As we bid farewell to summer, it seems only appropriate to remember the warm, relaxing season with a simple, tasty sangria… well, that and I found a bottle of super cheap white wine in the refrigerator downstairs from some abandoned and now forgotten recipe. So here you go, a super simple way to rescue that cheap, lonely bottle in your fridge, making it both drinkable and delicious!
This pizza starts with a delicious creamy vegan garlic sauce as its base. It then is loaded up with chicken, bacon, red onions, jalapenos, and non-dairy mozzarella cheeze. Bake it up and enjoy every bite. And no judgement if/when you eat the entire pizza in one sitting. Better yet, buy the two packs of crusts and make an extra pizza!
Make this delicious, refreshing strawberry mojito for yourself and your friends this summer! It’s the perfect, lightly sweetened (with stevia!) cocktail that will cool you down and keep you coming back for more. Quick and easy to make, this strawberry mojito adds fresh, ripe berries to the classic lime, mint, and club soda. Cheers, friend!
This DIY Dowel Rod Art Wall Hanging requires very basic tools, goes together quickly, and looks great once finished. The setup of this piece allows for lots of customization, so you can tailor it to your style or needs. If you have a saw, some sandpaper, and can do basic painting/staining, you’re ready to make this project. Let’s get to it!
These blueberry lemon lavender healthy energy bites pack a lot of flavor into a tiny package, and I absolutely LOVE the taste of florals (rose, lavender, violet, you name it!), making these particular healthy energy bites some of my all-time faves. If munching on flowers seems a little less your speed, feel free to dial down the lavender, letting the amazing blueberry lemon flavor really steal the show. I’ve made them both ways, and they turn out delicious every time!
This Pineapple Ancho Margarita makes wonderful use of the sweet heat from the chile liqueur, pairing it with a silver tequila, and pineapple juice for a perfectly cool summer drink. Make up a batch to enjoy while hanging with friends, while grilling up some delicious summer meals, or just to have a drink because you can.
With Father’s Day just over a week away, it’s time to make sure you’re ready with the perfect gift! Joelle’s father has many passions, but one of the most enduring has been his love of grilling and smoking. So in his honor, we thought we’d help out those of you with fathers who share similar interests with this list of 25+ perfect gifts for the BBQ pit master or grill guru in your life! Happy gifting, everyone!
Now that the weather has turned gorgeous, I’m ready for easy meals that don’t heat up the house, especially delicious, filling salads, packed with fresh fruits and veggies and tasty nuts or seeds. I used to think eating salads all the time would become incredibly boring and repetitive, but as with many things, you can easily inject variety into your salad routine with fun new combinations of ingredients and different dressings!
This simple salsa brings smokiness to the forefront while packing good heat at the end; it’ll keep you reaching for chip after chip until your bowl is empty (and I won’t judge if you lick the bowl clean). Canned chipotles in adobo provide this great, complex flavor and are readily available in most grocery stores. We add red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt to the mix to round out a fantastic salsa that’s great with chips or as a condiment for other meals.
This simple spring greens side dish keeps the work to a minimum and allows the blood orange and raspberry vinaigrette to steal the spotlight. These easy greens make a perfect pairing for spring and summer dishes and are so simple to throw together for a last minute gathering or on a blazing hot grilling day when you don’t want to heat your home.
We achieved the look of this coat rack by first painting a design with white acrylic paint. After one coat of paint, we then stained over the entire piece with a rich cobalt blue stain, giving the white paint a light blueish tinge. It took very little work and minimal hands-on time, and since we had all but the coat hooks lying around the garage, this project was also super cheap! Bonus!
I’ve been wanting to make a bottle cap catch for a long time; we’ve had a bottle opener mounted over by our bar for awhile but have always just caught the cap in our hand and then stored them away. We finally had some time to work on some DIYs, so we got to work.
At times like these, when the fabulous busyness of spring activities threatens to overwhelm me, I turn towards the simplest of recipes in order to stay on track health-wise. To that end, I felt compelled to share this dip recipe with you today. It’s a staple snack in our home and is incredibly simple, delicious, healthy, and satisfying!
Popcorn is a the perfect snack. It tastes wonderful, can be made in so many flavors (including spicy!), can be eaten on the go, and compliments movies perfectly. I love popping up a batch of popcorn and curling up with Joelle for a movie night or grabbing a tub of the stuff to enjoy when we’re at the theater. It’s one of those snacks that you can always eat and can never seem to stop eating.
