Friday Favorites


It's Friday! Woo hoo! Actually as a stay-at-home mom, Fridays don't have quite the same meaning to me as before when I was in the workplace, BUT I do love having the hubby home and not being on any schedule so yay for that! Let's dive right into Friday Favorites!   Favorite meal We have been having salads almost every night during the week lately. My favorite this week was this simple BBQ chicken salad. I grilled chicken breasts and basted them in Stubbs BBQ sauce. Then sliced up the chicken and tossed it on some romaine with cilantro, cheddar, leftover broccoli, a little … [Read more...]

Quick Fix Food


Hey guys! Hope y'all had a great week. Today I am sharing a few instagram "recipes". They are more like quick-fix things that I am more likely to post on Facebook or Instagram (my peferred method of social media). Not following me there? Please do as that is where I am now going to put more focus since Facebook doesn't share much of anything from my "business page" anyway. Ok here we go! All iPhone photos for quick fix food!   Spicy Hummus Deviled Eggs  Want a quick deviled egg? These hit the spot!Take one hard-boiled egg, cut in half lengthwise, mash the yolk with 1-2 … [Read more...]

Marinated Three Bean Salad


Hello friends! Quick visit today as I take a break from Spring Break activities- the elementary schools here in Washington (state) have their break so late here, but the weather is truly spring-like so I am happy! Here is the scenario, it's Saturday afternoon and someone invites you to a BBQ dinner for the following evening. You are not able to get the grocery store but you really want to contribute a dish. What do you bring? Well if you have a well stocked pantry and freezer this is the perfect answer! I wasn't sure if it would be a hit, but this three bean salad turned out very tasty … [Read more...]

Make-Ahead Salad Bowls


Hi friends. Just popping in for a quick visit to share this fabulous salad inspired by Starbucks. That's right, you heard me....a salad inspired by Starbucks! I was in there this week with about 25 minutes to spare before picking up my daughter from preschool. I had our sitter watching the other kids so I thought why not actually go into a Starbucks (rather than use the drive-thru), sit down and enjoy some time to myself. Now I am pretty frugal when it comes to buying lunch out. I have a hard time justifying spending money on food that I usually have at home, but I was curious...and … [Read more...]

Cherry, Goat Cheese & Candied Walnut Salad + Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette + A Giveaway!


Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the National Cherry Month #GoTart Campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of tart cherries mentioned in this post from the Cherry Marketing Institute. I was compensated for my time. Opinions expressed are my own Fancy salads are one of my favorite foods. Every time I go to a restaurant I absolutely HAVE to order one as an appetizer. The ones with goat cheese, dried fruits and nuts are the first ones that I am drawn to. Every time. So when I got the chance to create a recipe for Healthy Aperture and … [Read more...]

Veggie Burger Salad & Tips For Eating More Vegetables


Hi friends. Happy Hump Day! It's a going to be a fabulous rest of the week because my mother in law is coming in for a visit. It will be great to have her company and some help with the children. Plus she likes to cook so it will be awesome to have help in the kitchen too! Sunday night meal planning had burgers on the menu so I decided to go with a veggie burger salad. It's been awhile since I've made this and I forgot how satisfying and good it is! Some veggie burgers can be full of junk so make sure to read those labels and chose ones with ingredients you know, that are real and … [Read more...]

Corn and Tomato Salad & Meal Planning

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I am sort of addicted to this salad. I was trying to come up with a side dish last week when I thought we were out of all vegetables. I found a few sweet peppers, tomatoes and shallots in the drawer of my fridge and I always have frozen corn in the freezer. I think most people have had some version of this salad and often you'll see something similar in a salsa form. I haven't made a corn salad since last summer and this one is a little different because I omitted the black beans and added the sweet peppers and shallots. It's such an easy, super side that goes well with a variety of … [Read more...]

Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

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I could live off salads. I am not kidding. I just love the variety you have when creating one- from the greens you use, to the add-ins and dressing. There is no reason to be eating boring ol' tossed salads all the time. Let's get creative! First off, kale isn't my typical green for a salad but I think I will start using it more this way. It is packed with beta-carotene and has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. It falls into the cruciferous vegetable family so has the same cancer preventive benefits. It is much heartier and more bitter than your typical salad greens but I just … [Read more...]

Broccoli Apple Salad

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  Broccoli apple salad. This is a recipe my mother-in-law often makes so she shared her version with me. I was in the mood for a different way to eat my broccoli- normally it's just raw with dip, steamed or roasted then topped with lemon, but this is a nice cold salad that keeps for several days so it's perfect for lunches or snack. When we were in Hawaii this past summer for our family reunion we served it for brunch with an egg casserole and fruit salad. It's a very versatile dish. Broccoli frequently earns a spot in the "top superfoods" list- it's low in calories, high in … [Read more...]

A Trip to the Farmer’s Market: Recipe for Roasted Beets & Meal Planning

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One thing I am really enjoying about this part of the country is the wonderful Farmer's Markets full of beautiful produce. I definitely missed going to them when I lived in Missouri and now I always look forward to our beautiful purchases each week. I've tried to branch out of my comfort zone when shopping at the Farmer's Markets because I can always buy spring mix and broccoli. Beets are not something that I would have put on my "like" list until recently. I always associated beets with the icky canned ones. It wasn't until ordering restaurant salads with fresh beets did I realize how … [Read more...]