It’s strawberry season! My favorite food in the whole wide world!
My 6 year old daughter made this chocolate cream cheese dip with some leftover cream cheese we had and it was DELICIOUS! So quick and easy! Plus it pairs well with all kinds of fruits and graham crackers. The kids are sometimes hungry after playing outside or after school and this will fit the bill nicely. Lots of fruit and protein and chocolate 🙂 It sounds weird, but pineapple tastes really good with chocolate, too!
Book: The newest book I am reading is a textbook for my class starting next week: Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners.
(photo credit: Amazon)
It is the best book on Gifted instruction that I have found in regards to teaching and curriculum. This book is not necessarily full of printables and handouts. The text is a firm grounding in the research of gifted education and how to set up the curriculum and goals for the class. If you homeschool gifted children or teach some in your classroom, this textbook is a GREAT resource. It goes into depth on the goals of many gifted classes: critical thinking skills, research skills, and problem solving skills. I believe addressing the affective needs of these students by adding a goal of self-understanding of their strengths and weaknesses as well as high level oral and written skills should be added.
Recipe: Since this recipe involves chocolate, I recommend the Rodelle Dutch Cooca. Costco sells it during the winter time and I stock up. Amazon also carries it and Hy-Vee. I have heard great things about Ghirandelli as well. It is not necessary, but the chocolate products seem darker and richer when using higher quality cocoa instead of Hershey. Dutch cocoa also blends better with liquids – which is a nice perk when making this or hot cocoa!
The recipe makes a 4 serving amount of dip, so you may want to double or triple the recipe for a party. Or keep it small like this for that family dessert or afternoon snack.
- 4 ounces cream cheese or neufschetal cheese (like cream cheese but fewer calories)
- 2/3 cup plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder (baking cocoa powder)
- 6 T powdered sugar
- 2 T mini chocolate chips
- In a medium bowl, allow the cream cheese to sit and come to room temperature. Or, put the cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for about 30 seconds to soften.
- Add everything except the mini chocolate chips and mix with a fork until well combined.
- Top or stir in chocolate chips.
- Serve with strawberries, graham crackers, pineapple, kiwi or bananas.