Easy Black Bean Soup

Soup | January 21, 2020 | By

Easy Black Bean Soup recipe ~ 5 ingredients and stove to table in under under 30 minutes. This soup is loaded with delicious flavor, protein and fiber making it the ideal healthy weeknight meal.

There are a lot of days that demand an easy, no-fuss meal and if you can find one that goes from stove to table in under 30 minutes, all the better.

This delicious, healthy, power-packed meal cooks all in one pot with just 5 simple ingredients

I originally created this recipe after a trip to Key West several years ago where the breezes are balmy, the Rum Runners flow and there’s a definite Cuban flair to many dishes, including Black Bean Soup.  With the help of a jar of salsa verde, this soup hits every flavor mark and a quick pulse with an immersion blender it has just the right velvety texture. 

It’s soup season. Let’s make soup!

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Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Appetizers & Beverages | January 17, 2020 | By

These Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls made in the air fryer combine two favorite appetizers: egg rolls and buffalo chicken dip for one over the top treat! Egg roll wrappers filled with shredded chicken, cheese, buffalo sauce and ranch dressing then air fried to crisp will be the best appetizer at the party!

Whether you just got an air fryer and are trying to decide which recipe to make first or you’ve had one for a while, you’re going to love this recipe.

I don’t say that often because everyone’s taste is different but this a marriage between egg rolls and buffalo chicken dip? Oh man – what’s not to love?

Easy to make, Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls for the win!

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Chocolate Covered Fruit

fruit covered in chocolate

Dessert | January 15, 2020 | By

Chocolate Covered Fruit ~ fresh fruit dipped in dark chocolate. This healthy dessert tastes amazing and looks fancy, but is incredibly easy to make!

Valentine’s Day . . . game day . . . pretty much any day ending in Y is the right time to make these little beauties because fruit dipped in chocolate just tastes better. Can I get a high five on that one?

Chocolate Covered Fruit is not only delicious and impressive looking, but healthier than many other dessert options and takes just minutes to make.

I published a healthy fruit dip a while back but dipping fruit in chocolate takes fruit to a whole new level. Tangy-sweet fruit covered in dark chocolate ~ who can resist?

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch on the side

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | January 12, 2020 | By

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites ~ an easy, healthy spicy appetizer made in just minutes! Crispy outside, tender inside and loaded with bold flavor. Serve with ranch or blue cheese for dipping.

If you’re a fan of all things buffalo but trying to eat little lighter (aren’t we all?) you’re going to love this low-carb recipe.  

Buffalo Cauliflower bites are incredibly easy to make and don’t hold back on flavor but I’ll admit, I was reluctant to jump on the train that turns vegetables into something else, like rice or pizza crust.

These spicy bites are not buffalo wings nor will I make any sort of claim that they’ll be mistaken for them. They are a delicious healthy snack all on their own. You might say they’re crispy, spicy bites of buffalo goodness.

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Focaccia Bread Recipe

focaccia bread recipe with fresh rosemary

Side Dish | January 10, 2020 | By

Focaccia Bread Recipe – unbelievably easy fresh baked focaccia bread in under 30 minutes! Light and airy, topped with olive oil, fresh rosemary, a sprinkle of sea salt and parmesan cheese. The ideal side or sandwich bread!

I know, I know – I should be thinking about salads and Keto and low-carb but when it’s this cold outside my mind automatically moves to comfort. Besides there’s always a time when we want need warm fresh bread to go with a meal.

Even better when it’s ready in under 30 minutes – and did I mention this Focaccia Bread Recipe has just 5 ingredients?

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Salsa Verde Dip

overhead view of salsa verde dip in white dish garnished with cilantro

Appetizers & Beverages | January 6, 2020 | By

Salsa Verde Dip ~ loaded with bites of chicken, gooey melted cheese and tangy, zesty tomatillo flavor. Quick, easy and just 5 ingredients!

I’m not sure where my love of cheesy Mexican dips started but thankfully, it’s one my whole family enjoys too.

When our kids were small many Saturday nights were spent with our neighbors and all four of our kids: Margaritas and nachos for the adults French fries and chicken nuggets for the kids.

Years later, it’s not a get-together without some kind of spicy dip. This delicious Salsa Verde Dip whips up in minutes with just 5 ingredients, making it the perfect no-fuss appetizer for any gathering.

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Turkey Meatballs

close up of meatballs in red sauce garnished with chopped parsley and parmesan

Dinner | January 3, 2020 | By

Turkey Meatballs in marinara sauce ~ ground turkey meatballs loaded with flavor, cooked in marinara. Serve over pasta for a delicious, healthy meal.

If you think beef is the only way to go with meatballs, think again. These Turkey Meatballs are pan-seared then braised in rich homemade marinara for an easy weeknight dinner that’s gourmet enough to entertain with.

My husband calls them “fowl balls“. I can’t make this stuff up. Call them what you like – they’ll win over your pickiest eater.

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Minestrone Soup Recipe

Dinner, Soup | December 31, 2019 | By

Minestrone Soup recipe ~ hearty, healthy meatless Italian soup. Rich tomato broth loaded with vegetables and beans. Serve with a good bread for a complete meal.

This easy Minestrone Soup recipe is one I’ve been making for years. I almost always have a container or three in the freezer all year. The vegetables may change a bit depending on what’s in season, but the flavor is always spot on.

Rich tomato broth with two kinds of beans and loaded with vegetables. It’s the perfect balance of healthy and comfort food.

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Pasta Alla Vodka

Dinner | December 22, 2019 | By

Pasta Alla Vodka ~ tender pasta in a rich, delicious tomato-cream vodka sauce. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese for an easy, restaurant quality meal in under 30 minutes.

We met a group of neighbors for dinner recently at an upscale Italian restaurant. The Pasta Alla Vodka I ordered was delicious, but definitely overpriced. I mean really, it’s still pasta at the end of the day.

My first thought was that I couldn’t wait to eat it again, but that I’d be enjoying it in the comfort of my own home, fuzzy slippers and all. Made at home, this dish is every bite delicious and doesn’t have to break the bank. 

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Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops

Seared sea scallops on a bed of risotto garnished with lemon wedges

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | December 21, 2019 | By

Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops appetizer or meal. Golden, pan seared sea scallops drizzled with a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce. This easy appetizer or main dish is on the table in  10 minutes! 

Growing up in the Midwest, I didn’t eat much seafood – unless you count fish and chips. But I developed a taste for it as an adult and haven’t looked back. 

Scallops are always a restaurant, but they’re expensive so I searched recipes online, cookbooks and magazines, combined what I liked about many of the recipes and came up with this one. It has everything I love about scallops: seared outside, tender inside with a crazy-good lemon garlic butter sauce that compliments the scallops without overpowering them. 

I used to save scallops for special occasions but now when I see them on sale I snatch them up. As an appetizer or served with risotto for a main dish, you can’t go wrong. Seared Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops ~ the candy of the sea.

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