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Spicy Chorizo Mexican Lasagna

Spicy Mexican Lasagna

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After creating my delicious and super popular Mexican Stuffed Shells recipe with Barilla pasta, I couldn’t wait to come up with another great Barilla pasta recipe with a Mexican flair!

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Honey Bunches of Oats Crusted Oven Baked Chicken Strips

Honey Bunches of Oats Crispy Chicken Strips

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Hands down my favorite cereal of all time, Honey Bunches of Oats, slightly sweet, crunchy and so delicious! As I ate a bowl for breakfast last week, I got to thinking, what if I finely crush the cereal and coat it on chicken for a slightly sweet, super crispy chicken strip.

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Baked Mexican Stuffed Shells with Creamy Green Chili Sauce

Mexican Beef and Cheese Stuffed Shells

On the blog I like to use the phrase “this is seriously the best thing I’ve ever made” a lot!  I realize that I can’t claim that everything I make is the best thing ever, so for this recipe I brought in reinforcements!

Both my roommate and a good friend ate this dish and said it was the best thing they’ve ever eaten. There you go, verified, best thing ever 😉

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Gluten Free Stuffing

Gluten Free Stuffing

When my brother found out that he was gluten intolerant over 2 years ago one of the biggest adjustments our family had to make was to our Thanksgiving  dinner menu.

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Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

There’s basically nothing I love more than grilling.  When I was notified that I must remove the grill from my balcony last year by my buildings HOA I almost cried (actually I might have cried… a little!)

I may or may not have snuck it back out there for the last 6 months, but luckily if that ever happens again I’m covered! I am now the proud owner of an indoor T-fal OptiGrill!

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Blue Cheese Spinach Dip

Warm Blue Cheese Bacon Spinach Dip

It’s rich, creamy, cheesy, bacon-y goodness all whipped up into one deliciously decadent dip!

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Sweet Potato Ravioli

Sweet Potato Ravioli

A few weeks back I hosted an Italian Vegetarian Girls Night Dinner.  Each girl was assigned a dish, either appetizer or dessert, and I was in charge of the main course. I debated for a while about what I wanted to make then decided on a fall inspired sweet potato filled homemade ravioli with a basil brown butter sauce.

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Vegetarian Stuffed Squash

Mexican Vegetarian Stuffed Squash

For two months now I’ve been hosting Supper Club Dinners in San Diego. For the first dinner in September I chose three dishes from my cookbook “Buffalo Style” to prepare.

For Octobers dinner I wanted to make my deliciously unique and amazing Pumpkin Enchiladas for the main course. After that was decided I knew the rest of my menu would be “Mexican Fall Inspired”.

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Tomato Basil Dip

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Dip

We’re right in the middle of football season, which is the perfect time of the year to serve up a delicious new dip recipe!

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Pumpkin Filled Pastries

Pumpkin Filled PastriesThey’re pastries, they’re filled with pumpkin…. they’re amazing!

I was originally inspired to create this delicious breakfast treat when my bestie Amy (fabulous fashion blogger!) said “You have to try the pumpkin filled croissants at Starbucks!” I was immediately on board with this, but when I arrived at my beloved downtown Starbucks, there were no pumpkin filled croissants, only pumpkin muffins, scones and bread.

I then remembered one of my favorite breakfast treats of all time…. Blueberry Pastry Delights and thought “I could basically do the same thing, but with pumpkin instead of blueberries.”  Two weeks later, here we are… sitting in the middle of Pumpkin Pastry heaven!

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Crispy Cactus Tacos

Crispy Cactus Taco Recipe

One of my best ideas ever. Crispy Cactus Tacos.

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Superfood Pumpkin Smoothie

The perfect way to welcome in the fall season, this superfood pumpkin smoothie is both healthy and delicious, rich in potassium and vitamins.

Superfood Pumpkin Smoothie

When I met with Beaming Juice and Superfood Bar about hosting a cooking demo at their store this month, I knew I wanted to include a recipe that helped usher in the fall season.

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Quinoa Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

Quinoa Grilled Corn Salad

Although summer is prime corn season, we still have about another month to enjoy the delicious vegetable and this salad is the perfect way to do so!

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Arugula Walnut Blue Cheese Pesto

Arugula Green Onion Pesto

I needed the perfect sauce to top my Walnut Crusted Grilled Tri Tip, so I thought why not incorporate more walnuts, add some fresh arugula and green onions, then throw in some blue cheese… because what is better on a freshly grilled steak, then flavorful blue cheese!

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Grilled Tri Tip with Arugula Blue Cheese Pesto

Grilled Tri Tip Steak with Arugula Pesto

While Coffee Crusted Tri Tip will remain my favorite dish of all time, this new tri tip recipe is also really delicious!

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Apricot Dessert Tacos

Caramelized Apricot Dessert Tacos

On my web series “Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl” Tuesdays are all about “Taco Tuesday” so when filming the first month of my series I had to come up with a couple new and delicious taco recipes to add some flavor to Tuesdays segments!

This week, I prepared these delicious dessert tacos and I have to say, they were un-believeably scrumptious!

Read the full recipe here!

Basil Flatbread

Grilled Basil Flatbread Recipe

I love making my own homemade pizza dough, so I figured it was about time I made my own flatbread as well!

Flatbread is the thin and crispy sibling of pizza that is perfect for topping with a number of delicious ingredients!  I made this homemade basil flatbread as the base for my Grilled Peach Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction. The result was crisp perfection!

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Grilled Peach Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

Grilled Peach Flatbread with Goat Cheese

Instead of ingredients or recipes, some days I simply head to the grocery store with a list of ideas like “balsamic peaches, chocolate bacon donuts, pizza with goat cheese, creamy avocado dressing and grilled flatbread.”  Sometimes each item in the list becomes its own dish, sometimes they go together!

I decided that “chocolate bacon donuts” could pretty much stand on their own and “creamy avocado dressing” would go on a delicious new salad, but I thought the “balsamic peaches, pizza with goat cheese and grilled flatbread” could all be combined into a sweet, salty and scrumptious new recipe. That is when this dish was born!

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Tropical Hangover Juice

Tropical Hangover Juice Remedy Recipe

Has Labor Day Weekend left you with a little Labor Day Hangover?  Never fear, I have the cure!

This hangover juice combines 5 ingredients that all help remedy that rough morning after having a few too many cold ones the night before! It’s filled with potassium which is a key ingredient in bringing yourself back to life the next day!

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Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted Balsamic Chicken with Heirloom Tomatoes

For last Sunday’s family dinner, I went on a “refrigerator scavenger hunt” to find ingredients that would come together in a delicious meal that wouldn’t take me all night to make!

Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes and Chicken

In one skillet I combined a ton of flavors and created a new simple dinner favorite! While the chicken was roasting I made a Sun Dried Tomato Mozzarella Risotto that went perfectly with this dish.

Roasted Balsamic Skillet Chicken Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil

Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.

Begin by placing the chicken breasts in an oven safe skillet or dish. Because I was feeding 6, I sliced the chicken breasts in half, but this is optional!

Skillet Chicken Recipe

Combine the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, then pour over the chicken.

Balsamic Skillet Chicken

Add the tomatoes, garlic cloves and basil to the skillet.

Skillet Roasted Balsamic Garlic Chicken

Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Skillet Heirloom Tomato and Balsamic Chicken

Serve the chicken with tomatoes and sauce drizzled over the top.

Balsamic Heirloom Tomato Chicken

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup Enzo Garlic Olive Oil
  • 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375°.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in an oven safe skillet or dish.
  3. Combine the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, then pour over the chicken.
  4. Add the tomatoes, garlic cloves and basil to the skillet.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/balsamic-roasted-chicken/

Jicama Chips with Mango Salsa

Jicama Tostadas with Mango Salsa at Bailiwick San Diego

Today is the day Little Leopard Book turns 2!  I’m so excited to toast champagne, chow down on delicious hors d’oeuvres and take pictures with fun photo props!

Jicama Tostadas with Mango Salsa

Chef Fernanda has created some delicious and refreshing treats for the party, including the Mini Tacos I shared on Tuesday and these light jicama chips with mango salsa!

I re-created this dish at home as a great appetizer for dinner last night! Check out this how-to video then get the full recipe below:

Jicama Chips with Mango Salsa Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mango salsa
  • 1 medium jicama (sliced into chips)
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro

Begin by peeling and slicing a medium size jicama into app. 24 “chips”.  I used a small pastry cutter to get perfectly round chips 🙂

Put a small dollop of sriracha in the middle of each jicama chip.

Spicy Jicama Chips with Mango Salsa

Top with the mango salsa.

Jicama Tostadas with Mango Salsa Recipe

Garnish with fresh cilantro (or other fresh herb).  I used the last of my cilantro leaves in the mango salsa so I placed a sprig of Italian Parsley on top as a garnish.

Raw Jicama Chips with Mango Relish

I’ve always loved jicama chips for dipping guacamole, but now I love them as this cute little appetizer as well!

Jicama Chips with Mango Salsa

I look forward to seeing many of you tonight at Little Leopard Book’s Birthday Party at Bailiwick!

For those of you that are not able to make it, be sure to follow me on Instagram for tons of pictures live from the event!

