Grilled Avocado Chicken Salads

This is such an easy and delicious summer dinner.  Grilled Avocado with chicken salad is sure to become your new summer go to dinner.  With little to no clean up and just a few minutes of grill time this dish is a no-fuss deal!

grilled avocado chicken salad

Until just recently I had never had grilled avocados before.  Quite honestly I’m not sure where I’ve been on that one!  They are so amazingly good.  It’s definitely a game changer.  They develop a wonderful crisp outside and keep their creamy, melt in your mouth inside.  It’s truly delicious.

grilled avocado

I used this skinny chicken salad to fill the grilled avocados.  Our summer dinners are forever changed!  These grilled avocado chicken salads would be perfect for appetizers at a summer soiree or girls luncheon.  Fancy yet so simple to put together.

grilled avocado chicken

Grilled Avocado Chicken Salads
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Recipe type: lunch
Serves: 2
  • 2 Avocados, I used California Avocados
  • 1 C chicken salad
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T seasoning rub, I used Stubbs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat grill
  2. Halve avocados, remove pit and carefully peel skin off.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over avocados and season with rub, salt and pepper.
  4. Grill avocados for about 5 minutes on each side or until slight grill marks appear.
  5. Remove from grill and fill each half avocado cavity with about ¼ C chicken salad.
  6. Enjoy!


Ricotta Quinoa Cakes

These ricotta quinoa cakes are perfect for those days you crave luxurious Italian foods but know you should eat something a wee-bit healthier.

Ricotta quinoa cakes

Lately, it seems like everyone on my Instagram is off on some wonderful Italian vacation!  All their photos leave me hungry and wanting to get my passport ready.

ricotta cakes

Let these delicate quinoa ricotta cakes transport you to Italy, even if just for a moment.  Full of simple delicious flavors! I love how each cake is perfectly crisp on the outside with a creamy center.

You could surely eat these plain but I preferred mine dipped in a bit of marinara.  They make the perfect light lunch, dinner or appetizer.

ricotta quinoa cakes petit foodie

Enjoy while reminiscing your own Italian vacation.

Ricotta Quinoa Cakes
Recipe type: quinoa
  • 1 ½ C quinoa, cooked
  • 1 T flour
  • 1 T parmesan
  • ¼ C ricotta
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • ¼ C Italian bread crumbs
  • Oil, for lightly frying
  • Marinara, for serving
  1. In a medium bowl combine quinoa, flour, Parmesan, ricotta, salt and pepper.
  2. Make sure you blend the ricotta in well until completely spread out and smooth. No clumps.
  3. Form in to 6 round patties.
  4. Press each side of the patties into the breadcrumbs and gently place on parchment paper.
  5. Heat small amount of oil in a non-stick pan.
  6. Place two-three patties in the pan and cook until golden brown on each side.
  7. Serve with warm marinara.

Summer Quinoa Salad with Fig & Onion Dressing

This summer quinoa salad with fig dressing is the ultimate summer picnic salad.  Packed full of summer flavors like, sweet corn and refreshing local strawberries.  Summer wrapped in a cozy fig dressing.  The fig dressing adds an in-depth flavor that really brings the rustic quinoa, sweet corn and strawberries together.

quinoa and fig dressing

Make your summer picnics easy and delicious with Hamptons Lane July box.  Full of great ingredients that let you get creative and step outside the usual picnic dishes.  My family and I love to picnic but get tired of the same old potato and macaroni salads.  I came up with this summer quinoa salad to really liven up our summer picnics.  It’s light but packed full of flavor and protein, to keep you full without feeling weighed down.

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The fig & onion jam dressing is seriously to die for.  It has so many dimensions and tastes wonderful.  The fig and peach balsamic vinegar pair so well together.  They combine to bring a richness and touch of summer to the dressing.

fig dress with quinoa salad

This is one summer salad you won’t want to miss.

Recipe type: salad
  • {Dressing}
  • 2 T Anarchy in a Jar fig & onion jam
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T peach white balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp Pommery’s Meaux Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
  • {Quinoa Salad}
  • ½ C quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • ⅓ C sweet corn
  • ½ C strawberries, cleaned and cut
  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients. Adjust salt and pepper to your taste.
  2. In a medium bowl combine quinoa, sweet corn and strawberries.
  3. Pour dressing over the quinoa mixture and stir until coated with the dressing.
  4. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Hamptons Lane provided me with their July box to try.  I was not, otherwise compensated for this recipe.  Opinions, recipe and photos are my own. 

Petit Girls Guide: Summer Must Haves

Happy First Day of Summer!!  Here are a few of my summer must haves!  These are all the things I”m currently loving!

summer must haves

Oikos Greek Frozen Yogurt – This stuff is the perfect treat to cool you down on a hot summer evening.

