Lately, I have been trying to get in gear for this wedding. I downloaded a step tracker and try to beat my steps every day at work. I’ve also tried switching up my meals. I swapped my yogurt and fruit for egg whites and spinach. My lunch food prep is coming soon too!
I wanted to come up with a super fast and easy snack that would still fill me up on the go! These aren’t the most traditional ingredients for hummus, but they definitely are delicious! I recommend finding something very light to dip. Pictured are some organic sweet potato and rice crisps. They were perfect in this hummus.
You can also use fresh carrots or celery if you want to go even lower carb. If you are pro carb then I suggest trying with some garlic-y pita!
Like most of my recipes- this is extremely easy to customize. You can throw in whatever flavors you prefer. I like simple and spicy!
We are finally moved in to our new house! Well technically we moved in 3 weeks ago, but I finally had a chance to move all my photography props and lights into our make shift studio. The natural lighting here is so amazing and I am excited to start working on recipes. We have so much more room here. At our last place (while we loved it) everything just felt so cramped and there was not much kitchen space. I am just so inspired here in the new space! Now lets talk about these pimento cheese burgers!
These burgers are the first recipe I photographed here! Perfectly soft onion rolls with a medium rare steak burger topped with melted cheddar and pimento cheese. The perfect side for me were these garlic sweet potato fries! We served ours with lots of dill pickles, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and crispy bacon.
After uploading these pictures I am absolutely craving another bite. We just bought a hot sauce called “the sauce”. It is so peppery and tart! I would love to tell you we did not go through a whole bottle in 2 weeks, but… we did. I highly recommend a side of hot sauce for these garlic fries.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! What screams love more than chocolate and berries? Cheesecake. I vote for cheesecake every time. I decided to take my favorite chocolate cheesecake recipe and add in a little raspberry flavor. Just to make it extra special I included a brownie crust! This triple chocolate raspberry cheesecake is perfect for any day of the week, but extra special for a holiday.
You guys! My life has been insanely busy the past month. Usually I am really good at finding balance, but I’ve honestly been a little overwhelmed. I told you all I started a new job back in November so I’ve been putting a lot of time into working, plus Patrick and I got engaged! So we have been planning the wedding and trying to come up with a lifestyle change for our diets. I ran out and renewed my gym membership. I bought lots of planners to organize my recipes and ideas for kelliericecakes.com! And now we just found out we need to move within the next few months!
So far I’ve been to the gym zero times and my blog ideas end up on post-its in my purse haha! I know I will find my balance again soon. What is really important to me is providing you all quality recipes and content.
Last year I became a brand ambassador for Rodelle Vanilla! They are truly my all time favorite baking brand and I thought there is no better way to kick off February than to post a dessert using two of my most used ingredients.
Ok now just imagine taking a bite and tasting a layer of fudge brownie, a layer of creamy rich chocolate raspberry cheesecake, dark chocolate ganache, and if you are a little extra like me you can make this chocolate whipped cream!
Layers of chocolate and raspberry come together to create a decedent cheesecake.
1 box of fudge brownie mix (follow directions on box to make batter)
3 (8oz) blocks of cream cheese room temperature
½ box of sugar free raspberry jello
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp of organic chocolate extract
½ cup of organic cocoa powder
3 eggs room temperature
4 cups of dark chocolate chips
¼ cup of milk
1 cup and 2 tbsp of cream
1 tsp of instant espresso
another ¼ cup of cocoa powder
1 tbsp of sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
spray or grease a spring form pan
pour brownie batter into the pan and bake for 10 minutes
in a mixer whip the cream cheese and sugar
add in the extract and eggs
heat the milk just before boiling and pour over 2 cups of chocolate chips, stir to help chips melt completely
add half the box of jello into the batter then the melted chocolate
whip until you don't see any cream cheese chunks
pour cheesecake batter into the spring form pan over the brownie batter
bake 35-40 minutes until the top looks set but has a slight jiggle
(it may take a littler longer depending on your oven)
turn off the oven crack the door and let cool
once easy to handle put in the fridge to finish cooling
once completely chilled start making the ganache
in a microwave safe bowl pour 2 tbsp of cream and espresso powder over 2 cups of chocolate and melt in intervals careful not to burn the chocolate
drizzle over the cheesecake
in a chilled bowl whip the cream with sugar and cocoa powder until you have light fluffy whipped cream
You may have noticed the additional whipped cream on top of the chocolate whipped cream… my story is I had a little prepared whipped cream leftover that I just haaaaaaaaad to use up. And I’m sticking to it!
