Food and the City Yum

December 13, 2017

10 Calorie Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters


My sweet tooth has been out of control lately. Between experimenting in the kitchen on 5,000 different donut flavors, + enjoying all of the decedent desserts that the holiday season has to offer, I've been on what seems to be an all sugar diet.

I'm not complaining, though, since with recipes like this one (only 10 calories per cluster!), I'm able to stay on track and not lose alllll sorts of control over my life.

Which isn't an easy task, considering I'm basically a walking trainwreck.


I'm also kind of obsessed with consuming as much fiber as possible, as I've found that living a lifestyle that involves a diet that's rich in fiber works well for my body in repairing the damage that I've done to it over the years. I go through, like, 2-3 boxes of this all bran cereal a week, and that's not even an exaggeration. 

Plus, CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER. I mean??? 


My favorite way to eat these besides right off the plate and into my mouth is to top off my yogurt or oatmeal with 4-5 of em' to add a little much needed crunch! Think of them as the sweet version of croutons. Croutons on your salad, chocolate peanut butter clusters on your dessert.

Don't let your freezer ever be without a tupperware of these.

(p.s i've been known to just eat, like, 10 or 12 of these right out of the container since they're that good. + at under 10 calories a piece, how can you go wrong??)


10 Calorie Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters

makes 12 clusters
15g all bran cereal (or 1/2 of 1/3 of a cup)
14g (60 chips) Lily's Dark Chocolate baking chips (my fav to use - found @ wholefoods!!)
1 tsp PB2 mixed with water to desired consistency
*optional extra melted chocolate for drizzling

Measure out your bran cereal and chocolate chips into separate bowls. Heat the chocolate in the microwave in 10 second intervals until melted. (usually takes about 40-50 seconds) Stir to ensure that it's smooth, then dump in your dry bran cereal.

Mix the cereal in with the chocolate to coat and form a sticky type of mixture. Sometimes I crush the bran cereal a bit, sometimes I find a need a little more chocolate to help it mend better. Adjust accordingly.

Pop this mixture in the freezer for 2-5 minutes to help it set a bit, then scoop out small clusters onto a parchment or tinfoil lined plate. Drizzle on your PB2 and extra chocolate if you're adding it, then place the plate back into the freezer for at least 10 minutes, or until ready to use.

Enjoy!

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December 12, 2017

3 INGREDIENT (35 CALORIES!) FUNFETTI DONUTS


Remember a couple of weeks ago when we made cinnamon apple donuts? Well, being the obsessive compulsive lunatic that I am, I just HAD to see what else I could come up with while still only using 3 simple ingredients.

My immediate thought? Funfetti. 

Funfetti everything. 

Funfetti everything for life. 

Funfetti forever and ever and ever.


Like, "it will be the flavor of my wedding cake" type of forever.

That's some real sick shit.


On a serious note (or rather, a less-ridiculous one, because really, is anything ever serious on this site?) funfetti is my absolute favorite flavor of cake. I mean, who the hell doesn't love cake with sprinkles that's usually smothered in vanilla frosting?

Serious killers. Only serial killer type of people dislike funfetti cake.


Please make these.

Please make these tonight.


3 INGREDIENT (35 CALORIES!) FUNFETTI DONUTS

makes 50 donuts
1 box of funfetti cake mix (or a white/vanilla/yellow mix + sprinkles)
1 5oz container of vanilla yogurt (I used danons light + fit 70 calorie yogurt)
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 325 and grease your mini muffin or donut pan. 

In a large bowl, combined dry cake mix, vanilla yogurt and water. Mix everything until it's well combined and batter is smooth. *if you're adding additional sprinkles, do this now*

Spoon batter into your pan and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them!

Enjoy!

...and then enjoy some more, because I promise you'll be making these on a steady basis.



December 01, 2017

How To Stay Grounded This Holiday Season



With the holiday season in full force, it's really easy for us to get wrapped up in the shopping, the lights, the decorations, and forget about some of the important issues at hand that surround us everyday. I know that for myself, I tend to hide in a little Christmas bubble for the entire month of December, and have end up with little to no knowledge about the current events happening around the world. It's almost like if it isn't highlighted in red or green colors, or has an Elf attached to it, or is blasting some sort of holiday jingle, I want nothing to do with it.

However, with the world in the current state that it's in (lawdddd help us), it's important, now more than ever, to stay on top of things and keep updated with what's going on in the news. That being said, I have started to set these rules for myself in order to keep grounded during the holidays, and not get too wrapped up in all the craziness that makes facing reality on January 2nd even harder. Seeing as it's officially December, I figured I would share some of them with you all today!


