Mac and Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Macaroni & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers Recipe — A creamy & spicy appetizer like no other! Perfect for game day or any celebration!

Macaroni & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers Recipe -- A creamy & spicy appetizer like no other! Perfect for game day or any celebration! #ad

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.

Macaroni & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers Recipe -- A creamy & spicy appetizer like no other! Perfect for game day or any celebration! #ad

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Macaroni & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers Recipe -- A creamy & spicy appetizer like no other! Perfect for game day or any celebration! #ad

 

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…

MAC AND CHEESE JALAPENO POPPERS?!?!

 

Macaroni & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers Recipe -- A creamy & spicy appetizer like no other! Perfect for game day or any celebration! #ad

 

Touch-motha-omaha-down!

 

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.

 

Macaroni & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers Recipe -- A creamy & spicy appetizer like no other! Perfect for game day or any celebration! #ad

 

 

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

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Eat Croissants. Drink Wine. Be Skinny : The French Paradox

 

Hiya pals! Welcome to another Monday morning. Let’s all take a deep breath and a gulp of coffee to wake up and not go back to bed immediately as I’d like to after staying up and watching that massacre of a game. I should have just stuck to the Puppy Bowl. At least Bruno Mars was entertaining.

 

 

So I’ve been MIA for a few days, I know. This week has been a bit crazy, but for good reason which I will enlighten you to later on. But for now, let’s go back to once upon a time of a place called the weekend…

 

 

Saturday I ended my no-egg streak with a giant omelette packed with broccoli, mushroom, and 2 whole cloves of garlic…and it was delicious.

MJ made out like a frugal veggie bandit at the discount rack and snagged a pint of peeled garlic for a buck. She is my mother. With a steady supply of garlic at my disposal, I don’t think I’ll be appearing in any Twilight movies anytime soon. Guess I’m not cut out for this whole vegan deal totally, but at least I’m expanding my tofu horizons in the meantime.

 

 

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I spent the rest of the afternoon getting my frugal food shopping on. I had a couple of coupons for Wild Harvest from HLS13 so I stocked up on PB and frozen raspberries for smoothies and overnight oats. Avocados were on sale for .88 a piece so in went three creamy babies as well. Next Trader Joes for chia seeds, quinoa, and candied ginger. Helloo health food staples!

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The night followed with some long due fro yo with the lovely Hannah. I always make an effort to try the weirdest or otherwise most unappealing flavors when ever I get fro yo. This time it was Macadamia nut.

Not as bad as I thought..especially when combined with cupcake, apple & cinnamon and topped with boba and fruity pebbles. Can you be upset at anything topped with fruity pebbles?

Sunday started with a batch of Robyn’s blueberry oatmeal pancakes since every Sunday should start with a stack. And an Emily breakfast wouldn’t be complete with some pb action.

This time mixed with some Greek yogurt for a protein packed schmear. It was like pb cream cheese. Yesh, pa-leasee.

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More needed Hannah time followed with an hour long walk, and what every twenty something girl would do on a Sunday afternoon…

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Drink some hard ciders and play Wii Mario Kart. And you thought I was gunna say watch Titanic and paint our nails. Psshh.

Okay, so you may have figured out that this post title has had squat to do with anything I’ve said and ate thus far. No cronuts. Not even a wine cooler. What gives? Hold onto your baguettes folks it’s coming.

So what do you know about the French? They drink a lot of wine. They eat a lot of cheese. And bread. And chocolate. And yet they are still as skinny as their mustaches. How do they do it? Je ne sais pas. But this French phenomenon is known as the French Paradox.

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So the idea is that despite the higher amounts of foods with cholesterol and saturated fat (butter, cheese, dairy) that the French eat, they have much lower deaths from heart disease. Is it really that much of a difference you ask?

Let’s just say that in for every 100,000 french men, 198 die from heart disease. That’s compared to Finland with an average of 1031 deaths from heart disease for every 100,000 men. About 6 times less.  I’d say that’s pretty significant.

And you know what the supposed reason is?

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Wine.

Wine-o’s rejoice! Supposedly moderate alcohol consumption, specifically red wine has shown to be protective against heart disease and increase your HDL, or good cholesterol. Since drinking red wine is a daily norm for the French, this is suspected to be a good reason why they have such drastically lower rates of heart disease.

So why aren’t we all guzzling red wine like it’s grape juice? The same reason why there’s no ‘magic pill for weight loss. It’s not that simple. The two things that is part of any successful weight loss story worldwide. Diet and exercise. While the French are washing down all that cheese and bread with bottles of wine, they are also eating more fruits and vegetables, smoking less, and moving more than the other countries that were studied against them. Fruits and vegetables?! Exercise?! Ground-breaking.

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So the bottom line is that eating more fruits and vegetables along with your cheese and bread and a glass of red wine at dinner will help protect your ticker. And don’t even think about getting your glass a day of vino in on a Saturday night watching Eat. Pray. Love. Binge drinking has shown to do the exact opposite and prove harmful to your health. So if you don’t already drink, reach for the red grapes instead for the same effect.

So why all this fuss about red wine and cheese. Because I’m glad to announce that I will be touring the streets of Paris this July!

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After having dinner with my Grammy on Thursday, I asked her if she would take our long awaited trip to France this year with me. As if Summer didn’t feel so far away already, July cannot come fast enough. Bring on the Camembert and Merlot. I’m coming to Paris, baby!

Have you ever been to France?

Are you a red wine fan?

Cheesy Lentils and Rice

Hello Monday. We meet again. I am seriously dragging this morning and wishing I was curled up on the couch watching a Law & Order: SVU marathon. Instead I’m in my cube, playing Words with Friends, and studying water-soluble vitamins. C’est la vie.

Today marks the start of the #RESTWEEK Challenge which I am pretty pumped about after my 6.5 mile run yesterday. It took me every bit of motivation and a pre-nap to get me out there, but am glad I did. Nothing beats that feeling of a good run. Eating ice cream comes in at a close second but still doesn’t beat it. Nuffin.  Continue reading