Okay. That’s it. I am convinced that beef short rib meat is the only meat I will ever need. forever. Something about it just always results in the most tender juicy bites. Even though we have a constant rotation of beans, beef, chicken, various sea foods, and pork I always end up back at beef short ribs. We use them in every kind of recipe. So it shouldn’t surprise you that short rib chili is up next!
I’ve always grown up eating ground beef chili or turkey chili. When I met Patrick he never liked any ground meats in my recipes. So I would start butchering my own cuts of meat tailored to the recipe. This short rib chili was made in the instapot. It is packed with flavor and ready in 30 minutes. You can definitely skip the meat in this version and have a vegetarian chili. I promise it would be just as good. This whole recipe really comes down to one very special ingredient.
Rodelle organic cocoa powder. I’ve been putting cocoa in my chili for years, but something about the Rodelle cocoa really takes it over the edge. It is such a dark pure powder that pairs perfect with the chili spices. You can’t taste cocoa at all. It just gives the flavors so much more depth.
This is the kind of meal I want in cold weather after a long day at work. It is so warm and filling. Perfect with a generous sprinkle of sharp cheddar.
My favorite foods always incorporate some sort of fusion. We love foods from all cultures and sometimes we are torn between multiple dinner ideas. The easiest way to compromise is to fuse the two!
PS. my mom gave us an insta pot for Christmas and we have used it almost every single day since. I seriously cannot recommend the insta pot enough. It makes life so easy during the week. You can make a full meal in 20 minutes. Mind blown.
The filling is delicious enough to stand alone. So if you wanted to make this even lower carb you can use a lettuce wrap instead. We used low carb mission tortilla wraps and went very light handed on the rice.
A layer of sesame ginger rice, teriyaki chicken, cheese, pico, sour cream, and hot sauce. Plus lots and lots of fresh lime juice. I will probably need to make these again this week after writing this. All my favorite flavors wrapped up together. Not sure what else I can ask for in a dinner!
Sesame ginger rice, teriyaki chicken, cheese, sour cream and hot sauce!
1 pound chicken thighs
½ cup of teriyaki sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1 cup chopped onions
2 cups of cooked basmati rice
1 tsp of dried ginger
1 tsp of black sesame seeds or toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp of butter
pico de gallo (chopped tomato, white onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice)
low carb tortillas
In a roasting pan lay out the chicken thighs and season with brown sugar, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Cover with onions and pineapple then drizzle teriyaki on top. Bake for 30 minutes, cool and shred.
If making in an instant pot- use saute feature to brown the chicken and onions, switch to the stew/meat button. Season with salt pepper, cayenne, garlic, brown sugar, pineapple, and teriyaki. Cook for 15 minutes.
Mix basmati rice with melted butter, ginger, and sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper.
Fill tortilla with rice, chicken, cheese, sour cream, and pico.
Squeeze lots of lime over the top
Serve with hot sauce
Are you ready to run out and make these? I promise you will not regret it! One of our favorite new go to meals during the week. So fast, easy, and delish!
2018 is here! I can’t believe how fast the holidays flew by for us! I know everyone usually says “new year. new you”, but this year I have a wedding to get ready for! My game plan is a better healthier version of myself. We already cleaned up all the holiday decorations and removed a lot of the holiday sweets from the house.
Now I am not a big snack person, but I think that is what has been holding me back. So instead of my usual one medium meal and one big meal a day I am going to have tiny meals throughout the day. I have also decided to give up diet coke Sunday-Friday. If I do well during the week I’m going to allow myself to have it on Saturdays because it really is my all time favorite treat.
