Herbed Green Beans and Carrots

These Green Beans and Carrots are coated in a delicious herbed butter and broth mixture and topped with fresh chives. This is perfect for your Easter side dishes and comes together in just 20 minutes! 

The color of this dish alone is enough to want to enjoy it for Easter, or any holiday really! The green beans stay slightly crisp through cooking and are complimented by the sweetness of carrots and a delicious butter herb sauce making it a stunning dish with little effort. Bonus points for easily being able to adjust the ingredients based on the number of people you are serving!

For this recipe you will need: green beans, carrots, chicken broth, butter, garlic powder, parsley, fennel seed, sugar, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. 

white serving dish with green beans and carrots

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Soda Bread Muffins with Cheddar

These Soda Bread Muffins are airy and light with crisp edges, the perfect muffin top and delicious Irish cheddar in every bite. 

Soda Bread is a classic quick bread that we tend to enjoy around this time of year, specifically for St. Patrick’s Day. While I love the classic bread I thought it was time to give it an update and decided on muffins which have a lighter texture but all the flavor you already love (plus more!).

For this recipe you will need: Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, egg, buttermilk, butter and Irish cheddar. 

Soda Bread Muffins on cutting board with Irish Cheddar chunks

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Easy and Delicious Back to School Lunch Ideas

Lunches don’t have to be boring anymore! Thanks to my fabulous blogging friends I have put together a round-up of Back to School lunch ideas that will please the young kiddos as well as you. Everything you need from sandwiches and wraps to snacks and treats, I have got you covered. So now you can start the Back to School countdown and get your happy dance ready 😊

Lunches don't have to be boring anymore! These easy to make lunch ideas are full of flavor, guaranteeing everyone will love them. #EasyLunchIdeas #BacktoSchoolLunches #LunchRecipes #BacktoSchool

Lunches don’t have to be boring anymore! These easy to make lunch ideas are full of flavor, guaranteeing everyone will love them. #EasyLunchIdeas #BacktoSchoolLunches #LunchRecipes #BacktoSchool

Lets go ahead and get started with our wraps, sandwiches and more!

RAINBOW VEGETABLE TORTILLA WRAP: RECIPES FROM A PANTRY

These easy to make wraps are full of delicious and healthy veggies, and can be adjusted to fit your family’s specific tastes. They are an easy way to get your vegetable servings in for the day!

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teriyaki honey chicken meatballs: Teaspoon of goodness

I love dishes like this one, it is something I would make for dinner the night before and pack the leftovers for a delicious lunch the next day.The protein is great for an afternoon pick-me up, and you can even eat this at your desk!

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BUFFALO TAHINI QUINOA AND RICE WRAPS: STRENGTH AND SUNSHINE 

Here is a scrumptious wrap that is sure to fill you up. You can even make these ahead of time and freeze them to take out for lunches later in the week! Loaded with flavour, easy to make and will please everyone.

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KALE AND BROCCOLI SALAD: THE OLIVE BLOGGER (that’s us!)

Here is a super easy salad that you can make in advance (just leave it undressed). It is healthy and delicious, and you can even add some grilled salmon or chicken to make it a full meal.

KaleSlaw

 

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY KABOBS: DAILY MOMTIVITY

A fun update to the classic PB&J sandwiches we all used to have in our lunchbox. Bonus points for the fresh fruit!

PB-J-Kabobs

 

COLD NOODLES IN PEANUT SAUCE: THE COZY COOK

This is a great meatless option for your Back to School Lunch! It is great as a side or even on its own, and it can be made ahead of time which is always a plus for this busy season.

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5 MINUTE TURKEY CLUB WRAP: FOOD MEANDERINGS 

Everyone likes to save time while making lunches, and this wrap is a delicious way to do just that! It has all your faves from a club; bacon, turkey, lettuce and a delicious ranch dressing.

