Whole Foods Spice Crusted Bone-in Standing Rib Roast

It’s no secret that I spend a great deal of time in the kitchen. I make it a point to cook dinner at home at least 5 nights a week, that way I can splurge on the weekends or go out for an impromptu happy hour and not feel so bad about it. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized the importance of cooking at home, and how not only does it save a ton of money, but I actually enjoy the task of putting a meal together. It feels less like a chore, and more of an adventure every time I get to play with a new recipe!
But, as much as I love to get creative in the kitchen and make everything from scratch, sometimes it’s a little easier (& more cost efficient!) to already have it all done for you!

A few weeks ago to celebrate the birth of our Christmas Tree (lol), we had my brother and his girlfriend over the house for a little sunday evening football watching. It was the weekend after Thanksgiving, and not only were we waaaay turkey’d out, but I had spent so much time in the kitchen the days leading up, I wanted nothing to do with cooking. Enter; Whole Foods catering, also known around these parts as my secret dinner party throwing weapon.

I placed my order online a couple of days beforehand (we already knew that they would be coming over that Sunday!), and headed into my Whole Foods the morning of to pick it all up. I traveled around the store to each station (i.e to the butcher for my meat, to the prepared foods section for everything else, etc) and each item came out packaged and ready to go! Everything besides the rib roast had already been prepared, so all I had to do was pop it in the oven once the meat was cooked and we were ready to get this mini dinner party started.

On the menu:

– 1 Spice Crusted Bone-in Standing Rib Roast
– Mac & Cheese
– Sauteed Green Beans
– Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
– Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts
– Vegetable Platter + jalapeno hummus (amazing!)

So basically, food for 8, when really, there was only 4 of us.

Hey — I told you it was right after Thanksgiving. Our stomachs had e x p a n d e d, okay?

After getting home and putting all of the prepared foods away, I opened up the rib roast that I watched the butcher prep in front of me, and was ready to take this baby on! Full disclosure, I’m not a red meat eater, so not only had I not a clue as to what I was looking at, I couldn’t even tell you the first thing about cooking a rib roast.

Or really any roast, for that matter.

The roast didn’t come with cooking instructions, but with a little youtube search and *just 1* mental breakdown, I was able to find a super easy way of tackling this baybay!
Basically, you crank your oven to 375 and roast this beauty for just about 2 hours (or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.) Allow meat to rest untouched for 10 minutes, then cut off the butchers twine and carve away! I had to hand the knife over to my boyfriend to do the carving since I didn’t want to screw it up, but result was this GORGEOUS (awesomely crispy), perfectly cooked bone-in standing rib roast.

Now, let me preface this next statement with that my brother is the biggest carnivore on this planet. He loves his steak, and he eats it often. Needless to say, the man knows meat, and that man said it was the best rib roast he has ever had.
While I’d love to take full credit for this (whaaaat with having to put the meat on a pan and open & close the oven a few times), it was because of how perfectly seasoned and proportioned the meat was is what made it unstoppable. That’s allll thanks to the awesome Whole Foods butcher who prepped it up for me, and nothing to do with my 5-star skill in reheating the potatoes in the microwave while the meat rested.
Joking! They went in the oven! (which btw, those were a m a z i n g too)

So would I use Whole Foods catering again? Absolutely freaking yes. Not only did everyone enjoy the meat, all of the other prepared foods that we picked up were outstanding. The maple roasted brussel sprouts were out of this world, and I could live off of the fingerling potatoes. A few minutes in a hot oven and everything heated beautifully!
I wanted to fill you guys in that this service is always available at Whole Foods (because I didn’t know that!), and also because it’s holiday party CRUNCH TIME — and if you decided to throw a last minute shindig, I highly recommend using Whole Foods catering for all of your food! That way, not only is the hard part done for you, you’ll actually be able to SIT DOWN at your own party instead of being a slave to the kitchen. 
Putting our meal together was almost too easy, to the point that I thought no way can it taste good, but the second we all took a bite of our food we all had the same reaction.
“I can’t believe how good this is.”

10 Calorie Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters

My sweet tooth has been out of control lately. Between experimenting in the kitchen on 5,000 different donut flavors, + enjoying all of the decedent desserts that the holiday season has to offer, I’ve been on what seems to be an all sugar diet.
I’m not complaining, though, since with recipes like this one (only 10 calories per cluster!), I’m able to stay on track and not lose alllll sorts of control over my life.
Which isn’t an easy task, considering I’m basically a walking trainwreck.
I’m also kind of obsessed with consuming as much fiber as possible, as I’ve found that living a lifestyle that involves a diet that’s rich in fiber works well for my body in repairing the damage that I’ve done to it over the years. I go through, like, 2-3 boxes of this all bran cereal a week, and that’s not even an exaggeration. 

