Crockpot White Chicken Chili

I first posted this recipe after just starting Sweet and Spicy Monkey, and I was using my mobile phone camera, which at that time was a Blackberry Curve. I know, it seems like eons ago doesn't it...Blackberry. Do they even make phones anymore?When I made this recipe again last week, I decided to snap a few shots before chowing down so you can see just how delicious this chili really is, since the Blackberry didn't do this recipe any justice....more

Healthy Shamrock Shake (Smoothie)

I really think I made a big huge mistake for the timing of my Sugar Crush Challenge. I say this because every time I walk into a store, I see St. Paddy's treats and Easter candy all around me!Ugh, this hasn't been easy!My sweet tooth is telling me to indulge. Will Power is saying "don't do it!" It's like the battle between the little angel and devil that sit on your shoulders in the cartoons. Lucky for me, my willpower is much stronger than my sweet tooth.And since I've been seeing homemade Shamrock Shakes all over the web these last few weeks, I decided to make a healthier version, one that doesn't have as many calories, fat, or sugar as the original McDonalds Shamrock Shake....more

Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow and I've got a recipe that will make your St. Paddy's Day meal rock this year!This recipe is one of the things I love about St. Patrick's Day, my mom's Irish Soda Bread. It's moist, mildly sweet, and has a sweet, crunchy crust that makes this bread my favorite.And it's so easy to make! It doesn't have any eggs or yeast. So no more waiting and hoping that your bread will rise. You just mix it up, place it in the oven, brush over the glaze, and BAM! A deliciously moist bread with a crunchy crust that will be the star of your St. Patrick's Day meal....more

Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

It's been three days since I started the Sugar Crush 30 day Sugar-Free Challenge and I'm doing better than I expected and I've been making healthier food choices. My body hasn't went into a downward spiral sugar shock (yet) and I'm still alive despite not having any cookies in the last few days. {whispering}....I still have some Red Velvet Oreos in my kitchen cupboard that I haven't touched yet!...more

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate

My kitchen has been closed this week. Not because of the snow, but because I have a head cold. Yes, the dreaded head cold. All week long I've felt like a fire breathing dragon. Every breath I took in and out, my nose and throat felt like they were on fire.And the only thought I had all week was "how do I put this fire out?"I went for the fighting fire with fire option. Yep, everything I put in my mouth was hot. Well, not hot HOT because that would burn my mouth, but warm hot. I drank coffee (because no matter how sick I am, I still need my coffee, only coffee lovers can understand this {smile}), hot tea, Theraflu, hot water and lime (because that's all I found in the fridge at work), chicken broth, and hot chocolate....more

German Apple Puff Pancake

I love pancakes and I love trying different recipes for pancakes. Recently my mom shared a recipe with me for a German apple pancake that you make in a skillet. I couldn't believe it either, a pancake you make in the oven?! I've never heard of such a thing and knew I had to try it....more

Sweet Cherry Syrup & Cherry Pancakes

Everything is coming up cherries over here at Sweet and Spicy Monkey. I told y'all I’ve been craving cherries, and this recipe satisfies that craving from the start of my day.Originally, I made this sweet cherry syrup because, well, it just sounds too darn good not to make! I mean, how can you not WANT to make this luscious red and sweet cherry syrup that you can pour over your pancakes? I couldn’t resist the urge.Not only is it easy to make, but it also has no added preservatives or artificial coloring. That makes it health food, right? {smile}...more

White Chocolate Cherry Oreo Fudge

Remember when you were a kid and your mom always told you "it's better with a cherry on top". Well I don't know about you, but if it's better with a cherry on top, then it's even better with cherries all over, inside and on top.Lately here, I've been craving the sweet taste of cherries. Maybe it's because Valentine’s Day is coming up and cherries just seem like the go to food since they're red. Or maybe it's because I haven't dabbled much with cherries in the kitchen and there are so many foods I want to make right now with cherries....more

Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with Pineapple Ginger Sauce

Baby its cold outside! And what do we do when it gets cold and dreary out? We start daydreaming of sunny days, sandy beaches, warm blue waters, and start planning our summer vacations.But I have a quicker and much tastier escape from these cold winter days that doesn't cost as much but reminds you of summer. I’m sharing with you my recipe for Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with a Pineapple Ginger sauce for dipping and Coconut Rice....more
AngryHungryHobbit  Thank you Terje! This meal really does "pack a punch" of flavors! :)more

Homemade Candied Ginger

Have you ever tried candied ginger? Or yet making your own candied ginger at home?I wanted to make my own candied ginger for my Gingerbread Cake and saw the price of what they were asking for it at my local grocery store, about $12.00 for a small spice jar! Unbelievable, $12.00! I knew there had to be a way to make it myself for a whole lot less. And I was right....more