1) Take time each day to reflect on why you celebrate the holidays in the first place. Presents, shopping, good food & wine, do we ever really take the time to stop and think what the holidays actually mean? Sure, we see our families more and gather at our friends apartments for holiday dinners each weekend, but the sole reason behind why we do all of this tends to be forgotten. Whatever holiday or religion it is that you celebrate, take 2 minutes each day to remember the bigger picture behind all the credit card swiping and champagne-glass clinking.



2) Sign up for a platform that helps you absorb all types of news in one place. My favorite place to catch up on the news is a website called Baaz! I have the app on my phone, and my profile is almost always opened up in a tab on my Macbook. About a month ago, I shared with you all that I had just discovered the platform, and that I would be playing around with it for the next couple of months. Since then, it's been my go-to source for news and a new morning tradition to sit down with my coffee and catch up on things.


I like to see what's trending and choose exactly what it is that I want to share directly to my Twitter feed (and any other social profile of my choosing), all without having to leave the platform. Baaz not only helps me stay in the loop, it has made sharing posts so much easier than constantly having to toggle back and forth between my different feeds. It's still in the beginning stages of making it's splash here in the US, so by signing up now, you secure your spot (and your username) on what I believe to be one of the biggest apps of the future. Don't forget to friend request me, hehe.



3) Don't stress yourself out in order to achieve that wow-factor. Your brother doesn't need a $600 jacket, and your mom could probably do without those candles from Diptyque (c'mon, we all know those are way overpriced.) Sure, those things are nice, and it can bring a feeling of joy to both ourselves for gifting them and to others for receiving such lavish items, but in reality, are they necessary? Your brother will love a jacket that costs 1/2 the price just as much as he would anything else, and your mom most likely couldn't pick those candles apart from another brand in a blind sniff test. Don't compromise your financial status (or get behind on your bills) just to impress people with how much money you've spent. As cliche as it sounds, gifts that have thought behind them (no matter how inexpensive they are) will always reign supreme under the Christmas tree!

4) Do spend more time with your older relatives. Contrary to what we may think, spending time with our older relatives can offer more than backhanded "when are you settling down and starting a family" comments. I find that whenever I walk away from a conversation with my grandfather or another one of my elders, I have a new found sense of wisdom or way of looking at things for the rest of the day. It brings me back down to reality, and makes me realize that the little things I'm stressing over have been experienced and dealt with for generations upon generations before me, which makes it all seem a lot less daunting. Seriously, if you're fortunate enough to still have a grandparent in your life, take an hour or two this holiday season and pick their brain about how they made it through whatever age group you're currently in, and I promise you that their stories will more than likely involve a lot more trials and tribulations than whatever trivial situation you're stressed about.


5) Get outside, get moving, and keep on top of your health. In order to have a healthy brain to keep you sane during the holidays, you must first start with a healthy body. It's no secret that exercise is a great way to keep your body in shape, but there's a lot more too it than getting in your 1 hour of cardio in the gym each morning and calling it a day. Yea, that'll probably help you fight off any extra holiday weight (hellllooooo cinnamon apple donuts), but what about mental exercise? Getting outside, breathing in some fresh air, and challenging yourself to accomplish something like taking a hike or walking The Brooklyn Bridge can only do more good than harm for your mental state. In case you weren't aware, leaving your apartment this winter doesn't only have to be when you're heading out to a bar. Go do something outside, during the day, without alcohol or junk. Breathe in that crisp winter air and remember how tiny of a speck you are in this world. Our problems are only as big as we make them.

In conclusion, there are ways to enjoy the holiday season without allowing the holiday season to completely take over your life and compromise your health and knowledge. Reflect, keep on top of the news with platforms like Baaz, stay within budget, talk to your grandpa, and go take a hike or something.

Your body (and mind) will thank you.

November 30, 2017

3 Ingredient (40 calories!) Cinnamon Apple Donuts


Listen up. 

Holiday baking is in full force and I'm going to need you to make these donuts immediately. Immediately as in today. Immediately as in right now. What are you even doing still reading this?

GO.


I'm not even fucking around, these are actually incredible. They require just 3 ingredients and about zero % of your patience. Or rather, 15 minutes, but that's basically the same thing as zero.

When it comes to baking, any amount of time spent in the kitchen that takes under 30 minutes to make is almost as easy as just going to the store and buying something thats already been prepared.

And with ingredients that you most likely already have on hand, these will by far go down as one of the easiest desserts you've ever made. Also, if I'm being honest, these really only require two ingredients if you discount water. Which you should.

Water is not an ingredient.


As for flavor, well -- there's nothing basic about them. These mini donuts taste almost identical to Dunkin' Donuts munchkins, except with 1/2 the calories. 40 calories per donut to be exact.

