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Filet Mignon Burger

Filet mignon burger with caramelized onions, fresh arugula, dijon mustard on a toasted brioche bun. It doesn't get any better than this. #ad

You guys!

It’s almost that time of the year! Two more weeks until the start of football season. Fans and tailgaters everywhere are getting excited.

Now, for those who don’t know, I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. .  where they basically teach you how to throw a football, boy or girl, at a young age. I didn’t really enjoy playing sports of any kind until my college days where I only played for fun but I’m glad that I finally developed an appreciation for the game.

Now, I still enjoy watching the games . . I’m definitely not as into the games as my husband is but I can still watch with him. I’m more concerned about the food.

What do we have? Is there enough food for everyone? and if we have friends over watching the game with us, will they leave feeling happy and full?

Filet mignon burger with caramelized onions, fresh arugula, dijon mustard on a toasted brioche bun. It doesn't get any better than this. #ad

Enter these glorious filet mignon steaks from Omaha Steaks. And I’m grilling them on my KitchenAid grill. It has a secondary searing zone with an intense heat ceramic infrared burner. Yes, I know. Isn’t that the coolest thing ever? and I grilled these!

If you guys aren’t familiar with Omaha Steaks, these are the crème de la crème of steaks. Period. And my dad actually introduced us to Omaha Steaks when we were kids. I remember how happy we would get when we got that box in the mail.

Filet mignon burger with caramelized onions, fresh arugula, dijon mustard on a toasted brioche bun. It doesn't get any better than this. #ad

Now, I know you’re thinking filet mignon on a burger?! What? Even my dad’s jaw is on the floor right now. But stay with me for a second and think about it. If you’ve had filet mignon before, you know how tender, soft and flavorful the meat is, right? And I know some people wouldn’t dare put this meat on a burger. .  but come on you guys. .

Filet mignon burger with caramelized onions, fresh arugula, dijon mustard on a toasted brioche bun. It doesn't get any better than this. #ad

Caramelized onions, dijon mustard and a toasted brioche bun? Isn’t this just calling your name?

Filet mignon burger with caramelized onions, fresh arugula, dijon mustard on a toasted brioche bun. It doesn't get any better than this. #ad

Paul says if we serve these burgers at our next party, no one is going home and they’ll keep wanting to come back for more. I hope he’s right!

I’m sharing the full recipe over on the Omaha Steaks blog today! I’d love any comments over there!

Filet Mignon Burger
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 12

Ingredients
For the caramelized onions:
  • 5 slices thick cut bacon
  • 4 pounds onions, peeled and sliced thin (I used Vidalia onions)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
For the burgers:
  • 6 (6 oz.) filet mignon steaks
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • Dijon mustard
  • Fresh arugula
  • 12 brioche buns, toasted

Instructions
  1. Using a heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat, cook the bacon slices until crispy, for about 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the cooked, crispy bacon from the pan and place onto a paper towel lined plate.
  2. For the rest of the instructions and to see the complete recipe card, please visit SteakBytes.com

For the complete recipe, please visit the Omaha Steaks blog, SteakBytes.com

Filet mignon burger with caramelized onions, fresh arugula, dijon mustard on a toasted brioche bun. It doesn't get any better than this. #ad

Disclosure: This is a paid, sponsored post in partnership with Omaha Steaks. All opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for supporting me in partnering with the brands and products that I use and love.

 

 

Eggplant Mapo Tofu

Eggplant Mapo Tofu. Make one of your favorite Chinese food dishes at home! Just follow this recipe and you can adjust the amount of spiciness as desired. #spon #Chinesefood

We still have a week left before we get back into the back to school routine and I plan on kicking back and enjoying every minute of it.

I’ve been cooking a lot and trying new things and you can tell if I’ve had a productive day by the amount of dirty dishes in my sink. And if we are all (kids included) able to actually eat what I’ve made for dinner, it’s a double win.

Eggplant Mapo Tofu. Make one of your favorite Chinese food dishes at home! Just follow this recipe and you can adjust the amount of spiciness as desired. #spon #Chinesefood

Mapo Tofu is one of my favorite Chinese food dishes. I love tofu and I love spicy. We always order this when we get takeout and so I’m happy to say that this version might be better than than the one we get at House of Mei here in Madison. This was a little too spicy for my kids so I did make a mild version for them. But it’s all good.

I’m waiting for the day where I can just make one dish and we can all eat spicy food together. But that probably won’t be for a long time.

Eggplant Mapo Tofu. Make one of your favorite Chinese food dishes at home! Just follow this recipe and you can adjust the amount of spiciness as desired. #spon #Chinesefood

I used my trusty KitchenAid® 7-Ply Stainless Steel with Copper Core 10″ Skillet. This is my absolute favorite skillet (yes, I’ve said this before) and I use it all the time. The low, gently angled sides not only make stirring and flipping easier, but provide a larger surface area for quickly cooking, sautéing, and searing meats and vegetables.

Eggplant Mapo Tofu. Make one of your favorite Chinese food dishes at home! Just follow this recipe and you can adjust the amount of spiciness as desired. #spon #Chinesefood

With any Asian food dish, there are varying degrees of spiciness and preference. Play around with this recipe and add more or less heat and spice, depending on what you want. I hope you give this recipe a try! If you like eggplant and Chinese Mapo Tofu, you simply must try this!

Eggplant Mapo Tofu. Make one of your favorite Chinese food dishes at home! Just follow this recipe and you can adjust the amount of spiciness as desired. #spon #Chinesefood

And I’m using my new boards today! Food blogger friends: my husband had the brilliant idea of googling wood floor companies in the area to see if any had remnant pieces of reclaimed wood. And I scored big! Hooray!

I hope you try my Eggplant Mapo Tofu!

Eggplant Mapo Tofu
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 to 3 fresh cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 2 to 3 green onions, finely diced (white and green parts)+ more for garnish
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons spicy black bean paste (or hot bean sauce)
  • ½ teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns, ground
  • ⅓ cup spicy bean sauce + more if needed (as shown above)
  • 14 ounce container of silken tofu, drained and cut into cubes
  • ½ cup Chinese eggplant, cubed
  • ½ cup eggplant, cubed
  • Serve with white or brown rice

Instructions
  1. Using a small mixing bowl, whisk together the chicken stock, cornstarch, soy sauce and sugar. Set aside.
  2. Using your KitchenAid® 7-Ply Stainless Steel with Copper Core 10″ Skillet over medium high heat, add the sesame oil, garlic, ginger and green onions and cook until fragrant, for about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the hot bean paste, ground Sichuan pepper and spicy bean sauce. Taste and adjust ingredients according to your taste. Continue sautéing for a few more minutes, or until heated through.
  3. For the rest of the instructions and to see the complete recipe card, please click over to The Kitchenthusiast.

To see the complete recipe card, please visit The Kitchenthusiast.

 

Eggplant Mapo Tofu. Make one of your favorite Chinese food dishes at home! Just follow this recipe and you can adjust the amount of spiciness as desired. #spon #Chinesefood

Disclosure: This is a paid, sponsored post in partnership with KitchenAid USA. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting me in partnering with the brands and products that I use and love.

 

 

Simple Cantaloupe Salad + A Giveaway!

Simple Cantaloupe Salad with pickled red onions and balsamic glaze. Fresh, light and you will love the sweetness from the cantaloupe with the pickled red onions! You’ve got to try this salad!

You guys. This week has finally arrived. It’s a big week!!! And I’m not talking about back to school.

My half marathon is this Saturday!

I’ve been running and training for this race for like the past three to four months. And during that time, I ran a 10k and a 10 mile race. If I can run 10, I certainly can run 13.1 miles, right?

Simple Cantaloupe Salad with pickled red onions and balsamic glaze. Fresh, light and you will love the sweetness from the cantaloupe with the pickled red onions! You’ve got to try this salad!

