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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix is an easy, DIY, dry seasoning mix, perfect for whipping up homemade ranch salad dressing or flavoring other recipes! I’ve been making The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing for years, and it’s seriously one of my family’s favorite ways to enjoy a salad, not to mention one of my most popular blog recipes. But sometimes when I’m craving ranch dressing, I don’t have fresh herbs on hand. So why did it takes me so many years {Read More}

Sonoma Chicken Salad ~ with Recipe Video!

Sonoma Chicken Salad is studded with toasted pecans and dried cranberries in a lightened-up dressing including Greek yogurt & honey for scrumptious sandwiches! I love chicken salad. L-O-V-E. And of all the chicken salads I’ve ever tried, the nutty, fruity, honey-kissed Sonoma version is my favorite.❤️ This recipe is actually a result of my attempts to recreate the oh-so-tasty Sonoma Chicken Salad from Costco. That chicken salad was a staple when my group of friends was in the wedding-shower-and-then-baby-shower phase of {Read More}

Easy Pasta Salad

Easy Pasta Salad features tri-color pasta studded with diced olives and pimentos in a zesty homemade Italian dressing for a versatile summer side dish recipe! Pasta salad season is upon us, and today I’m sharing a simple, tasty, new recipe to enjoy at all of your upcoming picnics, potlucks, and barbecues. Because what says summer like cold pasta salad? This Easy Pasta Salad is just that…easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. I like making it with tri-color {Read More}

Easy Minestrone Soup

Easy Minestrone Soup is healthy, flavorful, and simple to customize using your favorite vegetables! I feel like today’s recipe is a perfect soup for transitioning from winter to spring. Minestrone Soup is delicious any time of year, of course, but what makes it really nice right about now is that it’s cozy and comforting enough for the dreary, drizzly days we’ve been having…but the veggies can easily be swapped out to take advantage of the spring bounty that’s about to {Read More}

Brain Healthy Salad

Brain Healthy Salad is loaded with leafy greens, blueberries, walnuts, and extra-virgin olive oil for an easy way to enjoy brain-protective foods in your diet! Hi, friends. I’m a little nervous about today’s post. So let me first start out by saying that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, and I don’t want what I share today to be construed as medical advice. Talk to your own doctor and do your own research. Let me also share that, {Read More}

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad features whole wheat macaroni, hard-boiled eggs, two kind of pickles, and fresh dill in a lightened-up dressing of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt! Tuna Pasta Salad is one of those quick, easy recipes that I’ve loved since I was a kid. Growing up, this was a common lunch at our house on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, and as such, that’s often when I find myself making it for my own family. That being said, it’s also great as {Read More}

Instant Pot German Lentil Soup

Instant Pot German Lentil Soup is a savory, hearty pressure cooker recipe with wholesome lentils, healthy carrots, and the option of adding sausage or ham! Well, friends, I finally got brave enough to take my Instant Pot out of its box. I received it for Christmas — LAST Christmas🙈 — so after spending over a year sitting on a shelf in our garage, I suppose it was high time I got over my childhood phobia of the noisy, profusely steaming, {Read More}

Holiday Brussels Sprouts Salad

Holiday Brussels Sprouts Salad is loaded with sweet apple and pomegranate, toasty walnuts, and blue cheese for a fresh, gorgeous salad perfect for any meal! If there’s one thing I’ve learned in 4 1/2 years of food blogging, it’s that y’all love a good holiday salad. And, as luck would have it, I love creating new ones for you! So with Christmas right around the corner, I decided to come up with another gorgeous salad that’s bursting with color, flavor, {Read More}

Slow Cooker White Bean & Ham Soup

Slow Cooker White Bean & Ham Soup is a hearty, wholesome, comforting crock pot recipe that’s perfect for using up leftover holiday ham! So are y’all ready for the big day? I hit the grocery store early this morning in hopes that I’d beat the week o’ Thanksgiving crowds. I didn’t…but at least I’m done. Except for one ingredient I couldn’t find between two stores, meaning I’ve got to brave those crazy aisles again tomorrow…ugh.😫 The good news is I’ve {Read More}

Homemade Sloppy Joes ~ with Recipe Video!

The BEST Homemade Sloppy Joes taste delicious and are quick and easy to make using real ingredients in lieu of a store-bought can of sauce! 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 {Read More}

Slow Cooker Mexican Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Lentil Soup is a healthy, easy crock pot recipe loaded with red lentils, vegetables, and Mexican spices puréed into a smooth, zesty soup! A legit cold front has (finally!) hit central Texas, y’all, and as I sit here and type, it’s only 63°F outside (nearing noon, mind you). I might have to break out my Uggs in celebration — woo to the hoo!☃️ — never mind the fact that it’ll be in the 90s again by Friday. {Read More}

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}

Easter Salad ~ Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

Easter Salad (AKA, Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Toasted Almonds & Lemon Honey Vinaigrette) 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}

Holiday Salad ~ AKA, Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie 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}