Today was a big day! After a month of working part-time, I’ve offically transitioned out of the working world. Tomorrow I’ll swap my black work pants for yoga pants and I’ll be a full-time stay at home mom. Although it feels a little weird to be closing one chapter, I am so excited for the next. Tonight I celebrated with my coworkers at happy hour.
In the last month since I’ve been part-time, I’ve already found some extra time to try out a few new recipes. My new favorite recipe of the minute is this Buffalo Chicken Burger recipe from Cooking Light. I made a few modifications to the original recipe, based on my preferences (aka no blue cheese), but the outcome was finger-licking good. I’ve mentioned before that I love almost all things with buffalo sauce, and these burgers were no exception. The burgers were juicy and flavorful and smothered in amazing wing sauce. Speaking of wing sauce, I’m loving Bella’s Wing Sauce (purchased at Whole Food’s), which is short on weird ingredients but long on taste. My husband and I both agreed we could have eaten two of these burgers – we enjoyed them so much!
Since having a baby almost a year ago, I wake up in the morning absolutely starving. I don’t know if its the earlier wake up time that makes me hungrier earlier, or the nursing – likely both – but beside coffee, breakfast is one of the first things on my mind! While most mornings an english muffin or a quick KIND Bar will do, sometimes I need a little something more.
This PB & J Parfait was born on one of those mornings when I needed something more. We were out of granola and I wanted to add something to my yogurt for a little crunch. Enter crushed graham crackers! The grahams added the crunch I was looking for and I loved that it was different from my usual. The “J” in my parfait is actually fresh strawberries, but you could add jelly to the yogurt or any other fresh fruit. The peanut butter swirled into the Greek yogurt brings this all together, making the parfait a special breakfast treat.
There are only a couple handfuls of recipes on this blog that I make repeatedly, simply because I enjoying trying new dishes. Additionally, the majority of recipes on the blog have been posted after only trying it for the first time. The recipe I am sharing with you today, I can confidently say, I’ve made numerous times before, and it will be made many times again.
I created this Tuscan Chicken with Israeli Couscous Salad after ordering a similar version of this dish at Nordstrom’s Cafe. I loved the salad so much, I had to recreate this at home. The flavorful grilled chicken on top of arugula, couscous, and tomatoes creates a complete meal. Although the marinade and seasoning are all store-bought, the sum of the parts equals a dish that’s too good not to repeat.
I seriously do not know where this week went! I was in Minneapolis this past weekend for a friend’s wedding, and I didn’t get home until Monday afternoon. From there, with working part-time, the days just flew. Now, before the weekend begins, I’m enjoying a quiet moment on the couch, by myself, eating boxed peace sign mac & cheese for dinner! Yes, it was one of those weeks.
Speaking of dinner, I have a very easy dinner recipe to share with you, which is convenient for weeks when cooking seems like an impossible task. These Pesto Shrimp Kebabs from Cooking Light are so easy, yet so delicious, thanks to store-bought pesto and the grill. Before I made these, I thought they’d be good, but I was shocked by just how good they really were! If you’re really crunched for time, you could even toss the shrimp and peppers in a grill basket to skip the step of threading these on skewers. I served the kebabs with bagged brown rice, which I seasoned with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and parsley. In very little time, an impressive meal is born!
It’s not until the 4th of July that summer really feels like summer. All the traditions surrounding the holiday are synonymous with summer: barbecues, fireworks, and having a day off to be outside and go to the pool. When it comes to summer foods, I always think of sweet corn, and not just because I’m from Iowa! Corn, whether on the cob or in a salad, always makes it’s way in to our summer menus.
I made this Confetti Corn a few weeks ago, and I loved how simple the flavors were but how beautifully it turned out. This side dish would be a welcome addition to a 4th of July bbq or any summer meal. I first had this recipe at my aunt’s house several years ago, and I have wanted to recreate it every since. My own version adds green onion and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, which brings it all together.
(Corn is always on the brain during the 4th of July – here’s a corn salad recipe from 2 years ago)