Best-Ever Cake Doughnuts

Best-Ever Cake Doughnuts

They say that the best defense is a good offense.

To me, this means being prepared for anything.  Like knowing that you can use one single recipe to make something for basically any situation. 

Sunday brunch at your place?  Doughnuts.

Baby shower?  Mini cupcakes. 

Birthday party?  Frosted cake.

Oh, wait, someone’s on a diet?  What, they’re giving up sugar?  No gluten? 

Okay, sure!  Good thing THIS recipe doesn’t need those kinds of things to be absolutely bomb.

So now you can be that person that always seems to have something delicious and ready to go on every occasion.  Trust me, this makes you very popular! 

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Perfect Low-Carb Protein Pancakes (and a day in my bikini prep diet!)

Perfect Low-Carb Protein Pancakes (and a day in my bikini prep diet!)

If anyone asked me how I prefer my eggs done, I'd have to say in pancake form.  

Don't judge.  I just have a sweet tooth first thing in the morning!  Let's call it a girl thing...  Or a me thing.  Whatever.

So, of course, the natural thing to do was to give in and start making fluffy pancakes with bacon and berries for my first meal of the day.  Right?

Is that butter?  Why yes it is!  Real butter.

Those are real pancakes, too.

Three strips of bacon were involved, too, but they didn't make it long enough to hit the plate.

And, in case you were wondering, yes, I am still preparing for a bikini competition coming up in 6 weeks!

Okay, fine, I'll stop teasing you.  

I previously shared my delicious pumpkin or sweet potato pancakes here.  Topped with berries, this was a great recipe!  Paired with butter and bacon, and I could have a nutritional dilemma on my hands.   Hence, new pancakes with less carbs.  

 

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Cashew-Pecan Crusted Chicken

Cashew-Pecan Crusted Chicken

I know I left you with a teaser last week, letting you know that I’ve been plotting, (buahahaha!) working on my devilish laugh, (it’s coming along nicely) and preparing for some new additions to my blog.  I guess the laugh part didn’t make it to last week’s post – but that’s of relatively low importance anyway.

What is important is how much you’re going to love this crusted chicken.  It’s so important that you should probably stop all plans to make whatever you were making for dinner and make this instead.  Ya hear?  The pecan-cashew-cracker crust made with a special blend of seasonings and the kick-glass-bottled marinade are just too delicious.  They combine to make really moist inside with a crunchy (slightly sweet and salty) outside.  And I’m really pretty pleased with the way it fits into my diet.  Lots of protein, some healthy fats, and a few healthy carbs.  Besides, it’s quick and easy, and you probably already have all the ingredients already.  So why not?

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Brussels Sprout + Grapefruit Slaw

Brussels Sprout + Grapefruit Slaw

AaaAaaaand I’m back! 

What?  You didn’t know I’d gone anywhere?  Pffftt! 

Well, actually, I wouldn’t be surprised, especially if you’re not reading this directly after my date of posting, and it’s quite possible you were just searching for something else to do with Brussels sprouts. Oh, the things you can do with Brussels sprouts!

Although, if you WERE hanging on the edge of your seat for the last month, saying, where has that girl gone?  What happened to her New Year’s resolution to post TWICE a week?  Then, to you, I say I’m terribly sorry, I HAVE missed you, let’s never part again! 

I know I fell off the writing train a bit, but during that time I have been thinking about you all and some new components for the blog.  I’ve got some plans and some fun surprises in store.  Sneak peek: It’s going to include a series of SERIOUS(ly delectable) clean eats, and finally, some workout tips and plans that go way beyond what I’ve done already.  And something else.  (Just so you know, I’m stifling a squeal.)

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