Readathon 2016: Reading Fuel Recipe Challenge

The spring 2016 readathon has now officially ended, and with it this mini-challenge. Thank you to everyone who participated! I’ll be selecting and contacting the winner later today!

Welcome readathonners, and congratulations on making it to hour 22!

We all know it’s important to keep our energy up for maximum reading performance, especially in the twilight hours of a readathon (I can hardly believe there are only two hours to go—can you?). That means remembering to eat, which brings us to the point of this hour’s mini-challenge!

Your challenge: Share a favorite recipe or reading snack. Give us all some inspiration.

What’s in it for you: A randomly chosen winner will receive a $15 gift card to or (if you win, I’ll contact you, and you can let me know your preference).

How to participate: Leave a comment on this post, or share your recipe on your blog / favorite social media site. Either way, make sure you enter the drawing by filling out the form below!

How long you’ve got: This mini-challenge will remain open until the end of the readathon. I’ll select and contact the winner after that.

Now, I’d never ask you to do something I’m not willing to do myself. To get you started, here’s one of my favorite recipes.

Baked Eggs


2 eggs

Shredded cheese of your choice (I like cheddar for this)

Bread crumbs

How to do it:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 Celsius).

Grease a ramekin or other small oven-safe dish. I use butter. Non-stick spray works fine too.

Place a layer of shredded cheese in the dish.

Crack the two eggs into the dish. If you like the yolks fully cooked, you can puncture them. If you like them a little soft, leave them intact. Season with salt and pepper.

Add another layer of shredded cheese, and top with the bread crumbs. A little goes a long way, so don’t be crazy with them.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the eggs are set. Eat and enjoy!

That’s it! Have fun with the challenge! Happy reading, and happy eating.



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  2. Coffee! There has definitly been a steady flow of coffee to keep fueling the body, followed by some cheez-its, kiwi, strawberries, cucumbers and other yummy snacks. One thing I made for the read-a-thon was a crock pot full of mac n cheese.
    1 pound elbow macaroni
    2 cups whole milk
    1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
    3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
    2 table spoons of butter.
    Just mix all the ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for about 1.5 – 2 hours and it was some pretty good mac n cheese!

  3. Hot drinks, crisp and I usually make a 1 pot meal to last the day. This time round was honey and garlic chicken with potatoes and veg.

  4. My favorite reading snack are berries of all kinds. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. I love them all! They just have the perfect size to eat while reading and they taste so great :D

  5. M&M cookies! They’re awesome in general and perfect as reading snacks.

    The full recipe is up on my Recipe Blog, but I’ll post it here as well :)

    M&M Cookies
    225gr / 8oz white sugar
    225gr / 8oz granulated brown sugar
    200gr / 7oz melted butter
    2 eggs
    250gr / 0.5lb flour
    1.5 cup oatmeal
    1 tbsp vanilla
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 cup M&Ms (~200gr)
    1 cup Peanuts

    Mix the white and brown sugar, the butter, the eggs and the vanilla to a light mix. Add flour, oatmeal, salt and baking powder. Finally mix in the M&Ms and peanuts (warning, it gets very heavy to mix together, this is as it is supposed to be, you’re not doing anything wrong).

    Put the dough onto a baking sheet using spoons. I find that one heaped teaspoon is about the right size for a proper cookie. Make sure there’s lots of space between each ‘blob’ of dough, as it spreads a lot while being baked.

    Bake at 175C/350F for 14-18 minutes – ~14 for moist cookies, ~18 for crisp cookies.

    Put on a flat surface to cool down as they’re very bendable/breakable until cool.

    Eat with great pleasure and no guilt – they taste too good to be destroyed by guilt.

  6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake
    Yield: 1 mug cake

    3 tablespoons flour
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    pinch of salt
    3 tablespoons milk
    1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 tablespoon peanut butter
    In a large mug, whisk (with a small whisk or large fork) together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt). Add the milk, vegetable oil and peanut butter. Whisk until smooth.
    Cook in the microwave on high for 2 minutes and 10 seconds. This recipe will rise a lot and then deflate. I know it’s strange, but trust me it’s delicious! Serve immediately!

  7. Coffee is definitely high on the list, especially sweet and creamy coffee.
    Also polenta and fondue.

    For polenta we just make grits in the fuzzy logic rice maker then let them set, then cut and pan fry in butter. Today we topped with mozzarella and dipped in marinara.

  8. This a strange one but bare with me…

    Take your favourite type of Hula Hoops (the crisps), I always choose beef flavour. Use Primula cheese out of the tube and squeeze it into the middle of the Hula Hoop.

    Great finger food for a quick and delicious snack! NOM!

