spinach added to sun=dried tomato pesto chicken sauce

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Chicken

It’s time for an easy and delicious recipe that combines chicken with sun dried tomato pesto in a creamy pasta sauce. Start the pasta while making the sauce and you will be ready to serve this in about 20 minutes! What kind of chicken is needed for this recipe? There are different versions of this recipe floating around, most using chicken breasts. I started out making this with chicken breasts and worked on the sauce. But after a few tries I realized that this sauce is ideal for using cooked shredded chicken. So now I either use leftover shredded chicken

2 Bacardi mojitos

Bacardi Mojito

Today I am celebrating. My little corner of the Internet has reach a milestone. What you are currently reading is . . .  drumroll please! . . . post number 200! Why only yesterday, I was on post number 100. (Cranberry Spritzer, in case you were wondering.) Busy with recipes and posts (and the occasional family visit), I sometimes lose track of time and place. All I can say is, thanks to the many who’ve been so supportive! Clearly, a cocktail is required. Throughout the summer, I’ve been growing a big pot of mint, and because it’s calling to me,

6 smoothie popsicles on a white plate

Smoothie Popsicles

Just before my daughter came to visit this summer, she informed me that she was cutting food dyes out of her 4-year-old’s diet. “Please plan accordingly.” In preparation for this visit I had of course stocked up on large quantities of Jell-O, sprinkles and colored sugar. All were instantly obsolete. She also shared that she had found some healthy popsicles that were very popular in her house and described them to me as containing Greek yogurt and fruit. I knew instantly that I could make my own version: smoothie popsicles. What ingredients are needed to make smoothie popsicles? I love

Zucchini and corn fritter stacked on a plate

Zucchini and Corn Fritters

We are still in “zucchini season” so it’s time for another zucchini recipe. This time, I’m combining zucchini with corn to make a delicious fritter. When zucchini’s in season, it is abundant! I covered this pretty thoroughly in my zucchini and yellow squash post, but to recap: zucchini plants produce fruit, it grows rapidly, gardeners pick often, the plants produce even more zucchini. Most gardeners rely on friends and neighbors to take some of the produce off their hands. So, all the gardeners AND all their friends are looking for ideas to use up all the zucchini! Combine sweet corn

skewers cooking on the grill

Beef Kabobs in the Oven or Grill

There’s something about cooking your meal on a stick that is just so fun! It cooks quickly, looks colorful, and is easy to eat. Traditionally we think of making kabobs on the grill, but if the weather doesn’t cooperate it’s good to have an oven method handy. That’s why today I am making my beef kabobs in the oven, but also including instructions for the grill. It’s all about the beef marinade Anyone can stick hunks of meat and/or veggies on a stick and cook it. But to really get great flavor and texture, a good marinade is key. Over

Zucchini and yellow squash on a plate

Zucchini and Yellow Squash in the Microwave

It’s August and anyone with a garden tends to be overflowing with summer squash by now. So I bring a simple way to make zucchini and yellow squash in the microwave. This recipe will help break up your routine a little, yet it is still easy to make, which is perfect for these hot days of August. Why is zucchini so prolific? Zucchini is considered one of the easiest plants to grow in a garden. In addition, its production is cyclical, meaning the more you harvest, the more the plant will produce (harvestright.com). As my friend Dawn told me, “when

baked potato on a plate

Baked Potato on the Grill

I love a good baked potato, yet I have always considered it “winter food.” But, because a baked potato is great with many things, it can easily be transformed to year-round food by throwing it on the grill. How to grill a baked potato Start by prepping the grill and potatoes. Preheat the grill using medium-high heat. The target temperature for inside the grill cover is 400-425F. Allow 10-15 minutes for the grill to get nice and hot. While the grill is warming, prep the potatoes. Russet potatoes are the classic choice, because their high starch content creates a light

Orange Creamsicle cocktail

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

It’s time for a dessert. But in liquid form. Dessert drinks can be so fun! And this one is fun, for sure. An Orange Creamsicle Cocktail. Or a Creamsicle martini, if you prefer. It’s delicious, no matter what you call it. Creamsicle vs. Dreamsicle Speaking of the name debate, does everyone remember the Creamsicle vs. Dreamsicle discussion? I researched the names when I made my Creamsicle Pie, and determined that since the Popsicle people use the term “Creamsicle” it must be the most accurate. Although, I do think that for an alcoholic drink, the term “Dreamsicle” might be a little

Chickpea avocado salad side view

Chickpea Avocado Salad

I am always looking for simple healthy salads in the summer, especially those containing plant proteins. So, a salad that includes chickpeas and avocados will always get my vote! Chickpea salad made simple This gluten free salad was inspired by one found at Forks Over Knives. But I must confess, I changed so much that the only ingredients it shares with the original are avocado and chickpeas. I did manage to avoid adding cheese, so it remains a vegan salad for maximum health points. It’s a simple salad, with simple instructions. Start by draining and thoroughly rinsing the chickpeas. Place