Chewy No-Bake Rainbow Chip Granola Bars

Skip the box and whip up a batch of delicious granola bars at home! These chewy rainbow chip granola bars are so quick and easy, they’re as much fun to make as they are to eat!

Homemade Chewy Rainbow Chip Granola Bars :: a childhood favorite!

I’m the kind of person who prefers chocolate chips to chocolate bars, rainbow sprinkles to boring chocolate brown sprinkles, and colorful eats of all kinds over dull monotone plates-o-food. So naturally rainbow chip sprinkles are MY FAVORITE!

While they’re certainly no match for the colorful veggies I’m always pandering on this little blog of mine, they scream celebration, nostalgia, and fun. They’re edible exclamation points! How could I not adore them!?

I love them so much, in fact, that the entire reason I made these granola bars was to have a delivery mechanism for my beloved candy-coated chocolate morsels. I spotted them online a few weeks ago while browsing baking supplies and I may or may not have squealed. I couldn’t even remember the last time I had seen them outside of their rainbow chip frosting and cosmic brownie partnerships and had. to. have. them.

Rainbow Chip Sprinkles

They arrived a few days later, tucked in a little brown box with my hippie unbleached parchment paper and all-natural magnesium supplements. Oh the hypocrisy of that purchase…. 

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One-Pot Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Soup

This super healthy one pot wonder comes together in record time. From stove top to table top in under 10 minutes, you’ll love this speedy veggie soup!

One-Pot Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Soup: Ready in under 10 minutes!

Well, it’s official: we’ve successfully eaten our way through nearly everything in the house! In preparation for this week’s move, we have nothing more than a few vegetables [four, to be exact], some fresh fruit [perfect for snacking!], and several pantry essentials left. Huzzah!

This soup, inspired by last week’s impromptu miso noodle bowl, was the perfect use for my lone zucchini. Though I normally beeline for rice noodles, zucchini noodles are equally gluten-free with the added bonus of dashing calories and upping my veggie count for the day. Aside from being oh so healthy, they’re also pretty darn tasty, super speedy to prepare, and don’t require any soaking or cooking like traditional noodles.

That, folks, is a win-win-win-win.

Maybe I missed a win there. There should be WAY more wins. While I take a victory lap around my near-empty kitchen, here’s how you make this bowl-o-yum:… 

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Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing

Quick, easy, and full of flavor, this Thai-inspired honey Sriracha lime vinaigrette is sure to be your new favorite salad dressing!

Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing

Your salad just did a backflip! It did! I swear! You just weren’t looking…

Though your salad may not flip in the literal sense, you’re sure to over this deliciously tasty dressing. The ingredient combo was inspired by my head over heels obsession with the sweet and sour dressing from my Sweet and Sour Thai Carrot and Cucumber Noodle Salad and the desire to spice things up a little!

In an effort to prevent excessive face-fanning from Sriracha-overload [does such a thing exist?] I limited myself to one manageable teaspoon. I think that’s the perfect starting point! The zing factor increases with each extra teaspoon added after the fist and I fully expect a few of you to go nuts with it! Add a little, or a lot! Taste as you go, and either way, you’re going to love this sassy salad dressing!

Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing

Ready to sass up you salad?… 

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Sriracha Almond Crusted Salmon

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. SRIRACHA almonds. Cue confetti.

Sriracha Almond Salmon :: quick, easy, and loaded with nutrients! You're gonna love this healthy protein-packed recipe!

There’s a new nut in town, folks and it’s destined to take your snacking game to the next level! Allow me to introduce you to the new foodie love of my life. Full of garlicky sweet chili flavor with just the right amount of spice and zing, these extra BOLD Sriracha almonds are deeeelicious!

At one point, one of my twin jars went missing. I about lost my mind. While I may be accustomed to the pilot and chickpea running off with my food, there’s a line no one shall cross. That line is reserved for two things: my cheese stash and my almonds. Do not mess with a girl’s almonds. Especially when they’re doused in Sriracha.

Sriracha makes you happy. “Happy people don’t kill their husbands, they just don’t!”

Unless their husbands steal their almonds…. 

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Creamy Feta Dressing

This Creamy Feta Dressing is ready to rock your veggies! Uber easy and ready in under 6 minutes, you’ll want to slather this dressing on everything from salads to sandwiches.

Creamy Feta Dressing :: Would you believe me if I said I loved it more than Ranch!? SO GOOD!

As I type this, it’s 100 degrees outside. ONE HUNDRED!!! In June!!!

What the what!?

I don’t remember North Carolina being this sweltering this time of year but let me tell you, moving to Florida this Summer is scaring the pants off me! Well, assuming I can actually be found wearing pants, that is, because it’s too flipping hot for that! I shall never wear pants again!

Though the next three years of my life are due to be positively toasty, I can’t complain. I’m so head over heels excited for powdery white sand beaches, sensational seafood restaurants, reunions with friends and family, and new adventures galore. Heck yes! Is it July yet?

OMG IT’S ALMOST JULY!

Since it truly is hotter than Hades outside, let’s celebrate with a big crisp salad topped with my new favorite dressing recipe!