Jicama Chips with Mango Salsa

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Jicama Chips with Mango Salsa

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 24 chips

Jicama Chips with Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mango salsa
  • 1 medium jicama (sliced into chips)
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Begin by peeling and slicing a medium size jicama into app. 24 “chips”.
  2. Put a small dollop of sriracha in the middle of each jicama chip.
  3. Top with the mango salsa.
  4. Garnish with fresh cilantro.
http://whitneybond.com/jicama-chips-with-mango-salsa/

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

It’s Taco Tuesday and only two days away from Little Leopard Book’s 2nd Birthday Party where these delicious Mini Tacos will be served!

Fernanda Peimbert, the chef at Bailiwick where the party will be hosted, asked what kind of hors d’oeuvres I’d like served at the event.  I told her light, fresh and gluten free!

This is the first of four recipes she created for the party that I’ll be sharing with all of you!

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

I shot the images above during a tasting last week at Bailwick, then I came home and re-created the dish for my upcoming web series, Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl, and to share here on Little Leopard Book.

Check out the video here on how to make these delicious mini tacos:

While Fernanda used pickled red onions, I used raw red onions and pickled jalapeños instead. To be completely honest, I liked her pickled red onions better than my raw red onions, but I did like the addition of pickled jalapeños on mine!  For those of you making the dish at home, you can try either the raw or pickled red onions and decide for yourself which you like best!

Mini Beef and Bacon Taco Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon (approximately 4 slices)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (raw or pickled)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños (diced)

Begin by adding the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Depending how crispy you want the bacon cook for 2-5 minutes, then add the ground beef.

Beef and Bacon Taco Meat

While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.

Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos!

How to make mini tacos

Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.

Mini Beef and Bacon Tacos

Voila “Mini Taco Tuesday” is born!

Baja Mini Tacos

There’s still time to get on the guest list for Little Leopard Book’s private 2 year birthday party this Thursday at Bailiwick, check out our Facebook page for more details!

And be sure to tune in to “Taco Tuesday” on Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl next month where I’ll be showing you how to make these mini tacos and so much more!

Mini Beef and Bacon Taco Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon and substitute veggie crumbles for the ground beef to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon (approximately 4 slices)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (raw or pickled)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños (diced)

Instructions

  1. Add the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Depending how crispy you want the bacon cook for 2-5 minutes, then add the ground beef.
  3. While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.
  4. Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos.
  5. Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.
http://whitneybond.com/mini-tacos-with-avocado-cream-sauce/

Mexican Corn Pasta with Chipotle Alfredo

Gluten Free Chipotle Alfredo Pasta

After a long and crazy week of shooting my upcoming web series, “Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl” I’m so excited to share a new recipe with all of you!

Spicy Mexican Pasta Alfredo

Creamy chipotle alfredo is tossed with corn pasta and topped with fresh cilantro and cotija cheese. This pasta dish is gluten free, vegetarian and more Mexican than Italian!

Mexican Corn Pasta with Chipotle Alfredo Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 lime (zested and juiced)
  • 8 oz corn spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp cotija cheese
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes

Begin my melting the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

Chipotle Alfredo Recipe

Add the milk and greek yogurt, whisk well, then add the parmesan.

Chipotle Alfredo Recipe

Add the sea salt, cumin and chipotle pepper, then zest and juice the lime into the sauce.

Chipotle Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Consistently whisk for 1-2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 4-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil water and cook the pasta according to package directions.

Add the pasta to the alfredo sauce and toss.

Place in a serving bowl and top with fresh cilantro, cotija cheese and red pepper flakes.

Gluten Free Chipotle Alfredo Pasta

Grab a fork and dig in!

Corn Pasta with Chipotle Alfredo

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Mexican Corn Pasta with Chipotle Alfredo

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Mexican Corn Pasta with Chipotle Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 lime (zested and juiced)
  • 8 oz corn spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp cotija cheese
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Begin my melting the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the milk and greek yogurt, whisk well, then add the parmesan.
  4. Add the sea salt, cumin and chipotle pepper, then zest and juice the lime into the sauce.
  5. Consistently whisk for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 4-5 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, boil water and cook the pasta according to package directions.
  8. Add the pasta to the alfredo sauce and toss.
  9. Place in a serving bowl and top with fresh cilantro, cotija cheese and red pepper flakes.
http://whitneybond.com/mexican-corn-pasta-with-chipotle-alfredo/

Cherry Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich

Cherry Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich

Last week I had a bag of cherries leftover from my delicious Bourbon Bacon Cherry Crumble and a bunch of fresh tarragon left from preparing my Zucchini Corn Cakes with Tarragon Remoulade, so I decided to combine the two in a scrumptious Chicken Salad!

Gluten Free Cherry Tarragon Chicken Salad

Sticking with my “Glutenless in August” theme, I picked up a loaf of Rudi’s Multigrain Gluten Free Bread.  I’m not BS-ing you here, this is some of the best bread I’ve ever had! It was really flavorful and toasted up perfectly for the base of my Chicken Salad Sandwich.

Cherry Chicken Salad Sandwich

In an effort to not overwhelm the delicious chicken salad, I kept the sandwich open face and simply piled it on top of fresh spinach.

I prepared this sandwich for myself and my producer last week.  That’s right, I said producer!  In case you missed my previous post, I’m launching a web series September 2nd!

Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl will go live in less than 3 weeks, so be sure to check it out!

In the meantime, prepare this delicious sandwich for a simple lunch to take to work or school!

Cherry Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich Ingredients

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon (zest and juiced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh tarragon (minced)
  • 2 tbsp green onions (chopped)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken (cooked and shredded)
  • ¼ cup walnuts (chopped)
  • ½ cup cherries (pitted and chopped)
  • ¼ cup celery (chopped)
  • 4 slices Rudi’s Gluten Free Multigrain Bread
  • 1 cup fresh spinach

Begin by combining the greek yogurt, honey and dijon mustard in a small bowl.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Dressing Recipe

Add the lemon juice and zest, tarragon, green onions and black pepper.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Dressing Recipe

In a large bowl combine the shredded chicken, walnuts, cherries and celery.

Gluten Free Tarragon Cherry Chicken Salad Recipe

Add the dressing to the chicken salad and stir to combine.

Tarragon Cherry Chicken Salad Recipe

Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.

Lightly toast the gluten free bread, then place 5-6 leaves of spinach on top of the bread, add the chicken salad and serve.

Gluten Free Cherry Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich

This sandwich was so good, I ate the leftovers at 9 AM the next day for breakfast! True story, you can ask my intern 😉

Cherry Chicken Salad Sandwich

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Cherry Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Cherry Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon (zest and juiced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh tarragon (minced)
  • 2 tbsp green onions (chopped)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken (cooked and shredded)
  • ¼ cup walnuts (chopped)
  • ½ cup cherries (pitted and chopped)
  • ¼ cup celery (chopped)
  • 4 slices Rudi's Gluten Free Multigrain Bread
  • 1 cup fresh spinach

Instructions

  1. Begin by combining the greek yogurt, honey and dijon mustard in a small bowl.
  2. Add the lemon juice and zest, tarragon, green onions and black pepper.
  3. In a large bowl combine the shredded chicken, walnuts, cherries and celery.
  4. Add the dressing to the chicken salad and stir to combine.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Lightly toast the gluten free bread, then place 5-6 leaves of spinach on top of the bread, add the chicken salad and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/cherry-tarragon-chicken-salad-sandwich/

Gluten Free Kung Pao Beef and Noodle Bowl

Gluten Free Kung Pao Beef and Noodle Bowl

For the past two weeks I’ve had a serious craving for Asian food, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, I wanted them all!

Since I’ve already posted recipes for a Japanese seafood favorite, Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice Cakes, a vegetarian Thai favorite, Spicy Vegetable Pad Thai and a delicious Chinese chicken dish, Sweet and Sour Chicken Lettuce Wraps, I figured it was time I got a little beefy with my next Asian creation!

Kung Pao Beef and Noodle Bowl

In the spirit of going “Glutenless in August” I made this traditional Kung Pao Beef recipe gluten-free. I kept the ingredients simple so there’s no need to travel to Chinatown to find ingredients!

Gluten Free Kung Pao Beef Recipe

Instead of placing the beef over rice I used a thick, fettuccine-style rice noodle, similar to what they use at Rama Thai in their Drunken Noodle dish.  If you can’t find these noodles at your local supermarket, any rice noodle will work!

The entire dish only takes 30 minutes to prepare, start to finish, and is so flavorful and delicious, I guarantee it will be on the menu rotation regularly at my house from now on!

Kung Pao Beef and Noodle Bowl Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp cooking sake or rice wine
  • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 lb flank steak
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 Thai red chiles (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 4 scallions (cut in 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cut in 1/2 inch strips)
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 8 oz rice noodles

Begin by whisking the sriracha, soy sauce, vinegar, sake and sweet chili sauce together in a small bowl.

Gluten Free Kung Pao Beef Recipe

Slice the steak into thin strips, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, cornstarch and brown sugar. Toss to coat well.

Gluten Free Kung Pao Beef Recipe

Add the sesame oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté the thai chilies for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger, sauté for an additional minute.

Add the scallions and red bell pepper.

Simple Kung Pao Beef Recipe

Cook for 3-4 minutes then add the beef and sauce.

