Tips for Cooking with Quinoa and 5 Easy Quinoa Recipes

I discovered quinoa a few years ago and it is a wonderful addition to a healthy pantry.  It tastes good, is super healthy and it's incredibly easy to cook with.  Before you dive into this amazing ingredient, however, you should read these tips for cooking with quinoa for guaranteed success!  I encourage you to start with a few easy quinoa recipes and see how delicious this ingredient can be!This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. … [Read more...]

25 of the Best Beet Recipes that Your Taste Buds Will Love!

I was chatting with my husband the other day and he was telling me about a natural beet juice he had at a local restaurant.  Yes, he was excited about beet juice!  I decided I needed to create a list of some of the best beet recipes on the Internet to offer him over the coming months.  Beets are incredibly healthy and since root vegetables are relatively inexpensive, they are a great way to boost nutrition without going broke.One of the best beet recipes I have tried myself is just adding them to a simple salad.  My Roasted Beet Salad … [Read more...]

How To Grill Meatballs and 5 Mouthwatering Meatball Recipes

If you have ever tried to grill meatballs, you may have encountered a few challenges.  If you don't know how to grill meatballs properly, you end up with crumbled bits of beef falling into your fire and not much to eat!  My husband and I have a Big Green Egg ceramic grill and we use it year round. We try to create all sorts of new recipes on the grill and not just stick to burgers or chicken breast.  If you want to try grilled meatballs this summer, I thought I would share a few tips that might increase your chances of success.  I will also … [Read more...]

Shrimp Avocado Salad Recipe with Cajun Lime Dressing

This Shrimp Avocado Salad Recipe was sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.Would you believe that I did not try my first avocado until I was in my twenties?  Seriously!  Isn't that crazy?  I grew up in a small town in Connecticut. My parents were not at all that adventurous when it came to food.  As wild as we got was a pizza from the local Italian restaurant.  Since I lived an hour outside of New York City, that wasn't such a crazy … [Read more...]

Fresh Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

This weekend I went to our local farmer's market and was surprised to find a local farmer still offering fresh broccoli.  He said this was his last batch until fall since the weather has been so warm already.  I grabbed a pound of it and came home to make this fresh broccoli cheese soup recipe.  Broccoli and cheddar go brilliantly together and this is an easy one pot meal that is nice and filling.  It's a great addition to your Meatless Monday recipe lineup as well!  Doesn't it look heavenly?This post contains affiliate links. If you make … [Read more...]

Easy Cinnamon Raisin Muffin Recipe to Start Your Morning Off Right!

Summer is almost here and my children have 3 days until they are out of school.  I'm sure you are all well aware how much children tend to eat while they are home for the summer.  This cinnamon raisin muffin recipe is one of MANY baked goods I will be making in the coming months.  In an effort to keep my grocery budget under control, I need to start doing quite a bit of baking.  My teens are active and hungry and can go through a box of organic snack food in about 30 seconds.  A nice batch of homemade muffins will last 2 days if I'm lucky. … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Rhubarb and 5 Easy Rhubarb Recipes

When I was growing up in New England, my parents always had a garden.  In their garden, the one thing that came back year after year was rhubarb.  My mom was a master at knowing how to freeze rhubarb because she had so much of the stuff it was insane.  She used to tell my dad that she didn't care how much darn rhubarb there was in the garden, he should leave it there because she had WAY too much of the stuff.  She had a ton of rhubarb recipes in her repertoire and I was always thrilled to find a strawberry rhubarb pie waiting for me for … [Read more...]

Zesty Jalapeno and Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe and Choosing the Best Eggs

This Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe has been sponsored by CafeMom and Nellie's® Free Range Eggs. All opinions expressed here are my own.Summer is almost here and the weather is warming up quickly.  In less than one month, our pool will be open for kids to swim in. The pool parties, BBQs, and picnics will soon begin in full force. Summer in the south means plenty of watermelon, grilled meat, and picnic side dishes. One of my all time favorite side dishes at summer picnics is deviled eggs.  I absolutely LOVE them and found some amazing variations … [Read more...]

This Easy Taco Pizza Recipe is a Simple Dinner Idea that Everyone will Love!

Over the last year or so, I have gotten rather lazy with my weeknight meals.  There are only so many easy dinner ideas in my repertoire and I find myself falling back on the same few over and over again.  While I enjoy creativity in the kitchen on the weekends, I generally want fast and easy during the week.  Homework and after school activities have us pretty busy Monday through Friday.  This easy taco pizza recipe was a new one for us and it was relatively quick to throw together.  If you need simple dinner idea, this easy  taco pizza is a … [Read more...]

