- Southwestern Taco Salad
Did you know May is National Salad month? Don’t you just love these food holidays which gives us every excuse to eat (and post pictures of) all the yummy things? With Cinco de Mayo only a few days away, you better believe my first salad of the month just had to be something inspired by Mexican flavors. Thankfully, Taylor Farms has a Southwest Chopped Salad which makes this salad come together so easily.
The salad is already washed, chopped, and ready to go. It even has a blend of romaine lettuce, cabbage, carrots, and cilantro, which I love not only for the flavor, but it also has the perfect crunchy texture you look for in a salad. It’s so convenient because it already comes with everything you need to make a quick and delicious salad, including some toppings and a dressing. You can keep it simple by using the kit alone or you can use it as a base to add some additional veggies and/or a protein, like grilled chicken or fish.
I loaded this salad with my favorite taco fillings, like black beans, corn, avocado, onions, and peppers. I even took a couple of the veggies one step further and grilled them to bring out even more flavor. I’m telling you, that extra simple step totally took this salad to the next level! Continue reading →
- Raspberry French Toast Cups with Chocolate Maple Syrup
This yummy brunch idea is perfect for lazy weekend mornings and feeds a crowd. Can easily use your bread of choice or bake in a casserole dish—very customizable! Dairy and refined sugar free and can be adapted to be gluten free.
If there’s one thing I look forward to on the weekends, it’s our lazy mornings. Since it’s my favorite meal of the day, we’ll often wake up and make a big breakfast/brunch. We’ll even make several dishes some days and graze throughout the morning, skipping lunch.
Bready, sweet breakfast dishes are my favorite. Give me allllll the french toast, pancakes, and waffles…hold the healthy egg white omelet for my hubby.
I mean, I’ll eat it, but in my mind I’ll be imagining that it’s a giant stack of pancakes instead. For realz.
- Healthier Tropical Fruit Pizza
When I was younger, my mom made this amazing dessert for a get together. It was a dessert pizza with a cookie crust, a cream cheese “sauce,” and fruit galore. It was delicious and I was in awe. This was pre-Pinterest and pre-internet (I’m definitely aging myself here 😉) so it wasn’t something I had seen before.
Fast-forward several years later and fruit pizzas are ALL over the internet. They make a beautiful, summery dessert and aren’t too difficult to make either. The problem is, I had a hard time finding a recipe that wasn’t chock-full of sugar and dairy.
So, naturally, I created my own! That’s the problem with food bloggers, we believe we can recreate anything! 😜 Now, if only I could do that with clothes…
I’m from Hawaii, so I’m infamous for wanting to put tropical twists on things. However, I currently live in Oklahoma, so unfortunately I don’t have easy access to a whole lotta tropical fruits. I used what I could find though and supplemented the rest with seasonal fruits. Continue reading →
- Stir-Fried Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles
These spiralized sweet potato noodles are stir-fried with veggies and a delicious homemade teriyaki sauce! Grain, gluten, and dairy free, as well as vegan and paleo friendly.
On busy weekdays, the last thing I feel like doing is standing in the kitchen for 2 hours making dinner, especially if I’ve already been in the kitchen all day testing recipes. All I want to do is get a delicious dinner on the table quickly so we can eat and then sit together for our nightly family time, which lately has consisted of binge-watching some of the Korean dramas on Netflix!
I know it sounds weird, as none of us are even Korean, but they’re actually really entertaining. My late grandma from Hawaii used to be addicted to them and would always have them playing in her house. My mom got hooked on them too and when she came to visit us over the holidays last year, she spread her addiction to all of us! I love how clean (most of them anyway) and family-friendly they are. They have such a cute culture, not to mention some of the yummiest food ever (it’s my fave!) In case I’ve piqued your interest, a few of our recent favorites are Heaven’s Garden, Descendant’s of the Sun, and Tomorrow’s Cantabile, which all on Netflix right now!
- Naturally Sweetened Swiss Meringue Buttercream
If you’re looking for the perfect, fluffy and naturally sweetened buttercream, look no further! This swiss meringue buttercream is my go-to recipe for frosting cakes and cupcakes. I love it because it’s not ridiculously sweet, like powdered sugar buttercream, plus it’s so creamy and pipes perfectly too! Continue reading →
- Simple Vegetable Quiche
This simple vegetable quiche is easy to make and can be made ahead of time! It’s also gluten and dairy free, although you could easily use a store-bought crust or add some meat/cheese to suit your taste!
