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Spicy Chicken: Two Easy Ways

I’ve been on an adventure trying to come up with ways to make pretty much all of my food as spicy as I can handle and these two chicken recipes have gotten me pretty darn close to perfection.

This is pretty basic, and definitely not a complicated recipe but you’re going to get your hands messy, so prepare yourself!

This is a great recipe if you need protein for meal prep. This calls for just enough for one chicken breast each! My significant other thinks the hot cheeto one is too spicy, but the cayenne one was just right for him!

Spicy Chicken

Ingredients:

1/2 tablespoon cayenne
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic pepper seasoning
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
One chicken breast

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Rub the chicken breast down in the oil
  3. Combine cayenne, black pepper, and garlic pepper in a bowl and mix together
  4. Rub the seasoning on the chicken breast
  5. Place in the oven for 35-45 minutes (I’d suggest checking every five minutes to see how it’s cooking)

This goes great with angel hair pasta!

Hot Cheeto Chicken

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Pancake mix
2 1/2 tablespoons of Grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups Hot cheetos
1 Egg
1/4 Salt
1 chicken breast
1 tablespoon water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place your Hot Cheetos and parmesan into a food processor (I use a blender so it’s not as well crushed), set aside in a bowl
  3. Whisk together pancake mix and salt
  4. Whisk egg and water (I strongly suggest using a wet hand and a dry hand for this next part
  5. Coat chicken in flour mixture, then dip into egg mixture, and finally dip into Hot Cheeto/Parmesan mixture
  6. Place chicken on a greased (or buttered) baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes

This chicken goes well with rice dishes!

I hope you enjoy!

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Christmas Coal Recipe

Tis the season! It’s also the season of figuring out what to put in those stockings, and this is an easy, delicious snack that the kids will love finding (whether they’ve been naughty or nice).

This was so fun and easy to make, so parents gather around. You don’t need a whole lot, just a bit of butter, mini-marshmallows, chocolate rice crispies, and semi-sweet milk chocolate chips!

I’ve been trying to post more on my facebook page (which I’ll obviously be sharing this on) and managed to figure out how to do page stories! You guys already know how much I love doing instagram stories!The first thing you do is melt the butter, then add the mini marshmallows. The reason we do mini, is because A)  they blend better and B) it’s easier to measure the minis since there’s less airspace. Look at those and I tested these a couple weeks ago with the boys. They INAHLED these! “Mommy, this is GOOD!” is something I heard a lot during this little trial, so trust me when I say, these are immediate winners!These don’t really need any garnish, but I wanted to give it a little something special so I added some gold luster! It’s not necessary but if you have some extra time, it gives it a bit of mining sparkle!

Ingredients:

3 tbsp butter
3 cups mini marshmallows
3 cups cereal
*gold or silver luster
*a couple drops  lemon or vanilla extract

*Items optional

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter and combine the mini-marshmallows until dissolved and well blended
  2. Add in chocolate cereal and fold the cereal into the mixture until once again it is well blended (take a shot every time I say that… just kidding, don’t do that)
  3. Spread into a pan and let cool (I put it in the freezer with a plastic cover and left it for about an hour)
  4. After the coal is cooled, shape them into little balls
  5. Melt the chocolate chips and roll the balls into melted mixture before placing on a sheet and cool them in the freezer
  6. This part is optional: Use the luster and a couple drops of extract and brush it on the cooled chocolate coal to give it a fun little finish

I hope you guys have fun with this and have a great weekend!

EASIEST Peanut Butter Cheesecake (No Bake)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s also the most stressful, so why the hell would you want to waste time on a difficult recipe when you can make something delicious without all the added stress that comes with it?

This Thanksgiving I was in charge of making cornbread and a dessert. I also decided to make blueberry bread because last minute overachieving is a very real thing in our household.

Ahh… once again the cornbread was a favorite, of course. The peanut butter cheesecake was also appreciated along with everyone’s dishes, if we’re being honest. Before you throw up your arms and say, “but you’re supposed to be running a health and wellness blog, how is this healthy??”, I’ll be doing an entire post dedicated to the subjectivity of health before the year is up! In short: if you always eat until you feel like you’re going to pop, please make changes. But splurging every once in awhile is perfectly fine. Last night, I definitely felt that way (it had more to do with the dairy that I consumed earlier, but the holiday bloat was still there).