BBQ Pulled Pork Taco Recipe with Pineapple Coleslaw

This pulled pork taco recipe has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.Having grown up in New England, I honestly never saw a taco until I moved down to Houston after college. Seriously, I never had one bite of Mexican food until I was in my twenties.  Is that not crazy?  Once I moved to Texas, however, I quickly learned to love all the flavors of Mexican cuisine.  But, the same old recipes get old after a while right?  If you are planning a Cinco de Mayo celebration or are a fan of Taco Tuesday, try getting creative … [Read more...]

Chili and Lime Roasted Corn Salad with Avocado and Chicken

This roasted corn salad recipe was sponsored by Sunshine Sweet Corn as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I am starting to turn my taste buds to the flavors of Mexican cuisine.  Tacos and burritos are delicious but there is SO much more to the flavors of Mexico than that!  When I am looking to add some lighter foods into my fiesta menu, salads are a great option.  However, you don't want a standard side salad or olive loaded Greek salad to go … [Read more...]

Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe with Ginger and Honey

Disclosure: This Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #StopPainNow #CollectiveBiasMany years ago, I went to the doctor for a muscle spasm in my shoulder that would not go away.  Little did I know that it was the beginning of a very long battle with chronic pain. After a year of over the counter pain medications and muscle relaxers, my doctor sent me to physical therapy because I was getting worse instead of better.  Years later, with a diagnosis of Myofascial Pain … [Read more...]

25 Crock Pot Potato Recipes that are Hearty and Delicious!

I have become best friends with my crock pot.  It is seriously a busy mom's solution to chaotic weeknight meals.  If you are looking for hearty and delicious crock pot potato recipes, this collection will make feeding your family incredibly simple.  Potatoes are one of those staples that I always have in my house.  Along with a few other staples, you can quickly whip up dinner in the morning so that by the time you are ready to eat, very little is required of your utterly exhausted mind and body.  Crock pots are seriously the best way to stay … [Read more...]

Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking

This Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking post has been sponsored by Musselman's applesauce but all opinions expressed here are my own.This applesauce quick bread recipe is the perfect after school snack for your hungry kids.  And the key to proper snacking is that you choose healthier, good for you options! Not too long ago, I read an article which suggested that snacking is unhealthy.  I started doing some research on why they would suggest such a thing. I found that 90 percent of the articles assumed … [Read more...]

This Chocolate Dipped Apricots Recipe is a Deliciously Healthy Dessert!

I have always had a horrible sweet tooth and honestly, I see nothing wrong with indulging in desserts regularly.  I choose to make desserts from scratch most of the time and use real butter, heavy cream and plenty of organic sugar.  Of course, this comes with a fairly high calorie count so I try to balance my love of sweets with healthy dessert options when I can.  This chocolate dipped apricots recipe is the perfect balance between deliciously sweet and slightly healthy.  All the flavor and less of the guilt!  It is also incredibly easy to … [Read more...]

This Healthy Sloppy Joe Recipe is Perfect for Family Dinner!

Family dinner is something I am passionate about in my house.  While it is hard some days with the kid's schedule or my husband traveling, most days you will find us at the dinner table together eating a shared meal.  This healthy sloppy joe recipe was on the menu this week and it was a big hit with everyone in the house. The key thing that makes sloppy joes unique is that the sauce is slightly sweet.  Or, at least, that is what my husband tells me.  Rather than adding sugar to this recipe, you puree medjool dates in just a … [Read more...]

Sausage, Corn and Potato Chowder Recipe

This sausage, corn and potato chowder recipe is creamy, flavorful and has just the right amount of kick to it.  After a week of cold, wet London weather, I am finally back in Atlanta.  And what are we expecting for the next few days?  More cold, wet weather!  With a hint of snow coming tonight and temperatures heading below freezing, I decided last night that I was in the mood for a warm and spicy soup.  Soup is one of my favorite meals during the winter. Add a hint of cayenne pepper to it and it will warm you up from the inside out.  Doesn't … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate Crinkles Christmas Cookie Recipe

My favorite part of the holidays is the baking!  These easy chocolate crinkles remind me of my childhood and are a delicious treat every Christmas. When I graduated from college I went back home to Connecticut for one week to gather my things and move down to Texas.  I packed all the stuff I thought was important like my clothes and my books.  Everything was shipped down to Houston and  I was excited to be starting a new life.  When the holidays rolled around I quickly realized that I did not have a single Christmas cookie recipe from my … [Read more...]

Use Cranberry Sauce Leftovers in This Easy Sandwich Recipe!

This cranberry sauce leftovers recipe has been sponsored by Pepperidge Farm® but all opinions expressed here are my own.There are certain foods that I grew up on that I have come to realize were not all that delicious.  Canned cranberry sauce is one of them.  My mom was a great cook but for some reason, we ALWAYS used canned cranberry sauce rather than homemade.  When I got out on my own after college, I decided to try my hand at making it from scratch.  It was beyond delicious and every year I make a double batch because I could eat … [Read more...]