So I have fallen in love, it’s been a long time coming but it has finally happened and I never am going back. Who is my love you may ask? Well it’s not a who it’s a what. And that what is whipped peanut butter. 1) it’s so perfect to spread on anything and it’s light and creamy 2) no high fructose corn syrup ( if that bothers you) 3) it’s 1/3 less sugar! It’s just so good, it’s my recommendation to be your new best friend!! You won’t go back to anything else!
Cranberry and lime is a well known classic combination, usually with drinks, but I have found a new medium for it to work with. Salad dressing! This sweet and sour combination is perfect for the holidays and is very simple. It also utilizes some ingredients you may have otherwise thrown away. This great for a post thanksgiving lunch!
- cranberry juice ( I used the liquid leftover from the canned cranberry sauce)
- lime juice (fresh is best)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- arugula (or any kind of lettuce you like)
- In some mixing device add about 1/2 a tablespoon of cranberry juice, half the juice of a lime, and a splash of oil
- generously add salt and pepper
- pour over lettuce
So this past week was Thanksgiving! A time for family, food, and celebrating all that we are thankful for. Also a time to eat way more than you should and then strain to try to get even your stretchiest pants on. But don’t really stress on that, because you only live once so you might as well eat good food! So this post is to document what I ate for thanksgiving, although, I didn’t really partake in cooking any of it. When I am home, I don’t cook. Enjoy the pictures and hopefully some recipes will come to follow!!
Super easy, just peaches, sugar, and pie crust
Looks delicious huh?!?
Our antipasto platter
Mashed potatoes, a classic
So after thanksgiving everyone is probably going on a raw vegetable diet and I have a few things to say to that; 1) your beautiful, you don’t need to worry 2) don’t bother, this is the season of eating and accept it 3) not all delicious things are fattening! Number three is most important because this morning I made a hot pot of deliciousness and although it tastes like a brownie in a mug it really doesn’t have many bad things in it and you can monitor the sugar content! This really does taste like a brownie in a mug, but it’s liquid and fabulous. This is a good drink as you have a relaxing morning post food coma!
-half and half
- baking cocoa/ cocoa power
-cinnamon (either a stick or powder)
-a piece of chocolate ( I highly recommend this but it’s not necessary)
1) get a sauce pot and add 1/2 a cup of milk and 1/2 a cup of water. Then just a splash of cream. And place this on medium/medium low heat.
2) add a tablespoon and a half of your cocoa powder and about 2 tablespoons of sugar ( less if you like it less sweet)
3) add a splash of vanilla extract (a generous one) then a sprinkle of cinnamon ( a little goes a long way)
4) let this cook stirring continuously
5) the milk will start to steam and once all the powder is dissolved add in your piece of chocolate.
6) let this cook until it just starts to form a soft boil. Then top with whip cream and enjoy!!!
Sometimes simple things can be made into a surprisingly gourmet meal with just a few simple additions. Tonight’s meal kind of falls into the center of lazy and gourmet. Mostly because its a burrito, and fancy burritos aren’t really a thing, yet anyways. But this is really filling and flavorful, and also really simple, which is the best of both worlds. I know I always say recipes are easy, but this one is like REALLY simple.
- refried beans
- rotisserie chicken, or any cooked chicken
- shredded cheese
- white onion
- sour cream
- If you have rotisserie chicken, pull the meat off the bones with a fork to make it kind of shredded.
- Then place it in a pan and squeeze half a lime over it, then add a little cumin and let it cook on low.
- Dice up the tomatoes and onions.
- On your tortilla shell, put a layer of beans, then your onions and tomatoes. Then your cooked chicken, and then cover it in some cheese.
- cook in the microwave for a minute then add your sour cream, olives, and salsa. and enjoy!!!
