Greek Orzo Salad

Greek Orzo Salad is fresh and bright, perfect for summer! Made with feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, olive, and plenty of herbs and lemon, this pasta salad is delicious on its own or alongside grilled chicken. INTRO WHAT IS ORZO If you’ve ever eaten orzo at a restaurant, you might think it’s a type of rice …

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Greek Orzo Salad is fresh and bright, perfect for summer! Made with feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, olive, and plenty of herbs and lemon, this pasta salad is delicious on its own or alongside grilled chicken.

White plate of greek orzo salad garnished with wedges of lemon

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Strawberry Brussels Sprouts Salad

My Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad is one of my all-time favorite salads. If you’ve tried it, you know it’s amazing. Well, I decided to create a twist on the classic Brussels sprouts salad and make a version that is perfect for spring and sum…

My Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad is one of my all-time favorite salads. If you’ve tried it, you know it’s amazing. Well, I decided to create a twist on the classic Brussels sprouts salad and make a version that is perfect for spring and summer. You are going to LOVE this Strawberry Brussels Sprouts Salad with…

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad Who is ready for summer? Both of my hands are raised. Our boys are currently working on our summer bucket list and they have come up with some fun ideas. It is going to be a busy summer, but I don’t mind being busy if it is all…

Summer Pasta Salad Who is ready for summer? Both of my hands are raised. Our boys are currently working on our summer bucket list and they have come up with some fun ideas. It is going to be a busy summer, but I don’t mind being busy if it is all fun. Of course, we…

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches.

We absolutely adore these grilled chicken caesar sandwiches! They are so juicy and flavorful, smoky and simple. The caesar dressing is practically drinkable and they are super easy to throw together. Perfect for a quick summer dinner! I’ve got a new favorite dinner in the line up for you! These grilled chicken caesar sandwiches are […]

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We absolutely adore these grilled chicken caesar sandwiches! They are so juicy and flavorful, smoky and simple. The caesar dressing is practically drinkable and they are super easy to throw together. Perfect for a quick summer dinner!

I’ve got a new favorite dinner in the line up for you!

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches

These grilled chicken caesar sandwiches are one of those meals that look ridiculously simple, and well… they kind of are. But they are SO incredibly flavorful and just taste so GOOD. These are idea for a warm summer evening or even a busy weeknight. Add in a glass of chilled white wine and HELLO it is heaven.

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches ready to go

I’m always looking for easy, delish dinner ideas for weeknights and these cannot be beat. I was inspired to make them after falling in love with my grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches last year – which we freaking LOVE! They are so flavorful and delicious.

I knew we could do something similar with another combo that I adore so much – chicken caesar salad! Just… minus the salad.

But we do have some green leaves sooooo… there’s that. 

greek yogurt caesar dressing

The caesar dressing is my classic fave that I’ve used for years. You’ve read me ramble about it for ages and it’s truly the best. Greek yogurt based with a little bit of everything. Don’t skip the anchovy paste! It really makes it taste like traditional caesar and adds that savory pop. 

You can make the dressing ahead of time and store it in the fridge. I don’t use the actual dressing as marinade, but instead toss together some olive oil, garlic and dijon for a quick marinade for the chicken. The caesar dressing is just going to be our sauce/topping for the sandwiches. Or our dip! Whatever you want it to be.

marinated grilled chicken

The marinade is so easy and you can let the chicken soak for 30 minutes or even overnight, whatever you have time for. The real kicker is how smoky and wonderful the chicken tastes right off the grill!

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches

I love to use brioche buns here (they are the best) and crispy romaine leaves for the sandwiches. This combo is what really makes up the chicken caesar flavor explosion.

It goes like this:

The brioche buns are buttery and soft. They almost melt in your mouth – and if you grill them? Even better. 

The romaine is so refreshing and crisp and reminds you of that base of a classic caesar salad.

Our chicken is smoky, flavorful and juicy. I like to use thin-sliced chicken breasts, whether you buy them like that or slice them thin yourself, because that’s just what I prefer to bite in to. You know?

And then the caesar dressing finishes it all off. That stuff is drinkable, I swear. (more…)

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Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Our boys could eat tacos for dinner every single night and I honestly don’t blame them. Tacos are the BEST! One of their favorite taco recipes are these Chipotle Chicken Tacos. They are loaded with flavor and only take 20 minutes to make, which m…

Our boys could eat tacos for dinner every single night and I honestly don’t blame them. Tacos are the BEST! One of their favorite taco recipes are these Chipotle Chicken Tacos. They are loaded with flavor and only take 20 minutes to make, which makes them the perfect EASY weeknight dinner! There are two secrets…

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Roasted Corn and Black Bean Cheddar Melt Burgers.

These black bean corn burgers are summer perfection! Roasted corn, bell peppers and black beans come together for the best burger ever! These burgers are summer on a bun! Seriously. These are one of my favorite weeknight meals because they are so versatile. The flavor screams summer garden and warm weather. The texture is fabulous. […]

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These black bean corn burgers are summer perfection! Roasted corn, bell peppers and black beans come together for the best burger ever!

These burgers are summer on a bun!

roasted corn black bean burgers

Seriously. These are one of my favorite weeknight meals because they are so versatile. The flavor screams summer garden and warm weather. The texture is fabulous. And you can eat them on a bun, in a wrap, on a salad, by themselves with lots of dip… as you can see, the options are endless! 

That’s my favorite kind of meal, obviously. 

black bean burger mix

So!

If you have a copy of Everyday Dinners, then you know that our most favorite black bean burger recipe is inside the burger. And it’s actually baked! Yes, baked in the oven – not done in a skillet or on the grill.

Now of course, you CAN do them in a skillet or on the grill. That works too! But something about the ease of baking them is just amazing. 

