Simple Coconut Rice Recipe

This Coconut Rice is simple; full of fresh coconut flavor as well as shavings of unsweetened coconut which makes it a perfect side dish to many of your favorite meals. Basmati rice is used in our version to give it a nice texture that doesn’t take hours to achieve. Fragrant, flavorful, and perfectly creamy, this will be your new go-to side dish! 

A good meal is made better when you serve it alongside this simple Coconut Rice. You can make it to go with Indian dishes, Thai dishes and even your weeknight chicken too. The flavor from the coconut compliments a slightly spicy meat dish by taming the heat with its subtle sweetness and luscious creaminess.

Ingredients needed to make this recipe: Basmati Rice, Coconut Milk, Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, Salt, Butter Parsley/Cilantro (as garnish).

Coconut Rice in pot

 

 

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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 😊

Be sure to PIN THIS ROUND-UP so you have lunch ideas whenever you need them!

Back to School Lunch Ideas and More

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

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!

Teriyaki-Honey-Chicken-Meatballs

 

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Once quinoa has cooled add in remainder of the salad ingredients and toss.

Dressing

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

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