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

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...]

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...]

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

Simple Red Clam Sauce | The Suburban Soapbox

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...]

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...]

Sneaky Shamrock Smoothie

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A healthy way to start your St. Patrick's Day festivities....or a healthy way to start your day!  This Sneaky Shamrock Smoothie is a riff on the popular Shamrock Shake, the green color is added naturally without any added dyes or food coloring.  Your kids will never know what's in it. I never tried a Shamrock Shake.  I think in my whole life I've never even tasted one.  I think it was the neon green color and when they started putting the neon red cherry on top that just screamed … [Read more...]

Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Mango Salsa and Chipotle Cream

Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Mango Salsa and Chipotle Cream

Crispy, creamy, spicy, sweet.....Grilled Shrimp Tostadas are the perfect combination of fresh flavors for a healthy family meal.  Quick and easy to make, dinner will be on the table in no time flat! Ole!!! We went to Mexico for Thanksgiving.  I don't travel during the holidays because I'm a creature of habit....or tradition.  I like spending my holidays in familiar surroundings with familiar family and, even more, familiar food.  Have you ever seen a turkey in Mexico?  I'm sure they exist … [Read more...]