Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

The perfect side dish for any potluck, cookout, picnic or back yard BBQ!  This Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad is loaded with bacon, tomatoes, crisp green leaf lettuce, and topped with an amazing creamy ranch dressing!  Make extra - this disappears FAST!! Does your summer consist of getting together with neighbors, family and friends for cookouts, barbecues, and potlucks?  Much like many of you, our neighbors have become our second family.  We love getting together all through the spring and summer months for fun potluck dinners, where everyone brings a dish or two to share.  We always end up with lots of fantastic food, and this Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad is the perfect dish that everyone loves! Loaded with tender, delicious pasta, and all of your classic BLT favorites and a Continue Reading...

Italian Tortellini Salad

Italian Tortellini Salad

The perfect pasta salad for any pot-luck, picnic, cookout or backyard barbecue!  This delicious tortellini salad is loaded with all of your Italian favorites, like salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, red onion, and topped with Italian dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese!  The ultimate side dish for any meal! Growing up in the mid-west, pot luck dinners were always a community-wide event!  Every home cook brought their best dishes, including salads, fried chicken, sandwiches and decadent desserts to share with everyone!  The food was ALWAYS fabulous, and typically enough to feel the crowd twice over.  People NEVER brought store-bought food to a pot luck - that was a big no-no!  The two unwritten rules of pot luck dining were always 1) bring enough to feed your family, and 2) Continue Reading...

Apple & Fennel Salad with Blackberries

Apple & Fennel Salad with Blackberries

Fresh, crisp apples and fennel are paired with blackberries, celery and toasted almonds to make this delicious salad.  Topped with a creamy blackberry vinaigrette, this delicious side dish comes together in just minutes!  Perfect paired with chicken or salmon and also makes a wonderful holiday side! Up until a few weeks ago, I had never tried fennel.  It was always something rather mysterious that I saw in the supermarket, but never actually put in my cart and purchased.  This all changed when I recently tried a fresh, crispy salad at my local Wegmans supermarket, and it included fennel!  I had no idea that you could eat fennel raw, let alone have it bring the amazing flavor that it did to the salad.  From here, I decided that I needed to create a salad of my own and include this Continue Reading...

Tropical Pineapple Mango Salsa

Tropical Pineapple Mango Salsa

Fresh, healthy flavors of of the tropics are paired with peppers and onions for the most amazing sweet, crunchy salsa!  Perfect for topping fish or chicken, and great for eating with chips!  0 Weight Watchers Smart Points! As soon as the holidays are over, I begin to crave fresh, fruity flavors.  Maybe it's all of the rich food, or the over abundance of Christmas cookies, that gets a little much.  Or maybe it's the fact that everywhere you look in the produce section of the grocery store there are pineapples,  mangoes, and all different types of citrus fruits.  I really can't resist these fresh, delicious flavors, so I decided to mix them all together into this amazing Tropical Pineapple Mango Salsa. This salsa tastes and smells absolutely incredible!  Perfect just by itself Continue Reading...

Ruth’s Chris Copycat Sweet Potato Casserole

Ruth’s Chris Copycat Sweet Potato Casserole

Ruth's Chris restaurants are famous for this amazing Sweet Potato Casserole - now you can make it at home!  Creamy, delicious sweet potatoes are topped with a crisp, pecan streusel topping making for an amazing side to any holiday meal! An amazing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dish!   If you've ever dined at a Ruth's Chris Steak House, you've likely had, or at the very least, heard of their famous Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping.  I must say, it's pretty awesome!  Their patrons have been known to order this rich side for dessert and have it topped with vanilla ice cream!  I decided as soon as I enjoyed this decadent side dish in the restaurant that I must figure out how to make it at home!   There are two aspects to this dish that make it Continue Reading...

Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad

Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad

How about a healthy, easy delicious lunch idea? My Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette is the perfect lunch solution! Assembled in mason jars, these salads stay fresh and crisp for the perfect make-head lunch!Do you ever struggle with what to have for lunch?  I'm one of those people that always needs new ideas, as I get very bored with the same old sandwich.  I typically have a quick breakfast and coffee in the morning before going to the gym.  Once shower up, and work for a couple hours, my tummy is grumbling.  If I don't have a smart lunch made in advance, I tend to make poor nutritional choices.  I love salads for lunch, but I don't always have the time to prepare them once lunchtime rolls around.  I've come up with a Continue Reading...

Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad

Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad

You'll never believe this pasta salad is light and healthy!  Made with a delicious Greek yogurt dressing and loaded with fresh garden vegetables, this pasta salad will be your new favorite summer side dish. Perfect for cookouts, pot-lucks and summer barbecues! One of our all time favorite picnic foods is fried chicken!  Growing up in South Dakota, we always had fried chicken on July 4th or anytime we were going to a picnic, summer potluck or backyard bash.  To this day I really love fried chicken, however, I don't always like how long it takes to make or the fact that it heats up the house in the hot summer months. If you love fried chicken just as much as we do, you definitely need to swing by your local Walmart and pick up a fresh, delicious batch!  It's perfect for your next Continue Reading...