Easy Traditional Stuffing Recipe for the Holidays

Stuffing…mmm do I have your attention yet!? In our family, just the mention of stuffing gets our heads turning and noses sniffing, we are obsessed with it! In fact, when I make my Thanksgiving plate it goes something like this: Turkey (20%), Potatoes (5%), Veggies (10%), Cranberry Sauce (20%) and STUFFING (45%) and I am not even joking! I could eat just a plate of stuffing if I didn’t think my family would judge me. Now I know there is a whole debate out there, to stuff the bird or not stuff the bird…and do you know what I say?! DO BOTH! That’s what we do! I make more than enough stuffing to go in the bird and have a full casserole dish on the side, and the best is to mix them together to really blow your taste buds away.

Stuffing

It is probably one of the easiest sides you will have to make for your dinner, and most of it can be assembled a day in advance to leave you with more time to focus on your turkey the day of. We always buy a couple of fresh loaves of French Bread from our local bakery and I make an evening of getting my stuffing ready. I like to sit with a glass of wine and my favorite show on TV with a giant bowl beside me as I rip the bread into tiny pieces so it can sit out overnight and get nice and crusty (if you are in a time constraint that is OK too, just stick the bread in the oven for an additional 5 mins from my recipe and you will still have a perfect stuffing every single time!).

Stuffing-Ingredients

 

Okay, that’s enough blabbing on, let’s get started on this classic holiday dish. Keep in mind, as with most of my recipes, this one can easily be adapted for your tastes and preferences! If you like cranberries or pecans in your stuffing, add em in! Prefer whole wheat bread? No problem! Customizing a recipe is what makes it yours, so get creative and dig in.

Easy Traditional Stuffing Recipe - A classic stuffing recipe you can make for any Holiday or get together!

Easy Traditional Stuffing Recipe – A classic stuffing recipe you can make for any Holiday or get together!

Easy Traditional Stuffing Recipe for the Holidays

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Easy Traditional Stuffing Recipe for the Holidays

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves French Bread (will need about 15 c cubed)
  • 2 medium Onions
  • 1 c Celery (you can use 1/2 tsp celery seed if you don't have any on hand)
  • 1 tbsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Rosemary (dried)
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 1 1/4 c Butter (unsalted)
  • 2 lg Eggs
  • 2.5 c Vegetable Broth (or chicken)
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

    If prepping ahead of time:
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F. In a large bowl, tear up your French Bread into small bite sized pieces. Spread onto cookie sheets in a single layer and place in the oven for 10 minutes, until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely and leave out overnight to continue the "staling" of the bread (if you don't have time to leave out, keep the bread in the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes to dry out on day of).
  2. Finely chop onions and celery, add to a medium pan over medium heat with 1c of the butter. Add in your herbs with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent. Remove from heat and allow to cool before placing in covered bowl in the fridge.
  3. Day of:
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F and butter (or spray) a 9" x 13" casserole dish, set aside.
  5. In a medium pan reheat your onion mixture over medium heat (see above if making same day) and add 1.5 c of broth and allow to come to a low simmer.
  6. Now in a large bowl, toss bread with your butter and broth mixture, be sure to combine well.
  7. In a small bowl whisk your eggs with remaining broth (1 1/4 c) and add to the bread mixture.
  8. Add bread mixture to your casserole dish, topping with remaining butter (cut into small cubes) and bake covered for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 30 minutes (or until top is golden and slightly crispy). Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

If you prefer fresh herbs you can use those too! We use dried since we always have them on hand, just make sure they are still good guys (we rotate our herbs/spices every 3-4 months since we use them so much!). If you are going to add some of the stuffing to your Turkey, combine 4c bread with 1/4 of your onion and herb mixture, and stuff into the cavity of the bird. Don't worry about your broth mixture, your butter on top of the casserole will help to keep everything moist.

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Be sure to check out some of my other favorite dishes to go with your holiday meals below;

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

If you have always wanted to try making your own Cranberry Sauce for the holidays but are terrified as to what it might entail…well here you go! A super EASY sauce that comes together in a few minutes with just a few simple ingredients. It is just as easy as opening a can of that molded jelly “sauce” you buy in the store and I promise you that the flavor is a thousand times better! And perhaps the best part? It uses frozen cranberries, which you can buy months in advance (Yay to no last minute grocery runs when you are trying to prep a meal for 20+ people!).

