Kale Salad

29 Aug

This recipe is a knock-off of the Trader’s Joe’s Kale and Edamame Bistro Salad, and it’s even better!  This is a family favorite recipe that we usually have about once or twice a week.

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  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced or crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried Italian herb blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 4 cups finely chopped Tuscan kale, ribs removed (this is about 4 ounces of kale)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup edamame beans
  • A few carrot shreds (if you have them, for color)
  • slivered almonds


  1. Add all dressing ingredients to a large salad bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Into the bowl throw the kale (which you have cut into smaller pieces), chickpeas, cranberries and edamame. Toss in some carrot shreds and slivered almonds.
  3. Toss salad well to combine.

This is great as a main dish, but also works well as a side.  Keeps well in the refrigerator dressed for a several days. Enjoy!

Watermelon Coolers

27 Aug

It’s Labor Day weekend – our last pool party bbq of the summer season, and it’s supposed to be a scorcher here in Nashville, TN! One of my favorite ways to hydrate when I’m outdoors in the summer is with watermelon. I found this great recipe on a super hot day during our vacation this year in St. Augustine, Florida. We stopped by a local farmer’s market and had the MOST refreshing drink!  It’s super easy AND clean and delicious, and you just have to try it. :)

I don’t have any measurements for this recipe – just play around with it!

1. Fill your blender halfway up with fresh cut watermelon.

2. Add some ice.

3. Blend. (adding more ice or watermelon if needed to reach your desired consistency)

4. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and ENJOY!






Peanut Butter Honey Oat Bars

15 Aug

Peanut Butter Honey Oat Bars

3 Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars


  • natural peanut butter – 1 cup
  • honey – 1 cup
  • old fashioned oatmeal – 3 cups


  1. Put peanut butter and honey in a heavy saucepan and heat on low until thoroughly combined and becomes a liquid consistency.
  2. Mix in oats and stir.
  3. Press into a 9 x 9 inch pan.
  4. Cover and put in the refrigerator until set.
  5. Serve. (you do not have to store in the refrigerator, but they tend to be less messy that way, and they taste great cold!)

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