RANT: Elite “Ate”

blackberry cobbler

Warm Blackberry Cobbler                                                                                                 

with Vanilla Ice Cream

VS

Mom’s Carrot Cake

carrot cake

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ice cream sandwiches

Groove Ice Cream  Cookie Sandwiches            

     VS   

Girl Scout Cookie Formerly known as Samoas

samoas

It’s Basketball season.

And being from North Cackalacki, ACC territory, I’ve been watching an unhealthy amount of Basketball. And speaking of unhealthy,  I’ve decided to make a bracket for the top unhealthy sweet foods I crave.  My “Elite Ate” Desserts, if you will.

Over the years, hundreds of desserts have battled it out with my taste buds for a chance to reign supreme.  I’ve been a pretty generous committee in years past, but this year’s tournament is proving more competitive, less processed and more delectable than ever!

Not all desserts that have made it to this year’s “Elite Ate” are the most delicious.  And the majority are not at all nutritious!  Many made it this far in the tournament by being tenaciously tasty, like Mom’s famous Carrot Cake, who would not have made it without the all-star ingredient: Cream Cheese Icing.

Some, like the Girl Scout Cookies formally known as Samoas, who beat the Swiss Miss Cake Rolls in the first round, got a bid solely because they were childhood favorites.

Krispy Kreme donuts put a snackdown on the ever-satifying Snickers bars, beating them in the Sweet Sixteen.  Those ‘Hot-and-Now’ glazed treasures are tough to beat, as they consistently bring the triple double (cheap, sweet, and ridiculously yummy to eat). But watch out for the Dark Chocolate Chips & Walnuts, known for their healthy, yet effective defense on cravings.

Groove Ice Cream Sandwich bars are a neophyte favorite, with their HFCS-free ice cream offense and their delicious homemade double cookie defense.  They will be a tough match up for Salt and Straw Ice Cream Pints, who are the returning Champions; small-batch and all-natural, they are expected to go far again this year.  I look forward to a sample of the fantastically fun recipes in their playbook!

So what’s in your Elite Ate?

krispy kreme

Krispy Kreme Hoy & Now      

 VS                 

 Baklava

baklava

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chochipswalnuts

Chocolate Chips & Walnuts          

VS      

SALT & STRAW Designer Ice Cream 

salt & Straw

RECIPE: Cilantro and Lime Smoothie

Cilantro and Lime Smoothie

This crisp, alkalinizing, detoxifying smoothie is just what you need to cleanse your system.

In a Blender combine:

4 sprigs (or small handful) of cilantro

1/2 lime, just the juice

2 long celery stalks, with leaves

1 cup filtered water

4 cubes of ice

If you need a little sweet or tang, add a few ginger shavings and 1 tsp honey

RECIPE: Apricot and Goat Cheese Balls

Need a delicious high protein snack, a fabulous hors d’oeuvre, or a unique and decadent dessert?

Well, I’ve got ALL 3 in one stylish sphere.

These lil’ balls are blow-your-mind good and so simple, even your ex-boyfriend could make them.

And by the way, don’t be afraid of cheese! We’ve been taught it’s high in fat and therefore “unhealthy”, but we need healthy fats to absorbs vitamins, AND it’s protein and fat that make us feel full all day long!

So enjoy this decadent treat–just don’t eat them all in one sitting.

Goat cheese walnut apricot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 sleeve 5 oz goat cheese ( I use the seasoned goat cheese, preservative free and from hormone/anti-biotic free goats, of course )

12 dried apricots finely chopped

Handful of finely chopped walnuts (10-20 walnuts)

1/4 tsp salt (optional)

1/4 tsp finely crushed dried rosemary (optional)

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Mix goat cheese, apricots, and 1/2 of chopped walnuts (and salt and rosemary if you are using)

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Then roll into a small sphere and roll each sphere in to remainder of walnuts.

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Make 10-16 spheres, depending on size. Enjoy!

RECIPE: Curry Egg Salad

OK, I’ve got to give a “shout out” to my “other mother”, Karen, on this one, because I’ve always LOVED Egg Salad, but never in my egg salad experiences had I tasted the deliciousness of a CURRY egg salad.  Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! She uses mayo, but I subbed plain greek yogurt for mayo here, not because mayo itself is bad, but because a lot of mayo nowadays has EDTA in it, which is made from a known carcinogen (put plainly: that junk causes cancer y’all!).  EDTA is actually in a lot of things, from shampoos and lotions to cereals and crackers. (Yuck!) But the recipe tastes better with mayo, so find a chemical-free kind. eggs INGREDIENTS:

8 peeled hard-boiled eggs (get the free of antibiotics, hormones, and cage-free kind, they taste better and don’t cause your cells to go all cancerous on ya’)
1/2 cup all-natural mayonnaise OR plain Greek yogurt (your choice, or a combo of both?)
1/4 cup chopped onion OR chopped celery (your choice, or try both?)
2 tsp Dijon mustard (some folks used plain ole’ yellow mustard too)
2 dashes hot sauce 
1/2 Tbsp curry (Trust me, this is what makes it good! You can use more if your eager)
sea salt & ground pepper to taste
eggs hard boiled
Boil Eggs for ~ 10 minutes (they should float when they are done)
Then strain and put in to ice-cold water for 5 minutes.
Once eggs have cooled, tap side of each egg on a hard surface and roll the egg to gently crack shell.
Peel off all shells and then rinse eggs to make sure there are no residual pieces of shell.
Chop eggs and place in to medium-sized boil.
Add the remainder of the ingredients and stir.
Store in fridge.
Serve on toast, with crackers, or wrapped in a lettuce leaf.
egg salad

RECIPE: Gluten-Free Oat Smoothie

Want a quick, simple,  healthful smoothie recipe that won’t leave you hungry? This scrumptious, gluten-free smoothie is filling and delicious!  Oats are high in fiber, help lower cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular disease. So instead of cooking up sugar laden, pre-packaged oatmeal in the am, try this healthier alternative!

 

In a blender combine:

1 cup organic spinach

1/2 cup organic gluten-free oats (I like Trader Joe’s)

1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened

1/2-1 cup water

1/2 frozen banana

1 tsp cinnamon

Oat Smoothie