High Heels & Grills

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2 Ingredient Nutella Brownies {Gluten Free}


These Nutella Brownies are super easy to make, with only 2 ingredients required. And for those of you that are gluten intolerant, they're gluten free! They're not too sweet, but will definitely curb your chocolate craving.


I don't know about you, but I am a huge Nutella fan. I remember when it started becoming a "thing" here in the U.S. and I couldn't figure out why. Seriously, everybody was talking about it. Then I had a spoonful and it all made sense. It's creamy and chocolatey and once you start eating it, you can't stop. It's made out of nuts too, so it can't be that bad for you, right?


Now, I'm not gluten intolerant, but I know a lot of people who are. We had a function for church a couple of weeks ago, where I was in charge of some of the food. I knew that at least one of the ladies that were coming couldn't have gluten. In trying to be helpful and make her feel included, I bought some gluten free brownie bites. I had to try them out before I just put them out there for whoever to eat and can I be honest? They kind of tasted like dirt. I love dessert and it made me so sad for those that can't eat gluten and how many of my favorite things that I can enjoy and they can't! So, when I came across this recipe and realized that they were gluten free, I wanted to see how they were, so I could tell my friends about them. I'm here to report that they are actually something that I would want to eat on a daily basis! They're not super sweet like most brownies, but with the added confectioner's sugar, it gives it the sweetness it needs. I hope you like them as much as I did!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Pomegranate Energy Bites

Full Disclosure: I am receiving compensation for this post on behalf of POM and Millenial Blogs, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are mine.


I'm so excited to share this recipe with you today! Mostly because it tastes good, but partially because it makes me feel empowered. Weird, I know. Let me explain. Last fall, I ran my very first half marathon and it was totally awesome! {Freaking hard, but still awesome.} 


Since then, I have kind of fallen off the exercising bandwagon and I have noticed a difference in my energy, definitely in my waistline, but more importantly, in my mood. It's amazing what exercising will do to jumpstart my day. Which is why I'm running my second half marathon this April! Training started last week and I'll be honest - it wasn't as easy to jump back into as I thought it would be. I ran 2.5 miles last week and thought I was going to die. Then again, that might have something to do with the fact that I fell on the treadmill halfway through and it kind of deflated my mojo. I know it will get better though, so I'm excited to stick it out!

Anyway, when I was training last fall, I made a batch of energy bites like these and I would pop a few on my long runs and they made a world of difference! When you're running 8+ miles, you're burning almost 1,000 calories. These are an easy and delicious way to replenish some of those calories, so you can keep going.


For these energy bites, I added some delicious pomegranate juice made by POM. The main reasoning is that pomegranates are a great source of antioxidant. Scientific studies show that all of the symptoms we normally associate with aging, as well as just about every disease that exists {i.e. Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, etc} are caused by the damage of free radicals in your body. Your body produces free radicals naturally by metabolic processes, but when you are running long distances or participating in other endurance exercises, this greatly increases the generation of free radicals. Antioxidants are able to interact with free radicals and neutralize them so that they are no longer harmful to your body. COOL HUH? Think of pomegranate juice as your own natural preventative medication. ;) These energy bites are good for you and they taste delicious too, which is why they have become my new workout buddy!

Next time, I will add some fresh pomegranate seeds, but sadly, they are no longer in season here. Boo.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

$400 Cash Giveaway!

I can't begin to tell you how great this blog has been for me. It's so nice that I can work from home while taking care of the babelet. To thank all of you for being such diligent followers, I've gotten together with some fellow bloggers to give one of you lucky peeps $400 in cold hard cash! 


What better timing than with Valentine's Day coming up, right? ;) Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. Don't worry, it's an easy one. Just follow everybody on Pinterest and you're good to go. Thank you so much for following and know that you are appreciated!

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Good luck, friends!

-Sarah

Friday, January 30, 2015

Strawberry Whipped Cream

Yo friends, Zach here. I know, it ain't Monday. More specifically, it ain't Man Monday. Ironically enough however, this post is all about how to be more manly and more womanly.  Have you guys ever heard about that blog called artofmanliness.com? Well, it's by far one of my favorites. They have this post on how to increase your testosterone, thereby increasing all sorts of wonderful benefits in a man's life; and in this post, they explain how soy products may not be as good as we've been led to believe the last couple of decades.

Well, I got to thinking... guys (and girls in a lot of cases) are all about soy protein. Soy is great for you (so we've all been thinking) and protein is great for you, so let's make a shake out of it and drink tons of it after a workout! I can't tell you how many times I've done this myself. In the name of increasing my protein intake, I used some soy product.


The American Nutrition Association paints a very different picture of soy than the one I've been looking at. They say that soy actually mimics estrogen (thus blocking natural estrogen) in women, and decreases testosterone levels in men. As a result, by consuming soy, in a way you might actually be making yourself less man or woman! 

So what in the world is my point!? First, let's get the facts before jumping on fad diets. Second, soy may not be as healthy as we've all been led to believe. Third, let's stop replacing good things! Fourth, why not go back to what humans have been doing for 7,500 years -- that is, drink milk! 

According to the Real Seal website, "Experts agree that dairy foods deserve a special place in the diets of children. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, several nutrients critical for growth are lacking in the diets of children and adolescents. These include calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin A. Dairy foods provide all of these."