P.S. if you don’t have your copy of the book yet, grab it here

roasted corn black bean burger patties

I took the recipe and used some of the base to make these roasted corn and black bean burgers. I was inspired after we went to a local burger restaurant a few weeks ago and saw their corn and black bean burger on the menu. And I knew I had HAD to try it with my favorite black bean burger recipe. As a huge corn lover, I thought it would be perfect (I was right) and couldn’t wait to give my black bean recipe a summer lift! 

roasted corn black bean burger patty

These black bean burgers have the roasted corn and bell peppers diced up and mashed inside. The key to great texture is making sure to mash about half of the beans coarsely and leaving the rest whole. The corn and peppers also add a great bite. 

You seriously won’t BELIEVE how fast these come together. I love to add in some BBQ sauce, garlic, breadcrumbs and lots of seasonings to make the flavor pop. I’ve used leftovers of these on top of grain bowls, I’ve crumbled them in salads and I’ve even used them for patty melts.

They are absolutely wonderful!

roasted corn black bean cheddar melt burgers

The thing is, I do have another veggie burger here on the blog that we adore.

I have shared my ultimate absolutely favorite veggie burger here – and it is a major HIT. That has not changed. That veggie burger is incredible – quite possibly the best one I’ve ever tasted. It is also a ton of work and so high maintenance. It’s not a burger I could ever make every week or anything – because it takes a ton of prep.

And more importantly, it’s not fully bean based! There are beans in it, but there are SO many other things that bring it together so it doesn’t seem like a black bean burger.

roasted corn black bean cheddar melt burgers

So enter these: these burgers are more of a classic summer black bean burger, with corn and peppers, and they come together FAST. You don’t have to prep much ahead of time. You can throw them together and have them made for dinner or lunch and be good to go.

roasted corn black bean cheddar melt burgers

One these burgers are cooked, I love to melt sharp cheddar on top. I’ve never met a burger that doesn’t want cheese and these are no exception! I also will sometimes do a spread of some sort – either my house sauce, garlic herb mayo, maybe even ketchup. 

Throw on some greens (I love arugula microgreens with their peppery bite) and then I top everything with pickled onions. A fluffy bun gives the burger a warm hug and it’s a serious delightful meal! I mean, check out that texture! (more…)

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Spicy Guacamole Recipe

This simple Spicy Guacamole recipe is made with avocados, tomatoes, jalapeño, lime, garlic, cilantro, and an extra kick from Sriracha. Make this guacamole as mild or as spicy as you like!  I’m all for trying different foods – at least once. Sometimes one bite is all it takes to make me a convert. Other times, …

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This simple Spicy Guacamole recipe is made with avocados, tomatoes, jalapeño, lime, garlic, cilantro, and an extra kick from Sriracha. Make this guacamole as mild or as spicy as you like! 

White bowl filled with spicy guacamole set on a wooden board, surrounded by tortilla chips

I’m all for trying different foods – at least once. Sometimes one bite is all it takes to make me a convert. Other times, that first bite will be the only bite of that food that will ever cross my lips. 

For instance, I’ve eaten a raw oyster and a frog leg once – I’ll never consume either of these foods again. Recounting those moments gives me the shivers. But guacamole – that’s a totally different story.

Up until about 10 years ago, avocados and I weren’t on good terms. And if I’m being honest, I hated them before even giving them a chance. 

I think I had a negative textural perception of them. I’m big on textures and if something falls into the categories of slimy, gritty, jiggly or velvety (unless it’s ice cream), I immediately deem it as suspect.

Hand dipping a tortilla chip into a bowl of spicy guacamole

Then, during a fateful trip to Whole Foods, I was wandering around and lost my friend for a minute. When I found him, he was standing in the middle of the produce section oohing and aahing over a tub of $9.00 guacamole. 

I went over to inspect the situation and was welcomed with a guacamole-covered chip shoved near my face. Of course, I got all dramatic, recoiled and claimed I hated the stuff. 

However, I decided to take a tiny nibble – just to prove to him that I did indeed loathe the velvety green dip. But I was wrong. I actually loved the stuff and immediately tossed the pricey container into our cart. 

From that day forward, I was a guacamole lover.

This Spicy Guacamole recipe is one of the best I’ve found, and certainly my favorite. Try it at your next barbecue, or heck – on a random Tuesday night. Then come back here and tell me what you think.

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Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve baked a lot of cookies over the years, but one of the first cookie recipes I remember baking are Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies. They are so easy and everyone loves them, including me. The cookies are super soft a…

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve baked a lot of cookies over the years, but one of the first cookie recipes I remember baking are Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies. They are so easy and everyone loves them, including me. The cookies are super soft and turn out perfect every time. If you like soft chocolate chip…

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40 Best Salad Recipes

If you are in a salad rut or looking for the VERY best salads, I am here to help because I love a GOOD salad. I don’t do boring salads. Salads should be loaded with lots of different flavors, textures, colors, and toppings! Today, I am sharing 10…

If you are in a salad rut or looking for the VERY best salads, I am here to help because I love a GOOD salad. I don’t do boring salads. Salads should be loaded with lots of different flavors, textures, colors, and toppings! Today, I am sharing 10 simple tips for taking your salad to…

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Easy Pasta Salad

During the hot summer months, we like to eat salads for lunch and dinner. Sometimes Josh gets tired of green salads, so I mix things up with pasta salads. Cold pasta salads are a summer lifesaver! This easy pasta salad is one of our favorites. I actual…

During the hot summer months, we like to eat salads for lunch and dinner. Sometimes Josh gets tired of green salads, so I mix things up with pasta salads. Cold pasta salads are a summer lifesaver! This easy pasta salad is one of our favorites. I actually grew up on this pasta salad. This was…

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