It’s Friday! Gimme Five!


Howdy folks!

I hope all of my New England natives have finished off their obligatory bread, eggs, and milk and finally found out that awesome sledding hill across the street is actually your car under a mountain of snow.




27 inches of soft, white, damn you to hell snow. And Mother Nature, bless her heart decided to grace us with another 3 or so inches just to stick it to us gently remind us it’s still winter….for a while. :(


I’ll be making my way up to Portland this weekend to celebrate with the gals for Miss Becky’s birthday!


Me & Becky


And because it’s Friday and I said so, I’m joining up with Clare for some Five Things Friday!




Five Things I Ate:

My version of Oh My Veggie’s Cabbage Rolls. While delicious, I was five months pregnant with bloat and…let’s say GI distress.


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And it was a lot of work. Any 85 year old grandmother who makes you cabbage rolls deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. Or at least some butterscotch candies.


GF Party Mix

All of this party mix. When I finally brought some in to the girls at work, there were no pretzel survivors from my gorging. ADD-ICT-ING.


-Finally back on the oatmeal grind after a good 6 month hiatus. I’ve been adding some protein and healthy fats to make them a lot more filling, and I’ll be sharing some tips very soon! ;)


-Trying to like green smoothies…still.




Much like coconut water, meditating, and Grey’s Anatomy. I really want to like them, but it always fails. I always end up hungry for something real (ahem..peanut butter) an hour later.

Jalapeno Poppers.
I’m sorry I made and ate all of the Super Bowl snacks a week in advance. I’ll be sure to bring a homemade bag of potato chips and velvetta for Sunday.


mac and cheese jalapeno poppers


Five Workouts:

Monday: Upper Body Circuit

Tuesday: Lower Body Fix

Wednesday: Does shoveling count? YES.

Thursday: Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30: Week 3 (death)

Friday: Off


Five Things Making Me Happy:

The day has finally come! I can now hashtag the ish out out #Fitfluential now that I am oh-ficially an ambassador!



Finally getting to test out my yaktrax. I have yet to go running after my half, and am really trying to get my body back in line. I have been doing a lot of walking, and all this snow at least gave me the opportunity to give them a test walk.




…That is until what I thought was ice was really an ankle-deep puddle of ice cold slush. Turns out the roads weren’t as snowy as I thought, and didn’t really need them after all. Whomp. Whomp.


-Getting together this weekend. With all my college gals so far apart, it’s always great to have a little reunion and pretend we’re still in college. That is until we all slap on some sweatpants and fall asleep by 10:30.


-Scar Jo. I finally watched the movie, Lucy, which was a bit too sci-fi, woo-woo out there for me.


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Nonetheless, Scarlett was pretty BA, and it also starred Morgan Freeman. That combo can’t be totally horrible in my books.


-Fridays. Because they make the world a better place.


 Make it a great day!

What’s one food your loving lately?

What’s one thing everyone seems to love..except you?

{Cabot} Mac & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers


By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

mac and cheese poppers


Morning folks!

Have I got a treat for you! I’m like really excited to share this masterpiece with you. Like seriously. It’s ballin’.  I haven’t been this excited since winter was over.




Just kidding. We only have a 2 feet of snow blizzard coming our way on top of the 7 and 1/2 times I already shoveled this weekend.

As part of the Recipe Redux crew, I was invited by Cabot Creamery to come up with a healthy twist on a classic party or game time snack.


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And that’s when the food gods came down and exploded this genius into my brain.


Game time. What to make.

Pizza? Been there. Done that.

Tater skins? I don’t do bacon.

Jalapeno poppers? Getting there…



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I was inspired by the white on rice couple for making an easy mac & cheese to stuff these spicy little numbers with. One pot, but oh so creamy.


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Here’s the stats on these caliente Cabot babies!


Sinful Nutrition Stats:

-Lower in fat/calories

-Higher in fiber

-Source of calcium

-Baked instead of fried


jalapeno mac and cheese

5.0 from 1 reviews
Mac & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers
Recipe type: snack, appetizer
Serves: 8 servings
  • Macaroni:
  • 1 cup whole wheat or gluten-free elbow macaroni
  • 1¼ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • pinch each of cayenne pepper, nutmeg, garlic powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) Cabot Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) Cabot Sharp Extra Light Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Jalapeno Poppers:
  • 12 jalapenos, sliced lengthwise & deseeded
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup panko or gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  1. Macaroni:
  2. In a large pot, add milk, mustard, spices, and pasta.
  3. Heat on stove top over medium heat, and bring to a simmer, stirring often.
  4. Lower heat to low, and continue to stir until milk is absorbed and pasta is tender ~15 minutes.
  5. Add more milk if needed until pasta is fully cooked.
  6. Stir in cheese until melted through.
  7. Spoon macaroni into prepared jalapeno halves, and place on a baking sheet.
  8. Store poppers in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  9. Poppers:
  10. Preheat over to 375 degrees.
  11. In a shallow dish, whisk together egg, and 2 tbsp milk.
  12. In another shallow dish, stir breadcrumbs and cayenne pepper together.
  13. Remove peppers from the freezer.
  14. Dip each pepper half in egg wash followed by breadcrumbs.
  15. Place back on baking tray, and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  16. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 poppers


cabot jalapeno poppers


If you’re looking for some other quick & healthier big game recipes, check out  all the other great Cabot entries below!


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Or try on my Gluten-Free Party Mix & Buffalo Sweet Potato Fries on for size!


Make it a great day!

New England, Seattle, or what the heck am I talking about?

Favorite kind of cheese?

{Gluten-Free} Party Mix

This gluten-free party mix is a quick & easy snack perfect for your football game parties!


GF Chex Mix

Hey guys! I have a fun & exciting Friday post for y’all just in time for the big game! Once every one gets over the whole cheating scandal. Are we watching football or the Kardashians here people?!




I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m an Indy fan, and would love to see them crush Seattle rather than the Pats, but the deed is did and done so let’s just eat some wings and scream at the TV screen okay?!


Gluten Free Chex Mix

Unless you’re like me and don’t partake in the gnawing of bones and flesh. Or did I mean eating chicken wings?


You could get your buffalo fix with a platter of my Buffalo Sweet Potato Fries, or you could dig into this bowl of pure addiction.


Gluten Free Party Mix


Remember how I told you the taste of smokey things reminds me eating a grill? Whelp..that was before I met Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds. All this part my face.


GF Party Mix


 I really wish the game was this weekend, because this whole 10 servings thing is moving some decimal places. That means 1…aka I can’t stop eating this for all you non Calculus peeps.

Since I forgot to mention the stats and deets last time, I couldn’t neglect to enlighten you on this lightened recipe. Oh you think you’re so punny now don’t you?!

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