Homemade King Cake Easy Recipe with Crescent Rolls-MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!!!

King Cake King Cake Homemade for Mardi Gras

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Who said you can’t have king cake any time of year! Just change your food coloring for whatever holiday you want to celebrate as there’s not a better or more popular recipe than my  very favorite addiction, EASY KING CAKE.

King Cake just one of the easy, Louisiana recipes found in my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook-all healthier! and get the book 25% off  on my website with promo code LA25

I turn to my book with Louisiana and southern recipes, Gulf Coast Favorites for my most requested recipe, my king cake made with crescent rolls!!!  People all over say they prefer this easy and fun-to-make king cake more than the bought ones!!!!!   I am so excited to have created a super simple king cake recipe from my trim&TERRIFIC GULF COAST FAVORITES cookbook  for you to make wherever you live.  This pantry-friendly recipe is made  within minutes.  Made with crescent rolls and food coloring for the icing-you can even let the kids make this one for you.  Fun and fantastic, for adults and kids, this is a recipe you will make over and over.  My website has tons more healthy, easy recipes for everyday cooking!

King Cake with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling from trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites (all your Louisiana favorites-healthier) Check out the YouTube video to watch me making this delicious treat!

Halloween use orange & black, Thanksgiving use autumn colors, Christmas use holiday colors, Valentine’s Day go pink and Easter’s pastel colors for your icing instead of Mardi Gras colors.

Makes 16 servings

2 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 10-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around prepared pan with points in center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.
3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread on dough in center where seams have been pressed together.
4. In another small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold bottom of triangle over points forming a circular roll like a king cake.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly, drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.

Mardi Gras Icing:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yellow, green, red, and blue food coloring

1. In small bowl, combine all ingredients, except food color. Divide mixture into three bowls.
2. In first bowl, add a few drops of yellow food coloring. In second bowl, add a few drops of green food coloring. In third bowl, add equal amounts of drops of red and blue food coloring (to create purple).
3. Drizzle over baked cake.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 184 Calories from fat 36% Fat 7 g Saturated Fat 3 g Cholesterol 9 mg Sodium 275 mg Carbohydrate 26 g Dietary Fiber 0 g Sugars 16 g Protein 3 g Diabetic Exchanges 11/2 carbohydrate 11/2 fat

Now, you can watch me make the King Cake!!!

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Easy Roast Recipe for Crock Pot

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Easy Roast with 3 ingredients

I had so much fun filming this for ‘This Week in Louisiana Agriculture‘ and this time they came to me in my kitchen. Can you believe this Easy Roast is only 3 ingredients – it really is SO easy! You will get a sneak peak from my new book, KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence -.  Choose sirloin as meat that ends in ‘loin’ or ’round’ is your leanest cuts. And besides being so delicious, what makes this recipe so great is that you basically fix it and forget it in the crock pot, it cooks itself!

Roast in Crock Pot Convenience Chapter

I never realized how popular slow cookers were until I was writing my easiest cookbook,KITCHEN 101 and asked on Facebook if anyone used a slow cooker.  Over 100 responses later, I started testing crock pot recipes and devoted a chapter, Crock Pot Convenience in KITCHEN 101 to help all y’all in the kitchen.  I also indicated crock pot recipes throughout the cookbook with a crock pot symbol!


Easy Roast   from KITCHEN 101

Intimidated by cooking a roast?  Don’t be – three ingredients make up a scrumptious sauce. Toss in slow cooker and your work is done for a memorable meal.

Makes 8 (6-ounce) servings

1 (4-pound) beef sirloin tip roast, trimmed of excess fat
6 cloves garlic, sliced or garlic powder
Pepper to taste
1 cup lite beer
1 (12-ounce) bottle chili sauce
1 envelope onion soup mix

1.Cut slits in roast and stuff pieces of garlic throughout meat. Season meat with pepper.

2. In 3 1/2-6-quart slow cooker, insert plastic liner if desired, and mix together beer, chili sauce and onion soup mix. Add roast and turn to coat with sauce. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours or until tender.

