Light and Healthy Spring Salad Recipes

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Spring is in full swing, the weather is warmer, and we are all excited to get out of the hot kitchen and have a much cooler, lighter fare. Spring salads are the perfect solution to your seasonal dilemma. Here you'll find a bunch of recipes that are quick, easy and will leave you lots of time in your day to lounge by the pool or do a little spring cleaning! /1/ Fennel and Citrus Salad - This salad is filled with a yummy combo of both sweet and spicy. If you're someone who eats a Paleo diet, this recipe is perfect for you! /2/ Sweet Orange and Pineapple Salad - This salad would be beautiful on a plate with Simple Skillet Cooked Salmon or a roasted chicken dish. /3/ Greek Green Bean Salad - Need a light and tasty dish to take to your next potluck? Voila! This green bean salad will be … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls Recipe – EASY and perfect for Easter Dinner

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Are you planning a special meal? There’s nothing better than homemade rolls on the table. While the idea of making your own can seem daunting – this easy recipe will make even a beginner look like a master baker. I discovered this recipe while looking for a good wholesome option for my kid’s lunches. I am trying to get away from processed foods for our family as much as possible. Making rolls on a Sunday afternoon is easy and has little hands-on time. The majority of time is spent waiting for the dough to rise. Unlike “cooking”, baking is a science and you do have to be pretty close to the directions. Warm milk to activate the yeast and sugar to feed it. This recipe also calls for having your ingredients at room temperature – If like me you keep your whole wheat flour in the fridge … [Read more...]

Easy Entertaining: Mashed Potato Bar

Mashed Potato Bar for easy entertaining food ideas

One of the things I love about entertaining is being able to serve up great food to my favorite people, but I do not love the stress that goes along with entertaining. It took me a long time to learn how to enjoy my own parties because I spent more time in the kitchen than I did with my guests. Eventually, I learned to lighten up and serve foods that my guests could customize to suit their own tastes, which took a lot of stress off of me. One of my favorite foods to serve guests is mashed potatoes - they economical, easy, and pretty much everyone loves them, plus they're a great comfort food. When I throw a party, I love to set up a mashed potato bar, where I serve a scoop of mashed potatoes in a martini glass and then set up a buffet of toppings. I typically make my potatoes from … [Read more...]

A Sweet St Patrick’s Day

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It seems that most holidays get way more sweet treats than others-I love the idea of making St Patrick's Day a little sweeter! While you're making your corned beef, how about adding these special treats in as a dessert and make it a night to remember? The Sweet St Patty's Menu: Mint macaroons with chocolate ganache Irish Creme hot cocoa with mint (there's also a non-boozy version too!) The Irish Lass Are you excited? I know I am! Let's talk set up and then get to the recipes! First, I LOVE vintage plates. Any reason to bring them out, I take. It really feels like you're adding a super special touch, but it doesn't take any more energy. I really love these. Next up? Let's cook! The Mint Macaroon (makes about 12 cookies or 6 sandwiches) Don't be intimidated by this … [Read more...]

10 Quick Bread Recipes

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There is something about making your own bread that is so satisfying.  I love making basics like homemade white breads and easy French breads, but sometimes I don't have the time!  I have grown to love the smell of yeast, but it just takes so much time to have to wait for it to activate.  Then you have to wait for the dough to rise.  And sometimes you have to wait for it to rise again!  That's just too much time for this bread loving momma! Do you love bread and hate waiting as well?  Perfect!  Here are 10 quick bread recipes for the bread lover! 1. // Pumpkin Pecan Bread (with Mascarapone swirl) // I'm positive that this pumpkin pecan bread is perfect all year round, not just in the fall.  Oh and don't forget the mascarapone swirl! 2. // Lemon Coconut Quick Bread // I bet this … [Read more...]

The Best Greens for You

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It's the New Year!  Time to start fresh and be your best self yet!  Did you make a resolution to eat better this year?  I know I did!  One way I'm doing that is by adding more greens into my diet.  Salads, wraps, sandwiches.  Whatever I can do to get more green in my diet - I'm trying!  Are you looking to add a little more green in your diet this year?  Great!  I'm sharing the best greens for you along with some easy recipes.  Kale - The superstar.  It seems like everyone is talking about kale lately.  It can help stimulate your immune system and is full of vitamins A, C and K.  It also helps with vision and blood clotting.  It can be seen in salads, on top of pizzas, in casseroles and everywhere you would use regular lettuce! Recipe Ideas: Kale Pesto Kale, Apple and Banana … [Read more...]