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12 Pineapple Recipes for Summer

So it seems that watermelon was the new cupcake…and now pineapple is the new watermelon.  There’s pineapple stuff everywhere!

But, IMHO, the most important place for pineapple to be is in my face.

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And if you’re a fellow pineapple lover, here are 12 scrumptious and delicious pineapple recipes to get you through the rest of summer!

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12 Pineapple Recipes for Summer

Pineapple Salsa
The Gunny Sack
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Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken
Carlsbad Cravings
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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple
Delish D’Lites
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Pineapple Bars
Mandy’s Recipe Box
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Pineapple Popsicle
Mama Loves Food!
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Pineapple Fluff Salad
The Country Cook
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Pineapple Pancakes
The Stay at Home Chef
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Pineapple Cooler
Pizzazzerie
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Pineapple Chicken Salad
The Kitchen is my Playground
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Pineapple Coconut Thumbrint Cookies
Cooking Classy
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Pineapple Empanadas
Kitchen Gadget
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Pineapple Upside Down Doughnuts
Baker by Nature
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Chopped Greek Salad Recipe

It almost hit 100 degrees F in Chicago last week.  100 DEGREES.  My car was 99 degrees at the end of the day…When I got home, my apartment was 85 degrees.  My face was melting.  I was hangry and hot and not even about to turn the oven on to make dinner.

I could have just bitten the bullet and gone to Chipotle on the way home like I actually wanted to, but I decided to be good and make a salad instead.

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This chopped Greek salad was actually really refreshing and tasty, and if you’re from the Chicagoland area, is a pretty close copycat recipe of the Portillo’s Greek Salad.

I also added a slice of olive focaccia bread, which was a delicious addition to this light dinner.

Another little tip…I also season my tomatoes before adding them to basically anything.  Just a little salt and pepper makes them even better on a sandwich or in a salad.  You’re welcome. 🙂

Chopped Greek Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 chicken tenders, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 2-3 handfuls Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 2-3 handfuls orange or red cherry tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions:

Once your chicken is cooked (I seasoned mine with salt and pepper), set it aside to cool completely, then cut it into bite-sized pieces.

Then just toss together the rest of the ingredients and top the salad with additional feta cheese and cooked chicken!  I served mine with a store-bought Greek dressing, but you can use whatever vinaigrette or lemon-based dressing you like!

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Southwestern Chopped Chicken Nachos

Sometimes there’s really nothing more comforting than marathoning a trashy TV show and indulging in a big ol’ plate of nachos.  I mean, how DELICIOUS do these look?

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I’m a sucker for nachos…I’m a sucker for any chip and dip, really.  I love the classy nachos with the delicious poblano pepper sauce and I love the dirty nachos with the hot Velveeta cheese sauce that’s definitely not real food.  If it’s a chip with meat and cheese and sauce on it, chances are I’ll be on board.

So the other day as I was marathoning New Girl (I’m SO behind), I had a serious craving for some nachos…I had all these ingredients to make a healthy southwestern salad…but who wants salad when you can make nachos in 10 minutes?!

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Filled with amazing flavor and perfect with a pint of beer and a guilty pleasure Netflix show that you only watch when your significant other is at work, these Southwestern Chopped Chicken Nachos are everything you need in your life right now.

Southwestern Chopped Chicken Nachos

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag tortilla chips (I LOVE the El Ranchero chips with salt)
  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 2 cups (or more!) shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you like!)
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced

Directions:

Arrange chips on large baking sheet.  Top with chicken, corn, beans, tomatoes, onion, and cheese.  Bake in 450 degree oven until cheese is melted.  Baking time depends on your oven size, but 10 or so minutes is probably good.

Remove from oven and top with avocado and cilantro.

 

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Mini Shells with Italian Sausage, Asparagus, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Looking for an easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love?  Try this Mini Shells with Italian Sausage, Asparagus, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes dish.  Filled with flavor, this pasta dish uses basil pesto instead of marinara sauce and packs a little punch depending on how spicy your Italian sausage is!

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If you don’t like asparagus, you can easily sub it for peas or spinach…and the sausage can easily be replaced by chicken, if desired.  Though this dish is baked entirely on the stove, you could top it with some more grated cheese and pop it under the broiler for a tasty pasta casserole that is sure to make the house smell amazing.

Mini Shells with Italian Sausage, Asparagus, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Mini Shells
  • ½ lb. Hot Italian Sausage
  • 5-7 Asparagus Stalks, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 8-10 Sun-Dried Tomatoes, chopped
  • Classico Basil Pesto (8 oz. jar)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated (plus more for garnish)
  • ½ cup Provolone cheese, grated

 

Instructions:

  1. Prepare pasta following box instructions.  Once pasta is cooked, drain it and set the pasta aside.  Return the pot to the stove.
  2. In the pot, brown the sausage, using a wooden spoon to chop it up into small pieces.  Once sausage is cooked, add asparagus stalks and garlic.  Heat until garlic is fragrant, about a minute or so.
  3. Add sun-dried tomatoes and entire container of basil pesto.  Mix until pesto is hot, about another minute.  Add the pasta back into the pot.
  4. Add cheeses, reserving some Parmesan cheese for garnishing.  Remove pot from heat.  Mix everything together.  Serve immediately, topping with reserved cheese.