I’ve been a runner for a good part of my adult life and this will be my second half marathon (the first one was more than 10 years ago!). This time around the training has been great. I have the right shoes: my Saucony Mirage 5. I freaking love these running shoes. I will now wear nothing else. I have the right clothes (and God knows I’ve been spending so much money on running gear it’s not even funny), I have the right fuel and nutrition: the chews and the gels etc and I’ve been following my training program as closely as possible.

So, now this last week. It all comes down to sleep and eating right. I already have a hard time as it is getting enough sleep but one area I know I can do is eating right and eating healthy.

Simple Cantaloupe Salad with pickled red onions and balsamic glaze. Fresh, light and you will love the sweetness from the cantaloupe with the pickled red onions! You’ve got to try this salad!

My plan this week is to load up on the fruits, vegetables, lean meats and a little carbs. I will probably eat a salad for lunch everyday so today I wanted to share my most recent addiction.

This simple cantaloupe salad with pickled red onions and balsamic glaze.

Simple Cantaloupe Salad with pickled red onions and balsamic glaze. Fresh, light and you will love the sweetness from the cantaloupe with the pickled red onions! You’ve got to try this salad!

Eat this as is, or throw on some rotisserie chicken and you are in heaven. This salad, of course, was inspired by this gorgeous cantaloupe I picked up at the market.

Simple Cantaloupe Salad with pickled red onions and balsamic glaze. Fresh, light and you will love the sweetness from the cantaloupe with the pickled red onions! You’ve got to try this salad!

How do you choose a good cantaloupe? I first make sure it looks okay. I won’t choose a cantaloupe if it has bruises, soft spots, moldy patches or cracks. Then, I just go by weight. If they feel heavy, I usually just go for it. There’s also the smell test: Push your fingers on the round section where the vine was attached. It should be slightly soft and should smell fresh and fragrant with a hint of sweetness.

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So, once you’ve picked one, you’ve got to cut it, right?

Well, consider this your lucky day because I’m giving away probably the best PRO 3-Piece Starter Knife Set ever.

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Have you guys heard of ZWILLING J. A. Henckels knives? These knives are made in Germany and have a unique curved bolster and innovative blade shape. The knives are made to be the most user-friendly knives available to market. The unique blade shape and ergonomic bolster are the result of 280 years of experience in knife making, and the rigorous study of how knives are used.

If you’re interested in learning more, you need to watch this video. It’s the coolest video ever and explains how these knives are made and what the thinking was behind the design and everything.

I now have the entire set and have been treating these knives like my children. With lots of love, attention and with care. These knives cut so well, it’s crazy! The Chef’s knife, which I use everyday, cut through this cantaloupe like butter and it slices tomatoes, onions and all sorts of vegetables with ease. I’m so happy to be able to give away this fabulous starter set, as featured above. The starter set includes: a 3″ Paring Knife, a 5″ Serrated Utility Knife and, or course, the 8″ Chef’s Knife. Be sure to enter below!

Good luck!!

Simple Cantaloupe Salad
 
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This salad is great as is, but would also be great with some rotisserie chicken on top.
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer or Main

Ingredients
For the pickled red onions:
  • ½ of one large red onion; peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Special Equipment: Mason jar with lid
For the salad:
  • mixed greens
  • sliced cantaloupe
  • balsamic glaze or balsamic dressing

Instructions
For the pickled red onions:
  1. Blanch the sliced red onions in a saucepan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and place directly into mason jar/s.
  2. Heat the vinegar, water, salt and sugar in a small saucepan over high heat, whisking until all of the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a light boil and then pour over the onions. Let sit until the onions have softened more and the liquid has cooled, for about 25-30 minutes. Refrigerate until ready to enjoy.
For the salad:
  1. Place mixed greens onto a plate and top with sliced cantaloupe. Top with some of the pickled red onions and drizzle on some balsamic glaze, or your favorite balsamic dressing. Enjoy!

 

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Disclosure: This is not a paid, sponsored post. The knives were sent to me for recipe development and testing purposes. The giveaway is sponsored by ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS.

 

 

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

School supply shopping, done. Clothes shopping, done. Meet the teacher night, done (well, at least for one kid).

So, what’s left? Gotta get my “what to pack for lunch” game plan in place. I’ll be honest, sometimes, dinner leftovers become lunch for the next day  . . but when that doesn’t work out or you don’t actually have dinner leftovers you can pack, you gotta plan, prep and pack!

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

This year, I’m taking the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge to pack a healthier lunchbox for my kids and to start the school year off right. I guess I’ve been lucky in that my kids do actually love fruits and most veggies . . well, my oldest will only eat her raw veggies if she has a creamy ranch dressing to dip them in. But hey, I say if she’s going to eat those carrot sticks and celery, have all the creamy ranch dressing you want!

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

My kids like a lot of variety and get bored with food easily (and won’t do the dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets anymore) so I have to change things up a bit. They also love the bento-style lunch box containers and love their food to be in separate compartments.

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

Did we care about this as kids? I don’t remember being so picky. My food was in plastic baggies and in a brown paper sack most of the time.

But if it will help them actually EAT their lunch, I’m on board and will keep using these fabulous lunch containers.

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

One thing I don’t have time for is cutting their sandwiches into animal shapes. To all you moms and dads out there who do that, I applaud you. But I don’t have time for that. What I do have time for and what my kids love?

Little notes in their lunch! Or jokes or fun facts! My oldest daughter LOVES these. And she will tell her little sister these jokes and they laugh and laugh. Last year, they were all about knock knock jokes. It was too cute.

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So, visit Power Your Lunchbox and take the pledge to pack our kids healthy lunches! Power Your Lunchbox will run through September 18 and encourages parents to pack healthy lunch boxes, while supporting children’s hunger relief efforts. For every pledge taken online, $1 will be donated by the sponsors to children’s nutrition programs through Feeding America.

After you sign up and take the pledge, you will have the chance to download those free printable lunchbox cards for your kids, as shown above! You will also find more lunchbox recipes and tips!

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

 

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas!

Here are some great lunchbox ideas to get you started! These are actual lunches I have made and packed for myself and my kids and some other great lunch ideas from some of my favorite bloggers! I hope you can find something here that you will want to make or something that will inspire you!

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

1) Tuna Veggie Rolls (above), using canned albacore tuna

2) Hummus & spinach sandwich, grape tomatoes, sliced figs with baked sweet potato fries from Super Healthy Kids

3) Zucchini Fritters from Just A Taste

4) Baked Fish Sticks with Homemade Tartar Sauce from The Lemon Bowl

5) Inside-Out Sandwiches with Apple Slices and Trail Mix from Very Culinary

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

6) Brown rice, tofu and soy sauce (above)

7) Baked Corn Dogs from The Baker Mama

8) Homemade Spaghetti-O’s from Fake Ginger

9) Zucchini Tater Tots from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

10) Vegetarian Spring Rolls from Weelicious

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

11) Easy Soba Noodles (above)

12) Fabulous Fish Tacos from Super Healthy Kids

13) Mashed Potato Waffles from Healthy Nibbles and Bits

14) Asian Pasta Salad from Eats Well With Others

15) Healthier Creamy Potato Leek Soup from Joyful Healthy Eats

16) Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese from Well Plated

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

17) Super Easy Pasta Salad (above)

18) Hummus Veggie Wraps from Weelicious

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

19) Asian Spring Rolls (above), all of the veggies can be prepped and cut the night before!

20) Carrot Fritters from Oh My Veggies

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

21) Baked Veggie Taquitos with Black Beans (above)

22) Chicken Parmesan Meatballs from Real Food by Dad

23) Cauliflower Pizza from Food Faith Fitness

24) Kale and Apple Soup from Floating Kitchen

25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas and Tips to get you, your kids and the new school year off to a great start!

25) Crunchy Egg Salad (recipe down below!)

Now I have cool, new freezable lunch bags to keep lunches like this egg salad, fresh and cool! *For the apple, we’ve used both Granny Smith and Gala apples.

  • 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise + more if needed
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon red onion, finely diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup apple, diced*
  • salt to taste

Using a medium sized mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix together. Spread on bread slices or enjoy with crackers.

