Chicken Burrito Bowl

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My kids love Southwestern foods, and grain bowls are a new hit at our house. This Chicken Burrito Bowl is one of their favorites, filled with black beans, chicken, corn, brown rice, and chicken. It’s so easy to prepare–you can even make it ahead of time. Perfect for a summer or fall healthy dinner, add this easy, healthy recipe to your menu list!

 

Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail

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Are you having a St. Patrick’s Day party or just in need of a super easy cocktail recipes? This Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail is too easy for words, made with Sparkling Ice , rum, lime and fresh mint. With only 4 ingredients, this cocktail can be made in minutes. Multiply the recipe if you want to make a pitcher… any amount works great! You will be prepared on March 17th, and this makes a great spring and summertime cocktail, perfect for sunny, warmer weather.

 

Travel Tuesday: Cachaca Samba Cocktail from Halekulani in Waikiki

Halekulani, Waikiki’s legendary beachfront resort hotel, has created several new summer cocktails. This Hawaiian recipe creation for Cachaca Samba is as summery, beautiful, and unique as it gets. Cachaca is a liqour made of fermented sugarcane juice. It is one of the most popular distilled alcohol beverages in Brazil.

Along with Halekulani’s signature Mai Tai, which was invented and still served at the hotel, these summertime concoctions are available at the award-winning Orchids restaurant, by the pool and of course, while enjoying traditional Hawaiian entertainment at Halekulani’s famed outdoor gathering spot House Without a Key, which is immortalized in a 1925 Charlie Chan novel. I want one, don’t you? If you’re headed to Waikiki Hawaii, you must check this out.

Weeknight Summer Dinner in a Pinch: Steak Fajita Salad

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Since summer began, things seem (and are) busier than ever. Trying to work at home with 3 kids is always a challenge. Some days, dinnertime becomes a last minute thought. This recipe for Steak Fajita Salad is one of my “in a pinch” recipes. My kids love these, and they wrap the steak and vegetables in flour tortillas. I serve mine over lettuce (trying to skip the carbs). I dollop mine with nonfat Greek yogurt for some extra protein and a great substitute for sour cream.

Note: for the Fajitas seasoning, I used McCormick.

Cool and Crisp: Watermelon-Lime Granita

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For a refreshing summertime dessert, try Watermelon-Lime Granita. This is so easy and only 3 ingredients. How could you go wrong? Van from Boutwell Studios asked me on a podcast I did recently for Birmingham Magazine what he could do with his leftover watermelon. I thought this was a fabulous recipe to share. It’s so cool and refreshing and the perfect combination of watermelon and lime. My kids loved it!

For Strawberry Month: Strawberry Limeade

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I featured this recipe on my blog last year, but since I have so many new subscribers I thought I would bring it back one more time. Strawberry Limeade is just in time for the season of freshest strawberries. It’s only 2 ingredients, and it’s so easy to prepare. My kids beg me to make it year-round, and if I can’t find fresh strawberries, I purchase frozen. These already-sliced strawberries from Dole are my favorite.

Kid-Friendly: Non Alcoholic Margaritas

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This recipe is my son, Alec’s favorite. It will be featured on NBC 13 Daytime Alabama next month, but I thought I would share the recipe with you now. It’s really simple and tastes fabulous with or without tequila. I am in the process of making some new adjustments to my site so my posts might be few and far between for the next few weeks. It’s also my kid’s last week out of school so I want to spend all the time with them that I can. Please bare with me during this transition and thanks for all of your support for my blog.

Simple Four Ingredient Grilled Shrimp

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This recipe is beyond simple. With only four ingredients: lemon pepper, shrimp, fresh lime juice and olive oil, that’s really all you need besides your favorite cocktail sauce. I used “Naturally Fresh” cocktail sauce  (which I found at Whole Foods). I am teaching a cooking class for college students in two weeks, and this is perfect for them or anyone in a hurry who wants something fresh and delicious.

A Sign of Spring: Strawberry Limeade

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Coming up with this recipe may seem simple to you because that’s what I thought when I submitted this recipe concept to a client for recipe development. Honestly, I made this recipe at least six times. I kept placing the strawberries in the blender and coming out with a fizzy product. It tasted great, but was very foamy and fizzy. The kids loved trying all the versions, but they even complained about all of the fizz. I realized that maybe I was making this too complicated trying create a lime simple syrup, different sugars, etc. until I realized why not just try chopping the strawberries in the food processor first and then stir them into simple limeade? This version worked great so I hope you will like it too.