You guys, it’s almost Cinco de Mayo! You know me, I love any excuse to eat Mexican food! If I could live on nachos all day every day, you better bet I’d find a way. I have literally the EASIEST recipe for nachos that I wanted to share with you. Not only are do they take 5 minutes, but they’re a HUGE crowd pleaser. I make them for parties all the time. They get gobbled up in seconds and it’s super easy to throw another batch together! Perfect for your Cinco de Mayo party, next girls night or even a lazy night watching movies at home. Continue Reading
Festival season is upon us! So many awesome music and entertainment festivals coming up – starting with one of my all time favorites, SXSW (aka South by Southwest). I get a lot of questions about shows and which festivals I recommend, so I thought it would be fun to start by doing a breakdown of SXSW and my “pro tips”.
SXSW is a massive festival/conference filled with music, networking, and inspiration in Austin, Texas! This year’s event includes expanded access for all badge types with a ton of new opportunities for learning, networking, and discovery. There are a ton of different way’s to experience SXSW and there’s a ton of information online. I highly recommend starting by browsing Pinterest. There are tons of tips, recaps & ideas. But where do you begin?
So it’s not a huge surprise that I’m all about simplifying recipes. It’s not that I’m even lazy (ok sometimes I am), it’s that I don’t have the time or energy to go to 4 different grocery stores, scour the nooks and crannies of a farmer’s market for a locally sourced herb, or spend 2 hours mincing and pureeing ingredients. On the other hand, a lot of “quick” recipes and frozen foods aren’t the greatest for you. The other day I was having a major craving for PF Chang’s Fried Rice. I had a few options: drive 20 minutes to PF Chang’s and spend $$$ on some Fried Rice, go to the grocery store and buy something frozen that had a laundry list of weird ingredients and intense levels of sodium, or make some myself!
Attention: Today is National Pizza Party Day!
In honor of the historic day (because it should obviously be a real recognized holiday that we get off of work), I’m making Pizza Sticks! What better way to celebrate with your friends than Pizza in dunkable stick form!
Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!
In honor of the monumental day… I’m bringing you 10 of my favorite Grilled Cheese Recipes! Move over American Cheese & Wonder Bread, these aren’t your ordinary sammies.
Hello friends! I want to introduce you to my new best friend… the ONE POT MEAL!
I can’t tell you how amazing it is to only have to clean one pan and have a super impressive meal to serve. Not only are One Pot Meals fast & easy, they’re damn good and you don’t have to scrub your food coma away at the end.
I don’t know about you, but I get HANGRY after I workout. Like I get home and start barreling through the fridge looking for any carbs to shove in my face.
Normally, I’m not ready for my actual breakfast/lunch until about an hour after. But what you eat after hitting the gym is the most important food you eat all day. Muscles store excess energy in the form of glycogen and protein and, when you work out, the body burns fuel from your pre-workout meal, then it breaks down glycogen stored in muscles. Within a few hours of working out, muscle protein drops and muscles begin to break down. However, within a 45-minute window, your body is the most responsive with absorbing carbohydrates and protein.The main goal is to get those carbohydrates and protein back into your body. I’m going to note here: I’m not a dietician or a personal trainer. BUT, this works for me. I live a pretty healthy lifestyle, watch what I eat, workout regularly & splurge on pizza every once in a while.
That being said, protein shakes are my best friend. I recently stumbled upon Svelte Protein Shakes. Not only are they delish, but they’re also GF, Vegan & Organic! They also only contain 6 grams of sugar which is awesome. A lot of protein shakes are loaded with sugar, which kind of defeats the purpose.
Anywho, the other day I was making muffins for the holidays and came up with a genius (self diagnosed) idea: add my protein shake to my muffin recipe! Basically, I swapped out the water & added a vanilla protein shake. I also used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) or medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are smaller and more easily digested by your body, so they do not get stored as fat!
These muffins are super easy because they use the box mix of your choice. But they’re extra special because they have the magical protein your body needs after a workout! I bring one with me and leave it in the car so I have a snack on my drive home from the gym!
If you’re vegan & looking for an egg substitute, I recommend using either 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds or 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda + 2 Tablespoons of White Vinegar.
