Grilled Shrimp with Cheddar Grits and an Outdoor Entertaining Recipe Roundup

This grilled shrimp recipe has been sponsored by Foodie and Mode Media but all opinions expressed here are my own.Now that the nice weather is finally here, my husband and I are sweeping off the patio, cleaning up the outdoor furniture and looking forward to having friends over for food and fun. Outdoor Entertaining during the summer is a great way to spend a Friday night without wasting a ton of money on theme park tickets or spending hours in your car. You can have friends over and feed them awesome food without a whole lot of work on … [Read more...]

Pasta with Goat Cheese and Asparagus Recipe

Back when I was a kid, Sundays were a time of rest. Other than church, there really wasn't much going on during a Sunday afternoon. As a result, mom had all day to hang around the house while a roast cooked in the oven. We frequently had a fancy Sunday dinner that included a roasted chicken or New England style pot roast that had slow cooked in the oven for several hours. Nowadays, Sundays seem to be a bit more complicated. There are kids activities to deal with, errands to run, a house to clean and a to do list that is way too long. However, I … [Read more...]

Black Beans and Rice with Sausage Recipe

I buy my sausage from a small. local farmer and the flavor is downright amazing. It is not particularly cheap so I try to find ways to include it in sausage recipes where it is merely a small part of the total recipe. Cutting back on meat consumption is easier if you substitute some of the meat with beans instead. This works well in assorted Mexican dishes like this black bean and rice recipe as well as tacos, burritos, etc. I usually use organic black beans in a can because I am rather lazy and hate having to cook the beans ahead of time. If … [Read more...]

Barbecue Chicken Sandwich with Zesty Coleslaw Recipe

When I was growing up I am pretty sure I never once had barbecue. Yes, I know...I was horribly neglected growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut and it isn't that my dad didn't grill meat. He could grill stuff up that tasted delicious but there was no actual barbecue sauce involved. When I moved to Texas after college I learned SO much about what real barbecue really is! In Texas, a good BBQ always involves beef. Not pork, chicken or any other type of meat. Only beef. And the sauces are always spicy, not sweet. Here in Georgia it seems like … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Chunky Butternut Squash Soup

I am compensated for the posts I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own.Eating seasonally is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint but in the middle of winter, it is often hard to know what to eat. Cold weather is the perfect time for homemade soups and seasonal produce such as squash and root vegetables. Chunky butternut squash soup is not only delicious, but is also an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional chicken noodle soup option as it uses seasonally grown veggies! Check out the recipe on the SC … [Read more...]

Easy Kale Recipe: Sausage and Kale Saute with Brown Rice

This easy kale recipe has been sponsored by Nature's Greens but all opinions expressed here are my own.One of the easiest ways to improve your diet is to make sure you eat a rainbow of foods every day. That does NOT mean you should be eating red cupcakes, green shamrock smoothies and orange Cheetos! Sorry, people! The rainbow of colors has to come from nature, not a bottle of food coloring! Boldly colored fruits and vegetables tend to be the ones that are the healthiest for us and dark green leafy greens like kale are loaded with heart … [Read more...]

Creamy Tomato Soup with Basil

I was provided with one or more of the products shown in this post for review purposes but all opinions expressed are my own.Do you have a food that you crave when you are not feeling well, stressed out, or just want a bit of "yum" in an otherwise dreary day? My comfort food has always been a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. In fact, I think I ate that meal almost every single day for my second pregnancy. Other foods did not appeal to me at all but a gooey grilled cheese sandwich and a can of tomato soup hit the spot. Well, bread … [Read more...]

Shrimp Fajita Rice Bowl Recipe #15MinuteSuppers

Over the last few weeks I have been trying very hard to eat gluten free. I am hoping it helps with some inflammatory issues I am having but it is a real struggle for me to not starve to death. Honestly, I have a serious love affair with grains...whether it is cereal, toast, pasta or Cheetos I just hear those carbs calling to me from my pantry. I have had to change the way I eat rather drastically but so far so good. Last week I made my Shrimp Fajita Omelette which was delicious and this week I decided to stay with the fajita theme and make a … [Read more...]

Shrimp Fajita Omelette Recipe #15MinuteSuppers

I love Mexican food and am particularly partial to meats, veggies, cheese, etc all wrapped up in a tasty flour tortilla. Since I am trying to eat gluten free, tortillas are a huge no no. The other day I was drooling over an omelette recipe and realized that the egg part of it looked remarkably like my beloved flour tortilla. Since I had shrimp and a few other fajita ingredients I decided to see if I could create an omelette recipe that would remind me of a shrimp fajita. I was pleasantly surprised with the results! Served with a side of salsa, … [Read more...]