  9. Well, here is a simple recipe when you want something salty instead of sweet :)
    Puff pastry with ham and cheese
    Ingredients: puff pastry, sliced cheese and sliced ham.
    How to do it:
    You take the puff pastry and spread it on the table. Try to make it a little bit thinner with the rolling pin.
    Then you put the ham on the pastry, covering it completely, and then the cheese. Mentally divide the pastry in half and take the right and left ends to the center of the pastry. Squash it a little with the rolling pin and do the same: take the ends to the center.
    You’ll end un with a cillinder, more or less, and now you have to cut it in slices, like a bread, one inch wide each.
    You put the slices in a baking sheet and keep it in the oven for 20 minutes or so.
    It’s like a sandwich with puff pastry :)

    Thanks for the mini-challenge!!

  10. Pizza crescent rolls! These are absolutely delicious and I could eat like a million of them.
    1 (8-oz.) can crescent rolls
    5 oz pepperoni
    8 Mozzarella sticks
    1 Cup tomato pasta or pizza sauce, heated

    Heat oven to 375°F. Separate dough into 8 triangles
    Place 3 slices pepperoni, slightly overlapping, on center of each triangle then add a mozzarella stick
    Roll up, starting at shortest side of triangle and rolling to opposite point. Place rolls, point side down, on ungreased cookie sheet
    Bake at 375°F. for 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm crescents with warm pasta sauce for dipping

  11. Baked Scotch Eggs

    Lots of protein


    1 lb bulk pork sausage
    1 tsp dried minced onion
    1 tsp salt
    4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled
    All-purpose flour
    3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
    1 egg, beaten


    1. Heat oven to 400°F. In large bowl, mix pork sausage, onion and salt. Shape mixture into 4 equal patties.
    2. Roll each hard-cooked egg in flour to coat; place on sausage patty and shape sausage around egg. Dip each into beaten egg; coat with bread crumbs to cover completely. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
    3. Bake 35 minutes or until sausage is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink near egg.

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  13. One of my favourite recipes is homemade brownie.

    Ingredients and items:
    -3 eggs
    -125 g chocolate
    -100 g sugar
    -125 g butter/oil
    -45 ml milk
    -8 g baking powder
    -1 spoonful chocolate powder (e.g. nesquik)
    -70 g flour
    -1 mould suitable for microwaves.

    Melt the chocolate and the butter/oil. Mix the eggs with the sugar. Put everything in a bowl and, once it’s mixed, put it into a mould and microwave it for 5 minutes. Wait another 5 minutes before removing it from its mould.

  14. I love me some iced coffee!

    1 teaspoon of nescafe
    2 teaspoons of water

    Stir well

    Add 2 teaspoons of hazelnut sirup
    Fill up with milk and some icecubes

  15. Coffee and tea are my reading mainstays. Food is really dependent on my mood. This read-a-thon I have been eating mostly sugary food but I will probably have some pasta from the fridge before I head to work tonight.

  16. Cottage Cheese Dip Recipe:
    – 1c Cottage Cheese
    – 1c Sour cream
    – 3/4c Diced Tomatoes
    – 3/4c Diced Capsicum
    – 3/4c Diced Onion
    – 1c Shredded Tasty Cheese (Half to mix in, and remainder to sprinkle on top
    – Sprinkle of salt to taste (approx 1/4-1/2 teaspoon)

    Combine all ingredients then ta-da!

    For something sweet…
    2 min Mug Cake:

  17. Ingredients
    2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
    1/3 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer
    1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
    2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

    In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, beer and dressing mix until smooth. Stir in cheddar cheese. Serve with pretzels. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.

  18. Spinach Quiche Squares

    2 eggs beaten
    1 cup milk
    1/4 cup melted butter
    1 cup flour pan
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2 cup chopped onions
    1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    1/2 lb shredded cheddar cheese
    1/2 lb shredded swiss cheese

    Mix all ingredients, in order, together in a large bowl blending well after each ingredient. Spread mixture in a 13×9 pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool slightly and cut into squares. Serve warm. These can be frozen and reheated. Yields 35-40 squares.

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  20. I was going to leave a recipe for some delicious buffalo chicken dip…and then I thought, that would be a TERRIBLE readathon snack because it’s so easy to spill all over one’s book! So I’ll just go with the “favorite snack” option and say that popcorn — white-cheddar-flavored in particular — is basically my favorite snack of all time. And if you have a napkin handy, there is minimal book damage! :)

  21. I love eating sandwiches during the readathon. They make for quick breaks and are healthier than other kinds of snacks. My favorites:

    Margarine or Butter
    A cheese you like: I usually go for cheddar or cured goat cheese
    Wonder bread

    Butter one side of two slices of wonder bread. Put sliced cheese on top of one slice of wonder bread (I usually put two slices). Generously spread pesto on top of the cheese. Top with the other slice of wonder bread. Cook in a pan until the butter melts and browns the bread and the cheese is gooey.

