A lot of people are looking for meatless meals that make the whole family happy, like these crispy black bean and avocado rice tacos with pineapple salsa. Black beans and rice are a classic combo, and when you add crispy corn tortillas, creamy avocado, fresh cilantro and parsley, melty cheese and a spicy-sweet pineapple salsa, who can argue with that? Leave out the cheese if you want vegan tacos, because they will still have plenty of flavor.
This recipe was inspired by Allie’s Avocado Green Rice, and it was a huge hit! My teen son devoured the tacos, but my favorite part was the pineapple salsa. It’s such an addictive flavor combination, I couldn’t stop eating it! I guess I did stop at some point, though, because the next day I used the leftover salsa to make nachos.
I developed this recipe for SoFab Food, so check it out on their site: Black Bean and Avocado Rice Tacos with Pineapple Salsa via SoFab Food
I admit it, vegetable side dishes are kind of an obsession of mine! I’m also obsessed with cooking gadgets, so put two and two together, and you’ll know why I decided to make these spiral sweet potato oven fries.
Regular sweet potato fries are delicious, but let’s face it, they’re not an everyday kind of food. These spiral sweet potato oven fries have a similar taste and texture, but they’re a lot healthier! They’re great as a side dish, snack, salad topping or burger topping. You can cut the sweet potatoes with a vegetable spiralizer, or you can buy spiralized sweet potatoes in many grocery stores.
Recently, a dear friend asked me to bring cupcakes to a women’s event, and I started thinking about a cupcake recipe that would appeal to almost anyone. Chocolate chip is the most popular cookie flavor, I thought, so why not chocolate chip cupcakes? A few hours later I had 48 of these cute chocolate chip cupcakes – some for the event, some for neighbors, and a few to keep for myself and my family.
Cupcakes can be a lot of work, so I decided to use a “doctored up” cake mix recipe, spiked with decadent chocolate chips and piled high with vanilla buttercream. I love recipes that take a plain old cake mix and make it special. One of my favorite cookbooks is The Cake Mix Doctor, and I’ve made lots of fun desserts from it over the years. This recipe is not from that book, but it could be.
I don’t know about you but I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy weeknight dinners. Things can get so crazy on weekdays in our house that I try to plan simple meals, otherwise I know I’ll feel burned out at the end of the day and I’ll be about 200% more likely to just order pizza. My family loves all things Mexican food – tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc., but I never really had a good taquito recipe I could throw into my dinner rotation. These Chicken and Black Bean Taquitos require only 5 ingredients (yay!) and they’re great for dipping in your favorite salsa or sauce.
My family absolutely loves copy-cat Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice. I serve it in tacos, burritos, or as a side dish with enchiladas or empanadas. In fact, lately we’ve been eating it so often lately that I figured I should find a way to make it at least a little more healthy. Using brown rice only takes about 20 extra minutes and I was worried my picky eaters would scoff at the change but they ate it up!
If you are looking for a vegetarian version of this recipe just substitute the chicken stock for veggie stock or water. You can use bottled lime juice instead of fresh if you’d like, but I really think the fresh lime juice makes a big difference in this recipe!
Who doesn’t love chicken fingers? I guess technically they’re considered kid food, but adults love them too. I’ve been testing and perfecting this recipe for crazy mixed-up oven fried chicken fingers for a few weeks now, and I don’t think my family was the least bit upset that they had to try several different versions before I got them just the way I wanted.
Oven fried chicken fingers are a little tricky, because deep frying is what makes restaurant chicken fingers so tasty. It takes the right combination of flavorful marinade, crunchy crumb coating and a light oil spray to create crispy, delicious chicken fingers without a deep fryer.
Is it weird that I love, love, love veggie side dishes? Plain veggies are good for you, but dressing them up makes them a lot more appealing. I’m seriously excited about these green beans with breadcrumbs, almonds and garlic, a recipe I’ve been perfecting for several months now. This recipe comes together in just 15 minutes with a few simple ingredients from the freezer and pantry. I usually have the ingredients for this recipe on hand, so I can whip it up on short notice.
If you read this blog regularly, you might have noticed that we make a lot of soup, especially tomato soup! Is there anything better than a hot mug of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold winter day? One of my favorite recipes is this creamy tomato basil soup for the Instant Pot. My family loves this soup, and I love it because it’s easy and inexpensive to make.
I got my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker more than a year ago, and it’s become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. The thing I use it for the most is making soup. It has a pre-programmed soup setting, so cooking the soup is automatic.
This creamy tomato basil soup is packed with flavor, and with healthy veggies. Just a touch of heavy cream gives the soup richness without too many calories.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Do you love Valentine’s Day? Are you maybe a V-Day hater? I find myself kind of in the middle. Valentine’s Day isn’t a huge deal in our house. My husband and I have our wedding anniversary a few days before and my kids are not yet school age, so we don’t make a big fuss over the holiday. I didn’t want to overlook it completely though, so this morning we’ll have our own Valentine’s Day breakfast and we also made these heart shaped Strawberry Rice Krispie treats for a few friends in the neighborhood.
This recipe is just as quick and easy as regular Rice Krispie treats, and my 3 year old had a blast helping me make them. If you’re short on time today but still want to munch on something sweet or make something yummy with your kids, try these out. You might already have the ingredients in your cupboard!
Ahh, key lime pie – it’s a dessert that always reminds me of a beautiful trip my husband and I took to the Carolina coast. I’m pretty sure we ate key lime pie every day while we were there. Beach vacation memories are especially appealing right now, as I’m looking out my window at February drizzle. I’m craving the tastes of summer, like this Greek yogurt key lime pudding – a recipe I contributed recently to the SoFab Food blog.
Greek yogurt key lime pudding is a healthier dessert you can have any time of year. It brings the sweet-tart taste of summer along with probiotics, protein and calcium, and it takes only a few minutes to make. It’s an American twist on an authentic Greek yogurt lemon pudding recipe.
If you love a simple dessert recipe with healthy ingredients, give it a try. You can get the recipe for Greek Yogurt key lime pudding now from SoFab Food.
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