I’m partnering with Aveeno® to share how to promote healthy skin, from the inside out, as part of a sponsored post with Socialstars. #AveenoTurns out you get more health benefits from a smoothie than from toaster pastries! I’ve spent my life trying to ignore that fact, but the truth is, eating natural foods, really does help promote a healthier body. The right diet, paired with the right skin care products, can get you beautiful, healthy skin. This blackberry smoothie recipe is delicious and will help your skin, from the inside out.
On first appearance, this chicken fried rice recipe may seem like any other chicken fried rice recipe. But I’m partnering with Foster Farms to show you how I was able to take my kids from wishing they were allergic to chicken to requesting this meal! All opinions, full stomachs and happy children are mine.
Like most families, chicken is a staple in our diet. And while I love chicken dishes, my kids do not. I try a new type or flavor of chicken each week, searching for something my kids will tolerate. But with this, I hit the jackpot! Not only do they tolerate this dish, they actually LOVE it! It’s pretty much a dream come true.
Raise your hand if you love not cooking on weeknights. My usual dinner recipes are pretty darn simple and don’t take long to make. But this recipe, for Peach Arugula Salad with Burrata cheese, is even easier. And it’s so fresh, sweet, creamy, salty, crunchy, tangy and all the other things. You also won’t feel like a pig when you shovel a second huge helping in to your mouth. It is salad after all.
THIS! This is one of my favorite things to make when I have people coming over. Or I just want something delicious. This roasted cherry tomato and Burrata appetizer is crazy good. The Burrata is creamy and the tomatoes and garlic are super sweet and flavorful. They work together like a dream. And of course anything you can eat on a nice piece of toasty bread is A+ in my book! This works great when you make it ahead of time and then serve it at room temperature. This recipe doesn’t take a lot of ingredients which means it’s a really good idea to use the best quality you can. And I find it pretty crazy that I’m not a big tomato fan but cherry tomatoes are a favorite of mine. All you have to do is a roast them along with some garlic and your favorite olive oil in the oven. I like to add my sea salt once they come out of the oven. And that’s pretty much it! If you haven’t had Burrata, it’s mozzarella cheese but it is filled with cream. Depending on the temperature, the center may be more runny and creamy, or it might be a bit more like cottage cheese. Either way, it’s amazing. And pairs perfectly with the cherry tomatoes! I don’t find it at every grocery store but I know that Trader Joe’s keeps it stocked. Most higher-end grocery stores should have it. Traditional mozzarella will work as well. Or you can skip the cheese all together and just eat the tomatoes. But that’d be crazy. To skip cheese, I mean. The prep is super simple for this recipe. Just wash and cut your cherry tomatoes. Yes, that sounds a little tedious. But it goes quickly and I find I like the end result better this way than if I don’t cut them. You can skip that part in a pinch though. Once your tomatoes have cooled a bit, just add your Burrata to a dish and spoon the tomatoes and garlic right over it. And top it off with a little bit more sea salt. Because you just have to. And if you want, you can drizzle a little extra olive oil over the top as well. Whatever floats your boat.Prepare a simple crostini and you are ready to eat! I love that I can make this ahead of when guests arrive and can then hang out with them instead of getting stuck in the kitchen. Also, your guests will for sure ask you for the recipe and won’t believe you when you tell them it is just cherry tomatoes and garlic. I also use these exact same tomatoes in scrambled egg whites with a little arugula (amazing!) and in my favorite farro salad. I always try to make an extra-large batch so I can eat these a bunch of different ways. And I’m not saying YOU should but this makes a great dinner from time to time as well…
This recipe is inspired by Simply Happenstance. Those gals are awesome and make delicious food!
- 2 containers cherry tomatoes, rinsed
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 TBSP olive oil for tomatoes plus a little extra for crostini
- Sea Salt
- Burrata (Trader Joe's package comes with 2 balls in one package. Use 1 or both depending on how many guests you have or how much you like cheese).
- French Baguette
- To make the crostini:
- Slice the french baguette in pieces of even thickness.
- Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on one side and toast on a cookie sheet in a 325 degree oven for approximately 8 minutes.
- For tomatoes:
- Slice cherry tomatoes in half.
- Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil (the tomatoes have natural sugars that will burn on the cookie sheet and make cleaning a real pain!)
- Put cut tomatoes on the cookie sheet.
- Add 2-3 minced garlic cloves.
- Stir to combine and toss with 1 TBSP olive oil.
- Roast in a 325 oven for about 20 minutes.
- When done, sprinkle generously with Maldon sea salt.
- Let cool for a minute. This can be eaten hot or even at room temperature.
- To a rimmed dish or bowl, place the Burrata down and then spoon tomatoes over the top.
- Spoon on to crostini and eat!
Mmmmmm, taco Tuesday. While we don’t eat tacos every single week and most of the time it doesn’t end up being a Tuesday, we eat a lot of tacos. Or a variation of the taco. But I use the same taco seasoning each time. After years of making it as needed, I decided to make a bunch to keep on hand for even speedier meal prep. I make my own to stay away from perservatives and extra sodium of the packaged kind. And the flavor! SO good.
I found this jar at Joanns and it is perfect for making a batch of this taco seasoning. It will keep fresh and has a large mouth for your measuring spoon. Plus it will look cute on your counter or in your cupboard.
This would also make a great gift for new neighbors, families who have just had a baby or even teachers. I mean, taco ’bout a great year! Cute, right? You could even add a measuring spoon and some cute hand towels to round out the present.
- ¼ cup chili powder
- ⅛ cup cumin
- ⅛ cup garlic powder
- 2 tsp salt
- Optional 1-2 TBSP Cayenne (for heat, if you like that sort of thing)
- Add all ingredients to a bowl or storage jar.
- Mix well.
- Use about 2 TBSP of the spice mix per 1 pound of ground beef.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my “brand.” What am I all about and what do I want to share with you, my reader. I’ve been making lists and thinking about what I love. And one thing that keeps making it on to those lists is snacks. Wait, what?! Hey, turns out I love snacks. And here is a super easy one for you. On my last trip to Temecula I picked up some lavender pepper from the spice shop. I’ve been dying to use it and this just made sense. I’m trying to eat healthier snacks (but you know me, my quest for health usually lasts just for a few weeks) and popcorn is an awesome option. And so I made popcorn with lavender pepper.
It’s healthiest if you make it at home in an air popper or special microwave bowl, but it should also be noted that “lazy” is on my list of things about me. Trader Joe’s has a bag of reduced guilt popcorn that is a great base. Then all you need is some lavender pepper and sea salt. Now, I realize that you probably won’t have lavender pepper. Especially since this is the first time I’ve ever seen it. But you can pick up edible lavender on amazon or some local markets. Just add that and some fresh peppercorns to a spice mill or old coffee grinder to make your own. And be sure to taste your popcorn first to see just how salty it is before adding more.
Because I am trying to not add calories, only flavor, I usually spritz the tiniest bit of water on the popcorn to help the spices stick. Weird, I know. But it would also work to toss the popcorn with a little melted butter or olive oil. What is your favorite way to eat popcorn?