Brunswick Stew and No-Bake Energy Bites

We having been gearing up for Spring Break around here…it can’t get here soon enough!  We are heading to the mountains in a few short weeks…for some R&R, a few days of skiing, and lots of cooking in between :)

I have been looking through old recipes to get some ideas on what the menu could be while we’re there and came across this one that my family loves !  It is so easy too :)   This recipe came from a cookbook our pastor’s wife wrote…it’s delicious, easy and healthy…with some crusty whole wheat bread, it’s a great way to end a day on the slopes !!  This freezes well too.

Brunswick Stew

Brunswick Stew

  • 6 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 stalked celery, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 16oz. can white shoepeg corn (or frozen corn works too)
  • 1 10 oz. package frozen small butterbeans
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and cubes
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2-3 T.white vinegar
  • 1 T. Turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 tsp marjoram

Place chicken in a pot and cover with water.  Add celery and onion and boil for 20 minutes.  Remove chicken to cool and cut into bite sized pieces.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Serves 8

And I recently found this recipe on Pinterest (original recipe is from for No Bake Energy Bites…my kids LOVE these…it’s a great after-school snack.  I am going to make a batch to take skiing too :)

No-Bake Energy Bites

Kimmy, we need some of these for our apres 1/2 marathon snack  :)

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy day !!! XO-Jenn

No-Bake Energy Bites
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 5
Energy Bites
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes (I toasted mine under the broiler for a few minutes)
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.
  2. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hourOnce chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!
  3. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  4. Makes about 20 balls.

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About Jennifer

I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Presley-7 and Cash-5 and married to an amazing husband and father, Todd. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person...I've always loved sports, working out and eating healthy. However, looking back, I've actually had a lot of unhealthy habits. I've tried every diet out there : Low fat (How did I think eating a box of fat free snackwells cookies was healthy?), Low carb (can you say fried pork skins GROSS)... as well as a long stint with disordered eating which started in college as a way to avoid those "freshman 15".
Well it wasn't until my 30s that I realized those kind of diets are just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. I think all foods can fit into a healthy diet as long as you practice moderation. I have found that I feel and look my best when I am eating mostly plant-based foods. Not to say I won't indulge in a filet every now and again... but I find that I crave meat less and less ! I have recently been fascinated with trying new vegetarian recipes...I NEVER thought I could give up chicken...used it eat it everyday, but I actually don't miss it at all.
I am trying to pass these healthy eating habits onto my children so they can avoid some of the diseases related to unhealthy diets.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a healthy day !!!!


  1. Melissa says:

    Looks GREAT Jenn! And I would be so excited about a trip to CO too! :) I made some energy bites myself last week…but, they were a cranberry/coconut/chia version…we loved them! I’ll have to post them soon. :)

  2. Emily says:

    Yum – made these energy bites last night with my six year old crew of helpers – they were really excited to make them and roll them with their sweet little hands, and it was a great opportunity to talk about why we were using healthy foods for snacks. We made one batch with Sunbutter and one batch with PB2 that I had mixed up and maple sugar instead of honey in that batch, and a little extra flax for more binding. They loved both sets — and didn’t miss the fat inthe PB2 version at all! Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Nicki says:

    Hi, My question is on the energy bites. My daughter is alergic to Eggs an Dairy. Is there by chance a taseful replacement for Mint Chocolate Chips? She does love Lindts 70% cocoa chocolate bar and can eat Bakers Chocolate blocks. An suggestions?

    • Kim says:

      Hi Nicki – for chocolate chips, there are some vegan versions at Whole Foods that you can get which don’t contain any dairy at all. I hope this helps… Also you may have seen in other posts, we always recommend “chia eggs” as a substitute for eggs when baking.

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