Milk and dairy products in general have been known to benefit health in a multitude of ways for hundreds of years. Just recently, in what I like to call the Pretentious Boom, milk has been scrutinized. Go ahead Pretentious Boomers. Scrutinize. Tell me to drink soy. Tell me to use non-dairy creamers and cream substitutes. Tell me to emasculate my manhood. Tell me everything humankind has been doing is wrong and you are so enlightened as to know the ultimate truth. Tell me all you want. But I'm going to continue to drink milk. I'm going to continue to find natural, beneficial protein, calcium, potassium, and vitamin D from real dairy products. I'm going to make my own whipped cream and not buy the substitute crap (spoiler alert: cool whip). 

And I'm going to give you a recipe on making your very own whipped cream. And you are going to be more of a man or woman for it... quite literally.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Slow Cooker Chunky Ranch Potatoes

Being a mom has changed me a little. {A little. Baha!} Okay, so maybe a lot, but in one specific area that I want to tell you about today. Before, I had no problem eating a bag of popcorn for dinner. It stems back to my freshman year in high school, when that was all I did eat almost ever. Don't ask me why, teenagers are weird. 

Anyway, now, I have come to realize that babies probably can't survive off of popcorn. At least I'm not willing to test it. So, it's up to me to make Adelaide something substantial for dinner. I've been trying really hard lately to have more balanced meals. I can't describe the sense of satisfaction when Addi eats a vegetable and asks for more. {Hello, sweet peas!} Although, I know potatoes aren't the best vegetable out there, they're probably better for you than crackers, or as mentioned above - popcorn. So I'm counting it as a win. ;) 

These ones are going in the books as a new favorite potato recipe! Of course, what more is there to love than anything that's paired with Ranch? {If you haven't tried Ranch Popcorn, please go here. ;)} Hope you enjoy this yummy side!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Deep Dish Fudgy Oatmeal Bars



You guys. I'm pretty sure that I've ranted and raved about more recipes on this blog than I care to admit. Can you blame me though? I'm not going to post a bad recipe, right? You pickin' up what I'm puttin' down?


Because I've said so many good things about all of the different recipes here, it's hard to truly tell you which ones are good and which ones are goooooood. But I am here to tell you that these Deep Dish Fudgy Oatmeal Bars are goooooood. Like, so good that I am now paying for it with a bellyache right now because I ate so freaking much. I'm not proud of it, but it's the truth.


I was craving an oatmeal cookie the other day and came across the recipe for these and had to make them stat. And that, I did! That fudgy center is where it's at! It's made with sweetened condensed milk and in my opinion, anything made with that stuff will probably taste like the nectar of the Gods. Trust me. You want to make these as soon as possible!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Apricot Glazed Cocktail Sausages


Welcome to a long awaited Man Monday my friends. Sorry for the sabbatical, but there was [insert excuse here] and [insert another excuse here] going on. Oh, not to mention [something about another excuse]. Man, it was [more words to divert attention from my laziness]. You guys get me, right? Right. Thanks.

You know what's funny? 'Murica is amazing because we use EVERY LAST EXCUSE to eat our brains out. Every single occasion. I mean, when I was growing up the Super Bowl was about, oh I don't know, football! Now, the Super Bowl is even more about people getting together, eating great food, and judging the best commercials than it is about the teams playing ball. You won't see me complaining, in fact I love that about our country. We like to have a good time! I mean, I am willing to bet you $1000 (yes, you read correctly) that Sarah has NO idea who is actually playing in the Super Bowl, but you better believe that she knows what she's cooking. $1000. Yup.

Speaking of what's cooking... We're definitely adding this to the manu. It simply would not be a Super Bowl party without cocktail sausages / little smokies / or as Mr. Bean calls them: cockidoggies. We made these little succulent suckers last weekend. Addi had at least 7, I've had way more than that, and Copper even had a few because Addi thinks it's funny to throw food at him. Needless to say, they were a touchdown. *knee slapping and snort-laughing*

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Dip

With the Super Bowl coming up, I wanted some new recipes in my reserve that I can whip up quick, but will impress. This Cheesy Bacon Dip is just that! I love that it's made in the slow cooker too, so it can be warm all night long!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Salted Caramel Turtle Fudge

Can we just take a break from our New Year's Resolutions for a minute and make a batch of this amazingly delicious fudge? It's got chocolate, it's got nuts, it's got caramel, and it even has the saltiness to tie it all together. I haven't met a person that doesn't like it yet. Even people that don't like fudge, have been converted. Make it, eat it, give the rest away, and then come back and thank me.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Chili Pasta Bake

A friend of mine just started a Pinterest food review group on FB and this was the first recipe she posted in it. She said this was one of her family's favorite recipes and it looked so good that I told her it was going on our dinner menu ASAP. And that, it did! She wasn't lying one bit about how good it was and it was surprisingly easy to make, too. I had to share it with you guys immediately, because who doesn't love an easy, tasty, dinner recipe??


Chili Pasta Bake
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Recipe from Tasty Kitchen
Makes 6-8 servings
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 8 oz. small pasta shells {bow ties, elbow, or rotini would work as well}
  • 1 {15 oz.} can tomato sauce
  • 1 {1 oz.} can diced tomatoes and green chilies {we use mild}
  • 1 {15 oz.} can black beans {kidney or pinto work too}
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 dash cayenne powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Sour cream {optional}
  • Green onions {optional}

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium high. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook until beef is no longer pink.
  3. Meanwhile, cook your pasta according to package directions for firm al dente. Strain pasta and set aside.
  4. Once the beef is cooked, add the tomato sauce, tomatoes and chilies, beans, chili powder, cumin, cayenne powder, and water. Mix well and then let simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pasta and stir to combine.
  5. Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and top with cheese. Let bake for 30 minutes or until the edges are bubbly and the cheese has fully melted.
  6. Top with sour cream and green onions, if desired, and enjoy!

-Sarah