Kale Bouquet

…because real flower bouquets are just too darn pricey?

kale bouquet Kale Bouquet

This thang right here is versatile. Not only does it look pretty on a table, it’ll save you from using up space in the fridge before you ultimately shove the kale into your stomach.

When you bring your kale home, cut about 1-2 inches off the bottom and place your kale bouquet in a vase with water, same as you would a bunch of flowers. As you get hungry for healthy greens, break a few pieces of kale off your bouquet to cook it up, add to raw salad or for baking up some tasty kale chips.

I’ve found the kale bouquet to stay fresh longer in the vase than it does squashed into your fridge. And it’s so darn pretty! It’ll last about 4 days before the “flowers” begin to wilt.

Happy kale eatin!

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Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treats

This is not diet food (gasp!). This is nowhere near clean eats (appalling!). This is fun food, ya’ll. Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treats is tiny indulgence because you’re gonna cut yourself a small square instead of a gigantic one. Right?
pumpkin pie rice krispy Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treats

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 10.5 ounce bag mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2-3 pinches each of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  • Brown butter in large pot until dark golden brown. Watch the pot carefully and be sure not to burn the butter.
  • Remove from heat and add entire bag of marshmallows. Quickly stir as it melts.
  • Add sea salt and pumpkin puree. Continue stirring.
  • Add the Rice Krispies. Keep stirring.
  • Add nutmeg, clove and cinnamon spices. Use a little of each at first, then taste. Add more, if necessary, until you achieve desired level of spice-flavors.
  • Pour mixture into 8×8 pan or similar size, then press firmly with wax paper.
  • Put in fridge for approximately 10 minutes to allow mixture to set.
  • ENJOY!

Important Note: Due to the addition of the pumpkin puree, these treats will be slightly less crisp than traditional Rice Krispie Treats.

Greedy Baby loved these treats and absolutely enjoyed the twist of festive pumpkin spices. Now go make your own. ((burp))

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15 Healthy Food Hacks to Lose Weight Faster

om-Nom-NOM! Food hacks are tasty. Food hacks go down real smoove into the tummy. Chew on these food hacks.

food hacks 15 Healthy Food Hacks to Lose Weight Faster

1. This first hack is downright ancient, yet super-effective: Create a meal plan before you shop. Stick to your grocery list of ingredients and don’t go down the snack aisle unless you have pre-planned, sensible greediness to indulge in.

2. Buy a store-roasted whole chicken (already cooked) and portion it out for a few days of eating in salads, sammiches or wraps.

3. Cook a batch of 5-6 boiled eggs all at once. Use them during the week for salads and snack time. Baked sweet potatoes, brown rice and stir fry veggies also do well when cooked in batches for the week. Go on, make your life easier.

4. Portion out healthy snacks (such as cashews or carrots) into baggies for snacking on the go. Dried organic fruit snacks and beef jerky are also dang-tasty on the go!

5. Pre-plan your moments of greediness by appointing them for a certain day. It will give you something tasty to look forward to and help to eradicate impulsive snacking.

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Bacon and Eggs Trick That Saves On Calories

Dear Bacon Lovers who want to inhale bacony goodness while still losing weight… I have a gift for you in the form of a simple trick. This trick will save you time and cut calories. But you will still enjoy all the bacon grandeur your stomach lusts for.

THE TRICK: Grab yourself a package of high quality bacon bits. Hormel Crumbled Bacon is a fantastic one. Before you flip your eggs in the pan (I always use my Lodge Cast Iron Griddle Bacon and Eggs Trick That Saves On Calories), sprinkle on the bits in a portion that’s just right for you.

healthy bacon and eggs Bacon and Eggs Trick That Saves On Calories

This will cause your eggs to become pregnant with bacon. With each bite you take, you will be getting a bacon and eggs fusion that will make your taste buds explode into the heavenlies. There is no dealing with the cooking-time to fry bacon slices. You won’t be dealing with any bacon grease either.

hormel crumbled bacon Bacon and Eggs Trick That Saves On Calories

This trick will bring you many chewing moments of bacon-splendor while keeping you on track with your fitness goals due to the smaller, yet satisfying portion of bacon. I cooked my eggs a longer so the yolk was semi-runny.

bacon eggs Bacon and Eggs Trick That Saves On Calories

EXTRA BONUS POINTS! For all the ladies out there, try this bacon trick on a man. He will be intrigued and mystified by the sheer genius of your cooking prowess.