Tarte Golden Days – Such fun colors to really make you glow this summer.  Stunning.

Sea Salt Spray – Get beach hair no matter where you are.  This gives your hair a wonderful ‘just came from the beach’ feel.

Loccitane SPF lip gloss – lip glass with SPF is a must!!!

Sanuk – Flip flops made from yoga mats! My daughter received a pair of these for her birthday and they are so comfy! I’m just sad we don’t wear the same size yet!

Summer Dress – I’ve been dying over this summer dress!! It is so stinkin’ cute!

Strawberry Sangria – Don’t forget the summer sangria!


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Nutella Popsicles

Today, I have an extra creamy and rich dessert treat for your.  These Nutella popsicles are the perfect summer evening treat.  If you are using a zoku maker they come together in minutes.  If you don’t have a zoku maker you have to have some patients but it’s well worth the wait, trust me! Nutella Popsicle

Rich with Nutella and chocolate-y flavor they cold pops are a necessity for summer.  Nutella has been all the rage for a few years now.  I have consciously made a point to stay away from it.  Far away.  I knew once I started I wouldn’t be able to stop.  Boy, was I right!!  I should have never started.  I find myself craving just one little scoop late at night.

Now I have one more excuse to eat Nutella!  Ava begs for me to make these Nutella popsicles.  I have to remind us both that these are treat Popsicle!  But it’s so hard when they are so delicious.

Nutella Pops

You could easily use coconut milk or almond milk!  Any milk you choose should result in a dreamy popsicle!

Nutella Popsicles
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 5 pops
  • 1 C milk
  • ¼ C Nutella
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Whisk together milk, Nutella, cocoa powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Pour chocolate mixture into zoku popsicle maker and let freeze according to zoku directions.
  3. If you do not have zoku maker pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.


Ava Turns Nine

Today, Ava turns nine-years-old!!! My goodness, I will be the woman in the corner with a tissue box crying her eyes out!  Nine years has gone by much too fast.

ava's birthday

This year we celebrated Ava’s birthday with spa party!  We had pedicures, pizza bites and, of course, cup cakes.  It was relaxing and super fun for the girls!

Ava birthday cake


avas bday party

pizza bites

ava rose petals

goodie bags

Berry Salad with Peach Balsamic Vinaigrette

A fresh summer salad is truly hard to beat.  This berry salad with peach balsamic vinaigrette literally burst with flavor in your mouth.  You will crave this salad long after it’s gone, trust me!

berry salad with peach balsamic vinaigrette

I love the gorgeous colors in this salad.  The pop of the bright red strawberries and the contrast of the deep rich purple black berries make this salad an eye-pleasure.  I added some slivered blanched almond for a fun crunch.  Afterward, I decided pecans, pine nuts or sunflower seeds would be a great fit, as well.

berry salad

Let me gush about this Peach Balsamic vinaigrette for a moment.  You see my mom brought me this peach white balsamic vinegar several months ago and since I have been dreaming every day of a fresh summer salad with perfectly ripened berries.  I could think of nothing sweeter in all the lands.  I patiently waited and didn’t even open it until last weekend to make this salad.  Needless to say, I doubt the vinegar will be around long.  It is quite amazing.  While I want to dream of other uses for it I think most of it will be made into this vinaigrette.

berry salad

This sweet berry salad with peach balsamic vinaigrette is a must for hot summer days ahead!

Berry Salad with Peach Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Serves: 2
  • 3 C mixed greens salad
  • ½ C strawberries, cleaned and hulled
  • ¼ C black berries, cleaned
  • 2 T slivered almonds
  • 1 small Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 small carrot, shredded
  • Peach Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 2.5 T peach white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 t sugar
  • Small pinch of salt and pepper
  1. Divide greens into two bowls
  2. Top the greens with berries, almonds, tomato and carrot.
  3. In a small glass jar with a fitted lid (I used a ball canning jar), combine vinegar, oil, sugar, salt and pepper.
  4. Give jar a good shake until all the vinaigrette is well emulsified.
  5. Pour 2 T of vinaigrette over each salad. You will a little bit of vinaigrette left over for later use.


Easy Blueberry Crisp

This easy blueberry crisp come together in just a few minutes and make weeknight dessert totally do able.  I made these wonderful individual crisps for Ava one night.  She had a long day of end of year testing and needed a special treat to perk her up.  These did the trick!

blueberry crisp

A warm, sweet and bursting with color this crisp is an eye-catcher.  If you are in need of a quick no-fuss dessert recipe throw this blueberry crisp together and impress your family or guests.  To make this crisp even easier I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free honey granola.  It was made life so much easier and was the perfect combination with these plump blueberries.

easy blueberry crisp

Always top with a healthy dollop of whipped cream.  The contrast of the warm bubbly crisp and cool fluffy whipped cream is amazing.  It doesn’t get much sweeter than digging into this crisp on a warm summer evening as the sun is going down.