You can use any muffin mix, even Gluten Free!
So Thanksgiving is now officially over and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been living in sweats and yoga pants for the past few days. We went home with an insane amount of leftovers and have been eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know I might sound crazy, but I’m kind of sick of turkey and gravy. Gasp, I know.
So what do you do with all of your leftovers? You can’t throw them away! And you only have a window of a few more days to eat them in safe range. You’re in luck, because I compiled a few awesome recipes using leftover Thanksgiving foods!
How awesome does this look?! I might just buy a bag of frozen vegetables & some chicken broth to simplify. But I love the idea of using leftover stuffing for dumplings!
Say what!? PIZZA!? With mashed potatoes!? Sign me up!
Whip up a batch of these savory waffles and put your cranberry sauce to good use!
There was a long period of time (the majority of my life), where I didn’t “get” eggnog. It sounded gross seemed like such a weird concept.
So what is eggnog? It’s basically milk thickened with eggs & sweetened with sugar. You can also add vanilla, liquor, etc. In concept, that sounds kind of gross. Wrong. It’s delicious. It tastes like sweet, creamy, Christmas in a glass. Sadly, I don’t drink milk. Weird, right? No, it just makes me feel sick. So, anytime you see me drinking coffee it’s normally Soy or Almond Milk. That being said, it’s rare I can enjoy a glass of eggnog without being totally wrecked. Until now…because Silk just released a line of Nogs. That’s right, you can now get Original Nog (Soy), Almond Nog & Almond Nog Pumpkin Spice. Dairy Free and Delicious!
So you can obviously drink nog by itself and be totally set. OR… you can step your holiday baking up a notch and substitute the nog of your choice into a recipe!
I kicked my pancake game up by making SUPER simple, super tasty Nog Pancakes! All you need are 3 Ingredients: Silk Nog, Bisquick & an Egg.
This recipe is perfect for an easy holiday breakfast, or if you’re just in the mood for a warm, toasty breakfast! Even better, you can make a single serving or multiply it for more people. That’s right, SINGLE SERVING & only 3 INGREDIENTS!
For one person, mix 1 cup of Bisquick, 1/2 cup of Silk Nog (I went with Original, but you can use Almond or Pumpkin Spice too) & 1 egg. This will make 2 large pancakes or 3 medium sized. If you want to make more for friends/family, just multiply the measurements by the number of people. Mix all of the ingredients well, until all f the clumps are gone.
Heat a small to medium sized non stick pan or griddle over medium heat. Pour your batter into the pan. When you see the bubbles start popping in the batter, you’re ready to flip! Then heat for 30 seconds to 1 minute (or until cooked through). I recommend serving with whipped cream or maple syrup!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk . The opinions and text are all mine.
Ahh it’s that time of year… the holidays are coming!
The weather is cooling down, stores are starting to sell holiday flavored beverages, people are arguing over Starbucks cups, Christmas Trees are being sold ridiculously early… I LOVE IT. Minus the whole insanity over the Starbucks cup. I mean, c’mon… IT’S A CUP.
I’m currently taking a break from the insanity that is my work day & just lit the most amazing new candle. In case you’re wondering, it’s a Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange scent. I don’t know what that means, but it smells like cranberry sauce cooking in my office and I love it. I decided to start prepping for Thanksgiving (crazy, I’m not planning the day before) and created a super nifty Thanksgiving Recipe Pinterest Board. Feel free to browse it for some awesome recipes I found. I’ll be adding more over the next week in case you’re looking for inspiration.
Whether you’re in charge of pulling off a whole spread for your family and friends or were delegated a plate to bring, I’ve got you covered. Here are my TOP PICKS for Thanksgiving this year. I plan on trying these recipes out and devouring them in a couple of weeks!
Because let’s be real… I’ll probably have a cocktail or four to start the day off right.
Don’t think I forgot about appetizers. I’ll definitely have a a cheese plate, some chips & salsa and a few new recipes on hand. You have to start the day expanding your stomach to prepare for the main event, duh.
The fact that I can throw a bunch of ingredients into a crock pot and come back 8 hours later to a masterpiece is a selling point. You could easily make this the day before too.
Try to tell me these aren’t the cutest rolls you’ve ever seen.