Last week our temperatures rose to nearly 100° and it’s only April! When the heat is that intense, the kitchen becomes filled with iced (decaf) coffees, margaritas, and of course, smoothies. This Healthy Sherbet Smoothie is a new favorite! It’s super thick like a shake, only requires 4 ingredients, and is both protein and vitamin-rich. It makes for a great snack to beat the heat!
The frozen fruit makes this smoothie icy and thick while the greek yogurt adds creaminess. The juice and the frozen fruit create the perfect amount of natural sweetness as well. Whether you’re in need of a post-workout cool down or a summer poolside treat, it’s ready in 5 minutes.
NO PREP NEEDED FOR THIS HEALTHY SHERBET SMOOTHIE
Simply throw the ingredients into the blender and enjoy!
If you’re looking to transform mac and cheese from a simple weeknight meal into a restaurant order copycat, I have the secret: A crispy breadcrumb topping! It makes all the difference in this Baked Broccoli Mac & Cheese!
This pasta bake is quick and easy with only simple ingredients needed. It’s also quite customizable. Should you have a preference to use a different type of cheese or vegetable, it can be made entirely your own.
That being said, I highly recommend this particular combination! The broccoli is very complimentary in both taste and texture, and there’s just the right amount of subtle kick from the pepper jack that really ties all of the flavors together.
The contrast of the crispy cheese and breadcrumb topping paired with the saucy pasta center makes this meal perfect to serve hot from the oven, but in a smaller household it can easily be stored as leftovers for readymade meals or sides in the days to follow. This recipe makes 6 servings, and whether you’re feeding a group or meal prepping for yourself, it’s designed to make the cooking as easy as possible. (Cue the cheese slices in lieu of shredding!)
A few years back, my husband was given a burger patty press for Christmas. His parents got one for themselves as well. Ever since then, the burger wars between them have been escalating! Who can craft the ultimate burger?! This Italian-inspired bison burger is my husband’s latest entry into the family burger competition, and it turned out so delicious that I wanted to share it with you all!
He named it “Under the Tuscan Bun”, let me add! A unique name for a unique burger falls within the rules of the family burger battle.
This recipe makes four burgers, but after tasting the burrata / sun dried tomato / artichoke relish combo, I’m betting you’ll be tempted to eat two at a time!
FOR THE PATTIES
4 oz Fresh Basil
2-3 Cloves Garlic (depending on preference)
1 lb Ground Bison
3 Tbsp Grated Parmesan
Black Pepper (to taste)
Sea Salt (to taste)
FOR THE ARTICHOKE RELISH
1 14 oz Can Quartered Artichoke Hearts
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (plus extra on hand to adjust final consistency)
1 Bunch Fresh Parsley
1 Pinch Kosher Salt
4 Burger Buns Of Choice (Brioche highly recommended!)
Sun Dried Tomatoes (to taste)
8 oz Burrata
PREP THE PATTIES
In a food processor, finely chop the basil and garlic
Combine the basil and garlic mixture with the ground bison along with the parmesan, black pepper, and sea salt
Form into 4 patties
PREP THE ARTICHOKE RELISH
Mince the artichoke hearts and sauté in them in the tbsp of olive oil until lightly browned
Transfer to a bowl to cool
Chop the fresh parsley leaves
Add the parsley to the artichoke hearts
Add the pinch of kosher salt and squeeze the 1/2 lemon into the mix
Add olive oil as needed until mixture reaches spreadable consistency
COOK THE PATTIES
Cook each bison patty for roughly 3-4 mins on each side on medium-high heat
Toast or warm a burger bun
Add a bison patty
Spread the artichoke relish generously onto the top of the patty
Eggplant Parmesan is one of my all-time favorite meals! Like so many great dishes, there are endless unique ways to prepare it. Every restaurant and individual has their own twist, and I personally appreciate the variety! Sometimes you’ll find yourself with fried layers of paper thin eggplant, and other times thick breaded eggplant circles in a single layer. (There is a local Italian restaurant in my neighborhood that serves theirs up as two large hunks of breaded eggplant with a thick layer of ricotta cheese between the two, all covered in marinara and mozzarella.)
This particular Eggplant Parm is a layered and baked variety that not only tastes amazing but can also easily be made without too much mess or hassle. It’s perfect as either a weeknight meal, from which you could easily have leftovers, or as a guaranteed crowd pleaser for potlucks and gatherings. This recipe makes about 6 – 8 medium servings.
