Skinny Coffee Cake – Half the Fat & Calories

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Hi Everyone! My name is Stephanie and I blog over at Eat. Drink. Love. I’m so excited to be a contributor to My Cooking Spot!

One of my favorite parts about blogging is that I love the challenge of taking a recipe that would normally be considered to be unhealthy and lightening it up! Today I am sharing my low-fat coffee cake recipe with you. The typical slice of coffee cake can run anywhere between 400-500 calories and can have over 20 grams of fat! My version contains just 225 calories and 7.9 grams of fat for a generous slice!

One of my favorite parts of coffee cake is the crumb topping, but that crumb topping will cost you a lot of calories. I wanted to try to create a version that still gave me that cinnamon sugar flavor without having to do a crumb topping, so instead I did a swirl of cinnamon sugar inside the cake, and really, I didn’t even miss the crumb topping! I baked mine up in a bundt pan and then dusted the top with some additional cinnamon and sugar. This cake is perfect to serve for guests, or in my case, co-workers!

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Hot Damn! Cauliflower Hot Wings: Favorite Foods Made Healthy Series

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Hi my name is Marcella Rose Sciotto and I am addicted to hot wings.

 

I know that they aren’t good for me; I know that they are battered and fried and they are covered in butter.  In most of the establishments where I order these wings, I am almost positive that the chicken is not coming from a place that I would be proud to support. These little wings were most likely treated with antibiotics and growth hormones and the chickens who owned these “wings” before I bought them, were stuck in a cage for most of their lives because (let’s face it) I am not ordering hot wings at a farm-to-table restaurant; they are generally not on the menu at those kind of restaurants… (Seriously, someone needs to look into that; hot wings with a conscience!  What more could anyone want?)  I know that dipping something that has already been battered and fried and covered in butter and sauce in yet another fat heavy mayonnaise and cheese based sauce is probably the worst idea and that the three carrot and celery sticks that are served alongside these little wings do amusingly little to give me enough fiber to do anything productive with the horrifyingly delicious things I just ate.

I know all of these things and yet I still order and devour and try to forget.

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What I am saying is, “I have a problem with hot wings.”  There I said it! They say admitting it is the first step but whoever they are, they are not a blogger.  If they were, they would say that the next step is finding a delicious, nutritious alternative and blogging about it!

 

Alright now this recipe might blow your mind…then again it might not.  It all boils down to what you cannot live without.  For me, “hot wings” is not really about the chicken, it never has been.  If the chicken is the thing that makes your heart sing when you bite into a hot wing, then this may not be your favorite post.  There are really healthy alternatives to hot wings that do keep the chicken, like using skinless organic free range chicken and not breading it and baking it instead of frying and leaving out the butter in the hot sauce.  That would be a wonderful way to cut a few calories out and feel better about your hot wing experience.  But for me, it’s not about the chicken; for me it’s all about the sauce.  I just go nuts for a buffalo hot sauce.  So I decided to make “hot wings” without the wings, using my vegetable of choice…cauliflower.  This little white vegetable wonder has it all.  In one cup of cauliflower you get 85% of your daily needed vitamin C, 20% of your daily needed vitamin K, vitamins B2, B3, B1, B5, B6 and B9 and close to 4g of fiber!!! It’s hailed as detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and some even say it’s a cancer preventer.   So couldn’t we all use some more of this wonder vegetable in our diet?

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This simple healthy recipe really hit the hot wing sweet spot for me.  I paired it with a blue cheese yogurt dipping sauce that was out of this world good!  Look, I am not going to lie to you, you’re my readers and I respect you more than that.  I will probably still order hot wings occasionally.  However, with this easy recipe that takes under 15 minutes to make, I will definitely be reaching for the cauliflower and the hot sauce the next time I get a hankering. Then, maybe then, my craving will be satisfied and when I go out to one of those places that tout hot wings on their menu, my craving will be satiated to a point that I can actually hear my conscience.  Hey, a girl can hope!

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Filipino Pancit with Grilled Turkey over Zucchini “Noodles” (Low-Carb)

 

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Just recently, I had my first experience with Filipino food. I am sad to say that I have never eaten any “authentic” foods that are Filipino recipes.  Our lovely neighbors brought us over a Filipino feast last week and it was so yummy! The husband is from the Philippines and has been cooking his family recipes for years.

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Goat Cheese Jalapeño Popper Bomb

This post is sponsored by Montchevre but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The holiday’s are here and that means entertaining or being entertained. Whether you are hosting parties or dinners at your house, or you need a fabulous, yet easy appetizer to bring to a potluck or invited dinner, then I have the recipe for you.

I love cheese and bread and jalapeños and jalapeño poppers are my favorite appetizer. So I thought I would get creative and somehow mix it into one beautiful and delicious recipe.

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