 

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Produce for Kids. I was not paid for this post but did receive a gift card, the Bentology lunch box containers above and some coupons. I believe in this campaign and hope that you can help me spread the word about Power Your Lunchbox so we can raise more money for children’s nutrition programs through Feeding America.

 

Barbecue Pulled Chicken Salad

Barbecue Pulled Chicken Salad! Fresh, flavorful and your slow cooker does all the work for you! This is the perfect meal! Make a salad or sandwich or eat this with mashed potatoes! You can’t go wrong! #slowcooker #crockpot

I’ve definitely had my fair share of salads this summer. I mean, with all the fresh, in-season produce, how can you not?!

Whenever I see heirloom tomatoes or yellow tomatoes, I am immediately drawn to them. I can’t just walk away. I have to pick some up. I picked these up at my local farmer’s market. My favorite way to eat them is by throwing them into a salad or simply slicing them up and eating them with some salad dressing, just plain and nothing else.

I hear though that I have to try a tomato sandwich. Like just fresh, sliced tomatoes, with a little salt, on white bread with mayonnaise. Anyone drooling yet?

Barbecue Pulled Chicken Salad! Fresh, flavorful and your slow cooker does all the work for you! This is the perfect meal! Make a salad or sandwich or eat this with mashed potatoes! You can’t go wrong! #slowcooker #crockpot

The other thing I’ve been doing a lot this summer is using my slow cooker. Slow cooker in the summer? Yes! Maybe not on a day when it’s over 100 degrees, if you get hot weather like that. But hey, don’t forget about your slow cooker! It’s not just for the fall and winter!

I threw in some chicken breasts (you can certainly use boneless thigh meat as well), BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, some Italian dressing and some salt. .   5 ingredients! Can’t beat that! And you’ve got dinner!

Barbecue Pulled Chicken Salad! Fresh, flavorful and your slow cooker does all the work for you! This is the perfect meal! Make a salad or sandwich or eat this with mashed potatoes! You can’t go wrong! #slowcooker #crockpot

Make this salad or make a barbecue pulled chicken sandwich, or serve this over mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower! The possibilities are endless!

And a delicious dinner is guaranteed every time.

Barbecue Pulled Chicken Salad
 
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Note: you want your chicken covered with the BBQ sauce mixture when cooking in the slow cooker so add more BBQ sauce if needed.
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3 to 4

Ingredients
For the BBQ chicken:
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ to 1 cup BBQ sauce + more if needed
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Italian dressing
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • salt to taste
For the red cabbage slaw:
  • Half head of small red cabbage, sliced thin using a mandolin slicer or food processor
  • 2 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil + more if needed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the salad:
  • fresh mixed greens
  • red and yellow tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or Italian dressing

Instructions
For the chicken:
  1. Place chicken breasts in your slow cooker. Using a small bowl, mix together the BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of salt. Taste and adjust any ingredients as needed. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook on high for about 4 hours. Remove the chicken from your slow cooker, and using two forks, shred the chicken breasts, and then place the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker for about 30 minutes to absorb the sauce.
For the red cabbage slaw:
  1. Using a large mixing bowl, toss the shredded red cabbage in the bowl. Drizzle on the olive oil and red wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss together until the cabbage is nicely coated in the oil and vinegar. Taste and adjust any ingredients as needed.
For the salad:
  1. To plate: place a handful or two of fresh mixed greens onto your plate and top with some of the barbecue pulled chicken. Arrange tomato wedges around the plate and top with some of the red cabbage slaw. Drizzle on just a touch of EVOO or your favorite light Italian dressing and enjoy!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe from 40 Aprons.

 

Back to School with PackIt Freezable Bags + A Giveaway!

Back to school with PackIt Freezable Bags!! You won't want to start the school year without one of these! Keep your fruits and veggies fresh and cool! #ad #PackItCool

You guys.  . you might not be ready for this, but it’s that time of the year.

Back to school.

Parents everywhere are celebrating. .  while the kids, not so much. I feel like August is such an interesting month because, I don’t about you, but we try to cram in every last thing before school starts. And at least we have the entire month of August to practice going to bed early again  ..  HA! We start school in early September. Who has already started school or starts school at the end of August? You know it’s that time of the year when you start to see all of the first day of school photos in your Facebook feed. Ah, how times have changed!

One thing my kids are excited about is back to school shopping. .  the clothes. Yes, these are my girls after all. The shoes, the skirts, the tops, the dresses. .  I would save so much money if I had boys. .  I think? Anyway, along with the clothes, it’s the school supplies. .  and you can’t forget about the lunch bags or backpacks!

My oldest is 8 now so those princess and Hello Kitty lunch containers don’t do it for her anymore. And my youngest just follows along, so even though she probably still wants to carry that Disney princess lunch bag, she won’t because she wants to be just like her big sister.

Back to school with PackIt Freezable Bags!! You won't want to start the school year without one of these! Keep your fruits and veggies fresh and cool! #ad #PackItCool

Enter these fabulous new, freezable lunch bags from PackIt! And yes, I said freezable. Now, why is that important? Well, for one, my kids love their drinks cold, like really cold and no matter what I do, the drinks never stay cold by the time they eat lunch and depending on what’s in the lunch bag, like Phoebe’s favorite pasta salad or carrot sticks or an apple, it has to be cold, like cool and not room temperature. I love the fact that the fruits and veggies that I pack can now stay cool.

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And if you need to carry a hot lunch, simply don’t put the bags in the freezer. They work great and keep everything insulated. We love that the handle has a clip so my daughter can clip it to her backpack after lunch. She says this is key! The bag also has a zipper close which I love!

Back to school with PackIt Freezable Bags!! You won't want to start the school year without one of these! Keep your fruits and veggies fresh and cool! #ad #PackItCool

Back to school with PackIt Freezable Bags!! You won't want to start the school year without one of these! Keep your fruits and veggies fresh and cool! #ad #PackItCool

PackIt is the smartest, simplest way to keep food and drinks cool anywhere. It works just like a refrigerator on the go, continually chilling your food and drinks for up to 10 hours! The secret is the cooler’s freezable gel liner. Simply store the folded PackIt bag in the freezer overnight. Once the bag is frozen, its walls generate waves of cold air that chill your food and drinks from all sides. No ice packs needed!

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“PackIt’s patented built-in technology keeps items cool all day without ever needing ice packs. It’s so powerful that it can even drop the temperature of liquids 25 degrees within the first hour. That’s right—it actually makes room-temperature items cold! Best of all, it folds up for compact storage in your freezer and is ready to go when you are.” You can find PackIt freezable lunch bags at available at major retailers such as Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and Amazon, as well as at PackIt.com.

Back to school with PackIt Freezable Bags!! You won't want to start the school year without one of these! Keep your fruits and veggies fresh and cool! #ad #PackItCool

Back to school with PackIt Freezable Bags!! You won't want to start the school year without one of these! Keep your fruits and veggies fresh and cool! #ad #PackItCool

So, new school year. .  we are ready for you!!! My kids can’t wait to use their new freezable lunch bags! Wishing everyone a great school year! and don’t miss my daughter’s favorite pasta salad down below! Moms and dads, you might want to make this for yourself too!

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Our Favorite Pasta Salad
 
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*If peaches are not in season, you can use strawberries or apples for some texture and fun.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • ½ pound tri-color rotini pasta
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ zucchini, unpeeled and julienned
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 yellow tomato, chopped
  • ½ peach, chopped*
  • ⅓ cup black olives, chopped
  • ¼ cup green olives, chopped
  • ¼ cup salami, chopped or cubed
  • 1 to 2 cups fresh arugula
  • ⅓ cup Italian dressing + more if needed

Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions and cook to al dente. Drain, lightly rinse and allow to cool.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl, pour in the pasta. Drizzle with the olive oil and gently mix together. Next, add in all of the ingredients from the zucchini to the arugula. Gently toss together. Drizzle on your favorite Italian salad dressing and mix again. Enjoy!
  3. If packing this for a lunch, pack the dressing separately and drizzle on right before eating.

