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Summer Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Summer Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette- A fresh salad made of seasonal summer produce and a simple homemade honey balsamic vinaigrette that is bursting with flavor!
A fresh salad made with seasonal summer produce and a simple homemade honey balsamic vinaigrette that is bursting with flavor!

Its the 21st again, and that means it’s Recipe ReDux time! This month we were asked to share a recipe of a favorite kitchen staple that we make from scratch but used to purchase in the past. I immediately thought of how I now make a lot of my salad dressings from scratch. You wouldn’t believe how simple they are to throw together and taste so good!

One salad dressing that is a favorite in our house is this Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. Simply whisk together some balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, soy sauce, ground mustard and viola you have a wonderful homemade dressing that is bursting with flavor. I love that when you make your own dressings, you can totally customize it to your preference/salad theme, and they don’t taste as overly sweet/heavy/sugary/salty like some bottled dressings can be. Not to mention, you typically have the ingredients in your kitchen already!

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Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust- Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!
Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!

“I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time.”

If you haven’t noticed already, there’s a cauliflower craze going on! Who knew this simple cruciferous vegetable would be so versatile? Lately I’ve seen recipes for roasted cauliflower, cauliflower gratin, rice, breadsticks, cheese sauce, tater tots and mashed cauliflower! I’ve even tried a few and they are all so good.   What a great way to sneak in some veggies or just enjoy them in new ways!

I was excited to try out these Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust for the January Recipe ReDux contest sponsored by Cabot Cheese. The lovely folks at Cabot Creamery sent us a variety of samples of their amazing cheddar cheeses. Wow. What a treat! My husband and I happen to looooove sharp cheddar. I will definitely be buying more in the future!

The challenge of this contest was to create lightened up snacks/apps/finger foods for entertaining. Even though the holidays are over, we’ve still got the Super Bowl next week and what could be more delicious than munching on homemade pizza, guilt free! You seriously can’t even tell you’re eating cauliflower.

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Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing-A Mexican twist on a classic salad, spiced up with an easy homemade dressing. This salad is so colorful and bursting with flavor and nutrients.
A Mexican twist on a classic salad, spiced up with an easy homemade dressing. This salad is so colorful and bursting with flavor and nutrients.

This is by far one of the tastiest salads I have made.  I love southwestern flavors on just about anything! When I saw the Recipe ReDux theme for January is “Start Smoking in the New Year”, I knew I wanted to do another recipe using my beloved chipotle peppers   !  So here I bring you…Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing!

Back in September I posted my Smoky Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad (click to check it out!) where I gave some tips on pureeing and freezing a whole batch of chipotle peppers for future use. Well to make this awesome Chipotle Ranch Dressing, all I had to do was grab a cube out of my frozen stash. Easy!

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French Toast Sandwiches with Balsamic Onion, Peppers and Bacon

French Toast Sandwiches with Balsamic Onion, Peppers and Bacon- Looking for a new sandwich recipe? You must try these delicious and savory sandwiches made French toast style with crusty bread and filled with caramelized balsamic red onions and peppers, turkey bacon and muenster cheese.
Looking for a new sandwich recipe? You must try these delicious and savory sandwiches made French toast style with crusty bread and filled with caramelized balsamic red onions and peppers, turkey bacon and muenster cheese.

Four more days until Christmas! Wow time sure goes by fast. It seems like it was just Halloween. Even though the holidays are always such a busy time of the year, I try to enjoy it as much as I can by doing fun and simple activities with family. Whether it be making silly paper snowmen with Noelle, dancing to Christmas music or walking the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. I just love Christmas.   

This is our little Noelle’s 2nd Christmas but it’s the first that she understands it a little more. She’s learning that this weird guy with a white beard says “ho ho ho”, she tries to sing along to some Christmas songs (that girl loves to sing!) and has already unwrapped a gift she found under the tree (looks like we have to wait on putting them out early!). 

On another note, I have an easy lunch or dinner recipe I am sharing today that is great for around the holidays or for those busy days when you need to whip something up quick. Incase you missed it, I also recently posted my Italian Baked Eggs with Veggies which is another great meal to make that requires little prep work. Check it out!

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Savory Butternut Squash Soup with Homemade Croutons

Savory Butternut Squash Soup with Homemade Croutons- The perfect bold and savory soup for fall time, and it’s so simple to make!  The croutons are the cherry on the cake ☺
The perfect bold and savory soup for fall time, and it’s so simple to make! The croutons are the cherry on the cake. ☺

What better way to start celebrating fall then enjoying a cozy bowl of Savory Butternut Squash Soup? And then top if off with the most amazing delicious homemade croutons! Yeah, I’m still pretending we’re having fall weather over here in Arizona (it’s still 100 degrees). But a girl can dream right? It was actually the perfect day for soup when I made this because we were having a cooler rainy day. Hence the light looking rainy-ish in my photos. Maybe it worked out in my favor though?

This soup has such an amazing flavor. With the onion, garlic, vegetables and herbs it has more of a bold and savory taste vs. a sweeter apple or pear butternut soup. Plus, the added chopped vegetables heighten the flavor and give it a little more texture.

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