Milkshakes! Birthday Cake & Sinful Mocha

I absolutely adore milkshakes.

And since Chris (aka Mr Picky) and I can never agree on what we want, I ended up making two different kinds of milkshakes.

They are both super easy to make, take no time and need only a few simple ingredients.

5 mins from now, you can be sipping on one of these too :)

Alright, so for myself I made a really good birthday cake milkshake.

And it totally tasted like birthday cake :)

It was rich yet light, the sprinkles gave it a little bit of a crunch and the whipped cream on top just tied everything together!

For a second there I forgot that it’s not really my birthday and was expecting presents, but was quickly reminded of the reality…

Chris wanted something with chocolate… of course.

So I created a delicious chocolate milkshake with a hint of instant coffee and caramel and he really liked it :)

As I knew he would.

He also said it tasted like chocolate cake.

Which was not the point but whatever.

And by the way have you tried the new prime rib with hollandaise sauce sandwich from Quizznos?

Omg I’m like obsessed! It’s soo delish!!!

It has a lot of meat, double the cheese, the sauce has a nice tang and some saute mushrooms! Get it on a rosemary parmesan bread!

I’m telling you, it’s the bomb.com (I can’t believe I just said that!)

And now about the milkshakes :)

Birthday Cake Milkshake

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream (low-fat, fat-free ok!)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 3 tbsp yellow cake milk
  • 1/2 tsp sprinkles
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • whipped cream and more sprinkles for serving

Directions: In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend! Pour in a glass, top with whipped cream and more sprinkles!

Sinful Mocha Milkshake

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream (low-fat, fat-free ok!)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp caramel syrup, (fat free ok)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • whipped cream, chocolate and caramel syrup for serving

Directions:  In a small bowl, combine the vanilla and espresso until all the powder dissolves. Add all the ingredients (including the espresso-vanilla) in the blender. Blend.

Serve with whipped cream and syrups.

 

 

Easy Ham and Cheddar Omelet

More breakfast food :)

Omelets are great when you want a delicious and a little fancy breakfast, but are short on time.

They are super easy to make, you can get creative with the toppings and if you’re trying to watch your diet you can even make them healthy :)

Some of my favorite toppings are bacon, tomatoes, steak, salsa, mushrooms, spinach and parmesan. But you can use whatever you want!

So we should be moving into our house next weekend! I can’t wait!

Right now we are pretty much living out of boxes….

and since we bought new furniture already and have nowhere to put it

it’s just sitting randomly in the middle of the living room, it’s like a obsticle course…

Our apartment looks more like showroom then a home!

And I should really start packing all my kitchen stuff…

all the random appliances I use once a year but I just gotta have.

And all my spices and canned goods.

And all my baking supplies…

ahhh!

Wish me luck :)

Easy Ham and Cheddar Omelet

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp skim milk
  • salt and pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • cubed ham
  • about 2 tbsp butter
  • chopped green onions

Directions: In a bowl, combine the eggs, milk some salt and pepper. Give it a good whisk, you want to incorporate a lot of air into the eggs so whisk, whisk, whisk!

In a nonstick pan over medium heat, melt the butter. When hot, pour in the egg mixture. Don’t stir!!! Just let it cook for about 90 secs, you will notice the bottom starting to set.

Using a spatula, lift one side of the omelet, tilt the pan and let all the liquid egg to go to the bottom. Repeat with the other side of the omelet until there’s no liquid left.

With a spatula, loosen the omelet and make sure it hasn’t stuck to the pan. Now with the help of a spatula, flip the omelet.

Don’t be intimated of the flipping, just take a deep breath and quickly flip it!

Put some shredded cheese and ham in the center of the omelet in a straight line.

With the spatula, fold the omelet over to cover the filling.

Turn the heat down to low, top the omelet with some more shredded cheese, cover and let the cheese melt.

Serve with chopped green onions.

 

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes

So I’ve been going to ihop a lot lately.

They keep sending me B1G1 coupons in my email (like at least once a week!) and since the nearest location is 3 mins away from me I can’t resist.

I absolutely love their chocolate chocolate chip pancakes!

They are soo absolutely delicious! They are extremely chocolaty!

Like “omg I’m getting a cavity eating this but I can’t stop” kinda sweet!

So I decided to make my own version and Chris actually said he liked mine better.