Cranberries

 

I love making my own sauce for a number of reasons. You can control the amount of sugar you put in it (if you want to do less sugar, add in some fresh orange juice) and you can really let your creative side shine too! In fact, we have quite the secret ingredient that goes into ours…which is always getting “ooooo” and “ahhhhh” from our family. Don’t worry, I will share it with you as well! Ready for the step-by-step on how to make this delicious Cranberry Sauce?

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 c Frozen Cranberries (you can use fresh if preferred)
  • 1 c Sugar (white granulated)
  • 1 c Water
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 oz Amaretto (almond liquor)

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water over medium heat. Allow to boil and add in liquor. Cook for about 2 minutes to "burn" off the alcohol. Add in cranberries and cinnamon and continue to gently simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally to keep from burning.
  2. Once cranberries begin to pop (about 5 minutes) you can gently mash and cook for another 3-5 minutes until the liquid dissolves and it begins to take on a jelly consistency.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool before transferring to a sealed container. Refrigerate until ready to use (we make ours 2 days in advance!).
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tips and tricks for the perfect cranberry sauce
  • Taste it as you go! If you like it more tart cut back on your sugar, and opposite if you like it sweeter!
  • Make it at least a day in advance, this will allow the sauce to cool to a nice consistency and give the flavors time to get stronger.
  • To get the nice chunky consistency use a potato masher and gently mash the cranberries as they cook.
  • Prefer a smooth sauce? No problem, once cooled add to a food processor or blender for 10 seconds to puree to a smooth and delicious spreadable sauce.
  • Get creative! We add Amaretto (almond liquor) to our sauce, but we have also added orange juice and zest in the past. You can take a small amount and add in different combinations of ingredients to see what you like best.
Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe- a simple Cranberry sauce that comes together with just a few ingredients, including a special addition that everyone will surely enjoy.

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe- a simple Cranberry sauce that comes together with just a few ingredients, including a special addition that everyone will surely enjoy.


Homemade Bisquick Mix

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! In fact, I recommend making a double batch and keeping in sealed containers or mason jars so you always have some on hand!

Bisquick-Mix

I use it to make my delicious Garlic Cheddar Biscuits as well as anytime we want to make a Quiche! You can even use it when making waffles, pancakes, pot pies and more. It is less expensive than the store bought mix and comes together in no time…your welcome!

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! Use for biscuits, quiche, pot pies, pancakes and more!

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! Use for biscuits, quiche, pot pies, pancakes and more!

Homemade Bisquick Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6 Cups

Homemade Bisquick Mix

Ingredients

  • 6 c Flour (all purpose)
  • 3 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 c Shortening (Crisco)

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a stand mixer and mix on low speed using the whisk attachment until it comes together.
  2. It will look like flour with small pea-size pieces of coated shortening (that is perfect!)
  3. Store in an airtight container or mason jars for up to 6 months (although I bet you will go through it faster!)

Notes

Use in place of any recipe that calls for Bisquick! We use it in biscuits, pancakes, waffles, pot pies, quiche etc!

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Garlic Cheddar Biscuits – Red Lobster Copycat!

It’s time friends! I have wanted to share this delicious recipe for Garlic Cheddar Biscuits with you for awhile now, but I wanted to make sure it was perfect and completely from scratch! If you have never had a Red Lobster “Cheddar Bay Biscuit” then you won’t be able to compare, and if you have let me tell you, THESE ARE THE SAME THING and so so sooooo yummy! Now when I say “from scratch” I mean it guys (no store bought mixes here!) and I am even going to share with you how to make your own “Bisquick” to have on hand all the time so you can make these and many other goodies whenever you want them!

Cheddar-Biscuits-Bowl

I chose to make my biscuits a little smaller than you would find in the restaurant (I like more to go around!) but feel free to make em larger if you want! You also want to make sure you brush them with the garlic butter when you are ready to serve, otherwise it will make them soggy. I make the biscuits up to a day in advance and just quickly heat them before they hit the table, and you would never know they weren’t just pulled from the oven.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits – Red Lobster Copycat!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 14 Biscuits

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits – Red Lobster Copycat!