Stay the hell home tonight and make these. I promise you won't be disappointed.


3 Ingredient Cinnamon Apple Donuts 

makes 70 mini donuts
1 box white cake mix (just the mix!)
2 4oz containers (or 1 cup) of unsweetened applesauce
1 cup water
2 tbs sugar
1 tbs cinnamon + an extra teaspoon
a few spritz of butter spray

Preheat oven to 325 and grease your mini muffin or donut pan. 
(my pan only yields 48 donuts, so I had to do this in two batches.)

In a large bowl, combined dry cake mix, applesauce, and water. Mix everything until it's well combined and batter is smooth. Fold in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon until incorporated.

Spoon batter into your pan and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them!

In a separate bowl, combined sugar and remaining cinnamon and stir together to create your cinnamon sugar topping. 

After donut holes have cooled, transfer to a bowl and give them a few spritz of butter spray (I use the yellow I can't Believe It's Not Butter bottle!) Sprinkle on your cinnamon sugar topping and toss to coat.

Enjoy!

...and then enjoy some more, because I promise you'll be making these on a steady basis.


November 22, 2017

Cheesy Leftover Turkey & Stuffing Rosemary Crostini's


Is your kitchen knees deep in leftovers right now? Can you not even see the inside walls of your fridge because there are containers stacked as high as the sky packed with stuffing, turkey, and all of those other good thangs?


If you're like me, then you like to relive Thanksgiving on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, after the big day, and maybe even into Monday too? A scoop of stuffing with that pumpkin pie? Sure, why not? A turkey sandwich with that bowl of cereal? Let's get weird. I know understand why we tend to only make these foods once a year.

Expect, I truly do not understand why we reseve stuffing for the holiday season, because it's freaking delicious and we should be eating it all year long. 

Plus, since stuffing is essentially bread, these crostini's are basically bread on top of bread. Can we say -- savagery? Because the savagery is real here. Add on some turkey and top it with some ooey gooey cheese, and you have the best Thanksgiving weekend breakfast lunch of your life.


cheesy leftover turkey & stuffing rosemary crostini's

measurements for 2
2 slices of bread
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic powder 
1 cup leftover turkey, shredded
1/2 cup stuffing (any kind is fine!)
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped

Preheat your oven to 400. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to each slice of bread, then sprinkle on your garlic powder. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes just to crisp up.

Top bread with turkey, stuffing, mozzarella cheese, and fresh rosemary. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese and melted and bubbly. 

Enjoy! xo M




November 20, 2017

3 Ingredient Peppered Cranberry & Bacon Jam



It's the day of Thanksgiving, your family and friends are making their way over to your place, and you suddenly realize you forgot to think of an appetizer for them to enjoy while you added the finishing touches to the main meal. Or, maybe it's your first time hosting Thanksgiving, and you over-planned and bought waaaay too many cans of Ocean Spray® Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce. You need something to make that uses up all those leftovers, right?


If you're a part of the former, this recipe comes together in less than 5 minutes and your guests won't even know that it slipped your mind as you most likely already have these 3 ingredients on hand! If you're a part of the latter, well, whip up this jam to enjoy with your leftovers, or store it in your fridge for a few days to add to sandwiches, bagels, crackers, or to eat straight from the bowl!

The options are endless!


The sweet & salty flavors of this jam not only balance and please the palette, but they come together in such a way that will definitely get your taste buds ready for that Thanksgiving feast ahead! Ocean Spray® Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce is perfect for this because of its natural sweet and tangy taste. The berries add just that little something that you're looking for!

So, whether you're enjoying this as an appetizer the day of Thanksgiving, or using it to give your leftovers a makeover, you won't regret keeping this quick & simple recipe on hand! :) Ocean Spray has you covered with everything you need to make your first Thanksgiving a memorable meal!

Happy Thanksgiving! xo

Peppered Cranberry and Bacon Jam

1 14oz can of Ocean Spray® Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
1/2 jalapeno or habanero pepper, diced
3 tablespoons pre-cooked bacon bits
salt & pepper to taste

Empty the contents of the can of Ocean Spray® Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce, and break it all up with a spoon. Add in your diced pepper and bacon bits, then add salt and pepper to taste. Mix it all up until everything is fully incorporated, and adjust your salt and pepper accordingly if needed. Transfer to a small serving or dip bowl and top with additional diced pepper and bacon bits!

Serve with: sliced veggies, crackers (I used Jillz Tuscan Crackers -- they're my fav!), bagel chips, or pour it on top of some chilled cream cheese. Yum!

*Thank you Ocean Spray for sponsoring this post! All opinions/ideas are that of my own.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ocean Spray. The opinions and text are all mine.