Thanks Giving is only weeks away! Every year I scramble to get everything ready in time. This year I am planning early and having a stress free holiday. What kind of holiday person are you? Christmas decorations before or after Thanks Giving?
Usually we wait until the weekend after Thanks Giving, but this year we were planning out our decorations and ended up putting half of them up already. We are currently half red buffalo plaid an half white pumpkins. It takes us so long to put up the decorations I just want to make sure we have a full month to enjoy them!
Now back to these sweet potato rolls. Patrick hates all things sweet potato and these are his favorite dinner rolls I have ever made. I have yet to tell him what they are made with … oops!
They always turn out so perfectly sweet and fluffy. This time I made a cinnamon honey butter that paired so well with them. Usually I make this dough in my bread machine, but this time I used the dough hook on my kitchen aid. The dough came together in minutes!
This past weekend I went to the most beautiful wedding! Patrick’s sister was married on this adorable rustic farm. She did an awesome job pulling everything together. One of my favorite parts was the smell throughout the venue. It was a blend of wood and fresh flowers. It made me think of Christmas. I had the honor of making her cake! She wanted a strawberry cake which is one of my favorites to make! I made a cream cheese buttercream and the filling was made with strawberry preserves from a local farmers market.
Low carb zucchini pappardelle with spicy sausage and marinara
small white onion chopped
handful of fresh herbs chopped (parsley, basil, and oregano)
2 cloves of chopped garlic
4 links of spicy sausage
1 tsp of crushed red pepper
¼ cup of olive oil
1 can of whole peeled tomatoes
1 cup of mushrooms
2 tsp of tomato paste
1 tsp of sugar
3 zucchinis spiraled
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a pan drizzle the sausage with olive oil
Add half of the chopped onion and the mushrooms
Bake for 20 minutes until the sausage is golden brown
In a sautee pan heat up a little olive oil, the onions, garlic, and crushed red pepper
Add the zucchini for sautee for 5 minutes
Remove the zucchini and set to the side
Add a little more olive oil in the pan, the whole tomatoes (break up with a fork), tomato paste, and sugar
Cook down for about 15 minutes
Slice the sausage and add to the sauce with the roasted mushrooms and onions
Season with salt and pepper
Add in the fresh herbs
Pour sauce over the zucchini and grate the cheese on top
Zucchini noodles are the closest I can get to the real thing. These thick spirals of zucchini are sautéed with fresh garlic and olive oil. I made Patrick’s portion with a blend of zucchini pappardelle and egg noodles. If you aren’t concerned with the carbs that is a super delicious way to ease yourself into the zucchini noodle world.
We picked up these spicy Italian sausages from Whole Foods. I roasted them with olive oil, mushrooms, and onion. They are perfect with this marinara sauce!
This sauce is a blend of fresh garlic, herbs, crushed whole tomatoes, olive oil, tomato paste, and crushed red pepper. You can just toss the zucchini lightly in the sauce, but I love extra sauce for the zucchini to soak up.
We love fresh grated cheese on our pasta. When you are using such simple ingredients it is important to pair with a really good quality cheese. I really like pecorino or parmesan. Something with really good texture and salt.
Happy Wednesday! We live right outside our town square. Tons of adorable restaurants and shops line the streets. On the weekends they close everything down and set up a mini farmers market for all the locals. However, this week we have been taken over by movie producers! They have been filming in the square all week. Refreshing all of the shops with fun new names. When we were coming home today they had just finished setting up a scene with a bunch of smashed cars. As much as I wish we didn’t have the traffic detours – I do think it is very cool to see.
I have been so excited to share this recipe! One of my favorite things to make after a long day at work is some kind of grilled seafood over roasted veggies. This recipe is so bright and fresh. I used the marinade and spice blend on jumbo shrimp as well as salmon fillets.
The Rodelle Seafood Seasoning is the perfect addition to my favorite recipe. You can check it out here! They created a blend of herbs, chunky salt, and sesame seeds perfect for any seafood cravings! My marinade is a very simple mix of fresh parsley, basil, lemon, and olive oil. Top with a little of the Seafood Seasoning and grill! I love that this meal comes together in 30 minutes.
Patrick likes to eat his seafood with basmati rice. I just eat with lots of veggies to stay low carb. Either way is a winner!
This Labor Day weekend ended up being filled with a lot more carbs then I intended! We had a busy few days at work before I headed up to North Carolina. My best friend just had her first baby and I already love her soooo much! Unfortunately, while we celebrated a new life the real reason I was in town is because my grandmother has not been doing well. They recently transferred her to hospice care. It is so hard to see her that way.
Due to the mix of the holiday and stress (and the awesome fall weather!) I was craving everything sweet. These brownies were perfect. They have that glossy crispy top and espresso fudge center. Swirled with caramel for a delicious caramel macchiato flavor.
Patrick enjoyed his served with extra caramel and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is an awesome treat for celebrating or just because you need a brownie!
These chicken thighs are marinated in an amazing spice paste then grilled to perfection! I served mine with tomatoes, peppers and onions. We have this fantastic restaurant by our house that serves platters of authentic fajitas with soft warm tortillas. Since we are still low carb we just skipped the tortilla and packed our plates with veggies.
It feels so good to be back and writing again! This summer has been so crazy with my promotion and all the wedding planning. I decided to take a break from kelliericecakes.com so I could focus on the wedding for a little bit. We took a couple weeks off to take the kids to some theme parks which was so fun and nice to get away from everything. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been in the kitchen! I have so many new recipes I am so excited to share with you guys! I have been following a Keto lifestyle trying to get in shape for our wedding in April. I have so many low carb recipes!
Ok back to these fajitas. I take my favorite spices and add a little olive oil to make a paste. Then rub the chicken and let it sit in the refrigerator for thirty minutes. While that is marinating I take my mixed peppers, onions, tomatoes, and bella mushrooms and toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper. I dump everything on a roasting pan and cook for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. The chicken is grilled until cooked through then sliced.
I like to serve mine with lettuce, lime, and shredded cheese. You can also add sour cream, fresh avocado, and lots of Valentina sauce!
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.