My favorite way to eat these besides right off the plate and into my mouth is to top off my yogurt or oatmeal with 4-5 of em’ to add a little much needed crunch! Think of them as the sweet version of croutons. Croutons on your salad, chocolate peanut butter clusters on your dessert.

Don’t let your freezer ever be without a tupperware of these.

(p.s i’ve been known to just eat, like, 10 or 12 of these right out of the container since they’re that good. + at under 10 calories a piece, how can you go wrong??)

10 Calorie Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters

makes 12 clusters
15g all bran cereal (or 1/2 of 1/3 of a cup)
14g (60 chips) Lily’s Dark Chocolate baking chips (my fav to use – found @ wholefoods!!)
1 tsp PB2 mixed with water to desired consistency
*optional extra melted chocolate for drizzling

Measure out your bran cereal and chocolate chips into separate bowls. Heat the chocolate in the microwave in 10 second intervals until melted. (usually takes about 40-50 seconds) Stir to ensure that it’s smooth, then dump in your dry bran cereal.

Mix the cereal in with the chocolate to coat and form a sticky type of mixture. Sometimes I crush the bran cereal a bit, sometimes I find a need a little more chocolate to help it mend better. Adjust accordingly.

Pop this mixture in the freezer for 2-5 minutes to help it set a bit, then scoop out small clusters onto a parchment or tinfoil lined plate. Drizzle on your PB2 and extra chocolate if you’re adding it, then place the plate back into the freezer for at least 10 minutes, or until ready to use.


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Remember a couple of weeks ago when we made cinnamon apple donuts? Well, being the obsessive compulsive lunatic that I am, I just HAD to see what else I could come up with while still only using 3 simple ingredients.
My immediate thought? Funfetti. 
Funfetti everything.
Funfetti everything for life.
Funfetti forever and ever and ever.

Like, “it will be the flavor of my wedding cake” type of forever.

That’s some real sick shit.

On a serious note (or rather, a less-ridiculous one, because really, is anything ever serious on this site?) funfetti is my absolute favorite flavor of cake. I mean, who the hell doesn’t love cake with sprinkles that’s usually smothered in vanilla frosting?

Serious killers. Only serial killer type of people dislike funfetti cake.

Please make these.

Please make these tonight.


makes 50 donuts
1 box of funfetti cake mix (or a white/vanilla/yellow mix + sprinkles)
1 5oz container of vanilla yogurt (I used danons light + fit 70 calorie yogurt)
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 325 and grease your mini muffin or donut pan.
In a large bowl, combined dry cake mix, vanilla yogurt and water. Mix everything until it’s well combined and batter is smooth. *if you’re adding additional sprinkles, do this now*
Spoon batter into your pan and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them!
…and then enjoy some more, because I promise you’ll be making these on a steady basis.
If you liked this recipe, you’ll LOVE these:

3 Ingredient Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins
3 Ingredient Apple Cinnamon Donuts

How To Stay Grounded This Holiday Season

With the holiday season in full force, it’s really easy for us to get wrapped up in the shopping, the lights, the decorations, and forget about some of the important issues at hand that surround us everyday. I know that for myself, I tend to hide in a little Christmas bubble for the entire month of December, and have end up with little to no knowledge about the current events happening around the world. It’s almost like if it isn’t highlighted in red or green colors, or has an Elf attached to it, or is blasting some sort of holiday jingle, I want nothing to do with it.

However, with the world in the current state that it’s in (lawdddd help us), it’s important, now more than ever, to stay on top of things and keep updated with what’s going on in the news. That being said, I have started to set these rules for myself in order to keep grounded during the holidays, and not get too wrapped up in all the craziness that makes facing reality on January 2nd even harder. Seeing as it’s officially December, I figured I would share some of them with you all today!

1) Take time each day to reflect on why you celebrate the holidays in the first place. Presents, shopping, good food & wine, do we ever really take the time to stop and think what the holidays actually mean? Sure, we see our families more and gather at our friends apartments for holiday dinners each weekend, but the sole reason behind why we do all of this tends to be forgotten. Whatever holiday or religion it is that you celebrate, take 2 minutes each day to remember the bigger picture behind all the credit card swiping and champagne-glass clinking.

2) Sign up for a platform that helps you absorb all types of news in one place. My favorite place to catch up on the news is a website called Baaz! I have the app on my phone, and my profile is almost always opened up in a tab on my Macbook. About a month ago, I shared with you all that I had just discovered the platform, and that I would be playing around with it for the next couple of months. Since then, it’s been my go-to source for news and a new morning tradition to sit down with my coffee and catch up on things.

I like to see what’s trending and choose exactly what it is that I want to share directly to my Twitter feed (and any other social profile of my choosing), all without having to leave the platform. Baaz not only helps me stay in the loop, it has made sharing posts so much easier than constantly having to toggle back and forth between my different feeds. It’s still in the beginning stages of making it’s splash here in the US, so by signing up now, you secure your spot (and your username) on what I believe to be one of the biggest apps of the future. Don’t forget to friend request me, hehe.