Gluten Free Kung Pao Beef Recipe

Stir fry 5-7 minutes. While the beef is cooking, prepare the rice noodles according to package directions, generally 2-3 minutes in boiling water will do the trick for rice noodles!

Add the roasted peanuts to the beef.

Gluten Free Kung Pao Beef Recipe

Toss to coat.

Place the rice noodles in the bottom of 4 bowls, then spoon the kung pao beef on top.

Simple Homemade Kung Pao Beef

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, the hardest part of my job is photographing a delicious smelling dish when you’re so hungry and all you want to do is eat it!

That was definitely the case with this dish. The combination of scents from sesame oil, ginger, garlic and sweet chili sauce are so amazing!

Kung Pao Beef and Noodle Bowl

After snapping some great pics it was finally time to grab some chop sticks and Zhōu xiàdié… that’s Chinese for “chow down”!  🙂

Gluten Free Kung Pao Beef and Noodle Bowl

And chow down I did!

♣ Vegetarian Option: For a kung pao vegetable bowl, add 1 lb. of additional veggies such as carrots, snow peas and red onions at the time you add the bell peppers and scallions, add the sauce and sauté for 3-5 minutes.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Be sure to use soy sauce that is gluten free.

Gluten Free Kung Pao Beef and Noodle Bowl

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Gluten Free Kung Pao Beef and Noodle Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp cooking sake or rice wine
  • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 lb flank steak
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 Thai red chiles (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 4 scallions (cut in 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cut in 1/2 inch strips)
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 8 oz rice noodles

Instructions

  1. Whisk the sriracha, soy sauce, vinegar, sake and sweet chili sauce together in a small bowl.
  2. Slice the steak into thin strips, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, cornstarch and brown sugar.
  3. Toss to coat well.
  4. Add the sesame oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté the thai chilies for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and ginger, sauté for an additional minute.
  6. Add the scallions and red bell pepper.
  7. Cook for 3-4 minutes then add the beef and sauce.
  8. Stir fry 5-7 minutes.
  9. While the beef is cooking, prepare the rice noodles according to package directions.
  10. Add the roasted peanuts to the beef.
  11. Toss to coat.
  12. Place the rice noodles in the bottom of 4 bowls, then spoon the kung pao beef on top.
http://whitneybond.com/gluten-free-kung-pao-beef-and-noodle-bowl/

Mango Salsa

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping! It’s gluten free, vegetarian & vegan!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Last night was “Taco Tuesday” at my house so I decided to toss together healthy, grilled salmon tacos for the occasion!

Chipotle honey glazed salmon is placed in warm corn tortillas & topped with fresh mango salsa in this mouth-watering recipe for healthy salmon tacos!

I made Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon Tacos. These tacos are sweet, spicy and oh-so-delicious. I couldn’t top such an amazingly flavorful taco with just any old salsa, so I whipped up this fresh mango salsa to top these scrumptious tacos!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

This mango salsa is so easy to make and not only is it perfect on salmon tacos, it’s also delicious on top of grilled chicken, steamed fish or served with chips for dipping!

Mango Salsa Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 mango (diced)
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)

Add the diced mango and diced tomato to a small bowl.

Tomato Mango Salsa Recipe

Add the minced red onion, minced jalapeño and minced cilantro.

Mango Salsa Recipe

Squeeze the lime juice over the salsa and mix everything together.

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Easy as that, you’ve got a healthy, scrumptious mango salsa ready to go! This salsa has only 90 calories per cup, making it the perfect choice for a flavorful side that you can feel good about digging in to!

In addition to the salmon tacos I originally served this mango salsa on top of, the salsa would also be great on Grilled Shrimp Tacos or Blackened Red Snapper. You can also serve the salsa with a bag of chips and a Serrano Chili Mango Margarita or Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita for a delicious happy hour!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

 

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Mango Salsa

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 3 cups mango salsa

Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 mango (diced)
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)

Instructions

  1. Add the mango and tomato to a small bowl.
  2. Add the onion, jalapeño and cilantro.
  3. Squeeze the lime juice over the top and mix together.
http://whitneybond.com/mango-salsa/

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Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Bourbon Bacon Cherry Crumble

Cherry Bourbon Breakfast Crumble

This weekend I attended a bridal shower for one of my San Diego besties, Tessa!

Tessa Opening Wedding Shower Gifts

We met at the University of Oklahoma alumni bar in San Diego a few years ago and have been Oklahoma sports fanatic besties ever since!

Whitney Bond and Tessa at The Commons San Diego

Being a true Oklahoma girl, her favorite things are bourbon, bacon, butter, beer and football, so I combined 3 of the 5 in this delicious dish for her bridal shower brunch!

Lets be real, it doesn’t get much more decadent than bourbon soaked fresh cherries, topped with a butter, bacon, brown sugar crumble!  This recipe was made for those deliciously indulgent weekend breakfasts!

Cherry Bourbon Bacon Crumble Ingredients

Ingredients

Filling

  • 4 cups fresh sweet cherries (pitted)

  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

  • 3 tbsp agave nectar

  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp orange juice

  • 1 tsp orange zest

Topping

  • ½ cup rolled oats

  • ¼ cup bacon

  • ¼ cup flour

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup cold butter (diced)

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Begin by pitting the cherries and adding them to a large bowl with the bourbon.

Bourbon Soaked Fresh Cherries

Add the cornstarch, agave nectar, cinnamon, orange juice and zest.

Fresh Cherry Crumble Recipe 

Place the cherries in the bottom of a baking dish.

Fresh Cherry Bourbon Crumble Recipe

In a small bowl combine the oats, bacon, flour and brown sugar.

Cherry Bacon Crumble Recipe

Mix together then add the butter.

Cherry Bacon Crumble Recipe

Use your hands to combine the mixture into a crumble and add on top of the cherries.

Cherry Bourbon Bacon Crumble Recipe

Bake for 1 hour.

Bourbon Cherry Bacon Crumble Recipe

I’m not going to lie, it’s as good as it sounds… maybe better!

Cherry Bourbon Bacon Crumble

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon to make this recipe vegetarian.

Bourbon Bacon Cherry Crumble

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 6-8

Bourbon Bacon Cherry Crumble

Ingredients

    Filling
  • 4 cups fresh sweet cherries (pitted)
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • Topping
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup bacon
  • ¼ cup Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cold butter (diced)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Pit the cherries and add them to a large bowl with the bourbon.
  3. Add the cornstarch, agave nectar, cinnamon, orange juice and zest.
  4. Place the cherries in the bottom of a baking dish.
  5. In a small bowl combine the oats, bacon, flour and brown sugar.
  6. Mix together then add the butter.
  7. Use your hands to combine the mixture into a crumble and add on top of the cherries.
  8. Bake for 1 hour.
http://whitneybond.com/bourbon-bacon-cherry-crumble/

Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip

Buffalo Black Bean Dip

I’m so excited to share another recipe from my upcoming cookbook “Buffalo Style: Ditch the Wings, Keep the Sauce” with all of you!

I premiered this recipe with my Buffalo Chicken Tacos this morning on the San Diego 6 Morning News show, check out the segment here!

Spicy Black Bean Dip Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. buffalo sauce
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno (deseeded and diced)

Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes or until combined well.

Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip Recipe

Serve with chips or vegetables for dipping.

Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip

This easy 5-minute appetizer will be a hit at your next fiesta!

Don’t forget to follow Little Leopard Book on Facebook for the latest updates on the release of “Buffalo Style: Ditch the Wings, Keep the Sauce”, my premiere cookbook coming this Fall!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option:  This recipe is gluten-free when served with veggies or corn tortilla chips.

Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 4-6

Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. buffalo sauce
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno (deseeded and diced)

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes or until combined well.
  2. Serve with chips or vegetables for dipping.
http://whitneybond.com/spicy-buffalo-black-bean-dip/

Italian Meatloaf

Italian Meatloaf

Sometimes the best dinners are the un-planned ones, the ones that come in times of  “staring in the refrigerator panic”!

Italian Style Meatloaf

My plans to make dinner for my friend Evelyn and I on Monday night went awry when I realized the chicken I was going to use to make stuffed chicken had gone bad!

Never fear, the Little Leopard Book fridge was fully stocked so there had to be something in there I could make! I had a pound of extra ground beef left over from the Loaded Calzone I made the night before, extra homemade tomato basil marinara and plenty of Italian cheeses, so Italian Meatloaf it was!

Italian Meatloaf Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Place the first 10 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Italian Meatloaf Recipe

Mix to combine then press into a loaf pan.

Italian Meatloaf Recipe

Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the meatloaf from the oven, drain any juices and spread the marinara sauce onto the meatloaf.

Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Italian Meatloaf with Homemade Marinara

Slice and serve!  I gobbled this dish up with an extra side of homemade marinara for dipping… because it’s just that good!

Italian Meatloaf with Homemade Marinara

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute a sleeve of veggie crumbles for the ground beef.

♦ Gluten Free Option:  Use gluten-free breadcrumbs to make this dish gluten-free.

Italian Meatloaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Italian Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Place the first 10 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix to combine then press into a loaf pan.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Remove the meatloaf from the oven, drain any juices and spread the marinara sauce onto the meatloaf.
  6. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/italian-meatloaf/

Tomato Herb Cheddar Bread Pudding

Tomato Herb Skillet Bread Pudding

This recipe came from my insane obsession with not wasting food!

