Recipe: Green Bean Caprese Salad

A fresh, delicious green bean salad that can be served hot or cold.

Fresh summer vegetables and herbs are arriving on a weekly basis from my CSA farm share. Boy is this my favorite time of year when delicious, local produce is available!

It’s so much fun to cook up some of my summer favorites, but I also like to mix things up and try something new. That’s how this week’s recipe was created. It’s a mash-up of some of my favorite recipes for Green Beans, Caprese Salad, and Creamy Balsamic Dressing. And what’s the creation? A fresh, delicious Green Bean Caprese Salad that can be served hot or cold.

Green Bean Caprese Salad is a fantastic hot or cold salad made with green beans, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and a creamy balsamic vinaigrette!

Honestly, I can’t imagine more of my favorite foods in one dish—green beans, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil … all topped off with my yummy Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette. Absolute perfection on a plate! (more…)

Recipe: Banana Almond Coffee Cooler

Perfect summer treat to cool yourself with no added sugars!

It’s August and summer’s full heat is here. After going for a run, exercising, or working outside there’s no better way to cool off than to drink a green smoothie or my favorite Banana Almond Coffee Cooler.

This Banana Almond Coffee Cooler is the perfect summer drink to cool you down, and it's made with real ingredients and no added sugars!

Now I’ve been known to buy coffee coolers at my local coffee shop, and they are delicious. Unfortunately they’re also filled with lots of sugar. So I’ve come up with a quick and easy alternative that’s not so sweet but still yummy and much kinder on my bank account too—my Banana Almond Coffee Cooler. (more…)

Recipe: Caprese Salad

The perfect summer salad made with fresh tomatoes, sliced buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

I wholeheartedly believe in enjoying the simple pleasures in life. And when it comes to food, one of the simplest, most delicious pleasures around is a Caprese Salad.

A Caprese Salad is one of the easiest, most delicious salads you can make. Here's my classic recipe to help you get started!

Made with fresh tomatoes, sliced buffalo mozzarella, basil leaves, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a little salt and pepper, real food doesn’t get any better than Caprese Salad. And there’s no better time to make this salad than now since fresh, summer tomatoes and garden-picked basil are essential for a great Caprese Salad. (more…)

Recipe: Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

The perfect dressing for salads and so much more!

There’s nothing like the perfect salad dressing to make a salad delicious! And that’s exactly what my Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette does—makes your salad pop!

There's nothing like a Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette to make your salad pop! Easy, simple, and made from real ingredients, this recipe for homemade dressing is a keeper!

Why Do I Make Homemade Salad Dressing?

Why do I make my own salad dressing? Honestly, homemade dressings just take minutes to make and they taste so much better. And despite the claims of some popular salad dressing manufacturers, there are still plenty of additives and highly processed ingredients in most dressings.

In fact, Kraft just started airing this commercial where they tell us to “assume nothing” when it comes to bottled salad dressings and then they go on to say: (more…)

Recipe: Cold Press Coffee Made with a French Press!

A cool, delicious way to enjoy your favorite coffee

Fifteen years ago I never drank coffee. Yuck! I just didn’t like the flavor. Now, I’m a huge fan!

Cold Press Coffee is a deliciously cool way to enjoy coffee that's naturally sweeter and a little more caffeinated.

Part of my coffee conversion came when I discovered cold press coffee at a local coffee shop. I truly believe it just tastes better—at least according to my taste buds. 🙂 So while it’s still HOT out, I thought I’d share one of my favorite cool drinks—Cold Press Coffee. (more…)