Cheesy Andouille and Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Cheesy Andouille and Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers | The Suburban Soapbox

Fiery hot, roasted poblano peppers get stuffed with a cajun-style filling.  Loaded with andouille sausage, quinoa and cheese, this hearty meal will satisfy even the pickiest member of your family. Chile Rellenos....I stumbled on it once at Trader Joe's.  Weird, I know but I wasn't really a fan of Mexican food before I had Landon....it later became a staple due to pregnancy cravings for spicy food.  So....once upon a time I was starving and on my lunch break.  I used to frequent Trader … [Read more...]

Boozy Strawberry Sweet Tart Slushie

Boozy Strawberry Sweet Tart Slushie | The Suburban Soapbox

Cool off with a Strawberry Sweet Tart Slushie for grown ups.  You will not find these at your local convenience store because (besides the alcohol) this version has just four ingredients and no refined sugar or corn syrup.  Healthy and fun, you can whip these up in just a couple of minutes for an impromptu party anytime. Landon loves to go to Wawa.  For those of you not in the mid-Atantic region, Wawa is a gas station/convenience store that sells everything...even freshly made sandwiches … [Read more...]

Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub

Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub | The Suburban Soapbox

It's easy and cost-effective to make your own sugar scrub at home.  Just a few minutes of your time and you can make this yummy smelling Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub as a gift for yourself....or someone you love!   I'm sure, by now, you all know the health benefits of coconut oil.  I've tried just about every one of them, except oil pulling, with tremendous results.  I'm the biggest skeptic when it comes to health claims of trendy food items, which coconut oil is definitely the … [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...]

Maple Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Maple Turkey Breakfast Sausage | The Suburban Soapbox

Full of fresh herbs, a hint of heat and a little sweetness, this homemade turkey sausage will quickly become a staple at your breakfast table.  So simple to make, you'll never buy it at the grocery store again. I know what you're thinking....why bother making my own sausage when you can pick it up at the store and throw it in a pan.  Who has time for this kind of nonsense?  Right?  That's what I thought too.  And then I had the pleasure of tasting "House made" breakfast sausage at a … [Read more...]

Bunny Bait

Bunny Bait | The Suburban Soapbox

A quick and easy treat for Easter that kids will love.  Perfect for class parties or to leave as a treat for the Easter bunny, warning....this snack is highly addictive! Landon has his first Easter party at school this week and he has no clue.  If I tell him in advance he'll ask me thirty-seven thousand times if it's time for the party.  And so, I've learned to not tell him anything that will get him overly excited and/or confused until the VERY.LAST.MINUTE.  He gets so excited whenever … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Hummus

Easy Homemade Hummus | The Suburban Soapbox

The smoothest hummus you will every try....period.  So easy to make, you will never buy the stuff at the store again.  Katie got a new job last year at a place I'd never heard of.  She walked in the living room one night and said she applied for a job at Zoe's Kitchen.  I immediately Googled it......and it seemed like the answer to my prayers.   Literally...healthy, fresh "fast" food.  I counted the days until it opened.  It was well worth the wait for the hummus alone. Their … [Read more...]

Corona Steamed Mussels with Corn and Chorizo

Corona Steamed Mussels with Corn and Chorizo | The Suburban Soapbox

Change up your weekly dinner menu with this easy and inexpensive recipe for mussels steamed in Corona.  Serve with a side of warm, crusty bread topped with creamy butter and dinner will be on the table in less than 30 minutes! Summer is coming....it's happening.  I can't believe it.  I'm waiting for some freak snowstorm to blanket the entire neighborhood and squash all the daffodils that have bravely decided it was time to bloom.  I always like to be prepared so I haven't put ANY of my … [Read more...]

Chili Cheese Popcorn

Chili Cheese Popcorn | The Suburban Soapbox

Crunchy, freshly popped popcorn tossed with chili and cheddar cheese powder makes the ultimate healthy snack.  A spicy, salty, savory treat for anytime of day. I used to eat microwave popcorn by the truckload.  It was such an easy and, so I thought, healthy snack I bought it in bulk.  I'd keep bags at work for a quick afternoon snack...smart, I thought.  Until, one day.....I read an article on the internet.  Yep...doesn't the internet always have to ruin everything?  The article (which I … [Read more...]

Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing | The Suburban Soapbox

This crispy salad is bursting with flavor and is quick to pull together for a busy evening.  The peanut dressing gets a little kick from a must-have pantry item you will use again and again.  This is the perfect way to use up leftover chicken. The day before trash day is always a rude awakening.  I'm always dumbfounded by the amount of leftovers that I end up tossing into the trash.  My family hates leftovers.  They refuse to eat them unless it's unsauced pasta...you know...plain pasta.  … [Read more...]