Onion Ring Salad Recipe with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette  #SpringIntoFlavor

Onion Ring Salad Recipe with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette #SpringIntoFlavor

This Onion Ring Salad Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoFlavor #CollectiveBias Have you ever opened up a classic French cookbook and checked out some of the recipes in there?  Know what you will find?  A REALLY long list of ingredients.  I am not a huge fan of really long ingredients lists...in my recipes OR in my food! I just don't have time for complicated most days!  Simplicity is my main goal when it comes to getting dinner on the table.  Healthy and natural are right up there, too, and of course it helps if my family actually likes the food I make for them.  Today I am sharing my onion ring salad recipe that uses Alexia Onion Rings.  This is a quick, simple and very elegant looking presentation that … [Read more...]

Italian Baked Spinach and Egg Recipe with Parmesan Cheese

Italian Baked Spinach and Egg Recipe with Parmesan Cheese

Am I the only person who goes onto Pinterest looking for healthy recipes and then gets sidetracked by things like caramel brownies and fried icecream?  Here I am...just looking at beautiful images of salads and grilled seafood and then WHAM! I am drooling over espresso cupcakes or some such thing. Well, I finally conquered by Pinterest ADD!  I headed over there a few days ago for creative ways to get more dark, leafy greens in my diet and discovered a baked spinach and egg recipe that actually had me drooling! I have been trying hard to eat more dark, leafy greens but honestly, it is incredibly hard to find ways to serve them that don't totally make me want to just skip eating completely.  I have been drinking green smoothies several times a week and putting spinach and arugula on … [Read more...]

Bourbon Blueberry Sauce for a Simply Decadent Gelato Topping

Bourbon Blueberry Sauce for a Simply Decadent Gelato Topping

This bourbon blueberry sauce recipe is part of a #TurkeyHillGelato sponsored post written by me on behalf of Turkey Hill Dairy. All opinions are my own. I am a firm believer in the idea that simple is better.  Simple, uncluttered living is the key to a low stress life.  Simple gifts are often the most meaningful.  And a simple ingredient list usually means a higher quality food product.  I am all about simple ingredients when it comes to our food.  I don't want complicated chemical names or a bunch of numbers and symbols.  Simple ingredients just taste better.  When I got the chance to try out the new Turkey Hill Dairy all natural gelato I was intrigued!  I have never met a frozen dessert I didn't like so this project was right up my alley!  To go along with my simply decadent gelato, I … [Read more...]

Almond Butter Protein Bar Recipe with Premier Protein

Almond Butter Protein Bar Recipe with Premier Protein

This Almond Butter Protein Bar Recipe has been sponsored by Premier Protein but all opinions expressed are my own. #MyGoodEnergy #TeamPremier I spend a lot of time in the 'healthy and natural' section of the grocery store.  This is good for my health but not always good for my wallet.  I tend to spend an awful lot of money on groceries when I really need to be making some of these things from scratch.  Protein bars are a great way to boost energy after a workout or fill up a hungry teenager after a busy day at school. Even starting your morning with a protein bar for breakfast is an easy choice to make for better health.  While I have made homemade granola bars several times, I have never experimented with adding additional protein.  I lucked out at the grocery store last week and hit … [Read more...]

White Wine Sangria Recipe with Fresh Herbs ‪#‎LBandMe‬

White Wine Sangria Recipe with Fresh Herbs ‪#‎LBandMe‬

White Wine Sangria Recipe with Fresh Herbs has been sponsored by Luigi Bormioli Italian glassware but all opinions expressed here are my own. Nothing quite says summer like fresh fruit and herbs.  Here in Georgia, the weather is already warm and I spent the weekend planting flowers and veggies and then tacked the patio cleaning.  Needless to say, today I am definitely feeling a bit sore but my patio is clean and bright and just waiting for me to invite friends and family over for a drink and a few appetizers.  White wine sangria is a quick and easy summer cocktail recipe to serve to a crowd.  The sweetness of the fresh fruit paired with the earthiness of the herbs combines into one very enjoyable cocktail.  You can make up a whole pitcher at one time which makes inviting company over … [Read more...]

Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Pancake Recipe with White Chocolate Chips

Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Pancake Recipe with White Chocolate Chips

Last week, my husband was out of town. As a result of his absence, I adopted the 'eat whatever the heck we want for dinner' rule.  I just hate going through a lot of work for a big dinner when it is just me and the kids eating!  One night, I decided we were doing breakfast for dinner and out of sheer laziness I grabbed for the box of premade pancake mix in the pantry.  Only to find it almost completely empty.  Great.  Now I need to find a pancake recipe that is quick and easy.  I also wanted to find one that added in fruit and nuts to alleviate my guilt over feeding them pancakes for dinner.  I whipped up a pancake recipe in just minutes that was creative and tasty!  This easy pancake recipe has cranberries, macadamia nuts, and white chocolate chips  and the kids were thrilled with our … [Read more...]

Boursin and Prosciutto Topped Crackers are an Easy Appetizer Recipe #BoursinCheese

Boursin and Prosciutto Topped Crackers are an Easy Appetizer Recipe #BoursinCheese

This easy appetizer recipe has been sponsored however all opinions expressed here are my own. I am the type of person who is completely happy to eat from the appetizer menu when I go out to eat.  When I attend a party I would much rather nibble on appetizers than sit down for a formal dinner.  I am a nibbler when it comes to eating and I do it all day long!  My husband and I discovered Boursin herbed cheese spread many years ago and it is a favorite of ours when we sit down to snack after the kids go to bed.  Yes, I save the creamy goodness of Boursin for after they are asleep so they don't eat it all!  I am such a mean mom! Boursin gourmet cheese spread is made with very simple ingredients. The original Garlic and Herb variety contains just cultured pasteurized milk and cream, … [Read more...]

Lemon and Thyme Infused Sea Salt is the Perfect Seasoning for your Next Seafood Recipe!

Lemon and Thyme Infused Sea Salt is the Perfect Seasoning for your Next Seafood Recipe!

Having grown up in New England, right on Long Island Sound, I can honestly say there are very few varieties of seafood that I don't like.  Oysters.  Those things are nasty.  But, everything else is delicious....and even MORE delicious when flavored with fresh herbs.  Thyme is one herb that I actually grow in my own herb garden and it comes back year after year.  By combining fresh herbs, a little bit of citrus, and some course sea salt, you have the perfect infused sea salt recipe to really bring out the flavor of your fish. And by making this infused sea salt up in bulk, you don't have to worry about always having fresh lemon and thyme in your kitchen! Infused sea salt is incredibly easy to make and you will never again purchase those pre made salt seasonings ever again!  If you … [Read more...]

Chocolate Dipped Clementines Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Clementines Recipe

I have a horrible sweet tooth and most days I find myself hunting in my pantry for something sweet to eat.  I am currently being tempted by the 8 boxes of Girl Scout cookies I bought from my Girl Scout daughter.  Not exactly the healthiest choice, right? I have been scouring the interwebs looking for healthy snack recipes that will satisfy my sweet tooth.  If I don't find a healthy snack recipe, my family may just come home to find me in a Girl Scout cookie sugar coma! I stumbled across these chocolate dipped clementines and decided that they looked like the perfect balance between sweet and healthy. Chocolate dipped clementines are incredibly simple to make and require only 3 ingredients.  We almost always have clementines in my house because my children inhale them at an alarming … [Read more...]

Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe and #PublixVivaItalia Night

Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe and #PublixVivaItalia Night

The information, products and giveaway prize in this Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe were provided by General Mills through Linqia. Some nights I have plenty of time to sit around while a whole chicken roasts in the oven and some nights I barely have time to throw a bowl of cereal down in front of a hungry kid.  While I love to cook from scratch, a busy schedule with two active teens doesn't always make that possible.  I have found, however, that the key to getting a healthy, homemade meal on the table every night of the week is GOOD PLANNING!  Look at your calender and figure out which nights you can cook.  On those nights, make double! Or, make a few extra meals for the freezer on a slow weekend.  Invest in a slow cooker and a few good cookbooks.  You CAN make a healthy meal for your … [Read more...]