QUICK Dinner Idea (Involves a Taco Kit)!

So delish, quick too!

Sometimes we need a break in the kitchen – it doesn’t happen often, but once in a while we make something good, but fast to prepare – this is beyond fabulous! So many options of what to add to it, and I have a trick I learned long ago about heating taco shells…

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Hot Tip! Vitamix E320 Blender bundle on sale NOW!

Vitamix. A well trusted brand loved by so many. It’s amazing that you can make nut butter, soup (yes, hot soup!) or ice cream! I haven’t tried ice cream, I have tried soup and nut butter (amazing) – we mainly use ours for smoothies – a quick way to get your fruits and veggies in!

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A Green Smoothie – that doesn’t taste green!

Two green smoothies, whipped to perfection!

Green smoothies. Many are very (very) green tasting, some are very acidic, I just haven’t found one I love, until now… I took the green smoothie recipe from Vitamix and changed it a bit. It came out delightful (and packed with goodness)! With just a few ingredients and the flip of a switch, breakfast is served!

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Mozz/Tomato/Basil Salad on the Menu – Happy Weekend!

Well, hello! Happy Saturday – hope you have wonderful plans (which can mean no plans, hehe) for the weekend. I love these colorful frogs – they always seem so happy jumping around. It seems like Fred is always saving frogs from the pool. Scoop them out and they jump right back in 🙄.

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Veggie Pasta!

Veggie Pasta

Colors of the rainbow. They’re supposed to be healthy for you, right? By eating various colors, you’re getting a multitude of different nutrients (see more below). It’s not only healthy – it can be delicious! Think of a fabulous salad with lettuce or other greens, fruits, veggies and maybe topped with some black beans? Sounds delicious – and it’s good for you, but it’s even better if you have a range of colors.

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Broiled Asparagus – So fast and delish!

Broiled Asparagus!

Asparagus. Spring = bountiful asparagus, and this year I think we’ve eaten more than we’ve ever eaten. Roasted was my go-to method. Pretty quick, and so delicious. Then one day I had dinner ALMOST ready, but needed to cook the asparagus quickly. Hmmm, 🤔 wonder if BROILING asparagus is a thing? So I Googled it. It’s a thing, thank goodness. Now, you can have your asparagus on the table in 6 minutes. Yes! 6 minutes!

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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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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!