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Strawberry Ice Box Cake

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Strawberry Ice Box Cake - no bake cake that is perfect for summer. Layers of fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and graham crackers. It will disappear quickly!

Strawberry Ice Box Cake – no bake cake that is perfect for summer.  Layers of fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and graham crackers.  It will disappear quickly!

Strawberry Ice Box Cake - no bake cake that is perfect for summer.  Layers of fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and graham crackers.  It will disappear quickly!

Memorial Day weekend is here.  I really thought we had another week, but nope, it is this weekend.  Do you have plans? I hope the weather can warm up and dry up, so that we might actually get to get outside and enjoy it.  My son is obsessed with fishing lately, so I am sure that will be one of his requests.  His other?  Tennis.  He used some of his money to buy a tennis racket, and wants to play all of the time!  My plans will likely including breaking out the grill and if I am lucky doing some baking.

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Roasted Garlic White Chicken Pizza

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Roasted Garlic, Chicken and Herb White Pizza

There are a lot of new readers around here lately, so I wanted to make sure that no one missed this great recipe.  This White Chicken Pizza has been the most popular recipe on this site, since the day it was posted. People love roasted garlic, chicken and pizza.  You put them all together in one dish, and you have the best white pizza ever!  Plus it is super easy, and pretty quick too, and it is lightened up, so it is a win all around!  Trust me your family will never know you are giving them a healthy white pizza, it is still creamy, and delicious!

Roasted Garlic, Chicken and Herb White Pizza - a lightened up white pizza with tons of flavor!  MUST MAKE!!!

The name of this pizza is kind of a mouthful, but I just didn’t want to leave anything out.  This week for #SundaySupper we are going skinny!  That is right, we are bringing you TONS of recipes that are all good for you!  Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is hosting this fun event.

Roasted Garlic, Chicken and Herb White Pizza

You may think it is strange that we are doing a skinny event, and I am making pizza.  But I am a firm believer of “all things in moderation”.  And just because you are trying to eat healthier, doesn’t mean you can’t have good tasting food. And trust me, this tastes incredible.  I brought this to cooking club a few weeks ago, and everyone loved it.  They requested I bring some kind of pizza every month.

To make this pizza a little healthier I cut down on the cheese by quite a bit.  You don’t want to cover up the flavor of the roasted garlic, so you only need a little.  To make the cream sauce, I used a mixture of skim milk and half and half.  Roasted garlic has so much flavor, you want to let it shine through.  The red onions and the herbs give it a fresh and bright flavor.  Serve this with a side salad, and you have a healthy and delicious dinner.

Roasted Garlic White Chicken Pizza
 
Serves: 6
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Roasted Garlic White Chicken Pizza - super easy and lightened up white pizza. The roasted garlic white sauce has tons of flavor.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 1 Tbls butter
  • 8 cloves roasted garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbls all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1½ cup boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • ¾ cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbls fresh parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with a siplat liner, or grease and sprinkle with cornmeal.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Saute roasted garlic for 1 minute.
  3. Add flour, and mix until well blended. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Slowly whisk in the milk and half and half. Mix in the pepper.
  5. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat, and stir in Parmesan cheese.
  6. Spread dough into roughly a 12 inch circle on prepared baking sheet. Spread white cause over the dough. Top with chicken, red onions and cheese.
  7. Bake for 17 minutes, or until the crust is golden, and the cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with herbs. Cut and serve immediately.
Notes
Recipe Adapted from Cooking Light

Pear, Cashew and Canadian Bacon Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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Pear, Cashew and Canadian Bacon Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing - a great lunch or dinner summer salad with sweet pears, crunchy cashews, salty Canadian bacon and sweet poppy seed dressing. No heating up the kitchen!

Pear, Cashew and Canadian Bacon Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing – a great lunch or dinner summer salad with sweet pears, crunchy cashews, salty Canadian bacon and sweet poppy seed dressing.  No heating up the kitchen!

Pear, Cashew and Canadian Bacon Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing - a great lunch or dinner summer salad with sweet pears, crunchy cashews, salty Canadian bacon and sweet poppy seed dressing.  No heating up the kitchen!

I have to say, I am getting pretty tired of the rain.  We almost never get rain in Colorado, we live in a desert.  But this last month, it has rained almost every day.  I think we have gotten more rain in the last month that we usually do in a full year. Everything is green and gorgeous, which is great!  But the kids not being able to go outside, sports practice being cancelled, and just the overall cloudiness all the time is definitely getting old.  I am hoping this means summer is going to be gorgeous…when it actually arrives.

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Piquillo Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini

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Piquillo Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini - crispy crostini topped with goat cheese, chopped piquillo peppers and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. The perfect easy appetizer for any get together.

Piquillo Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini – crispy crostini topped with goat cheese, chopped piquillo peppers and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.  The perfect easy appetizer for any get together.

Piquillo Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini - crispy crostini topped with goat cheese, chopped piquillo peppers and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.  The perfect easy appetizer for any get together.

What a great weekend, I am not really ready for Monday.  Saturday we had a garage sale.  Now, that is not the most fun thing to do, but we got rid of tons of stuff, and it was gorgeous out.  Sunday we played took our 10 year old and played tennis as a family. My husband has been playing regularly, so he is better than both of us.  But it is still fun to just hit the ball around and play. This was my 10 year olds second time playing, and he is already getting a ton better.  The rest of the day we spent relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous warm and sunny day.

