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Corn and Radish Salad

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Corn and Radish Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Corn and Radish Salad – An easy radish and corn salad topped with an avocado dressing.  Great use of summer produce!

Corn and Radish Salad - An easy radish and corn salad topped with an avocado dressing.  Great use of summer produce!

What a busy weekend!  It was our first weekend in forever that we didn’t have plans.  But it turned into a busy and exhausting weekend! We wen up to Rocky Mountain National Park and went on a beautiful hike.  It was almost 9 miles long. Then we met up with friends who were camping in the park.  We haven’t seen them in almost a year, so it was good to catch up.  At least we got to hang out at home on Sunday for most of the day (my son talked us into playing tennis).  So after a long hike on Saturday and hiking with my son on Thursday (pictures on Instagram) I was kind of tired!

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Southwestern Cobb Salad

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Southwestern Cobb Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Southwestern Cobb Salad – A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist!  Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.

Southwestern Cobb Salad - A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist!  Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.

 

Summer is all about eating better and not trying to heat up your house. Thankfully, you can use the grill and achieve both of these goals at one time. Ok, so there may be more to summer like friends, family, vacations, getting outside, swimming, sun, baseball etc…but this is a food blog, so I am here to solve your summer food goals. Today I have you more than covered with eating a little better and keeping the air conditioning from working over-time with this incredible Cobb Salad.

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Guacamole

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Homemade Guacamole {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Homemade Guacamole – super easy dip recipe with ripe avocados, tomatoes, onions and a couple spices.  Perfect with tortilla chips.
Photos updated as of 6/10/15
I have loved guacamole as long as I can remember.  We always had Mexican food on Sunday when I was growing up, and homemade guacamole was usually on the menu.  So when I met my husband and he said he didn’t like avocados, I was shocked.  After awhile we finally convinced him to try our version of guacamole, and he liked it!!  Turns out, I think he had only ever had the stuff in restaurants, which in my experience is notoriously BAD!  Over the years, he has grown to love it as much as I do, if not more.  Now if we could only get our son on board.

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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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Bacon, Corn & Avocado Pasta

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Bacon, Corn & Avocado Pasta - fresh corn and tomatoes with crispy bacon and avocado are perfect together!

Bacon, Corn & Avocado Pasta - fresh corn and tomatoes with crispy bacon and avocado are perfect together!

We are in the last few days of August.  Hard to believe how fast the summer flew by.  This weekend my husband and I celebrate 13 years of marriage.  We actually have a friend who is going to watch our 9 year old so we can go out!  Not sure what we are doing yet, but I am excited for a night out, it seems like it has been FOREVER!  This weekend we also have friends from Iowa that will be in town.  It has been over a year since we have seen them, so I am super excited for their visit.  Hopefully the weather stays nice, so we can enjoy lots of time outside.

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Southwestern Corn Salad

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Southwestern Corn Salad - summer corn never tasted so good!

Southwestern Corn Salad – Corn with bacon, avocado, and tomatoes in a creamy Southwestern style dressing.

Southwestern Corn Salad - summer corn never tasted so good!

Apparently summer days are hard when you are 9 years old.  You have all this stuff in your head that you want to do, but within a couple hours of waking up you are bored.  Mom suggests a bunch of stuff that you could do, but none of it interests you so you sulk around.  Then after awhile, Mom gets fed up, and you get in trouble.  Rough life!  We actually have a system worked out for the summer.  In the mornings I get work done, while my 9 year old has a few jobs he needs to get done.  Then we get to have fun and play in the afternoon.  Either go to the neighborhood pool, play with friends, go for a bike ride, go to a movie, or anything else we can think of.  But I guess the jobs are getting old, and my 9 year old just want to be entertained all day, every day.  So…. is it time for school yet?

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BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot dogs

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BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs – Crispy bacon wrapped hot dogs topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and a spicy Sriracha ranch.

BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs; time to up the hot dog game!

Hot dogs are kind of a staple at most American barbeques in the summer.  Often times there are choices between hot dogs, hamburgers, and brats.  At least in Wisconsin brats are always on the menu.  I love a good hot dog in the summer, topped with ketchup and raw onions….perfection!  Especially if you are at a sporting event, then it is kind of a must!  That and a beer.  Well today, I am kind of upping the anti when it comes to hot dogs.  These aren’t your average backyard barbeque hot dog, but they definitely should make an appearance at your next event!

