EAT | 5 Cal Skinny Vanilla Latte (Just like Starbucks!)

Hello! Like most people out there, I love coffee. I love it both hot and iced, but I do not like my coffee very sweet.

I tend to stay away from Starbucks, and coffee shops in general these days. Not only is it expensive, but the drinks can be SUPER high in calories, and I prefer to eat my calories…not drink them! 🙂

I always drink hot coffee in the morning, but sometimes in the afternoons I will make myself a nice iced coffee. It’s very easy, delicious, and only 5 calories! Here it is.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c Espresso or strong coffee (I use the Starbucks Espresso Roast)
  • 1 c low-fat or non-fat milk (any kind or sub you prefer)
  • 1 tsp sugar free vanilla syrup (I use Torani because it’s made w Splenda)

Fill your glass with ice.

Pour coffee over after it has cooled.

Add milk, top with vanilla, and stir.

Add a straw, and TA-DA! The PERFECT afternoon drink.

Enjoy! 🙂

xx

EAT | Chicken Pot Pie (Everyone’s Favorite)

Hello! Today I am sharing my recipe for chicken pot pie! This dish is the ultimate comfort food – a buttery flaky crust and a creamy gravy like sauce with chicken, carrots and peas. And yes, we are making the crust from scratch; it is THE ONLY WAY, because it comes out sooo much better. It is actually the same crust I make for everything, even dessert pies, as it does not contain sugar.

Before we get started, you might not want to attempt to make this on a Wednesday night, or any other weeknight for that matter. This recipe has about 30 minutes of prep time and 40 minutes of bake time. It’s more like a Sunday dish…you know, when your husband can watch the kids and you can do this by yourself. 🙂

What you’ll need:

CRUST

  • 2 cups flour
  • 10 1/2 tbsp cold butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5-7 tbsp cold water

FILLING

  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 cup peas and carrots
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 2/3 c milk

First off, we need to make our crust. Add in your flour, cold cubed butter, and salt to your food processor.

Pulse this until it mixes together, and add your 5-7 tbsp water while pulsing. Add a few tbsp at a time and then pulse. Once it starts to pull away from the sides, it’s ready.

Scoop up the crust and divide it into two equal balls. Cover with plastic wrap and place both in the fridge to chill.

Now it’s time to make our filling.

Sauté your chicken in a large pan until browned, and boil your veggies in a small pot until soft.

After those are done, set aside to cool. It’s time to make our sauce.

Melt your butter in a pan and sprinkle in flour while mixing to make our roux.

Add in salt and pepper and whisk until the roux turns a beige color. Continue to simmer.

Add in your chicken broth and simmer.

Add in milk and continue to cook until thickened.

Add your chicken and veggies in, and we are finished with the filling!

Remove one of the pie crusts from the fridge and roll out with a little bit of flour. Place into your pie dish.

Add your filling.

Roll out the remaining pie crust and place on top. Cut vents into the top and press the edge of a fork along the sides to give it the pot pie look.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I like to place a cookie sheet below the pie just in case it drips.

After 20 minutes, uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

TA-DA! Make sure you let this cool for a little bit, it will be LAVA HOT.

I hope you like it!

xx amy

EAT | Strawberry Pie

Hello!  One of my favorite things to make is pie.  Pies are such a special dessert to bring to a party or get together, and it is so easy to make yourself!  Today I am making a strawberry pie that is sweet and delicious.

What you’ll need:

CRUST

  • 2 cups flour
  • 10 1/2 tbsp cold butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5-7 tbsp cold water

PIE FILLING

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 c flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 cups (2 cartons) strawberries

The first thing to do is to cut off the stems and wash up all of our strawberries.


To make the sauce for the filling, combine the sugar, flour, and cornstarch together.


Mix this together with the strawberries.


The sugar will start to break down the strawberries, so what I like to do is to put them into a strainer over a large bowl to get rid of any extra juices.  We don’t want our pie to be watery.


I’m going to let these drain while we make our pie crust.  Combine flour, salt, and extra cold cubed butter (you can use a sub if you’re vegan) into a food processor.


You are going to want to pulse this until it forms dough.  Add your 5-7 tablespoons of water while pulsing.  When the dough forms, it will start to pull away from the side of the bowl.


Take out your dough and divide it into two balls.


Refrigerate one of them while we work on our bottom crust.

For the bottom crust, roll it out until you get it large enough to fit over your pie dish.  It’s really hard to get a perfect circle, so just do your best.  Make it about a 1/4 inch thick.


Place into your pie dish, and I like to make a little design around the sides with my fingers.


By now, our filling is ready, so go ahead and add that to the crust.


We are ready to make the top, and you can just roll out the other crust and place it over the pie, (don’t forget to cut vents) or you can do a lattice.  I love to do lattice.  Roll out your crust, and cut 1/2 inch strips.

Place strips over your pie until you get a basket weave pattern.  It doesn’t have to be perfect; it’s homemade!


I like to brush with a little bit of egg wash and top with sugar.  This is optional, but it gives a nice brown crust.


Move your oven rack towards the bottom of the oven.  I put mine on the second to last rack, and then I place a cookie sheet on the bottom rack to catch the juices that may drip from the pie.  Don’t forget to do this or you’ll have a mess in your oven!


Cover your pie loosely with foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, uncover, and bake for 40 minutes.


Remove from oven and allow pie to completely cool.  If you cut into a warm pie, it will be a mess.  The filling needs time to thicken.  I like to let my pies cool for 4-6 hours before serving.


Enjoy!  The crust is flaky and buttery, and the filling is sweet and delicious.

Click here for my APPLE PIE recipe!

Thanks for reading 🙂

EAT | Cinnamon Donuts

Hello!  Today I have a very special treat for you!  We are making up a batch of cinnamon donuts.  These are warm and delicious, and will smell up your house with the nutmeg and cinnamon.  You will need a special donut pan for this recipe, I am using this gold Threshold donut pan from Target.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For topping:

  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • cinnamon sugar for dipping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl.


In a smaller bowl, combine your egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla.


Slowly pour your wet mixture into your flour mixture and combine until batter is smooth.


Grease your donut pan well, and spoon mixture into the cavities.


Bake at 350 degrees for 17-18 minutes, or until the tops are firm to the touch.


The smell of these baking is amazing.
Let them cool for about 5 minutes.  This makes them easier to remove from the pan.


Dip donuts into melted butter, and then into cinnamon sugar.


This recipe makes about 18 donuts.


Enjoy!  These are definitely a crowd pleaser. 🙂

Thanks for reading! xx

EAT | J.J.’s Special Grilled Chicken

Hello!  Today I have a delicious recipe to share with you all.  My husband J.J. really loves to grill, and is really good at it.  He usually grills out every Sunday, and even sometimes during the week.   In addition to burgers, sausage, kabobs, and things like that, he likes to grill chicken.

Grilled chicken can go with pretty much anything – a baked potato, macaroni and cheese, etc., but we really like it on a salad and even leftover.  We always make our grilled chicken the same way- JJ’s special way!  I guarantee that you will LOVE this chicken.

What you’ll neeed:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Cut all of the fat off of your chicken breasts and place into a large bowl.


In a small bowl, mix all of your dry seasonings together.  He’s got a little helper.



Add your olive oil and mix together.


Pour the mixture onto the chicken and stir together until all of the chicken is coated.


Cover with plastic wrap and let marinade for a few hours- you can even let this marinade overnight!

Set the grill to 350 degrees, and throw it on!


Cook for 8-10 minutes on each side.



All done!  Look at those grill marks 🙂


So juicy and delicious!

Hope you try out this recipe!

Thanks for reading! xx