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.
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!