When I was younger, I’d look forward to parties and showers in hopes of snagging a slice of quiche. They seemed so “gourmet” that at the time I didn’t think I could actually make one myself. I visited a friend one day and she made a homemade quiche for lunch. I was so impressed that she made one and remember thinking she must have slaved away all morning to make this for me. When she told me how easy they were, I went out that week and bought the ingredients to make one myself. I used a store-bought crust, because baby steps 😉, and was pleasantly surprised when I took this beautiful pie out of the oven. It wasn’t hard to make at all!
I love quiche for the same reason I love pie—the crust! I love having a bit of flakey crust with each bite of sweet or savory filling. It’s such a simple dish too, yet can suffice as a complete meal. I included my gluten-free crust recipe below, but feel free to use your go-to crust recipe if you have one. I’m also lactose intolerant and make this without cheese, but if you eat dairy just stir a half a cup of your favorite cheese in with the eggs and you’ll be good to go!
- Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs
These healthier chocolate peanut butter eggs are like the popular store-bought version, but only contain 4 wholesome ingredients! They are very easy to make and can be made into any shape you’d like!
Easter is only a few days away! Now that my kids are a little older, we’re past the stage of egg decorating, hunts, and bunnies, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy the holiday. We go to church and have a big Easter brunch and dinner. I probably loved decorating eggs more than the kids anyway, so we’ll often decorate cookies or some other treat so I can expend some creative energy and try out some of the cute ideas I’ve pinned to my Pinterest board. 😉
This year I decided to recreate one of the treats we often splurge on during this holiday—Reese’s peanut butter eggs! Our family is obsessed with chocolate peanut butter anything, but the candy has become just too sweet for my taste. I can eat a bite or two and then I’m on a sugar high for the next few hours! Continue reading →
- Lemon Tarts
A tender, gluten-free crust is filled with a simple, honey-sweetened meyer lemon curd! Topped with fresh berries and colorful flowers, this lemon tart is the perfect spring time treat!
I don’t necessarily love the heat that summer brings, but I find early spring to have the perfect temperatures for me. It’s just beginning to warm up as spring eases its way into our area and I’m thoroughly enjoying this time of transition.
Spring makes me think of sunshine and pretty flowers, which inspired me to make these beautiful lemon tarts! To me, these tarts are like spring translated into a dessert. They’re bursting with lemony flavor from fresh meyer lemon juice and topped with juicy berries and flowers from our garden. Continue reading →
- Ombré Berry Pancakes
These ombré pancakes are naturally dyed using berry puree. They’re free of dairy, eggs, and refined sugar, with a gluten-free variation included!
If you’re looking for a delicious and beautiful breakfast to celebrate spring or to enjoy Easter weekend, these Ombré Berry Pancakes are a must-try! They’re naturally dyed with mashed berries and fairly simple to make, aside from mixing the batter in a few different bowls. I’ve made them with regular, spelt, and gluten-free flour, and they’ve all turned out equally delicious.
The great thing is that these pancakes are not only pretty to look at, they’re really delicious too! I mean, that extra little bit of mixing has to be worthwhile, right? Continue reading →
- Huevos Rancheros
My version of huevos rancheros is warm tortillas topped with beans, salsa, eggs, & avocado! This simple Mexican inspired dish is not only delicious, but quick to make too!
Breakfast and brunch is a big thing in our house. Probably because most of us are home throughout the week since the kids are homeschooled and I work from home full-time and my hubby part-time. Sure, the kids and I love all the bready, sweet dishes, (like pancakes, waffles, and sweet rolls, oh my!) but my hubby is more the savory sort. Give him biscuits & gravy or sausage & eggs and he’s happy. Some days we’ll even make both. Continue reading →
- Lemon Layer Cake with Fresh Berries
Moist and delicious gluten-free lemon cake is layered with coconut whipped cream and fresh berries. The perfect dessert to welcome spring!
Spring is my favorite time of year, aside from fall. I love the in-between seasons when the weather’s more mild and I get to bring out my clothes that have been in storage for the last several months. It’s almost like having a new wardrobe. Isn’t it nice to find clothes you forgot you had? 😉
Having a cold on top of allergies for the last several days hasn’t been fun, but the sun shining and the birds chirping somehow makes it a bit more bearable. The sickness started from my hubby who must’ve picked something up from work. He passed it to me and it has making its way through the family. Of course my hubby is totally better now, as I sit around with my tissues, sneezing every five minutes. It’s so not fair. On top of that he keeps reminding me that this is how he felt a few days ago…”yep, that’s exactly how I felt,” and “see, I wasn’t exaggerating.” I’m like, of course this is how you felt, you’re the one who brought the sickness into the house and infected the rest of us!
