Mojito Watermelon Salad

This recipe is “one in a melon”…. ok, I tried to make you smile with that one. All puns aside, this refreshing fruit salad takes watermelon to new heights. My inspiration came from my trip to Oregon last month. Our bed and breakfast put thinly sliced mint in with their watermelon cubes one morning and the idea took hold. It’s not like adding two more small ingredients to the mix is a radical deviation, however; a little lime juice goes a long way!

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Chicken Satay and Thai Peanut Sauce

Calling all Peanut Butter lovers! This dish has your name smeared all over it. The creamy sauce in this recipe has big overtones of peanut butter but, is combined with tangy tamari, citrus, and just a hint of brown sugar. What could be better to pair it with than some dipping ready chicken? So here it is, the ultimate easy recipe for chicken satay and Thai peanut sauce.

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Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Jersey Corn, Tomatoes, Avocado….these are a few of my favorite things (In harmony to the Sound of Music tune!). But seriously, there is not much more I love in the summer than juicy, ripe tomatoes and sweet Jersey corn. When you pair that with the ultimate ingredient, avocado (which is my favorite just about anytime), you’ve got a star studded salad.

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Sweet Corn, Pancetta and Shrimp Risotto

You guys! I’ve done it, I finally mastered risotto. In the past few years I have had some flops and mild successes with cooking risotto but, I could never get the texture exactly how I wanted it. I gave up on believing the cook time on the back of the box (20 minutes until al dente….LIES!). Risotto is typically a labor of love and patience. It requires constant attention, stirring and hope that in less than 2 hours you’ll have dinner on the table. But, no more!!! I can get you that risotto on the table in just over a half hour and it will be perfectly rich, creamy, and cooked through!

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Sweet Spring Strawberry Salad

It’s one of my favorite times of the year. The birds are chirping, the flowers are in full bloom, and we are starting to head outdoors as much as possible. However; while Spring is certainly a joyful time for the weather; it does happen to lead into the dreadful bikini season. This means that I need to start cleaning up my eating act. Let’s face it; a winter full of travels, holidays, and warm comfort foods leads has led to some soft spots in my routine (and body….eeeek).  With all of this said, I am going to try (emphasis on try) to eat better whenever possible. But, It’s all about balance.

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Spiralized Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Sausage Marinara

Third time is a charmer and by charmer I  talking about this recipe of course! It’s BTP’s third recipe in the past two weeks (take a look here and here for the other two) that is featuring curly cut vegetables. The zucchini noodle, also nicknamed “the zoodle” is my most frequently used spiral veggie. When you have an obsession with Italian food, specifically pasta, like I do; you need a healthy alternative once in a while.  Zoodles got me through my wedding diet routine and were a regular weeknight meal.  It’s too easy and while nothing can quite replace real pasta, it still gives you those familiar flavors.

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Roasted Spiralized Beet, Pecan and Gorgonzola Salad

In my last recipe post (Butternut Squash, Spinach and Gruyere Breakfast Bake) I admitted to going a little overboard on the spiralized vegetables at King’s Food Market. I suppose if you are going to over-do it, vegetables isn’t the worst thing in the world! I just love how versatile the vegetable becomes once it is in that spiral form. You can use it as a noodle, French fry or in today’s case, use it in a salad.

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Layered Taco Salad Recipe

How do you do Taco Tuesdays when you are doing a gluten and dairy free challenge for the month??? Well, today I am going to show you! Just because you are on a diet doesn’t mean you need to give up flavorful foods or your beloved festive meals. American style tacos (you know… the kind made right from the Ortega box recipe) happen to be a favorite of mine. And yes, the cheese and those flour tortillas are definitely part of that winning combination. However; you can still make a mean salad that gives you the satisfaction of tacos.

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Gnocchi with Truffle Arugula Pesto and Spring Vegetables

  • When I decided to join the Gluten Free for 30 day challenge with my gym, I didn’t do a great job at looking at my calendar ahead. With Saint Patrick’s Day (Goodbye Beer ….), a weekend excursion to Washington D.C. and my first big dinner party at our house planned, I had my work cut out for me. But, I survived the month and managed to stay on track.

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Chocolate Tart with Gingersnap Crust (Dairy Free/Gluten Free)

Today I am discussing my recent death by chocolate experience. You guys, this is one of my proudest baking moments yet! Granted, I had a little help with an original recipe that I adapted from. BUT, I made the most decadent chocolate cake and one of my favorite dessert recipes into a dairy and gluten free version!! Did I mention it still tastes exactly the same?  I just about did cartwheels in my kitchen.

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