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Classic Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar Salad features a flavorful (egg-free!) dressing, garlicky homemade croutons, and fresh shaved Parmesan atop crunchy hearts of romaine…the perfect side to just about any meal, or top with sliced chicken for a healthy, hearty entree! Waaaay back at the beginning of the summer, I made my family this homemade Caesar Salad for the first time…and they positively scarfed it down. So I made it again on Father’s Day. And on the 4th of July. And on regular ol’ {Read More}

Corn, Tomato, & Avocado Salad

Corn, Tomato, & Avocado Salad is an explosion of Tex-Mex flavors and summertime textures, with fresh roasted corn, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, minced jalapeño, crumbled cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro in a zippy lime vinaigrette! There’s something just magical about fresh corn on the cob. I have to admit, though, that I used to mostly avoid it because it was such a sticky, frustrating mess to husk. That all changed a couple of years ago when I discovered the easiest, {Read More}

Caprese Chicken Salad

Caprese Chicken Salad combines two summertime favorites, featuring juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil tossed with diced chicken in a homemade, Greek yogurt-based balsamic dressing. Happy Friday, y’all…hope the week has treated you well! We’ve been enjoying July while doing our best to survive Texas’ current heat wave…which feels akin to opening a hot oven or, you know, skipping across the surface of the sun. But enough chit-chat about the weather. I’m way excited to share today’s recipe with {Read More}

Herbed Garlic Croutons

Homemade Herbed Garlic Croutons are not only easy to make, but they’re a crunchy, flavorful way to jazz up your favorite salad and soup recipes, from Caesar Salad to Tomato Soup! The hubby and I just got home from an anniversary weekend in Scottsdale where we enjoyed sleeping in, lazy days by the pool, prickly pear margaritas by the pitcher, and gluttonous meals morning, noon, and night. It was a fabulous, relaxing get-away, but now that we’re back to reality {Read More}

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

Marinated chicken, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese are tossed with pasta and a tangy dressing in this colorful, flavorful Greek Chicken Pasta Salad, perfect for summer barbecues & get-togethers! It’s the last week of school, y’all…eeek! How did that happen??? And it’s going to be a busy week at that, with end-of-year festivities galore. But fortunately, I’ve already got dinner covered with a big bowl of pasta salad in the fridge. Yippee! So if you’re {Read More}

Pesto Pasta Salad

Studded with bright green asparagus, sweet peas, decadent bacon, and fresh pearls of mozzarella, Pesto Pasta Salad is a flavorful side dish or light dinner, perfect for spring and summer celebrations! Last week, I got a hankering for pasta salad. It’s a warm weather staple around here, and I don’t think I’ve enjoyed it since last September. But I do believe it’s high time to change that! Am I the only one who’s way excited to say a definitive adios {Read More}

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad is exploding with contrasting flavors and textures of crunchy Napa cabbage, juicy chicken, colorful peppers, sweet carrots, salty peanuts, & fresh cilantro, all finished off with an amazing Peanut Dressing! So how fabulous and gorgeous is this salad?! Let me assure you that it tastes even better than it looks. It’s a pseudo-copycat, inspired by the Thai Chicken Salad at Panera Bread, but I decided to swap out a few of the ingredients for additions that {Read More}

Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad is light and fruity, with crunchy toasted pecans and a creamy, honey-kissed dressing that’s been lightened up with Greek yogurt! Spring is officially here…yippee! True to form, central Texas was already hitting the high 80s in February…and then dipped into the mid-30s last night. Our poor bluebonnets are so confused. Nevertheless — Lone Star State weather-schizophrenia aside — the arrival of spring (and Easter coming up this weekend) means that it’s time to bring on {Read More}

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes are jazzed up with salsa, taco seasoning, black beans, and corn in this zesty twist on a classic! There aren’t many meals that can be whipped up more quickly on a busy weeknight than those starting with a pound of ground beef. Brown it, stir in a few other ingredients, and dinner is served! And as a bonus, most kids seem to love this type of supper, whether we’re talking spaghetti or chili or sloppy joes. So {Read More}

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup is silky and delicious, packed with vitamins, and as effortless as tossing frozen butternut squash cubes into the crock pot! Well, friends, Thanksgiving week is finally upon us, and I’m assuming y’all are all set on your Turkey Day menu by now? (If not, it’s never too late to check out all of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes…hurryhurryhurry!) I’m also assuming that you’re going to do enough grocery shopping and cooking and dish washing to earn {Read More}

