Black Bean Pasta Salad

Black Bean Pasta Salad

This is a simple pasta salad that pairs well with many dishes or is wonderful on its own.  Noodles, black beans, and feta cheese come together to create a delicious black bean pasta salad.  This is a salad that is sure to please everyone, all three of my kids like it so that says a […]

How to cook dry beans in an electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot)

How To Cook Dry Beans In An Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)

Are you ready to cook dry beans from start to finish in an hour?  It took me several attempts but I finally made the perfect batch of cooked beans n my electric pressure cooker and I am happy to share how it’s done.  I use an Instant Pot, but any electric pressure cooker would work. […]

Southwest Black Bean Pasta w/ Avocado Cream Sauce

Southwest Black Bean Pasta With Avocado Cream Sauce (gluten-free)

I recently discovered that my daughter is unable to eat gluten.  I stopped into one of my favorite neighborhood markets to explore my gluten-free options and was gifted a box of black bean pasta.  I was excited at the possibilities of what I could create with this new pasta.  I ended up making a delicious gluten-free southwest […]

Vegan Almond Joy Chocolate Bark

(Dairy-Free) Almond Joy Chocolate Bark

If I did something right this post contains affiliate links. I’m not sure that you can imagine my pleasure when I recreated the yummy store-bought Almond Joy candy bar with a dairy-free Almond Joy Chocolate Bark that tastes JUST like (if not BETTER) an Almond Joy.  I was inspired by Pinterest and tried a few recipes, I […]

Vegetarian Ginger Noodles

Asian Ginger Noodles

If I did this right there are affiliate links in this post. This ginger noodle dish is my new favorite thing to eat.   If you love gingery noodley yumminess then this recipe is for you!  These noodles, with their unique Asian flavors, pair well with so many different meals.  They also are awesome enough […]

Jerk Mahi Mahi With Caribbean Slaw

Jerk Mahi Mahi With Carribean Cole Slaw

We have been loving having Shane, AKA daddy, home for three weeks.  We had a summer blast while he was home.  We practically lived in the pool, went on field trips, and simply enjoyed being together as a family.  All good things must come to an end I guess and it was time for him […]

Blackened Mahi W/ Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Blackened Mahi With Cilantro Lime Quinoa

A friend recently shared his catch of mahi with us that he caught offshore  I was excited to cook (and eat) the wild caught fresh fish.  I knew that I wanted to blacken it because this is my favorite way to eat fish right behind sushi!  I typically make a cucumber salad or cabbage slaw as a […]

Roasted Asparagus w/ Balsamic Soy Sauce

Roasted Asparagus With Balsamic Soy Sauce

This is one of our families favorite vegetable side dishes.  This dish goes well with almost anything.  From feta stuffed peppers, fish, and grilled chicken.  If you have children the sauce makes this one a winner.  I have to keep an eye on Ava because I often catch her eating the sauce with a spoon! […]

Veggie Greek Pasta

Veggie Greek Pasta

This meal is an all around pleaser in our house.  All of the kids love it (although I have to remove the onions for Ava).  Alex really likes it cold the next day…he gets this from his daddy because I cannot stand cold food! I began making this dish with chicken.  I have recently found that […]

Veggie Quinoa Pilaf

Veggie Quinoa Pilaf

I am in love with quinoa!  An awesome friend of mine introduced me to it, honestly I had never even heard of it before, I am now hooked.  I have eliminated processed foods from our home and have found that this veggie quinoa pilaf replaces the boxed seasoned rice that I used to make.  See […]

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

  Spicy shrimp pasta is too spicy to feed to my kids so I typically make them shrimp scampi, which they love. You can use any type of pasta.  I have used spaghetti, penne, and rotini, they are all delicious.  I typically use whatever pasta I happen to have on hand. Here is what you […]