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Baked Chicken Wings

These wings will knock your socks off! It’s hard to believe they are not fried because they taste so good. Since they are broiled, they get nice and crispy. They look like they just came off the grill!

12 or more Chicken Wings

1 Tbs Garlic Powder

1 Tbs Onion Powder

1/2 Tbs Salt

1/2 Tbs Pepper

 

Sauce

1/8 Cup Siracha

1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce

1/8 Cup Agave

1 tsp Smoked Paprika

Take the chicken and cut apart into drums and wings (discard the tip). This requires a sharp knife and a strong arm, but you can have your butcher do this step for you if you like. Transfer the chicken pieces onto a baking sheet lined with foil.

Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Then sprinkle both sides with seasoning. Do not oil the chicken at all, since we are putting these under the broiler the oil would smoke up your whole house (not a good time to test your smoke detector 😉 ). Place the chicken in the oven and turn your oven on broil.  Set a timer for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven (it will be very hot). Using tongs, flip the wings over and cook for another 10 minutes.

**If your oven runs too hot, try cooking the chicken at 450° for 10-15 minutes each side, then finish under the broiler for the last few minutes.**

Meanwhile, place all of the ingredients for the sauce in medium sized bowl. You can use your favorite buffalo sauce or barbecue sauce instead, but I love the mixture of FLAVORS in this sauce (a little sweet and spicy, like me 😉 ). Take the wings out of the oven and while they are still hot, toss a few at a time into the sauce. Once they are coated well, transfer to a serving dish. Continue saucing the rest of the wings with this finger lickin’ good sauce (hmm…has that slogan already been used?)

Take a look at the masterpiece you just created, those charred edges and delicious sauce…I’m getting hungry just looking at them. Now get in there and get messy!

Happy Flavoring!

Guiltless Chocolate Brownies

Ok guys, I know what your thinking. How can I write a blog without including a recipe for my all time favorite dessert…my beloved brownies! This is a healthy recipe so you can have your cake and eat it too…well brownies in this case. The avocados make the chocolate so creamy (it’s a match made in chocolate heaven). My husband was skeptical of these brownies at first, but he was surprised at how delicious they turned out (how dare him for ever doubting me). What got him was the chocolate gooey center, I knew it would!

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2 Ripe Avocados

1 Cup Agave Nectar

1 Tbs Vanilla Extract

2 Eggs

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1/4 Tsp Salt

1/4 Tbs Baking Powder

Dark Chocolate Candies (9-12 squares)

Preheat the oven to 350°. Mash the avocados in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Next add the eggs, vanilla extract, and Agave to the bowl and mix delicately by hand. I love using Agave since it is a natural sweetener. If you like it extra sweet (I know you’re out there), try melting some dark chocolate and pour some directly into the batter.

In a separate bowl, add the dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.  Add to the wet ingredients and gently stir until combined, do not over mix. Pour into a greased baking dish (I like using a 9×9 square glass dish). Spread evenly.

Now the best part, take the dark chocolate pieces and push into the batter (I used 9 dove dark chocolate squares). Take the back of a spoon and cover the chocolates with the batter. This is what makes the yummy gooey middle (my favorite part), it’s the hidden FLAVOR. Bake for 25 minutes (no toothpick needed) and let cool.

Now it’s time to enjoy…ahhh my favorite dessert without any of the guilt. Just look at that gooey center and try to resist!

Happy Flavoring!

 

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Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie

I have a confession to make, I’m just gonna come right out and say it…I Love Soy Milk!! Ok, I feel so much better now that I got that off my chest.  I think it tastes so much better and sweeter than regular milk…talk about FLAVOR!

1 1/2 Cup Silk Original Soy Milk

1 Cup Frozen Strawberries and Raspberries

1/2 Tbs of Agave or Honey (optional)

If you’re like me, sometimes a fruity and healthy smoothie really hits the spot.  They are perfect for breakfast, snacks, or even an after dinner dessert.

The key is to chop your fruit into medium sized pieces as soon as you bring them home from the store. Toss them into a ziplock bag and store in your freezer. (I love the convenience of grabbing it out whenever I have a smoothie craving, which for me is a lot!) Use different fruits and make your own combinations. I also like peaches with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for breakfast (I like to trick my mind into thinking I’m having a slice of peach pie for breakfast 😉 ).

Take the fruit and soy milk and blend in a high power blender. And viola, a delicious and healthy smoothie (without all of the added sugar).

Happy Flavoring!