scorching. Repeat for dark chocolate chips.
Spoon one of the melted chocolates into a pastry bag with a fine tip. Drizzle chocolate all around the apple. Sprinkle with one of the toppings (optional). Drizzle the other chocolate over the topping.
Chill in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.


  1. I haven't done hot yoga either. I'm all over these apples! Can wait for our next cooking/date challenge :)

  2. I will be trying the soup. I have an extreme weakness for roasted red peppers. It sounds delicious.

    I totally agree about the ending to Twilight (although I deny I know anything about it). Coincidentally, I will be trying pumpkin pasties from the Harry Potter series this weekend. I've read that series twice and I'm not ashamed. It is amazing. Hot yoga? No thanks.

  3. Those apples look amazing! I am super excited to try this date night idea! Both Chris and I are fans :-) don't tell him I told you ;-). We're also huge Harry Potter fans. Hot yoga not so much.

  4. I made the red pepper soup during the Daniel Fast. I made these changes: I added 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce to make it go further, doubled the peppers (because I like them), used the juice of 1/2 lemon (no lemon pepper), omitted cheese, and added 1 c. cooked brown rice. It was SUPER filling and everyone gushed over the yumminess! Thanks!


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