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Tomato Avocado Bruschetta

Tomato Avocado Bruschetta

Bruschetta. It’s seriously one of my most favorite things ever in this world. What’s not to love? Fresh tomatoes mixed with basil and garlic and served over perfectly crusty bread. Gah! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Whenever spring and summer rolls around, I always get a hankering for bruschetta. While bruschetta is typically considered to be an appetizer, I could happily eat it as a lunch or an easy summer dinner! This version I’ve made today is made with both red cherry and golden cherry tomatoes. I love the different colors on a dish like this! And for added deliciousness, I also added in avocado. I’m now convinced that all bruschetta NEEDS avocado! I’m obsessed with the creaminess it adds. I’m ready to enjoy this bruschetta on repeat!

The best part about this is that aside from some quick chopping, it’s very easy to make and would be perfect for serving guests as an appetizer or as a light lunch with some chilled white wine! Oh, and you could also consider spreading some goat cheese on the baguette before topping with the tomato mixture! How amazing would that be?! Ok, I have to stop now before I start eating the screen…

Tomato Avocado Bruschetta

Pesto Potato Noodles

Pesto Potato Noodles

My obsession with spiralizing ALL OF THE THINGS is getting pretty real around here. Can’t stop, won’t stop. I am totally on Team Spiralized at this point. It’s so easy and I have found that it truly is a wonderful substitute for pasta. And just as my obsession was growing, OXO sent me their new Spiralizer! Needless to say, I am in love with it. I only had their handheld one before so getting my hands on the full-duty spiralizer was a treat and obviously, so much easier and faster than handheld spiralizers.

Pesto Potato Noodles

There are so many things I love about this spiralizer! First, it comes with three different blades so you can make spaghetti, fettucine, or even ribbon noodles and it comes with a handy case for storage. I also love that the spiralizer has a suction cup built-in underneath so I can securely attach it my counter so it stays in place while in use. All of the pieces come apart too and can just be placed in the dishwasher when you are done so it’s super easy to clean up! I’m seriously in love with this thing and it couldn’t be easier to use!

I wanted to try a white potato noodle this time around. I’ve been experimenting with sweet potatoes, and of course, zucchini. This dish was really simple to make. I made a really quick homemade pesto in my food processor and then tossed it with these tender potato noodles along with some cherry tomatoes! I love this recipe as is, but you can easily add chicken or shrimp for protein and more veggies if desired!

Pesto Potato Noodles

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! We spent the weekend with my husband’s family as they all came to town to catch some spring training games. We ate way too much too, delicious food, of course, but now I’m not sure I can eat any more food this week.

Ok, that’s a lie. Just looking at the pictures of this White Chicken Chili has me wishing for a bowl! I made this chili a few weeks ago on a whim and was really happy with the way it came out. It’s pretty simple to make and is hearty and comforting. My toddler also really liked this chili and she’s incredibly picky! She didn’t mind the green chiles either, but I only added one can just in case. I love the tangy flavor that the sour cream adds too! This recipe is the perfect way to change up your chili game!

White Chicken Chili

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I was going to wait a little longer to post these amazing Carrot Cake Cupcakes, but then realized they would be totally perfect for Easter so I had to share them ASAP! I know I usually try to post healthier recipes on this blog, but you have to splurge sometimes! I made these for a work party last week and they were a major hit!

I simply adore carrot cake. The carrots make for a perfectly moist cake. I love all the warm spices like cinnamon and ginger. And who could possibly resist that big fluffy cream cheese frosting on top? Not me. Just hand me a spoon!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

These cupcakes are pretty simple to make, but I do beg of you, please use freshly grated carrots! One of the benefits to baking with a veggie like carrots is all that moisture they add to the cake, but you won’t get that with pre-shredded carrots that are dried out. It’s a little extra work to grate the carrots, but it’s so worth it!

You can customize these cupcakes a little bit. I used crushed pineapple in this recipe because I love the flavor it adds to the cake, but if pineapple isn’t your thing, use applesauce! I know some people like to add raisins to their carrot cake, but I’m really not a fan of raisins, so feel free to add them if desired! Finally, I added walnuts, but you can certainly leave them out if you don’t like nuts!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Southwestern Cobb Salad

Southwestern Cobb Salad

Salads! Salads! Salads! I officially declare it salad season. Actually, that’s kind of silly for me to say because I’m pretty obsessed with salads all year, but it’s warming up and I just want a ton of salads lately loaded with yummy ingredients. My favorite salad? The Cobb! I just love all the toppings on a good Cobb salad, so I decided to make a Cobb salad, but with a southwestern twist! This salad is topped with chicken, hard boiled egg, tomatoes, corn, and black beans – lots of good stuff!

Southwestern Cobb Salad

See that creamy and dreamy dressing there?! I made a quick and easy avocado dressing for this salad. It’s a pretty healthy dressing too! There is actually no mayo or oil. All that creaminess comes straight from the avocado. It’s really easy to mix up in a little food processor or blender. If you have leftovers, I do recommend using the dressing within 3 days as it can start to brown.

Southwestern Cobb Salad

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastry

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastry

I know St. Patrick’s Day is this week, but I’m already thinking about Easter which is in just a couple of weeks! I always like to think about yummy Easter brunch recipes to share with you guys and this year, it’s this Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastry!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastry

This is really a very easy pastry to make and would be the perfect brunch addition! I took a big shortcut by using frozen puff pastry sheets. So really the only work is mixing up the filling and then spreading it on! I’m no pastry artist, but I attempted to give this pastry a braided look which I thought was going to be complicated, but then only ended up taking me a couple of minutes to do. It’s certainly not perfect, but it really doesn’t need to be! You guys can check out the photo at the bottom of the post to give you a better idea of how to construct this pastry in case my directions are confusing!

I call this a strawberry pastry, but you can really use any fruit jam that you like. I think raspberry or apricot would also be lovely!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastry