Blackened Steak Lettuce Wraps with Chipotle Lime Sour Cream

SONY DSCYou guys, the weather around here has been straight up INSANE…and I mean that in the best way possible!  It’s February.  And we have gone to the park nearly every day for the last week, no joke.  Almost every bit of the snow is melted, the sun has been working overtime and there are literally birds chirping.  Can I get allllll the virtual high fives and happy dances from you!?  So let’s  celebrate this spring-like feeling by eating spring-like…at least until we get hit with that snow storm thats in the forecast for this week. Only in Minnesota, my dear friends.  The land that I love ūüėČ

These lettuce wraps are pretty much the whole shebang.  The flavors are so bright and fresh.  So much, that you wont even miss the tortilla one bit; it would just take away from all of the goodies inside!   Continue reading

Cherry Lime Mojito

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Well. ¬†I’ve been sitting here pondering what to call this recipe. ¬†Picture this: ¬†my husband and I are both on the couch. ¬†I’ve got the laptop, well, in my lap as it should be, and he is reading Lord knows what on his phone. ¬†He looks at me:¬†what are you stuck on? ¬†Me: ¬†I’m trying to figure out what I should call those drinks. ¬†Nick: ¬†a summer¬†slurpee? ¬†

So, theres a couple of reasons I didn’t go for his suggestion. First off, we certainly don’t run a 7-11 out of my kitchen, as much as I love the thought of that. ¬†Second, its not 1987. ¬† I didn’t just get back from riding my bike to the gas station up the road to spend all of my hard earned allowance on a cherry icey and Big League Chew. ¬†This recipe must never be called a Slurpee of any sort. ¬† Lets go ahead and give him an A for effort, but clearly I’m on my own with this one.

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Butter, Lime + Parmesan Corn

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Happy official summer, friends! It’s a much anticipated time here in Minnesota and man can we embrace it. Lakes for days. Warmth. Homegrown produce. BBQs. Patios. Late bedtimes. Smores over a bonfire. Sandy shoes. And CORN.

Let’s just get something straight, for starters.  I love Minnesota.  Living here is perfect for myself and my family.  But I am a gosh darn Iowa girl..and proud of it.  18 wonderful years of my life were spent in Iowa and aside from Hawkeye football…and pork…and so many other fabulous things….that place reigns supreme for homegrown corn.  There’s just nothing like it.  We ate it so often in the summers…and there were always farmers selling it out of the back of their trucks along the sides of the roads.  Hows that for fresh? Continue reading

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Lime Sour Cream

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It’s funny. ¬†Sunday, in my brain, is supposed to be for ‘Sunday Meals’. ¬†You know, the fancy, time-consuming meals you can’t get accomplished during the week. ¬†But rarely does it end up being that way around here. ¬†Sunday is typically the day I go out during nap time and get my meal plan/shopping done for the week. ¬†It sounds silly, but that little mission takes time, ¬†so I am always rushing back home to get dinner on the table before it’s too late. ¬†Sunday dinners usually need to be low maintenance and ultra quick for me. ¬†And often times that means firing up the grill to throw steak or fish on and often times it’s paired with these Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges. ¬†Insanely quick. ¬† Continue reading

Smokey Grilled Chicken Quesadillas with Chipotle Lime Sour Cream

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Sunshiney weather calls for sunshiney food!  And these quesadillas are all that..and a bag of delicious.

By using chicken breast tenderloins and just a few simple ingredients you are allowed to marinate and cook the chicken so incredibly quickly. Perfect for a weeknight. Fabulous for any night. Or day. So good. Continue reading