 

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Mediterranean Freekeh Salad + A Giveaway!

Bright, fresh and flavorful, you've got to try this Mediterranean Freekeh Salad. Organic Cracked Freekeh cooks up in just 20 minutes for an easy, quick whole grain addition to your dinner table! #spon

It’s been such a crazy week you guys.

Busy and fun, but crazy. My kids and I are in Minnesota and they are at Korean Culture Camp. It’s been so great and fun seeing them learn and interact and get excited about being Korean and learning more about their culture.

On Wednesday, I left for a quick day trip for work and am flying back to Minnesota today.  . I have airport gifts in hand to thank my sister and brother-in-law for watching the kids. .  Are airport gifts lame? Depends on what you get right?

When Paul used to travel a lot for work, he would always bring home a magnet from the city he was in. The girls loved it and our refrigerator was filled with them.

Don’t worry, I didn’t get my sister a magnet.

Traveling is fun but I can’t wait to get back home. Last week, before I left I made this Mediterranean Freekeh Salad. I love food like this. Food that you can make, leave in the fridge, let the flavors marinate and it tastes even better the following day. I ate this for like 3 days in a row for lunch.

I am in love with this freekeh salad.

Bright, fresh and flavorful, you've got to try this Mediterranean Freekeh Salad. Organic Cracked Freekeh cooks up in just 20 minutes for an easy, quick whole grain addition to your dinner table! #spon

Have you guys heard of freekeh? Freekeh is “a flavorful, high-fiber whole grain food that cooks quickly and tastes delicious. Freekeh (also known as farik or frikeh) is the name for roasted young wheat, and it is a traditional food of the Middle East and Northeastern Africa. Organic Cracked Freekeh cooks up in just 25 minutes for an easy, quick whole grain addition to your dinner table. This organic roasted green wheat has a subtle smoky flavor and pleasantly chewy texture, which makes it ideal for satisfying side dishes like savory salads and spiced pilafs. For a hearty hot cereal, try a bowl of cracked freekeh topped with milk, honey, nuts and fruit!”

Totally trying this for my next hot breakfast!

Bright, fresh and flavorful, you've got to try this Mediterranean Freekeh Salad. Organic Cracked Freekeh cooks up in just 20 minutes for an easy, quick whole grain addition to your dinner table! #spon

It’s absolutely delicious. I could’ve just eaten this plain, with just extra virgin olive oil and salt and a touch of red wine vinegar. It’s that good and I love the texture.

Bright, fresh and flavorful, you've got to try this Mediterranean Freekeh Salad. Organic Cracked Freekeh cooks up in just 20 minutes for an easy, quick whole grain addition to your dinner table! #spon

But I couldn’t just make a plain pot of freekeh could I?

Bright, fresh and flavorful, you've got to try this Mediterranean Freekeh Salad. Organic Cracked Freekeh cooks up in just 20 minutes for an easy, quick whole grain addition to your dinner table! #spon

This Mediterranean Freekeh Salad is an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Like, the most delicious explosion. You really don’t need a lot going on with the dressing. .  just extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, a fresh squeeze of lemon if you’d like and salt and pepper. You want the ingredients to shine and as you take each bite and taste the pepperoncinis, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, black kalamata olives and the delicious freekeh, you are in heaven.

And yes, we have a giveaway down below. .  because EVERYONE needs to try freekeh.

Bright, fresh and flavorful, you've got to try this Mediterranean Freekeh Salad. Organic Cracked Freekeh cooks up in just 20 minutes for an easy, quick whole grain addition to your dinner table! #spon

Mediterranean Freekeh Salad
 
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Recipe type: Side or Main
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup organic cracked freekeh
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil + more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • ¼ cup diced sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini, unpeeled and diced fine
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 tomato, chopped or diced
  • ¼ cup diced pepperoncini peppers
  • ⅓ cup whole greek kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese + more for garnish if desired
  • ½ lemon, optional

Instructions
  1. Using a heavy bottomed pot or medium sized sauce pan, bring the water to a boil. Add the Organic Cracked Freekeh, reduce the heat to low and partially cover with lid. Let simmer until the liquid has absorbed, for about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for about 30 minutes. Once cooled, lightly drizzle just a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle on some kosher salt. Mix and set aside.
  2. Using a small bowl, whisk together the ¼ cup olive oil, red wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust any ingredients as needed and set aside.
  3. Using a large mixing bowl, mix together the sun dried tomatoes, zucchini, red onion, chopped tomato, diced pepperoncini, olives and parsley. Add the cooked freekeh, fresh arugula, dressing and crumbled feta cheese. Mix together again and right before serving, squeeze on just a touch of freshly squeezed lemon juice if desired. Enjoy immediately.

 

Bright, fresh and flavorful, you've got to try this Mediterranean Freekeh Salad. Organic Cracked Freekeh cooks up in just 20 minutes for an easy, quick whole grain addition to your dinner table! #spon

 

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Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps

Everything you love about cobb salads in a lettuce wrap! These Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps are so easy to make and delicious! Serve these as an appetizer or a meal! #whole30 #paleo

As I was driving back home from dropping off Madeline at summer camp, I was looking out the window. I drove past a farmer on his tractor, and then by a farm, and then by a dairy farm with some cows and then drove by some corn fields and then, some open green pastures. I’m not joking at all. This is all literally on my drive home.

And then, I felt it. I felt happy. Relaxed.

I live in Wisconsin now. It still boggles my mind that I live here. With my family. That Paul and I are raising our children here. In Wisconsin. In the midwest. I never, in a million years, thought we’d end up here. And honestly, until recently, I’ve been secretly wishing and hoping that we would move back to CA or to Texas.

But, we are happy. Paul is happy. The girls are happy. We are good.

Everything you love about cobb salads in a lettuce wrap! These Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps are so easy to make and delicious! Serve these as an appetizer or a meal! #whole30 #paleo

Sometimes, as I am scrolling through my Facebook feed and see photos from my friends who only have boys, I wonder what my life would have been like if I had boys instead of girls. .  don’t ask me why but I have these thoughts .. would there be less drama? would there be less fighting? probably not. . and then I look over at Madeline brushing her American Girl Doll’s hair (yes, we caved). Like, brushing it and brushing it and changing her clothes. She can sit with that doll for at least 30 minutes, which is like an hour for an adult. And Phoebe, trying on clothes and getting ready for her fashion show, where I am supposed to play fashion show music and watch them walk down the runway. Or I watch her fix her hair in the morning (she fixes her own hair now and lets me do it sometimes). And then I think, all is as it should be.

Everything you love about cobb salads in a lettuce wrap! These Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps are so easy to make and delicious! Serve these as an appetizer or a meal! #whole30 #paleo

We’re at the end of July now and I’m taking the girls to Minnesota on Sunday for a week to attend a Korean Culture Camp. We don’t have any camps like this where we live, so we’re going to the one my sister takes her kids to every summer. I’m volunteering for a few days and am excited to see what they learn. See, because even though Paul and I are Korean, we don’t speak Korean well . . my sister would correct me here and say we don’t speak Korean at all.

My Korean is probably at a 1st grade level. Not good. Anyway, they don’t have to learn how to speak the language but I just want them to learn more about who they are. .  hoping for a fun and educational week!

Since we’re heading out this weekend, I’ve been cleaning out the fridge . .  and these Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps were born!! I’ve made these three times over the past two weeks. So easy to make and delicious!

And these are Whole30 and Paleo approved if you’re into that!

Everything you love about cobb salads in a lettuce wrap! These Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps are so easy to make and delicious! Serve these as an appetizer or a meal! #whole30 #paleo

Happy weekend, everyone!

Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps
 
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You can use all natural rotisserie chicken here, or roasted chicken breast. The chimichurri sauce recipe yields about 2 cups of sauce.* You can refrigerate any leftover sauce and leave at room temp for about an hour to use again.
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer or Main

Ingredients
For the chimichurri sauce*:
  • 2 cups firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, trimmed with the stems cut off
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • ¾ cup good quality olive oil + more if needed
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
For the lettuce wraps:
  • Boston Bibb lettuce or Butter lettuce, washed and separated
  • red and yellow tomatoes, chopped
  • roasted chicken breast, chopped or cubed
  • hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • crispy bacon, crumbled or chopped

Instructions
For the chimichurri sauce:
  1. Combine ingredients from the parsley to the oregano in a food processor. Pulse and process until desired consistency is reached; usually several pulses. Place in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix and combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Pour over the parsley mixture and mix together well. Taste and adjust any seasonings as needed.
For the lettuce wraps:
  1. To assemble: Top lettuce leaves with chopped tomatoes, chicken, eggs and bacon. Drizzle on the chimichurri sauce and serve immediately.

 

Everything you love about cobb salads in a lettuce wrap! These Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps are so easy to make and delicious! Serve these as an appetizer or a meal! #whole30 #paleo

Moroccan Chickpea and Carrot Salad + A Giveaway!

Light, easy to prepare and filled with the flavors of Morocco! You've got to try this Moroccan Chickpea and Carrot Salad.

Two chickpea recipes in a row? Well, I have a lot of catching up to do! It’s like when something you love is suddenly taken away from you. .  and then you get it back. .  and you go a little crazy because you missed it so much.

So yeah, I’ve been eating a lot of chickpeas lately.

And this salad, you guys.

Light, easy to prepare and filled with the flavors of Morocco! You've got to try this Moroccan Chickpea and Carrot Salad.

This salad comes from this lovely, beautiful cookbook, The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook.

The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook is much more than a regional cookbook packed with 150 recipes from the area’s top chefs and local farmers.

Some of you might remember me sharing a similar cookbook a couple years ago, The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook. The author, Tracey Medeiros, partnered with chefs, families, farmers and more to put together The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook. It’s packed with 150 recipes from the area’s top chefs and local farmers. “It’s a window into the world of Connecticut’s farm-to-table movement, brought to life through vivid farmer and chef profiles, local lore, and stunning photographs.

Authors Tracey Medeiros and Christy Colasurdo take you on a culinary journey from the shores of tony Greenwich, to the rolling hills of Litchfield, to the backcountry roads and quaint pastoral hamlets tucked away in the state’s Quiet Corner.”

The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook is much more than a regional cookbook packed with 150 recipes from the area’s top chefs and local farmers.

I love that this book is dedicated to Connecticut farmers, fishermen, cheese makers, bee keepers, foragers and food producers. These are the people who take great pains and pride in bringing the people of Connecticut fresh, wholesome and local foods. Each page introduces you to a farm, their life, what they do, how they got started and then shares a delicious recipe.

The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook is much more than a regional cookbook packed with 150 recipes from the area’s top chefs and local farmers.

But it’s the people that make this book special. Getting a glimpse into their lives and seeing what they do. We need a Wisconsin Farm Table Cookbook!!!

The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook is much more than a regional cookbook packed with 150 recipes from the area’s top chefs and local farmers.

From Breakfast to Soups and Salads to Sandwiches, Flatbread, Savory Pies and Crostini (this chapter is amazing!), to Poultry, Fish and Seafood, Meat, Drinks and, of course, Desserts, this cookbook literally has it all.

These recipes immediately jumped out at me: Curried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Honey (page 83), Macaroni and Cheese with Braised Pork Belly (page 155), Macerated Summer Fruit Tart with a coconut oil pie crust (page 290) and the MarWin Farm’s Duck with Corn Bread Stuffing and Strawberry Sauce (pictured below, pages 178- 179).

The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook is much more than a regional cookbook packed with 150 recipes from the area’s top chefs and local farmers.

I was immediately drawn to the Moroccan Chickpea and Carrot Salad (page 46) from the White Gate Farm. White Gate Farm has an on-site farm stand where they sell home-grown organic produce, roasting chickens, eggs and turkeys, as well as salads, pizza, preserves and pastries. If I am ever in East Lyme, I’m going there!

Light, easy to prepare and filled with the flavors of Morocco! You've got to try this Moroccan Chickpea and Carrot Salad.

Because it’s summer and I’m in my eat-all-the-salads phase, I made my own version of this salad and didn’t cook anything. In the original recipe, the carrots are cooked until crisp-tender and the dressing is heated as well, on the stove.

I also added thinly sliced cucumbers and red onions. This salad pairs well with grilled meats and fish so it’s perfect for summer!!

Light, easy to prepare and filled with the flavors of Morocco! You've got to try this Moroccan Chickpea and Carrot Salad.

I hope you give this delicious salad a try!!! and enter to win the Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook down below.

Moroccan Chickpea and Carrot Salad
 
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Prep time includes one hour of marinating time.
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer or Side
Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients
For the spice mixture:
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
For the salad:
  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced thin using a mandoline slicer (about 4 cups)
  • 3 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cucumbers, unpeeled and sliced thin using a mandoline slicer and cut in half
  • 1 to 2 red onions, peeled and sliced thin
For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil + more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons white or red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • drizzle of honey (optional)
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions
  1. For the spice mixture: Using a small bowl, combine the spice mixture ingredients and set aside.
  2. For the salad: Using a large mixing bowl, mix together the carrots, chickpeas, cucumbers and red onions.
  3. For the dressing: whisk together the olive oil, garlic, red wine vinegar, lemon juice and a drizzle of honey. Taste and adjust any ingredients as needed.
  4. To make the salad: Sprinkle on the spice mixture over the carrots, cucumbers and red onions. Drizzle on the dressing and add in the cilantro and parsley. Mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If you can, cover and refrigerate and allow to marinate for at least an hour or 2 before serving.

Recipe adapted from The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, page 46.

Light, easy to prepare and filled with the flavors of Morocco! You've got to try this Moroccan Chickpea and Carrot Salad.

 

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To enter the giveaway: simply leave a comment down below and let me know why this cookbook interests you!

Good luck! One lucky reader will win!

 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I believe in and support farms and the farm to table movement and wanted to review this cookbook and offer this giveaway to my readers. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

 

The Best Chickpea Burger Ever

Packed with chickpeas, eggplant, zucchini and flaxseed meal, you have to try my Veggie Chickpea Burger! Full of flavor and healthy!! This is the best chickpea burger ever! #ad

We’re more than halfway through summer and I can’t believe it. How many times have you guys fired up the grill for some nice juicy steaks or burgers? Since doing the Whole30, I definitely had my fair share of meat and it’s time to slow it down.

And bring chickpeas back into my diet!

Packed with chickpeas, eggplant, zucchini and flaxseed meal, you have to try my Veggie Chickpea Burger! Full of flavor and healthy!! This is the best chickpea burger ever! #ad

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans? What do you call them?

I absolutely love a good veggie burger and I’m going to try making a cauliflower burger ..  yeah, y’all, you heard me right.  . stay tuned. If cauliflower pizza crust is possible, why not a patty right? We’ll see if I can figure out a way to make it work.

And until that can happen, I made this fabulous Veggie Chickpea Burger.

Packed with chickpeas, eggplant, zucchini and flaxseed meal, you have to try my Veggie Chickpea Burger! Full of flavor and healthy!! This is the best chickpea burger ever! #ad

You guys. This burger. It’s amazing.

There’s, of course, garbanzo beans but I also added eggplant, zucchini, and . . .  flaxseed meal in here. Yeah!!! My friend Rina had the brilliant idea of adding flaxseed meal!!! This is like the healthiest burger ever!!! And I used my absolute favorite skillet to cook these patties. I used my KitchenAid® 7-Ply Stainless Steel with Copper Core 10″ Skillet. If you don’t have a skillet that you use all the time and love, then you have to check this one out! And make these burgers! Do you see that awesome exterior on the patty?!!! It’s because of this skillet!

