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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and use a fork to make sure powder is thoroughly combined with wet ingredients.
Enjoy as a spread on rice cakes, waffles or toast!
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.
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!?
You’re invited to dinner, betch. You better not be late.
Glad you could make it. But was it really ever up to you?
Now that you’re here we’ll start off with some Rosé.
It may look pretty now…
But we can’t guarantee it won’t be covered in blood…
…by the time dinner is over.
Eat up. There’s a lot more where that came from.
We’ll be serving Prune-X for dessert because you’re fat now… But somebody had to eat that betch. And you’re not leaving… until that entire bottle is empty.
Okay THAT was intense!!! Can you imagine being invited to a dinner party thrown by KKT?! We can — and this was our vision come to life! Ali Weber (of Oh La La Ali blog) and I collaborated to create the perfect Scream Queens Season 2 Virtual Premier Party! And YOU’RE invited! We’ll be live Snapping, Instagramming and Tweeting the premiere, so tune into social media September 20th at 9:00pm ET/PT to follow along and see our take on what happens!
Ali made that incredible chopped up, bloody “hand” in the fingerless glove, and it’s totally edible! Hop on over to her blog to learn how so you can plan your own Tuesday night party with this delicious treat! Make sure to invite your gal pals over for some bloody cotton ball rosé! I purchased a bottle of our favorite rosé, removed the label, and created my own DIY Scream Queens inspired label to replace it (to get that pink foil effect on the label I printed the design with a toner printer and ran it through a Minc). Next I popped some edible cotton candy on top to represent the Chanel’s favorite food group (cotton balls!) and splattered with some edible “blood!”
For props I pulled from my personal collection of home decór items and clothing everything I could think of that the Chanels might have in the KKT house, like my favorite satin robe (seen HERE before), Victoria’s Secret Bustier (see HERE before) & sleep mask (seen HERE before). Since the new Scream Queens season is apparently “Hospital” themed we decided to fill a few fake “syringes” with random candy like rock crystal, cotton candy and gummy eyeballs! The Chanels aren’t the brightest group of girls when it comes to the proper usage of food so it’s not crazily far fetched to think they might attempt to inject sugar instead of ingesting it (I mean, don’t we all wish we could skip those calories?!). The final “Hospital” touch was a fake bottle of pills (red and white candies) with a very fake looking prescription label that we could totally imagine a Chanel trying to use to poison her enemies. We found all our supplies at Michael’s, Amazon, Party City, Kroger & Target.