Chocolate Gravy

Every Sunday morning before church, my whole family would gather together at my grandparents and have breakfast.  My grandmother made the biggest breakfast spread that you can imagine.  One thing that was always on the menu besides the normal sausage gravy, was chocolate gravy.  I know a lot of northerners never have heard of this dish before, so maybe it’s a southern thing. All I know is that it is very delicious!  I had been craving this for the past few weeks, but have been hesitant to make it because it is very rich.  Mind you, it’s not like having a chocolate bar by any means, but it is definitely sweet and indulgent.  I would like to also state that this is not something that you should have every week, but rather something you should treat yourself to once in a while.  I think I average having it twice a year, sometimes three times.  It all depends on if my son visits me or not.  He loves chocolate gravy almost as much as me!   I finally gave into my cravings, and decided to make it this morning.  After all, I did have a very active weekend and I figured what the hell!   If you like the combination of sweet and salty, then you will love having a couple slices of bacon with the chocolate gravy, served over a hot biscuit!


Chocolate Gravy

2 tablespoons self -rising flour
1 cup of sugar or Splenda  (I use ½  cup sugar & ½ cup of Splenda)
2 cups water
¼ cup of cocoa (I used Hershey)
small dash of salt


Whisk the cocoa, flour, salt, and sugar together in a bowl until there are no lumps. Bring the water to a slow boil. Once the water is boiling, gradually add in the dry ingredients whisking quickly until its consistency is similar to gravy, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.  Serve immediately with biscuits, butter, and a side of bacon.


Low Fat Turkey-Cranberry Monte Cristo

Have you ever craved something sweet and salty, but find it hard making a decision of what you want to eat?  This happens to me all the time.  I used to love eating Bennigan’s Monte Cristo when I lived in Florida.  It was so good, and oh so fattening.  A traditional Monte Cristo is dipped in egg batter and then fried in a skillet, or often the sandwich is even deep-fried.  I decided to skip the batter and only lightly brown the sandwich. Continue reading

My Patriotic Breakfast Parfait

I wanted to have something different for breakfast this morning, so I grabbed some Fage Greek Yogurt and fresh fruit from my fridge before heading to work. I have never had Fage 0% before, but had heard so much about it that I figured I should give it a try. I must admit that I didn’t expect it to be so smooth and creamy. I usually go for the flavored Greek yogurts with 100 calories or less, but I am trying to stay away from sugar substitutes, so I thought I would revamp my breakfast routine. My usual breakfast at work is either oatmeal, or Yoplait Lemon Greek yogurt with a Fiber One Lemon Bar crumbled inside of it. I try to incorporate as much protein and fiber in my diet as I can on most days. I believe that this breakfast is definitely a winner! The only bowl I had at my desk was a blue Dixie bowl, and I think that made the whole Patriotic theme tie together nicely. Now did I set out for this to happen? No, but I can’t say that it didn’t bring a smile to my face as I ate it. 🙂

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So, what’s in my Patriotic Parfait?

6 oz container Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt
½ cup of fresh sliced strawberries
¼ cup of fresh blackberries
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon raw almond slivers

Directions: Place half of the yogurt in bottom of dish, top with half of the berries, then drizzle a little honey on top. Repeat steps and finish off with the almond slivers and chocolate chips. Now, if you don’t want to be as fancy as me with my Dixie bowl, I’m sure a nice parfait glass would look just as pretty. 😉 wink

Servings: 1
Calories: 284 • Fat: 6 g • Carb: 43 g • Fiber:5 g • Protein: 18 g • Sugar: 36 g

Kefir Probiotic Fruit Smoothie

I love making this smoothie when I am needing some extra protein or don’t have time for breakfast.  I used a mix of frozen cherries and blackberries for this smoothie, but you can use whatever combination of fruit you prefer.  If you do not enjoy the taste of yogurt, this might not be the smoothie for you.



1 cup of Kefir

1/2 cup of fresh or frozen cherries

1/2 cup of fresh or frozen blackerries

2 packets of Stevia (sometimes I use a tablespoon of honey)

Directions:  Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Servings: 1 •   Size: 1 smoothie 
Calories: 200 • Fat: 2 g • Carb: 34 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 13 g • Sugar: 29 g