And weird food blogger side comment/question ..  have you guys ever gone crazy trying to find the perfect “food item” to help style the photo or your plate? I purchased 3 kinds of potato chips because I wanted the perfect chips on this plate. The ridges!!!

Packed with chickpeas, eggplant, zucchini and flaxseed meal, you have to try my Veggie Chickpea Burger! Full of flavor and healthy!! This is the best chickpea burger ever! #ad

Small, minor detail  . . and they are in the background but this is what I think about. Am I crazy?! Am I the only person that does this? Please tell me no.

And you guys. .  this red cabbage slaw was inspired by something I ate recently here in Madison at the Marigold Kitchen. If you guys are ever in Madison, this is the place to go to for brunch or a quick lunch. Great food using local and seasonal produce.

I’m not including the recipe for the slaw, you’ll have to click over to get it! And I hope you do! I’ve been living off of this slaw all summer long! Check out my post and complete recipe over at The Kitchenthusiast!

Chickpea Burger
 
Note for the cook: Be careful not to blend/pulse the ingredients for your chickpea patties for too long in your food processor. You still want some texture so the patties are able to hold together while cooking.
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6

Ingredients
For the chickpea patties:
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans of chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of sweet corn, drained
  • ½ small onion, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup grilled or roasted eggplant, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup zucchini, roughly chopped (about half a medium to large sized zucchini)
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 heaping cup panko or regular bread crumbs + more if needed
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup parsley, finely chopped + more if needed
  • salt and pepper
To cook and assemble the burgers:
  • See more and the recipe for the slaw at The Kitchenthusiast

Instructions
For the chickpea patties:
  1. Using your KitchenAid 9-Cup Food Processor, pulse together the chickpeas, corn onions, grilled eggplant, zucchini, paprika, ground coriander and cumin until just combined. Do not over pulse, you want to retain some texture to your patties.
  2. For the rest of the instructions and to see the FULL recipe card, please check out my recipe at The Kitchenthusiast.

For my post and to see the complete recipe for this burger, please visit The Kitchenthusiast.

Packed with chickpeas, eggplant, zucchini and flaxseed meal, you have to try my Veggie Chickpea Burger! Full of flavor and healthy!! This is the best chickpea burger ever! #ad

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Summer Berry Salad + A Giveaway!

Eat the rainbow and enjoy seasonal summer fruit! This Summer Berry Salad is like summer in a bowl!

Today is July 8th and this is my LAST Whole30 Day! Day #30!! I made it! I didn’t do it perfectly . . especially in these last 10 days but I did pretty darn well and I’m happy!! So, how am I celebrating today?

By bringing you a salad!

I feel great and am probably in the best shape ever, but my running (and training for my half marathon in August) is a big part of that. During the past 30 days I’ve probably put every possible thing on a bed of lettuce, or in a lettuce wrap. You get creative. .  especially since you have so much protein, fruits and vegetables all around you. I made sure my fridge was always stocked with everything I would need for the week. I’m definitely going to write a recap post but for today, we need to focus on this amazing salad.

Eat the rainbow and enjoy seasonal summer fruit! This Summer Berry Salad is like summer in a bowl! #salad #vegan #whole30 #lowcarb

One thing I absolutely loved was eating my salads with cherries. It was something new for me (why did it take me so long to try this?!) and so the next obvious thing was blueberries.

Eat the rainbow and enjoy seasonal summer fruit! This Summer Berry Salad is like summer in a bowl! #salad #vegan #whole30 #lowcarb

Obviously.

Fruit in your salads. Do it. It’s wonderful. And do it now because summer fruit is the best!

Eat the rainbow and enjoy seasonal summer fruit! This Summer Berry Salad is like summer in a bowl! #salad #vegan #whole30 #lowcarb

And for me, salads are all about the dressing. During the Whole30, I pretty much ate my homemade vinaigrette (EVOO, red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper) on everything. I would make a chimichurri sauce from time to time too.

Eat the rainbow and enjoy seasonal summer fruit! This Summer Berry Salad is like summer in a bowl!

And now that I don’t have to stick to just that dressing, I’m going back to one of my favorite brands of salad dressings: Newman’s Own Salad Dressing.

Eat the rainbow and enjoy seasonal summer fruit! This Summer Berry Salad is like summer in a bowl!

Seriously, ever since these came out in the 80’s, I’ve been using this dressing. The creamy balsamic is my favorite but I also love the Olive Oil and Vinegar, the Balsamic and the Sesame Ginger! There is a dressing for everyone.

For me, a salad isn’t a great salad unless you have the perfect dressing. And I love how the Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing enhances (and does not overpower) the salad here. It’s delicious with the fruit, avocado and greens. I may be eating this salad every day for the rest of the summer.

Enjoy!!

I leave for my Wisconsin Cheese Blogger Retreat tomorrow. .  I will have delicious cheese everywhere. .  and will have to pace myself. .  I haven’t had cheese in 30 days!!!! And you need to follow along on Instagram for something special on Friday!! We’re going someplace pretty cool! 

Eat the rainbow and enjoy seasonal summer fruit! This Summer Berry Salad is like summer in a bowl! #salad #vegan #whole30 #lowcarb

Summer Berry Salad
 
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer or Main

Ingredients
  • blend of fresh green leaf lettuce and baby spinach
  • fresh cherries, pitted and cut in half
  • fresh strawberries, with the stem removed and sliced in half
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
  • assortment red, yellow and orange bell peppers, sliced in thin strips
  • fresh blueberries
  • Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing

Instructions
  1. Place fresh greens into a large, shallow bowl and top with the fruit and vegetables, in lines, as shown in the photos. Drizzle lightly with dressing and enjoy!

 

Wooden bowl of mixed salad; Shutterstock ID 81689791

Newman’s Own is inviting consumers to showcase how YOU take your salad from ordinary to extraordinary using Newman’s Own Dressing for an opportunity win a $35,000 donation for the charity of your choice! Visit Greens for Good and click on the “Greens for Good” tab to enter YOUR inspirational salad recipe!!

The “Greens for Good” salad recipe contest begins June 23, 2015 and the entry-phase closes August 21, 2015.

With every bottle of Newman’s Own salad dressing that you buy, you’re helping charitable causes. Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation has given more than $430 million to thousands of charities since 1982. As Paul Newman said, “From salad dressing, all blessings flow.”

And on to the giveaway!!

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Because we want EVERYONE to enter this contest and try these dressings. .  we’re giving away a $25 gift card to ONE lucky reader! You can spend the $25 on anything you want to!

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Grilled Eggplant Bun Burger + A Giveaway!

Toss that bread bun and try this Grilled Eggplant Bun Burger!!! Low carb, delicious and perfect for summer!  #lowcarb #paleo #eggplantrecipe

It’s Monday! And I’m firing up the grill. .  again.

But this time, for something different . .

Toss that bread bun and try this Grilled Eggplant Bun Burger!!! Low carb, delicious and perfect for summer!  #lowcarb #paleo #eggplantrecipe

If there’s one thing the blogging, being immersed in food and this Whole30 thing has taught me, it’s this.

Let’s celebrate and eat vegetables. Seasonal Vegetables!

This is my go-to guide for knowing what’s in season and when. And it’s a no brainer if you ask me. .  because when fruits and veggies are in season, they are at their best as far as taste and freshness AND they are not as expensive. I love the summers when berries are in season and you can buy the best looking berries, peaches and vegetables and not break the bank! I heavy up on lots of eggplant and zucchini in the summer. And I look at veggies in a whole new light now.

And since I can’t eat bread.  . this had to happen.

Toss that bread bun and try this Grilled Eggplant Bun Burger!!! Low carb, delicious and perfect for summer!  #lowcarb #paleo #eggplantrecipe

Pretty damn good you guys.

I grilled my eggplant because I love seeing the grill marks. But you can also bake them too.