 

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Summer Pasta Salad

Looking for a light and refreshing summer pasta salad that isn’t dripping in fat and mayo?  Well, look no further!

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This tasty and bright Summer Pasta Salad is bursting with color and features tasty veggies and other ingredients that will keep you fueled all day.

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The great thing about this pasta salad is that you can really add whatever you’d like – but remember – we eat with our eyes!  EAT THE RAINBOW, PEOPLE!

Summer Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 box bowtie pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • Small yellow tomatoes
  • 10 strips bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 head broccoli, florets cut off
  • ½ red onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 container small mozzarella cheese pearls
  • 2 small cans black olives, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Good quality olive oil

Instructions:

Prepare pasta following the package directions.  While the pasta cooks, prepare the rest of your ingredients.

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Once the pasta is cooked, drain it completely and run it under cold water to stop the cooking and cool off your pasta so your cheese doesn’t melt.  Pour the cooled pasta into a large bowl.

Then just add all your ingredients and mix it together!  Salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with good olive oil.

Like most pasta salad, this gets better as it sits in the fridge and the flavors marinate.

Feel free to mix up the ingredients to whatever you fancy…but try to get a good selection of color to make your salad all the more appetizing!

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30 Classic Recipes You Need in Your Wheelhouse

I think it’s fair to say that everyone has a chocolate chip cookie recipe or a pancakes recipe tucked away in their recipe binder.  Maybe it was mom’s or grandma’s…or maybe it’s just a recipe from Pinterest that ACTUALLY WORKED.  Regardless of where it came from, having a few classic recipes in your wheelhouse is never a bad idea.

Though I love cookbooks and collecting recipes, I actually really like to be creative in the kitchen.  A dash of something here, a sprinkle there…you never know what just might work!

I know this can be stressful for some folks…but seriously, if you have the staples down pat, you really can have fun adding in different textures and flavors…I mean the worst thing that happens is you just order Chinese, right?

So, as my mother would say, “put on your big girl pants!”.  These classic recipes are great to have in your back pocket in case you find yourself entertaining a crowd or needing to cook up a last-minute meal.

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30 Classic Recipes You Need in Your Wheelhouse

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Spaghetti and Meatballs
natashaskitchen.com
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Chicken Pot Pie
twopeasandtheirpod.com
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Garlic Bread
afamilyfeast.com
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Chocolate Chip Cookies
landeeseelandeedo.com
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Frittata
damndelicious.net
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Fried Chicken
theseamanmom.com
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Brownies
bakerbynature.com
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Buttermilk Pancakes
bunsinmyoven.com
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Mac n’ Cheese
restlesschipotle.com
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Chicken Noodle Soup
dabblesandbabbles.com
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Potato Salad
cookingclassy.com
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Lasagna
greatgrubdelicioustreats.com
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French Toast
bbritnell.com
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Roasted Chicken
thecafesucrefarine.com
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Mashed Potatoes
couponclippingcook.com
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Mussels
thehappyfoodie.co.uk
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Pot Roast
noshon.it
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Chili
stuckonsweet.com
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Grilled Salmon
letsdishrecipes.com
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Beef Stew
lifemadesweeter.com
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Hamburger
thefoodieaffair.com
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Grilled Cheese
bonappetit.com
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Basic Vinaigrette
littlebroken.com
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Pizza
thekitchn.com
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Pesto
primaverakitchen.com
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Bloody Mary
girladulting.com
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Apple Pie
thegraciouswife.com
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Buttercream Frosting
savorysweetlife.com
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Omelette
monpetitfour.com
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Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
cookingclassy.com
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5 Beautiful Winter Salads

Oh salad…how I love and hate you.

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I know they’re health and all that, but seriously…WHERE’S THE FLAVOR??  Salads often come drenched in dressing and are packed with veggies that are bland and water-logged.  No. Thanks.

If I’m gonna jump aboard the salad train, I’m making it myself…and these five stunningly beautiful winter salads are just the ticket!

Packed with flavor, color, and nutrients, these salads make great lunches or dinners…or could even be served alongside a chicken breast or pork chop.

The great thing about these winter salads is that they’re packed with seasonal ingredients…no where will you find meely tomatoes and soggy cucumbers that are all out of season…these salads feature bright and juicy pomegranate seeds, seasonal nuts and berries, Brussels sprouts, kale, and a whole slew of other vegetables that you can easily find at the store during these cold winter months.

So keep in mind that not all salad is created alike.  You CAN have a healthy salad that actually tastes GOOD with these tasty and easy winter salad recipes!

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Warm Brussels Sprouts and Pear Saladsalad1

Holiday Honeycrisp Salad
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Butternut Squash and Bacon Salad
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Mandarin Pomegranate Spinach Saladsalad4

Pomegranate Pecan Salad with Cinnamon Applessalad5

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