Brooklyn Decker is ALL about efficiency. Just last year, the uber-busy model (who is expecting her second child with Andy Roddick) gave us all the most genius closet hack ever with the introduction of Finery (a Clueless-like app that helps you analyze your closet). And now she’s here to help streamline another area of our lives: hosting.
The 30-year-old has teamed up with SPLENDA to create several quick and easy recipes that you can whip up to serve to guests at a summer soiree. For Decker, who’s less of a cook and more of what she refers to as a “lazy host,” it’s the perfect way to entertain (without busting a sweat!) at the Austin, Texas home she shares with Roddick. “[It’s not] big or fancy,” she tells us over the phone. “It’s ‘come over, have something quick, [and] get into the fun… of catching up.’”
That’s ideal for the entrepreneur, who juggles parenting with a very busy career — she’s a series regular in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, and runs Finery with her best friend Whitney Casey. But don’t ask her to choose a favorite gig. “That’s like asking someone who their favorite child is!” she protests. Still, she says each career is fulfilling in its own way. “Acting to me ignites a passion that I have — a creative fire,” she shares. With film and television, however, “There’s so much uncertainty. [Your] employment is really at the mercy of someone else’s hands.” Alternately, the Sports Illustrated cover model says her business is much more within her control. “[It’s] very specific and goal-oriented.”
Finery also makes Decker’s own life easier. “Frankly, it shifted all my shopping,” she tells us. “I’m a millennial; I do 80 percent of my shopping online… and 80 percent of [my purchases] are impulse buys.” With Finery on hand to lay out what she already owns, she can be more strategic about shopping and avoid any would-be buyer’s remorse. “[You] see all the redundancies,” she explains. “I have 10 pairs of skinny jeans; I don’t really need an 11th pair.”
While you likely won’t see her adding “professional chef” to her resume anytime soon (“[I think it would] be very presumptuous of me to create a cookbook people would want to use,” she quips), we will be seeing her roll out several yummy things for busy gals to make in a jiff in the coming weeks.
For the longtime artificial sweetener user, who grew up with a type-1 diabetic father, it made sense to partner up with SPLENDA for her creations. “We were always looking for ways to enjoy food thoroughly and cut back on sugar,” she says.
All of her upcoming dishes will be centered around the sweetener, including some spicy chicken meatballs for football season, a pickling recipe that gives a nod to her North Carolina roots (the Band Aid star’s family moved there from Ohio), a raspberry compote, and a cherry granola bar to take on the go for herself or her one-year-old son, Hank Roddick, who is just getting into “all that tactile development,” including coloring and arts and crafts.
First, though, she’s mixing up the dranks! More specifically? A SPLENDA Spicy Jalapeño Margarita. “Margaritas are huge, especially in Texas,” she shares. “It has all the kick you would want in a summer drink, [but] it doesn’t have all the calories.” In fact, it has no fat and just 155 calories per serving.
Combining her favorite flavors of salty, spicy, and sweet — particularly the spicy (“I live in Texas; if I were to get rid of the spice, I think they would kick me out of the state”) — the drink can even be made the night before a party.
Another genius Decker hack? Setting up a DIY bar ahead of time. “What I love about a DIY bar is that instead of making individual cocktails for each guest and not actually enjoying your guests, you can set out this beautiful spread so [they] can cater cocktails for themselves,” she points out in the above video for SPLENDA.
Check out her recipe in full below, and watch the clip above to get a mini tutorial from Decker herself!
(makes four servings)
- ½ cup + 1 Tablespoon SPLENDA Naturals Sugar + Stevia Sweetener Blend
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
- 1 large jalapeño pepper, chopped
- 1 ½ cups fresh lime juice
- 4 cups ice
- 8 ounces reposado tequila
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- 1 jalapeño, sliced
- fine-mesh strainer
- shallow dish
- 4 glasses
1. In a blender, add water, ½ cup of SPLENDA, cilantro, and a large jalapeño pepper.
2. Puree for roughly 30 seconds, until the blend is fully mixed.
3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher.
4. Add your lime juice and stir.
5. To create the sweet spicy rim, combine a tablespoon of SPLENDA, chili powder, and salt, in a shallow dish.
6. Rub all four glasses with a lime wedge.
7. Dip the rims of the glasses in your shallow dish mixture.
8. Fill each glass with ice, 2 ounces of Reposado tequila, and your margarita mixture .
9. Stir and garnish with both a lime and jalapeño.
Be on the lookout for Decker’s other recipes in weeks to come!
Will you be giving her spicy marg recipe a go? Let us know @BritandCo.
(Photo via Fluid Film Photography + Rick Kern/Getty)