Okay, its not like the MOST healthy thing, but comparing it to the full fat version, its not so bad. Im in LOVE with spaghetti squash, it is so versatile and it really hits the craving for pasta you may have. This recipe is bubbly, cheesy, and filling. Its also really easy. This is perfect to make on a cold night, especially because you will be using oven
- spaghetti squash
- low fat ricotta
- low fat mozzarella cheese
- marinara sauce
- cook the spaghetti squash. I cut it in half, placed in a microwave safe bowl with a bit of water at the bottom, and microwaved for 15 minutes until tender.
- scoop out the seeds
- In that well you’ve just created place your marinara sauce, then some ricotta, then top it all with a delicious layer of mozzarella cheese.
- place in a 400 degree oven until the cheese is golden and bubbly
- oh man, this is a good one
Okay so this blog is usually a place I post my own recipes and that’s it. But last night I had food soooo good it was worthy of a blog post. And I’m not exaggerating here. It wasn’t one of those situations your so damn hungry a French fry off the ground would taste like steak, no no I had eaten a good dinner and wasn’t even that hungry. This dessert could quite possibly be what dreams are made of. And it wasn’t just my dessert, everyone at the tables dessert was amazing and we all got different things. What I got was the Boston cream, well there take on it. Because normally I don’t like Boston cream things, but this way, I would never eat anything else again. But that’s not where it ended, I also had a little ice cream Sandwich with vanilla gelato and cherry almond Florentines, then whoopie pies which were like two pieces of brownie fudge with cream in the middle, and dotted on the plate was apricot sauce and they threw some fresh fruit on there to make you feel a bit healthier. It had everything you wanted, chocolate, fresh, fruit, ice cream, oh man, i would marry the person that came up with that I don’t care who they are or what they look like but in our marriage vows it would say they had to make that at least once a month. The other thing I tried was there molten cake, it was like chocolate volcano of happiness, if you are ever having a bad day, GO here and eat that, you won’t even remember why you were upset, but you’ll also be in a chocolate coma for 2 weeks.
This place was so good, it got a lengthy shout out on my blog. The place is finale, you should definitely check it out!
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On this episode of what the heck did I buy at the grocery store I am doing a taste test of drinks. The first one I tried is aloe vera drink, mango flavored. So I’ve tried aloe vera drink before, and it is an experience, I’ll tell you that. But this being the first time I had gone grocery shopping in a month I decided I needed to try at least 2 new things, and something I never explore is different kinds of drinks (mostly cause I always drink water). So this drink jumped out at me as I passed it in the aisle for 2 reasons; 1) the “original” flavor is VERY green 2) it was only a dollar. With nothing to loose I gave it a go. This is what I think.
It is a very refreshing drink, it leaves no weird aftertaste and actually refreshes you. The mango flavor I have is very tasty and not very fake tasting like a lot of mango drinks can sometimes be. In flavor, it is a good drink. It is a thin liquid, somewhere between the consistency of water and juice. Heres the kicker, it has chunks. Yes chunks. I believe they are chunks of aloe, so they are kind of squishy, and although they are small, you definitely notice when you have them in your mouth. It is something you have to get used to for sure.
So although it is kind of weird to drink something with chunks, I would recommend you give it a try. I also hear it has great health benefits. So next time your in the super market, pick up some aloe vera drink, its worth the experiment!!
Keep an eye out for what my other drink taste test was!!
So last night I made Shepard’s pie and had made way too much meat and I was left thinking, what can I make with this other than more Shepard’s pie. Im not sure how I landed on beef biscuits but I did and no regrets. These are quick little snacks or great little appetizers. The most important thing about these treats that I learned is you need to heavily flavor your biscuit dough because although the meat is seasoned it is just muted if the biscuits aren’t flavored.
- biscuit dough (whether in a can or homemade)
- parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper
- garlic powder
- Shepard’s pie filling (recipe previously posted)
- so like I said you want the dough to be flavorful, so you want to add a bunch of parsley, cheese, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Although it may seem like a lot, the biscuit dough is REALLY bland and needs it
- then you smoosh out the dough into like a pancake, then put some filling into the middle. Close up the sides kind of like a dumpling
- then bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the biscuits become golden.
- Thats it! Super easy!
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