Toss that bread bun and try this Grilled Eggplant Bun Burger!!! Low carb, delicious and perfect for summer!  #lowcarb #paleo #eggplantrecipe

And to make this burger even better. .  I used Maille’s NEW Toasted Onion and Wild Thyme mustard.

Toss that bread bun and try this Grilled Eggplant Bun Burger!!! Low carb, delicious and perfect for summer!  #lowcarb #paleo #eggplantrecipe

You guys. .  this is more than mustard. .  this is an event. An event for your burger. It has slow cooked onions and wild thyme .  . like there are bits of slow cooked onions in the mustard. It’s beyond delicious! 

Toss that bread bun and try this Grilled Eggplant Bun Burger!!! Low carb, delicious and perfect for summer!  #lowcarb #paleo #eggplantrecipe

And there’s more!!!

Toss that bread bun and try this Grilled Eggplant Bun Burger!!! Low carb, delicious and perfect for summer!  #lowcarb #paleo #eggplantrecipe

Check out the entire new summer collection online here. “Bistros are back on the foodie agenda this year with a wave of Michelin-starred chefs recognizing the simple pleasures of bistro-style cooking. By harnessing and recombining authentic bistro flavors, Maille is refreshing classic French traditions. The result is an exciting trio of mustards to compliment the tastes of summer and the casual chic spirit of the South of France.” 

These would be perfect for any summer cookout! You need to try these! And enter for your chance to win them down below!

Grilled Eggplant Bun Burger
 
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If you don’t have a grill, you can roast the sliced eggplant with some extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4

Ingredients
For the eggplant buns:
  • 1 medium to large sized eggplant, sliced into ¾ inch thick rounds
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper
For the burger:
  • 4 lean organic, grass-fed ground beef patties, grilled or cooked
  • sautéed mushrooms, sliced
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • dijon mustard
  • ketchup
  • any other condiments as desired

Instructions
For the eggplant buns:
  1. Heat up your grill. Brush each eggplant round with olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Grill each eggplant round over medium-high heat for about 4 to 5 minutes or until grill marks appear and the eggplant is heated through and slightly softened. Repeat on opposite side but only grill for about 3 to 4 minutes.
For the burger:
  1. To assemble: Spread on dijon mustard on one eggplant round, top with the cooked beef patty, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes and add any other condiments as desired and top with another grilled eggplant “bun” round and serve.

Recipe inspired by the eggplant buns recipe in The Whole30 book.

Toss that bread bun and try this Grilled Eggplant Bun Burger!!! Low carb, delicious and perfect for summer!  #lowcarb #paleo #eggplantrecipe

 

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Slow Cooker Pork with Mashed Cauliflower

Delicious Slow Cooker Pork with Mashed Cauliflower! If you’ve never tried mashed cauliflower, you need to try this recipe! So EASY to make! Low carb, Whole30 and Paleo diet approved! #lowcarb #whole30 #paleo

Slow cooker in the summer? Do you guys do this?

I know we immediately associate using our slow cookers in the fall and winter but do you use yours in the summer too? The summers are probably when I’m running around the most. . hauling the kids back and forth from summer camps and other stuff. I mean, I understand not using it if you don’t have A/C in the house or on a really hot day but otherwise, you guys, the slow cooker rocks in the summer too!!

I made this recipe on a day where we had a million and one things to do, seared my pork shoulder and put it in my slow cooker, along with the dried herbs, garlic, seasonings and crushed tomato sauce (that’s it! this recipe is Whole30 approved) and when dinner time came around, we were ready to roll. .  and my kitchen smelled amazing. I’ve since used my slow cooker to make this (you’ve got to check out Cheryl’s recipe!) and this for my family.

Delicious Slow Cooker Pork with Mashed Cauliflower! If you’ve never tried mashed cauliflower, you need to try this recipe! So EASY to make! Low carb, Whole30 and Paleo diet approved! #lowcarb #whole30 #paleo

A dish like this makes the remaining 16 days doable. #whole30 #itsstillhardashell #stayingfocused

And I have to stop and talk about this mashed cauliflower for a moment. Cauliflower mash, cauliflower purée, mashed cauliflower.   call it what you want. And if you follow the Paleo diet, this is nothing new. But a few of my ingredients might be?

Delicious Slow Cooker Pork with Mashed Cauliflower! If you’ve never tried mashed cauliflower, you need to try this recipe! So EASY to make! Low carb, Whole30 and Paleo diet approved! #lowcarb #whole30 #paleo

All you need is a food processor. And you let that thing run until the cauliflower is smooth. Looks delicious, right?!

Delicious Slow Cooker Pork with Mashed Cauliflower! If you’ve never tried mashed cauliflower, you need to try this recipe! So EASY to make! Low carb, Whole30 and Paleo diet approved! #lowcarb #whole30 #paleo

This mashed cauliflower is a great, tasty and lighter alternative to mashed potatoes. I roasted my cauliflower first but you can also steam the cauliflower, rather than boil it. Steaming works better than boiling for this purée because boiling leaches flavor and some nutrients out of the cauliflower. So, don’t boil your cauliflower!

Delicious Slow Cooker Pork with Mashed Cauliflower! If you’ve never tried mashed cauliflower, you need to try this recipe! So EASY to make! Low carb, Whole30 and Paleo diet approved! #lowcarb #whole30 #paleo

Enjoy. .  I’m off to see what else I can purée!! And I’m leaving for Chicago tomorrow morning to attend Eat Write Retreat. .  follow along on social media and IG if you’re interested!

And you have to try this recipe! Have you had mashed cauliflower before and have a fabulous recipe? If so, please share below!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Mashed Cauliflower
 
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For the cook: Prep and start cooking the pork in the morning and about 30 to 40 minutes before serving, make the mashed cauliflower.
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Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients
For the pork:
  • 1 to 2 lbs. pork shoulder
  • salt and pepper + more for the slow cooker
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves; minced
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
For the mashed cauliflower:
  • 1 medium to large sized cauliflower head, cut into florets
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (or butter) + more if needed
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves; minced
  • fresh chives, finely chopped

Instructions
For the pork:
  1. Season both sides of the pork with salt and pepper. Using a large sized pan over medium high heat, heat the olive oil and after a minute or so, sear the pork on one side. After a few minutes, flip and sear the other side until nicely browned. Remove from the pan and place into your slow cooker.
  2. Add in the minced garlic, crushed tomatoes, dried thyme, oregano and parsley. Season with more salt and pepper. Mix together and ensure that all of the pork is covered completely by the tomato sauce. Add a bit more if needed.
  3. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for at least 5 to 6 hours. The pork should easily break apart with forks.
For the mashed cauliflower:
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Using a parchment paper covered baking sheet, toss on the cauliflower florets and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes. You just want the cauliflower roasted and softened but not browned too much.
  2. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Place the roasted cauliflower into your food processor, along with the almond milk, ghee, minced garlic and season with salt and pepper. Pulse until completely smooth. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  3. To serve: top the mashed cauliflower with the pulled pork and some sauce and top with some fresh chives. Enjoy while hot.

Delicious Slow Cooker Pork with Mashed Cauliflower! If you’ve never tried mashed cauliflower, you need to try this recipe! So EASY to make! Low carb, Whole30 and Paleo diet approved! #lowcarb #whole30 #paleo

 

Light Asian Noodle Salad

Light Asian Soba Noodle Salad! Colorful and fresh bell peppers with chewy soba noodles, edamame and a life changing creamy almond butter sauce! So easy and quick! #healthy #vegan #soba #sobanoodles #spon

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The phone call you never want to get. This happened last Wednesday night.

“Hello, is this Alice?” “Yes.. ” “OK, first off, your husband is okay. .  but he’s been in a really bad car accident. I just saw the entire thing happen and I am here with him now. I’m giving the phone to him.”

Me: “What?!!!”

My husband was driving home last Wednesday and was like 3 minutes away from our house and was involved in a bad car accident and was taken away from the scene of the accident in an ambulance to the ER.