Holiday Honeycrisp Salad

This gorgeous Holiday Salad is full of flavor and texture, with fresh Honeycrisp apple slices, crunchy candied pecans, chewy dried cranberries, salty blue cheese, and a tangy-sweet apple cider vinaigrette! Well, friends…with Halloween behind us and November well under way, the holiday countdown is officially on! Since I’m one of those oddballs who prefers to give each holiday its due before rushing on to the next one, my thoughts are currently on Thanksgiving, thankyouverymuch. 😉 And this salad, y’all? It {Read More}

Macaroni & Cheese Soup

Creamy, decadent Macaroni & Cheese Soup topped with crispy bacon is the ultimate cool weather comfort food! I’ve got four words for you today, friends: Macaroni and cheese SOUP. The End. And now onto the recipe! Okay, okay…just kidding. We’ll get to the recipe shortly. In the meantime, you wouldn’t want me to skip over the flowery descriptions and glowy photos of this deliciousness, now would you?! So! Mac & Cheese Soup. It’s a thing, y’all. In fact, it’s a {Read More}

Tomato Cucumber Poppyseed Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad is tossed with a creamy, sweet-and-tangy Poppyseed Dressing in this fresh, healthy, summertime side dish recipe! I wonder if anyone has picked up on the fact that about this time every summer, I inevitably post a recipe that combines tomatoes and cucumbers in some form or fashion? And while I absolutely adore this particular combo, I have to admit that the phenomenon has less to do with my ‘mater-cuke affinity and more to do with the fact {Read More}

Lightened-Up Honey Mustard Dressing

This creamy Honey Mustard Dressing is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, lightened up with Greek yogurt…and not only is it delicious drizzled over a salad, but it also makes a yummy dipping sauce! I can’t wait to share this yummy Lightened-Up Honey Mustard Dressing recipe with y’all today! But first, my people-pleasing, Type A personality is compelling me to apologize for missing Monday’s regularly-scheduled blog post. You see, I got all of last week’s posts pre-scheduled in anticipation {Read More}

Caprese Orzo Salad

Caprese Orzo Salad is a vibrant summer pasta salad featuring juicy tomatoes, creamy balls of mozzarella, and ribbons of fresh basil, all topped off with a flavorful balsamic vinaigrette! I live in the south, and if you’ve ever seen Steel Magnolias, you already know that homegrown tomatoes are a religion down here. I don’t have my own garden, but lucky for me, my green thumb of a father-in-law does. And thanks to his benevolence, we are the lucky recipients of {Read More}

Chicken Berry Pasta Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Chicken Berry Pasta Salad is a sweet and savory summer dish drizzled with fresh Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette. And with its red, white, & blue color scheme, it’s the perfect recipe for 4th of July picnics, potlucks, and BBQs! Pasta salad is one of those things that I could happily eat pretty much every day through the warm weather months. I love it plain and simple. I love it loaded with veggies. I love it served from a picnic basket or {Read More}

Ultimate Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

This Ultimate Taco Salad is an explosion of contrasting flavors and textures, from spicy taco meat & velvety black beans to acidic tomatoes & crisp fresh corn, all topped with crunchy tortilla chips and a creamy, cilantro-flecked Avocado Ranch Dressing. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how often we eat taco salad around these parts. My kids love anything taco, and I love taking advantage of the fact that taco salad appeases their craving while squeezing in plenty of protein and {Read More}

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you’ll never go back to store-bought again! I’m apparently in a salad mood lately, seeing as how I shared Carrot Apple Slaw earlier this week and today I’m bringing you this creamy, flavorful Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. I’ve coined it “the best” because…well, I honestly think it is, y’all. As in, I could drink it straight out of the jar, no lettuce required. As in, {Read More}

Carrot Apple Slaw

With crunchy carrots, sweet and tart apples, dried cranberries, salty feta cheese, and a creamy dressing, this Carrot Apple Slaw is a refreshingly sweet and savory salad for summer! It’s May, y’all. MAY. And that means that after a flurry of teacher appreciation and field day and end-of-year parties, the school year will come to a close. And spring will give way to summer. And vacation time will be upon us. And I just don’t know if I’m ready for {Read More}

Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese {with or without chocolate}

Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese showcases fresh fruit and creamy cheese in a toasty, melty, savory-sweet sandwich…and you can even add chocolate for an extra-special treat! Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? Consequently, all month long, I’ve been drooling on my keyboard as various blogger friends have shared creative grilled cheese masterpieces on their blogs and across their social media accounts. So last week, when I came across a hunk of Brie in my fridge at the {Read More}

