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Make Ahead Freezer Burritos

Make Ahead Freezer Burritos

Make Ahead Freezer Burritos These make ahead freezer burritos are a lifesaver. Easy and reasonably fast to make, they are perfect for a quick breakfast or dinner for the family or yourself on a solo night. I often try to eat paleo or healthier, or 

Fresh Herb and Walnut Pesto

Fresh Herb and Walnut Pesto

Pesto is a bright green sauce that is Italian in origin, specifically from Genoa. Traditionally, this sauce consists of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, and a hard cheese such as parmesan or pecorino. I grew up eating this green sauce, as my mom made it 

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Casserole

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Casserole

This loaded mashed cauliflower casserole is the perfect low carb substitute for loaded mashed potatoes. It was my sister’s idea to make this, and what a great idea it was! I see a lot of loaded cauliflower casserole recipes, but they never have mashed cauliflower. Even though it’s an extra step, it makes it all worthwhile.

Cauliflower casserole pre-baked

Ingredients & Process

I use a food processor to mash the steamed or boiled cauliflower until it’s completely smooth. Depending on how large your heads of cauliflower are, you’ll use an 8×8 or a 9×13 pan. I used a small head of cauliflower in this recipe since there was only two of us. If you get a larger size, make sure to add more yummy fillings!

Sour cream is always a staple ingredient in baked potato dishes, and it adds a thick creaminess. An egg or two holds things together and makes the dish a little denser. Bacon is also a must ingredient for potato dishes. I recommend adding the bacon pieces after you have combined everything in the food processor to keep larger chunks for texture. Don’t use all the bacon, though! Add extra bacon and cheese to the top of the casserole, along with some chopped green onions.

Prebaked Casserole

Keto & Low-Carb

You will love this casserole. It’s like a lighter, low-carb version of loaded mashed potatoes. Also, this dish is keto-friendly! Feel free to get creative with this recipe. Add your favorite toppings or fillings. This would be great as an entrée by adding chicken or pork. You can also eat it on the side of your favorite BBQ or family meal.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

This loaded mashed cauliflower casserole would go perfectly on the side of these recipes:

Instant Pot BBQ Brisket

Bacon & Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast

Sweet & Smoky BBQ Ribs

Looking for more side dishes? Check out these recipes:

Dutch Oven Collard Greens (Keto)

One-Pot Mac & Cheese

Famous Cheesy Potatoes

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Casserole

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

This creamy and flavorful cauliflower casserole is a perfect low-carb substitute for loaded mashed potatoes that doesn’t skimp on flavor.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ – 2 heads cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • 4 slices cooked bacon chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Steam cauliflower until fork tender, and then put in blender or food processor with butter until you’ve reached a mashed potato consistency.
  • Let the cauliflower cool completely in food processor carafe.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Set aside ¼ cup each of cheese, scallions, and bacon for the topping.
  • Add remaining ingredients into food processor, and pulse until combined. If you want bigger chunks of bacon, you can add it in after you’ve combined everything else in the food processor.
  • Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and add the cauliflower mixture to the pan, smoothing out with a rubber spatula.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and add cheese. Return pan to oven for just long enough for the cheese to melt. You could also broil it until the cheese gets browned and bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and top with reserved bacon and green onion.
  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
My Famous Cheesy Potatoes

My Famous Cheesy Potatoes

Fall is here, and holiday season is quickly approaching. That means lots of root vegetables, comforting dishes, and sides that accompany your holiday meals. My cheesy potatoes are the #1 requested dish by my family for every holiday, and even some special occasions. Named my 

Oven Baked Pork Egg Rolls

Oven Baked Pork Egg Rolls

Takeout Must-Have Egg rolls are one of those things you always must get when you order Chinese food. It’s a staple item for takeout. Crunchy, deep fried, and stuffed with a hot and magnificent filling. As good as the takeout is, we don’t order it 

Berry Minty Margarita

Berry Minty Margarita

Frozen Margarita Train

I’m on a frozen margarita train, and it doesn’t look like I’m getting off for a while. Not that I’m drinking excessively, but on a hot summer day these are so refreshing! Not to mention the bounty of ripe summer fruit. This Berry Minty Margarita is extra refreshing with fresh mint leaves and seasonal berries.

