Southwestern Cucumber Sandwiches with The Laughing Cow

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Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by The Laughing Cow via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Laughing Cow. I think about food all.the.time.  It’s my job but I also can’t stop thinking about what I want to eat next.  What my next meal will be, will there be chocolate or butter or cheese?  I hope so.  It’s imperative that I plan ahead with some healthy choices because if I let the hangries … [Read more...]

No Bake Cherry Pecan Chia Energy Bites

No Bake Cherry Pecan Chia Energy Bites | The Suburban Soapbox

Little bits of heaven....that's what these are.  Loaded with dried cherries, nuts, chia seeds and more, one bite is all you need to give you a quick boost of energy.  One bite and you will be addicted.  I promise you. Balance, that's what life is all about.  There's a Seinfeld episode (ok...I may be dating myself but let's stay focused) when Jerry is talking about the balance amongst his group of friends.  When one person is at a high....one is low.  It's all about balance.  That's kinda … [Read more...]

Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell

Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell | The Suburban Soapbox

You can whip up this nostalgic treat in a flash using two ingredients and your microwave oven.  A rich, chocolatey treat you'll want to put on everything all year-long.   I love to reminisce.  Love it.  A song can come on the radio and immediately blast me back to my teen years....even to a very specific moment.  A smell can remind me of a certain person, a best friend, a bad date, a room in my childhood home.  Food is no different, there are foods that I only had as a child and then … [Read more...]

Golden Beet and Whipped Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Mint Pesto

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A beet salad that's as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.  Creamy goat cheese is whipped until light and fluffy and then stacked with a roasted golden beet.  The Walnut Mint Pesto is the perfect topper for this easy to make and easy to impress dish. Beet and Goat Cheese Salad is pretty much a summer staple.  It’s on every restaurant menu and, as simple as it is, many people don’t make it at home.  Which is surprising, given the number of friends I know that absolutely go bananas over … [Read more...]

Blueberry Mojito Popsicles

Blueberry Mojito Popsicles | The Suburban Soapbox

Fresh blueberries and mint make for a tasty mojito.....even better when frozen into a chilly treat.  Even better...these popsicles are actually good for you! (Well, if you skip the rum...but who would do such a thing?) I can't think of a more refreshing cocktail than the mojito.  The Cubans knew what they were doing....I guess it was out of desperation since it's as hot as cake balls down there.  Well, cake balls are not hot but my point is it's hotter than here and I complain  talk about … [Read more...]

Cucumber Bruschetta with Tomato and Kalamata Olives

Cucumber Crostini with Tomato and Kalamata Olives | The Suburban Soapbox

This refreshing summer snack replaces the bread in traditional bruschetta with crispy, crunchy cucumbers.  Topped with a flavorful, tangy tomato, olive and caper mix....you won't be able to eat just one....or two.  Or three.  (I stopped at 5.) The winter took a toll on me.  I ate so.much.food. And sat around....a lot.  Before I knew it I had gained an extra 10 pounds.  I say extra because it was on top of some weight that I had already decided was extra.  So this was additional "extra" … [Read more...]

Mushroom Bolognese

Mushroom Bolognese | The Suburban Soapbox

A vegetarian twist on the classic meat filled Bolognese recipe.  Thick and hearty, even your biggest carnivore will love this sauce.  This is a great way to get more veggies into your meals. Pasta Bolognese is one of my family's favorite meals.  We love it so much, my Secret Bolognese Sauce is always readily available in the freezer.  I will confess, it's not very healthy...not at all.  So we can't eat it all the time or....you know....pants will not fit, butts will get big.  You get it. … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | The Suburban Soapbox

Rich, creamy ice cream infused with mint and filled with chocolate chips. No added dyes or artificial flavorings, this is the Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream of your dreams. (and mine!) So, let's kick off summer with this chilly treat! You wanna know something I hate. Green mint chocolate chip ice cream. It's not green by nature....I know the color screams mint but seriously, we're all big boys and girls. I think we can all figure out that mint is green but it doesn't necessarily turn food … [Read more...]

Strawberry Coconut Butter

Strawberry Coconut Butter | The Suburban Soapbox

Creamy coconut butter blended together with tart strawberries.....the ultimate clean-eating treat.  Perfect on your morning toast or spread on a cookie for an after-school snack, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. My obsession with coconut butter began last fall.  It was an accident.....I wanted to chop up some coconut in the food processor.  Just into small pieces.  Sometimes I forget things, even loud things....like a food processor that's whirling away in the background as loud as … [Read more...]

Caribbean Cobb Salad with Fire-Roasted Pineapple Vinaigrette

Caribbean Cobb Salad with Fire-Roasted Vinaigrette | The Suburban Soapbox

All the flavors of the Caribbean in a satisfying and tasty salad. A little prep work early in the week makes this super easy to throw together on a busy weeknight and the spicy vinaigrette adds the perfect amount of heat. I'm not a big salad eater. I would much rather have a burger and fries than a big bowl of lettuce with a few sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. If I'm going to eat a salad....it has to be pretty epic. It has to be bursting with flavor and it, absolutely, has to have a ton of … [Read more...]