In my Thanksgiving-food-making frenzy this week, I encountered a few surprises. One of them was the realization that I like cornbread! I didn’t know I liked cornbread. I love how easy it is to make (SO easy). I love the endless options there are for adding ingredients to it.Read More
My boys and I are back from spending a few days in sunny Florida. It was lovely. The weather and the experiences. Here we go, back to reality. This yummy Chicken Fajita Soup is long gone (booo) but another batch will be happening again in my kitchen very soon.Read More
This post is coming to you from Louisville, Kentucky! My little boys and I drove 740 miles in 11.5 hours yesterday. It sounds impossible, but we did not have even a single hiccup in our travels. I have some tired boys today, however. Thankfully our hosts are taking the BEST care of us.Read More
We typically do not do sit-down family dinners in the summer. We let the boys eat outside as much as possible and usually that means Dan and I fend for ourselves. I call it our warm-weather-loving summer no-schedule dinner schedule.Read More
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry reading through the kitchen incident comments from this post. Oh my goodness! Burning stomachs, flaming oven mitts, sliced fingers, dropped turkeys and toes that were hacked to pieces with an axe! I had to read through them a couple times to pick a winner because they were all so good!Read More
The clock has been ticking loudly in my aging ears. My 39th birthday is tomorrow, so I am preparing for my last full year of being 30-something. In addition to feeling like the middle ages are looming, this is also the end of the season of having more children. This realization has been unexpectedly sad for me!Read More
This recipe is very fitting this week, you know, containing scrambled eggs and all. Because my brain feels scrambled. I am struggling to even write this post tonight. I want bed. Badly. The only thing I want more than bed is one of these wraps, followed by bed. I am headed toward my comfy pillows shortly, friends.Read More
I've acquired my first sickness of the season and it has knocked me sideways. Despite feeling like I want to do nothing but crawl into my cozy clean-sheeted bed, I had a productive weekend at home. Sunday was one of the first weekend days in months that I spent at home with no plans to leave.Read More
It is always hard to write when I have a heavy heart. Boston's tragedy is weighing on me, as they all do. Airplanes, movie theaters, kindergarten classrooms and now marathons?! It is sad, sick, tragic and incomprehensible. Normally I would set my computer aside and try again in the morning.Read More
As is the case before any vacation, I have a million things to accomplish before bedtime tomorrow night. I'm wishing I had more of these stuffed peppers leftover so we wouldn't need to think of something to make for dinner tonight. We ate every morsel in less than 24 hours.Read More
Onto these pretzels and the totally gooey cheese dip that I made last night. They are almost gone because my boys have been munching on them non-stop since the moment they came out of the oven. "Another pretzel, Mom. A big one, please."Read More
I am writing this post from the south! We are celebrating my stepmother's 30th year in the ministry this weekend in North Carolina. Family members have gathered from all around the country to spend time together, and most importantly to let Paula know how loved and special she is.Read More
Here is a fun little fact. This salsa was the first recipe I posted on this blog, back in September of 2010. I knew nothing about food photography, and I didn't even really know how to talk about food. I remember getting everything set up to take pictures and thinking it was such an ordeal.Read More
I was so excited to be chosen to host a party creating my ideal summer day, made better with Nestlé Drumstick Pretzel Dipped cones! I knew immediately what I wanted to do. The dropzone where we skydive is our second home in the summer months.Read More
Some days I picture myself in a Family Circus comic, where you can see the path of footprints through the house with all of the unnecessary turns and stops all the way through. If I tracked my steps around this house in a single day, it would be hilarious! Back, forth, around in circles, up, down, repeat. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE IT.Read More
Don’t let grilling season go by without enjoying this excellently flavored chicken and salsa. You’ll love the underlying coconut flavor that peeks through. So many flavors that come perfectly together to give you a bite of happiness in this fabulous little meal.Read More
Combine fresh tasty vegetables with chickpeas in a protein packed salad. Each crunchy bite of this Quick Spicy Chickpea salad offers a scrumptious hearty salad, side dish or filler to a wrap. This colorful salad that brings summer to life in any season!
Fresh-ingredient salads rock. They're pretty and fresh and tasty and versatile. My husband and I make a killer fresh salad that rivals this one, and I'll share it before summer arrives. By the way, where is summer? We got teased with a bit of warm weather last week, so now the cold and snow and freezing rain are even harder to swallow. I'm not convinced that summer will ever welcome us into her warm embrace.
This colorful salad helps me to believe that it might happen, though. It makes me think of lunches outside with my boys as we sit barefoot on the grass, wiping beads of sweat from our foreheads. Mmmmmmmm.
Back to my cold reality known as Minnesota.
If you, too, enjoy tricking yourself into believing it is summer when it is in fact not, make this salad! My family loved it and the entire batch was gone within 24 hours, despite the lack of warm weather.
HEALTHY BENEFITS OF EATING CHICKPEAS
This recipe calls for chickpeas and if you're not already a big fan, then you might wonder why this is the base for our salad. Also known as garbanzo beans, these have a great texture and are a little nutty in flavor and smooth like buttuh. They are most commonly known as being the staple ingredient in hummus but are great in soups and salads too. You'll appreciate they are high in protein and fiber and have antioxidants for us!