Ingredients

  • 2.5 c Homemade Biscuik Mix
  • 1/4 c Butter (cold and cubed)
  • 3/4 Milk (I use 1%, use what you have on hand!)
  • 1 c grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Butter Topping
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried Parsley
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt ("pinch")

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Using a stand mixer (or just your hands if you don't have one) combine the Bisquick mix with the cold butter and mix for about 30 seconds. You want the butter to still be noticeable, about the size of small peas.
  3. Add the cheese, milk and garlic powder and mix until combined (do not overmix it). Remove from bowl and gently mix with your hands for about 15 seconds.
  4. Drop onto cookie sheet using a tsp or cookie scoop (again you can make them larger if you prefer)
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the tops are slightly golden
  6. Butter Topping
  7. Melt butter with garlic powder in microwave, then add in parsley and salt. Using a pastry brush gently cover each biscuit with a generous amount of the butter topping!
  8. Serve and enjoy

Notes

Make sure your ingredients are cold (butter, milk, cheese) it helps trust me! Also, you can use margarine (the biscuits will spread a little bit more) just make sure to measure it ahead of time and stick it in the freezer to get cold (about 20 minutes).

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Well, what are you waiting for?! These biscuits are so easy to make and really take no time to prepare, they are loaded with so much cheese and delicious garlic that  everyone in your family will be reaching for a second or third one to go with dinner tonight. So go make yourself a batch of these delicious Garlic Cheddar Biscuits and let me know what you think of them.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (Red Lobster Copycat!).These biscuits are loaded with so much cheese and delicious garlic that everyone will be reaching for a second or third one to go with dinner tonight.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (Red Lobster Copycat!).These biscuits are loaded with so much cheese and delicious garlic that everyone will be reaching for a second or third one to go with dinner tonight.


Best Ever Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Whether you are an experienced baker, or new to the game, these Chocolate Chunk Cookies are going to easily become a new favorite for you and your family. They are perfectly chewy and fully loaded with TWO types of chocolate…yup, I went there! The dough for these cookies is nice and thick, which allows the cookies to keep their shape and not melt into a puddle on your baking sheet…we have all been there…the “Best EVER” cookie recipe that turns out to be a disaster in your kitchen. I promise you, these cookies deliver on every possible level. Taste, Look, Texture and even Ease of Making.

Chocolate-Chunk-Cookie-Dough

 

I chose to make my cookies a little bit smaller as I prefer to have more to go around, but you can easily make them double the size for a super cookie that would be great for dunking! Now, I don’t know about you, but there is nothing I love more than a warm plate Chocolate Chunk Cookies and a tall glass of cold milk after a long day…shall we get to it then!?

Best Ever Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 36 Cookies (24 if you make them larger)

Best Ever Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 c Salted Butter (melted and cooled...NOT hot!)
  • 1/2 c Brown Sugar, lightly packed (I use golden brown sugar not dark)
  • 1 c White Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 c Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 c Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunks
  • 1/2 c White Chocolate Chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In stand mixer beat together the butter with both sugars until creamy and smooth. Add in your vanilla and one egg at a time, mix for about 10 seconds to just combine.
  3. In small bowl sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to wet mixture and mix until combined. It will form a thick dough ball (this is what you want!).
  4. Add chocolate chunks and incorporate with a wood spoon. Do not over mix your dough.
  5. Roll dough into small balls (about 1"-1.5") and arrange on your baking sheet, gently pressing down into a disk shape.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes (depends on your oven so keep an eye!) They should be slightly golden but still fairly pale, this is what makes them chewy and delicious.
  7. Allow to cool and ENJOY!

Notes

For the chocolate, I just buy the bakers chocolate and cut it into chunks myself! You can buy them in chunks already, but I find it more cost effective to do it myself (plus then I get a variety of sizes!). DO NOT OVER MIX the dough, that is the key for making a deliciously soft cookie!

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Whether you're an experienced baker or new to the game, these Chocolate Chunk Cookies will be a new family favorite! Perfectly chewy and fully loaded with both white and semi-sweet chocolate chunks!

Whether you’re an experienced baker or new to the game, these Chocolate Chunk Cookies will be a new family favorite! Perfectly chewy and fully loaded with both white and semi-sweet chocolate chunks!

These Chocolate Chunk Cookies will definitely be making it to my Christmas trays this year! There is something about a classic cookie that I think everyone loves. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, head on over to my 13 Days of Christmas Baking now and get ready for our 3rd annual page coming early November!

Lemon Chicken Piccata – 30 Min Dinner

Back to school is right around the corner where we are, which means it is time for EASY weeknight meals that the entire family will love! This Lemon Chicken Piccata is super simple to make (with just a few ingredients) and has a flavor that will blow your mind. It is one of my go-to meals for a busy week when my hubby and I just don’t feel like spending much time in the kitchen. Take a look for yourself at how delicious it is.

