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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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Easy Thai Peanut Noodles

Easy Thai Peanut Noodles-Seriously so simple to make, a unique way to use spaghetti noodles and delivers a scrumptious dose of vegetables, whole grains, protein and healthy fats.
Seriously so simple to make, a unique way to use spaghetti noodles and delivers a scrumptious dose of vegetables, whole grains, protein and healthy fats.

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

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Happy National Pasta Month! I was presented with the opportunity to participate in a recipe challenge contest put on for Recipe Redux members by the National Pasta Association to share some pasta dishes that fit into my healthy lifestyle. So for the next week I will be sharing a few mouthwatering and nutritious recipes using pasta.

Today I’m excited to share my Easy Thai Peanut Noodles, one of our new favorite meals! For awhile now I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a tasty pad thai but with out the fish sauce, rice noodles and less common ingredients that I’d have to buy and probably use only once. Finally I came across this version I have adapted, which uses spaghetti noodles and other ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen. It is seriously so simple to make and is ultra flavorful. It is also a great dish for the little ones to try. Our little Noelle can easily pick it up as a finger food and its not too saucy/messy. Win-win!

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Summer Fruit Salsa

Summer Fruit Salsa- A fresh and juicy salsa made up of strawberries, mangos, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro and avocado
Summer Fruit Salsa- A fresh and juicy salsa made up of strawberries, mangos, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro and avocado

Here is another light and summery recipe for you! I’ve been making this summer fruit salsa for a few years now and it is SO fresh, juicy and yummy. It’s the perfect refreshing snack to munch on while lounging out by the pool on a hot day. Well at least I imagine I’d be doing that if I had my own pool. 🙂 It also makes a fun and unique appetizer, instead of your typical salsa, to bring to your next gathering. Some fruit salsas are also made with homemade cinnamon chips, but I actually prefer it with regular chips because of the tasty sweet n salty combination. Pair it with a tasty marg and you are good to go!

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Watermelon Mojito Smoothie

Watermelon Mojito Smoothie- Delicious, refreshing and tastes like summertime! ☺ Not only is it hydrating, it’s full of the powerful antioxidant lycopene, so drink on up!
 Delicious, refreshing and tastes like summertime! ☺ Not only is it hydrating, it’s full of the powerful antioxidant lycopene, so drink on up!

I just found out that August 3rd was National Watermelon Day.   So in honor, Happy Belated Watermelon Day!! And here is a tasty recipe for you!

At this time of the year, anything COLD sounds amazing! However if you are tired of your same old strawberry banana smoothie, you must try a watermelon mojito smoothie. It is so delicious and refreshing. Perfect for these long Arizona summer days and a great way to use up all the extra watermelon you’re tired of eating.  It even tastes like summer time! Just throw a bunch of cubed watermelon in the freezer and you can whip up this smoothie in no time.  I imagine it would also be tasty made into an adult beverage 😉

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