Note: If not using a slow cooker, bake 325°F. about 4 hours or until tender.

Tip: Don’t confuse Chili Sauce (found by mayo and dressings section of grocery) with Asian “hot” chili sauce or you’ll have a very spicy recipe. Season roast the day before and refrigerate, if time permitted.

Calories 346kcal, Calories from Fat 24%,Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 111mg, Sodium 877 mg, Carbohydrates 12g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 8g,Protein 49g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 6 lean meat

Tip: To cook safely, make sure your slow cooker is filled at least half full, but no more than 2/3 full.

For Holly’s easy crock pot recipes, check out her new book, KITCHEN 101 with chapter, Crock Pot Convenience Cooking!!  Check out Holly’s easy healthy recipes!!


My #1 Best Chili Recipe and brownies for entertaining

Chili recipe

Quick Chili

Cooking my favorite chili recipe & brownies on WAFB-TV

WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, SportsI always enjoy cooking up some fun recipes with the WAFB crew and this time was no exception! No more long, time-consuming chili recipes here! Quick Chili, from my trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidencecookbook, to the rescue and just in time to feed a crowd for your tailgate this weekend (available on your Kindle too). Easy to self-serve in cups or mugs at your tailgate or at home, and if you want to go the extra mile, have toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, and chopped red and green onions for guests to add.

More easy entertaining favorites from  chili recipe to yummy brownies

Watch me make these Olive Parmesan Cheese Bites for an awesome 3-ingredient pick-up that melts in your mouth – talk about easy gourmet! And I can never go without dessert and was craving these Brownies with Peanut Butter Oatmeal Topping – only problem is now I can’t stop eating them as they are SO good!

Brownies with Peanut Butter Oatmeal Crumble from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence 

An intoxicating combination of a luscious brownie, peanut butter and oatmeal all together in one bite.

Makes 48 brownies

1 (18.25-ounce) box brownie mix
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
1/2 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Line 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, mix together brownie mix, oil, water and eggs until well combined. Transfer to prepared pan.
3. In microwave-safe bowl, microwave peanut butter and butter one minute; stir until melted. Stir in brown sugar, oatmeal and flour until combined. Sprinkle and gently press peanut butter mixture over brownie layer. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake 20 minutes or until top is soft to touch.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 46% Fat 5g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 9mg Sodium 52mg Carbohydrates 13g Dietary Fiber 0g Total Sugars 8g Protein 2g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

For more tailgate perfect recipes visit www.hollyclegg.com.

Veggie Paella-One Dish Meal with Pear & Brie Salad, Orange Vinaigrette

Crawfish Paella

For both of these recipes, I turn to my Louisiana favorite cookbook, Gulf Coast Favorites for a healthier version of all your southern favorites!!!  Veggie Paella, a one-dish meal, turns into a scrumptious crawfish dish by adding crawfish to this wonderful  and simple recipe.  You can keep a vegetarian option of can add crawfish, shrimp, or chicken; either way this easy recipe is packed with flavor and nutrition. Serve  with the Pear and Mixed Green Salad with Orange Vinaigrette for a memorable meal.  Both these recipes are below or you can also watch me prepare them on the TV segment also below.

Veggie Paella (added crawfish) from GULF COAST FAVORITES
Deceptively easy, this colorful recipe boasts a balance of flavor and nutrition.

Makes 8 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 red bell pepper, cored, chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 (5-ounce) packages yellow rice
Water (according to rice package directions)
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 pound crawfish tails, optional
1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas, thawed or frozen edamame, thawed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1. In large nonstick pot, heat oil, sauté onion, red pepper, mushrooms, garlic 5–7 minutes.
2. Add rice and water, bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, cook 20–25 minutes or until rice is done.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients until heated through.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 227, Calories from fat (%) 9, Fat (g) 2, Saturated Fat (g) 0, Cholesterol (mg) 0, Sodium (mg) 668, Carbohydrate (g) 43, Dietary Fiber (g) 6, Sugars (g) 5, Protein (g) 9, Diabetic Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable

Serving Suggestions: This vegetarian meal is great with a spinach salad and fruit.

