4 Essential Time-Saving Kitchen Gadgets Under $25!

4 Time-Saving Kitchen Gadgets Under $25!

My dream life consists of getting up at 6am and having a good hour to make, sit down, and eat a beautiful breakfast, sip my coffee and read the paper, all while still in my dressing gown. Currently, I get up between 4:30 and 5, eat my instant oatmeal while putting on makeup and pray my hot tea cools down enough for me to gulp down before heading out the door! I will probably never reach my nirvana bliss, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still have breakfast, a healthy lunch prepped for mid-day, and my morning coffee before arriving at the office! Today I’m sharing with you 4 (cheap!) kitchen appliances that make make busy mornings feel more productive and efficient!

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4th of July Chicken Biscuit Bombers Recipe

Easy Southern Chicken Biscuit Bombers for July 4th

I don’t know about you but I always seem to have less time on my hands as Summer progresses! I seriously started thinking about my 4th of July plans and menu less than a week ago and now I’m scrambling to play catch-up before the weekend! Innovation is usually born of necessity and this recipe is no exception! This flavor-packed twist on the classic Southern Chicken Biscuit staple is sure to be a favorite with grown-ups as well as kids (and especially you Mamas and hostesses!) because it’s ridiculously easy to throw together! Grab the ingredients from the nearest Kroger or Walmart, give yourself about 30 minutes for prep + bake time, and you’re DONE!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Bliss Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Bliss Cake Recipe

Instead of a ‘cheat day,’ or even ‘cheat meal,’ I’ve decided to try enjoying one ‘cheat item’ per week to keep myself on a healthy eating lifestyle track. Early last week I was trying to decide what my special Saturday treat was going to be and realized it wasn’t really a reward for hard work to ingest something that would take away from all my progress during the week! I wanted to trigger those foodie pleasure centers without derailing myself and going on a junk bender! I’m the type of person who can’t dip their toes in bad habits — I’m all in our all out. For me, forming good habits is as much mental as it is physical. I realized a ‘reward’ didn’t have to mean treating my stomach like a rubbish compactor! My first thought was to keep my ‘cheat’ treat at least gluten free, even if it had high fat and sugar content (baby steps!). I think I ended up truly enjoying a couple pieces of this cake because I knew it wasn’t chemical-ridden and damaging, which kept my mind-set on track for the following Monday. There’s no reason to purposefully torture yourself with something you know is bad for you. Why use unhealthy food as a reward at all?! While this cake is empty calories (there’s not enough of the right types of nutrition to keep your energy sustained, or your tummy full!), it was still a pleasure to eat (and isn’t that the point!?), and I can’t wait to make it again when I need a ‘little something’ to keep me going, and remind me what I’m working towards, without feeling guilty afterwards!

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Baked Apple Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Roasted Apple Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

I’ve been trying my darndest to add more cruciferous vegetables to my diet, but as a Southerner it’s imperative my food not be bland, so it’s been an adventure to produce dishes that not only taste good, but retain their health integrity! Another nutrition goal I have is to include as many macro nutrients in each meal as possible to make sure I’m eating enough of the right kinds of food. This Brussels Sprouts dish is not only flavorful but is also packed with protein, fiber, and the healthy kind of carbs and calories!

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Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread

When I was a kid my Nana used to make me a peanut butter based spread when I would visit to top my morning waffles! As an adult I still think of it as a treat but I’m a little more concerned about the level of sugar it contained! I’ve reinvented the recipe into something just as indulgent but a little less guilt inducing!

Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used the kind that’s ONLY made from peanuts!)
  • 3 Tbsp organic honey
  • 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup SoDelicious Mint Chocolate Holiday drink (it’s usually in the organic refrigerated section at Kroger) 
    • OR chocolate cashew milk and a few drops of peppermint essential oils.
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and use a fork to make sure powder is thoroughly combined with wet ingredients.
  2. Enjoy as a spread on rice cakes, waffles or toast!
  3. If you want a smoother version for dipping fruits and vegetables in add a few tablespoons of mint chocolate drink until you reached the desired consistency.

Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread Recipe

Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread Recipe

Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread Recipe

Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread Recipe

What are you favorite Winter treats to make? Do you stick to the original recipe or do you switch out ingredients in an attempt to reduce your calories!?

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