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Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Shredded Beef Sandwiches

Sweet and tangy Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Shredded Beef is a delicious, effortless, satisfying crock pot recipe perfect for busy weeknight dinners, parties, or game day! A big thanks to Rhodes for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #Rhodesbread #completethemeal Football is here. Fall is (almost) here. Busy school schedules and extra-curricular activities are here. And you know what all of that means? It’s once again prime season for breaking out the ol’ slow {Read More}

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette {Zesty Mexican Salad Dressing}

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette is a zesty homemade Mexican dressing — perfect for marinades & salads — featuring lime juice, fresh cilantro, and a touch of honey! Cilantro…you either love it or you hate it. So today, I apologize in advance to the poor souls who genuinely think that cilantro tastes like soap. In fact, I will totally understand if y’all need to peace out and check back tomorrow. 😉 However, you lucky ones (like me) who can’t get enough of {Read More}

20-Minute Lasagna Tortellini Soup

Lasagna Tortellini Soup is a flavorful stovetop recipe featuring ground beef, herbs, and Parmesan in a marinara-based broth that’s ready in just 20 minutes! Raise your hand if you’re ready for soup weather! Though we’ve had a reprieve from our 100+ degree stretch of days around here, it’s still hot, y’all. But the truth is, it’s going to be hot for awhile. So last week, I figured I may as well embrace what I’m yearning for – as opposed to {Read More}

Marinated Tomatoes

Ripe, juicy tomatoes soak up olive oil, red wine vinegar, onion, garlic, & fresh herbs in Marinated Tomatoes, a zesty summer salad or a versatile side dish! ‘Tis the season for homegrown tomatoes! Thanks to my father-in-law’s bountiful garden, by this time every summer, we’re positively swimming in big, juicy, deep red specimens of tomato perfection. We eat ’em sliced, with salt and pepper. On bread with good mayo for a tomato sandwich. Caprese-style…drizzled with balsamic, layered with fresh mozzarella, {Read More}

Summer Lentil Salad + Lentils.org Farm-to-Table Trip

Summer Lentil Salad features protein-packed lentils, roasted corn, juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil for a healthy, vibrant main dish or versatile side! I was invited to participate in the #LetsLentil #LoveALentil campaign, sponsored by Lentils.org. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. Growing up with a native German mother, my exposure to lentils as a child was pretty much limited to Linsen mit Spätzle (Swabian lentil soup with homemade noodles) which, incidentally, I loved. That {Read More}

Creamy German Cucumber Salad ~ Gurkensalat

Creamy German Cucumber Salad, or Gurkensalat, is a fresh and simple side dish featuring thinly sliced cucumbers in a sour cream and dill dressing! My mom is a native German, so every few years we trek back to the homeland to visit her side of the family. It’s always fun to spend time with the relatives and take in the glorious German countryside and villages, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that one of my favorites things about {Read More}

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps SALAD

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps Salad transforms the popular restaurant appetizer into a savory main dish salad, loaded with copycat ground chicken and more! Last week, my boys requested taco salad for dinner. Alas, I was out of taco seasoning — and out of cumin to make another batch (oh, the horror!) — so it was onto PLAN B. A quick scan of the fridge and pantry revealed that I may be low on my Tex-Mex seasonings, but I had {Read More}

BLT Caesar Pasta Salad with Avocado

BLT Caesar Pasta Salad with Avocado is loaded with crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, and tender pasta dressed in tangy Caesar dressing and served atop a bed of fresh lettuce! Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! After what feels like months of go-go-going, we finally had a relaxing few days at home, with family time and a chance to catch up on things around here. I actually came down with a lovely cold at the end of {Read More}

Fiesta Pasta Salad

Fiesta Pasta Salad is loaded with corn, black beans, tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro, and a fresh lime vinaigrette for a zesty, flavorful, summer side dish! So who else is counting down the days until summer vacation??? We’ve hit that point in May where this mama’s head is about to explode. In addition to the usual chaos that accompanies the last few weeks of school, I’m trying to squeeze in all of my last-minute appointments before I have three kiddos home for {Read More}

Creamy Feta Dressing

Creamy Feta Dressing features Greek yogurt, crumbled feta cheese, and fresh dill, making it a delicious complement to salads, tomatoes, cucumbers, and more! So…this Creamy Feta Dressing? It’s quite possibly my family’s new favorite salad dressing. It’s thick and silky, made with a wholesome, protein-packed base of Greek yogurt and a generous amount of salty Feta cheese blended in. Those ingredients get flavored with fresh dill leaves, garlic and onion powder, and a splash of apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire {Read More}