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Iced Almond-Lemon Loaf Cake

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Iced Almond Lemon Loaf Cake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Iced Almond-Lemon Loaf Cake – super moist and tender loaf cake with lots of lemon flavor.  Topped with a tangy lemon glaze.  

  Iced Almond-Lemon Loaf Cake - super moist and tender loaf cake with lots of lemon flavor.  Topped with a tangy lemon glaze.

Happy Friday!  So happy the weekend is finally here, and the weather is looking good!  Last weekend it was cold, rainy, and we even got snow.  This weekend it is supposed to be sunny and warm. We are having a garage sale on Saturday, so hopefully the weather means lots of people will be out…and buying.  I have so much stuff that needs to go!  It is not coming back into my house.  I have been collecting stuff in a closet for years, and it is leaving our house for good this weekend!

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Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza

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Spaghetti & Meatballs Pizza {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza – turn pizza night into something new by topping it with spaghetti and meatballs!  

Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza - turn pizza night into something new by topping it with spaghetti and meatballs!

Do you ever get stuck in a rut with dinner? You have tacos one night, spaghetti one night, pizza one night and so on. You know what your family will like, you are short on time, and you just keep repeating the same things week after week. Well, it is time to switch things up! I was inspired by Ragú® to put an awesome twist on their classic spaghetti and meatballs recipe by turning it into a pizza! Definitely a #saucesome twist the whole family is going to go crazy for! What is Saucesome? Saucesome is like mealtime magic!

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Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free)

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Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free) - Super rich and fudgy chocolate cookies that almost taste like you are eating a brownie. And they just happen to be gluten free (you would never know)!

Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free) – Super rich and fudgy chocolate cookies that almost taste like you are eating a brownie.  And they just happen to be gluten free (you would never know)!

Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free) - Super rich and fudgy chocolate cookies that almost taste like you are eating a brownie.  And they just happen to be gluten free (you would never know)!

I can not believe that we only have a few weeks until summer break is here.  It is a busy couple of weeks as well.  My 10 year old starts baseball this week, so our weeknights just got busier.  This weekend I am also going to attempt to have a garage sale.  I have not had a garage sale in years, and can’t remember ever having one by myself.  I have a pile in the basement of stuff that needs to go, but aside from that I haven’t really started getting ready for the sale yet.  Could be interesting.  I debated about also having food or drinks to sell (last time we made cookies and the kids had such a good time selling them), but not sure how that will work out.  If I do, I think it will have to be these Double Chocolate Cookies, because who could say no to them?

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Teriyaki Grilled Chicken

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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken – A great chicken dinner any night of the week.  Just grill chicken and add the teriyaki sauce to finish!

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken - A great chicken dinner any night of the week.  Just grill chicken and add the teriyaki sauce to finish!

Summer is just about here, and that means it is time to fire up the grill.  I love summer nights when I can cook just about the whole meal on the grill, and not have to dirty lots of pots, pans and dishes in the kitchen.  Summer is supposed to be relaxed and lazy, but it seems like it is anything but these days.  Work, sports, camps and everything else means the summer is just as busy, if not more so, than the school year.  So quick and easy dinners are just as important to me in the summer as they are during the school year.

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Jicima and Watermelon Salad

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Jicima and Watermelon Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Jicima and Watermelon Salad – use juicy watermelon and slightly sweet jicima to make a great summer side dish.  Toss with a honey-lime vinaigrette.

Jicima and Watermelon Salad - use juicy watermelon and slightly sweet jicima to make a great summer side dish.  Toss with a honey-lime vinaigrette.

Happy Mother’s Day this weekend to all the Mom’s out there!  I don’t get to see my mom on Mother’s Day, but I do get to see her in a couple weeks, so that is good.  Do you have plans for this weekend?  Tomorrow my son and I are going to volunteer for the Homeless Gear Project in our city.  Any plans we might have had for Sunday are probably on hold at this point.  I just looked at the forecast and they are predicting snow.  Seriously?  It is May, almost the middle of May.  Snow should not be in the forecast.  75 and sunny is what should be in the forecast.  I am just crossing my fingers they are wrong.

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Southwestern Chicken Pasta

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Southwestern Chicken Pasta - A creamy southwestern style pasta with black beans, corn, chicken and tons of flavor. All made with a gluten-free pasta (trust me, you would never know).

Southwestern Chicken Pasta – A creamy southwestern style pasta with black beans, corn, chicken and tons of flavor.  All made with a gluten-free pasta (trust me, you would never know).  

Southwestern Chicken Pasta - A creamy southwestern style pasta with black beans, corn, chicken and tons of flavor.  All made with a gluten-free pasta (trust me, you would never know).

I think things are finally back to normal around here, after being gone for 6 weeks.  The hardest part of me is getting back into meal planning. Seriously, planning what groceries to buy, and what I am going to make each day for the week has gotten nearly impossible.  I have no idea why!  I am usually pretty good at it, but I think I went to the store 5 out of 7 days last week.  Hoping this week is better, but considering I don’t have a menu written down, I don’t have my fingers crossed.  Baby steps, I guess.

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