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Now that the main portion of your lunch is taken care of, lets dive into some snacks and sweet treats!

coconut carrot muffins: the olive blogger

These muffins are a perfect addition to your weekly lunch line up. They are perfectly moist with a slightly crunchy top, and the coconut compliments the carrot with a gentle sweetness you don’t expect! You can also make a double batch and freeze them so you have them all month long.

Carrot-Coconut-Muffin

 

CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIES: NATALIE’S HAPPY HEALTH

Want to give your kiddos a treat but don’t like all the extra sugar? These cookies have no refined sugars, making them a great snack without the sugar crash.

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PIZZA MUFFINS: SPACESHIPS AND LASER BEAMS

All you need is a few simple ingredients to make these easy to devour pizza muffins.

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QUINOA AND CRANBERRY MUFFINS: FAMILY FOOD AND TRAVEL

Sweet and savory, these muffins are great for an afternoon snack to hold you over until dinner.

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And of course, our Back to School Lunch round-up wouldn’t be complete without a fun EXTRA! 

LUNCHBOX JOKE PRINTABLE: ARTSY FARTSY MAMA

Free printables to make your kids laugh, add to their lunch box for a special treat!

BTS-Jokes

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer is all about fresh ingredients and outdoor meals for us, that’s why this Quinoa Salad is perfect for the hot days that are still ahead! It uses just a few ingredients to transform plain quinoa into a delicious side dish (or main meal if you want to add protein!) and although we make this more in the summertime, you can definitely enjoy it on cooler days as well. Quinoa-Salad-Fresh-Ingredients

 

You can customize the Quinoa Salad to your tastes too, so if you prefer zucchini over cucumber or cherry tomatoes over peppers, feel free to throw em in. The dressing is just as simple as the salad itself, and can be used on a variety of green salads as well! So grab your ingredients and pack your picnic bag, it’s time to make this yummy salad.

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1 c Dry Quinoa Rinsed under cold water
  • 1 c Water
  • 1 c Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 lg Cucumber chopped
  • 1 lg Red Pepper chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion diced
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Basil or parsley if you prefer chopped
  • Salt

Dressing

  • 1/4 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil the good stuff guys, you don't want it to be bitter!
  • 1/4 c Lemon Juice fresh is best but concentrated is fine!
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3/4 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Garlic clove minced
  • pinch of Salt

Instructions

Salad

  1. Place medium pot over medium heat for about 2 mins to warm, add in quinoa and give a quick "toast" by swirling in the pot for 1 minute. Add in your water and broth with a pinch of salt and allow to come to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid is absorbed (about 10-12 minutes). Remove from heat and place in your serving bowl. Place in fridge to cool.
  3. Once quinoa has cooled add in remainder of the salad ingredients and toss.

Dressing

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, whisk until well combined.
  2. Pour 1/2 of the dressing over the salad and add the remainder right before serving.

Recipe Notes

Prepare Quinoa ahead of time (even the day before) so it can cool.

Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette- Perfect side dish for picnics and BBQ's! #Salad #Quinoa #PicnicFood

Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette- Perfect side dish for picnics and BBQ’s! #Salad #Quinoa #PicnicFood


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 this Traditional 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

Stuffing 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!).

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Putting stuffing in the turkey is so much easier with a bag, the juices from the turkey will coat, flavor and cook the stuffing and the bag easily pulls out when the turkey is done (so much easier than trying to scoop out all the good bits!). Also, you NEED to have a fast read thermometer, you don’t want your oven open for long periods of time or you will lose all the heat. Check out our favorites below.


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

Easy Traditional Stuffing Recipe - A classic stuffing recipe you can make for any Holiday or family gathering that everyone will love!

Course Holiday, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Traditional Stuffing Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 270 kcal

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.

Day of:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and butter (or spray) a 9" x 13" casserole dish, set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Now in a large bowl, toss bread with your butter and broth mixture, be sure to combine well.
  4. In a small bowl whisk your eggs with remaining broth (1 1/4 c) and add to the bread mixture.
  5. 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!

Recipe 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;