Terrific Tidbit: Add whatever veggies or beans you’re in the mood as the rice is the base to hold the vegetables. This may also be served as a side.

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Pear and Brie Mixed Green Salsad Orange Vinaigrette

Pear and Brie Mixed Green Salad with Orange Vinaigrette from GULF COAST FAVORITES
The perfect merging of mild creamy Brie, fragrant walnuts, and the fresh bite of pears ensures this salad a permanent place in a salad-lovers arsenal of recipes.

Makes 6 servings

1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cups mixed salad greens
1 pear, cored and cut into chunks
3 tablespoons chopped red onion
2–3 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and cut into small chunks
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted

1. In small bowl, whisk together orange juice, dry mustard, Dijon mustard, vinegar, and olive oil.
2. In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. When ready to serve, toss with dressing.

Nutritional information per serving
Calories 140, Calories from fat 61% , Fat 10 g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 9 mg, Sodium 94mg Carbohydrate 11 g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 7 g, Protein 4 g, Diabetic Exchanges 1/2
Carbohydrate, 2 fat

BBQ Shrimp Tacos – Rush Hour Recipes on WAFB Noon Show

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BBQ Shrimp Tacos

I had a blast whipping up my shrimp taco recipe and some of my favorite ‘Rush Hour Recipes’ on WAFB 9 News Noon show this week.  With just a few ingredients and 30 minutes you can really put a healthy meal on the table fast! The classic flavor combination of the BBQ Shrimp Shrimp Tacos from my trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence cookbook, is hard to beat and will surely soon be a family favorite. This is my go-to recipe as I always keep shrimp in my freezer. My shrimp guy comes in a pickup truck with an ice chest of fresh shrimp-he knows to stop by regularly. Use corn tortillas to make this recipe gluten free. And you will want to keep the pantry friendly ingredients of Marvelous Marinara Sauce on hand at all times for a simple yet superb family dinner is a flash!

My BBQ Shrimp Taco Recipe-OMG :  simple and the best!

BBQ Shrimp Tacos from KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence

Two of my favorites, BBQ shrimp and tacos, in one marvelous recipe.

Makes 4 servings


1 pound medium shrimp, peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped red onion
Salt and pepper to taste
4 flour tortillas, warmed

1. In bowl or resealable plastic bag, coat shrimp with olive oil. Add all ingredients except tomatoes, onion, and tortillas. Marinate 1-2 hours, time permitting.
2. In large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, add shrimp (discarding extra marinade). Sauté shrimp until done.
3. In small bowl, combine tomatoes and onion. Season to taste. Make tacos with tortillas, shrimp, and tomato mixture.

Nutritional info per serving:
Calories 228, Calories from Fat 22%, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 143mg, Sodium 662mg, Carbohydrates 24g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Total Sugars 6g, Protein 19g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 3 lean meat

Terrific Tip: Peeled shrimp may be bought fresh or frozen. If frozen, defrost first.  Garnish with avocado.

Check out more fast, healthy Rush Hour Recipes.

Watch Me Cook Up Anti-Inflammatory Family-Favorite Meals

Salsa Chicken0001Millions of Americans are faced with daily pain from swollen joints and inflammation associated with arthritis. I recently partnered with the Arthritis Foundation to help show that although we know a variety of foods are always important to include in our diets there are certain vitamins and nutrients that specifically help prevent inflammation and ease the symptoms of arthritis. I had so much fun cooking up some simple and delicious recipes at WWLTVSalsa Chicken is a quick Mexican chicken dish with salsa and only four ingredients. Serve it over rice to take advantage of the tasty southwestern sauce. The Philly Cheese Steaks allow you to enjoy by using your hands and avoid the pain that sometimes comes with gripping a fork or knife. Lastly, when I think of fall the aroma of spice cake, yams, and chocolate chips comes to mind. I put all those ingredients together to make Yam Chocolate Spice Bars that are sweet and sticky with a fragrance that defines fall. All of these recipes are from my book trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis which is designed to focus on foods to minimize the effects of arthritis with easy-to-follow, mainstream, time-friendly and super-satisfying recipes.  