And coming from him (a complete ihop junkie that is ok with eating ihop everyday for the rest of his life!) it really means a lot :)

So you know these are good!

They are light, fluffy, full of chocolate chips, but not overly sweet, topped with some whipped cream and syrup – the perfect weekend breakfast :)

And by the way, I’m obsessed with the song One More Night by Maroon 5! Like completely obsessed!

I have it on repeat and I’ve heard it more times in the past 2 days then it should be legal.

And every time I hear it while driving, I turn it all the way up and sing obnoxiously loud…

Won’t be surprised if I cause an accident one day…..

One song I can’t stand right now Katy Perry – Wide Awake…

I  love Katy Perry, but this song I just can’t fricking stand…

Every time I hear it it makes me cringe and I have to change the station right away.

Like it pretty much gives me a headache…

SO what songs are you obsessed with right now?

How about least favorite? :)

 

Now go make some pancakes!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Makes 6 pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips, whipped cream and syrup to serve

Directions: In a bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients together. In a measuring cup, measure the buttermilk add the egg and vanilla and whisk to combine. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until all the dry ingredients are wet, but don’t overmix -the batter should be a little lumpy.

Over medium heat, melt some butter in a skillet and let it get a hot. Pour about 1/3 cup of batter into the skillet and let it cook until little bubbles form all over the surface. Flip and cook until the other side browns too. Repeat with the rest of the batter.

To keep pancakes warm : Preheat oven to 200F. Place the cooked pancakes on a cookie sheet and keep warm in the oven.

Serve 2 pancakes a person. In between each pancakes place some chocolate chips :) And since the pancakes are warm the chocolate chips will melt and be all gooey :) Top with whipped cream and syrup! Enjoy :)

Honey Glazed Chicken

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I love take out.

And totally have a love/hate relationship with Panda Express.

So last night I wanted to get my asian fix at home, so I figured why not make some chicken and drown it in sweet yet tangy yet slightly spicy honey sauce?

That sounds tasty, right?

And boy was it good!

Chris was all over it and asking for seconds.

And when he found out that there weren’t any he asked if I’m gonna finish my plate lol.

Seriously finger licking delish!

It does take a little more work than most of my recipes, but it’s pretty quick. You should have it on the table in about 35 mins :)

And once again, I cheated on my diet… With my nemesis…McDonalds….

Ahh what can I say, I was starving at work and that’s the easiest and quickest thing to get…

but tomorrow I will try really hard to keep up with my diet and I’ll even bring lunch to work so I’m not tempted again :)

Well see how it goes..

Honey Glazed Chicken

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup – 1 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • generous dash of salt and pepper
  • oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp chopped ginger
  • chopped green onions and toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Directions: In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, egg, cornstarch, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, pepper and water and whisk until it resembles a pancake batter.

In a large saucepan, over medium high heat, heat up about 4 tbsp of oil. You want the pan to get hot, but not the point of smoking.

Dredge the chicken pieces into the batter, shake off excess batter and fry in the hot pan. Cook for about 4-5 mins per side or until they are golden brown.

In a saucepan combine the honey, soy, cornstarch, oil, hoisin, vinegar, garlic and ginger. Cook over medium high heat (stirring occasionally) for about 10 mins or until the sauce thickens and turns into a glaze.

In a bowl, combine the chicken and honey sauce. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions. Serve :)

Coffee Flavored Chocolate Mousse

I absolutely adore chocolate mousse.

Like every time I go to a fancy French restaurant I have to order it.

And devour it in less than 10 seconds.

But do you realize how ridiculously easy it is to make at home?

Extremely easy, I tell you!

And you don’t need any fancy ingredients either.

Just some chocolate chips, eggs, vanilla extract, sugar and in this case some instant coffee.

That’s it!

And it takes less than 10mins of prep time :)

Make it and your family will love you more for it.

Make it for your boyfriend and he might just propose! *

*can’t make any promises though! ;)

Alright so my laziness continues.

I’m still avoiding the gym and have been eating really naughty.

So starting tomorrow I will try to make some better choices and maybe even *gasp* workout!

I have no idea why I’ve been so unmotivated lately, but this needs to change now before I need to go shopping for bigger clothes.

I also got some cardio yoga by the gaiam series (Thanks !) that I’ve only done once so far and totally kicked my butt.

Hey, I thought yoga was supposed to be relaxing?

