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Southwestern Pasta Salad

Full of all of the southwestern flavors that you love, this Southwestern Pasta Salad with a spicy chili-lime dressing is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Pretty much everyone is a fan of pasta salad, right? It's a great crowd-pleasing dish that's easy to make and share at BBQ's and potlucks. The best pasta salads are full of pasta (of course) and veggies, all coated in a flavorful dressing. I've made all sorts of varieties of pasta salads, including this flavorful Greek pasta salad, an amazing pesto pasta salad, and one with orzo, tomatoes, and mint. I know I'm not alone in my love of southwestern flavors, and I thought they would make an awesome pasta salad. And was I ever right! ... [Continue Reading]

Can’t Miss Summer Recipes!

We're right in the middle of summer, and I want to savor every minute of it!  Besides all of the fun activities and outdoors time, one of the best parts of summer is the food.  I thought it would be fun to look through my recipes and choose the few that I consider can't miss recipes for summer.  So here they are, our favorite summer-time meals!  (Plus a few desserts that are best enjoyed outside on a warm summer evening. :) )  I hope your summer is being filled with fun times, good food, family and friends.  Enjoy! Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Bean Salsa Grilled Chicken Fajitas Mediterranean Chicken in Pitas Fish Tacos with Pineapple-Peach ... [Continue Reading]

Southwest Quinoa Salad

My recent posts have been full of sweet treats, so I thought it was time to share something healthy to start the week off on the right foot. Healthy certainly doesn't mean that you won't be excited to dig in to this Southwest Quinoa Salad, though. It's full of good for you ingredients that are also full of flavor. I used red quinoa for the first time in this salad, and love the added color that it brings to the dish. Quinoa is a great base for the salad because it soaks up the flavors of the seasonings, and some red bell pepper balances out the textures by adding some crunch. Be sure to mix up the easy guacamole to add to your bowl- it will only take a minute and is delicious with the ... [Continue Reading]

Quinoa Salad with Grapes, Celery, and Chicken

Looking for healthy lunch ideas that will also keep your tastebuds happy? Quinoa Salad with Grapes, Celery, and Chicken is a great option. I made this for dinner one night and the leftovers were perfect to pack and take with me for lunches at work over the next few days. I added chicken to the salad to make it more substantial since I planned on serving it as a main dish. You can leave it out if you prefer a vegetarian meal. The quinoa itself is high in protein, which helps to fill you up and keep your energy level going strong for the next few hours. I love how this salad keeps it simple. There aren't too many ingredients or complicated steps, so that the flavors of each component can ... [Continue Reading]

Chili-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Apricot Glaze

Pork tenderloin is a dish that I always seem to forget about, but then when I do remember to include it in my meal plan and discover a delicious recipe like this one, I wonder how I can forget about this great protein option. This version includes a spicy rub and a sweet-spicy glaze, and it is very much a keeper. Not only is this pork full of flavor, it is also easy enough to prepare on a weeknight. You do have to plan ahead, as it requires at least 2 hours of marinating time with the spice rub, but other than that it comes together really easily. This meal was a big hit with the kids too- I just removed a little of the outer meat with the spice rub before serving it to them so it ... [Continue Reading]

Honey Ginger Pork Tenderloin

If there's a choice between pork chops and pork tenderloin in our house, the tenderloin almost always wins. Pork tenderloin stays much more moist- or maybe it's just me who can't cook a pork chop without drying it out?- and it's so easy to prepare either with a simple marinade or dry rub. In this recipe, the pork is marinated in a delicious combination of honey, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and a few other seasonings. The recipe calls for marinating the pork for at least 8 hours. Unfortunately, I didn't read that part until about 3 hours before dinner time so my marinating time was much shorter. Even so, the pork was really flavorful, and I'm sure it would have been even ... [Continue Reading]