Fajita Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Fajita Turkey Burger

Finally, a heart-healthy burger packed with flavor!  Fajita Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup are easy to make and loaded with protein.  A great way to kick off summer without blowing your diet! I've been bitten by the bug.  The running bug.  I've been trying to get into running for years now....not really digging it most of the time because, let's face it, it can get boring.  But throw a little competitive element in there and now I'm there.  I ran my first race ever this past … [Read more...]

The Best Smashed Potato Salad

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The Best Smashed Potato Salad recipe ever and the only potato salad recipe you'll ever need.  Light on the mayo, heavy on the flavor...classic potato salad punched up a bit with fresh herbs and briny pickles.  A great addition to your summer barbecue! Greetings from the Jersey Shore!  That's right, my friends...I am typing this while watching the waves roll in on a sunny Saturday morning.  We're kicking the summer off a little earlier this year and I couldn't be happier.  Memorial Day … [Read more...]

Chilled Strawberry Soup #BrunchWeek

Chilled Strawberry Soup

Inspired by the version served at the majestic Grand Floridian Hotel in Disney, this Chilled Strawberry Soup is a little lighter but tastes even better than the original.  Easy to make in just a few minutes, you'll be whipping it up all summer long! Let's talk about Walt Disney World for a moment.  I absolutely love it there.  It is the happiest place on earth.  At least the memories you keep are always that it's the happiest place on earth.  While you're there, it's fun...and … [Read more...]

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...]

20-Minute Skinny Beef Stroganoff

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Hearty and satisfying, Skinny Beef Stroganoff takes just 20 minutes to make and won't add inches to your waistline.  This lightened up version uses no butter or sour cream and  is just as tasty as it's full fat version. I hit a wall....and have a little confession.  Last week, I couldn't button my pants.  I had to use an elastic band, a trick I learned during pregnancy, to close my pants.  I'm a little ashamed but let's face it I deserved it.  My pants slapped me in the face with the … [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...]

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...]