At many restaurants, in addition to the decor, there is a certain ambiance that is created with music. Soft melodies can make a plain meal feel elegant, while music with an up tempo beat can find you rushing through your meal. At UCM’s monthly all-staff meeting, we incorporated a Healthy UCM activity where each of us were treated to a playlist of songs contributed by UCM staff while we collated a cook book of recipe cards with recipes from everyone. As Stephanie played each song, we were asked to guess which of our team members had shared that song with her. Though some were easy to guess, such as Brian’s pick of the Star Wars Theme, it took several attempts to discover others such as Mark’s choice of Aja by Steely Dan or Christina’s song, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” by Aerosmith.
At the end of the exercise, each staff member walked away with their own recipe printed on a card plus 20 ones that included 8 vegetarian dishes, 4 with fish or shrimp, 6 ways to do chicken, one drink (a smoothie) and 2 desserts. My favorite dessert was Dave’s Reese Bites. It’s organic, requires only two ingredients, there’s no cooking involved and you get to choose the portion size. I’ve shared his recipe below.
Dave’s Reese Bites
Ingredients: Organic Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips
Take one heaping teaspoon or tablespoon of peanut butter (ingredients, peanut butter) and several chocolate chips. Put chocolate chips on the peanut butter and take a small bite. Repeat until spoon is licked clean.
Another thing I like about this recipe is that variations are easy. For example, if you use dark chocolate, you can get away with this being a healthier choice. Also, you would get a completely different experience if you just dipped the spoon into the chocolate chips and put the whole thing in your mouth. One dip, one bite!
Our Healthy UCM project was a great way to end the meeting and with the playlist, we each have a way to invite the entire staff to our meals.