Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie

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All the tropical flavors of a Pina Colada blended into a quick and healthy smoothie.  This Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie is ready in minutes and will keep you feeling full for hours. The weather hit 70 degrees the other day and all I wanted to do was sit on the beach.  I was peeling off layers of clothing as the morning wore on because I forget how to dress for warmer weather. It's so amazing to me how 70 degrees in early April feels like a sweltering, sweaty day.  BUT 70 degrees in … [Read more...]

Shrimp and Chorizo Skillet Paella with Quinoa

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Slightly spicy with a hint of smoke, this one-pot meal is deliciously simple and is packed full of healthy, whole ingredients.  Quinoa replaces the traditional rice in this recipe to boost protein and fiber. I've been making a version of this recipe for years.  When I was teaching myself to cook and got a little adventurous I whipped up a recipe I found in Cooking Light.  It was easy and quick and a definite home run with my family.  I would make it ahead of time and it was always better … [Read more...]

Creating Perfect Pairs with The Laughing Cow

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Disclosure: 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. Snacking healthy can get stale quickly....like a cracker.  Which is my go to pairing when I eat cheese.  Cheese and crackers....it's like a match made in preschool.  And though I love cheese with crackers I won't stay loyal to healthy snack eating if that's the only pairing I can come up … [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...]

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...]

Strawberry Coconut Butter

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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

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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

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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...]

Cheesy Artichoke-Spinach Quinoa Cakes with Lemon-Caper Sauce

Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Quinoa Cakes with Lemon-Caper Sauce | The Suburban Soapbox

Loaded with artichokes, spinach and parmesan cheese, these quinoa cakes are reminiscent of everyone's favorite Spinach-Artichoke dip!  Perfect to serve as a main course for Meatless Monday or as a side dish with roasted chicken, pork or fish.  Leftover quinoa never tasted so good! I've said it before and I'll say it again...trash day is a bit depressing with the amount of leftover food I have to chuck.  I feel guilty every single Tuesday as I clean out the refrigerator.  For some reason, … [Read more...]

Simple Red Clam Sauce

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An easy, quick, Simple Red Clam Sauce with a "cooked all day" richness that will be a favorite for any pasta lover!  Another perfect weeknight dinner to add to your rotation.  Even better the next day for lunch! This sauce brings back childhood memories in the oddest way possible.  It's weird how you associate certain things with food....even if that food wasn't part of the original memory.  (I'm going somewhere with this....hang in there.)  When I was teeny, tiny...I remember walking to … [Read more...]