Appetizers and Snacks

Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Chicken Fingers

Quick and easy gluten-free chicken fingers (made with almond flour with an easy one-to-one substitute option for cassava flour). These have a really slight tang that keeps adults interested and keeps kids drinking up their milk!
We are in full-blown back-to-school mode around here, which means I've been in desperate need of easy dinners and after school snacks. These gluten-free chicken fingers cook up in a flash and they're allergy-friendly, so I can be prepared to feed the whole family...

Quick Picnic Recipes (including Dessert!)

Quick picnic recipes (you can grab all the ingredients for an awesome spread in one grocery store stop...including dessert!)
Ready to take advantage of the lovely weather that's slowly making its way into town? Take note of our family's favorite quick picnic recipes to make life a little easier!These have become our go-to picks for when we're around town and decide we want an impromptu spread under...

Football Pizza Presentation that WINS

Touchdown pizza. This is a super-cute way to serve pizza for a football game - and SOOOO easy!
Everyone's donning their gear for the big game, and I'm over here making football pizza like some sort of Martha Stewart kitchen cheerleader.If there is any way to translate sports into food, you know I'll find it!I've shared my obsession with gluten-free sponsor Smart...

White Chocolate Bacon Snack Mix

White chocolate bacon snack mix made with white chocolate-covered pretzels, diced bacon, semi-sweet chocolate chips, peanuts, mini marshmallows...this sweet and salty combo is a HUGE win in my house!
The Super Bowl is coming up and in our house, that means it is time for snack wars. Everybody has their preferred Super Bowl go-to: Nate wants something salty, the kids want something sweet, and I simply require anything and everything covered-in or wrapped-up-with BACON. This white...

Green and Red Summer Sausage Salad

Red and green summer sausage salad (looks festive served at a holiday party, but the recipe works for any time of year)
Tonight is New Year's Eve and I'm more excited for this holiday than I have been in years!Nate and I haven't really celebrated since we had our first kid. For the last five years this day has mostly involved 8pm festivities with a fake Netflix countdown. Man,...

Loaded Sweet Potato Skins with Savory Italian Sausage

Loaded sweet potato skins made with ground Italian sausage, cheese, sour cream and chives.
It's the week before Thanksgiving, and you all know what that means. Friendsgiving! In case you aren't familiar with the term, Friendsgiving is a Thanksgiving held with friends. We usually do a separate friend gathering along with the usual family stuff. It's the...

San Diego-Inspired Appetizers, Let’s Party

Fish taco patties with coconut lime sauce
I love San Diego. A lot. So much so, in fact, that sometimes I throw little parties for my local friends just to celebrate the amazingness that is America's Finest City. Whenever I find - or manufacture - a good excuse, I like...

Roasted Artichokes Packed Full of Flavor

How to make easy Italian oven-roasted artichokes with three ingredients. Just pour some premade sauce over and cook. The flavors will seep in and the result is WAY better than boiling.
Roasted artichokes are pretty much the best thing ever. The high heat gives them a buttery texture, and the lack of boiling water means that the artichoke is free to retain its rich and nutty flavor. Pull them apart and dip them in mayo...

American Flag Food Craft

This American Flag food craft is easy to make in a kids' bento. Create it for 4th of July, Memorial Day or any time of year to prompt a discussion about the nation.
Happy July! Looking for a sweet snack or an easy bento to set out for the kiddos in celebration of the 4th? I have the perfect American flag food craft for you.Chicken nuggets, blueberries, cherry tomatoes, egg whites from a hard-boiled egg, cashews, strawberries, a beef...

Bacon Dates with Goat Cheese

Bacon dates with goat cheese
Fun fact: these bacon dates are what made me go into labor with Minion. Okay, it may have been a combination of the bacon dates, acupuncture, yoga ball stretches, walking, massage and primrose oil. I was really tired of being pregnant. When...