Creamy Avocado Pasta

Creamy Avocado Pasta

If there was some sort of avocado fan club that I could join like ASAP, I’d like to join. There HAS to be an avocado fan page, right? I’m not sure there is anything more satisfying then cutting into a perfectly ripe avocado. I adore everything about avocados! They are so creamy and delicious. Yeah, sure, you can mash it up and serve it with tortilla chips, or over toast, or in a taco, but did you know avocados can make the perfect pasta sauce too?!

Creamy Avocado Pasta

First, this sauce is ridiculously easy. There is no cooking required, you just blend everything up in a food processor and toss with the cooked pasta and you are done! This dish is ready in just about 20 minutes or less. The avocado sauce is beyond creamy and it’s all thanks to the avocado. There is no heavy cream needed here! To give the sauce an even bolder green color, I also tossed in some spinach and basil, and hey, that makes it even healthier, right?

I love this pasta as is just with some shaved Parmesan on top, but you can easily add in veggies or chicken or shrimp if you want to beef it up more.

Creamy Avocado Pasta

Strawberry Mango Salsa

Strawberry Mango Salsa

It’s May. Summer is almost here, well, not really, but once May hits, it sure feels like summer is near. I’m ready to stuff my face with homemade salsa. And this Strawberry Mango Salsa that I’m sharing with you guys today is pretty simple to make, but it’s so addicting and fresh and wonderful! So, basically, it’s everything salsa should be! This salsa just makes me happy. It’s so bright and colorful. Who wouldn’t want to dig into this? A crazy person, that’s who!

Strawberry Mango Salsa

I adore the sweetness of the mango and strawberry paired with the heat of the jalapeno. This salsa is also pretty versatile. You can serve it with chips (obviously), but it’s also the perfect topping for grilled chicken or fish! You could also spoon it into tacos! It truly is the best way to elevate any dinner or snack!

Strawberry Mango Salsa

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

I have to say that the slow cooker is truly one of my most favorite kitchen appliances. Maybe even more so than my stand mixer (*GASP*! I KNOW), but I mostly say that because I don’t consider myself to be a big baker. ANYWAY, the slow cooker is your best friend forever. It’s always there to save you from having to do a lot of prep work or the dreaded debate of figuring out what to make for dinner at 5pm because BAM! It’s already cooking dinner for you! And even better, most slow cooker recipes just require a few ingredients!

This BBQ Chicken is no exception. All you need is well…chicken, BBQ sauce, and a couple of spices and that’s it! Gotta love it! I’m not normally a fan of BBQ sauce, to be honest, but for some reason, I can totally get down with shredded BBQ chicken. I think BBQ chicken is a good dish for summer parties and such. A lot of people tend to pull out the slow cooker in the colder months, but it’s so great for summer dishes too! First, it’s easy to make a huge batch. Second, You can serve this chicken on buns or just as is with some classic macaroni salad or potato salad. See? It makes total sense, right?!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s Monday. I’m not sure how the weekend is already gone, but it is and that means it is time for cookies. Cookies make every day better, don’t you think?

What is your perfect chocolate chip cookie? Do you like them thin and crispy or thick and chewy? I’m firmly team thick, soft, and chewy. Everybody needs a solid chocolate chip cookie recipe in their arsenal. It’s a must in life. And this is the perfect recipe for you!

The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

So what makes this recipe so great? First, I use a higher ratio of brown sugar to granulated sugar. The extra brown sugar makes the cookies softer and chewier! My second tip for making amazing chocolate chip cookies is to chill your dough! Chilling the dough helps the dough firm up so when the cookies bake, the dough will spread less, which will give you a nice, thick cookie.

I’d take a batch of these cookies warm out the oven over any other dessert any day of the week. They are slightly crispy around the edges and so soft and gooey on the inside. They are so dreamy! This is the best and only chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever need for you and your loved ones!

The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spring Vegetable Flatbread

Spring Vegetable Flatbread

I cannot get enough vegetables lately. I am literally obsessed. I guess it makes sense since now in Arizona, we’ve reached the 90’s and are getting very close to the 100 degree mark. Ugghhhh. From this point on, you can find me hidden inside with the A/C blasting! When I was at the store the other day going through the produce section, I got the urge to make a simple flatbread pizza that was loaded with spring veggies!

Spring Vegetable Flatbread

Asparagus, peas, radish, and fresh greens are all in season right now and are just amazing so I threw them all on this flatbread along with some good mozzarella cheese and was in heaven. This flatbread would be perfect for a lunch for two or as an appetizer. You could easily double or triple it, if needed. It’s ridiculously easy to make too as it basically just requires some slicing of all the veggies, but that’s it! After it came out of the oven, I piled on loads of spinach and my most favorite green ever, arugula! I adore the different textures of this flatbread like the peas and the slight bit of heat and crunchiness you get from the radish. This is truly the best way to enjoy all of what spring has to offer!

Spring Vegetable Flatbread

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

I’m a big fan of granola bars. They are perfect for quick snacks when I am at work. Granola bars are a great way to pack in lots of healthy ingredients like oats and nuts. The big problem with store-bought granola bars though is that they are also often loaded with a lot of bad stuff like sugar and/or corn syrup! Yuck, do not want! Once you start looking at the ingredient list, you quickly realize that they aren’t very healthy.

Homemade Granola Bars

So, I’ve been making my own granola bars! I discovered these homemade granola bars last year and have been making them on and off ever since. What I love about these bars is that they don’t require too many complicated ingredients! In addition, they do not contain any butter and are sweetened with dates instead of sugar. And best of all? They are no-bake! I’ve made some changes to the original recipe to tweak it to what I want and as you will see, there are lots of ways you can customize these bars to fit your needs!

Homemade Granola Bars