- Chocolate Pudding Pie
Hey friends! Happy Pi(e) Day! It’s supposed to be Pi as in the number, but when I hear the word “pi” I don’t think math, I think dessert! It’s called Pi day because it’s March 14th, or 3.14 (get it?!) I love food holidays like this, because it gives me the perfect excuse to bake! Although, it feels like a refrigerator outside right now, so I’m happy to hang out next to the warm oven! Continue reading →
- Naturally Sweetened Hummingbird Cupcakes
If you love banana bread or carrot cake, you’re going to love these cupcakes! They have a delicious combo of banana, pineapple, and coconut, are naturally sweetened, and topped with a simple coconut whipped cream frosting! They’re also gluten and dairy free!
I had to find a yummy treat to showcase these pretty pineapple flowers, and these hummingbird cupcakes were the perfect choice! If any of you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me make these flowers in my story. I first made them last year for fun and was waiting for the warmer weather came back to make something spring-y.
If you haven’t heard of it before, hummingbird cake is full of sweet fruit and warm spices. The flavor and texture is a cross between a banana bread and carrot cake…super moist and fluffy without being overly sweet. It was made popular in the U.S. when it was printed in an early issue of Southern Living Magazine, but it’s thought to have originated in Jamaica, hence the tropical flavors. The tropical flavors are what have me smitten with this cake too! Most hummingbird cakes have banana and pineapple, but I went the route of Martha Stewart and added coconut to mine. Chopped nuts are generally used in the cake as well, but I omitted them for my kids’ sake. 🙂
It’s generally topped with a simple vanilla or cream cheese buttercream, which allows the flavors in the cake to shine, and chopped nuts or pineapple flowers. Although they may seem a bit intimidating, the hardest part of making the flowers is waiting for them to dry in the oven. The result is absolutely worth the effort though. They’re not only gorgeous, but delicious too, like pineapple fruit leather. Just make sure you top the cupcakes with the flowers right before serving. When the dried pineapple come in contact with moisture, they can become soggy and flatten onto the cake. Continue reading →
- Rainbow Chia Pudding Parfaits
Sometimes as a mom, I get stuck in a rut making the same things for my family. You may think, “you’re a food blogger, you must make amazing meals all the time.” To which I would reply is exactly why I don’t always feel like getting creative in the kitchen. I exhaust my mental capacities brainstorming ideas for the blog that when it comes down to cooking dinner, it’s easier just go with what I know!
I came to the conclusion that I don’t necessarily have to reinvent the wheel each time I make something for my family, I can easily change it up by modifying what I already do. I’m impressed my tired brain thought of that, haha!
Chia pudding has always been a great go-to snack to keep in the fridge. Instead of the typical chocolate and vanilla variations that usually grace the refrigerator shelf, I created this fun and healthy rainbow version to surprise the kids! Continue reading →
- Asian Chicken Pizza with Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad
One of the most genius mom things I’ve done lately is to top our pizza with some fresh, bite-sized crunchy salad pieces and a delicious dressing. Us moms are always looking for ways to get our kids to eat veggies, and this way the salad becomes a pizza topping instead of just a side. What made it even better was the fact that my kids thoroughly enjoyed it! They scarfed it down and even thanked me for a yummy dinner! My family is pretty picky too, so if they like it, it’s truly a winner in my book!
You can’t just use any salad on top of your pizza though, it has to be a good one, otherwise it’s just salad on top of pizza. In partnership with TheFeedFeed, I’ve teamed up with Earthbound Farm to feature their new Asian Chopped Salad Kit, which is a delicious blend of cabbage, kale, romaine, carrots, & cilantro. This flavorful combo of veggies just works. It even comes with a tasty Asian style dressing and crunchy toppings. It’s perfect just as a side salad, but it’d also be really easy to incorporate into some main dishes too—I’m thinking summery spring rolls or Asian tacos would be so good!
The kit comes with everything you need – I used the dressing as a base to make a quick and flavorful peanut sauce to slather on the dough pre-bake and to drizzle on top of the finished pizza. Oh my goodness is this pizza delish! But really, how can you go wrong with soft pizza dough, melty mozzarella, flavorful chicken, a crisp blend of veggies, and a sweet and tangy peanut sauce? Trust me when I say that it all works together to create one amazing meal!
If you visit the produce section of your local grocery store, chances are they carry Earthbound Farm products. Their brand is synonymous with freshness and quality. I not only love and use Earthbound Farm products myself, but I’d also recommend them to anyone! Continue reading →