We originally created this insanely easy crock-pot buffalo chicken dip for a superbowl party, and having eaten it multiple times since, I can assure you that this dip is seriously addictive and ridiculously simple to make. Of course most of the time, buffalo sauce consists of about equal parts hot sauce and butter or margarine… not my fave combo for overall healthiness, so for this dip we traded the butter for thick, rich, creamy Greek yogurt, leaving us with a delicious buffalo sauce flavor but with a lighter, healthier twist.
This trail mix is a fantastic choice for on-the-go eating, fueling those long mornings or afternoons, and even for taking with you on trips. It packs a fantastic flavor with chocolate, dried fruit, roasted nuts, and coconut coming together for the perfect blend of salty and sweet that will satisfy any craving.
This Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie blends sweet and tart apple flavors with warm, fall spices and rich, buttery pecans for that fresh-baked apple pie flavor. Soft medjool dates lend just a hint of sweetness and light, caramel goodness, and the added almond milk keeps the texture smooth and creamy.
This salsa features one of my favorite combinations in food: sweet and spicy. The fresh mango gives a wonderful brightness and sweetness that’s followed at the end by a delicious warmth and spice from the jalapenos. Whip up a batch for your next get-together, party, or just to enjoy throughout the week!
Whether you need a healthy snack to take for your next party or something easy and tasty for the kids or for lunch, we’ve got you covered! To stay on top of our health goals and to truly feel our best, we find preparation is key, which means making sure we bring healthy snacks to share and enjoy for any group gathering to help us make good choices!
This cut paper DIY piece starts with a coloring book page because I possess literally zero drawing ability whatsoever but have several coloring books lying around. With some time, patience, and just a few cheap materials, you’ll have a fun, unique hanging to start filling those empty wall spaces!
Knowing that our motivation for cooking and, well, anything involving effort, wanes quickly with the setting sun this time of year, we’ve been thinking about super simple meal ideas that take minimal effort and still manage to check that elusive “healthy eating” box. Enter this delicious ham and bean soup.
Well, after another holiday season of far too much sugar and nonexistent workout habits, I’m ready to start this new year off with simpler, healthier eating in mind. To that end, I know that my sweet tooth tends to get cranky if ignored too long, and I find that my willpower alone puts up a rather pathetic fight. Instead, I know I absolutely must keep healthier (but still delicious) treats on hand to satisfy those dessert cravings.
I’m not really sure who or what got me into wearing ties, but over the years I have amassed quite a collection in different colors and patterns. All told I think I have more than 100 of them (yes, I do wear them all). This tie rack should hold 24-28 ties, depending on the width and thickness of the ties and on how much space you want between them. If you aren’t a tie kind of person, this makes a great storage shelf that can be used for just about anything!
Now, I wouldn’t want to send you into the new year without a delicious drink in hand, and since it appears the high will remain in the single digits for the next several days, I figured a hot drink would help warm us all up a bit. Since the spices and oranges lend this drink its flavor, you don’t need to use top dollar wines. In fact, if you’ve got a lower quality bottle of sweet (or sweet-ish) white around, let this recipe give it new life!
Need a simple smoothie to throw together for Thanksgiving morning that will tide you over until the big meal or a quick blender breakfast to fuel your pre-holiday cooking extravaganza? Look no further than this 5-ingredient Cranberry Mango Smoothie; It’s bursting with delicious fruits and bright flavors that will satisfy your AM cravings!
Do you have a love/hate relationship with your pantry? Are you constantly digging through bags and jars and boxes of foodstuffs every time you meal plan or cook in an utterly infuriating attempt to find what you need? If so, I get it, and I totally feel your pain, but the frustration can end! Join us in building this great pantry shelf to bring order to the pantry chaos!
Roasting up poblanos and blending them in with the chickpeas when making hummus lends a wonderful smoky flavor to this recipe and just a hint of warmth. This simple addition really elevates your typical hummus; what a fantastic way to Spice up a simple dip!
This particular recipe inspiration comes from the Hawaiian Fried Rice entree at a local Thai place ,and while I always enjoyed it, every time I’d wish for more toppings (I mean, can you ever really have too much pineapple?). Now, I can add extra pineapple, tomatoes, and raisins, toss in some green onions and bell peppers, and make sure the cashews get nice and toasted, all in less time than it would take to grab the actual takeout!
After years of slowly improving my eating habits and consciously working to make better choices, I know that eating super salty or sugary snacks leads to feeling terrible not long after. Of course, this leaves us needing to find or make healthier snacks options because after a while, snacking only on fresh fruit, while healthy and tasty, gets old, and I crave variety! Now I’ve got five amazing coconut chip recipes to fall back on, some sweet and some savory!