Recipe: Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

A delicious dressing that packs a flavorful punch on your favorite salad!

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This Mustard Vinaigrette is a delicious dressing that packs a flavorful punch on any salad!

Looking for a new dressing to add flavor to your favorite salads? Here’s a quick recipe for a Mustard Vinaigrette salad dressing. I came up with this recipe to use with my Shaved Squash Salad, but it is a great option for all different kinds of salads! (more…)

Recipe: Shaved Squash Salad with Chevre and Mustard Vinaigrette

Raw, shaved green and yellow squash tossed with red onion, fresh chevre, and toasted pecans in a sweet and tangy mustard vinaigrette make this a beautiful, healthy side dish perfect for warm weather meals!

This post is by blog team member, Kelly. To learn more about Kelly, check out our team page!


Looking to shake things up with your salads? Then try this Shaved Squash Salad with Chevre and a Mustard Vinaigrette. Can you say delicious!?!?!

This Shaved Squash Salad is inspired by one of the dishes I enjoyed most on a recent trip to one of my favorite places—Orange Beach, Alabama. In truth, this recipe is my attempt to re-create the restaurant version of the salad. Does it taste exactly like the original? Probably not. But both are fantastic!

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Jerky Treats for Dogs

The perfect, one-ingredient treat that your dog will love!

If you haven’t realized it by now, we’re crazy about our dog, Katie. Although we know she’s a pet … not a person, she adds a whole lot of personality to our home. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like a four-legged friend to share unconditional love with one’s family!

When it comes to feeding Katie, we try to make healthier food choices that use real ingredients. That’s true for her treats as well … like these Sweet Potato Jerky treats we made for her this weekend.

One ingredient sweet potato jerky that's so delicious, you may not want to give it to your dog!
Rest assured, we don’t make treats every week. So what’s the occasion? Today happens to be Katie’s adoption day. I know it’s kind of silly, but we’ve penciled a reminder onto our calendars. Eight years ago today she came home with us, and we are so grateful to have her in our lives. It seems like just yesterday she was this tiny ball of fluff in my son’s lap.

My son, Ben, and Katie the day we picked her up.

My son, Ben, and Katie the day we picked her up.

To celebrate her adoption we usually make a homemade treat. This week I wanted to try something totally different, and I find this great recipe off The Humane Society’s website for Sweet Potato Jerky for dogs. (more…)

Recipe: Sweet Fried Plantains

A delicious side dish that your family will love!

As I shared in my last post, there’s no better side dish to accompany my Black Beans and Rice than homemade Sweet Fried Plantains.

Fried plantains are a delicious side dish that are easy to make and add a distinct, tropical feel to your favorite meals.

Now don’t be intimidated by this dish. The combination of frying and plantains may throw some of you into culinary orbit. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of cooking fried food, but this dish isn’t hard at all. And since it uses olive oil or avocado oil, I think it’s a lot healthier than traditional “deep-fried” foods. And have I mentioned how amazing it tastes?!?!? :-)

Probably the hardest part about making Sweet Fried Plantains is finding plantains that are ripe and ready to cook. A lot of stores sell plantains these days, but usually what you’ll find are green plantains. Here’s a photograph of the difference between green and ripe plantains: (more…)

Recipe: Easy Homemade Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice is hearty, easy dish that's healthy too!

Today I’m sharing with you one of my all-time favorite dishes. You see, I grew up in South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale to be exact), and I loved it when we went out to eat at a little Cuban restaurant near our home. I think every time we went there I ordered the same thing—roasted chicken, black beans and rice, and plantains.Inspired by the Cuban Black Beans and Rice I grew up with, this easy, homemade original will become a family favorite!

Last month I had the chance to go back to Florida on vacation and visit my family. Although they’ve moved from Ft. Lauderdale, we all still went to a little, family owned Cuban restaurant, and I ordered the same thing. Boy did I love it. Especially the black beans! (more…)