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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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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Baked Jalapeno Popper Phyllo Cups

Easy to make and even easier to eat, these baked jalapeno popper phyllo cups are the ultimate appetizer! Everyone is sure to adore this jazzed up, bite-sized, crowd-pleasing recipe!

Baked Jalapeno Popper Phyllo Cups

I’ve got some serious rambling to do today, so I’m foregoing the typical food blogger protocol of making you endure my blabbering before rewarding you with a recipe.

Eff that noise.

Here’s the good stuff:… 

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Sweet Pea Crostini with Tomato and Avocado

This tasty appetizer is a great way to add some extra vegetables to the mix! Making use of delicious seasonal produce, these tomato avocado sweet pea crostini are quick, easy, and ridiculously good!

Sweet Pea Crostini with Tomato and Avocado :: This tasty appetizer is a great way to add some extra vegetables to the mix! Making use of delicious seasonal produce, these tomato avocado sweet pea crostini are quick, easy, and ridiculously good!

“Bear, I have writer’s block again.” 

“No you don’t.”

“Um, yeah I do! I have no idea what to write for today’s post.” 

“You don’t have writer’s block. You write about food. Write about food. Bam!” 

Cue eye roll.

He’s right though. Some days I’m insistent on sharing some wacky story or one of my token “Hiiii! Let’s talk!” rambles but other days I just want to wax poetic about food and shove a recipe in your face. Other times I simply want to toss up nothing more than a tasty recipe then go putz around Target for an unreasonable amount of time. [helllooo! dangerous!]

I think I have an over-thinking problem. Let’s dial it down and talk about dem veggies!

This impromptu app was inspired by the yummy pea puree I made for this week’s Pea-zza shenanigans. I’m probably the only person in my family who will curl up with a big bowl of seasoned sweet peas so, in order to sneak them into their faces, I’ve been pureeing peas into everything from Hummus to Pesto!

It works like a charm! Organic peas for everyone!… 

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28 Quick and Easy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

No more boring salads… ever! These dreamy homemade dressing recipes will make you want to scarf salads all Summer long!

So as I’m sure you can already tell, I’m a bit of a topping fanatic. I love my cheese, nuts, seeds, herbs and sauces with a fiery passion. It’s rare you’ll find a recipe on this blog that isn’t garnished with a pile of my favorites because, in my opinion, life is way too short to eat boring food. Ice cream is always more fun with sprinkles and salads? Way tastier with a pile of goodies and a finger-licking dressing! Here are a few  favorites to help jazz up your Summer salads:

No more boring salads... ever! These dreamy homemade dressing recipes will make you want to scarf salads all Summer long!

Dressings hold a special place in my heart because they taste good on just about everything! Whether it’s a jumbo bowl-o-veggies, a entree-turned-salad, a plate of tacos, or even as a dip… I’ll eat it any and every way. I won’t even pretend I don’t lick the mixing bowl when I make them, I totally do!

Before this post turns into another love letter to my food, let’s get our dressing on! I know I’ve already done a round-up of my favorites from the blog, but it wasn’t enough. I needed MORE dressing! [cue mad scientist laugh]

Ready to rock your salads? Let’s kick things off with some tasty dressing recipes from fellow bloggers:

Sweet Maple Dressing :: Hummusapien

Hummus Salsa Dressing :: The Roasted Root

Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette :: Back to Her Roots

Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing :: Cooking Classy… 

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Lemon Asparagus Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta

…and banana peppers, and avocado oil, champagne vinegar and…. let’s just state the obvious: this salad rocks! Easy enough to toss together in a hurry, this tasty pasta salad is great for busy weekdays, lazy weekends, and all your summer parties and barbecues!

Lemon Asparagus Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta

The chickpea has a habit of marching over to the fridge and chirping for, coincidentally, the very one thing I’ve run out of. This morning it was cheese. The horror! As to be expected this was a hard one to explain to my mini-me. She just couldn’t fathom a world where there was not cheese awaiting her in the fridge.

I know kid, I get it. A world without cheese is a scary place indeed!

I’m guilty of the same disbelief. When the craving for pasta salad struck I couldn’t shake it, yet I was missing all the usual suspects! I was clear out of tomatoes and bell peppers and running dangerously low on olive oil. Of course running out of ingredients has it’s perks, and improvising has lead to my favorite P&C recipes!

In fact, running out of pantry and produce staples led to [this] tasty salad, [this] wildly addictive side dish, and even my bell pepper pizzas! Talk about awesome! What’s even more awesome is that we now get to add this finger-licking pasta salad to the list! It’s light and crisp and so. flipping. good.

Lemon Asparagus Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta

Let’s do this!… 

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Tropical Mango Kale Smoothie

Shake up your smoothie routine with this gorgeous green smoothie. Boasting 2 cups of kale, this Tropical Mango Kale Smoothie is nutrient-packed and full of tasty tropical flavor!

Tropical Mango Kale Smoothie :: Shake up your smoothie routine with this gorgeous green smoothie. Boasting 2 cups of kale, this fruit and veggie smoothie is nutrient-packed and full of tasty tropical flavor!

There’s been a long-standing rule in this house: no two smoothies shall be alike!

Though this clearly makes me a contender for lamest rule in all the land, I’m 100% okay with it! My smoothie game is uber spontaneous and I rarely re-create my blended bombshells a second time. I’ll always add something different like a new fruit, a boatload of veggies, or a bevvy of mix-ins like chia, hemp, flax, or protein powder. It’s simple enough, use up whatever is on hand and you’re sure to have endless smoothie combinations to slurp all Spring and Summer long. Until now.

Now I’m on a kale bender.

It started innocently enough, with a light rotation of leafy green salads, but things escalated rather quickly…. 

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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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Chopped Greek Kale Salad + WIAW #255

Morning loves! Sorry about the delay today! Apparently the internet hates me and wouldn’t let me hit publish on this bad boy until just now. Whoooooops!

Chopped Greek Kale Salad with tomato, cucumber, avocado, and feta + a yummy homemade dressing!

Hellooooo gorgeous!

As I’m sure you know by now, I’m hopelessly kale-obsessed. Since hopping back on the bandwagon this year, I’ve been keeping a freshly chopped + massaged bag of kale in my crisper at all times. It comes in handy when I want a snack [kale chips!] or breakfast [quiche!!!] and, of course, whenever a craving for a mondo salad strikes!… 

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Easy Cheesy Asparagus Spinach Dip

Guys, I have an announcement.

Easy Cheesy Asparagus Spinach Dip

WE’RE MOVING BACK TO FLORIDA! FLORIDA!!!

I am so completely out-of-my-mind exited! I’ve spent over 25 years calling the sunshine state home and was starting to wonder if we’d ever get the chance to move back. We did! It’s happening! Thank you Marine Corps!!!!

And with that, I’ve exhausted my exclamation point usage for the day.

Though I clearly want to jump for joy, the whole ordeal little bittersweet. I’m really going to miss this little house of mine and my neighborhood full of crazy. I wish I could uproot both and take them with me. This is the first time we’ve really set down roots and saying goodbye to my friends-turned-family is going to be so flipping hard.

Cue ugly cry. 

sidenote: Is their a tinder page for finding new BFFs?

As super exciting as a fresh start is, this one has me weepy. I’m not entirely sure, but running into a compete stranger’s house and plopping down on the couch is probably frowned upon. Maybe… Probably. I’ll let you know how it goes when I forget where I am and actually attempt it! Eek!

Luckily I get to take you guys with me! We can stay up all night… 

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