One of my favorite foods in the world are burritos. Breakfast, lunch or dinner there is a burrito for every time of the day. Obviously burritos are not going to help me on my health journey so I had to think outside of the tortilla. Burrito bowls are my go to at places like Chipotle, but I wanted to make it a little bit healthier.
You can definitely switch out the ingredients that I used to make it even lower in calories. The most important ingredient for me is the homemade pico de gallo. I could eat this on literally anything. Yesterday I had some red pepper hummus and celery, but I topped each bite with pico because I am obsessed!
I had so many recipes planned for December! Sorry I have not had a chance to post very much. I have had a very very busy month. I was with my company for 11 years and I suddenly had a great opportunity to make a very big career change. The beginning of December I moved to a new company and started a completely different career! On top of that I have some very big news!!!!
Patrick proposed! He surprised me with my mom’s original engagement diamond which is what I’ve wanted since I was a little girl. It has just been a whirl wind ever since!
I think I’ve taken maybe 4 days off this entire month.
The cool thing is I still have been creating recipes and pictures so I will have tons of content for the new year!
I hope you all understand why I needed the sudden time off!
Wowee that was a mouth full! This chewy brown sugar cookies are rolled in coconut then toasted to perfection before filling the middle with chocolate hazelnut spread. These cookies stayed perfectly soft and chewy for several days after baking! I honestly liked them even better the day after baking. They were delicious warm from the oven, but the brown sugar was so much more prominent the following day.
If you aren’t a fan of coconut you can easily skip it, but I looooooved toasted coconut! Rodelle launched another cookie campaign this year and I am so excited to be a part of it! A lot of the brand ambassadors came together to bring you Cookies By The Dozen ! Check out the link to see all the other cookie recipes!
These are easy to package for gift giving! While the center never truly sets you can layer with parchment paper to avoid a mess. I think they look amazing in cookie tins. I used a healthy amount of Rodelle Vanilla Extract and a sprinkle of the Rodelle Organic Cocoa. These cookies remind me of a super soft chocolate chip cookie, minus the chocolate chips!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pagoda®.The opinions and text are all mine.
The holidays are almost here! We are planning a holiday game night soon and I have been trying to come up with fast easy appetizer recipes. Last year for our Christmas game night we prepared a lot of sandwich platters. This year I wanted to try something our guests could just pop into their mouth instead of having them put together a sandwich. I know the traditional appetizer is a dip of some sort, but we usually are not very traditional when it comes to our food! We love big bold flavors. If you have been following my blog for a while, you already know we love going out to eat dumplings and egg rolls. I know not everyone has easy access to authentic restaurants so I was planning on making dumplings and egg rolls by hand! As busy as the holiday season is I knew I would never have time and how many of my readers would have time? Thankfully Pagoda® carries a variety of appetizers!
My two favorites are definitely the Pagoda Chicken Egg Rolls and the Pork Potstickers. The egg rolls come individually wrapped and the potstickers come in 2 packets making it easy not to waste anything!
You can make them party ready by slicing the egg rolls into bite size pieces. My guests usually prefer something on the spicy side so I sprinkled a little crushed red pepper and fresh jalapeno over the top of the dumplings. I served my egg rolls with a side of cabbage and my dumplings with just a little of the dipping sauce drizzled over the top. Just imagine your favorite holiday platter loaded with these super tasty bites! We always have lots of disposable chopsticks on hand for our guests. These holiday treats are great in one or two bites and will be easy to grab with chopstick confidence!
If you have ever been to an Asian market you know how hard it is to find a sauce to go along with your recipe. We have countless bottles of dumpling sauce experiments in our pantry. When you buy Pagoda they provide the perfect serving sauce in the box! The egg rolls come with a sweet chili dipping sauce, while the dumplings have a savory lime ponzu sauce. Additionally, Pagoda snacks are made with no certified artificial dyes, no MSG, no trans fats, no PHOs, no high fructose corn syrup, and no preservatives!
Publix is currently running a digital coupon just in time for the holidays. You can check out the Publix weekly digital coupons here to save money on your next Pagoda snacks! Hot and crispy appetizers with barely any prep time? Ready in 20 minutes? Sign me up!