Over the years this has become a problem that has led to some of my favorite recipe creations of all time; see: Mexican Meatloaf, Buffalo Chicken Phyllo Rolls and Caramelized Beet and Feta Cheese Salad.

All of these recipes were born out of a combination of ingredients which I had in my refrigerator that needed to be used!

Tomato Herb Cheddar Skillet Bread Pudding

This weekend was my roommate Ryan’s last in the house. He moved to LA yesterday to pursue a new career. We threw a “BYOM” BBQ… which stands for “Bring Your Own Meat”.  Basically, myself, Ryan and his girlfriend made the sides, sangria and dessert, while everyone else brought something to throw on the BBQ!

The moral of this story is, we told everyone that we’d have the sides to go with burgers, hot dogs, etc. including ketchup, mustard, buns and so on.

Needless to say, this memo got lost somewhere and we ended up with 4 packages of unopened hot dog and hamburger buns after the party! Point being, the hot dog buns were turned into this delicious new recipe!

Tomato Herb Cheddar Bread Pudding Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 cups leftover bread or buns (cubed)
  • 3 eggs (whisked)
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh Italian parsley (minced)
  • 1 tbsp green onions (minced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Whisk the eggs, milk, pepper, basil, rosemary, parsley, green onions and garlic together in a small bowl.

Tomato Herb Cheddar Bread Pudding Recipe

Place the bread in a large skillet or baking dish and pour the mixture over the bread.

Tomato Herb Cheddar Bread Pudding Recipe

Toss lightly until all of the bread is coated then top with the tomatoes.

Tomato Herb Cheddar Bread Pudding Recipe

Sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly across the top.

Tomato Herb Cheddar Bread Pudding Recipe

Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. This step prevents the cheese on top from burning (because nobody likes burnt cheese!)

Cheddar Tomato Bread Pudding Recipe

While I enjoyed this recipe thoroughly yesterday, I can’t wait to serve it in the fall with warm soups and chilies.  It will also make a beautiful and scrumptious side dish at the holidays!

Tomato Herb Cheddar Skillet Bread Pudding

♥ Note: Since hot dog buns are already soft, less milk is needed in my version of this recipe. If using buns that have gone slightly stale or a tougher bread, add an additional cup of milk.

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Use gluten-free bread or buns to make this recipe gluten free.

Tomato Herb Cheddar Bread Pudding

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: 6-8

Tomato Herb Cheddar Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  • 3 cups leftover bread or buns (cubed)
  • 3 eggs (whisked)
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh Italian parsley (minced)
  • 1 tbsp green onions (minced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Whisk the eggs, milk, pepper, basil, rosemary, parsley, green onions and garlic together in a small bowl.
  3. Place the bread in a large skillet or baking dish and pour the mixture over the bread.
  4. Toss lightly until all of the bread is coated then top with the tomatoes.
  5. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly across the top.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/tomato-herb-cheddar-bread-pudding/

Gluten Free Mini Cherry Limeade Tarts

Cherry Limeade Mini Pies

Inspired by Summer Desserts and my favorite Sonic drink from childhood, I created these delicious Mini Cherry Limeade Tarts filled with zesty, creamy cherry lime filling and topped with fresh lime zest and maraschino cherries!

Mini Cherry Limeade Tarts

I made this dessert gluten free by creating a gluten free tart dough made with Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour blend.

The result was a super cute, super delicious treat, perfect for the summer BBQ I took them to yesterday!

Mini Cherry Limeade Tarts Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter (quartered)
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 6 oz black cherry greek yogurt
  • 3 limes (2 zested & juiced – 1 reserved)
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 24 maraschino cherries

Prepare the tart dough by combining the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Add the butter and mix into a coarse crumble then add the water and mix until a firm ball of dough forms.  If it’s too sticky, add more flour, not sticky enough? Add more water!

Gluten Free Tart Dough

Place the dough on a piece of plastic wrap, flatten into a disk shape, wrap the dough and place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Gluten Free Pie Dough

While the dough chills in the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350° and prepare the filling.

Begin by adding the cream cheese, yogurt, zest and juice of 2 limes to a large bowl.

Cherry Limeade Tart Recipe

Next add the maraschino cherry juice from the jar and powdered sugar, then use a hand mixer to whip it all together.

Cherry Limeade Tart Recipe

Place the mixture into the refrigerator and remove the dough.

Cut the dough into 24 mini tarts using a 3″ pastry cutter.

Gluten Free Mini Tarts

Place into a tart or mini-muffin pan.

Gluten Free Mini Pie Recipe

Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and fill with the delicious, creamy Cherry Limeade filling.

Top with zest from the one remaining lime and a maraschino cherry for each mini tart!

Cherry Limeade Mini Pies

Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Cherry Limeade Mini Pies

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Gluten Free Mini Cherry Limeade Tarts

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 24 mini tarts

Gluten Free Mini Cherry Limeade Tarts

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter (quartered)
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 6 oz black cherry greek yogurt
  • 3 limes (2 zested & juiced – 1 reserved)
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 24 maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. Prepare the tart dough by combining the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the butter and mix into a coarse crumble then add the water and mix until a firm ball of dough forms.
  3. Place the dough on a piece of plastic wrap, flatten into a disk shape, wrap the dough and place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  4. While the dough chills in the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350° and prepare the filling.
  5. Add the cream cheese, yogurt, zest and juice of 2 limes to a large bowl.
  6. Next add the maraschino cherry juice from the jar and powdered sugar, then use a hand mixer to whip it all together.
  7. Place the mixture into the refrigerator and remove the dough.
  8. Cut the dough into 24 mini tarts using a 3? pastry cutter.
  9. Place into a tart or mini-muffin pan.
  10. Bake for 12 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and fill with the delicious, creamy Cherry Limeade filling.
  12. Top with zest from the one remaining lime and a maraschino cherry for each mini tart.
  13. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
http://whitneybond.com/gluten-free-mini-cherry-limeade-tarts/

BLT Chipotle Chicken Sandwich

Spicy Chipotle Chicken BLT Sandwich

I feel like Joey from Friends would have absolutely loved spending this week in my kitchen with all of the sandwich making that has been going on!  Remember how much that guy loved sandwiches? Am I the only one who really misses that show and continues to watch re-runs on the regular? 🙂

Any-who, back to those sandwiches we’ve been making this week!

Spicy Chipotle Chicken BLT Recipe

In case you missed my previous two posts featuring the delectable Vegetarian Portobello Caprese Sandwich or the scrumptious Greek Chicken Salad Sandwich, we’re on a mission to win Mezzetta’s “Make That Sandwich” Contest and therefore created three different sandwiches to enter each of the three categories in their contest: hot, cold and vegetarian!

Grilled Chipotle Chicken BLT Sandwich

Over the past week I’ve become completely obsessed with their Roasted Bell Pepper and Chipotle Spread! Everything from putting it in wraps to spreading it on bagels to simply tossing it on a plain tortilla and digging in!

With the overwhelming popularity of my Chipotle Lime Chicken Skewers, I felt like a Chipotle Chicken Sandwich with the delicious Mezzetta Chipotle spread could be just the ticket to winning their “Make That Sandwich” grand prize!  To up my chances for the win, I added crispy bacon on top, because we all know, everything’s better with bacon!

Chipotle Chicken BLT Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño liquid
  • 1 tsp Mezzetta Crushed Garlic
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • 2 tbsp Mezzetta Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Chipotle Spread
  • 1/2 cup iceberg lettuce
  • 1 small tomato (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup Mezzetta Deli Sliced Jalapeños

Begin by whisking the lime juice, jalapeño liquid, crushed garlic, chipotle powder and cumin together in a small bowl.

If you’re wondering what I mean by “jalapeño liquid”, take a tablespoon of liquid from the jar of Mezzetta jalapeños, oh yeah, that just happened! 😉

Chipotle Chicken Marinade

Next, pour the marinade over the chicken breasts.

Marinated Chipotle Chicken Recipe

Coat the chicken well, then place in the refrigerator to marinate for 15 minutes.

Marinated Chipotle Chicken Recipe

Turn the grill on to medium and place the chicken on the grill for 10 minutes per side.

The last 3-4 minutes of grill time, add the hamburger buns to the grill to toast.

Remove the chicken and buns from the grill. Spread 1/2 tbsp of the Red Pepper Chipotle Spread on each bun.

Grilled Chipotle Chicken BLT Recipe

Next, top the bottom buns with the lettuce and tomato.

Grilled Chipotle Chicken BLT Recipe

Add a piece of chicken (whole or sliced, your preference!) on top of the tomatoes, then place one and a half slices of bacon on to the chicken.

On the top bun, add the jalapeños.

Grilled Chipotle Chicken BLT with Jalapeños

Place the top bun on the sandwich and dig in!

Chipotle Chicken BLT with Jalapeños

Tons of flavor in this sandwich, great crunch from the bacon and a slight heat from the chipotle chicken and spread! Overall, a winning combination 😉

Chipotle Chicken BLT with Jalapeños

♣ Vegetarian Option: Replace the chicken with tofu and omit the bacon to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten free hamburger buns to make this recipe gluten free.

