Prosecco Vinaigrette with Kale Salad

Kale salad with Prosecco vinaigrette.What a classy little lunch, right?! That right there is a totally civilized salad and a glass of bubbly totally suited for ladies who lunch. But I get a chance to eat out with my girlfriends about once every six months so I don’t really know any ladies who lunch. I definitely don’t know any who would have a glass of Prosecco at lunch (and I’m totally not judging, I’d really like to know those people. I love day drinking!) So this recipe for Prosecco Vinaigrette feels really special, when in reality it is super easy and pretty darn basic.

Prosecco vinaigrette recipe for kale salad with oranges and raspberries. A refreshing summer salad! For the dressing you will need the ingredients shown above. Pretty much stuff you have lying around your pantry. Except for maybe the Prosecco. Do your self a favor and go buy a bottle. Keep it on hand for that one time you do get to invite your adult friends over and pretend you are fancier than you really are. That is not for their benefit, but yours. Get out of mom mode and turn on your inner socialite. You only need a little bit for the salad so you’ll be able to drink the rest out of fancy flutes (or juice glasses. whatevs).

Kale salad with Prosecco vinaigrette.This dressing is made like most other vinaigrettes. I like to make it in a mason jar so you can shake it up and then store it in the same container.

Prosecco Vinaigrette Recipe. Pairs well with kale salad. I’m so fancy…you already know…Sorry. Couldn’t help myself. Add your Prosecco.

Easy Prosecco vinaigrette dressing for salads. I used a fork to really whisk it up followed by a shimmy shake in the jar.

Kale salad with almonds, oranges and raspberries in a Prosecco vinaigrette.And here is why this is so easy. You can make this ahead of time if you know your friends are coming for lunch. Or you can quickly make it while they are there. You can also not invite anyone over and keep it all to yourself. I love a kale salad but the idea of massaging it and washing it and trimming out the rib is much too much work. So I bought the Taylor Farms bagged kale salad with Brussels sprouts. I ignored the cheese, crouton crumbs and dressing and instead added fresh raspberries, orange segments and almond pieces. SO GOOD! It looks and sounds totally impressive, tastes great and was next to no work at all.

Kale salad with Prosecco vinaigrette.If you are having a large group I would toss the salad with the dressing right before serving. Or you can find a cute tiny pitcher to put the dressing in and have the guests dress their salads themselves. If I was saving this for my lunch for the week, I would keep the dressing in the jar so it is ready to go and rinse the raspberries and section the oranges as needed.

Prosecco Vinaigrette with Kale Salad
 
This delicious salad is perfect for warm weather and features a delicious Prosecco vinaigrette.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • For Lemon Prosecco Vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup Prosecco DOC
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • For Salad
  • 4 cups Brussels sprouts, rinsed and trimmed
  • 2 cups chopped kale leaves
  • (or 1 bag of Taylor Farms bagged Brussels Sprouts and Kale salad mix - removing the extra toppings bag - if using the measurements above, it will make about 6 servings as a side dish or 3-4 as a main dish. The Taylor Farms bag will feed about 4 side dish sized portions or 2 main dish portions)
  • 2 navel oranges, segmented and sliced
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
Instructions
  1. For the dressing
  2. Whisk together Prosecco, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper with fork in a small bowl or jar.
  3. Gradually whisk in olive oil until well combined.
  4. For the salad
  5. Plate kale and Brussels Sprouts.
  6. Top with orange segments and raspberries.
  7. Top with chopped almonds.
  8. Drizzle with dressing just before serving.

*Prosecco and recipe were provided for this post.

 

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Avocado Hummus Recipe

Hummus Recipe with avocado .In the summer, all I want it guacamole. But even though avocados have “good fats” it still has a lot of fat. And maybe if you were eating a dainty portion of it, it would be fine. But I am not dainty. And when paired with a good tortilla chip, all bets are off. It could be a fight to the death at the guacamole bowl, if you get in the way of my guacamole eating. But then I discovered avocado hummus. It is pretty much like guacamole and hummus had a baby. The garbanzo beans cut down on the amount of avocado you need, but all the key guac flavors are there. Yeah!!!!!! I mean, who wouldn’t love hummus masquerading as guacamole?

Avocado Hummus Recipe. Its like guacamole and hummus all in one. So good! You can make it from scratch or you can start with a store-bought plain hummus base. But honestly, it really isn’t that much more work to make it from scratch since you’ll need to have the food processor out anyway. Just like with regular guacamole, you get to make this recipe the way YOU like it. Add the full jalapeno with seeds if you want it hot. Hate cilantro? (why? it’s so good!) leave it out or only put a tiny amount.

