Have too many veggies to use up? This pasta salad is just what you need to use up that counter-full of fresh garden veggies. I love this time of year. Fresh, colorful vegetables in abundance make for light dinners and gorgeous salads.
The dressing for this salad is light and simple. You should have most of the ingredients in your pantry. Feel free to use fresh herbs if you have them. Do you see those two sweet basil leaves garnishing this pasta salad? Sadly, those were the only two leaves we were able to save from our dying basil plant. We had such high hope for it. My mom and sister drove to several, I do mean several, garden centers, stores, roadside markets to find this little basil plant for Ava to plant and much to her dismay it wilted and browned in matter of a few days. We are on the hunt for a new one.
Before summer ends you must make this salad. It’s super easy to throw together and makes a ton.
Summer is all about salads in my house. My daughter is now to the point she’s saying ‘Salad again tonight?’ There is nothing like a fresh summer salad. Here are some of my favorites that I can’t get enough of.
Thankfully, there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy them.
Vibrant and flavorful, these green beans are sure to liven up your summer dinners. This recipe is super easy to make. This is a bit ironic, because it has taken me several years to get it right. I’m not sure why I could never understand how to make a delicious green bean dish. I always sautéed them or roasted them. Every time I would serve a plate full of limp burnt green beans that no one would want to eat, including me!
The key to a gorgeous green bean dish is blanching. It seems like a silly meaningless step but it really is crucial! So don’t think you can skip this step. Make sure to blanch your beans before sauteing them.
Tell me what isn’t absolutely delicious covered in brown butter and garlic? Nothing! These beans glisten on your plate with a beautiful brown butter garlic coating. I added toasted almonds not only for a fun texture but they add so much flavor to this dish. Another step you must take – make sure to toast your almonds to reach maximum flavor potential.
This simple dish makes the perfect summer side dish – or in my case full on dinner! Don’t let fresh green beans intimidate you. A delicious recipe awaits.
These classic meatballs are super simple to make and taste like they have been simmering all day. I love this recipe because it only takes a few minutes to make and can be on the dinner table in no time.
Whenever I make this dish I always make sure to use the best quality ingredients I can find. Be sure to use local organic beef and the best marinara you can. By doing so, the flavors intensify and bring out the genuine Italian essence.
This recipe is easily modified if you are looking for gluten free options, you can use gf breadcrumbs and pasta. You can also use organic ground turkey or sausage in place of the ground beef.
This easy classic dish is perfect for any day of the week. Be sure to enjoy with a fresh summer salad!
I have a seriously good summer salad for you today. Grilled bread, fresh basil and sun ripened summer tomatoes. My knees feel a bit weak just looking at this salad. It is over the top blissful.
This is one of those salads that you take a bite and your whole body just relaxes! Ahh, all is right in the world for just a moment. The flavors are mouth-watering good.
If you have not had grilled bread before you must, must try this recipe NOW. Seriously, it is just amazing. Be sure to use the freshest summer tomatoes you can get your hands on. It will make all the difference in the world. You whatever add-ins you choose, artichokes, palm of hearts, peppers, cucumber. The varieties are endless.
Get lost in summer with this grilled bread summer tomato salad.
Lately, my appetite has been a little off. I’m usually the type to be planning lunch and dinner at breakfast. But the past week I haven’t been hungry for anything. That is until I made these cookies for Ava the other day. I can’t stop thinking about them. I actually had to stop myself from making a second batch in the same week.
The richness the touch of maple syrup and brown sugar add is amazing. I’ve always had a hard time finding the right texture of oatmeal cookies and I finally found it! These oatmeal cookies are perfectly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.
I used chocolate chips for these because that is what I had on hand. Honestly, though, I cannot wait to use raisins next time. Feel free to use whatever add-ins you prefer.
These will be the best oatmeal cookies you’ve had since you last had your grandma’s. This recipe is now a classic in my house and I know my grand kids will adore them as much as Ava does.
Today, I bid adieu to my 20’s and, like it or not, say hello to the 30’s! I’ve been dreading this day for the past year and now that it’s finally here I feel a bit relieved. No more worrying, it’s here to stay.
I’ve always thought that I would never be the type of person to worry about age. I’ve always felt young at heart and spunky no matter how old I got. Suddenly, I got old! My daughter tells me I cannot wear skinny jeans because I’m too old. I find myself spending far too long in the anti-wrinkle cream department. I have regular panic attacks that my hair is not trendy (Honestly, I would rather die than have some of these trendy hairstyles! Just sayin’.)
So today, I have decided to wholeheartedly embrace the fact that I have more knowledge, grace, confidence and passion than I did ten years ago.
If you need me I will be off enjoying one of my favorite scones and sipping a latte.
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!
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.
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.
These ricotta quinoa cakes are perfect for those days you crave luxurious Italian foods but know you should eat something a wee-bit healthier.
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.
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.
Enjoy while reminiscing your own Italian vacation.