Jan 01

Eat all the Foods & Cookie Butter Puppy Chow Recipe

The amount of food I have eaten the last month or so is a little absurd. Between my birthday and Christmas, let’s just say my body is craving nothing but veggies.

The fact that I’m craving veggies makes me think that maybe I should eat crap for a month more often—I’m so full of good ideas.

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I went home for the week of Christmas and started off my week full of being full with brunch at a winery where ridiculous amounts of whip cream were consumed. Breakfast of champs.

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Unpictured was seafood eggs benedict because my stomach didn’t have time for a picture.

 

And then pasta happened. The most delicious ravioli and tortellini, garlic bread, and salad. I’ve decided pasta should happen more often.

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Shrimp tempura. I didn’t eat the rice because I was trying to save some calories for my all time favorite burger EVER.

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It was Alex and I’s 3rd year of going to zoo lights and then a restaurant called Rock Bottom where I get the same burger every year. It’s called a bourbonzola burger and it has gorgonzola cheese, bourbon barbeque sauce, and crispy onion straws. So. Decadent. So. Amazing. So worth the insane amount of calories.

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Breakfast with my dad one morning consisted of ham, over easy eggs, and toast. Anybody else like to cut their toast into strips and dip it in the yolk? The best.

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Christmas dinner number 2 with my cousins where my cousin made green bean casserole entirely from scratch. Props.

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Aaaaand for the grand finale—cookie butter puppy chow!

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Cookie. Butter. Puppy. Chow. Cookie butter puppy chow! Omg, cookie butter puppy chow! Once you let that sink in, I’ll tell you that this is by no means healthy. Far, far from it actually. Sometimes you just gotta live a little and give your taste buds a party because taste buds love parties. Your taste buds will party so hard with these, they’ll probably end up black out drunk. They’ll wake up in the morning saying they will never party so hard again, but then they’ll of course do it again.

That was surely the case for me this last week. I made SO much cookie butter puppy chow (also known as muddy buddies) that every time I “accidently” ate way too many, I’d say I’ll never eat another bite. Then, I would make another batch and it would happen all over again. Those dang taste buds, such party animals.

Cookie Butter Puppy Chow

Ingredients:

  • 1 box (12.8 oz.) rice chex cereal
  • 1 C. creamy cookie butter
  • 1 C. milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 C. unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 C. powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. In a large sauce pan, set to medium-low, and combine the cookie butter, butter, and chocolate chips. Continuously stir until all is melted together.
  2. Remove from heat and add box of chex cereal. Carefully stir until evenly coated. This may take a while!
  3. In a 2 gallon plastic bag, add chex mixture and powdered sugar.
  4. Shake bag until all the powdered sugar is evenly distributed.
  5. Dump bag onto parchment paper and let sit until dry.
  6. Invite all your friends over for a taste bud party.

 

And that’s it! It’s really simple and so yummy—and addicting! You have been warned ;)

 

Erika

Dec 17

Recent Eats—WIAW 7

Hiiiiya! Stopping by this lovely Wednesday before heading off to work for the day. I’m working more than usual this week because I’m taking next week off. On Monday, I worked from 11:30am-12:30am. Woooweeee that was a rough one. I also trained legs that morning so needless to say, I about collapsed into bed that night.

Any who, on to the good stuff—food! Today I’m switching it up from my usual Erika style WIAW and doing a WIAW of some recent delicious eats! Thanks to Jenn for hosting this wonderful linkup!

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First of all, pancakes need to be mentioned. Pancakes have been eaten every. single. day. for the past ever (or so it feels). I just can’t get enough. Kodiak cakes power cakes mix are THE BEST high protein pancakes in the history of pancakes. Seriously, I’m obsessed. Unfortunately I can only find them at Target and the closest Target to me is a 30 minute drive, so I stock up when I go.

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You’d think 5 boxes would last a lifetime, but Alex and I already went through them all. I just checked when this picture was taken and it was on December 1st. It’s currently December 17th. Woops.

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Okay, I lied. There was one day that I didn’t have pancakes. Gasp. Post workout smoothie consisting of peanut butter, banana, chocolate protein powder, almond, and ice. Topped with cashew butter and a few dark chocolate chips. Not to worry though, I had pancakes for lunch. Seriously, I have issues.

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One night, I made my spaghetti pie with sautéed zucchini. I subbed the sour cream for Greek yogurt, and it was deeeeelish!

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A fun new restaurant I found on campus! This bowl had rice, pork, and lots of fresh veggies. The sauce on the pork was so dang good.

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Trader Joe’s gingerbread! I subbed half the oil with applesauce and used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.

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I’m currently obsessed with Cafe Yumm and should really cut back but let’s be honest—that’s not gonna happen. There’s a reason it’s called Cafe YUMM.

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Zoodles with chicken and pesto. I hadn’t had pesto in ages and I just can’t get over how good it is.

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Lean beef burgers with loads of grilled onions and kale salad on the siiiiide.

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Stuffed bell peppers with sautéed zucchini and broccoli.

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More pesto! Chicken breast with pesto, colorful carrot fries (recipe here) with homemade honey mustard dipping sauce, and sautéed zucchini and spinach.

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Waffle pizzas! I used Kodiak Cakes power cakes for the waffles (obv) and added some spices and parm to the mix.

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Chicken stir fry!

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And lastly, Alex and I went out for brunch the other day after our workout.

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I splurged and got cinnamon roll French toast with 2 eggs and chicken sausages. Just look at the French toast. Omg.

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Straight to the biceps.

Have a good Wednesday! I’m gonna go make some pancakes now ;)

Erika

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