Easy-ChickenPiccata

Another reason I love this dish so much is its versatility, you can use chicken breasts or thighs and you don’t need to worry about the bones if you want to serve it a little more rustic I say go for it…who is gonna judge you?! Just remember to adjust your cooking time if you choose thighs or a bone-in chicken breast as it will take a little bit longer to cook through. Ready to get started?

Lemon Chicken Piccata – 30 Min Dinner

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Lemon Chicken Piccata – 30 Min Dinner

Ingredients

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1/4 c Flour
  • 3 tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 1/2 bunch Fresh Dill (rough chopped)
  • 1 tsp Capers (rough chopped)
  • 1/4 c White Wine (or Chicken broth if you prefer)
  • 1/4 c Water
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil (for cooking)

Instructions

  1. Prepare your chicken for dredging by cutting it into smaller sections and gently pounding out with a meat tenderizer (or rolling pin) you want your chicken to be very thin so it cooks quickly. In a low sided dish mix together flour, corn starch ,garlic powder and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet heat 2-3 tbsp olive oil (or oil of your choice for frying) over medium heat.
  3. Coat each piece of chicken with your flour mixture, gently shaking off any excess, and put aside on a plate. When all pieces are coated, begin cooking them. Be sure to let them cook 2-3 mins a side and flip. Repeat until all chicken is cooked (we normally do it in 2 batches).
  4. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and add in wine, water, lemon juice and capers. Scrape up any bits from the chicken and let your sauce come to a low simmer. Add the chicken back into the pan with 1/2 of your chopped dill and let cook 2 mins until sauce is thick.
  6. Arrange chicken on a serving dish and top with the rest of your dill and lemon zest.

Notes

If using chicken with the bone in still be sure to adjust your cooking time, it will take longer to cook through.

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Easy weeknight dinner, ready in 30 minutes, this Lemon Chicken Piccata is simple to make and loaded with flavor!

Easy weeknight dinner, ready in 30 minutes, this Lemon Chicken Piccata is simple to make and loaded with flavor!

Lemon Chicken Piccata is also a great meal for entertaining, people will think you spent hours in the kitchen with the depth of flavor that it brings to the table, and you can really pretty it up on a nice serving tray! If you are trying to impress the in-laws this is a good recipe to have in your back pocket (wink wink). If you love easy, low maintenance meals with tons of flavor be sure to check out my Beef Stroganoff as well (one of the most visited recipes on the entire site!).

How to Make Roasted Garlic at Home

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and had the roasted garlic appetizer and thought, “I would really like to know how to do this myself!”…well today friends I am going to show you just how EASY it is to make! Roasted garlic is great in a variety of dishes as well as on its own (see below for some of my favorite ways to enjoy it). The thing I love most about making it at home is that I can control the amount of salt that goes on it, I often find the restaurant versions a little salty for my taste.

step-by-step roasted garlic

 

Slice off the top of the garlic bulb so the cloves are exposed.

1. Slice off the top of the garlic bulb so the cloves are exposed.

 

2. Place bulb in foil and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and twist foil tightly closed.

2. Place bulb in foil and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and twist foil tightly closed.

 

3. Place garlic in oven (preheated to 400F) and cook for 30 mins. Enjoy!

3. Place garlic in oven (preheated to 400F) and cook for 30 mins. Enjoy!

 

If you love garlic as much as we do I suggest roasted a couple of heads at once so you have them on hand for your weeknight dishes. They keep for a week in the fridge as long as they are in a sealed container and they will add a new depth to your usual dishes that call for minced garlic (trust me!).

how to serve and use your roasted garlic
  • Serve it warm with some goat cheese, fig spread and crackers for a delicious appetizer
  • Add to your favorite dips and spreads (like hummus)
  • Add a few cloves into your spaghetti sauce
  • Add to your mashed potatoes when mixing your butter and milk for a garlicky surprise
  • Spread on a piece of toast and top with ricotta or avocado for an afternoon snack
  • Mix in with steamed veggies to amp up the flavors

How to Make Roasted Garlic

How to Make Roasted Garlic

Ingredients

  • 3 Garlic Bulbs
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • pinch of kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Cut the tops off garlic bulbs to expose the cloves
  3. Place each bulb in a piece of tinfoil, drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with salt
  4. Tightly wrap the garlic in the foil and place in the oven (middle rack) for 30 mins
  5. See site for the many ways to use Roasted Garlic in your everyday dishes!
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How to make Roasted Garlic at home, an easy step-by-step guide! Roasted Garlic can be enjoyed on its own, as an appetizer or even added to your everyday meals...it adds a new level of flavor you will love.