Bacon & Blue Cheese Egg Salad

Bacon & Blue Cheese Egg Salad makes a flavorful filling for sandwiches or lettuce wraps and is a great recipe for using up leftover hard-boiled eggs! It’s about that time of year when many of us find ourselves with an overabundance of leftover hard-boiled Easter eggs. I mean, who doesn’t love lowering fragile eggs into receptacles of questionable dye with the assistance of jellybean-fueled kiddos? So when leftover hard-boiled eggs abound, classic egg salad is an obvious choice for using {Read More}

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette (AKA, Easter Salad)

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Toasted Almonds & Lemon Honey Vinaigrette (AKA, Easter Salad) is a beautiful, delicious addition to any spring or summer meal! I’m of the opinion that every special holiday meal should include a gorgeous, festive, scrumptious salad loaded with seasonal ingredients. And y’all apparently agree, because my Holiday Honeycrisp Salad is one of the site’s most popular recipes from Christmas to New Year’s, and my Thanksgiving Salad gets lots of attention come November. So why shouldn’t {Read More}

Quick & Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Quick & Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is a delicious, nourishing, cold-buster recipe for getting well soon! It’s that time of year, y’all…that icky time when colds and flu and stomach viruses abound! With multiple school-aged kids ’round these parts, when somebody brings home a bug, it’s often a matter of waiting to see who gets stricken next. And early last week, when I found myself at the doctor with two out of the three, I had never seen our {Read More}

Homemade French & Catalina Salad Dressing

Jazz up your favorite salad with a homemade, sweet-and-tangy dressing, in both French and Catalina varieties! I don’t know about y’all, but after indulging in some of my favorite dips and appetizers during the big game yesterday, I feel like I need to cleanse this week with a barrage of smoothies and salads — ha. I try to make my own homemade salad dressing whenever possible, but when I’m short on time and buy a bottle from the store, I {Read More}

Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn Chowder

The savory flavors of Mexican street corn come together in an easy crock pot soup…Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn Chowder is slightly spicy, slightly smoky, and topped with avocado, bacon, cilantro, & cotija cheese! Well, friends…it appears we have a Super Bowl LI match-up! And while I may be a bit rusty on my Roman Numerals, I can tell you one thing for sure…regardless of whether or not I have a dog in the fight (and this year, I don’t), {Read More}

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup with Pepper Jack & Bacon

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup with Pepper Jack & Bacon is a creamy, silky recipe that balances healthy, vitamin-packed cauliflower with zesty cheese and decadent bacon…and using frozen cauliflower, it couldn’t be any simpler to make! Welp, it actually feels like winter once again here in Texas…albeit only for a few days before it hits the 70s again. 😛 But my understanding that other parts of the country are currently getting bombarded with snow! So while the temperatures are nice and {Read More}

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup

A classic comfort food recipe gets a soup lover’s makeover in this warm, hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup, loaded with savory beef, mushrooms, and noodles…and your crock pot does all of the work! (Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post, just before the recipe, for an exciting giveaway!) (This post contains affliliate links.)  Y’all. How is Christmas only five days away?! I don’t know where the month went, but I do know that I need {Read More}

Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad ~ AKA, Thanksgiving Salad

This gorgeous Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is loaded with vibrant colors and flavors and contrasting textures….the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday table! I’m a sucker for a loaded salad. The more contrasting flavors and textures, the better. And if it’s a pretty salad, to boot? Can’t be beat. This time last year, I concocted a festive red-and-green Holiday Honeycrisp Salad using some of my favorite salad ingredients. And, lo and behold, {Read More}

Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili

Chunky, flavorful Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili is a hearty bowl of comfort food goodness, easy to adjust to your preferred spice level and delicious topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro! Hey there, strangers! Well, can I just say that I was NOT intending to go all last week without sharing a recipe. But alas, sometimes life gets in the way of blogging…and unfortunately, last week said life brought us a very sick little 4-year old, numerous {Read More}

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup

The bold flavors of Buffalo wings come together in this zippy, creamy, easy-to-whip-up Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup…perfect for serving on game day or for warming up on a chilly fall or winter evening! Happy Friday, friends! Wow…it’s been quite a week. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to everyone for your kind, positive, and supportive words about the release of my new cookbook earlier this week! I’m honored that so many of you ordered it and are {Read More}

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}