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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Asian Style Zucchini Noodle Salad with Baked Tofu

Asian Style Zucchini Noodle Salad with Baked Tofu | The Suburban Soapbox

An incredibly, addictive salad made with zucchini "noodles", veggies, baked tofu and an Asian dressing.  This healthy dish will be requested by your family again and again. I have a new toy.  I don't know if I bought it because I like saying the name of it or because it can change the way I cook.  The Spiralizer.  And you Spiralize with it.  Intrigued yet?  You will be when I tell you that this cool contraption makes all your veggies curly and fun!  AND you will also love this blog that's … [Read more...]

The Green Juice

The Green Juice | The Suburban Soapbox

Get back on track by starting your morning off with a healthy green juice!  Full of vitamins and nutrients, The Green Juice will give you more energy than your morning cup of coffee! We are getting hammered with snow again.  I'm so done.  I'm ready for spring....I know it's coming even though everywhere I look is covered with a thick blanket of snow.  Bathing suit season is inevitable....it's right around the corner. And if you are like me, you ate your weight in ribs and wings and … [Read more...]

Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing and Toasted Quinoa

Soba Noodle Salad

You know when you eat a ton of garbage and you start to feel like a big pile of poo?  That's where I am now.  I, seriously, couldn't remember when I actually ate five (or more) servings of fruit and vegetables a day.  Usually this is easy for me in the summer but this year I've been a carbaholic.  Big time.  Bagels...check.  Donuts....check.  Cinnamon Buns....double check. I've been scarfing them down like the government is about to put a ban on them. Then I feel like the previously mentioned … [Read more...]

Homemade Coconut Butter

Homemade Coconut Butter

I have been seeing coconut butter everywhere lately and more and more recipes are using it as an ingredient. A VERY EXPENSIVE ingredient. I received a sample from Artisana and when I went to buy a jar I nearly fell over when I saw the price. At just under $10 a jar, that's a little more than I want to spend on something I am now hooked on. Seriously, this stuff is incredible. Creamy and coconutty.....I have huge plans for this butter. Bonus points for its health benefits. Coconut is now … [Read more...]