Frozen Berry Margarita

Blender

The only equipment needed for this recipe is a blender. I use a Vitamix to get the perfect consistency for frozen drinks. I had a Ninja blender for a long time, which worked great too. Any blender should do the trick, though blending times may vary.

Frozen Berries

Berries

Berries are a delicious seasonal fruit. They are everywhere and constantly on sale, so I buy lots of them. In this recipe I used strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Any combination of berries, or even just one berry would be great! I froze some of my fresh berries so they wouldn’t go bad and used them in this recipe. Using frozen berries from the store is a great idea too, especially when they are out of season. Frozen berries are picked at their peak of ripeness and frozen quickly, so they still have tons of nutrients!

Frozen Berry Margarita

Sparkling Water

I’m on a sparkling water kick, so I always have it around. I usually go for the lime flavor, but they have tons of different flavors out there. AHA has a watermelon-lime flavor which I use in my watermelon margaritas. For this recipe I used Bubly lime flavored, but feel free to try the different ones and see what you like. Other great brands are Spindrift and Waterloo, but sometimes Brad just gets whatever he sees at the store. Or on sale. This girl is trying to save money right now, ha!

Sugar Mint Rim

This is the part of the berry minty margarita that I get SUPER excited about. Instead of a regular sugar-coated rim on the margarita, I mixed the sugar with fresh chopped mint! It’s so pretty, and it helps bring out the flavor of the mint in the drink. Put the sugar-mint mixture in a dish just big enough for your glass to fit in. Then, use a lime wedge to get the rim wet and sticky, and dip it in the sugar mixture. These stemless wine glasses I use are perfect for any cocktail, and they fit perfectly in my 2-cup Pyrex bowls.

Frozen Berry Margarita

More Frozen Cocktails

Looking for more frozen cocktail recipes? Check these out!

Creamy Pina Colada

Frozen Mango Margarita

Watermelon Mint Refresher (just add liquor!)

Watermelon Berry Margarita

Pretty in Pink Margarita

Berry Minty Margarita

Berry Minty Margarita

Prep Time 10 mins
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

Berry Minty Margarita

  • 2-3 oz tequila
  • 1 ½ cups favorite berries I used strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh chopped mint leaves
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 cup ice
  • 6 oz lime flavored sparkling water

Sugar Mint Rim

  • lime wedge
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint

Instructions
 

  • Blend all ingredients for 1 minute or until smooth. Add more ice or sparkling water as needed.
Keyword Frozen Cocktail, Frozen Drink, Frozen Margarita, Margarita

Beer Cheese Dip

Beer Cheese Dip

My mom made these delicious and chewy sourdough pretzels from scratch, so of course I had to make a beer cheese dip to go with them. Beer cheese dip is a rich and creamy cheese dip incorporated with beer and spices. You can find it 

Pretty in Pink Margarita

Pretty in Pink Margarita

I have been on two binges lately: watermelon and margaritas. Okay, not a binge but enjoying them a lot! I bought a watermelon last week to practice with a few recipes. Brad doesn’t like watermelon, so I was stuck with the entire thing. I also 

Bright Red Chunky Salsa

Bright Red Chunky Salsa

My boyfriend loves salsa. I mean, LOVES it. I think it’s probably his favorite food. When we go out for Mexican food, we always get chips and salsa. And then more because we can’t stop eating it. Brad’s favorite salsa is a classic red chunky salsa. However, he is very picky about it. His favorite salsa is from either Sahuaro’s Taco Shop, or The Original Burrito Co., both in Arizona. To be honest, I have been afraid to make it because I want it to live up to his expectations. Imagine it’s like making a wine for a connoisseur.

