I think it’s so funny how the brain remembers the weirdest things.

Like, I remember a very specific tweet from probably 3 years ago that wasn’t even directed at me from someone who I’ve spoken to, maybe, 10 times in my Twitter lifetime.

It said: I mean, do we really need a recipe for a poke cake?

And I remember thinking that yeah, I totally need a recipe because all I know is you poke holes in it. I don’t know what to put in those holes, I don’t know what cake to use, I don’t know what to put on top.

I’d never given poke cakes a second thought but that tweet… that tweet made me want to make ALL THE POKE CAKES.

Since then, they’ve become my go-to “last minute” dessert. You know those nights when your husband walks in from work and says HEYIGOTTABEATAMEETINGINANHOURANDINEEDTOBRINGADESSERT.

And you’re just like, “Uhh bro, I’m on my second glass of wine and The Bachelor just started. Now is not the time for jokes.”

I’ve honestly made this Snickers Cake more than once during commercial breaks on such an occasion. It’s just a Devil’s Food Cake Mix that you poke holes in, pour some caramel in those holes, and then top with whipped cream and chopped up Snickers.

But it’s the best. I could eat the entire thing myself.

I won’t. Because I already bought my dress for when my husband comes home.

But if I hadn’t, I would totally eat the entire thing.

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For some reason, school starting always makes me want to be super healthy. If you’ve been around for any number of years, you know that pretty much every August I randomly decide that we’re not eating cereal for breakfast anymore. That breakfast is going to be freshly cooked, super healthy, and include an entire bunch of kale. And then a week later, we’re back to cereal. So I wanted to talk about some way to eat smart while not making yourself insane! I’m a huge MorningStar Farms fan and have been for years now. I’m absolutely obsessed with their Garlic Parmesan Wings. I crave garlic parmesan wings like you wouldn’t even believe but since the fried kind you find at your local pizza place isn’t exactly healthy or low calorie, I always keep the MorningStar Farms wings in my freezer. They really hit the spot, you cook them in the microwave, and they have 61% less fat than the fried chicken wings! I love how MorningStar Farms is so innovative. Instead of just having a veggie, they consistently put out fun, new twists on meatless foods. Their newest items include Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger, Buffalo Chik Patties, Parmesan Garlic Wings, Mediterranean Chickpea Pizza and Baja Black Bean Pizza. I’m forever looking for easy, quick protein. Especially after a workout. There is nothing worse than finishing a hard workout and then having to wait 20 minutes for something to cook. I’m obsessed with the MorningStar Farms burgers because I can cook them in less than 2 minutes in the microwave and then put them on top of a salad. It’s so simple and the if you haven’t tried their Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers, you’re really missing out. I mean, look at that whole chickpea in the burger below! All 12 of the MorningStar Farms veggie burgers are awesome sources of protein. And bonus: you can totally make them on the grill! I also love the Spicy Black Bean Burger and the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger. I tried the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger for the first time while working on this post and it’s definitely a new favorite. MorningStar Farms also has things like Buffalo Chik Patties and Original Veggie Sausage. If you’re looking for delicious, easy, meatless foods, definitely check out the MorningStar Farms section of your grocery store’s frozen aisle. I recommend you pick up a few of the wings – especially with football season coming up!

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I think I’ve told you guys this story before but the first time my parents ever trusted me to start dinner before they got home from work, I was making chicken and rice and it was one of those recipes that all cooks in the same dish in the oven. Fail proof, right?

No, I didn’t put water in the rice!

I’m really sensitive when it comes to anything I perceive as a failure so I was absolutely mortified when my dad got home and we realized that I’d messed up.

But you know what, it’s so important for kids to have that experience in the kitchen and to learn from any mistakes made. Research shows that kids who are taught how to cook early on have better eating habits as adults!

Uncle Ben’s has a fun contest happening right now called The Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest and if you have a child from kindergarten to 8th grade, make sure you check it out! It’s all about encouraging kids to cook and teaching them healthy eating habits through cooking!

I made this kid-friendly dish in remembrance of that rice that I didn’t put water in 16 or 17 years ago. It’s just like that dish I was trying to make but with broccoli cheese soup mix and bacon wrapped around the chicken! Not only is this the kind of meal my kids love (they’re weirdly obsessed with broccoli), but my 7 year old is the perfect age to help with it! He was able to mix up the rice AND wrap the bacon around the chicken. I just had to help him put it in and get it out of the oven.

He was so proud of himself for basically making an entire meal for the family!

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken and Broccoli Rice

Ingredients

1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed broccoli cheese soup
1 cup water
black pepper
3/4 cup Uncle Ben's white rice
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 - 4 slices of bacon (depending on how many chicken breasts you use)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Whisk together the broccoli cheese soup, water, and black pepper until almost smooth. Stir in rice. Pour into a 9x13-inch pan that has been sprayed with oil.
  3. Wrap each chicken breast in a piece of bacon and nestle into the rice, making sure the bacon ends are tucked under the chicken.
  4. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender. Serve hot.
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Cooking with your children makes for a great beginning! Visit

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Uncle Ben’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

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I had leftover Chinese for breakfast this morning.

That’s important why?

I have no idea. I just feel like I needed to cleanse my soul of that information.

I have become the actual worst at breakfast lately. Three times last week I had Lean Cuisines. Like it’s completely normal to have salisbury steak at 8 in the morning.

It’s not.

So I’ve been actively trying to get back into my good breakfast habits. You know, eggs, cottage cheese, lots and lots of bacon. But it’s so hard when I’m clearly addicted to mac & cheese and cashew chicken first thing in the morning.

I made this Coconut Pecan Granola to tempt myself into having cottage cheese this week so we’ll see how it goes. I had some yesterday for a snack and it’s delicious! I used coconut oil and the big, fat coconut flakes so it’s extra coconut-y!

Homemade granola is as easy as mixing up the ingredients and baking it for an hour so if you’ve never given it a try, you really should. One of my pet peeves is grocery store granola being soggy and weird but with the homemade stuff, you can get it as crunchy as you want!

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If you follow me anywhere in the social media world, you know that I’m currently obsessed with all things spicy. I got this epic pizza on my birthday – it had bacon, ham, bbq sauce, pineapple, and loads and loads of jalapeños. Since then, I’ve been all about the jalapeños, the habanero sauce, the chile pepper chocolate bars – if it’s spicy, I want it.

I picked up my fave habanero sauce recently at Target. You have to go to the Mexican food section to find it so you know it’s good.

It’s the El Yucateco Hot Sauce. I love the red, I love the green, I have been putting both on everything from eggs to salads. And then I used it in these awesome Shrimp Po’Boys.

Po’Boys were in my top 5 list of things to do on our roadtrip back to Alabama but it was such a rushed trip and on the way home, stopping with all 3 kids by myself just seemed like too much work. So I never got one and I’ve been really craving a big shrimp po’boy ever since.

My fave place back home puts a sliced sandwich roll in the bottom of one of those styrofoam takeout containers and then fills the rest with fried shrimp or oysters. Like, you have 2 meals before you ever find the bread. My husband used to joke that he could buy me one Po’Boy on Friday night and he wouldn’t have to feed me again until Monday. So good, so ginormous, so Gulf Coast.

I used that as my inspiration for these guys but I wanted to add a spicy slaw to it, too. I’m telling you, I can’t get enough spice!

If you need more spicy inspiration, check out all the recipes El Yucateco has! #SauceOn!

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