Asian Chicken Salad

Flavored with fresh ginger and lightly sweetened with honey, this Asian spin on Sonoma Chicken Salad features juicy mandarin oranges and salty, crunchy peanuts. When warm weather hits, one of the first things I start to crave is chicken salad. For some reason, it just screams spring and summer to me, and it’s one of my favorite things to serve (and eat!) at the baby and bridal showers that seem to abound at this time of year. And while I {Read More}

Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado Egg Salad is like avocado toast meets classic egg salad, lightened up with yogurt and studded with creamy chunks of avocado throughout…a perfect topping for sandwiches, crackers, or salads and a fantastic way to use up leftover hard-boiled eggs! Easter is right around the corner, and that always gets me a-brainstormin’ ideas for how to use up all those impending, leftover, hard-boiled Easter eggs. Last year I featured a cutesy, kid-appealing idea, so this spring, I think a yummy, {Read More}

Homemade Italian Dressing

Zippy, zesty Homemade Italian Dressing is delicious on salads and makes an excellent marinade…plus it’s all-natural and easy to make! Have you jumped on the make-your-own-salad-dressing bandwagon yet? Because if you haven’t, there’s no time like the present. Fresh, homemade salad dressing is so much tastier than store-bought. It’s also way less expensive, not to mention free of any icky ingredients or additives. I have always loved Italian Dressing, both for its flavor and its versatility. Not only is it {Read More}

The Best Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

This wholesome, easy-to-make Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is extra flavorful thanks to a few secret ingredients…and it’s the perfect get-well-soon recipe for making it through cold and flu season! Anytime a member of my family gets sick, I get the instant, insatiable to urge to whip up a giant, nourishing pot of homemade chicken soup. However, a couple of weekends ago, when I found myself on the receiving end of a lovely cold that came on overnight and left {Read More}

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Ditch the store-bought can of sauce for these quick and easy Homemade Sloppy Joes with no additives or preservatives…and they taste better, too! There aren’t many dinners that you can get on the table faster than whipping up a batch of Sloppy Joes. And while the store-bought sauce that rhymes with San-wich might make this meal even quicker, it’s got some less-than-ideal ingredients. After all, I tend to avoid high fructose corn syrup in my sweets, much less my dinner. {Read More}

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup is a smooth and creamy crock pot soup garnished with a variety of tasty toppings, from sour cream and shredded cheese to crispy bacon and green onions. Oh, soup…how I love thee. We flirt in October, when other parts of the country have dropping temps while we Texans are still wearing shorts and flip-flops. You become a part of our regular rotation come November and December, because it just feels like soup season…even when {Read More}

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean & Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean and Chicken Soup is a hearty, healthy, effortless crock pot dinner for those cold winter nights! We interrupt this month of holiday recipes to bring you a cozy, slow cooker soup that can be enjoyed all winter long! It’s probably no secret by now that I love cooking with beans. From side dishes to soups to crock pot suppers, beans are nourishing, filling, and inexpensive. It’s easy to infuse them with other flavors and they {Read More}

Chicken Salad with Apples & Cashews

Brimming with fruit and nuts, Chicken Salad with Apples & Cashews is a honey-kissed, autumn spin on the ever-popular Sonoma Chicken Salad. Every time I make chicken salad, I wonder why I don’t do so more often. I absolutely love the stuff. And as much as chicken salad has the reputation for being a “ladies who lunch” kind of recipe, I have to say that my kids and my husband scarf it down, too. In fact, my boys straight up {Read More}

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is brimming with chicken, beans, & corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar, making it a warm, hearty, effortless crock pot meal that’s perfect for a chilly day! I’ve got another crock pot wonder for y’all today! This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup was pulled from my most-frequently-made-for-the-longest-span-of-time recipe file. In other words, it’s an oldie but a goodie and well worth the hype of being one of our all-time {Read More}

Easy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup

Hearty, healthy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup is full of flavor, loaded with vitamins, and comes together in under 30 minutes! Well, friends, I’ve resisted for years, but I finally decided to jump on the kale bandwagon. Okay, perhaps “bandwagon” is too extreme. Rather, I tried kale in this soup, and I actually liked it! I’ll probably get my Southerner card revoked for such blasphemy, but as much as I love spinach, I’ve never really been a fan of {Read More}