Bright Red Chunky Salsa

Fears behind, I attempted the red chunky salsa. No lie, it took me four shots to get it right. I tried with fresh tomatoes, and with roasted. It either tasted too fresh or too sweet. The secret that I finally discovered: canned tomatoes. Yes, I was disappointed as well. I’m sure there is another way, but I landed on canned tomatoes and they are here to stay. They lend such a perfect saucy consistency, and using petite diced tomatoes still gets you texture and chunks.

Beautiful Bright Red

Chunky Process

I use a food processor for this recipe because it chops everything just how I want it. I have not used a blender, but I assume it will liquify the ingredients rather than keep them chunky. The pulse feature on the food processor makes it ideal for a chunky salsa. Some blenders have a pulse function, try it out! For this recipe you can add all ingredients at the same time and pulse to your desired consistency. Brad loves big chunks of onion, so I add those in after blending the salsa.  

Mexican Food Cravings

I always try to have all ingredients for this salsa on hand. Fortunately it’s a simple recipe. We live in Arizona, and we love Mexican food. I make everything from breakfast burritos, to taco salads and enchiladas. We eat a fair share of Mexican food, and when Brad gets a craving I can come to the rescue. Who needs to drive across town for salsa when you can make it with simple ingredients?

Chips and Salsa

Want another salsa recipe? Check out these:

Mango Jalapeno Salsa

Avocado Salsa Verde

Spicy Salsa and Chips

Chunky Red Salsa

This bright red chunky salsa has fresh flavors of cilantro, jalapeno, and onions, and is brightened with a squeeze of lime. It took me three tries to get this salsa up to Brad’s salsa standards.
Prep Time 15 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Servings 2 cups

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ a cup white onion
  • ½ a jalapeno*
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 lime juiced

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients into food processor and pulse or set to low speed until you’ve reached the desired consistency.**
  • Let salsa stand covered and refrigerated for 1 hour to let flavors combine.

Notes

*If you don’t like it as spicy, remove the seeds from the jalapeno.
**Brad likes bigger chunks of onion, so I add the onion after I’ve blended the salsa, and pulse it just a few times to keep the chunks bigger.
Mango Jalapeno Salsa

Mango Jalapeno Salsa

This mango jalapeno salsa is both sweet and spicy and has such a fresh taste with ripe and seasonal mango. Perfect with fish tacos, grilled chicken, or as a snack and appetizer. Popular Salsa I took to social media to decide what type of salsa 

Chocolate Mug Cake and Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Chocolate Mug Cake and Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Chocolate Mug Cake with Cinnamon CBD Whipped Cream Who doesn’t love chocolate cake? It’s my favorite dessert and something I crave the most. A mug cake is the best option for me, otherwise I would eat way more cake than I need to! The cinnamon 

Healing Golden Milk

Healing Golden Milk

Golden Milk Recipe

Golden Milk Spices

This warm and frothy golden milk is such a perfect recipe for healing. Turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon are warm spices that have incredible benefits. Not only are they anti-inflammatory but they are also shown to prevent many diseases, may improve brain function, and have antiviral properties.

Pepper is included in this recipe, in case you haven’t noticed. Pepper may seem like an odd ingredient, but it helps the body absorb the curcumin found in turmeric, ensuring you get all the health benefits. Another thing that is good to eat with turmeric is healthy fat. Curcumin is better absorbed when consumed with fat, such as full-fat coconut milk. I like to make this golden milk with either full-fat coconut milk, or a combination of coconut milk and almond milk. Another way to add fat into this beverage is to add MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil, which is big in the keto community.

Anti-inflammatory Golden Milk

I like to enjoy golden milk on a cold day, or when I’m feeling a little down. I also make a cup when I’m not feeling great or when my MS symptoms get the best of me. Being anti-inflammatory, this recipe is great for someone with MS or other chronic illness. The spices help reduce inflammation, and the warm milk and flavors make me feel comforted.

