Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Fresh Basil

When I think of warm weather recipes, one of the first things that comes to mind is homemade pasta salad.  I whipped up this Italian orzo pasta salad recipe recently and it took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. It's an easy pasta recipe to take to your next back yard barbecue or neighborhood pool party.   Homemade Pasta Salads for the WIN! What I really love about pasta salad  is that you can cook the pasta and assemble the dish in the morning while the temps are relatively cool.  Then just stick it in the … [Read more...]

Easy Potsticker Dipping Sauce and Popular Chinese New Year Activities

This easy potsticker dipping sauce was sponsored by Ling Ling.  All opinions expressed in my post are my own. If you love Chinese potstickers, learn how to make your own easy dipping sauce for them. Soy sauce, sriracha, and sesame oil are a delicious flavor combination for so many Chinese recipes! Top your potsticker dipping sauce recipe with sesame seeds and green onions if desired before serving. Best Potstickers for Chinese New Year I grew up in a rather small town in New England.  There was not a lot of exciting food … [Read more...]

Prosciutto Fig Pizza with Blue Cheese

This Prosciutto Fig Pizza recipe has been sponsored by Bays English Muffins.  All opinions expressed here are my own. I did not grow up with the bold flavors of Blue cheese, nor did I ever hear of something as exotic as prosciutto until I was in my twenties. I was raised in New England with bland flavors of the New England Boiled Dinner. Now, I love baked beans and apple pie but I didn't have a very broad palette when I was young.I have since grown to love exotic flavors! If you crave bold flavors, this Prosciutto Fig Pizza with … [Read more...]

Easy Rice Bowl Recipe with Chicken and Edamame

Looking for quick and healthy dinner ideas?  This easy rice bowl recipe is just the thing you need. Rice bowls are incredibly flexible in terms of which meats, veggies, and flavors you combine.  I chose to use boneless chicken breasts baked in a sweet teriyaki glaze and tossed in lots of raw vegetables with the brown rice.  The great thing about most rice bowl recipes is that all the fixins can be made ahead of time.  That means your weeknight dinner plans just got a whole heck of a lot easier and you have no excuse for not eating … [Read more...]

Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe with Apples and Cinnamon

Fall is coming quickly and with it comes an intense desire on my part for deliciously warm soups.  This easy butternut squash soup recipe is creamy and flavorful, with hints of sweetness from the apples.  I added in cinnamon and rosemary and even a pinch of cayenne pepper to give this soup recipe plenty of warmth!  If you are looking for a quick and easy one pot meal this fall, this one was a huge hit with my family. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at … [Read more...]

Easy Falafel Sandwich Recipe

After the amount of meat I have eaten in the last couple of weeks, I was craving a vegetarian dinner this weekend and whipped up this easy falafel sandwich recipe. My family just got back from a 2-week road trip to visit family up north.  What do you do when you get a bazillion people together to eat in the summer?  You fire up the grill. And my family is not known for grilling portobello mushrooms and veggie skewers.  Nope.  They are meat eaters and grilling means burgers, hot dogs, steaks and whatever other kinds of animal that can be cooked … [Read more...]

Creamy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This Creamy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese Recipe has been sponsored but all opinions are my own. There is an argument that occurs in my house every time I serve pasta.  Half the people in my family like a red sauce on their noodles.  The other half like a cream or cheese based sauce covering their pasta.  What is a mom to do?  Some nights I do regular Italian style spaghetti and other nights we enjoy a delicious macaroni and cheese recipe. Tonight, I decided to create a recipe that combined the sharpness of my favorite cheddar cheese with the … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Quiche Recipe

This Loaded Baked Potato Quiche Recipe has been sponsored but all opinions are my own. Looking for a filling quiche recipe for dinner? This homemade quiche has all the flavors of a loaded baked potato. Cubes of cooked potato, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onion. An easy egg recipe for breakfast, brunch or dinner. Is potato quiche tasty? YES! One of my all time favorite meals is a loaded baked potato.   In my mind, the potato is really nothing more than a vessel to get all the other delicious goodness into my … [Read more...]

30 Minute Meals: Teriyaki Beef and Broccoli with Brown Rice

There are some areas of my life that I am flexible about.  I may or may not dust in any given month.  My teenagers have way more screen time than I know they probably should.  But, one thing I will NOT budge on is eating dinner together as a family.  I don't care if we have to eat at 4 PM or if dinner happens to be scrambled eggs and toast.  We are sitting down together as a family and eating it at the kitchen table and there are no electronics allowed. Like a lot of American families, we are often pressed for time during the week. Since I … [Read more...]

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe

This Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe is brought to you by CafeMom and Chex™.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Buttermilk ranch chicken tenders will be a huge hit with the kids. Making homemade chicken tenders is easy and a healthy alternative to fast food. Dip these chicken strips in ranch dressing and enjoy a kid friendly lunch recipe this week. Homemade Chicken Tenders For The Win! Children are a wonderful gift, however they can also be incredibly frustrating to feed. I have always been a 'cook from scratch' … [Read more...]