Guacamame Combining avocado with edamame makes this wonderful delicious and nutritious dip that can be served with chips or veggies. Makes 10 (1/4-cup) servings 1 large avocado, (about 2/3 cup mashed) 1 1/2 cups shelled edamame, thawed 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 cup salsa 3 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt Salt and pepper to taste 1. In food processor, combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Terrific Tip: Can also use to stuff vegetables or as a sandwich spread. Nutrition Nugget: Soybeans are high in omega 3 fatty acids, which are necessary to ingest through food for their anti-inflammatory benefits. Calories 62 kcal Calories from Fat 47% Fat 3 g Saturated Fat 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg Sodium 50 mg Carbohydrates 5 g Dietary Fiber 2 g Total Sugars 2 g Protein 4 g Dietary Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat For more meal ideas to help fight arthritis visit www.hollyclegg.com/recipes

Yam Biscuits and Crawfish Season – Yay!

Yam Biscuits

Yam Biscuits

It’s Crawfish Season – Yay!!

This Week on Twila TV’s “Holly’s Trim & Terrific Louisiana Kitchen” I featured our out-of-this-world Louisiana ingredients in the Crawfish and Artichoke Rice Dish. I look forward to crawfish season every year and love to cook with the leftover tails from our yummy crawfish boils. If you love fettuccine sauce you will love this dish!

I am a bread girl, and I just had to pair this savory recipe with one of my all-time favorite sides – Yam Biscuits! Healthy comfort food at it’s finest, these delicious biscuits have a touch of yam’s natural sweetness that will melt in your mouth. Best of all, they use Bisquick baking mix for extra ease and yumminess! Serve them as a side to a meat tray, with your meal and especially at breakfast – so many ways to gobble up this standout snack! Watch me make these dishes and more.

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Yam Biscuits from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook

Whip up these nutritious and delicious biscuits with pantry ingredients. Make different sizes of biscuits to match their intended use. I’ve served these at parties with a meat tray.

Makes 20 – 24 biscuits


1 (15-ounce) can sweet potatoes (yams), drained and mashed

4 cups biscuit baking mix

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup skim milk

3 tablespoons butter, softened


1. Preheat oven 450°F. In mixing bowl, mix mashed yams with baking mix and cinnamon. Add milk and butter to mixture, stirring until blended.

2. Roll on floured surface to 1-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch cutter or glass, and place on ungreased baking sheet.

3. Bake 10 – 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot.

Nutritional information per serving

Calories 115, Protein (g) 2, Carbohydrate (g) 17, Fat (g) 4, Calories from Fat (%) 35, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 0, Sodium (mg) 286 Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat

Terrific Tidbit: For a savory biscuit, delete the cinnamon and add 1 tablespoon chopped parsley and 1 teaspoon seasoning salt or seasoning mix.

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Crawfish and Cheese Grits on TWILA

Crawfish season is here and we are loving it! Here’s a great combination of comfort food and seasonal crawfish. You can find this recipe along with other crawfish and seafood favorites in my Gulf Coast Favorites book.



More seafood recipes.

Less than 5 ingredient gourmet-on-the go recipes on WAFB 9

Simple Salmon with Watch me make Easy Roasted Salmon, Salmon with Spinach Feta Stuffing, Pasta with Lemon and Pine Nuts, Chocolate Truffles, Pecan Caramel Candies and the Almost Better than Sex Cake on WAFB 9. All of these recipes are featured in my Too Hot in the Kitchen book and are great ideas for a Valentine’s Day meal!
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More simple recipe ideas for Valentine’s Day and any other day!

Glazed Pork Tenderloin Video

Watch me make my easy, but very tasty, Glazed Pork Tenderloin from Kitchen 101 for Our Lady of the Lake.


Also be sure to check out my video featuring my Red Velvet Berry Trifle or my Southwestern Shrimp, Corn and Sweet Potato Soup.