BLT Chipotle Chicken Sandwich

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches

BLT Chipotle Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño liquid
  • 1 tsp Mezzetta Crushed Garlic
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • 2 tbsp Mezzetta Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Chipotle Spread
  • 1/2 cup iceberg lettuce
  • 1 small tomato (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup Mezzetta Deli Sliced Jalapeños

Instructions

  1. Begin by whisking the lime juice, jalapeño liquid, crushed garlic, chipotle powder and cumin together in a small bowl.
  2. Pour the marinade over the chicken breasts.
  3. Coat the chicken well, then place in the refrigerator to marinate for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn the grill on to medium and place the chicken on the grill for 10 minutes per side.
  5. The last 3-4 minutes of grill time, add the hamburger buns to the grill to toast.
  6. Remove the chicken and buns from the grill.
  7. Spread 1/2 tbsp of the Red Pepper Chipotle Spread on each bun.
  8. Top the bottom buns with the lettuce and tomato.
  9. Add a piece of chicken on top of the tomatoes.
  10. Place one and a half slices of bacon on to the chicken.
  11. On the top bun, add the jalapeños.
  12. Place the top bun on the sandwich and dig in!
http://whitneybond.com/blt-chipotle-chicken-sandwich/

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

The only thing you’ll be saying after eating one of these is “di più si prega di“….. that’s Italian for MORE PLEASE!

Roasted Tomato Arugula Brushetta

After preparing these on Monday, I sat there and asked myself, “why don’t I roast tomatoes every day”?  Roasting tomatoes brings out a sweetness in them and when they’re roasted with garlic and balsamic vinegar, they literally burst with flavor when you bite in!

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta

I placed them on top of creamy ricotta cheese (my favorite!) and a crispy baguette for a new twist on Tomato Basil Bruschetta. They were so incredibly delicious that they didn’t even make it to the dinner table!  Nope, my roommate and I ate all of them long before the rest of dinner was ready!

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/2 baguette (sliced)
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup arugula

Preheat the oven to 400°.  Place the tomatoes and garlic on a baking sheet covered with foil bent into a basket shape.  Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar, then top with the black pepper and fresh basil.

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta Recipe

Place into the oven for 25 minutes.

While the tomatoes are roasting, place the baguette in the oven for 3-5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and slice. Spread ricotta cheese on top of each slice of baguette.

Ricotta Bruschetta Recipe

Remove the roasted tomatoes from the oven and chop the garlic cloves.

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta Recipe

Add the garlic back to the tomatoes. Lift the foil by two corners and slowly pour the tomatoes and sauce from the foil into a small bowl.

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta Recipe

Using a large spoon, top each sliced baguette with the roasted tomatoes, garlic and sauce.

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta Recipe

Top the bruschetta with a few pieces of fresh arugula and serve.

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

This is the perfect appetizer for an Italian Dinner Party with Chicken Parmesan, Three Cheese Raviolis or Kale Pesto Spaghetti with Goat Cheese.

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian

♦ Gluten Free Option: Replace a traditional baguette with gluten-free bread or replace bread with sliced bell peppers.

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp Enzo Basil Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/2 baguette (sliced)
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup arugula

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Place the tomatoes and garlic on a baking sheet covered with foil bent into a basket shape.
  3. Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar, then top with the black pepper and fresh basil.
  4. Place into the oven for 25 minutes.
  5. While tomatoes are roasting, place the baguette in the oven for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and slice.
  7. Spread ricotta cheese on top of each slice of baguette.
  8. Remove the roasted tomatoes from the oven and chop the garlic cloves.
  9. Add the garlic back to the tomatoes.
  10. Lift the foil by two corners and slowly pour the tomatoes and sauce from the foil into a small bowl.
  11. Using a large spoon, top each sliced baguette with the roasted tomatoes, garlic and sauce.
  12. Top the bruschetta with a few pieces of fresh arugula and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/roasted-tomato-ricotta-bruschetta/

 

Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Well hello there friends!  It has been a record breaking 13 days since I posted a new recipe!  Not due to lack of inspiration or cooking, actually quite the opposite!

As most of you know, I was offered a cookbook deal at the beginning of June. Less than a month later, I submitted the cookbook to my publisher. Record cookbook creation time?  I’d say so!

There were a few reasons why I set the manuscript due date for less than 4 weeks from the date my contract was signed.

  • The obvious: I want to get the book out there as quickly as possible!
  • The book is all about recipes with Buffalo Sauce, hence the name “Buffalo Style” so I knew it was going to be absolutely necessary for football season!
  • And last, but not least, I’m completely crazy and enjoy working 20 hour days 😉

From here, the publisher will work on the design and editing the book and in 3 months or less it will be available for purchase! Yay!

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This week I’m back in the kitchen creating new recipes that are not exclusive to the book and that I can share with all of you!

Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

This recipe is the first of 5 new recipes I’ll be releasing this week! It’s gluten free, vegetarian and filled with fresh summer corn!

Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter (melted & cooled)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 ears corn (kernels removed)
  • 2 jalapeños (minced)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, cumin and sugar  in a large bowl.

Gluten Free Cornbread Recipe

Mix well then whisk the butter, eggs and milk together in a small bowl.

Gluten Free Cornbread Recipe

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Add the corn kernels, jalapeños and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.

Gluten Free Cornbread with Fresh Corn and Jalapeños

Mix well then place in a cast iron skillet or square baking dish.

Gluten Free Skillet Cornbread

Top with the additional 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese.

Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Gluten Free Skillet Cornbread

Slice and serve.

Fresh Corn Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

We had this last night for dinner with an Italian Corn Salad and Lemon Herb Salmon.  It was so delicious!

If you would like to make these into cornbread muffins, simply divide the batter into 12 muffin liners and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

This recipe would also be great served in the fall with Taco Soup or Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup.

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 8

Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter (melted & cooled)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 ears corn (kernels removed)
  • 2 jalapeños (minced)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, cumin and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk the butter, eggs and milk together in a small bowl.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the corn kernels, jalapeños and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.
  6. Mix well then place in a cast iron skillet or square baking dish.
  7. Top with the additional 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/gluten-free-jalapeno-cheddar-cornbread/

Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad

Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad

My most recent summer salad creation was inspired by my favorite dish at Queenstown, San Diego. If you live in the area and haven’t visited this fine establishment, you are seriously missing out!

The food is amazing, service is delightful and drinks are delicious!  To say that I’m a regular here would be an understatement 😉

Mango Papaya Arugula Salad

While I’ve grown fond of a number of dishes on their menu, this salad is my go to for weekend afternoons when I’m craving something light and refreshing, yet still filling.

I created my own version of the salad on Friday with a little extra shrimp I had lying around after creating a new recipe for my upcoming cookbook, Buffalo Style!

The result was a light and refreshing salad that was packed with flavor!

Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 8 shrimp (peeled & deveined)
  • Mango Arugula Salad
    • 2 cups arugula
    • 1/4 cup mango (diced)
    • 1/4 cup papaya (diced)
    • 1 avocado (diced)
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp fresh mint

Prepare the marinade for the shrimp by combining the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and black pepper.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Marinade

Next, add the shrimp to the marinade.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Recipe

Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes then fire up the grill to medium heat.  Grill the shrimp for 3-4 minutes per side, then prepare the salad by adding the arugula, mango, papaya and avocado to a large bowl.

Arugula Mango Shrimp Salad Recipe

Next, squeeze the tbsp of lemon juice and olive oil over the salad.  Add the shrimp and toss well. Top with the fresh mint.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Salad

Mango Papaya Shrimp Salad

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the shrimp to make this salad vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 1 (as meal) 2 (as side or appetizer)

Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad

Ingredients

    Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp
  • 1/4 cup Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 8 shrimp (peeled & deveined)
  • Mango Arugula Salad
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup mango (diced)
  • 1/4 cup papaya (diced)
  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • 1 tbsp Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Prepare the marinade for the shrimp by combining the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and black pepper.
  2. Next, add the shrimp to the marinade.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes then fire up the grill to medium heat.
  4. Grill the shrimp for 3-4 minutes per side, then prepare the salad by adding the arugula, mango, papaya and avocado to a large bowl.
  5. Next, squeeze the tbsp of lemon juice and olive oil over the salad.
  6. Add the shrimp and toss well.
  7. Top with the fresh mint.
http://whitneybond.com/shrimp-mango-arugula-salad/

Banana Date Protein Shake

Peanut Butter Date Protein Shake

Ever since I began incorporating Beaming Superfood Smoothie Blends and Proteins into my life I’ve been alternating juicing and smoothies every morning!

After trying a few different Protein Shake Recipes, I feel I’ve perfected the most delicious and protein packed shake possible!

Beaming Superfood Protein Smoothie

This shake packs over 50% of daily protein needs with 34 grams of protein! It is also vegan, making it perfect for those that need extra protein in their normal diets!

Banana Date Protein Shake Ingredients

Ingredients

Begin by adding the dates and banana to a blender, next add the remaining ingredients.

Banana Date Protein Shake Recipe

Blend 1-2 minutes or until all of the ingredients are smooth and creamy.

