Sweet potato was never my thing growing up, I'm not sure what changed but I can't get enough of it now! They say your taste buds change every so often, or maybe I just learned how to cook and prepare it ways I liked it! I absolutely love baking these thicker rounds, despite most recipes usually calling for them to be much thinner. If you let them bake long enough the outside gets crispy and the inside is almost like mashed potato and it is a-maz-ing. Seasoned with a little olive oil, salt & pepper these come out with that perfect sweet & salty flavor combo and are so simple to prepare and pop in the oven. Healthy, easy, and delish? That's my kind of recipe!
Hi everyone! It's been a busy week this week so I haven't posted a recipe since last Monday, but in tradition with what I've been doing over the last few weeks I wanted to make up another fun healthy alternative this Monday! I truly believe in trying to start the week off with good eating habits to make sticking to it through the week a little easier, and allowing more guilt free splurging over the weekend. This cheesy zucchini has been on my mind to try lately and I'm so glad I finely attempted making some, because it was so good!! Mac & Cheese is one of my favorite guilty pleasures when it comes to food, and after a few of my other zoodle recipes came out good (asiago zoodles & white wine garlic zoodles) I couldn't wait to attempt a cheesy version. This recipe is best served as a side dish... can't wait to try this again and throw some protein to make more of a meal out of it! I encourage you to get creative with this. With that being said, let's get to it!
The secret to perfect broccolini? Boil it a few minutes before sautéing! Seriously, makes a world of difference in how tender it is. Broccolini has quickly become one of my favorite go to veggies to cook up at night because it is so quick and easy and, in my opinion, actually tastes great!
Another light and healthy Monday here, trying to do my best to get back into the swing of things during the week days! Caesar salad is one of my very favorite classics, and while I love the basic caesar or chicken caesar salads, adding in avocado and subbing shrimp for chicken strips is just so. darn. good! I also always use a yogurt based dressing to cut calories and up protein intake, to be honest I prefer it to regular caesar so win win situation! With swim suit season in full force it's time to up the salad intake and I'm trying to make that as delish as possible for the both of us!
Hi y'all, happy national asparagus day! I'll be honest, I'm really not that big of an asparagus fan. It totally depends on how it is cooked and is so hit or miss for me. I made these apprehensively as I wasn't sure if they'd come out chewy, stringy or with good flavor for a "fry" and I ended up so pleasantly surprised by how good they were! Not stringy or chewy at all, and a really soft flavor that tasted great with the parmesan bread crumb coating. Best part is since these are baked and not fried they really are pretty healthy... and taste so much better than plain old asparagus! I made up a garlic parmesan dipping sauce to go with it, totally optional! I think ranch or ketchup or any plain sauce would taste great!
Y'all, these are so addicting! If you've got a party or event to make up an appetizer for I can't recommend this enough. It takes about 5 minutes of my time to put together and then the crock-pot takes care of the rest. Recipes that are so little effort & ingredients, yet are big hits are the best, am I right?! The flavor is incredible and they are so tender from being in the crock-pot. Enjoy!
Summer is just around the corner which means BBQs and outdoor parties, where you pretty much always find a good pasta salad! I had my first "summer party" yesterday celebrating a friend's baby shower and this salad was the perfect addition to an amazing food spread! I can't wait to share some more fun and creative pasta salads with you throughout the summer, but I figured a nice basic Italian pasta salad would be a good one to start with. Cheers to good weather, good friends, and good food y'all!
Hey y'all! If you like goat cheese & sun dried tomatoes these cucumber bites are so delicious and make a perfect party appetizer. The combo of the two flavors is delicious, and I always love using cucumber as a base instead of crackers to cut carbs and because it has such a nice light flavor. Another reason to love these? They're relatively inexpensive and so quick to put together - I love low effort dishes like this to have out as bites at a party. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!
Hi, happy Monday everyone! Last night on the menu was this yummy fried rice, fried in sesame oil (and butter) to go with slow cooked Mongolian beef. I absolutely love making Chinese food dishes at home because I feel so much healthier, even if it's "comfort food" because I can control all the sodium and oils and things going into it. If you haven't made fried rice before, it's a lot easier than you might think. The sesame oil and butter gives such a nice flavor and then soy sauce for the yummy fried rice taste and color. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Happy Sunday everyone! Last weekend I made bacon wrapped pigs in a blanket and with plenty of leftover lil smokies I figured I'd use them up in something new to share with you this weekend. How fun are these bite size corn dogs?! They were so easy to make up... I mean it, even if you aren't a pro at frying things up at home you'll be able to make these. I served them as a game day appetizer and love the idea of having them out as a party platter or just making them for a fun dinner. I used the Hillshire Farms recipe as a guideline on these, making a couple small tweaks and they came out fab!