Not so much when you are falling over every two seconds and are praying to God that the next pose they’ll call is child’s pose so you can finally catch your breath lol!

But the next day I was soo sore! Like I could barely sit down and couldn’t laugh for 2 days. It felt ahhmazing! So I definitely need to do more of it :)

And hopefully my balance will get better with practice…

But for now I’ll just have some more chocolate mousse please!

I finally created a facebook page so please like it and I’ll love you forever :)

Coffee Flavored Chocolate Mousse

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

Directions: Heat the chocolate chips in the microwave until melted. One by one stir in the egg yolks, incorporating well after each addition.

In a small bowl whisk together the vanilla and coffee until the coffee is dissolved. Add to the chocolate and stir to combine.

In a bowl with your electric mixer, beat the egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks form.

Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture until fully incorporated. Repeat two more times.

Divide the chocolate mousse into two wine or dessert glasses. Store in the fridge for at least 3 hrs.

Serve with whipped cream and extra chocolate chips.

Awesome Ham and Potato Soup to Welcome Fall


Alright so I might be a bit early,

but I love fall!!!

As much as I love summer, I am absolutely sick of it and ready for the colder weather, comfy clothes, rainy days and soup :)

And I don’t have to worry about fitting in a bikini so that’s definitely a plus!

And I am finally allowed to eat soup. Without feeling like a complete weirdo! I mean cmon soup in the middle of summer? When It’s 110F outside?

Yes, I love me some good soup.

It’s comforting, easy-peasy to make, only 1 pot needed! and super tasty :)

And this soup definitely does not disappoint!

It’s light yet creamy, packed with ham, potatoes, a little cheese and some veggies!

The perfect soup for fall (or summer)!

Ham and Potato Soup

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup ham, cubed
  • 4 cups diced potatoes
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth, reduced sodium
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube, crushed
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk (I used skim)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

In a dutch oven over medium high heat, heat the oil. When hot (but not smoking) add the onions. Cook for 3 mins. Add the garlic and celery and cook for another 2 mins. Add the ham, potatoes, broth and crushed bouillon cube. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15mins.

In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour and stir to combine. Cook for 1 min. Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly, breaking up any lumps.

Add the milk mixture to the potato soup and stir to combine. Cook for 20mins.

Add the peas and cook for 5 mins.

Turn the heat off and add the cheese. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with toasted bread and extra cheese sprinkled on top.

Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting – Only 3 Ingredients!

OhhMyGod.

My prayers have been answered!

Finally a frosting that is not overpowering sweet and powdered sugar-tasting, yet is nice and fluffy, perfect for piping and the delce de leche makes it absolutely delicious!

Do it.

I’m telling you this stuff is good.

And by the way I’m not sharing a cupcake recipe today because…well… the cupcakes didn’t turn out the way I wanted them too.

Now, don’t get me wrong they were really tasty, very fluffy, chocolaty with a hint of cinnamon, but I wanted more.

I wanted something extraordinary.

And well the frosting stole the show!

One spoonful of the frosting and I pretty much had an orgasm right then and there.

I’m kidding, kinda.

But I definitely needed a moment to myself.

A moment to admire the glory of this!

You can put it on a chocolate cupcake, vanilla, tres leches, yellow cake, white cake, anycake, just make it and you’ll know what I mean.

It’s awesome :)

Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes a big batch of frosting!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup dulce de leche
  • 2 cups heavy cream, cold

Directions:

In a bowl with your electric mixer beat the cream cheese until fluffy (1-2mins).

Add the dulce de leche and beat to combine.

Add the heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form. Frost your cupcakes!

Notes: As this frosting sits, it softens! So if that happens, just stick it in the fridge for 5 mins then beat with your mixer until fluffy :)

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Yum!

This is the Bomb!!!

So a few days ago, I was going through a stack of old magazines and newspapers that have been pilling up on my dresser for a while now and since we are moving soon, it was time to throw away and organize some things. Well as I was going through the junk, an ad popped at me.

A pizza ad to be exact.

And since Mr. Picky was right next to me, he noticed. And he said that he was craving pizza. Badly.

So of course I had to make some.

He rarely has any requests when it comes to food so when he does I try to accommodate him as much as possible.

All he wanted on his pizza was chicken, bacon and ranch.