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Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

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Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sargento Foods, Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine.

Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

What do you normally do for lunch?  Do you go out everyday?  Do you bring leftovers?  Do you skip it?  According to a survey by Right Management, only a third of American workers say they actually take a lunch break and another third spend lunch at their desks.  I will admit, even though I work from my home, I am guilty of eating at my desk.  I have a kitchen full of food in the next room, but sometimes I just grab a quick protein bar, or microwave a frozen meal.

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Sargento is trying to encourage people to take a real lunch, to savor natural foods and recipes the way they were meant to be enjoyed.  Did you know that Sargento Natural Sliced Cheeses are cut from real block cheese.  Such an easy way to add great flavor to your sandwiches and salads.  You even have choices when it comes to buying Sargento.  They come in traditional or Ultra thin cut.  A few of the flavors include: Deli Style Medium Cheddar and Provolone Cheeses, Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese and Natural Blends Cheddar-Mozzarella Cheese.

Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

To encourage you to take back your lunch hour, I made a quick and easy wrap.  Traditionally chicken salad is made with mayo.  I am not a fan of the stuff, and there are much healthier and tasty options out there!  I used mashed avocado, for a heart healthy fat, and so much great flavor.  Sargento sliced Pepper Jack cheese was the perfect compliment to this wrap; creamy with a little heat.  I did add a little bacon to the mix, because let’s face it, everything is better with bacon.  If you are in a hurry, or don’t have any on hand, feel free to skip it!

Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

 

Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap
 
Serves: 1
Prep time:
Total time:
 
Ingredients
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 small chicken breast, cooked and shredded or diced
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 2 slices Sargento Pepper Jack Cheese
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 large tortilla
Instructions
  1. Using a fork mash the avocado in a bowl. Add chicken, bacon, tomato, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Lay tortilla on a flat surface. Place 2 slices of cheese in the center of the tortilla. Spoon on the avocado mixture. Fold in the sides of the tortilla and roll up.
  2. To bring to work: Wrap in plastic wrap, parchment paper, or place in an air tight container. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

 

 

Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap

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Mexican Rice (Healthy)

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Mexican Rice | @dinnersdishesdessert

We are on the 2nd day of 2013, which means eating healthy, right?  Did you make a resolution to eat better, or lose weight, or exercise more?  I am not big on resolutions, so I didn’t really make any.  I do need to get back on track with eating, but that is always the case after a holiday, no matter what time of year it is.  I also need to get back to exercising.  I hurt my foot on Thanksgiving, and haven’t been able to do much of anything since.  I am hoping I can do some walking, and work back up to running in January.

I am here to help you with those resolutions.  Mexican is one of my favorite types of food, and it can be notoriously bad for you.  But this rice isn’t!  I got it, probably 6 or 7 years ago from a low calorie magazine.  I can not remember where it came from, I have just memorized it and have been making it since.  I honestly can not believe it has taken so long to share it with you.

This rice is full of avocados, which might seem a little strange for rice, but trust me on this one.  I have served this rice to countless people, and everyone raves about it.  I have had to give out this recipes more times than I can remember over the years.  So, just because you are trying to eat better don’t eliminate Mexican from your diet!

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Chicken Club Eggrolls

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Chicken Club Egg Rolls


I must admit I am not really a fan of eggrolls.  At least the traditional Chinese version.  I like the idea of them, I just can’t find one that I like.  We have a friend who makes traditional Vietnamese eggrolls, and those I like.  Apparently I like lots of meat :)  Those are mainly ground pork, with some bean threads and a few other things.  I could eat those every day, they are so good.

These eggrolls are obviously not your traditional eggrolls, which is probably why I like them.  I found these on Pinterest, and knew I had to try them.  They have chicken, bacon, and avocado – one of my favorite combinations of food!  Plus an avocado dipping sauce.  What is not to like with these?  Per the notes on the original recipe, I did add cheese to the filling.  It really did make everything stick together, and worked perfectly with the filling.

I was very happy with how these turned out.  They were  a great dinner that was on the healthy side.  The eggrolls are baked instead of fried.  These would make for a great appetizer or snack at a party.  And if you wanted to go all out, these would be amazing deep fried!  The dipping sauce is super easy to put together, and worked great with the egg rolls.  I am not a fan of ranch dressing, but here the seasonings were perfect.  Even my super picky 7 year old ate some of these.

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