This week marks a special day on the Jewish calendar. Starting this Wednesday night and
into Thursday, the day is called Lag B'Omer. Lag is the English pronunciation of the
Hebrew letters lamed and gimel. In Hebrew, each letter is also assigned a number - the letter
lamed equals 30 and the letter gimel equals three, and so together (and without using your
calculator), you can see that lag equals 33. Thursday is the 33rd day of the omer, the omer being the counting of the days between Pesach and Shavuot, the next holiday coming up. Got that? Good.
The 33rd day of the omer is celebrated/commemorated as kind of a big day - and you can read all about it right here. In Israel, Lag B'Omer is celebrated with picnics and barbecues and bonfires.
Here in America, there might be some picnics and barbecues and even some school trips to the local park, but rarely will you see a bonfire.
So in the spirit of all the missing Lag B'Omer bonfires in New Jersey, we're going to make s'mores. Fun, I know! But here's the thing - if you have been following along, you will know that I - and by
extension all the kiddies and the husband that I cook for - are slowly venturing into the world of clean eating. And s'mores are very not clean eating. You can almost say they are dirty eating, what with all the sugar and marshmallows and stuff. So instead of making regular s'mores, we are going to test out a somewhat healthier version, found at cleaneatingmag.com, except we're going to do what we usually do and only kind of follow the directions.
Shall we? Great, let's go.
Gather together the following items:
20 chocolate chips, chopped
I will say that it's possible to make your own clean eating graham crackers and it is possible to substitute something called raw cacao nibs for the chocolate, but I will be doing neither. There's
really only so far a girl can go. And because I do not see a trip to Trader Joe's happening in the next five minutes, we are just going to proceed with the regular old graham crackers we have from Shoprite.
Just a side note: I am not claiming my version of the recipe is clean. But I do feel like replacing the pretty-not-good-for-you marshmallows with something else is a good start. Can I hear an oh yeah? Oh yeah!
Anyway, here's what we did:
Open the box of graham crackers and make a neat stack of 6 sheets - the double square kind.
Break each rectangle in half so that you have 12 squares. We will be making 6 s'mores out of these graham crackers.
Mix 1/3 cup cream cheese with 1 tbsp honey. Then mix that with 3 tsp of cocoa powder. Mix until the cocoa powder is mixed in, but not until the cream cheese has turned all brown. Make it kind of streaky and weird looking.
Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of each graham cracker, sprinkling some of the chopped chocolate chips on each one.
Next, lay a piece of aluminum foil in your toaster oven and place as many graham crackers as you can on the foil. Set the toaster oven to broil and broil until the chocolate has melted. Repeat with the rest of the crackers - unless they all fit in the first batch, in which case, go you for
having such a large toaster oven! This can also be done in the regular oven, but why bother, ya know? It's such a small amount of food.
Remove the foil, carefully, from the toaster oven. Sandwich the graham cookies together, letting them cool slightly. Eat them with your family on the living room floor, sitting in a circle, with the lights off and some flashlights being passed around, 'ala a bonfire. Or just shove them into your mouth over the kitchen sink. Either way, happy Lag B'Omer!
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)