Porcupine Meatball Recipe and Target Simply Balanced

This meatball recipe and discussion about Target Simply Balanced has been sponsored by Glam Media on behalf of Target but all opinions expressed here are my own.Now that I am finally getting rid of all the cookies and candy in this house from the holidays it is time to get serious about eating healthy. I have decided to try to reduce the amount of gluten in my diet for the next couple of months to see if I can get my hyperactive inflammatory response under control. I find myself wondering what exactly I can eat any more and have become even … [Read more...]

Thai Inspired Cabbage Rolls

Cool weather means the disappearance of many of my favorite summer veggies. Gone is the corn on the cob, bright heirloom tomatoes, and local green beans. Rather than choosing non local vegetables, I am trying to embrace a few of the cool weather produce items instead. This isn't always easy....cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and winter squash are not always well received by my kids. I came across a recipe for vegetable cabbage rolls using tofu and a few Thai spices that I thought sounded promising. (see the original recipe at Food Inspired By)  … [Read more...]

Easy Pasta Recipe: Fettuccine with Grilled Chicken in a Tomato Cream Sauce

This easy pasta recipe has been sponsored by Contadina and Glam Media but all opinions expressed here are my own. The holidays are a chaotic time of year and after 2 weeks of company I have learned a new appreciation for people who have to cook for a large family on a regular basis. I never realized how hard it was to feed a crowd but this easy pasta recipe was a big hit and can be scaled up or down, depending on how many people you are feeding. Pasta is filling and much of this meal can be made up ahead of time so that dinner can … [Read more...]

Need Leftover Turkey Recipes? Try Turkey Quesadillas! #CansGetYouCooking

This post about  Leftover Turkey Recipes is brought to you by Mom It Forward but all opinions expressed here are my own.The holidays are a chaotic time of year and while I love to cook from scratch, there are certain shortcuts I take around this time of year to help maintain my sanity. The pizza guy comes to my house a bit more often but since that isn't particularly healthy I try not too call him TOO much. I have found that cooking quick and healthy meals and desserts is much easier when I start from canned foods rather than from scratch. … [Read more...]

Fight a Cold Naturally with Spicy Lemongrass Soup and Kleenex! #KleenexTarget

This discussion on how to fight a cold naturally is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign withPollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KleenexTarget the last 14 years I have been working as a pharmacy technician at our local pharmacy. I am pretty sure that in those 14 years I have seen about 12  million people suffering from colds and flu. Inevitably they ask me "What can I take to get rid of this cold?". Well, I hate to tell you this but there is NO magic pill to … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Pot Pie

I am compensated for the articles I write for the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog but all opinions expressed are my own.Growing up, one of my mom's favorite meals to make during the fall was chicken pot pie. Nowadays, most people associate pot pies with little, round, frozen things you buy at the grocery store, but they are actually very easy to make from scratch. By substituting an array of vegetables for the chicken in this dish, you have an easy Meatless Monday recipe that is both flavorful and filling. You can top the pot pie with a pie … [Read more...]

Salmon au Gratin Recipe and a Wilton Armetale Giveaway

This Salmon au Gratin Recipe has been inspired by a product I received for review but all opinions expressed here are my own.Every couple of months I make a trip to Whole Foods and stock up on seafood. Having grown up in New England I can honestly say that there are very few seafood dishes that I don't care for but I want my fish fresh and sustainably harvested. Wild caught salmon is one of my favorite dishes to make and this salmon au gratin recipe turned out delicious. The thing I love most about salmon is that it is so versatile. You can … [Read more...]

Creamy Spaghetti Casserole Recipe and our #CleanPlate Dinner

Disclosure: Compensation for this Creamy Spaghetti Casserole Recipe was provided by Contadina via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ContadinaMy husband's all time favorite meal is lasagna and do you know how often I make it for him? Once a year. Why? Because I have an intense dislike of layering things with lasagna noodles. Trying to get them to cook properly is hard enough...they always seem to stick together and I end up burning my fingers trying to … [Read more...]

Need Healthy Tuna Recipes? Try Soft Tuna Tacos with Pineapple Salsa! #OceanNaturals

I am providing this information about healthy tuna recipes because I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.Having grown up in New England along the shores of Long Island Sound, I learned to love seafood at a very early age. Maine lobster, clam rolls with homemade tartar sauce, and just about every type of fish you could imagine with a squeeze of fresh lemon. Back then, nobody really stopped to consider the … [Read more...]

Sausage, Potato and Asparagus Casserole Recipe

This Sausage, Potato and Asparagus Casserole Recipe is sponsored by Klondike Brands® and Green Giant® Fresh but all opinions expressed here are my own.There is nothing I like more than an easy casserole recipe, especially when it starts with real, actual food ingredients and not packages of premade seasonings and cans of condensed soup. Not that I don't use those things occasionally but I do try and limit them. Fresh, whole ingredients can easily be made into a casserole with the addition of a cream sauce, some seasonings, and a handful of … [Read more...]