If this trick tickles your fancy, be sure to check out the Jalapenos Eggs trick. BOOM!

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Greedy Recipe! Garlicky Loaded Tater Skins

Care for a little appetizer? I made you some garlicky loaded tater skins. Don’t they look purrr-dee?

tater skins Greedy Recipe! Garlicky Loaded Tater Skins

I was worried my breath might smell like garlic on hot coals imported from hell, but no one else seemed to think so.

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

serves approximately 7-8 hungry people

  • 5-lb bag russet potatoes
  • 1 large head broccoli
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (approximate)
  • 1 cup ready-to-eat bacon bits (approximate)
  • bunch scallion
  • 1 small diced jalapeno (optional)
  • garlic powder, salt & pepper
  • 2-3 cloves fresh garlic sliced thin, or crushed garlic if you prefer
  • dollops of sour cream

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Halve and then quarter the potatoes.
  • Set potatoes skin side down on large baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until fork easily pierces through.
  • While potatoes are baking, prep broccoli by cutting florets small, as pictured, and cooking in pot until al dente.
  • Drain broccoli then sprinkle with garlic powder and set aside.
  • Allow potatoes to cool for a few minutes, then scoop out approximately 1/2 of the potato’s innards.
  • Sprinkle garlic, salt & pepper onto naked potato, then begin loading it up.
  • Add broccoli, bacon bits, cheese, scallions, fresh garlic and jalapenos (optional) in desired amounts. Remember, you don’t need a ton of garlic for the flavor to come through.
  • Return taters to the oven to re-heat and allow cheese to melt — approximately 5-10 minutes. Monitor closely to prevent overcooking.
  • Add a dollop of sour cream to your plate for dipping instead of layering onto each individual tater.
  • Now CHEW .

potato skins Greedy Recipe! Garlicky Loaded Tater Skins

The benefits of garlic are pretty dang awesome. The beauty of this recipe is that you can keep it healthy & delicious by minimizing the cheese, bacon and sour cream. Load up more on the other ingredients and enjoy the tasty splendor. BOOM!

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Homemade Cookie Dough Bites

That’s right ya’ll. Come bask in the deliciousness.

homemade cookie dough Homemade Cookie Dough Bitesclick on image to enlarge the tasty morsels

After grazing on too much cookie dough ice cream recently, I knew there had to be a better way to maintain the greedy trend of shoving cookie dough down my throat without it being a death sentence to my waistline.

Then whaaalah! I came up with a homemade dough that has zero white refined sugar, less butter AND has ingredients that are good for you. The addition of coconut oil and coconut sugar, both with wonderful health benefits, proved to be fantastic substitutions.

This recipe comes very darn close to original dough — even approved by my picky hubs. Very tasty. Very satisfying. Delectable goodness, indeed.

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted but not hot
  • 1/2 cup Stevia in the Raw baking blend (find it in the baking aisle)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar Homemade Cookie Dough Bites
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • approx 3/4 cups chocolate chips or more (milk chocolate or semi sweet — it’s your choice)
  • approx 1/8 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder or more

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cream together butter, coconut oil, Stevia, coconut sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Add flour and cocoa powder to the mix and continue to blend until thoroughly mixed.
  • Now throw in the chocolate chips and blend again.
  • Eat in delicious scoops from the bowl, or chill in the fridge for approx 20 minutes before eating.
  • To create “bites”, press mixture about 1-inch high into plastic container and freeze for approximately 30 minutes. Cut out the bite shapes before eating.

cookie dough Homemade Cookie Dough Bites

Important note: Although the frozen bites do make for a lovely presentation, be aware that they do not stay frozen for very long, so eat them right away! I actually prefer to eat the dough with a spoon right out the container in the fridge. That’s how I roll.

So tell me… you down with grazing on some homemade cookie dough?

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