3) Don’t stress yourself out in order to achieve that wow-factor. Your brother doesn’t need a $600 jacket, and your mom could probably do without those candles from Diptyque (c’mon, we all know those are way overpriced.) Sure, those things are nice, and it can bring a feeling of joy to both ourselves for gifting them and to others for receiving such lavish items, but in reality, are they necessary? Your brother will love a jacket that costs 1/2 the price just as much as he would anything else, and your mom most likely couldn’t pick those candles apart from another brand in a blind sniff test. Don’t compromise your financial status (or get behind on your bills) just to impress people with how much money you’ve spent. As cliche as it sounds, gifts that have thought behind them (no matter how inexpensive they are) will always reign supreme under the Christmas tree!

4) Do spend more time with your older relatives. Contrary to what we may think, spending time with our older relatives can offer more than backhanded “when are you settling down and starting a family” comments. I find that whenever I walk away from a conversation with my grandfather or another one of my elders, I have a new found sense of wisdom or way of looking at things for the rest of the day. It brings me back down to reality, and makes me realize that the little things I’m stressing over have been experienced and dealt with for generations upon generations before me, which makes it all seem a lot less daunting. Seriously, if you’re fortunate enough to still have a grandparent in your life, take an hour or two this holiday season and pick their brain about how they made it through whatever age group you’re currently in, and I promise you that their stories will more than likely involve a lot more trials and tribulations than whatever trivial situation you’re stressed about.

5) Get outside, get moving, and keep on top of your health. In order to have a healthy brain to keep you sane during the holidays, you must first start with a healthy body. It’s no secret that exercise is a great way to keep your body in shape, but there’s a lot more too it than getting in your 1 hour of cardio in the gym each morning and calling it a day. Yea, that’ll probably help you fight off any extra holiday weight (hellllooooo cinnamon apple donuts), but what about mental exercise? Getting outside, breathing in some fresh air, and challenging yourself to accomplish something like taking a hike or walking The Brooklyn Bridge can only do more good than harm for your mental state. In case you weren’t aware, leaving your apartment this winter doesn’t only have to be when you’re heading out to a bar. Go do something outside, during the day, without alcohol or junk. Breathe in that crisp winter air and remember how tiny of a speck you are in this world. Our problems are only as big as we make them.

In conclusion, there are ways to enjoy the holiday season without allowing the holiday season to completely take over your life and compromise your health and knowledge. Reflect, keep on top of the news with platforms like Baaz, stay within budget, talk to your grandpa, and go take a hike or something.

Your body (and mind) will thank you.

3 Ingredient (40 calories!) Cinnamon Apple Donuts

Listen up. 
Holiday baking is in full force and I’m going to need you to make these donuts immediately. Immediately as in today. Immediately as in right now. What are you even doing still reading this?

I’m not even fucking around, these are actually incredible. They require just 3 ingredients and about zero % of your patience. Or rather, 15 minutes, but that’s basically the same thing as zero.

When it comes to baking, any amount of time spent in the kitchen that takes under 30 minutes to make is almost as easy as just going to the store and buying something thats already been prepared.

And with ingredients that you most likely already have on hand, these will by far go down as one of the easiest desserts you’ve ever made. Also, if I’m being honest, these really only require two ingredients if you discount water. Which you should.

Water is not an ingredient.

As for flavor, well — there’s nothing basic about them. These mini donuts taste almost identical to Dunkin’ Donuts munchkins, except with 1/2 the calories. 40 calories per donut to be exact.

Stay the hell home tonight and make these. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

3 Ingredient Cinnamon Apple Donuts 
makes 70 mini donuts
1 box white cake mix (just the mix!)
2 4oz containers (or 1 cup) of unsweetened applesauce
1 cup water
2 tbs sugar
1 tbs cinnamon + an extra teaspoon
a few spritz of butter spray
Preheat oven to 325 and grease your mini muffin or donut pan. 
(my pan only yields 48 donuts, so I had to do this in two batches.)
In a large bowl, combined dry cake mix, applesauce, and water. Mix everything until it’s well combined and batter is smooth. Fold in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon until incorporated.
Spoon batter into your pan and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them!
In a separate bowl, combined sugar and remaining cinnamon and stir together to create your cinnamon sugar topping. 
After donut holes have cooled, transfer to a bowl and give them a few spritz of butter spray (I use the yellow I can’t Believe It’s Not Butter bottle!) Sprinkle on your cinnamon sugar topping and toss to coat.
…and then enjoy some more, because I promise you’ll be making these on a steady basis.

If you liked this recipe, you’ll LOVE these:

3 Ingredient Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins
3 Ingredient Funfetti Donuts