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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe with a Rainbow of Veggies

This week marks the second week back to school for my teenagers.  They are less than thrilled (of course) and when asked what their favorite part of the school day is, the answer is usually lunch.  This cold chicken pasta salad recipe was tucked into their lunch boxes this week in an effort to send something other than sandwiches with them every day.  Last year, they got VERY sick of sandwiches!  Its hard to come up with healthy lunch box ideas, though.  Especially lunches that don't require heating up.  They really enjoyed this pasta salad … [Read more...]

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad Recipe with Bacon and Bleu Cheese

This creamy asparagus pasta salad recipe has been sponsored by Naturally Fresh® Brand Dressings and The Motherhood but all opinions are my own.When I was a kid, pasta salad was not my favorite thing to eat.  In fact, it was on my list of 'things to avoid at all cost' when we went to a picnic or to Grandma's house.  I wasn't the most adventurous eater as a child and it usually had weird things in it like tiny baby shrimp or miniature ears of corn.  No thanks, I told mom.  I'll have a hot dog.  Well, as an adult, I … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe with Grilled Cheese Croutons

This easy homemade tomato soup recipe topped with grilled cheese croutons is the perfect comfort food for a cold, winter day. This post has been sponsored but all opinions are my own.When I was asked to create my favorite comfort food recipe for a project with Cabot cheese, I knew I wanted to make some type of grilled cheese sandwich...all warm and gooey!  Of course, you can't have a grilled cheese sandwich without a tasty bowl of tomato soup.  The two just go together like peanut butter and jelly, right?  When I was young, my soup came … [Read more...]

Chicken and Potato Skillet Dinner Recipe

This Chicken and Potato Skillet Dinner Recipe has been sponsored, but all opinions expressed here are my own.The one thing I do not have a lot of right now is time.  I have lists.  I have deadlines.  I have kids with colds.  I do NOT, however, have a lot of free time.   I'm sure you can totally understand where I'm coming from right now.  If you are pressed for time and hate cleaning up a giant mess, a skillet dinner recipe is the perfect solution.  Of course, I firmly believe that skillet should be a … [Read more...]

Teriyaki Glazed Pork Belly Recipe with Jasmine Rice

A few years ago, my husband and I were on a motorcycle ride up to The Highlands of North Carolina and we stopped at a restaurant called Ruka's Table.  It was a farm to table, open seasonal hours sort of place that we absolutely LOVE to find on our trips.  We ordered an appetizer that was basically fried pork belly on baby greens.  It was my first experience with pork belly, having grown up in New England where such a thing just is not on the menu.  Well, fast forward a few years and last week my friendly local farmer tells me he has pork belly … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Pizza Recipe

I am going to share with you a little secret.  I take my kids to Stevie B's occasionally and they have a loaded baked potato pizza that is ridiculously delicious.  I know, fast food is horrible for me.  Loaded baked potato pizza is certainly NOT low fat.  My brain says 'NO, you should be eating salad!'.  I occasionally tell my brain to shut up and let my mouth enjoy something truly decadent!  Of course, making loaded baked potato pizza at HOME is a much cheaper and even slightly healthier alternative.  You aren't going to turn this delicious … [Read more...]

Chicken Taco Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Summer is just about here and like most moms, I am both excited about it and dreading it at the same time.  Schedules that are filled with pool parties and family vacations are much more enjoyable than the chaos of school projects and lost permission slips.  However, summer vacation also means bickering kids and a work at home mom who doesn't get much accomplished! The one thing I love about summer is getting together with friends for BBQs, picnics, and dinner at the pool.  Getting together with friends and family to share food is a great way … [Read more...]

Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

A few days ago I was writing a gardening post called 5 Plants for an Early Spring Garden.  I found a beautiful stock photo of beets to use in the post and have been craving them ever since!  When I was growing up, beets were strictly a canned food item and we didn't eat them very often.  I remember they were always rather bland and I had honestly never seen one with a stem and leaves still on them.  As a gardener, I have not had too much luck growing my own beets yet.  I keep trying but the heat here in Georgia makes keeping the soil  … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Roll Recipe with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce and a #NaturallyFresh Giveaway

This post is part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh® and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.I imagine a lot of people decided a few weeks ago that they were going to start eating healthier.  With the new year comes a renewed determination to be as healthy as possible.  Then, a month later we are invited to a huge football game party only to be tempted with fattening fried foods and snacks … [Read more...]