But you’re not here to read my Thanksgiving rambles; that’s what Mondays are for! So let’s get right into the easiest peanut butter cheesecake you will ever make. It’s *almost* entirely from scratch! Scroll down for ingredients and directions! The recipe is for just one pan, but double up if you plan on making two like I did!

My significant other psyched me out by telling me the filling was, and I quote, “meh” upon testing it. However when he had his dessert platter in front of him, he nearly melted and said, “This is damn good!” Again, a direct quote!

Ingredients:

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
*Oreo pie crust
*Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
*Cool Whip

*Store bought because ain’t nobody got time for that.

Directions:

  1. Cream together powdered sugar and softened cream cheese until well blended
  2.  Add peanut butter until smooth
  3.  Stir in milk for another 2 minutes (longer if you’re mixing by hand)
  4. Pour mixture onto Oreo crust and refrigerate for an hour (or honestly however long you need)
  5. Take the defrosted Cool Whip (I put it in the fridge about 4 hours before I need to use it) and spread it across the top of the cheesecake CAREFULLY
  6. Sprinkle a generous amount of peanut butter chips across the top of the Cool Whip topping and voilà! Ready to serve – or refrigerate until you’re ready

The middle slice is the cheesecake that my significant other is about ready to tear into! Truly the easiest peanut butter cheesecake I’ve ever made! Plus, you can use your own creativity with it! Maybe you want to use a little bit of nutella in the cheesecake spread, or you want to drizzle chocolate syrup on the Cool Whip! Or crush up some Nutter Butter cookies to top it off. It’s all up to you!

I hope all of you have been having an amazing holiday season! We’ve still got Christmas and I have 2 family favorites to share with you all next month! Get ready, guys!

Millenial Hacks: Making coffee from scratch

Now before you ride my ass and tell me that this isn’t actually from scratch: I know, I’m not a coffee bean farmer or whatever those wonderful saviors call themselves. What this hack or recipe entails is essentially making coffee without the standard equipment necessary. I don’t own a Keurig machine, nor do I own a coffee maker.

But when we don’t have time to go into town for Starbucks and I still need my caffeine fix, this is what we do. In this video, it was my very first attempt at making coffee this way, so you are seeing my reaction in “real time”, as it were.

Depending on how strong you like your coffee, you want 2 tablespoons per cup. I used my mug to measure 2 and a half cups of coffee and put in two “heaps” (according to the measuring spoon) of coffee.

  1. Boil your water (again, it depends on how much you want to make, but remember there will be coffee grounds at the bottom so you won’t actually be consuming the entire pot of coffee).
  2. Grind up your coffee beans (unless you buy coffee grounds, then skip this step) in either a blender or food processor, whatever you have around. If nothing, put the grounds in a bag and smash it with a hammer/meat tenderizer/etc.
  3. When your water is boiling, pour in your coffee grounds and immediately remove the pot from the burner. Cover the top with a plate, a lid, whatever you have around, really.
  4. Give it time to steep, about five minutes.
  5. Pour your coffee into your favorite mug and enjoy!

It takes a bit more time and effort than a coffee machine, but if I’m being honest I really like to save money and if I have to spend an extra 10 minutes in the morning to make coffee, I’m DOWN.

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RECIPE: The Brunchwich

In today’s video, I made an oh-so-delicious breakfast sandwich that was packed with protein and it was filling! So if you have an extra 15 minutes in the morning or whenever – because let’s be honest, breakfast food is acceptable at every meal – then go ahead and try this out!

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Recipe: Tunami Sandwich

Ok, guys, you caught me. I’m a fraud. I absolutely admit to stealing the name from Bob’s Burgers. If I’m being honest, the name definitely should be reserved for something a little more epic than this little sandwich. But since I can’t think of anything else in my 5 month post-partum brain, we’re gonna stick with it.

Do you ever have one of those days where you just don’t know what to make so you search your cupboards and pantry to throw something together? Yeah, that’s pretty much my life. I like to think of it as Improv: The Theatre of Life (or in this case, the Kitchen but I digress).

Luckily, the chances of you having these ingredients are quite high, and surprise you only need 3 ingredients! Plus, you can spice this up, add produce, sliced meats, sauce, you name it!

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Recipe: Breakfast Bowl For Two!

Ever since my boyfriend and I moved in, I have been cooking like a maniac – which is interesting, considering I’m a baker, not a chef. I’m pretty much Episode 1 of My Drunk Kitchen Hannah Hart. I can follow directions and I know what I like.

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