Well howdy partners!
How y’all doin?
Long time no chat, huh? Or so it feels.
I haven’t gone off the radar with y’all, rather I’ve allowed myself a little time off, too.
Ever since arriving here in Tennessee on Christmas Eve, it’s been nice to take a break from recipe creating, post writing, and photography for a few days.
However, we’ve got another foodie holiday tiptoeing our way, and I wanna give y’all a few festive recipes that could make the New Year all the brighter.
And this first one today would be a rockin app for your New Year’s Eve partray or snack to savor while watching the boocoos of bowl games on your couch.
Let me just paint this picture for y’all: tender shrimp, snuggled in a crispy, salty blanket of bacon, brushed with a little sweet and spicy glaze.
4 ingredients. Under 30 minutes.
Oh, and this gem is 100% gluten-free and paleo.
Who says eating healthy has to be boring?
I love a good mash-up.
Whether it’s with two unlikely songs (i.e. nearly every episode of Glee) or two adult beverages (like my ProseccoRitas or Mexican Mules), I find it so fun and fresh combine atypical duos.
And today, y’all, we’re mashing up two all stars of the Christmas season: eggnog and snickerdoodles.
Totally makes sense, huh?
Eggnog is already rich and creamy and has that hint of nutmeg. And snickerdoodles are fluffy and buttery and enrobed in spices.
Match made in Christmas cookie heaven.
Well, these babies today are gluten-free and paleo, coated in cinnamon-laced coconut sugar, and drizzled with a coconut butter eggnog glaze.
Just give me a strong cup of coffee and I’d say we have ourselves some breakfast. I mean dessert….cookies for breakfast is ridiculous.
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a PEAR tree!!!!
Yup, that age-old songster got it right over 200 years ago in giving his beloved a pear tree for Christmas.
If you haven’t hopped on the pear train and embraced pears as a festive flavor, today’s your day!
Cause this festive recipe is a perfect one to serve as a savory snack at a Christmas cookie exchange, as a festive bite at an ugly Christmas sweater party, on toast points at a Christmas tea party, or even as a light dinner alongside my gingered acorn squash soup. Just sayin…
So you don’t have to buy the entire pear tree to enjoy this one. Just a few pears, a few pounds of chicken, and a handful of hazelnuts (and blue cheese, of course!) are the allstars of this easy entertaining dish!
Top of the mornin’ to y’all!
And speaking of mornins, can you believe that in under 3 weeks the blur of glitter and tissue paper and adrenaline that is Christmas morning will already be gone?
I can hardly believe it.
But one thing I’ve already started thinking about is one of my favorite meals of the season: Christmas brunch.
Loads of boozy cocktails, cheesy casseroles, buttery pastries, and maybe, just maybe, a hair of nutritional redemption in the form of a fruit salad.
But what if you could serve up a hearty side that is 100% gluten free AND paleo AND whole 30 approved?
Oh, and you can make em a few days before hand, pop em under the broiler, and suddently all of your family will think you’re Martha Stewart.
Yup, these breakfast meatballs are JUST THAT GOOD.
So this year, let’s NOT leave the prepping and planning until 9 p.m. Christmas Eve for the big day’s breakfast/brunch extravaganza. Let’s actually plan ahead (a novel thought, huh?).
Think you’re not a planner? Well, just tip toe on over to the color-coded, alphabetized, highly organized side, y’all. You just may like it.
Good morning my precious pumpkin fritters!
Are y’all gettin your holly jolly on today, seeing as it's the first day of December?
I sure am at my house! In fact, I'm already thinking ahead to some Christmas gatherings in the weeks ahead and menu-planning accordingly.
And that's why I’m sharing a recipe with y’all today that would be perfect to serve:
1) Christmas morning as a festive yet healthy side
2) the day after Christmas when you’re already tired of turkey and wanna use up those extra cranberries
3) all season long since acorn squash is here to stay for months to come!
I mean what’s not to love here?
Two heavy hitters of the fall fruit world paired with scrumptious sausage, all nuzzled all snuggy in a comforting cocoon of squashy goodness?
Heck, I wouldn’t mind nestling in there, too. Maube take a little post-Christmas tree decorating nap in there would be nice…
When it comes to the holiday season, I'm all about comfort food and festive flavors. Yet too often it seems like the boundaries are pushed (I’m talkin’ to you, IHOP) and comfort food becomes some sort of sinister, diabolical, this-is-bound-to-give-me-diabetes-before-bedtime kinda levels…i.e.-
IHOP’s Red Velvet Pancakes topped with cream cheese icing
Denny’s Cinnamon Sugar Pancake Puppies (pretty much donut holes)
Panera Bread’s Caramel Apple Thumbprint Scone
And sure, come Christmas morning, I’m willing to gobble down a little gluten for nostalgia sake.
But I know if I indulge too much all season long, I won’t make it until New Year’s Day.
Moderation is the key to allowing jeans to fit all holiday season long.
And that’s why it’s so handy dandy to have such an effortless, 4-ingredient, festive breakfast/brunch recipe that would be a PERFECT brinner while decorating the Christmas tree or brunch while addressing Christmas cards, or as I frequently do, breakfast while online shopping.
Let’s get those eggs crackin, cause it’s Pumpkin Pancake time!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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