Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fresh Corn and Ditalini Pasta Salad

I am a huge fan of pasta salads during the summer. I love how easy they are to make while still being popular items. It's easy to make a pasta salad from scratch and the dressing on this is so simple. No need to buy bottled dressing this time around. Feel free to adjust this pasta salad as you like. You can add more fresh summer veggies like red peppers or grilled zucchini- the options are unlimited. You can also add a splash of hot sauce to the recipe for an added kick.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Coconut Banana Muffins

I have been on a baking kick lately and my friends are probably tired of my coming over with a bunch of baking experiments. I decided to make these muffins on a whim since I had all of the ingredients at home and wanted to try something other than my classic banana go to: Leonie's banana bread. Leonie's banana bread will probably always be one of my favorite classic banana bread/muffin recipes out there, but I wanted to try something a little new. I had a bunch of coconut flakes leftover from when I last made energy bites, so this was the perfect recipe to make a dent in that. There muffin taste great and look adorable with the shredded coconut on top. Wrap in an airtight container and snack on these for a few days in a row.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jujeh Kabob (Persian Chicken Kabob)

I was lucky enough to grow up with friends whose mother's were amazing cooks. I can;t even remember how young I was when I first had jujeh kabobs, but I have always loved them. I first made these myself about 2 years ago and was so pleasantly surprised by how well they turned out. I made these again recently at a friend's BBQ and forgot how much I love this variation of grilled chicken. Though traditionally these are served as a skewered chicken kabob, I have at time just marinated chicken thighs in the marinade and grilled them on their own. Either way, this recipe is delicious and easy to make.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Spinach and Cherry Tomato Pasta

Living on my own I often look for simple recipes that can be made without much effort. This recipe is one of my go-to quick dinners for days when I really don't want to make anything too time consuming, but I still want a tasty dinner. If you ever feel like mixing it up, omit the spinach and add 1/4 cup chopped basil. That's my other go-to weeknight pasta dinner. Either way, this is a very simple and satisfying meal.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Oat Banana Bread

I recently had a case of too many ripe bananas in my house. though I usually freeze them for smoothies, I decided to use a few of the and make a healthier-ish banana bread. This recipe made a great loaf cake that is not very sweet, but goes wonderfully with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. It's a great snacking cake (I unintentionally finished off about a third of the cake in one sitting, then decided I needed to share it as soon as possible). The ingredients are ones that I have at home, so this was a great recipe for me. But I also keep things like ground flax seeds around for sprinkling on yogurt or oatmeal, or making peanut butter chocolate chip energy bites. As with most banana breads, you really can't ruin this recipe.

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