roasted beet and quinoa salad with feta

beet and red quinoa salad

With cookout season quickly approaching, it is time to add some simple side salads to your cookbook arsenal.  This salad is the perfect combination of sweet and savory with pops of color to dress up the table at your next party.  Mixing ribbons of carrots with earthy bites of roasted beets and a sprinkle of feta cheese, this salad is finished off with a fresh dressing of lemon juice, garlic, and chives.  Mix it all together and you have one delicious, nutritious, light, and hearty salad to both serve your guests and have plenty of leftovers for your work week, enjoy!
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sugar snap pea and maitake mushroom stir fry

sugar snap pea and maitake mushroom stir fry

I am a sucker for all types of Asian cuisine, be it spicy or sweet.  And although I do sometimes dial my local Chinese take-out to curb my fix, with a bunch of fresh spring veggies in my kitchen I have been inspired to spice them up. This simple dish mixes a bit of both sweet, spicy, and zesty flavors to create the perfect side for an Asian inspired dinner.  With the earthy flavors of mushrooms and a sweet coconut milk sauce, you can even skip the meat and simply eat more veggies with your rice.  So instead of picking up the phone to dial take-out this weekend, stir up a healthy mix of Asian flavors all in the comfort of your own home! Continue reading

chile verde pork tacos

chile verde pork tacos with cilantro

Shredded pork and tacos are a match made in finger food heaven!  With this simple chile verde sauce as a spicy base to braise the pork roast, a few hours over low heat creates a Taco Tuesday night to remember.  Topped off with a sprinkle of crispy red onion and cilantro leaves, the flavors are good til the last bite!  This shredded pork is an easy weekend cooking task that will fill your fridge for an entire week.  With all these leftovers, try mixing up a hearty omelette, nachos for the playoff games, quesadillas for a gooey lunch or topping a taco salad for dinner.  The versatility of this pork will fill your plates and belly for Taco Tuesdays to come!  Continue reading

roasted beet hummus

roasted beet hummus

Hummus is one dip that I can’t get enough of.  I know the serving size is typically only 2 tablespoons, but when I grab a pita chip or carrot, I typically scoop up at least one tablespoon per dip, oops!  This delicious earthy dip was created in partnership with Farm Fresh to You and is the perfect app to add to your spring table or cookout while waiting for the grill to heat up.  With a few roasted beets added to the classic hummus base, the pink color will pop on the table and match the spring flowers that are finally being to pop through!  Continue reading

carrot cake cupcakes with ginger cream cheese frosting

carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

With spring in full swing and picnic season fast approaching, my sweet tooth is already aching for a fix.  Packed with shredded carrots and topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting, these cupcakes are just the right amount of wrong to settle down that sugar craving.  The simple addition of ginger to the cream cheese frosting makes these cupcakes extra special with a zing that enhances the sweet carrot cake below.  Stir up a batch for your next cookout and enjoy! Continue reading


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