Winter Power Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

Good day, buddies! How we doing? I sit here this morning with a cozy cup of coffee and a beautiful view of the falling snow. And while there’s not much more aesthetically stunning than a fresh snowfall in the woods in my book, this time of year can get pretty mundane and heavy with the foods we eat. So it got me thinking that you might all need a little lightness thrown into your winter meal rotations, just as we do. And this salad should absolutely do the trick 👌🏼 Continue reading

Pickled Purple Cabbage

Do any of you absolutely love to ‘eyeball’ cook? You know, no measuring spoons, no recipes, just throwing ingredients together and using your good old fashioned trust of the old eyeballs? Its the only way I cook most times…my favorite way to cook. Which sounds silly, really, because I share recipes here. But most times, when Im trying to create a recipe, I eyeball it first…and if it turns out worthy to share with all of you…Ill go back and make it again and measure as I go and jot it down for you. True love, no?

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No-Bake Chocolate Chewy Cookies

That title is a mouthful, friends, I know. But I had to get all of the important characteristics of these goodies in that one title, right? No-bake because you will not believe how fast these are to put together; maybe a 10-minuter, right here; the easiest “cookies” you’ll ever make. Chocolate, because, well, they are sweet and rich and contain just the right amount of cocoa to give you that chocolate fix you are craving. Chewy, because serving these frozen provides just the perfect texture and chew. And cookies, I suppose, because they are the perfect hand-held, grabbable sweet treat.

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Fresh Lemonade Slushies


It’s about to get sticky-hot up in here, Midwest friends! So I had to pass this doozy along…you’re going to want to drink these to no end these next few days. And just because I love you so much, I am giving you full permission to add vodka to make a grown-up version. Take it or leave it, but if you do so feel inclined..cheers;)

These slushies have been all the rage in the Oprish house these last couple of weeks. We are addicted! A perfect blend of tart and sweet and refreshing to no end. I love that they are sweetened with agave and they really are such a cinch to whip up!
Thinking these would be a perfect addition to a 4th of July menu, too….they just scream summer!

Fresh Lemonade Slushies

Ingredients

8 Cups Ice

1 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 Cup Cold Water

1/3 Cup Agave Nectar

Directions

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until they’ve reached a slushie consistency. Serve immediately.

Quick + Easy Garden Fresh Salsa

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There really is no excuse not to make this stuff.  It takes about as much time as it takes to open up a jar of salsa from the market and, well, I don’t need to tell you how the taste compares, right?

We all know how delicious fresh salsa is.  And when the tomatoes, peppers and onions are as fresh and perfect as it comes it really is just the most unbeatable condiment on the planet, in my humble opinion.  Gobs of garlicky, acidic, sweet, spicy flavor…yes, please, I’ll go right ahead!  Continue reading

Greens, Bleu + Peach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Peaches are popping up all over the place these days, guys.  And man are they tasting amazing.  We can’t get enough.

This has sort of been the ‘house salad’ going on in our home lately.  It pairs with everything as an amazing side dish.  But really…I prefer it alone, all by it’s pretty little self, as the perfect meal.   Continue reading

Curry Chicken Salad Lettuce Boats

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It’s {nearly} the weekend!  Hurrah!  And I couldn’t think of a better way to send you off than with a recipe that’s great for making on Sundays to gobble up throughout the week…Curry Chicken Salad Lettuce Boats.

I love having something like this in the fridge during the week for quick lunches and it’s such a nice switch from my staple Roasted Chicken Salad I love so much.  Having it prepared at the beginning of the week is such a life-saver come lunchtime for me.   Continue reading

Sweet Mango Refresher

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I had a sick little boy last week.  Poor guy had a super sore throat and it was such a struggle to get him to eat because of the pain.  So thats when this Sweet Mango Refresher was born.  Complete success.

I wasn’t quite sure what to call this one.  It’s like a cross between sorbet, frozen yogurt and a slushy all in one.  My kids call it ice cream.  I call it a bowl of refreshing bliss.   Continue reading