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Mexican Macaroni Salad

This post is sponsored by STAR Fine Foods.

Mexican Macaroni Salad

Summer is just about here and that means it’s time for lots of parties and cookouts! I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I get invited to a BBQ, I am always in need of good side dishes to bring. The Classic Macaroni Salad is always a favorite, but I decided to give it a Mexican twist this time!

Mexican Macaroni Salad

This Mexican Macaroni Salad is packed with black beans, fresh tomatoes, jack cheese, fresh corn, and Ripe Olives from my friends at STAR Fine Foods. I know a lot of people tend to prefer green olives, but I’ve always been a black olive girl. A bowl of black olives on the table during big family dinners has been the norm since before I was even born. I could seriously eat a whole jar of these olives if you let me! Black olives are so perfect for a pasta salad like this too! I love their more mild flavor.

Mexican Macaroni Salad

For the dressing, I mixed up a really simple and fresh cilantro vinaigrette using tons of fresh cilantro, olive oil, shallots, cumin, and lime juice. The dressing is super light, but adds a ton of flavor to the macaroni salad. This is truly the perfect side dish to mix up for your next summer BBQ. It’s really tasty, but nice and light too!

Mexican Macaroni Salad

Southwestern Turkey Wrap

Southwestern Turkey Wrap

You know what really sucks? Having to leave my baby every morning to go to work. We are so blessed that my husband can stay home with her during the day, but it still isn’t easy for me to leave her. She knows when Mommy goes to get her purse and computer bag that she’s leaving and follows me to the door. Then, she gives me a kiss and waves goodbye and I die of sadness that I have to leave my house. Yup, I HATE IT!

Because I’d rather soak up my morning time with my littlest love, I typically only have like 5-10 minutes to pack my lunch. Wraps are pretty much my go-to for lunch these days. I like to switch them up with my salads. They are super simple to make and my current favorite is this Southwestern Turkey Wrap!

The filling is quite simple. I loaded this wrap with spinach, black beans, deli turkey, and sliced avocado. I also smeared some sour cream mixed with my favorite salsa (TJ’s). It’s light and healthy, packed with protein and just downright tasty! Pack some extra salsa for dipping and it’s the best lunch!

Southwestern Turkey Wrap

Banana Energy Bites

This is a sponsored post with Chiquita and Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are my own. #JustSmileContest

Banana Energy Bites

Do your kiddos love bananas? I’d say bananas are certainly my little one’s favorite fruit. In fact, she’s basically on a banana-only fruit strike these days. I recently made these little no-bake Banana Energy Bites to have around for a snack and even I can’t stop eating them!

These energy bites are packed with banana, fresh grated apple, oats, nut butter, flax, and sweetened with honey! I’m a big fan of energy bites, especially at night when I get a sweet tooth, but don’t want to overindulge or in between meals. I love having these bites around to snack on as needed.

Banana Energy Bites

Speaking of bananas, I’ve teamed up with Chiquita to not only share this great energy bite recipe, but to also tell you guys about this fun contest they have going on where you can share your Chiquita smile and win a Walt Disney World® vacation from Chiquita! I really want one of you guys to win! To learn more, scroll for more info about the contest after the recipe and to enter for your chance to win a fun prize pack from Chiquita!

Banana Energy Bites

Skinny Jalapeño Poppers

Skinny Jalapeño Poppers

You know what should be a thing, but really isn’t it a thing? Baseball food. Why is this not a thing? I don’t mean like classic hot dogs and cracker jacks, I mean like party food! Yeah, I get that baseball has a LOT more games than football, but a long baseball season means way more opportunities to have game day parties! And what game is complete without lots of good eats?!

Skinny Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño Poppers are one of my favorite party foods. I love the heat of the peppers paired with the creamy and cheesy filling. But, the traditional version isn’t very healthy, so I’ve lightened them up! For the filling, we use lower fat cream cheese and instead of dredging and frying, these babies are topped with crispy panko bread crumbs and baked! Oh, and I topped them with some crumbled bacon for good measure! The peppers are nice and tender and you still get that crispy bite with the panko topping. I seriously prefer this lighter version over the regular one!

These poppers are perfect for any game, any sport, heck, any party!

Skinny Jalapeño Poppers

Toddler Cookies

Toddler Cookies

Today is all about the little ones. They need tasty snacks too, right?! I’ve told you guys how my toddler is really picky. I never know if she is going to eat what I make her and about 90% of the time, she just wants to be on the run and sitting down for a meal or snack is just not a priority for her. Enter these little toddler cookies!

Toddler Cookies

These cookies are packed with lots of good stuff like oats, almond butter, applesauce, honey, and even chia seeds! I call these toddler cookies, but I have to admit that even I enjoy grabbing one for a quick and healthy snack! I do want to note these cookies have more of a muffin-like texture than your normal cookie recipe. You can also add in dried fruits or nuts if you want, whatever your little ones would like!

Toddler Cookies

Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

Is it possible to eat dessert for breakfast? You may be thinking no way, but I’m saying yessssssss way! Today’s breakfast? Brownie batter!

I’m not sure there is anything better than brownie batter, honestly. Yeah, yeah, it has raw egg, blah, blah, blah, whatever. It’s freaking delicious. Totally worth the risk, am I right? But, okay, I guess it’s not appropriate for breakfast. This must be changed!

Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

Take out most of the sugar and add oats and voila! We’ve got a perfectly acceptable breakfast AND it tastes like a bowl of brownie batter! If you’ve never tried overnight oats, I suggest you try them right now. They are so simple, you literally just stir some ingredients together, cover and chill overnight and they are ready for you in the morning!

These Brownie Batter Oats are rich and chocolately, but also healthy. I use plain Greek yogurt, unsweetened almond milk, and sweeten with agave or other natural sweeteners. The worst part is the chocolate chips, but they are a must for me! You can really use whatever kind of milk, yogurt, or sweetener you prefer. Overnight oats are basically impossible to screw up! So, yes, you can eat brownies for breakfast!

Brownie Batter Overnight Oats