Southwestern Style Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

The first thing you want to do with this delicious salad is cook the corn and broil the tortilla strips. I just cut off the kernels and put them into a small pan and cook them very quickly. I don't even add oil to the pan! PLEASE do not use canned corn. If you don't have fresh corn just omit it from the recipe! Canned corn is not the same....
Ham, Gruyere & Pear Sandwich

Ham, Gruyere & Pear Sandwich*

I love taking an easy classic sandwich like a ham and cheese and kicking it up a notch. The flavor combinations are so delicious, especially when it’s heated up so the cheese melts. Swoon. Perfect lunch in my opinion or you can even make it into a dinner by adding a salad!...

Loaded Baked Potato Soup*

Can you think of anything better than a delicious warm soup on a chilly day? Neither can I. Recently I’ve been on a potato kick and have been craving baked potatoes so I decided to switch up the regular baked potato and make a loaded baked potato soup. Thank goodness it’s sweater and jeans time because this baby is certainly not low fat. Oh well, tis the season! Ok, lets get cooking. In a pot over medium high heat melt the butter and add the ...

Chilled Tomato Gazpacho*

In the dead of Summer nothing is better than a cold cocktail soup. I've always loved gazpacho because you can play around with the ingredients so much to make it your own. This recipe is very traditional which is how I like it personally but if you want to add something else in there you could! The recipe is about as easy as it can get and it is insanely healthy. It's literally pureed uncooked veggi...

Chicken Tortilla Soup*

I make this soup all the time when I'm wanting something light but extremely flavorful quick for dinner or lunch. I love using rotisserie chicken because it saves so much time and it tastes better I think. This recipe will become one of your go-to recipes I promise. In a pot over medium high heat with oil add the onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and jalapeño. Sauté for about 5 minutes. To the sauteed vegetables add the salt, pepper, chili powder...

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing*

One of my favorite things that my mom would make when we were growing up was her spinach salad. It's insanely good. I added goat cheese and craisins to her original recipe to make it my own but you can play with the ingredients and leave things out if you want. When you fry off the bacon pour off all of the fat except 2 tablespoon. Set aside. To the spinach add the sliced onion, bacon, hardboiled egg slices, craisins, and goat cheese. Now it's ti...

Roasted Beet Salad*

Ever crave beets? Me too! Ever crave beets and goat cheese? Me too! This salad is one of my favorites and if I'm ever out at a restaurant and see a roasted beet salad I have to get it. The beets can be cooked ahead of time, as well as the balsamic reduction, and then assembled before you're ready to eat. Be careful when you're peeling the beets because the red beet juice will stain! Ok, start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the be...

Roasted Pumpkin Soup*

You know what I love about October? It's socially acceptable to have pumpkin in everything. I could literally have pumpkin flavor breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, dessert, and anything in between. I don't know why I'm so obsessed with it but I am and this recipe is out of control good. It's very easy to make and it's healthy! Score. Ok, let's get started. First thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cleaning...

Pecan Encrusted Goat Cheese Salad with Orange Vinaigrette*

This salad is too good. I have a serious obsession with goat cheese. Then, you put a pecan crust on it and top it with an orange vinaigrette?!... forget about it. Ok, time to assemble this gorgeous salad. Cut your lettuce of choice and put in your salad bowl along with the red onion slices. In a small bowl put the zest of the orange in it. Cut the top and bottom of the orange off and set it cut side down. With your knife following the curve of th...