No-Bake Trail Mix Cereal Bars

No-Bake Trail Mix Cereal Bars | The Suburban Soapbox #BTFE

A nutritious spin on cereal bars, No-Bake Trail Mix Cereal Bars are loaded with healthy ingredients but still have the sweet treat taste that kids love. Perfect for the lunch box and super simple to make. I can smell it…can you? The sweet smell of school busses rumbling down the road. Squeaking doors opening and closing….with the sweet sound of silence wafting through the air. The new school year is about to begin. It's happy and it's sad….summer's over but a new year is about to begin. … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Peach and Quinoa Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Chicken Peach and Quinoa Salad

Healthy, fresh and simple, Grilled Chicken Peach and Quinoa Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette is loaded with summer flavors.  Sweet peaches pair perfectly with grilled chicken and are topped with a zippy raspberry vinaigrette that's super easy to make in the blender. I know I keep talking about "fall is coming" and school busses barreling down the road but the fact is...summer isn't over yet.  Who's happy to hear that?  Actually, we have about a month left of summer and, to me, this is the … [Read more...]

Mango Coconut Lime Smoothie

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SipandBeFit #CollectiveBias A refreshing on-the-go breakfast, this Mango Coconut Lime Smoothie whips up in just a couple of minutes using only five ingredients.  Packed with nutrients and protein, this is sublime way to start the day! Busy, busy, busy.  That's what I am right now.  Getting ready to send one kid back to pre-school, one is graduating soon and the holiday season … [Read more...]

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Scalloped Potatoes

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This one-pot dish is loaded with cheesy potatoes and juicy chicken thighs topped with a buttery, crispy crust.  Ready in under 30 minutes, Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Scalloped Potatoes will soon be a regular in your weeknight dinner rotation. I remember….a long, long time ago….when I was a wee one….I used to tote a giant accordion file to school with me filled with box tops.  I didn’t know what they were for or why my mom went through all the trouble to cut the little squares off … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich

Mediterranean Pita

Soft pita bread stuffed with marinated artichokes, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms make this Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich the perfect vegetarian meal.  A great option for on-the-go lunches and beach side picnics. Seagulls hate fruits and veggies.  That's my fun fact for the day.  How do I know this?  Well, in all the time I've been hanging out on the beach this summer....I've never been attacked for a peach...or a grape...or a carrot.  Anytime I've had a sandwich with … [Read more...]

The Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National. Light, refreshing and crisp, the Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad is a lightened rendition of a family favorite.  Fresh cucumbers are tossed with a tangy dressing made with Greek yogurt and combined with peppery red onions.  Simple and satisfying. I never thought I was a picky eater as a child…but raising a picky eater has made me look back to my childhood and analyze the foods I loved while growing up.  The list was short….surprisingly short … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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Marinated chicken breasts, peppers and onions, grilled quickly and served with corn tortillas make a great weeknight dinner option.  So easy to make and with minimal mess, they are simply the BEST chicken fajitas ever. Have you seen them?  The back to school commercials?  They're starting to pop up here and there during your weekly binge-watching sessions of all things Bravo TV.  Everyone's talking about it and it's going to happen soon...kids everywhere are going back to school and I can … [Read more...]

Easy Seafood Cioppino

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Loaded with fresh seafood and swimming in a mildly spicy tomato broth, Easy Seafood Cioppino is healthy meal that's easy to prepare.  A perfect alternative to a calorie laden chowder and ready in under 30 minutes. How's everyone's summer so far?  Hopefully it's as fun as mine and everyone has their toes in the sand pretty regularly.  I've been hopping back and forth between the suburbs and the shore for most of the season with frequent visits to all the farm stands in between.  It's my … [Read more...]

The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa

The Very Best Tomato Salsa | The Suburban Soapbox #bestsalsa

Fresh summer tomatoes chopped then tossed with onion, cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice.  The simplest and best way to enjoy summer's bounty.  The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa is bright, juicy and irresistible. Last night, I found myself with a giant heaping pile of nachos in front of me for dinner.  It was hot, sticky and I was wearing a long-sleeved black shirt.  (The shirt was really soft though....it didn't help.) I didn't feel like cooking and my sister wanted to go out, we had … [Read more...]

Country Style Ranch Grilled Chicken

Ranch Grilled Chicken

Country Style Ranch Grilled Chicken will soon become a dinnertime staple for easy dinners on busy summer nights. Skinless chicken thighs are marinaded in tangy ranch seasoning and then tossed on the grill for an easy weeknight meal. Minimal cleanup, maximum flavor. We’re beaching it this week.  I can’t wait.  We’ll be heading down in a few days…for a few days and I’m looking forward to no messes in the kitchen for a bit.  I’ll still be working but dinners need to be quick and easy so I’ve … [Read more...]