    Baguette (you can use any other kind of bread, but it has to be real crusty bread on the outside and soft inside)
    A tomato
    Ham (I use Serrano ham because I’m from Spain)
    Olive oil

    This is so easy it’s embarrasing. Slice the baguette in two halves. Fill with sliced tomato and serrano ham. Sprinkle some olive oil on top. Enjoy your simple Mediterranean delicacy, because it’s YUMMY.

  22. I don’t have any long recipes, but I’ve been snacking a lot during the day. I have chocolate biscuits, and fruit. My favourite is fruit dipped in chocolate, although that’s difficult to do when reading!

  23. Really Lazy Make in Your Sleep Guacamole

    Ripe and ready avocados (number depends on how many people will be snacking) – I use a hand blender on mine after adding the lemon juice
    Pre-chopped garlic or frozen chopped garlic
    Lemon juice from the bottle
    Spring onion (cut with kitchen shears straight into the bowl to save on effort)
    Chopped tomato (deseeded) if you feel ambitious, but you can get away with out it. Same goes for fresh cilantro, which can also be cut with shears straight into the bowl.
    Salt and pepper
    Tortilla chips

    Veggie One Pot No Effort Really Cheap But Still Good for You Soup

    Get a really big pot. Heat some oil in it.
    Throw a bag of Quorn or other veggie mince into the pot
    Throw some onion and garlic in there. Extra laziness points for frozen pre-chopped onion and garlic
    Throw a bag of frozen mixed veg into the pot
    Toss in a tin of chopped tomatoes
    Cover what you have with hot water. Add stock cubes. Shake in Italian mixed herbs. Add some salt and pepper. Do a little dance and sing a little song.
    Cover and let it simmer cook itself into deliciousness while you read.
    Enjoy effort free food with bread, hummus, cheese, etc for the next 24 hours. Reheats well.

  24. Honestly my favourite snack is fresh fruit.


    Green Grapes


    Cut up into bite size pieces. Enjoy.

  25. Yummy hot coco

    -Two tbs of unseetend coco powder
    -One tbs of sugar
    -Hot water

    Start by putting your coco powder and sugar in your cup. Stir it together and then add three tbs of hot water. After the sugar, water and coco powder have been mixed together, finish filling up the cup with either milk, water or both.

  26. Source: Nikki, Eating Vibrantly
    Diets: Raw, vegan, dairy-free
    Prep time: 2 hours ‘Cook’ time: 20 mins Total time: 2 hours 20 mins
    Makes: 12 x 24g blocks

    ¾ cup (170g) cacao butter, melted
    ¼ cup (65g) agave nectar
    ⅔ cup (60g) cacao powder
    ¼ tsp vanilla powder
    1/64 tsp salt, finely ground
    Melt cacao butter at around 40-45°C (104-113°F) on a double boiler or in a dehydrator.
    Grind salt to a fine powder (e.g. in a mortar and pestle).
    Add agave nectar to cacao butter.
    Sieve cacao powder, vanilla powder and salt onto butter and agave mix.
    Whisk until smooth.
    Keep stirring and whisking until chocolate reaches around 31°C (88°F).
    Pour into moulds.
    Put into the fridge until set.
    Store in the fridge or at room temp.
    Before: 30 mins – 2 hours to melt butter
    During: 20 mins
    After: 30 mins
    Need: Double boiler or dehydrator

  27. Readathon snacks:
    1. Frosted oatmeal cookies
    2. Skinny cow chocolates
    3. Tortilla chips
    4. Lactose-free Yoplait yogurt
    5. Nutella sandwiches
    6. Pizelles with apricot preserves

  28. My favorite ready by snack for this challenge has been medjool dates (yummm!). My snack recipe is for a raw vegan, gluten free zucchini bread truffle which is amazingly delicious. Here it is:

    1 cup (175g) shredded zucchini
    1 cup (125g) walnuts
    ½ cup (85g) almonds
    1½ cups dates (185g), pitted
    1 cup rolled oats
    2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
    1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
    ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ground
    ½ inch ginger root, freshly grated
    dash of ground clove
    dash of ground allspice
    pinch of sea salt to taste
    First, shred the zucchini. In a food processor combine all ingredients until a sticky ball forms. This may take adding each ingredient, especially the dates, in the food processor one at a time and continually stirring down the sides.
    Be sure that your coconut oil is melted when putting into the food processor so it’s evenly distributed.
    Once a large dough ball has formed, take wet hands or greased with a little extra coconut oil and form into even balls, about 1 tablespoon for each ball (these can easily be made larger if you prefer).
    Once all the dough has been formed into small bite sized balls, put in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until well formed.
    Serve cool. Freeze leftovers or make a large batch to freeze for later.

  29. I would suggest drinks!

    I love making mexican hot chocolate! It’s delicious and has a little spice to wake you up! I just buy the store’s tablets tho – called Abuelita.

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