Banana Date Protein Shake

This protein shake is so delicious, you’ll think you’re drinking a milkshake, but luckily for you, this milkshake is vegan, gluten free and packed with essential protein, vitamins and potassium!

Banana Date Protein Shake

Don’t forget to order a bag of beaming’s soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free protein packed powder to make your own delicious (and vegan!) Banana Date Protein Shake at home!

Banana Date Protein Shake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: One 16 oz Shake

Banana Date Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 3 dates (chopped)
  • 1 banana (peeled & sliced)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp beaming Superfood Protein Blend
  • 2 tbsp Premium Gold Ground Flax Seed

Instructions

  1. Begin by adding the dates and banana to a blender.
  2. Next, add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend 1-2 minutes or until all of the ingredients are smooth and creamy.
http://whitneybond.com/banana-date-protein-shake/

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

When the booking producer over at the San Diego 6 Morning News Show asked me to come on this week to talk about juicing and smoothies, I couldn’t wait to share some of the drinks I’ve been mixing up over in my kitchen every morning!

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

While I’ll be juicing up some of my favorites like the Green Detox Juice and Antioxidant Immunity Juice, I also wanted to throw in a new drink made with my favorite smoothie booster, the beaming superfood blend!

This 100% natural, organic blend increases stamina, boosts energy, balances hormones and enhances mood. I don’t know about you all, but with long work hours and busy days, I could use all of the above!

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp beaming Superfood Smoothie Blend
  • 1 tbsp flax seed

Begin by adding the strawberries, blueberries and banana to a blender.

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie Recipe

Next add the greek yogurt, coconut water, honey, ginger, cinnamon, superfood smoothie blend and flaxseed.

Metabolism Boosting Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Blend well.

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Chill and serve.

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie

This smoothie not only helps speed up your metabolism, it also reduces nausea and aids in digestion.

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie

Don’t forget to tune in later this morning – June 6th – at 7:50 AM to San Diego Channel 6 Morning News where I’ll be whipping up this smoothie and more!

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: One 24 oz Smoothie

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp beaming Superfood Smoothie Blend
  • 1 tbsp Premium Gold Ground Flax Seed

Instructions

  1. Begin by adding the strawberries, blueberries and banana to a blender.
  2. Next add the greek yogurt, coconut water, honey, ginger, cinnamon, superfood smoothie blend and flaxseed.
  3. Blend well.
  4. Chill and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/metabolism-boosting-breakfast-smoothie/

Lean and Green Superfood Smoothie

Banana Avocado Flax Seed Smoothie

This smoothie was inspired by my first trip to bBar Superfood Vitality Bar in Del Mar!

bBar Del Mar

I tried the Sexy Mayan and Lisa’s Daily Lean & Green and was immediately addicted to the lean-ness and green-ness of Lisa’s smoothie!

bBar Del Mar Smoothies

After meeting with bBar’s social media guru Dustin Towery, he sent me home with a bag of bBar’s Beaming Organic Superfood Protein Blend with Greens so that I could re-create their amazing smoothie in my kitchen!

Banana Avocado Green Smoothie

And that I did!

Green Superfood Smoothie Ingredients

Ingredients (makes two 16 oz smoothies)

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp beaming superfood protein
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Begin by adding the avocado and banana to a blender.  Next add the almond milk, coconut water and spinach, then add the protein and flax seed.

Green Flaxseed Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Top it off with the honey and cinnamon.

Green Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Blend well.

Green Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Chill then serve.

bBar Lean and Green Smoothie

This energy packed smoothie is loaded with vitamins, nutrients and protein!

Lean and Green Smoothie

Grab a bag of beaming’s soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free protein packed powder and make your own Lean Green Superfood Smoothie at home!

Lean and Green Superfood Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Two 16 oz Smoothies

Lean and Green Superfood Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp beaming superfood protein
  • 1 tbsp Premium Gold Ground Flax Seed
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Begin by adding the avocado and banana to a blender.
  2. Next add the almond milk, coconut water and spinach, then add the protein and flax seed.
  3. Top it off with the honey and cinnamon.
  4. Blend well, chill then serve.
http://whitneybond.com/lean-and-green-superfood-smoothie/

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

This strawberry peach guacamole gives a sweet & fruity summer twist to the dip that everyone loves!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole Recipe

I made this dish last weekend for a Memorial Day BBQ and it was a hit with all of my friends! I served it along side it’s spicy counterpart, Buffalo Sauce Guacamole, which will appear in my cookbook, Buffalo Style, out this fall!

Strawberry Guacamole Recipe

The combination of juicy pieces of strawberry and peaches mixed with fresh basil and lemon juice make it difficult to put down the chips!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 cup strawberries (chopped)
  • 2 peaches (peeled & chopped)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)

Begin by mashing the avocados together in a medium bowl, then add the tomatoes, strawberries and peaches.

Strawberry Peach Guacamole Recipe

Mix all of the ingredients together then juice the lemon into the guacamole and add the fresh basil.

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

Serve with your favorite chips for delicious dipping pleasure!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

You could also serve this fruity guacamole with apple crisps for a fun and healthy twist!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

This dip is perfect for BBQ’s or your next Mexican fiesta!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 cups

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 cup strawberries (chopped)
  • 2 peaches (peeled & chopped)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Begin by mashing the avocados together in a medium bowl, then add the tomatoes, strawberries and peaches.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together then juice the lemon into the guacamole and add the fresh basil.
http://whitneybond.com/strawberry-peach-guacamole/

Vitamin Boost Juice

Orange Pineapple Vitamin Boost Juice

I call this the “Vitamin Boost Juice” because it provides over 450% of the daily Vitamin A needed and over 1000% of daily Vitamin C needed, and just for a little extra boost, it also provides 110% of daily fiber needed!

Talk about getting a vita-boost to your day!

Orange Carrot Pineapple Juice

Ingredients

  • 4 oranges (peeled)
  • 1/2 pineapple (skin removed)
  • 1 cup carrots

Juice all of the ingredients together.

Orange Carrot Pineapple Juice

Pour into a glass, chill then soak in all of the juicy vitamins!

Citrus Carrot Juice

This juice is a perfect way to start the day and can be made very inexpensively! Purchase a bag of oranges at a local farmers market to cut down on costs by buying in bulk and keep juicing all week long!

Vitamin C Juice

Serve this juice with our Gluten Free Oatmeal Almond Date Bars for a healthy breakfast meal!

Catch me preparing a few of my favorite juices and smoothies on the San Diego 6 morning news!

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita

Avocado Melon Margarita

This Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita might be the most interesting margarita you’ll ever drink!

Avocado Margarita

Creamy avocado is combined with fresh honeydew melon for a super refreshing twist to a classic margarita!

While I was weary  of putting avocado in my margarita at first, I soon jumped on the bandwagon after trying this deliciously creamy treat, so why not jump on it with me and try something new this weekend? I promise that you will not be disappointed!

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honeydew melon (chopped)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1 oz water

Start by pureeing together the melon and avocado.

Avocado Honeydew Melon Puree

Next, combine the puree mixture in a shaker with the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave nectar and water.

Avocado Honeydew Margarita

Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! Hope you have a delicious day tomorrow and don’t forget to check out our “Cinco De Mayo” board on Pinterest for tons of scrumptious food and drink recipes for the holiday!

Remember to check out our other delicious margarita recipes like Blackberry Jalapeño and Serrano Chili Mango!

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honeydew melon (chopped)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1 oz water

Instructions

  1. Start by pureeing together the melon and avocado.
  2. Next, combine the puree mixture in a shaker with the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave nectar and water.
  3. Shake and strain into glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.
http://whitneybond.com/avocado-honeydew-melon-margarita/

Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita

Fresh Blackberry Margarita

Get your sombreros and shot glasses ready, it’s just 5 days until Cinco De Drinko Mayo!

Blackberry Jalapeño Margaritas

What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a fresh, flavorful margarita!  That’s why I’m giving you a new margarita recipe every day until Cinco De Mayo!

Fresh Blackberry Margarita

Today’s margarita is sweet, spicy and vibrant in color, great for celebrating with a delicious bowl of chips and guacamole!

Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4-5 blackberries
  • 1/2 jalapeño (de-seeded and sliced)
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 3 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Begin by muddling the blackberries and jalapeños in the bottom of a shaker.

Fresh Jalapeño Blackberry Margarita

Muddled Jalapeño Blackberry Margarita

Next add the ice, tequila, lime juice and agave nectar.

Fresh Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita

Shake well, then pour into a glass and garnish with a blackberry and jalapeño slice.

Fresh Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita

Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita

Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita

Ingredients

  • 4-5 blackberries
  • 1/2 jalapeño, sliced and de-seeded
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 3 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Begin by muddling the blackberries and jalapeños in the bottom of a shaker.
  2. Next add the ice, tequila, lime juice and agave nectar.
  3. Shake well, then pour into a glass and garnish with a blackberry and jalapeño slice.
http://whitneybond.com/blackberry-jalapeno-margarita/

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

A muffin with no sugar, no butter and no gluten, sounds too healthy to be good, right?

Wrong!  I substituted natures own sweeteners, dates and honey for sugar, then switched out the butter for super flavorful Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil.  For the gluten free flour I used Premium Gold’s blend of heart healthy whole grain and flax seed flours.