How to make Roasted Garlic at home, an easy step-by-step guide! Roasted Garlic can be enjoyed on its own, as an appetizer or even added to your everyday meals…it adds a new level of flavor you will love.


Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles

This post has been sponsored by Yomee Yogurt. The recipe and all opinions are my own. 

With summer in full swing I am constantly trying to come up with new ideas for staying cool, and thanks to Yomee Yogurt I am able to beat the heat with these delicious Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Pops! These popsicles are super easy to make, combining both tangy and sweet flavors with the wonderful creaminess of the yogurt…and they sure are pretty to look at too!

Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles

Yomee and I are partnering to celebrate the August 29th launch of their at home Yogurt Maker! (CLICK HERE to check out the Yomee site and get your pre-order in now!!) If you are like me, you always have yogurt on hand for when a craving hits (some are high in protein  which makes it super filling and so much healthier than the bowl of ice cream I would otherwise reach for). I absolutely love the concept of the Yomee machine and how incredibly simple it is to always have fresh yogurt at home. It takes 10 oz of milk (regular, soy, almond…whichever you prefer) and a starter pod, and with the touch of a button you are ready to get making your fresh yogurt!

I personally think it is best to set this up before you go to bed so you have the fresh, chilled yogurt in the morning as it takes about 6 hours to come together. And the best part is that there is no sugar or additives! Okay, seriously where has this been all of my life?!

Yomee Yogurt

additional benefits of the yomee yogurt machine 
  • 4 flavors to choose from; plain, strawberry, blueberry and vanilla
  • Makes Greek yogurt as well as plain and stirred yogurt
  • Use the milk you prefer (you can use soy, almond, regular, and really modify to your dietary needs)
  • Keeps yogurt chilled
  • Uses a pod to create delicious at home yogurt in just 6 hours
  • It is self-cleaning (yep, you don’t even have to worry about cleaning it!)
  • Check out how it works here

Normally I eat yogurt with my breakfast, whether it is in a smoothie bowl or just topped with fresh fruit, but I got to thinking “how else can I use yogurt besides my usual breakfast routine!?” and that my friends is how we created this heat quenching popsicle! It is simple to make, and uses just a handful of fresh ingredients (your kids will never know they are actually GOOD for them!).

Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6 Popsicles

Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles

Ingredients

    Raspberry Layer
  • 2 c fresh Raspberries
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • Yogurt Layer
  • 1.5 c Yomee Yogurt
  • zest of 1 Lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
  • Raspberry Yogurt Layer
  • 1/3 c Raspberry mix (from above)
  • 1/4 c Yogurt mix (from above)

Instructions

  1. Begin with your Raspberry layer. In a food processor (or blender) combine raspberries, sugar, lemon juice and water. Process until you have a smooth consistency with no chunks (about 1 minute). Reserve 1/3 c of the raspberry mix for the next layer.
  2. Pour into your popsicle molds, filing about 1/3 of the way and place in freezer while you prepare the next layer.
  3. For the yogurt layer, in a small bowl combine your fresh Yomee Yogurt with lemon juice and zest and set aside.
  4. Take 1/4 c of your yogurt mix and 1/3 c of your raspberry mix and combine in a small bowl. Again, taking your popsicle mold, fill to the halfway mark and set in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  5. Once your middle layer has set, add the lemon yogurt layer to top off the popsicles and place in freezer overnight to set completely.
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Other Ideas for your fresh yomee yogurt
  • Yogurt covered fruit (frozen for a cool treat)
  • Muffins (the possibilities are endless)
  • Loaf cakes
  • Smoothie bowls
  • Dips and spreads (use in place of sour cream)
These Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles come together with just a few ingredients, and will help you beat the heat while keeping your taste buds happy! #sponsored #YomeeYogurt

These Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles comes together with just a few ingredients, and will help you beat the heat while keeping your taste buds happy! #sponsored #YomeeYogurt

Greek Chickpea Salad – Fast, Easy and Delicious!

Are you ready for a super tasty summer salad that takes little time to prep?! Honestly who has time to spend in the kitchen slaving over meals and sides in the summertime…we don’t! We try to spend as much time outside soaking up the glorious sunshine as possible in the summer months, we have to really, about 5 months of the year we have snow on the ground! Anyway, enough about the weather, let’s get started on that tasty Greek Chickpea Salad!!

Chickpea-Salad-Finished

I promise you (with prep included) you will have this salad ready to go in under 15 minutes, making it the easiest side dish to bring to any BBQ or gathering you have going on this weekend. It is loaded full of fresh veggies, black olives and of course chickpeas, and then drizzled with your favorite Greek salad dressing. I love how versatile this Chickpea Salad is too, you can add in fresh zucchini, cherry tomatoes and whatever else your family prefers to clean out your crisper drawers and leave everyone asking for more.