HOW TO PREPARE QUICK SPICY CHICKPEA SALAD
A salad that will make a healthy choice absolutely delicious and unforgettable!
STEP 1 -
Drain 2 cans of chickpeas and place them in a medium bowl.
STEP 2 -
Add 1 tomato diced, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, half of a small red onion diced and half of a seeded jalapeno minced. Pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Squeeze two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice in and mix in 1 teaspoon ground cumin with a quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper. If you like to mix things up, add in 1 teaspoon dried mango powder!
STEP 3 -
You can chill the salad in the refrigerator for an hour or serve it room temperature. Enjoy!
If you want to go fresh and do as the recipe suggests, soak 1 cup of dried chickpeas in water overnight. Drain the chickpeas and bring to a boil in a large saucepan in 4 inches of water. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 2 hours, or until chickpeas are tender.
HOW TO EAT SPICY CHICKPEA SALAD
Fill a small bowl with the salad and enjoy every bite!
Load up a slice of flatbread with sliced turkey and a couple spoonfuls of the chickpea salad, then add some cracked black pepper.
Fill a lettuce leaf - romaine, iceberg or butterhead - all are great options!
Scoop up the salad onto a handful of crackers and enjoy it as a dip.
Follow any of these suggestions as a great way to make an easy meal and stay healthy - it was delicious! The next day for lunch, I used it as a topping for my boring baked chicken and cottage cheese and it was scrumptious!
I can think of about 100 other things I'd like to put it in and on and in between. Or, I wouldn't mind eating it straight from the container while having a picnic lunch with my family, the beating sun making the tops of our heads hot.
Ahhhhh, a girl can dream.
No mayo needed! It made a delicious, healthy dinner wrap.
CRAVING MORE HEALTHY SALADS OPTIONS?
Best Chopped Salad - This chopped salad is packed with delicious ingredients including candied pecans, red onions, avocado, tomatoes and more!
Edamame Tomato Corn Salad - Edamame Tomato Corn Salad is my favorite salad recipe of ALL TIME. This delicious salad is a crowd-pleaser, enjoyed any time of the year. Bring this to a party and it will be devoured immediately!
Loaded Veggie Salad - This versatile Loaded Veggie Salad is EASY to make and it is packed with healthy ingredients, such as chickpeas, black beans, tomatoes and avocados. It is a delicious lunch, wrap filling, party side or even a topping for chicken!
Quinoa Edamame Salad - Quinoa Edamame Salad is great for parties and can be served in throw-away cups for serving ease. Also great as a salad to have in the fridge. It is packed with fresh fruit and veggies.
Crunchy Bok Choy Salad - This crunchy, veggie-packed Bok Choy Salad is a great dish to bring to parties. Prepare this one just before serving. It will quickly become a salad favorite!
Avocado Berry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette - This is the most beautiful, vibrant salad you'll ever meet that also aligns with the Whole30 diet! There is such an intriguing combination of flavors and textures and you'll want to eat it every single day.
BEST RECIPES TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes:
SPICY CHICKPEA SALAD
A fresh, zingy flavor that will make it difficult to stop eating!
Guacamole recipes are not something I typically seek out. I have my favorite guac recipe, so why look any further? Making the recipe highlighted in this post has taught me a valuable lesson: Don't settle! Don't assume there isn't something better out there! This, of course, does not apply to my marriage because there is no man better for me than my husband. But with guac? I'm sad that I settled for so long!
This guacamole recipe was amazing! It had a fresh, zingy flavor that made it difficult for me to stop eating.
I'm so happy to have found you, new guac!
A veggie side with a kick! This is the bowl version of the street corn snack many people love. You’ll love the creaminess that is in each bite to help tame the jalapenos. While this can be made with less heat, the spiciness is great so be sure to warn people before they dig in!
I would put jalapenos into everything if I never shared food with others. I love a little extra zing in my food. Or a lot of extra zing, depending on what I am eating.
Is this the same as Mexican Street Corn?
This recipe came together as inspiration from traditional street corn but it is not the same. I enjoy this recipe and another benefit is that it is easier to prepare for a group of people this way.
How is Mexican street corn prepared?
Mexican street corn, or Elote, is prepared on a grill with corn on the cob. It is coasted with Mexican crema and sprinkled with a cotija cheese.
I brought this corn dish to Thanksgiving dinner this year, along with a non-spicy option. It went over well! Most people (kids excluded) at least tried it. A few people said they loved it and much preferred it over the non-spicy version. I absolutely adore this recipe. It is my favorite way to eat corn, aside from maybe sweet corn on the cob doused in butter and salt or Grilled Corn with Spicy Cilantro Lime Butter.
In a medium saucepan, combine:
One 32-oz. package frozen corn
One 8-oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 diced jalapeno peppers (or more, or less, depending on how spicy you and your guests like it)
Cook over medium heat until heated through, stirring constantly.
Be sure to warn people about the heat before they dig in!