ARTICHOKE BASIL PESTO

I am a HUGE pesto fan. Like huge!!  It literally is great on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. And lets not even start with all the different ways you can make pesto. Practically limitless!! But I’m pretty sure that this pesto trumps all other pesto’s!!  I’ve used artichokes in past sauces (like my Artichoke Chimichurri) because it gives a little extra flavor and makes everything so creamy!

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STRAWBERRY BACON SPREAD

We are in the thick of strawberry season (one of my favorites) and I have been buying California Strawberries like they are going outta style.  I have to say, I’m pretty lucky to live where I do because nearly every strawberry enjoyed in the United Stated is grown in California; with some of the farms being only 45 minutes away from my house!

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ASIAN KABOBS

I originally made these addictive little meatballs for a tailgating series for Whole30 back in the day and they are still one of our family favorites! We really like making them into “kabobs” cause lets be honest, who doesn’t love eating food from a stick. But maybe you are one of those people who are just not down for kabobs….thats okay, just simply omit the stick!!  I love that these meatballs don’t have the typical flavors of a “regular” meatball that we are all so used to (I’m talking about you; marinara doused balls!) It’s definitely a fun way to change up your Asian game!

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STUFFED MUSHROOMS

Hands down my father-in-law makes the best stuffed mushrooms I’ve ever had.  I swear he must put crack in it or something because I can never have enough and I always want more! I kid, I kid……..there are no drugs in his mushrooms……..

It’s hard to recreate something that is already so delicious.  There are some expectations that need to be met (especially by my husband) so I figured the best way to meet and exceed those expectations is to put bacon in it. Because bacon = crack.

 

 

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BRUSSELS WITH RED CHILI VINAIGRETTE

There is a restaurant in the Santa Cruz area that has the BEST brussels sprouts I have ever put into my mouth. We go about twice a year and seriously guys….I think about it for like 3 weeks straight after eating them! Last time we were there I asked them what made their brussels so DREAMY and they said that they fry the parsley that goes on top. My mind was blown! Fried parsley; that is GENIUS!

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SWEET CASHEW MILK AND COLD BREW

Coffee is my drink of choice.  I absolutely love it.  But like a lot of drinks, coffee is an acquired taste, especially straight up black!!  Now, I didn’t used to be this way.  I drank grande iced nonfat vanilla latte’s like it was my job!  But then I was gifted an espresso machine which was the turning point for me.  We started making our own lattes at home with (store bought) almond milk and thenn we had just straight espresso and I never really looked back at having anything in my coffee.  I’ve dabbled in making my own nutmilks before, but gave up because lets be honest, using cheesecloth to strain anything equals a big hot mess!!

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SAVORY BREAKFAST SAUSAGE

Raise you hand if breakfast sausage is your “jam.”   I love breakfast sausage, but a good, homemade breakfast sausage is hard to come by.  The grocery store ones usually have a bascrillion ingredients (dude, why?!) and sugar. Lotsa suga!!!

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WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

I may be late on this train, but have you guys ever roasted cauliflower whole? Well, I just did a few weeks ago and this may be the only way I cook cauliflower from now on. You basically plop the cauliflower in a pan and then let it do its thing!! Easy peasy right!!!?!

 

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BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER RICE

I’m sure you have all had some sort of “buffalo” style something at least once. If you haven’t, you really need to hitch a ride on the buffalo train.  There is a reason why there is a Wing Stop on practically every corner. It’s really delicious.  In all honesty, I had actually forgotten about buffalo style anything. When you have little kids, spicy anything just doesn’t really come to mind when meal planning. But the other week, I received an awesome care package from my friends over at OBERTO and inside was their “spicy buffalo style chicken jerky.” If you haven’t already noticed, I love adding jerky to my recipes (if you have never done it before, you really should. I would never steer you in the wrong direction folks, never)

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CARAMEL HASSLEBACK APPLES

Fall has to be my favorite season. The weather finally is getting a bit cooler and the best part….it’s apple season!! Everyone always raves about pumpkins, but lets be real, apples are WAY cooler than pumpkin!! There is just so much more you can do with apples.

The other week I was out with some friends and we passed by these caramel apples that looked sooooo good. Like jaw dropping good, and I have a soft spot for caramel apples, I mean don’t we all! I ended up passing on getting one, but making my own caramel sauce at home has been on my mind ever since! You can slice apples or bananas and just straight up dip them in this sauce or you can bake the apples (which I highly suggest) and drizzle the sauce all over them. You could even make little caramel apple pies that would be perfect for the upcoming holidays!

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