Summer Salads and Sides: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

I wish I had the olive toned complexion of a Greek or the shiny dark hair of the Lebanese. But mostly, I just wish I could eat and cook Mediterranean food every day of my life.  (Maybe with a sprinkling of sushi and Thai food every once in a while, just to mix it up.)  But in general, Mediterranean food is my absolute favorite!  The flavors and colors make my stomach growl and my eyes grow wide. Ya’ll, I eat far less meat these days than I have in the past, and there are some sad-sad vegetarian options and alternatives out there.  In my opinion, Mediterranean cuisine has the best…

Summer Salads and Sides: Loaded Blueberry Spinach Salad with Coconut Bacon

When we bought our house, it was the back deck and yard that sealed the deal. It becomes my summer office.  Under the shady canopy of cedar trees, its the most relaxing place for reading/writing/working!  When we saw the space for the very first time, we could instantly picture grilling, sitting around a fire, and friends!  We have a smallish house so the extra outdoor deck/patio square footage really lets us spread out and invite whomever we wish!!  No invitation spared:)  I am ready for some backyard summer parties already! After a killer 3 day weekend, I am even more READY for all things summer food.  That means lots of…

Southwestern Chipotle Sweet Potato Noodle Salad

If the 80s there were acid wash jeans, leg warmers, and shoulder pads.  The 90s had hair crimpers, frosted tips, and breadmakers.  And today, we have……the spiralizer. Well, who knows what we will look back on and say “What were we thinking about?,” but I am betting that spiralized vegetable noodles and the spiralizers that create them will at least be on the list as diets become increasingly health conscience.  My attitude with friends as with vegetables is the same:  “The more the merrier.”  Its certainly not a bad thing, so I am not ready to lump them in the same category as hammer pants and boy bands. And also,…
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