The BEST Broccoli Salad – ooh la la!!

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad – never had it until a few months ago. Came home and Googled it to find a recipe. Found several recipes, tried a few versions and ended up with my favorite. Of course, there are options to add (all of them are good) or keep it a little more plain (as shown above). This is one tasty salad!

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Asparagus and Vidalia Onion Pasta with Parmesan

Asparagus and Vidalia Onion Pasta with Parmesan

Asparagus and Vidalia onions. Celebrating the best spring has to offer. Asparagus is amazing right now – it seems like we’ve enjoyed it almost nightly. We eat meat-free meals several times a week and this is a favorite. It’s quick and easy and tastes like something in a five star restaurant. No kidding!

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Yogurt Cake – French Version of Pound Cake!

Yogurt Cake

Yogurt cake. Sound intriguing, right? Let me tell you, this gem of a recipe is fabulous! I’m not a “cake person” but my husband is. Since this has (full fat) Greek yogurt I thought it was a better choice than a recipe loaded with butter. So I tried it. I was leery. IT IS AMAZING! AND, it can be made in a variety of ways – Here are a few:

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon!

I’ve been trying hard to increase our veggie consumption. I get bored with the same thing day after day, so have tried different things to see what’s a hit. THIS is a hit! Cooks up in no time, and the one slice of bacon adds so much flavor it’s unbelievable! With just a few ingredients you can transform brussels sprouts into a crave-able veggie! #notkidding

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Sautéed Mushrooms – Delicious and Full of Health Benefits!

Mushrooms. Their health benefits are all over the news. They can be eaten a variety of ways. I love them sautéed alongside a small pork chop or steak (which I haven’t had in years!) – I sautéed these earlier in the day and popped them into a non-stick skillet to heat up – that was a good time saving bit of info. One container of white button mushrooms looks like this once sautéed. #wheredidtheygo So never worry about having too many, they shrink considerably!

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My latest lunch obsession…

This is delish!

You know what it’s like to have a fabulous lunch – A lunch that makes you do a happy dance while you’re eating it? One that you look so forward to the next day? Well, this is that lunch! It’s light, and you feel good after you eat it. I’ve been having avocado toast with tomato for breakfast, this for lunch and then a variety of different dinners. I’m not perfect, I still like a few dark chocolate M&M’s on occasion, ha ha. I never cared much about Taboule until I ran across this brand…

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Mango Salsa (perfect with Cilantro Lime Chicken!)

Mango Salsa, which is the perfect accompaniment to my Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken. This dish is quick and healthy. The taste is off the charts good. We grill a few extra chicken breasts and have for lunch the next day (cold) – they’re fabulous! Mangos are amazing right now – this mango salsa recipe has less ingredients than most but so much flavor…

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Cajun Pork Chops with Cheesy Polenta and Asparagus… WOW!

Cajun Porkchops with Cheesy Polenta and Asparagus

Recipe Reminder: I saw this recipe was posted on my social media last year. Last March, I mentioned how FABULOUS the asparagus was, and I remember this recipe. It was beyond fabulous! Recipe is from Eating Well magazine – so it’s a health conscious recipe. #winwin The combination of flavors is incredible and this comes together surprisingly fast.

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Quick Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Quick Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Can you BELIEVE that it’s already the beginning of MARCH? Where does time go? While it is still technically winter, this is a quick (and tasty) treat, perfect for when you need a little somethin-somethin!

Pineapple upside down cake can be such a fabulous treat. It doesn’t need to be a large, or time-intensive cake. This recipe has a shortcut that saves time and ingredients. Note… don’t skimp on the butter or it will not come out of the pan (as shown above). There isn’t a lot of butter to begin with, but, it seems I’m always trying to find ways to cut it back. This isn’t one of those recipes to cut an essential ingredient. #learnfrommymistake This couldn’t be easier!

My mom and dad used to make this cake when we were kids. Most of us have these ingredients in the pantry, so it’s a nice, quick cake – one layer – so not a cake that will be around for a week. It makes the house smell so good! Click HERE to print the recipe below. Remember, when placing the pineapple, the bottom becomes the top, because after baking you invert it (flip it over) while it’s still hot, that way it comes out of the cake pan easily. As I mentioned above, don’t try to save fat/calories by skimping on the measly 4 tablespoons of butter, the cake needs it for the brown sugar to stick. You’ll see areas of my cake that remained in the pan, hmmm. #dontdowhatidid

I used Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake & Baking Mix (the type for pancakes, biscuits, etc.) – it doesn’t contain some of the ingredients that other brands do (unless their ingredients have changed). You can also place maraschino cherries, which makes it really pretty – also chopped nuts (pecans, I would guess). Change it up however you like.

✍️ Until next time… Happy March!

My Favorite Shrimp Recipes!

Med Pasta with Shrimp

We live in Charleston, SC where we’re very fortunate that we can buy good seafood. Freshest… always! I usually buy a pound or two and freeze in 1/2 pound portions (just pop in freezer bags) – perfect for two people. The recipe above is SO GOOD. The spinach pasta is essential – I tried it with regular pasta and it just wasn’t the same. Artichokes are full of fiber and add so much flavor, so I used an entire jar (small jar). I think the red pepper (and I’m not a pepper fan) is also pretty necessary. It adds such wonderful flavor, and red peppers are much sweeter than green peppers which are picked before they’re ripe (if left to ripen they would be red peppers as well). Feta… absolutely necessary – it adds the kick, and because it’s fairly up there sodium-wise I don’t add salt, only pepper. Read on for the our top five shrimp recipes… haven’t had some of them in a while, which is what spurred this post. If I can’t think of a recipe, I use the SEARCH feature on my website and enter an ingredient that I’ve got and see what comes up. It’s funny how you can forget about recipes after a while!

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Avocado Toast – So Good!

Quick and Easy…

Avocado Toast. Is it not like a slice of heaven? The creamy avocado, the drizzle of olive oil and whatever else you may add. It’s so delicious on a slice of toast – keeps you full for a while and is just delicious. You don’t need to pay $8 and up for something so quick and easy. This is a version similar to one I had in a restaurant.

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How to roast veggies all together and what to make with it!

Roasted Veggies for the Week…

Roasted vegetables are the best. Roasting adds a sweetness that is undeniable. You will eat a lot more veggies without even trying, especially if they’re cooked one day and ready for the week. Read on to see what I made with some of these veggies (along with sautéed kale and walnuts). #outofthisworld It was also nice to have sides for the week, just heat and eat! Cauliflower, okra, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, red onions, golden beets, and broccoli!

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View from Crosby’s Seafood Dock!

Crosby’s Seafood – Folly Beach – SC

Heaven, right? Absolutely! We do not take for granted the ability to get the freshest seafood on the planet.. Crosby’s is a short distance from the house – it’s where we go to buy fresh seafood. Everyone there is so nice and helpful. But one of the biggest bonuses when we go to buy fresh shrimp is…

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Quick and Easy Fish Tacos! #WOW

Fish (Stick) Tacos #WOW – Version 2 with pickled red onion!

I receive emails from America’s Test Kitchen (ATK), which also includes Cooks Country (where this recipe originated). I LOVED the idea, changed some things to make it my own and tried a few versions. Both were fabulous. Turns out there ARE good fish sticks, I took their advice…

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A Lighter Lunch After the Holidays!

Do you need a lighter lunch after the holidays? This is it!

I can say, for the second year in a row, we didn’t eat a heavy meal, ha ha… but still, this is so refreshing it’s crave worthy. Using the freshest of ingredients, it comes together quickly and you will be delighted how good it is (and how long it keeps you satiated!) #winwin

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