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ham sliders- 2 ways

ham sliders- 2 ways

So do I start off by saying that there’s like an entire stick of butter on top of all of these ham sliders? Cause there is. Is it necessary? Yes, don’t ask stupid questions.

These sliders are both ham + provolone. What is different, and what gives me the right to say “2 ways” is the fact that I used  a combo of two different sauces in them.

Combo numero uno- spicy brown mustard + poppy seed dressing

Combo number two- sriracha + honey mustard

When I was looking online for ham sliders, some of the sauces were kind of complicated. By complicated I mean they were more than 2 ingredients so I was like “lol, no thanks.”

I went to the store, and spent probably too much time in the dressing aisle. A lot of “wait, no” “wait, yes” and “ugh”‘s were mumbled and probably heard by the other shoppers.

Plus, these are sliders, sliders are mini, mini things don’t have calories- right? So you can eat a million.

ham sliders- 2 ways

Ingredients

  • 1 package Hawaiian rolls
  • 1/2 lb ham
  • 1/2 lb cheese
  • for spicy brown mustard + poppy seed sliders:
  • 1/3 c. poppy seed dressing
  • 1/3 c. spicy brown mustard
  • for spicy brown mustard + poppy seed slider topping:
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp poppy seed dressing
  • 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • for sriracha + honey mustard sliders
  • 1/3 c. honey mustard
  • 1/4 c. sriracha
  • for sriracha + honey mustard slider topping
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tbsp honey mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350
  2. slice your Hawaiian rolls in half, coat all of the rolls in the dressing of choice.
  3. Place a layer of cheese, then layer your 1/2 lb of ham, then place another layer of cheese.
  4. On the top half of your bun, spread the rest of your dressing mixture.
  5. Create your butter topping, and pour over the sliders.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, and enjoy!
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dark chocolate + walnut banana bread

dark chocolate + walnut banana bread

I’m not kidding when I say this dark chocolate + walnut banana bread was gone within hours after I made it. I’m also not kidding when I say that this bread is 100% gluten free, and it doesn’t taste like cardboard.

Personally, I do not live on a gluten free diet. However,  I have had this Betty Crocker Gluten Free Rice Flour Blend sitting in my cabinet. I had a few bananas going old, some left over dark chocolate from my overnight oats, and some walnuts…… sooooo obviously I had to make banana bread.

I’ve used the gluten free rice flour blend before to make these amazing gluten free, dairy free peanut butter cupcakes, that I still have not posted. What I love most about this flour is the fact that it is a 1:1 substitute. Knowing that baking is such an exact science, I get spooked when looking for healthier flour alternatives. Maybe this isn’t the healthiest alternative, but I know that my ratios and everything won’t get all messed up.

dark chocolate + walnut banana bread

Ingredients

  • 1/3 c. oil, I used coconut
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2c. gluten free rice flour blend
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c. ground flaxseed
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts + dark chocolate chips, plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a bread pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, on slow speed, mix together your oil, honey, brown sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Once all these ingredients are mixed together, beat in your egg.
  4. In a separate large bowl, combine your flour, baking soda, baking powder, flax seed and salt.
  5. On slow speed, pour your dry ingredients in your wet ingredient mix. Mix until the dry is just incorporated.
  6. Fold in your mashed bananas and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Pour in bread pan, sprinkle additional walnuts and chocolate chips, and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Once you can stick a toothpick in the center and have it come out clean, take it out of the oven, let cool, slice and enjoy!
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vibrant health ginger green smoothie

vibrant health ginger green smoothie

My mom got me hooked on Vibrant Health’s Green Vibrance. I take it every morning with some water and fresh squeezed orange juice. It is a green powder, and phenomenal. My skin is clearer when I take this, I have energy and I just overall feel so much better. I like putting a scoop in smoothies as well. This particular ginger green smoothie involves lots of green things, ginger, some banana, strawberries and orange.
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simple chicken stir fry

simple chicken stir fry

This simple chicken stir fry is honest to god so easy. Like, so easy, I bought a bag of frozen veggies and used them. That’s how easy this dish is. Plus, it cooks in no time, and is in one pan.

So, minimal effort, minimal dishes, minimal ingredients. Why are you still ordering food and not cooking yourself dinner?

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podcasts + productivity

podcasts + productivity

Whether I am at my desk, in my bed, in the kitchen, you will find me listening to something. More times than not, especially cooking in the kitchen, you can catch me listening to some of my favorite podcasts. I. Love. Podcasts.

Pretty much other than writing blog posts, I am listening to podcasts. Writing posts you can usually catch me listening to my “chill” playlist, aka a lot of Mumford & Sons, The Head and The Heart, Beck, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Wilco, etc.

So, below you will find a list of my personal favorite podcasts!