2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese – Torn From Slices (about 8 slices, more if you prefer)
1 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Preheat the oven to 375°
Place two large baking sheets in the oven
Shred the parmesan cheese
Tear the mozzarella slices into small pieces
Combine the two cheeses in a bowl and set aside
Cut the eggplants into circles roughly ½ an inch thick
Crack the eggs into a bowl and lightly scramble them with a fork
Place the bread crumbs in either a bowl or on a plate (You can start with some instead of all if you wish, adding more as you run low)
In assembly line style, dip each eggplant circle into the eggs, then into the breadcrumbs
Remove the baking sheets from the oven
Evenly drizzle half of the olive oil onto the baking sheets (1 tbsp per sheet) then place the breaded eggplant circles on in a single layer
Bake for 15 minutes
Remove the sheets from the oven, drizzle the second half of the olive oil (the other 2 tbsps) on top of the eggplant, flip them all over, and then put back into the oven for another 10 minutes (or until they’re turning golden)
Once the eggplant has been removed from the oven, turn the oven temperature up to 475°
In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, layer the eggplant circles, marinara sauce, then cheeses. Repeat these layers until the pan is full, ending on a cheese layer
Put the pan back into the oven and bake until the cheese melts and begins to turn golden brown (around 15 minutes)
Let cool slightly for a couple of minutes as it will be extremely hot
[Leftovers can easily be stored in the refrigerator by simply covering up the cooking dish and storing it in there as is.]
This high protein smoothie is nearly a milkshake it’s so thick and creamy, but that’s my preference when it’s functioning as a meal! It’s perfect as a filling breakfast, post-workout recovery fuel, or a mid-afternoon snack. If you’ve ever loved the addition of peanut butter in your smoothies, this offers a very similar flavor profile in the way that it compliments the fruit and the yogurt. The added bonuses are that it makes it more allergy friendly as well as nutritionally diverse if you’re looking to mix up your ingredients!
This Pumpkin Mushroom Pasta is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite autumn flavors year-round and can easily be whipped up on a busy weeknight! It can function as either a vegetarian main course or as a side dish. I used a traditional Italian durum wheat pasta, but feel free to use whatever type you like if you are gluten free or have other preferences!
Servings: Approx. 3
16 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
3/4 Cup Half and Half
3/4 Tsp Sea Salt
Black Pepper, (about 10 rotations from the grinder)
If you love the thick and creamy consistency of overnight oats, then these Chocolate Strawberry Protein Oats will be right up your alley! They honestly taste like dessert for breakfast but are nice and filling. You only need 4 main ingredients and 5 minutes to make them!
Using hot cocoa mix in my oats is one of my favorite kitchen shortcuts. Feel free to experiment with your own cocoa/sugar/salt mixture, but this method is such a tasty time-saver!
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Yes, most French Toast calls for milk! One day years back when I didn’t have any on hand, I experimented to see what would happen if I went without. It became my preferred method! Because there is less liquid involved, the egginess is slightly more prominent, but this creates a heartiness that I truly love. Don’t worry, it’s plenty sweet once toppings such as syrup and fruit are added!
Bread Of Choice
Eggs (Roughly 2 eggs per 2 bread slices)
Saigon Cinnamon (Such as the variety from McCormick)
Toppings Of Choice (Maple Syrup, Extra Cinnamon, Fresh Berries…Whatever you like!)
Warm up a nonstick pan on medium heat
Grab your favorite bread and set aside
Scramble up enough eggs to cover the slices – roughly 2 eggs per 2 bread slices
Add a generous sprinkle of saigon cinnamon to the scramble
Coat your slices in the egg/cinnamon mixture and cook evenly on each side
Add your favorite toppings (I personally love dark maple syrup, some extra cinnamon, and fresh berries)
One Pan Oatmeal is going viral! Here’s my take on them. The best part about this breakfast is that you simply mix everything up in one pan which means there’s virtually no clean up and the leftovers can be easily stored in the refrigerator and reheated. They’re also completely customizable! You can use whatever type of milk you like, and you can add in or substitute your favorite ingredients. If you want to go a different flavor route (coconut/chocolate/peanut butter), or want different fruits on top, you can make them however you like! I’ve seen so many amazing creators share their versions of these oats, including Feel Good Foodie, Smart Gusto, and Corinne Meyer!