Chunky Monkey Mug Cake

I am beyond thrilled to be sharing one of my favorite recipes AND one of my favorite brands with ya today.

Every day this week I was totally HANGRY when I got home from school (like that’s new), and my snack needs were very specific. I wanted something that:

  1. Was warm and cozy
  2. Would keep me full until dinner
  3. I could prepare in less than 5 minutes

It took me a while, but I finally came up with a recipe that checked all the boxes. Even better, this mug cake features my very favorite chocolate: Eating Evolved.

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Enchilada Pie

Do you have a go-to meal for when you want to impress people? Something delicious you can make perfectly every time? I’m pretty sure that’s the true sign of having your life together.

The other day I was scrolling through Pinterest, wondering what my go-to meal should be, and I got completely overwhelmed by all the 3 course feast ideas that looked as if they’d take 3 hours to make. Like no, the whole point is that this meal looks (and preferably is) effortless.

And that’s when I remembered this gem of a recipe I’d scribbled down in my notebook a couple weeks ago. Originally, I’d planned to create a recipe for homemade enchilada sauce, but when I first tested this Enchilada pie I was busy and hangry and did NOT have time for something as temperamental as enchilada sauce. So instead I just used the salsa I had in my fridge, which was so delicious and easy I’m never going back. And honestly this was also an excuse to use my mini skillet. Like look at that thing! How cute is that??

This meal seriously takes 15 minutes to make (at most) and is quite possibly my new favorite food. The combination doughy tortillas, gooey cheese, and spicy salsa make for some of the best healthy(ish) comfort food I’ve ever had. Pair this with a simple salad and you’ll wow your guests without breaking a sweat.

Enchilada Pie
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Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
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Serves: 2-3
 
Ingredients
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese (Use dairy free cheese, such as Parmela Creamery if vegan)
  • ¾ cup enchilada sauce (or be lazy and use salsa like me)
Instructions
  1. Place a mini skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cover the bottom of the skillet with 2 corn tortillas.
  3. Top tortillas with ½ cup enchilada sauce/salsa.
  4. Sprinkle ¼ cup cheese evenly over skillet.
  5. Layer on remaining tortillas, sauce, and cheese.
  6. Remove from heat and broil for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with avocado.
Notes
If you don't have a skillet, you can also use a small round baking pan and bake the enchilada pie for 10-15 minutes. I kept it basic this time around, but I imagine adding some beans or veggies between the first layer of cheese and second layer of tortillas would be delicious. To make gluten free, simply make sure to use gluten free corn tortillas.

Matcha Green Smoothie

If you’re like me, then the idea of facing all your responsibilities again after a (hopefully) lovely period of relaxation gets your stomach twisted up in knots. Whether yours are severe, sailor type knots or more like loose bows, your feelings are absolutely valid and deserve to be addressed.

For me, addressing these feelings of anxiety means reminding myself that even as my life gets busier I’m still allowed to practice self care and spend time with people I love. This really should be a given- of course I’m allowed to make some tea, put on a face mask, and call my best friend whenever the heck I want- but I think when I get stressed I begin to see self care as a waste of time.

This is most definitely FALSE because loving and caring for yourself is one of the most important investments you will ever make. At the same time, I completely understand the panic of being pressed for time and feeling like you can’t take a moment to combat the pressure/anxiety/fear you’re feeling.

And that, my friends, is where this smoothie comes in. Breakfast and magic anti-stress elixir all in one! What could be better than that?

Ok, for real though. While I can’t actually promise this will cure your anxiety, it does have some legitimate brain boosting benefits. Spinach is rich in magnesium, which acts as a “natural ‘chill pill'” according to MindBodyGreen. Bananas supply potassium, which helps lower blood pressure, while turmeric contains mood boosting antioxidants. Matcha, however, is really the star of the show. While matcha contains caffeine (meaning this smoothie will help you ditch your coffee addiction), it also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which promotes relaxation. Most matcha can be a little pricey, but you can find my favorite affordable brand here.

When I was growing up, my dad would say “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” So if you’re feeling a little stressed, get going to the kitchen and make this smoothie!

Matcha Green Smoothie
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Serves: Serves 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen spinach
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¾ cup brewed matcha tea
Instructions
  1. Peel ginger.
  2. Add all ingredients to blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Drink and feel your stress melt away.

 

All nutrition information comes from this article and this article from MindBodyGreen.