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…)

Recipe: Grilled Steak with Garlic Lime Marinade

The perfect, flavorful way to cook up steaks in less than 6 minutes!

I loved creating this Grilled Steak with Garlic Lime Marinade recipe. Honestly, there’s something just so relaxing about cooking on the grill. And doesn’t everything taste better cooked over the open fire?!?!? I think so. 🙂

Over the past couple of months I’ve been experimenting with this recipe for thin, deliciously seasoned grilled steaks. My quest was inspired by a Cuban dish I ordered at a restaurant in Florida years ago. I’ve been doing my best to try to recreate it, and I’ve finally done it! So join me in welcoming my Grilled Steak with a Garlic Lime Marinade recipe to the blog!

This Cuban-inspired grilled steak recipe with Garlic Lime Marinade is the perfect most flavorful way to cook up steaks in less than 6 minutes!

Called Bistec de Palomilla in Cuba, this traditional dish is marinated in garlic and lime, pan-fried, and served with black beans and rice and sometimes a side of sweet fried plantains.

Grilled Steak with Garlic Lime Marinade Recipe

How is this beautiful dish made? For starters the recipe uses a lean, 1/2-inch thick cut of steak. Personally I prefer using skirt or hanger steak, but in Cuba a thin cut of round steak is traditionally used. If you can’t find any of those cuts of beef, try asking a butcher for his or her recommendations.

The true secret, however, is in the sauce (more…)