I immediately call my friends and they tell me they are coming over to watch the girls so I can go to the ER. As I am driving there, I call my sister and sister-in-law to let them know what happened. I can’t call my mother because she will worry and freak out. And when I hear my sister-in-law, Renee’s, voice, I immediately break down and start crying. “Paul got into a car accident. I’m on my way to the hospital now.”

And she starts crying and calls her husband, Paul’s oldest brother. I get there. .  they take me to the ER and to the room where he is and Paul is strapped to a gurney, in a neck brace with a sheet covering him and wires everywhere, attached to his body.

And he’s on the phone. With the insurance company. Reporting the claim.

Only my husband folks.

They let you use your phone in the ER?!

So, I walk in and immediately say, “Are you ok? What are you doing? Who are you talking to?” “Why are you on the phone?!” They just ran the CT scans and we are waiting for the results. Paul turns out to be fine and a very lucky man. Thank you, God Almighty. His car did not flip over but rolled straight into a ditch. The hardest part for the paramedics was strapping him to that gurney and carrying him up and out of there. And the car is totaled. Gone.

But my husband is alive and safe and home. Thank you, God, thank you. And he only was extremely sore and had some abdominal pain and soreness.

The next morning, I had to drive my husband to work because we didn’t have a rental car by that point and I’m getting Madeline out of bed and putting her into her car seat, strapping her in extra tight and Phoebe is buckling up, again extra tight, they are excited that we get to drive daddy to work . . and Paul is next to me in the passenger seat. I think to myself, Thank you God so much that my family is in tact. That we are all safe and alive.

Light Asian Soba Noodle Salad! Colorful and fresh bell peppers with chewy soba noodles, edamame and a life changing creamy almond butter sauce! So easy and quick! #healthy #vegan #soba #sobanoodles #spon

Asian food is my comfort food and buckwheat noodles are up there on my list! I absolutely love buckwheat noodles, also known as soba noodles, and my family does too. This dish is so easy to whip up and would work great at your next cookout, or even as a delicious and quick lunch or light dinner.

Light Asian Soba Noodle Salad! Colorful and fresh bell peppers with chewy soba noodles, edamame and a life changing creamy almond butter sauce! So easy and quick! #healthy #vegan #soba #sobanoodles #spon

Check out my full post and recipe on the KitchenAid blog! I’ve got a surprise ingredient in here!! I’ve also included other grilling recipes that you can make with this Light Asian Noodle Salad. .  because come on, sometimes you gotta try something new!!

And the moral of this story? Drive carefully, folks. Please drive carefully.

Light Asian Soba Noodle Salad! Colorful and fresh bell peppers with chewy soba noodles, edamame and a life changing creamy almond butter sauce! So easy and quick! #healthy #vegan #soba #sobanoodles #spon

Light Asian Noodle Salad
 
Note for the cook: *Buckwheat noodles do not take long to cook. You typically only need to boil them for 4 to 5 minutes. Do not over cook your buckwheat noodles. You do not want your noodles too soft.
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Recipe type: Main or Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients
For the sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey
For the noodle salad:
  • 1 large zucchini, unpeeled and sliced lengthwise and in half
  • 2 to 3 carrots, peeled and cut in half crosswise
  • 9 oz. buckwheat noodles, cooked*
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • ½ orange bell pepper, sliced thin
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, sliced thin
  • ½ cup cooked edamame, shelled
  • ⅓ cup diced green onions
  • Roasted sesame seeds

Instructions
  1. For the sauce: Using a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, almond butter and honey. Taste and adjust any ingredients according to your taste. Set aside.
  2. For the noodle salad: To see the complete recipe card and the rest of the instructions for this recipe, please visit The Kitchenthusiast.

Please visit The Kitchenthusiast for the complete recipe, to see more photos and to read my post. Thank you!!

Light Asian Soba Noodle Salad! Colorful and fresh bell peppers with chewy soba noodles, edamame and a life changing creamy almond butter sauce! So easy and quick! #healthy #vegan #soba #sobanoodles #spon

These soba noodles would go great with the following:

Spicy Korean Grilled Chicken

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Korean Bulgogi

Spicy Asian Beef Short Ribs

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with KitchenAid USA. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting me in working with the brands that I use and love.

 

Turkey Chili with Wisconsin Farmer’s Cheese

Delicious Turkey Chili with Wisconsin Farmer's Cheese. Rich, meaty and bursting with flavor. One of my go-to dinners that the entire family loves! #spon @wisconsincheese

The other day, we went to my friend, Rina’s surprise birthday party. She was totally surprised so everything went great. Usually when we get together, my girls are the only kids but there were a few other kids that day so my kids got to make some new friends and were playing with the other girls within minutes.

The kids had a few balls and were sitting in the grass in a circle, tossing the balls to each other. I looked over and smiled. .  not only because they were getting along great but because they were playing. Outside. In the fresh air. In the grass. Without any iPads or devices around. And on Monday, my kids were outside for a couple of hours exploring and catching lady bugs in a mason jar. .  with no lid of course, and feeding the lady bugs cilantro.

This is what it should be about.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the iPad time will most definitely come and it does help out from time to time. And there are tons of educational apps out there now. .  so your kid isn’t just glued to the iPad watching a show or something.

But this is my hope for them for this summer. That they explore. Get outside, get dirty and just enjoy being kids.

And now that we live in the beautiful state of Wisconsin, we’re in the perfect place to go  . . . CAMPING!! Yup, we’re planning a camping trip! I might be more excited about planning the menu more than pitching a tent, but it’s all good right?

Delicious Turkey Chili with Wisconsin Farmer's Cheese. Rich, meaty and bursting with flavor. One of my go-to dinners that the entire family loves! #spon @wisconsincheese

You guys. .  this chili. This CHILI!!! I like to go a little heavy on the chili powder and spices and although, my kids need a big glass of water, they eat it too. As long as it’s packed with ground beef or ground turkey, they eat it. I don’t know what it is about the meatiness but they eat all the meat first.

This chili is super easy to make and re-heats well.

Now, this chili wouldn’t be fabulous without something buttery and creamy to go on top. And this Wisconsin Farmer’s Cheese does it!

Delicious Turkey Chili with Wisconsin Farmer's Cheese. Rich, meaty and bursting with flavor. One of my go-to dinners that the entire family loves! #spon @wisconsincheese

Delicious Turkey Chili with Wisconsin Farmer's Cheese. Rich, meaty and bursting with flavor. One of my go-to dinners that the entire family loves! #spon @Wisconsin Cheese

You guys. This cheese. A-ma-zing!! So good, so creamy, so dreamy and absolutely perfect with this chili! Wisconsin Farmer’s cheese has a similar taste and texture to Havarti cheese, which I LOVE. Pile it on and enjoy!! You guys seriously need to find this cheese and try it!

Click over to read my post and find out what we have planned for the summer and which Dutch oven I love for camping!!

Delicious Turkey Chili with Wisconsin Farmer's Cheese. Rich, meaty and bursting with flavor. One of my go-to dinners that the entire family loves! #spon @wisconsincheese

Turkey Chili with Wisconsin Farmer’s Cheese
 
Note for the cook if taking this chili on a camping trip: This recipe should be prepped and cooked at home, packed well in an airtight container and then reheated and served within 2 to 3 days.
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Recipe type: Main

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 to 3 carrots; peeled and chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ yellow or orange bell pepper, diced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes; optional
  • 2 cans (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ to 1 lb. cooked ground turkey
  • 5 to 8 oz. Wisconsin Farmer’s Cheese, shredded
  • fresh green onions, diced for garnish

Instructions
  1. Using a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to soften, for about 4 minutes.
  2. For the rest of the instructions and to see the complete recipe card, please visit EatWisconsinCheese.com.

Be sure to check out my complete recipe and post over at EatWisconsinCheese.com today!

Delicious Turkey Chili with Wisconsin Farmer's Cheese. Rich, meaty and bursting with flavor. One of my go-to dinners that the entire family loves! #spon @wisconsincheese

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Wisconsin Cheese. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting me in partnering with the brands that I use and love.