Avocado Hummus Recipe. Yummy flavors of cilantro, lime and jalapeno.Grab your food processor, give your produce a rough chop. And that is kind of it. Easy.

Hummus with avocado, jalapeno and lime. And lime juice. Don’t forget the lime juice. Lime juice is good.

Avocado Hummus RecipeAnd salt. Salt is always good. Just remember, if you decide to serve this with tortilla chips instead of the other snack options like I did, that they are really salty on their own so do a taste test with the chip to make sure you aren’t adding too much. You can see the rest of my hummus party here for more ideas on what to serve with it.

Avocado Hummus Recipe
 
This recipe is for avocado hummus which is what probably would happen if guacamole and hummus had a baby.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 1 can chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans)
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ jalapeno
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 3 TBSP lime juice
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas and add to the food processor.
  2. Give them a pulse to start breaking them down.
  3. Rough chop the jalapeno, cilantro and avocado and add to food processor with chickpeas.
  4. Add the lime juice, and oil.
  5. Blend.
  6. Add water to get the right consistency.
  7. Enjoy with tortilla chips, pita chips, pretzels, pretzel chips, baby carrots or other vegetables.

 

Easy Tortilla Soup Recipe

Tortilla Soup Recipe. Great for weeknight meals! I want to start off my saying this is NOT my recipe! It is from one of those old church cookbooks you used to get where people submit their most favorite recipes (that they didn’t come up with either). My mom doesn’t have the cookbook anymore but I do remember it was internationally themed and the recipe across from this one included camels and whole chickens…This is our go-to, super easy Tortilla Soup recipe. Like, SO easy. But it is SO delicious. I’m not a fan of soup. But this one is flavorful, not too spicy and can be dressed up anyway you like it. It is the perfect, fast weeknight meal.

Easy Tortilla Soup RecipeYup, this is it. This is all you need to make the world’s best tortilla soup. The star of the show is Snap-E-Tom. It can be a little hard to find but you NEED it. I’ve tried to make this without it and use other types of tomato and chile sauces. They just aren’t the same. If you are in So Cal, you can find it at Stater Bros. Pick up a few cans when you go. It lasts forever and then you have it for when you want to make this soup. You can order Snap-E-Tom here if you can’t find it at your store. Or, I found this recipe for making your own copycat version although I haven’t tried this out yet. And if I were you, I would try the recipe with Snap-E-Tom first so you know what it is supposed to taste like. I’m not a Bloody Mary drinker but I am sure this would be perfect for that as well.

The only other ingredients you need are the French Onion soup, salsa verde and some water. SO EASY!

Easy and delicious tortilla soup recipe.Open the cans and pour them in to the pan.

The easiest, most delicious tortilla soup recipe you'll ever make. For real. Do NOT skip the Snap-E-Tom. Then you just heat it through until bubbly. That’s it. Stupid easy.

Easy weeknight dinner idea: tortilla soup.We usually just make the soup like this but you could easily add shredded chicken to it if you wanted to bulk it up a little bit more. My oldest son is a picky eater and he loves this soup. The French Onion soup and the Snap-E-Tom give it so much depth of flavor. I’ve heard them say that on the Food Network. I’m certain this soup has it.

Chips and cheese for tortilla soup topping.My mom always made homemade tortilla strips to eat in this soup but I am far too lazy for that. I use the Have’a Corn Chips and they are delicious in it! You can also use shredded jack cheese instead of the cubes but I really like how the cubes get all melty and gooey in the soup. And the cilantro is just to add a little freshness but I know not everyone likes it.

Delicious tortilla soup recipe that is SUPER easy! This is a great meal to make for weeknight dinner guests, or make a bunch of batches for a party. It is inexpensive and tasty. If you know the source for the original recipe, please share it with me! I searched around online but couldn’t find it anywhere!

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Easy Tortilla Soup Recipe
 
This is our FAVORITE and SUPER easy tortilla soup recipe! Add shredded chicken if you need more protein!
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 1 (11.5 oz) can Snap-E-Tom (available at Stater Bros. stores and Amazon.)
  • 1 (7 oz) can green chili salsa
  • 1 (10.5 oz) cans french onion soup
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1-2 bags Have's Corn Chips
  • Approx. 2 cups jack cheese, cubed
  • Cilantro optional
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine onion soup, water, Snap-E-Tom and green chili salsa.
  2. Cook until bubbly.
  3. Gently break up some corn chips in the bottom of a bowl and add some cubed jack cheese.
  4. Ladle soup over the chips and cheese.
  5. Top with more crushed chips and cilantro, if desired.