Greek Chickpea Salad – Fast, Easy and Delicious!

Greek Chickpea Salad – Fast, Easy and Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 cans Chickpeas, washed and drained
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 can Pitted and Sliced Black Olives (drain most liquid)
  • 1 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Greek Dressing (I use Kraft Feta and Greek)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash Chickpeas and chop peppers, cucumber, and onion.
  2. Toss together all ingredients in medium bowl, drizzle with dressing and toss again.
  3. Place in fridge until ready to eat, and enjoy!
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Extra tips on making the best greek chickpea salad everytime

The important thing to remember with this salad is to chop your veggies the same size (approximately…I’m not gonna measure them for goodness sake!). This ensures that each bite has a little bit of everything to make your taste buds happy. Also, you can make it ahead of time and let the flavors mesh together if you prefer, which also means you don’t have to wait until the day of while you are scrambling with the kids and packing the car to go. Be sure to check out our other Salad Recipes, like this White Bean and Kale Salad which can be served warm or cold!

Fresh-Veggies-Chopped


 

 

 

 

Greek Chickpea Salad - A delicious and SUPER EASY salad that is perfect for summer entertaining!

Greek Chickpea Salad – A delicious and SUPER EASY salad that is perfect for summer entertaining!

EASY Weeknight Meals from Hello Fresh + Discount Code!

I received my first box from Hello Fresh in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Who else struggles with making dinner during the week?! I swear to you by Wednesday I am done with my kitchen and want nothing more than to just sit down with my feet up and watch my hubby cook a meal. We decided to start looking into Food Subscription Boxes as a way to help alleviate some of the weekday stress.

Hello-Fresh-Box

My hubby and I have complete opposite work schedules so we rarely get to sit down before 8 pm to eat so when we got our Hello Fresh box I was so excited to see that they were meals that were ready in 30 minutes or less and literally needed nothing more than some rough chopping and cooking (everything else is done for you…YES!). And as a BONUS for you guys Hello Fresh has given me a DISCOUNT CODE for $30 off your first 2 boxes, look for it below!!

There are a few different options you can choose from, depending on what you are looking for in your meals (i.e. the Veggie Plan if you are looking for Vegetariain friendly meals and the Family Plan for easy kid-approved recipes). We received The Family Plan and received 3 delicious meals that took little time to cook! (See our meals below). The meals change up every week, and you can even see a sneak peak on their site before you order.

Pan Seared Steak with Crispy Potato Salad

Pan Seared Steak with Crispy Potato Salad

 

 

Pulled Chicken Sliders with Tangy Cabbage Slaw

Pulled Chicken Sliders with Tangy Cabbage Slaw

Italian Sausage with Veggie Succotash and Orzo

Italian Sausage with Veggie Succotash and Orzo

What we LOVED about our Hello Fresh Box:
  • Fresh ingredients delivered right to our door (in a cooler box to keep everything cold, no need to worry if you aren’t home to receive the box!).
  • Each recipe has a handy recipe card with instructions on how to make the meal
  • Ingredients are pre-measured for you, no guesswork on how much to add (which means you won’t have a dressing that is vinegar loaded or a sauce that is as thin as soup!)
  • All the meat is antibiotic and hormone free (seriously the BEST tasting meat we have had in awhile!)
  • No need to go to the grocery store and drag your screaming toddlers with you
  • The flavors were incredible, there was not a single dish we didn’t like (and I am somewhat of a picky eater)
  • The box sizes of each meal were PERFECT to slide right into the fridge, it’s like they planned it or something 😉
  • CONVENIENCE, I can’t tell you how nice it was to just open the fridge and know what we were making (no more “ooops I forgot to take the meat out of the freezer…is pasta okay AGAIN!?”)

DISCOUNT CODE 

Remember to use code ” OLIVE60 ” at checkout to save $30 on your first two boxes!! The code is good until the end of this year (December 31, 2017) and applies to Canadian residents.

Go check out Hello Fresh now to see the plans offered and get ready to make mealtime easier!

Dinnertime can be easy again! Hello Fresh provides fresh ingredients and easy meals shipped right to your door, and most meals are ready in under 30 minutes!

Dinnertime can be easy again! Hello Fresh provides fresh ingredients and easy meals shipped right to your door, and most meals are ready in under 30 minutes!