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No-Bake Banana Energy Bites

No-Bake Banana Energy Bites

My original No-Bake Energy Bites have been quite popular on this blog and for good reason! First, they are ridiculously yummy and nutritious and secondly, you don’t have to bake them! So since I know so many of you guys like those, I have been trying to come up with more no-bake energy bite recipes.

No-Bake Banana Energy Bites

This banana version is similar to the original recipe, but obviously, it uses banana! These are a great treat to eat before a workout or to take to work as a quick snack. They are also pretty kid-friendly so you can pack ’em for lunches or snacks! I think they are also sweet enough to enjoy at night as a little treat.

Since they are no-bake, you can experiment with add-ins. More nuts, chocolate chips, more or less agave, chia seeds, whatever you want to try!

Greek Tortellini Salad

Greek Tortellini Salad

Last week while cleaning out the fridge, I realized that I had about 100 different vegetables that were about to go bad. A salad is a great way to clean out the fridge, but I had something a little more specific in mind. I’m a big fan of Greek flavors and a pasta salad seemed like the right choice.

This Greek Tortellini Salad is light and fresh, making it the perfect side dish to bring to spring and summer parties! I opted for black olives which I know really aren’t Greek compared to kalamata olives, but I was worried that kalamata olives were too salty and might overpower this pasta salad. Crunchy cucumber, grape tomatoes, and crumbled feta are also mixed in. The dressing is a simple lemony vinaigrette. This pasta salad is super simple, but full of fresh flavors!

Greek Tortellini Salad

Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

It’s been a looonnnng week in this house. I’m not sure what’s up, but Maddie has not been sleeping well and has been extra needy. I’m wondering if she is going to start teething.

So what happens when you have a long week with a fussy baby? Mama needs a cocktail, that’s what. You guys know I love a good sangria and this Strawberry Lemonade Sangria is so so perfect for spring and summer! It’s light and refreshing and well, dangerously good! I made a double batch of this sangria for Maddie’s baptism party for the adults and it was gone in a quick minute.

Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

Now I feel the need to warn you guys here, but this sangria is a little stronger on the booze than some of the other sangria recipes I have posted in the past. To get that strawberry flavor, you really need the strawberry vodka! If you want to cut down though, feel free. You can also add extra lemon lime soda to dilute the sangria more if you want. As far as the sweetness goes, I don’t typically feel the need to add simple syrup to my sangria recipes, but you can also go ahead and add it if you want a sweeter taste. I have made with this with both Moscato and Sauvingnon Blanc. Obviously, using Moscato will also make it sweeter so it’s really up to you! One of the great things about sangria is that you can really just experiment with ratios of ingredients until you are happy with the taste!

Here’s to the weekend and warmer weather!

Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Every year once spring hits, my obsession with all things coconut kicks in and in a major way. From now until the fall, coconut becomes like a basic food group in of itself. I put coconut oil, shredded coconut, coconut milk on and in all of the things! So, sorry if you guys aren’t a fan!

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

I thought I would start my coconut season off with cookies. I’ve been wanting to get an oatmeal cookie recipe on this blog and thought a coconut version would be the best idea ever! I’m not sure how all of you feel about cookies, but I prefer my cookies to be slightly under-baked which results in a soft and chewy cookie. These coconut oatmeal cookies are just that!

These cookies do not contain any butter, but instead coconut oil! If you have never baked with coconut oil before, I highly recommend giving it a try. It does lend a slight coconut-taste to things, but it’s subtle. It also makes these cookies taste so amazingly rich and buttery even thought there is no butter!

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

It’s really starting to heat up around here. I’m totally going into my light-and-fresh food mode and will stay in this mode until August once I really get sick of how hot it gets here in Phoenix! I’ve been craving a lot of salads and just summery types of dishes!

Pico de Gallo is a classic Mexican staple. You can eat it as a dip (like salsa) with tortilla chips and a margarita in the other hand or as a topping on pretty much any of your favorite Meixcan dishes from tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos, etc.! Pico de Gallo is almost embarrassingly easy to make. It’s just a matter of chopping up some veggies and you’re done! I like to use Roma tomatoes as they aren’t as liquidy and dice up easier than larger tomatoes. Then, it’s just red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, fresh lime juice, and some salt! I like to make a double or triple batch sometimes too so I leftovers for the week as I like to pile the Pico on so many things!

Pico de Gallo

Easy Egg Salad

Easy Egg Salad

Easter becomes much more fun when you have a little one in the house. I realize Maddie has no clue what’s going on, but that didn’t matter to me, she had to have a huge basket bigger than she is and was stuffed to the brim with goodies. Oh, and of course, a pretty dress!

Maddie Easter

It was also apparently a yummy dress as it was impossible to get a picture of her without her dress in her mouth…

Anyway, onto the recipe! If you have some leftover Easter eggs to use up, this egg salad is the perfect recipe! Like chicken or potato salad, I have the same rules for my egg salad: 1. Not too much mayo, and 2. texture, texture, texture!

Easy Egg Salad

I think this has the perfect amount of mayo, not so much that it’s drowning and not so little that it’s too dry. The great thing about a recipe like this though is that you can add more or less of the mayo and/or veggies however you prefer! For added crunch, I mixed in some diced celery and green onion. Other than that, it’s just a little mustard powder and salt and pepper and you’re good to go! This egg salad took no time to mix up and I’m really looking forward to lunch this week.

Easy Egg Salad