In this recipe I use a milk frother to ensure all the spices and nut milks get blended together evenly. I use this tool a lot in the kitchen!

Check out these other healthy beverage recipes:

Watermelon Mint Refresher

Creamy Paleo Chocolate Shake

Anti-inflammatory Golden Milk

Healing Golden Milk

This silky, smooth golden milk is laced with turmeric, cinnamon and ginger throughout frothy coconut and almond milk.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Healthy
Servings 1 large serving

Equipment

  • Milk Frother or Whisk

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 ½ tsp turmeric
  • pinch black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a small pot.
  • Heat the mixture over medium-low heat and combine well with a milk frother or whisk.
Keyword Anti-inflammatory, Dairy Free, Golden Milk, Spices, Turmeric
Chocolate Chip Caramel Cookies

Chocolate Chip Caramel Cookies

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day National Ice Cream Sandwich day inspired me to make these chocolate chip caramel cookies. I don’t bake that often, and this is my first cookie recipe. My goal for these cookies was to make them thin and flat. Yes, big, 

Green Chimichurri Sauce

Green Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is a green sauce that is generally made from fresh oregano, parsley, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and crushed red peppers. In this version, I have added fresh mint for extra flavor. This bright green tangy Chimichurri sauce is excellent as a marinade, 

Creamy Tangy Guacamole

Creamy Tangy Guacamole

Jump to Recipe

Ways to Guacamole

Guacamole is one of our favorite things to eat. Avocados are so creamy, nutritious, and filling. Guacamole goes well with pretty much all Mexican food, but it’s also great to have as a side or topping for your entree. When it comes to guac, you don’t really need a recipe, but maybe just a reminder of ingredients used. 

I have seen so many different variations of this popular dish. A simple mixture of avocado and salt can be considered guacamole. Avocado mixed with pico de gallo is a popular option. There are even fun and different recipes using pomegranate seeds, strawberries, or even radishes. My friend Erica says her kids LOVE guacamole with pomegranate seeds. That is definitely next on my list!

Guacamole Ingredients

This recipe is simple, and as you can see it doesn’t have tomatoes. I see a lot of guacamole recipes, each a little different. I love tomatoes with mine, but they tend to make it watery. Sometimes I’ll add diced tomatoes or salsa on top of my guacamole instead of mixing it in. A lot of times I throw in items I have in the fridge, like peppers that I need to use up. Feel free to get creative with yours! What do you put in your guacamole?

A potato masher is my favorite tool to use for mashing up my avocado. You could use a fork, but I find that a potato masher yields a perfect consistency. Sometimes we like very smooth guacamole, while other times I enjoy a chunky texture. I use this potato masher for so many things in my kitchen. I consider it one of my top kitchen tools, and I rarely make mashed potatoes. 

Guacamole

Looking for more recipes to have with your favorite Mexican dinner?

Check out these salsa recipes:

Mango Jalapeno Salsa

Bright Red Chunky Salsa

Avocado Salsa Verde 

And try these delicious cocktails while you’re at it!

Creamy Pina Colada

Frozen Mango Margarita

Berry Minty Margarita

Watermelon Berry Margarita

Pretty in Pink Margarita

Tangy Guac

Tangy Guacamole

This flavorful, tangy guacamole is wonderful alongside your favorite Mexican dishes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Healthy, Mexican
Servings 1 cup

Equipment

  • Potato Masher

Ingredients
  

  • 3 small avocados larger will yield more
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp shredded or diced white onion
  • ½ a jalapeno remove seeds for less spice
  • ½ a lime juiced
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Mash avocado and salt using a potato masher or fork in a large bowl.
    Guacamole Ingredients
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
    Guacamole
Keyword Guacamole

Guacamole