Popcorn with Lavender Pepper

A delicious popcorn snackI’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.

Popcorn with Lavender PepperIt’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.

Lavender and Pepper popcornBecause 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?

 

Microwave Bread Pudding in a Mug

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.This post is created in conjunction with Kings Hawaiian and their delicious, sweet, wonderful breads. All opinions are my own!

We are fully in to the holiday crazy around here. I am almost done Christmas shopping, we took our family photo for our christmas cards, and I’ve got my list of all the holiday treats I need to make for pretty much everyone we know. For years I let the holiday stress make me crazy and suck the joy right out of this most wonderful time of the year. But I’ve realized that in this insane post-Thanksgiving weeks, is OK and very important to take some time for yourself. As most therapists would tell you, you should always eat your feelings (no, wait! – but it works for me) so I decided to make a super comforting dessert. For just me. Because this post is all about me. And this Microwave Bread Pudding in a Mug is delicious. And it’s not really in a mug but who cares. This dish works way better. And you probably get a little bit more…

Single serving bread pudding recipe for the microwave! Super simple ingredients. This small pack of King’s Hawaiian Rolls would actually make two servings. And all of these ingredients can be found at Target which is awesome because when you are done with your gift and toilet paper buying, you can grab these things to make yourself a wonderful treat.  And I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, during December, but you are allowed to sit down on the couch for a minute and turn on the TV. Any time of the day. Because you deserve it.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.This recipe used a few more bowls than a normal mug cake but I probably could have done it all in the ramekin. Basically, mix everything together.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.Then pour it over buttered, cubed bread.  Yes, other bread would work, but these sweet rolls were perfection. I used about 1 and 1/2 rolls. I wanted to make sure that there was enough of the custardy part so I left out the other half of the last roll.  I think I could have included it and it still would have been a great consistency.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.Then add your chocolate. I used a few tablespoons of a semi-sweet chocolate baking bar but chocolate chips would work also.

Mace. It's just like nutmeg! Then before I went to the microwave, I gave her a little dusting of Mace. Mace is basically nutmeg but, like, way cooler because you rarely hear about it.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.The reason you want to use a lower, wider vessel, in place of the mug in this case is because you want the bread to be able to be covered in the egg mixture and stay really moist. That really doesn’t explain why, but hey, I’m not a baker. Or scientist. I just like to eat. It goes in the microwave for 1 minute and then you check it to see if there is still liquid. I microwaved it for another 30 seconds, checked it again and then did one more burst of 15. Do not over cook it.

A little extra chocolate sauce never hurt nobody.I thought I may want to have a little extra chocolate sauce to make this thing even more decadent but it wasn’t really needed! But depending how stressed out you are, you may want it. Extra chocolate is always a good idea.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.So pour yourself a cup of coffee, and then go to town on this super yummy dessert. It was delicious. Before this, I would have told you I wasn’t a fan of bread puddings. But this one, with all that chocolatey goodness is perfection. I was stunned out how tasty it was coming out of the microwave.

Take some time for yourself this holiday.It’s like they say on the plane, but the oxygen mask on yourself first before you help your child. If you ain’t breathing, no one else is. Take care of yourself. There is some great TV on right now too. Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce is super edgy and kind of hard to watch but still really good and the Hallmark Channel has been killing it in the holiday movie department. I’ve watched SO MANY! I’d say it is a mild obsession. I used to just watch them while I wrapped Christmas presents but now…well let’s just say it makes you feel good to watch love blossom and Christmas be saved, time after time.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.I’m wishing you the least stressful holiday ever. But just knowing you can make this microwave bread pudding in a mug helps a little, right?

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Microwave Bread Pudding in a Mug
 
You can customize this super easy bread pudding with whatever flavors you like. This one is with chocolate and is super yum.
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1½-2 King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • approx. 1 TBSP butter, to spread on bread
  • 2 TBSP chocolate (I used semi-sweet, but this is your flavor preference)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg or mace
Instructions
  1. Cut King's Hawaiian sweet rolls in half, making a top and bottom.
  2. Spread each section with a little butter
  3. Cut buttered bread in to cubes, each half would make about 4 cubes.
  4. Add bread to your ramekin.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.
  6. Pour over the bread cubes and give a gentle stir.
  7. Add in your chocolate pieces or chips and give a gentle stir to combine.
  8. Put in microwave, uncovered and cook for 1 minute.
  9. Check to see if there is any liquid left, if yes, cook another 30 seconds.
  10. Check again, and if needed, cook another 15-30 seconds.
  11. You want to make sure the custard is set.
  12. Top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce or whatever you feel is right.
  13. Then eat!