The Magic Green Sauce

It’s 60 degrees and sunny here, you guys! I just want to dance and scream and hug everything in sight! Can you feel my squeeze of excitement?!

We’ve been firing up the grill for dinners over the last week and boy does it feel good. Less mess in the kitchen, more fresh food, and QUICK…the grill is just so quick! And just as the grill has come out of hibernation, so has this magic green sauce. I know I’ve told y’all about it before in some way, shape or form. But this stuff has been made at least 5 times over the last week…I double the recipe in hopes of it lasting us a while but it just gets smeared, smothered, poured and drizzled so much that I can’t keep up! I need to get that herb garden going:)

There are so many uses for this sauce…it’s legit magical. Nick and I’s VERY favorite condiment. Drizzle it on any grilled meat or fish and you’ll never need a chimichurri again. Serve it with fresh veggies and you can say goodbye to ranch. It’s pure bliss as a vinaigrette for any green salad. Or over roasted or baked sweet or russet potatoes. And my kids fave: drizzled over a caprese salad. Georgia will fight you to the death for the last bite;)

We basically put it on all the things…like ALL! Its bright and fresh and transforms any basic prepared meal into something special. If I could force you to make just one recipe of mine…this one would be up there on the list!

The Magic Green Sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups Fresh Parsley Leaves

3/4 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves

1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves

1 Garlic Clove

1/4 Cup Cider Vinegar

2 Teaspoons Honey

2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard

3/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1/2-3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions

Place the parsley, basil, cilantro, garlic, vinegar, honey, Dijon, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor and process until well combined. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil, starting with 1/2 a cup and adding more if needed until you’ve reached your desired consistency-i usually go with a little over half a cup-and process until smooth. Serve at room temperature or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

6 Simple, Fun Ways to Get Your Kiddos Involved in the Kitchen

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Guys!  My mama is here!  Like, at my house!  And because there is just SO darn many things to accomplish in her short trip here {i.e.: loving on my kiddos, coffee-sipping, staying up too late gabbing, shopping, donuts, playgrounds + parks, you know, all the good stuff} I haven’t had a chance to edit the recipe photos I intended on sharing with you today. But I’ve got something fun, nonetheless.   Continue reading

Meal Planning?

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Friends, I’ve got something to chat with you about.  As mushy as it may sound, I value you.  I am fortunate to have your support of NP.  I love to hear from you.  And I listen to every ounce of your feedback and input with this whole thing.  Changes may be coming-nothing major, but I can’t innovate and keep things fresh around here without your assistance.   Continue reading

Maple Mustard Pan-Roasted Salmon

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How was the weekend?  It’s officially spring, friends..congratulations..you’ve made it!  I’m feeling awfully grateful that ‘technical’ winter is behind us…now if we could just get these temps (and random bouts of snow) out of the equation.

So with spring comes lighter food, which I am feeling so ready for.  You know I’m all about soups, stews and gratins but there comes a point in time when a change of food is in order…and around here our changes in food tend to come and go with the seasons. Continue reading

Southwest Chorizo and Bean Soup

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Well, my guess is, by now,  you have gathered that soups are kind of my thing.  We just click well, for so many reasons.

I love to make them as I go, adding this, that or whatever is left sitting in my fridge or pantry-it’s like piecing together a flavor puzzle; the pieces being whats available in your kitchen.  It teaches me so many dynamics about true cooking. What pairs well together, which flavors and textures don’t mesh.  Soups and stews tend to be my best learned lessons-and provide me my most creative time in the kitchen, which I love. Continue reading

Your Dish To Share

How are you planning to spend your holiday?  At the lake?  Entertaining at home?  At a bbq? Regardless of what you’re doing I’m willing to bet there will be food involved…and that you will be responsible for some of it.  If you’re hunting for some ides here are a few reliable ones that I assure you will be no fail. Continue reading

Latest and Greatest

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Happy Thursday, my dears!

Quick note…if you are interested in following an awesome new blog that I am THRILLED to be a part of now is your chance.  Twin Cities Moms Blog.  The name is a bit deceiving…there is definitely a ton to offer for those of you who are not moms and do not live in the Twin Cities.  It is a bit of a variety blog…there are 13 contributors, including myself, and two amazing co-founders who saw the need for such a site here in the Minneapolis area.  Each contributor is so talented in their own way and shares such great ideas with regard to DIY projects, fashion, parenting tips and perspectives, health and beauty, recipes, restaurants to visit, date night ideas, happenings in the area, the list could go on and on and on..and you’re seriously going to dig it.  Such a fun new adventure for me…I’d love for you to come along for the ride!

Here is a link to my article about coconut oil that was published on the site today…thought it would be fitting to share it with you, my fellow food and health enthusiasts.  Hope you’re staying warm and cozy…and if you are in a location that requires cooling off please do not tell me that or it may make me turn on you 😉

xo

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Taco Seasoning

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Those little packets you buy at the grocery store are quick and convenient and they don’t taste half bad, if I do say so myself.  But have you ever considered the benefits of keeping your own homemade seasoning mix on hand?  I’m being completely honest when I tell you it takes about 1 minute and 42 seconds to make and the taste is REAL and delicious.  Have you ever looked at the ingredient lists of the store bought packets?  Here is one example for you to view.  I encourage you to compare that ingredient list with the one below…and then get your cute butt in the kitchen and test out the below one; you’ll never go back to the old, store-bought alternative.  Healthy lifestyles don’t come in a quick-fix fancy detox, pill, drink or powder; they come by making tiny, simple, achievable changes like this, one at a time, for the benefit of ourselves and our children.

Taco Seasoning

2 Tablespoons Chili Powder

3 Teaspoons Cumin

2 Teaspoons Salt

2 Teaspoons Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon Paprika (smoked paprika is wonderful in this)

3/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

3/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano

1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Directions

Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container for up to 6 months.  Makes about 1/3 cup seasoning.

Note: Basic Tacos: For 1 pound of ground beef or turkey I mix in 3 tablespoons taco seasoning and 1/3 cup water.

Unbeatable Key Lime Pie (takeout)

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Our kitchen has been out of commission because we have been having sink issues so I’ve been on vacation away from cooking the last few days.  Although it has been a nice change of pace eating out for the majority of the weekend I miss cooking and eating in my own kitchen!  So as I wait for the plumber to arrive I thought I would share with all of you Twin Cities folk a little gem we recently discovered.  Also known as the Key Lime Pie from this joint.

We had some friends over for dinner not long ago and they offered to bring dessert.  For those of you who know me well you know I would MUCH prefer to be cooking rather than baking…that baking stuff is just too much rule following for me 😉  So when they offered I couldn’t turn them down (not to mention they have amazing taste in food so I knew whatever they brought would be insanely delicious).  So they show up at our doorstep with the most precious baby boy on the planet and this key lime pie that was not only the most beautifully looking thing but the taste…oh my.  gosh.  You absolutely, positively better believe this will be my new go-to when I am asked to bring dessert to someones house or when I am having company of my own.  I truly couldn’t even try to beat this in my own kitchen.  So, if you get the chance…pick one up. Just make sure you have plenty of bellies to share it with or you might devour the entire thing on your own.