Greek Feta Dip

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Greek Feta Dip recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Colt and I were shopping at Trader Joes last weekend and they were sampling their Greek Feta Dip with Pita Chips so of course we had to try it.

Then we thought about buying it but I was like you know I have just about everything at home to make this and you would have more then what comes in that little container. 

So he reluctantly agreed to let me try and replicate the Feta Dip. I'm pretty sure he didn't believe I could come up with something the equivalent or better but I managed to knock his socks off with this one.

He told me I better have this posted before Superbowl because this Greek Feta Dip needs to be at everyones party. He then went on to tell me we will having this at our house for Superbowl before he managed to polish off the last of the dip.

Good thing this is a super easy recipe because it looks like we will be making it again for Sunday! 

Grapefruit Avocado Salad With Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Grapefruit Avocado Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette is an easy recipe! Add shrimp or chicken for a full meal from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Avocado Grapefruit Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette is my go to salad at the moment.
I can't seem to get enough of how light and refreshing it is and the sliced almonds add the perfect crunch.

I find the sweeter pink grapefruit gives the right balance of flavor and the Grapefruit Vinaigrette is mildly sweet and tangy pairing perfectly with the tart grapefruit and creamy avocado.

When I'm looking for something a little more substantial for dinner or lunch I add cooked shrimp or salmon for a fat fighting power house to Grapefruit Avocado Salad plus it's quick which is always a win in my book! 

I've been unable to really do any cardio in the last year and half so anything that could help kill the demonic belly bulge is a good thing in my book.

Mango Black Bean Salsa

Friday, January 16, 2015
Mango Black Bean Salsa is a must make for Cinco De Mayo!
Sorry today's post is going to be short but Mango Black Bean Salsa is always a favorite! 

A.We didn't take step by step photos of this Mango Black Bean Salsa but it's so easy to make I know you can totally toss this together. The hardest part is slicing the mangoes. Would you be interested in a tutorial on how to slice a mango or do you have it figured out? Leave me a message if so! 

B. We've all been battling another case of some crazy sickness. Mas was home sick with me yesterday so I have a strong urge to sanitize and disinfect the whole house.  So I will be spending the afternoon hovering over the kids trying to evict the germs that keep trying to take residence at our abode.

C. I'm sharing this because it's Blue Friday if your a Seahawks fan and this is a must make for Sunday's game against Green Bay! I can't wait it should be a good game! #GoHawks

D.Colt said people might think the Mango and Black Beans sounds a little weird, but he reassured you it's out of this world! I don't know how to take that but um... That's ok? 

Was he admitting the first time I told him what I was doing he was like ewww...gross? Then he took a bite and devoured most of it to himself. 

I know you'll love Mango Black Bean Salsa as much as we do! 

Refried Black Beans From Scratch

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

An easy to follow step by step recipe with photos for Homemade Refried Black Beans From Scratch.

Refried Black Beans recipe made from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch. A must make for Cinco De Mayo.
I probably should have smothered these Refried Black Beans in cheese and cilantro or something because they aren't the most photogenic thing but they taste amazing.

We enjoyed these with the Chicken Enchiladas that were smothered in cheesy goodness that I shared on Sunday and I mean who doesn't love refried beans plus these blow the canned stuff out of the water.

If you aren't feeding an army you could easily freeze the leftovers for later or use to make an out of this world cheesy bean dip! Plus if your feeding a crowd these are much more economical then buying canned beans since dried beans are so inexpensive. 

These are actually really easy to make and totally worth the time. I hope you love them as much as we do! 

Chicken Enchiladas #SundaySupper

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Chicken Enchiladas #SundaySupper
This weeks Sunday Supper theme is Captivating Casseroles and I couldn't think of a more Captivating Casserole then these Chicken Enchiladas.
This definitely isn't the quickest recipe I've shared but I promise you they are worth every minute of your time.
The whole family rates them even better then our favorite Mexican food spot, let me just tell you this is a huge thing because that's usually what the boys order.
I was hoping for a few leftovers for lunch tomorrow but they were devoured in about 2.2 seconds.
No matter how much food I make we seldom seem to have leftovers.
I'm officially feeling like this is the story of my life. I don't know what I will do someday when the kids move out and it's just the 2 of us.
I might finally be able to bring food to the neighbors! 

These can easily be made ahead of time and left in the fridge until ready to bake or one of those great go to recipes to bring over to someones house who's been recovering from surgery or just had a baby.
This recipe is also great for those that are gluten free as long as gluten free corn tortillas are used.

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do because I can never seem to make enough! 

One Skillet Spinach Artichoke Pasta With A Gluten Free Option

Thursday, January 8, 2015
One Skillet Spinach Artichoke Pasta With A Gluten Free Option
Two of my favorite things in the whole wide world are Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip and One Skillet Meals only because I totally hate doing dishes.
One Skillet Spinach Artichoke Pasta combines both of those with a gluten free option using brown rice noodles instead of regular pasta ( I promise no one will know it's GF).
It's cheesyliciousness at it's best and filled with lots of spinach and artichoke hearts leaving my taste buds singing for more! 
Colt nabbed the leftovers for lunch and said he almost thought it was even better the next day because the flavors had melded.
This is comfort food at it's prime and done in under 30 minutes.
It's like a little taste of heaven in every bite! 

Quinoa Shrimp Mango Pomegranate Spinach Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette #SundaySupper

Saturday, January 3, 2015
Quinoa Shrimp Pomegranate Spinach Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette #SundaySupper
Quinoa Shrimp Mango Pomegranate Spinach Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette is reminiscent of a favorite salad I had enjoyed eons ago while Colt and I had gone on an overnight stay.
Eating this salad is like a mental vacay perfect for beating the winter blues with it's light and bright flavors.
It's loaded with Quinoa, Spinach, Mixed Baby Greens, Mango, Pomegranate Seeds, Walnuts and Feta  making it high in protein and a perfect lunch or light dinner.
The White Balsamic Vinaigrette is slightly sweet but tangy and pairs perfectly with the sweet mangoes and shrimp.
Plus with the holidays finally over we are trying to concentrate on eating healthier because we always seem to gain a few extra pounds.
What more could you want in A Lighter New Year recipe for Sunday Supper?
We are loving this new salad and I'm sure it's going to make a regular appearance on our dinner table for the weeks to come while we try to shed those post holiday pounds. 

Hamburger Taco Soup

Friday, January 2, 2015
Hamburger Taco Soup
The boys had a friend over to stay the night last week and I needed something super easy to make and that everyone would like so we decided on Hamburger Taco Soup because who doesn't love tacos and soup?
I served all the condiments on the side and left out the hot sauce so everyone could adjust their bowl of soup to their liking. 
I love that Taco Soup is so easy to make and healthy too with only 319 calories per serving before you add any additional toppings. 
What more could you want in a giant bowl of comfort?
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