I made it happen and it turned out fricken fa-bu-lous :)

I love making homemade pizza! I just really don’t see the point in spending $15-$20 on something that is really cheap to make! I also love that I know exactly what goes in it and can customize it however I want:)

If you can, make your own dough, the recipe I use is very easy to make and super quick so you definitely need to give it try.

But if you are short on time go ahead and cheat, its ok :)  You can get pizza dough from your local grocery store or ask your favorite pizza place and they might sell you some!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Makes 1 pizza

Ingredients:

  • Pizza Dough
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 medium small chicken breasts, shredded
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • about 2 cups of shredded italian blend cheese
  • ranch to drizzle (I used bacon ranch)

Directions: Preheat oven to 375F.

Roll out the pizza dough and transfer to a pizza pan. Using your fingers, create a crust.

In a bowl combine the tomato sauce, basil, garlic, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes.

Cover the crust with the tomato sauce. Top with shredded chicken, bacon and cheese.

Bake for 23-25mins.

Let cool for 5 mins then drizzle ranch all over!

Devour :)

Notes:

- To shred chicken breasts: In a pot, bring about 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the chicken breasts, return to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 30mins or until the chicken is easily pierced with a fork. Let it cool and shred with your fingers or 2 forks.

Lighter Chicken Parmesan

Alright so today I will be sharing a really easy recipe that requires minimum work and a few pantry-staple ingredients :)

Easy. Breezy. Beautiful. Chicken Parm!

Absolutely love it :)

The chicken is juicy and covered in yummy marinara and lots of gooey cheese, served with some linguine in marinara and some crusty garlic bread - you have a perfectly ahhmazing meal that was really easy to make :)

And since the chicken is baked rather than fried, it makes it healthier. So go ahead and pile on the cheese :)

Lighter Chicken Parmesan

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4 to 1/2 in thickness
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 4 slices of mozzarella
  • extra shredded parmesan for topping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F.

Whisk the egg in a bowl. Mix the flour, panko, parmesan, garlic. basil in a shallow dish. Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken breasts, then dip the chicken first in the egg then in the flour mixture. Place on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 16mins flipping once halfway through.

In a 8×8 baking dish, pour 1/4 cup of the sauce. Top with the cooked chicken breast, then with the remaining marinara. Top with a few slices of mozzarella and a generous amount of shredded parmesan.

Bake for another 5-8 mins or until the cheese is melted and the chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with some chopped fresh basil.

Serve with pasta and garlic bread. Enjoy :)

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs in Quick Marinara Sauce

Holly Meatballs!

This is fricking awesome :)

The meat-a-balls are very flavorful and moist and stuffed with cheese!

Served with marinara and some crusty (cheesy) bread and some more cheese sprinkled on top and we are talking about a meal I can eat all day/every day and won’t get sick of.

And it’s actually very easy to make, but definitely impressive enough for company :)

So I think I will start doing yoga or Pilates since the gym thing hasn’t been motivating me lately.

So tomorrow I’ll get a yoga mat and some dvds and give that a go… and if I like it I might even take a class or two.

Maybe that will get me to workout more and release some stress :)

And it will definitely make me feel better when I’m eating something really tasty and not soo healthy :)

I love it when I can say “Hey I worked out today so I definitely deserve this entire pint of Ben n Jerrys!”

If you guys have any recommendations on yoga/pilates dvds lemme know :)

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs in Quick Marinara Sauce

Serve 3

Ingredients:

  • about 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lbs ground chuck
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 oz block mozzarella cut into  1 in cubes
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Worcheshire sauce
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 basil leaves, chopped
  • serve over cooked spaghetti

Directions: In a bowl combine ground meat, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan, dried basil, salt and some pepper. Mix with your hands until the mixture comes together but don’t overmix. Take about 1/4 cup of the meat mixture, flatten it in your palm put 1 cube of mozzarella in the middle and shape it into a meatball. Repeat with the rest of the meat mixture.

In a dutch oven over medium heat, heat up the olive oil until nice and hot. Drop in the meatballs and brown on all sides, don’t worry if they are not cooked all the way through. Transfer the browned meatballs to a plate. Add the onions and garlic to the dutch oven, scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan and cook for 5 mins or until the onions are translucent, stirring occasionally. Add in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and all the seasoning (just not the fresh basil), bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 30mins. Add the meatballs and simmer for another 30mins. Add the fresh basil. Serve with cooked pasta, more fresh basil and more mozzarella :)