It is possible some of you are going to say I took too many liberties with this Chipotle Caesar Salad, and maybe that is true. If you are looking for a very traditional version of a caesar salad-well, you may have to keep looking. This salad isn’t your mother’s caesar salad after all. This salad features a lighter Caesar dressing, a hint of spicy chipotle and best of all bacon. And if this doesn’t intrigue you, well maybe we weren’t meant to be friends after all……
It’s Good (Food) Reads time again and I’m back from vacation and excited to share some great food inspiration with you all! After being away on vacation and not cooking for a while, I’m am ready to head back into my kitchen and try some new things. We love finding and sharing new recipes and videos with you, so if you have something you love and want us to share, be sure to send it our way! Oh, and one more thing – Lane forgot to mention that Monday’s post was our 100th! I can hardly believe we’ve already hit a fun little milestone. Thanks for following along. We can’t wait to see what the next 100 bring.
Ok, here we go…
BLT Balsamic Chicken Avocado and Feta Salad (Cafe Delites) is pretty much the salad of my summer dreams. Does anyone else feel the need to detox with nothing but salads after a vacation? I just want to eat allllllll the greens. The avocado and feta doesn’t hurt one bit, though!
Summer Squash Pizza (Smitten Kitchen) makes me feel all virtuous about pizza. And using summer’s bounty of zucchini and squash. Plus, it’s Smitten Kitchen, which is pretty much a guaranteed winner in my experience.
I think this may blur the line with the whole salad thing but I don’t really care. I’m saving this one for a night when my hubby is gone as he hates nectarines (sad but true). Still, I’m really excited to try this Nectarine Panzanella with Homemade Garlic Croutons (My Kitchen Love)
Super Healthy Broccoli Salad (The Fed Up Foodie). Like I said, I can’t get enough of the salads right now!
Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Meatballs (Hey Grill, Hey) because I can’t always be virtuous. Plus, my little guy loves meatballs and this sounds like a fun take on a classic.
Frozen Peach Lemonade (As Easy As Apple Pie). Without vodka for now. With vodka later. YES.
Healthy Hawaiian Chicken Noodle Bowls (Fit Foodie Finds). My husband and I just returned from Hawaii and I can’t wait to make these noodle bowls from MN fave Fit Foodie Finds.
Challah Donuts (Molly Yeh). Because seriously, CHALLAH DONUTS. I can’t even. Someone please make these for me? Pretty please?
Blueberry Caprese Salad (Floating Kitchen). Love this take on a caprese. I’m still devouring blueberries like there’s no tomorrow and this will be a fun twist on a classic summer salad.
Brown Rice Pilaf for Instant Pot (Mel’s Kitchen Cafe). Do you have an InstantPot? I am trying to find more and more recipes to take advantage of the crazy time savings with pressure cooking. This brown rice pilaf seems like a great place to start.
Asian Turkey Burgers (Andie Mitchell). I am on a quest to find a flavor filled turkey burger that doesn’t dry out and definitely doesn’t serve as a meager substitute for a traditional burger and I have high hopes for this one.
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Are you looking for a good summer salad? Roasted Beet and Orange Salad is the salad for you! As many of you know, I am a huge lover of beets. I often find myself with leftover roasted beets in my refrigerator, and this salad is a fabulous use for them. Not only is this salad colorful, it is also packed with nutrition! …
Chipotle peppers are one of my favorite ingredients (if you haven’t noticed). On our recent girls trip we had planned a red potato salad to serve with our Chipotle Pulled Pork Sliders. However, when it came time to start making said potato salad, we realized we really hadn’t brought a recipe. Or thought about what we wanted in our potato salad. Or really had any plan at all. Interesting how sometimes the best things can be born out of complete blank space-like this Chipotle Adobo Potato Salad!…
Fresh, creamy Street Corn Salad will be an instant hit at your next gathering.
It is true, I’ve had a thing for corn lately. And yes, I know that Cinco de Mayo was yesterday. But is anyone truly against celebrating a little bit longer? Like all summer? Yep, seems like a great idea to me! I have recently discovered elotes–Mexican Street Corn– and all I can say, is if you haven’t discovered them yet, you are missing out. Admittedly, though, elotes are messy-and there are times when messy just won’t work (think first dates and work parties). This is where Street Corn Salad comes in. All of the same flavors as elotes, hold the napkins….
Vegetables. A rainbow of vegetables of every color. To me these beautiful vegetables herald summer, and we’re all ready for that here in Minnesota! I’ve been trying to add more vegetables to the foods that my family has been eating as, I must admit, we have slipped into a rut over the winter. I’d also like to be a better steward of the planet by eating less meat (this is sadly not so easy for my family). One of the things I am trying to incorporate into our weekly meal plan is Meatless Monday. These Peanut Vegetable Noodles fit the bill!…
I don’t know if it’s the weather (spring is FINALLY here!) or what, but I am HUNGRY this week. Like, can’t stop, won’t stop, hungry. Which means I’ve been trolling the old internet for new recipes to try and foodie inspiration. Which means, we have a Good (Food) Reads chock full of inspiration this week. So let’s get started, shall we?
First, I dug out my copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s first cookbook, My Father’s Daughter (and before you scoff, it’s actually really good!), and have been eating her Italian Chopped Salad all week. It’s fresh, with plenty of heft from the bocconcini and green beans, and easy to make. Total winner! Looking forward to checking out her new cookbook It’s All Easy….
After a long weekend of holiday eating, I have decided to go with something lighter today, Lemony White Bean Salad-in-a-Jar. Yes, another salad. After all it’s spring, and all of the sudden the greens are plentiful and I actually crave them. And this particular salad, Lemony White Bean Salad-in-a-Jar, has some bonus features. This salad is portable AND is able to be made ahead of time. That means it is great for work, great for bringing to a dinner party, great to bring on a picnic (yep -I hold out great hope that picnic weather is coming soon!)….
Over 70 degrees here in Minneapolis yesterday, which as most of you know, is unheard of early in March here in the frozen tundra! For all of us here in the Midwest, shedding our layers, basking in the sunshine, out reconnecting with our neighbors as everyone comes into the great outdoors, we are needing to shift our menus. We find ourselves moving away from the heavy of the winter and towards the bright colors and textures of the spring. For me, one of those “welcome to spring” foods is orzo….
So here in snowy Minnesota, we are enjoying a crazy awesome winter. Sunny, way warmer than usual, and as of today, only a tiny bit of snow on the ground! I can’t remember a winter that has been this mild, well…ever. I have to say all of this very mild weather has kept my mood from heading to despair (although I love living in a place that has 4 seasons- there is truly nothing like watching the snow fall from a window- I have little to no interest in actually spending time out in the cold…and trust me, I’ve sure tried to be interested). At this point of the winter I frequently need rescuing. Even though this winter has has been relatively mild, I’m still ecstatic that spring is on its way. Longer days, daylight when I wake up, birds chirping outside, and egg salad….