My Favorite Murder- Karen Kilgariff + Georgia Hardstark

100000% hands down my favorite podcast. Honestly, where do I begin about this podcast? All things true crime, murder, and two hilarious women discussing them. You will catch me legitimately laughing out loud to this podcast. There is too much good to be said about this podcast. If you like true crime and hilarious human beings, go listen.

Left Podcast on the Left – Ben Kissel, Henry Zebrowski + Marcus Parks

Keeping with the true crime and all other spooky topics, I love Last Podcast on the Left. Henry Zebrowski is a master at impressions and voices, and all three of the guys are hysterical together. You will also catch me laughing out loud to this podcast. Not to mention, the research and effort that goes into this podcast is unreal. I listened to their 3 episode series on Columbine after I read Dave Cullen’s book. It was unreal.

NPR Politics

I love Sam Sanders’ + the team’s weekly roundups. Plus, they do other episodes on specific topics. Aside from reading articles and trying to do my best to stay up to date with all that is happening, the weekly roundup, I find, is a really nice summary and an “in case you missed it” type thing. As for the other episodes, it gives interesting takes on all the craziness in the world.

NPR How I Built This

I could listen to all of these stories again and again and again. All the various scenarios and situations that these entrepreneurs went through are so interesting. Not to mention, they are so inspiring. I think it is nice to listen to the stories of the person or people behind some of your favorite brands  + ideas.

NPR Fresh Air

I like this podcast, because there are so many episodes for me to choose from. For all of the above podcasts, I’m 100% caught up. I like fresh air when I want to listen to a podcast, and I can pick what guest or what topic I want to listen to.

Happy podcasting!

Lemon Oregano Chicken Soup with Zucchini + Spinach

Lemon Oregano Chicken Soup with Zucchini + Spinach

A Series of Unfortunate Events came out on Netflix, so you can catch me binge watching that. Growing up, I would fly through those books. They were one of my favorite series in grammar school. Plus, all Netflix shows are phenomenal. I am 4 episodes in, and couldn’t be more hooked. Not to mention, I couldn’t be more hooked on this lemon oregano chicken soup.

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overnight oats: dark chocolate + banana + peanut butter edition

overnight oats: dark chocolate + banana + peanut butter edition

Overnight oats, chia seed pudding, make-ahead smoothie bowls, sign me up for all of it. I will absolutely roll out of bed at the very last minute. 5 out of 5 days of the work week, I bring breakfast to work and eat when I first get to my desk. You will not see me waking up hours before I have to leave, making coffee, enjoying breakfast, and reading the top trending articles before work. You’ll more than likely catch me sprinting between my room, bathroom, and kitchen, attempting to quickly drink coffee without spilling on my outfit, and running out the door. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaat is exactly why I make and pack a breakfast and lunch the night before.

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Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado and Pomegranate

Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado and Pomegranate

A year ago, I published this winter citrus salad recipe. Now, with the re-brand and a better camera, I decided to re-vamp this recipe. Not much has changed so I’m not even sure re-vamp is the right term, other than I swapped out goat cheese for pomegranate seeds and creamy balsamic vinegar for a red wine vinaigrette.

Coming down with a sinus infection/chest cold, I’ve been drinking lemon ginger tea like there is no tomorrow and trying to eat as many citrus fruits and vitamin C as I can get. And I’ve been laying around watching The OA. As my roommate and I just said, it is taking all of our might to not look up everything that happens in this series. (more…)

Welcome!

Welcome!

New year, new blog, same me.

I couldn’t be more excited to officially be debuting my new blog, Bits + Bites. I cannot wait for what is to come and to share it all!

I decided to go through a rebrand, because let’s be honest, Red Velvet Snow had to go. Whenever I told people my blog’s name, they just looked so confused. Then, I had to explain why I chose the name, and I was just not having it anymore. RIP RVS, hello B+B.

The new name allows for me to include more lifestyle pieces as well. Expect more lifestyle posts, re-vamped recipes, new recipes, and whatever else my little heart desires to write about.

So with that official welcome, enjoy!!!!!

 

 

Double Chocolate Healthy Hot Chocolate

Double Chocolate Healthy Hot Chocolate

Last winter I tried to create multiple healthy hot chocolate recipes. They were are terrible. Tasted like, what I could imagine as, just like tree bark boiled in hot almond milk. So so so nasty. Then, this winter, I discovered how amazing and life changing unsweetened chocolate almond milk was. I knew this could be a game changer to the healthy hot chocolate game. Spoiler alert: it was.

That’s how this healthy hot chocolate gets it’s name of “double chocolate.” It is so chocolaty and so good, it makes me want to forget all responsibilities and binge watch ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. Speaking of which, I have yet to watch Elf this holiday season, and to say I’m disappointed in myself is a vast understatement.

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