This creamy feta dressing is EVERYTHING! Cool, creamy, tangy and downright delicious, it’s nothing short of magical. The taste is a cross between blue cheese dressing and ranch and begs to be poured generously over a bed of crisp green and veggies or slathered on your favorite burger fresh off the grill. I could toss a bajillion more adjectives your way or simply insist that you make it. Now. Yesterday. Two weeks ag– I think you catch my drift…. 

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Easy Homemade Italian Dressing

This uber easy Italian dressing is so fast and flavorful, you’ll never buy pre-made dressing again!

Easy Homemade Italian Dressing :: This uber easy Italian dressing is so fast and flavorful, you'll never buy pre-made dressing again!

Can I chatter gloriously off topic today?

Smile and nod because you clearly have no choice in the matter! Mwah!

On Monday I started listening to an audiobook with the pilot. Since he’s humored me by listening to Tina Fey’s Bossypants no less than a dozen times, I figured I’d throw him a bone and let him asault my eardrums with his nerdy space book. Oh yes, I totally judgy mcjudgersoned the book by its title. The Martian? Really Paul?

Well here we are, two days later and I CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS BOOK! I switched over to the kindle version and have read it every night until my eyes literally could not stay open a second longer. I’m hooked! By the time you’re reading this I’ll have finished Andy Weir’s addictive little nerd book [yeah I said it!] and will probably be rendered useless via book hangover. I can already feel the hangover coming on as I near the end, it’s that good. I puffy heart Mark Whatney and am not even remotely prepared to part ways with this novel. Did I mention Matt Damon will be playing him in the movie!? YAAAS! 

I should probably not get started on Mister Damon or we’ll be here for quite a while. Let’s talk dressing instead! No… Damon! Dressing! Um… food wins. Sorry studmuffin…. 

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10 Minute Marinated Mushrooms

Skip the jar and whip up these easy breezy 10 Minute Marinated Mushrooms at home! They’re great right away and even better after spending some quality time in this delicious homemade marinade!

10 Minute Marinated Mushrooms

Life as a food blogger is pretty awesome. Though it’s a lot of work [and a LOT of dishes!] the rewards make both my stomach and my heart happy. When a recipe is well received by family and friends I beam. It doesn’t take much to launch me onto cloud 9 and a simple “Ohmygosh I need the recipe now!” easily makes my day. Week, even.

There is a slight catch to this gig, however, […dishes] and it has turned my crew into straight up vultures. Today’s recipe, for instance, proved rather challenging to photograph once its presence was known. Hungry husbands and curious chickpeas make wonderful assistants, until their hunger gets the best of them.

Can I try one now?” “How about now?” “Maybe just this one from the back…” “Jenny hurry up, I’m DYING over here!” “Eat? Peeeas.“… 

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Strawberry Kale Salad

This lean, green, strawberry kale salad is just what you need to beat the heat this summer. Quick, easy, and downright delicious, this superfood salad is loaded with nutrients!

Strawberry Kale Salad :: this tasty massaged kale salad is loaded with fresh strawberries, asparagus, feta, homemade candied walnuts and a fruity strawberry-infused balsamic

Mornin’ darlings! I’ll cut right to the chase: we’re gonna eat kale.

Wait… don’t run!

Normally I’d be a bit self conscious about my gratuitous use of kale in this salad and tell you to feel free to substitute it for spinach or romaine as needed, but I’m not going to do that today.

Leave the iceberg, take the kale.

Today we’re eating our kale and loving it too! Seriously!… 

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Guacamole Tacos with Southwestern Veggie Salsa

Get your guac fix with these tasty vegan Guacamole Tacos with Southwestern Veggie Salsa. They’re super healthy and oh-so-delicious!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

*cue margaritas clinking and taco-shaped confetti*

Guacamole Tacos with Southwestern Veggie Salsa

While I completely slacked off on getting this recipe to you sooner [blame it on the sunshine + slip ‘n slide] you’re still in luck. This recipe is quick, easy, and perfect for some last minute cinco de yum-o faceplantage that we all totally deserve today!

Thinkin' bout that summer body, but also bout dem tacos

I tried my first guacamole taco in Alabama around 5 years ago. I nearly did a double take when reading the menu. “So… is it literally just guacamole on a taco?” It was. The taco was the epitome of simplicity, consisting of nothing but lettuce, tomato, and a gargantuan sized scoop of guacamole in a crunchy tortilla shell. It should have been boring, but it wasn’t. It was SO GOOD! It was all I could think about on the drive back to FL and, years later, I’m STILL thinking about it.

Guacamole Tacos with Southwestern Veggie Salsa

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo last year, I posted an ode to taco salads, but this year I’m all about dem tacos!… 

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Peppers

These Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Peppers take comfort food to the next level!

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Peppers

You guys are totally going to hate me, but I’ve been holding out on you. I have been sitting on a mini-arsenal of recipes for weeks. WEEKS.

Hello worst food blogger ever! I contemplated stashing them away for the cookbook I’ve been dying to write, but I knew that if I didn’t get some of these into your face fast enough, there would be cause for revolt…. 

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