You’ve been so good all year – getting all your steps in, drinking plenty of water and pretending every salad is an entire cheesecake. But now it’s time to splurge. These five over-the-top eats are a truly delectable way to treat yourself before hitting the gym in January.
1. Flaming Hot Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Add some flair to your favorite homemade macaroni and cheese recipe by topping it with a thick layer of crushed flaming-hot cheese curls and sliced green onions. It’ll put a fire in your belly, guaranteed.
2. Chocolate-Covered Bacon
Nothing says “cheat day” like dipping crispy bacon in melty chocolate – and then topping it with sea salt, caramel and more bacon, of course.
3. Chicken ‘n’ Waffles Sliders
This month, go all-in on a brunch you’ll be thinking about ‘til dinner. Sandwich fried boneless chicken breasts between two Belgian waffles, and then get sweet and spicy with a drizzle of honey and hot sauce.
4. Fried Ravioli Dippers
It’s true – your favorite stuffed pasta tastes even better toasted. Start by pan-frying fresh or frozen ravioli with a little olive oil and a sprinkling of breadcrumbs. Pair with marinara sauce so you can dip, dunk and delight.
5. Edible Cookie Dough
Your favorite guilty pleasure is now safe to eat! Whip up a batch of basic cookie dough (just replace the egg with two tablespoons of milk), add your choice of mix-ins and dig in with a spoon. Trust us, you’ll feel like a kid again.