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Easy Blueberry Crisp
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Serves: 3
  • 2 C blueberries
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 3 T gluten free granola
  • 1 T butter
  • Whipped cream
  • ½ C whipping cream
  • 3 tsp powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Combine blueberries, brown sugar, corn starch.
  3. Pour blueberry mixture into 3 small oven-safe jars
  4. Top with gluten free granola and butter.
  5. Bake 30 minutes until blueberries are bubbling.
  6. While cooking using a mixer whip whipping cream, sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.
  7. Once crisps are done remove from oven and let slightly cool.
  8. Top each with a dollop of whip cream.


Nutella Glazed Italian Donuts

A delicious melt in your mouth donut has never tasted so good or been so easy to make! Transport yourself to Italy with these Nutella glazed Italian donuts.

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Fried donuts are a true treat in my house.  It is not often we sink our teeth into warm crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside golden rings of goodness.  These Italian donuts are super easy to make and literally melt in your mouth.

Nutella donuts

This is my go to Italian dough.  I always use Red Star Yeast active dry yeast for this recipe.  The dough never fails to rise perfectly, after sitting in a warm place for an hour.  I make the full recipe and set half of the dough aside for a pizza or more donuts later.

Nutella Italian donuts

I topped these Italian donuts with a decadent Nutella glaze.  One bite and you are sure to deem these swoon-worthy.  Nutella glazed Italian donuts are the perfect weekend treat for your family.

Nutella Glazed Italian Donuts
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A delicious melt in your mouth donut has never tasted so good or been so easy to make! Transport yourself to Italy with these Nutella glazed Italian donuts.
Recipe type: donut
Serves: 1 dozen
  • (Donut Recipe)
  • 3 C AP flour
  • 1 C warm water
  • 1 T Red Star Yeast active dry yeast
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Oil for frying
  • (Nutella Glaze Recipe)
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 3 T Nutella
  • 4 T whipping cream
  • Pinch of salt
  1. (Donut Directions)
  2. In a small bowl, whisk warm water, yeast and sugar.
  3. Set aside until yeast is proofed. Mixture will be foamy and fragrant.
  4. Whisk in oil and salt.
  5. Slowly add in 2.5 cups flour to the yeast mixture.
  6. Knead dough by hand for about 5 minutes until small smooth ball forms. Adding the remaining ½ cup of flour as needed.
  7. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover for 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size.
  8. Divide dough in half. Reserving half the dough for later use.
  9. Pour oil into a heavy bottomed pot, about 2 inches up the pan and heat to 350*F.
  10. Roll remaining dough out to 1 inch thickness.
  11. Using a donut cutter cut out donuts.
  12. Place donuts into hot oil and cook about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.
  13. Using a slotted spoon or tongs remove donuts and place on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.
  14. (Nutella Glaze Directions)
  15. In a medium bowl, whisk together Nutella, milk, powdered sugar and pinch of salt until smooth.
  16. Once donuts are cooled-gently dip top of donuts into the Nutella glaze.
  17. Shake off excess glaze and place donut on cookie cooling rack.
  18. Serve as is or add sprinkles, nuts, coconut.

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Vegan Macaroni Salad

The other day Ava and I were shopping in Whole Foods she received a sample cucumber sandwich with some vegan mayo on it.  She went crazy for the mayo.  Ava insisted that we just had to buy it because it was so good.  So we bought a jar and she proceeded to tell everyone how amazing this ‘mano’ was.  I didn’t have the heart to correct her.

vegan macaroni salad

Summer BBQ’s and picnics are never complete without a classic American macaroni salad.  Pasta, garden fresh tomato and cucumber all wrapped up in creamy mayo make me a bit nostalgic for childhood.  Never did a summer get together go by without it.  I really missed having it around summer after summer.

vegan macaroni

I’m so excited to bring this classic dish back for my family.  I just made it a bit healthier with the help of vegan mayo.  Ava, not surprisingly, loved this pasta salad.

vegan macaroni salad

Don’t forget this classic macaroni salad at your next summer festivities.  Your guest will adore it!

Vegan Macaroni Salad
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Recipe type: side
Serves: 5 cups
  • ¾ lb macaroni, cooked to package directions
  • 1 C vegan mayo
  • ½ small sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ½ cucumber diced
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Making sure all ingredients are coated with the mayo.
  2. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. *Using vegan mayo make just 1 hour before serving. The creamy consistence does not hold up after several hours.
  4. *You could substitute vegan mayo with regular.


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