Now that summer is in full swing, and the little ones are pretty much out of school, we want to spend most of our days at the pool or outside having fun! This simple pasta recipe is a perfect dinner to throw together last minute, and it takes about as long as it takes to cook the noodles to throw together! The mix of white beans, pasta, pine nuts gives it a nice tuscan flavor with not a lot of hassle.
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Sometimes it seems difficult to eat healthy, but really some simple vegetables thrown together to make vegetable lettuce wraps are simple to make, and very healthy for your paired with a little brown rice inside.
There are a handful of items I consistently stock in my pantry–good salts, good chocolate and good tuna! Once you taste tuna packed in pure olive oil, be forewarned that you may be less keen on Starkist. There is something about the flavor and tenderness that simply cannot be duplicated any other way. Even people who don’t typically enjoy tuna find they like tuna packed in olive oil. Sounds crazy, right?
Since I am a big fan of simple meals with good ingredients (especially with several mouths to feed every day during lunchtime), I want to share an easy way to jazz up your canned tuna. The addition of a couple solid ingredients will cause you to rethink how you feel about tuna sandwiches!
p.s. this type of tuna is easier to find abroad (Spain, France, Italy, etc.), as it is often canned over there; but don’t fret, Amazon carries several brands too.
Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwiches are SO good!! So, I decided to try my hand at making a burger version of the popular Banh Mi sandwich. And, I believe I have succeeded. With BBQ season underway, these twist on the traditional burger might just be the next thing to cook up at your next cook out!
We refer to these “cookies” at our house as breakfast cookies, because they are essentially baked oatmeal with a few other goodies inside. I use the term “cookies” lightly because they aren’t exactly like traditional cookies since they are egg-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. But, for someone who goes off sugar a lot, they sure are a “treat” for me! And, bonus! My kids love them!
I looked at the calendar the other day and just about died when I realized that Memorial Day is just days away!! Do you have any fun plans?
Backyard bbqs are a popular way to celebrate this holiday, and I know I want to do some grilling. One of the easiest things to do – in my opinion – is homemade bbq sauce. Throw some chicken on the grill and slather on some homemade bbq sauce – a super simple and delicious dinner. Homemade sauce is so easy to customize, and this one has some of my favorite flavors.
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Homemade baked tortilla chips are fun to make and much healthier than their fried counterparts. This recipe provides a savory twist on an old favorite.
Adding a few simple spices to your baking chips is a great way to add some flare to traditional style tortilla chips and becomes an unexpected complement to your preferred dip or salsa. I love making these chips to go with Mango Guacamole, Black Bean Dip, Restaurant Style Salsa, Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip, and Queso Dip. They really are good with just about everything!
I love to eat fresh vegetables, and to add a little unique flavor to a vegetable that I wouldn’t normally think of. I love the combination of freshly cooked green beans with sliced almonds and sesame. It is the perfect addition to your meal!
One thing I love about spring, besides the strawberries, is the asparagus. I didn’t have a lot of asparagus growing up, but I’m making up for that now!!
I’m a believer that simple is usually the best. This recipe lets the flavor of the asparagus shine. The garlic and lemon juice highlight the fresh asparagus, making this a perfect side dish!
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This dessert was created on a day when I promised my children a fancy dessert after dinner, but didn’t have time to run to the store. Using leftover Trader Joe’s vanilla meringues from my daughter’s birthday party (they were a hit by the way), frozen berries, freezer jam and homemade whipped cream, an easy eton mess came together in a cinch!
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