Carrot Date Muffin Recipe

The funny thing is, this whole “healthy muffin” originated from me being a total hippie and wanting to use the carrot pulp from my Carrot Orange Strawberry juice I made the morning before!

Carrot Date Muffin Recipe

Yes, I’ve been juicing every morning instead of drinking coffee!  No coffee?  What?  I know, I didn’t think it was possible to live without coffee in the morning (especially the first 2 days after going cold turkey on caffeine!)  But, fast forward 10 days and I’m going strong!

I’ve given myself a 30 day challenge to replace coffee with juicing.  Look for a post in a couple of weeks with the results of my challenge, and in the meantime follow me on Instagram: Whitney Bond or Twitter: @Whitney_Bond to see what I’m juicing up this week!

Now back to those muffins!

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffin Ingredients

Ingredients

Begin by combining the carrots and dates in a small bowl.  Next add the olive oil and honey.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Next add the eggs and mix everything together well.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, then add the carrot date mixture to the dry ingredients.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Mix together well.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Spoon the muffin batter into 9 baking cups lined inside a muffin pan.

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes.

Gluten Free Date Muffins

Gluten Free Lemon Date Muffins

They’re like little bursts of sunshine deliciousness!

Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Date Muffins

There’s so much flavor in every bite, from the tangy Meyer lemon, to the sweet dates, to the spicy cinnamon and a little carrot crunch!

Carrot Date Muffins

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 9 muffins

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrots (shredded or carrot pulp left after juicing)
  • 1 cup dates (pitted and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Begin by combining the carrots and dates in a small bowl.
  2. Next add the olive oil and honey.
  3. Next add the eggs and mix everything together well.
  4. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, then add the carrot date mixture to the dry ingredients.
  5. Mix together well.
  6. Spoon the muffin batter into 9 baking cups lined inside a muffin pan.
  7. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/gluten-free-carrot-date-muffins/

Pan Fried Roti Bread

Roti Bread Recipe

My recipe inspirations come from all over, but this particular dish was specifically inspired by my favorite appetizer at Rama Thai, Pan Fried Roti Bread with Yellow Curry Sauce.

I re-created this half of their delicious appetizer to dip in my Curry Potato and Mushroom Soup, then used  the remaining bread for my Thai Peanut Pulled Pork Roti Bread Pizzas!

Pan Fried Roti Bread

The bread is simple to make and so scrumptious!

Roti Bread Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (plus more for cooking)
  • 1 cup water

Begin by combining the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Next, drizzle in the olive oil.

How to Make Roti Bread Dough

Add the water until a solid ball forms. If too dry, add more water.

Roti Bread Dough

Allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes then pull it apart into 8 small balls of dough.

Roti Bread Dough Balls

Roll each ball into a 6-8 inch disk.

Roti Bread Dough

Brush olive oil on each side of the dough and in the pan.

Pan Fried Roti Bread

Cook until the bread bubbles.

Pan Fried Roti Bread

Flip, then cook for 2 minutes on the other side.

Repeat until all of the bread is cooked and serve!

Pan Fried Thai Roti Bread

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Use gluten-free flour instead of traditional flour to make this recipe gluten free.

Pan Fried Roti Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 slices roti bread

Pan Fried Roti Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil (plus more for cooking)
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Begin by combining the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Next, drizzle in the olive oil.
  3. Add the water until a solid ball forms. If too dry, add more water.
  4. Allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes then pull it apart into 8 small balls of dough.
  5. Roll each ball into a 6-8 inch disk.
  6. Brush olive oil on each side of the dough and in the pan.
  7. Cook until the bread bubbles.
  8. Flip, then cook for 2 minutes on the other side.
  9. Repeat until all of the bread is cooked and serve!
http://whitneybond.com/pan-fried-roti-bread/

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

On Sunday, I prepared a large Italian style family dinner for my roommates and friends! My roommates adorable girlfriend requested a light, pasta salad, I had already been thinking about making a caprese salad, so I combined the two in this Quinoa Caprese Salad!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

I substituted quinoa for pasta to add protein to the dish, while still remaining vegetarian and making the dish gluten-free!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

This salad is the perfect side dish with dinner, but is also filling enough to eat for lunch alone!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • ½ cup red onion (fine dice)
  • ½ cup red bell pepper (fine dice)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella (cubes)

Begin by bringing the quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

In the mean time, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, add the red onion and bell pepper.

Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup olive oil, basil, parsley, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Whisk well, then add the sautéd onion, bell pepper and garlic.

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Add the tomatoes to the dressing.

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Place the tomatoes in the refrigerator to marinate for 5-10 minutes.

Add the cooked quinoa and mozzarella the tomatoes.

Toss well and serve!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

I can’t wait to serve this salad at summer BBQ’s, so light, refreshing and delicious!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

 

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2-4

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ red onion (minced)
  • ¼ red bell pepper (minced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella (cubes)

Instructions

  1. Bring the quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, add the red onion and bell pepper.
  4. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
  5. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  6. Add the parsley and basil to a small mixing bowl, add the remaining ½ cup olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  7. Whisk well, then add the sauteed onion, bell pepper and garlic.
  8. Add the tomatoes to the dressing.
  9. Place the tomatoes in the refrigerator to marinate for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Add the cooked quinoa and mozzarella to a large bowl.
  11. Add the tomatoes and vinaigrette dressing to the salad.
  12. Toss well and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/quinoa-caprese-salad/

Twice Baked Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

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What goes better with Bacon Wrapped Rosemary Pork Tenderloin than Blue Cheese Rosemary Mashed Potatoes!

My friends and roommates agreed that these were the “best mashed potatoes they’ve ever had!”

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Infusing the butter in these mashed potatoes gives them so much flavor and the blue cheese makes them extra creamy!

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Ingredients (serves 6-8)

  • 6 small potatoes
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (smashed)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp steak seasoning
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 4 oz blue cheese

Start by peeling and quartering the potatoes and placing them in a large pot of boiling water.

While the potatoes are boiling, combine the butter, garlic, pepper, steak seasoning, kosher salt and rosemary in a small pan over medium heat until the butter is melted.

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Lower the temperature after the butter is melted and allow the flavors to combine.

Drain the potatoes when fork tender (about 15 minutes). After draining, return the potatoes back to the pot over low heat and use a hand mixer to mash the potatoes, then mix in the garlic butter and half of the blue cheese.

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Now, spoon the mixture into a small casserole dish and cover with the remaining blue cheese.

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Bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes. Allow the potatoes to “twice-bake” and the cheese to melt on top.

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♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Twice Baked Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 6-8

Twice Baked Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 6 small potatoes
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (smashed)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp steak seasoning
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 4 oz blue cheese

Instructions

  1. Start by peeling and quartering the potatoes and placing them in a large pot of boiling water.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, combine the butter, garlic, pepper, steak seasoning, kosher salt and rosemary in a small pan over medium heat until the butter is melted.
  3. Lower the temperature after the butter is melted and allow the flavors to combine.
  4. Drain the potatoes when fork tender (about 15 minutes). After draining, return the potatoes back to the pot over low heat
  5. Use a hand mixer to mash the potatoes, then mix in the garlic butter and half of the blue cheese.
  6. Now, spoon the mixture into a small casserole dish and cover with the remaining blue cheese.
  7. Bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes. Allow the potatoes to “twice-bake” and the cheese to melt on top.
http://whitneybond.com/twice-baked-rosemary-blue-cheese-mashed-potatoes/

Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole

Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole

This is what I like to call, the best guacamole ever!

Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole Recipe

A little bit of sweet mixed with a little bit of spice, this guacamole is the perfect combination of all things delicious!

Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole

Serve with Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers and Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn for the perfect Fiesta!

Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pineapple (peeled and sliced)
  • 4 tomatillos
  • 2 red chili peppers
  • 4 avocados
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 lime (juiced)

Start by grilling the tomatillos and red chili peppers for 4-5 minutes.

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Flip the tomatillos and peppers then add the pineapple to the grill for 3-4 minutes.

Grilled Pineapple, Tomatillos and Red Peppers

Flip the pineapple, then grill for an additional 3-4 minutes.

Remove the tomatillos, peppers and pineapple from the grill.  Let cool for 5-10 minutes.

In the mean time, start putting together the guacamole by removing the avocado from the shell and mashing it with a fork. Add in the chopped onions, cilantro and lime juice.

How to make guacamole

Next, chop the grilled items and add them in to the mix.

Grilled Pineapple Guacamole

Don’t worry about the “mess-in-a-bowl” picture, it’s about to be mixed together into a beautiful and delicious dish!

Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole

See, I told you!  😉

Pineapple Guacamole Recipe

Serve with tortilla chips to dip up all the chunky deliciousness of this guacamole!

Sweet Pineapple Guacamole Recipe

Or serve with sliced vegetables such as bell peppers for a paleo option!

Grilled Pineapple Guacamole

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free when served with corn tortilla chips.

♠ Paleo Option: This recipe is paleo. Serve with vegetables instead of chips for dipping.

Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 5-6 cups guacamole

Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pineapple (peeled and sliced)
  • 4 tomatillos
  • 2 red chili peppers
  • 4 avocados
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 lime (juiced)

Instructions

  1. Start by grilling the tomatillos and red chili peppers for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Flip the tomatillos and peppers then add the pineapple to the grill for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Flip the pineapple then grill for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove the tomatillos, peppers and pineapple from the grill. Let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Begin putting the guacamole together by removing the avocado from the shell and mashing it with a fork.
  6. Add in the chopped onions, cilantro and lime juice.
  7. Next, chop the grilled items and add them to the guacamole.
  8. Serve with chips or vegetables for dipping.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-a-side-grilled-pineapple-tomatillo-guacamole/

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

These little “parties on a stick” first came into my world at Cafe Sevilla in San Diego.  I became beyond obsessed with them and started making them for every party, event, Monday, you know, whatever!

Blue Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

The kicker with these is, my Mom loves them!  When the certified pickiest eater in the world likes something, you know it’s good!  I’ve started making them every time I go home for a family event. They are quick, easy and make a great appetizer or party dish!

Bacon Wrapped Date Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 20 dates)

  • 20 dates
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 4 oz blue cheese

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Slice half way through the dates and remove the pits, then add the blue cheese.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Slice the bacon in half then wrap a 1/2 slice around the date.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Next, slide a toothpick through to secure the bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Repeat 19 times.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Place in the oven for 20 minutes, turn the dates over then continue to cook 10-15 minutes or until bacon is crispy.

Blue Cheese Bacon Wrapped Dates

Depending on the event (and how many new recipes I’m trying to conquer that day!) when I have time I add an Apple Cider glaze on top.

Apple Cider Glaze Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter (apple butter preferred)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp apple cider
  • 2 tbsp half and half
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

Start by melting the butter in a small saucepan, next combine the additional ingredients and whisk well.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring consistently. Remove from the heat and let stand 3 minutes.

Use a pastry brush to glaze the dates 3-5 minutes before removing them from the oven.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Replace the Bacon with Vegetarian Smart Bacon.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This Recipe is Gluten-Free.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 20 bacon wrapped dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Ingredients

  • 20 dates
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 4 oz blue cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Slice half way through the dates and remove the pits, then add the blue cheese.
  3. Slice the bacon in half then wrap a 1/2 slice around each date.
  4. Next, slide a toothpick through each date to secure the bacon.
  5. Place the bacon wrapped dates on a baking sheet.
  6. Place in the oven for 20 minutes, turn the dates over then continue to cook 10-15 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-a-side-bacon-wrapped-dates/

Loaded Calzone

Loaded Meat and Cheese Calzone

By now, most of you know about my deep, passionate love affair with… Italian food!  I’ve never made a calzone but since I’m on a kick of making my own bread, breadsticks, pizza crusts, etc. I decided that it was time to make my own calzone!

Loaded Calzone Recipe

I simply took my pizza dough recipe, altered it a little and made a calzone dough, then filled it with all of my favorite things!  That’s the great thing about pizza and calzones, you can “load” them with whatever you like!

Loaded Calzone Ingredients

Ingredients – Dough

  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • .25 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • olive oil cooking spray

Ingredients – Filling

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian pork sausage
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup homemade tomato basil marinara (for dipping)

Start by combining the flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add the warm water and olive oil. Mix until a solid dough forms.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes. Form into a ball and place in a large bowl coated in cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and place somewhere warm to rise for an hour.

Calzone Dough Recipe

While the dough is rising prepare the filling ingredients.

Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic. Sauté for 5-7 minutes.

Sauteed Bell Pepper and Onions

Add the ground beef and sausage. Cook until no longer pink. Drain the grease, then add 1 tbsp fresh basil, 1 tsp dried parsley and 1 tsp dried oregano.

Italian Calzone Meat Filling Recipe

Turn heat to low and allow the herbs to cook into the meat for 5-10 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.  Add the additional basil, oregano and parsley.

Italian Herb Ricotta Cheese

Place in the refrigerator until ready to prepare the calzone.

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Once the dough has doubled in size, roll into a thin, oval shape.

Calzone Dough Recipe

Spread the cheese mixture on the dough.

Three Cheese Calzone Recipe

Top with the meat mixture.

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Carefully fold the calzone in half.

Crimp the edges to form a tight seal around the calzone.

Loaded Calzone Recipe

Brush the top with the additional tablespoon of olive oil to give it a nice brown crust.

Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Loaded Calzone

By this picture you get an idea of just how GIANT this calzone is!

You can easily half the recipe to make a smaller version or divide the dough in half to make two calzones with different fillings for friends or family members with differing tastes!

Three Cheese Italian Meat Calzone

Serve with a warm side of scrumptious, homemade marinara sauce for dipping!

Italian Sausage and Three Cheese Calzone

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute 4 cups of vegetables such as spinach, mushrooms and eggplant for the ground beef and sausage. Sauté the vegetables with the bell pepper and onion for 5-7 minutes.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten free flour in the calzone dough to make this recipe gluten free.

Loaded Calzone

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 6

Loaded Calzone

Ingredients

    Dough
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • .25 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • Filling
  • 2 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup homemade tomato basil marinara (for dipping)

Instructions

  1. Start by combining the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
  2. Add the warm water and olive oil.
  3. Mix until a solid dough forms.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Form into a ball and place in a large bowl coated in cooking spray.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and place somewhere warm to rise for an hour.
  7. While the dough is rising prepare the filling ingredients.
  8. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  9. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic.
  10. Sauté for 5-7 minutes.
  11. Add the ground beef and sausage.
  12. Cook until no longer pink.
  13. Drain the grease, then add 1 tbsp fresh basil, 1 tsp dried parsley and 1 tsp dried oregano.
  14. Turn heat to low and allow the herbs to cook into the meat for 5-10 minutes.
  15. In a small bowl combine the ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
  16. Add the additional basil, oregano and parsley.
  17. Place in the refrigerator until ready to prepare the calzone.
  18. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  19. Once the dough has doubled in size, roll into a thin, oval shape.
  20. Spread the cheese mixture on the dough.
  21. Top with the meat mixture.
  22. Carefully fold the calzone in half.
  23. Crimp the edges to form a tight seal around the calzone.
  24. Brush the top with the additional tablespoon of olive oil.
  25. Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  26. Slice and serve with marinara for dipping.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-dinner-loaded-calzone/

Goat Cheese Fig Grilled Cheese

Goat Cheese Honey Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

For the final installment in my “sophisticated substitutes for traditional camp fire food” series I turned a plain jane cold cut sandwich into 2 warm and cheesy sandwiches of delight!

Honey Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

I started with a savory sandwich made with everyone’s favorite ingredient, buffalo chicken, and spiced it up with some pepper jack cheese!  Next, I made a sweet treat combining honey drizzled figs with goat cheese for a unique spin on a grilled cheese sandwich!

Honey Fig Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 6 sandwiches)

  • 2 cups fresh figs (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon (zested)
  • 1 loaf french bread (cut into 12 slices)
  • 6 oz goat cheese
  • 6 tbsp butter

Start by adding the figs to a small mixing bowl.

Fresh Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

Drizzle the honey on top then zest one lemon into the honey figs.

Fresh Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

Now it’s time to prepare the sandwiches.

Goat Cheese Honey Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

Start by spreading 1/2 tbsp of butter on one side of each slice of bread then spread the other side with 1/2 tbsp of goat cheese.

Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Recipe

Next, add about 1/4 cup of the fig mixture on top of half the slices of bread.

Honey Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

Place in skillet over medium-high heat and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.

The result is a trip to sweet cheesy delicious town!

Goat Cheese Honey Fig Grilled Cheese

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

Goat Cheese Honey Fig Grilled Cheese

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 sandwiches

Goat Cheese Honey Fig Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh figs (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon (zested)
  • 1 loaf french bread (cut into 12 slices)
  • 6 oz goat cheese
  • 6 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Add the figs to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Drizzle the honey on top then zest one lemon into the honey figs.
  3. Prepare the sandwiches by spreading 1/2 tbsp of butter on one side of each slice of bread then spread the other side with 1/2 tbsp of goat cheese.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of the fig mixture on top of half the slices of bread.
  5. Place in skillet over medium-high heat and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-lunch-sweet-and-savory-grilled-cheese-sandwiches/

PB&J Chicken Skewers

PB&J Chicken Skewer Recipe

PB&J, the classic childhood favorite that everyone loves!

Read the full post here!

Mango Avocado Salsa Fillo Baskets

Mango Avocado Fillo Basket Recipe

In continuation with the week of “sophisticated substitutes for traditional camp fire food” I swapped out boring ol’ chips and salsa for a crispy fillo basket filled with flavorful mango and avocado salsa!

Mango Avocado Fillo Baskets

This is a simple appetizer that is light, refreshing and so delicious!

Mango Avocado Fillo Basket Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 30 mini fillo baskets
  • 2 avocados (sliced into cubes)
  • 1 mango (sliced into cubes)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Start by slicing the mango into small cubes and add to a small mixing bowl.

Mango Avocado Fillo Basket Recipe

Slice the avocado and add to the mango.

Mango Avocado Fillo Basket Recipe

Next add the chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro and black pepper.

Mango Avocado Fillo Basket Recipe

Top with the lime juice and olive oil, mix together LIGHTLY so that you don’t mash the avocado and turn the salsa into guacamole!

Next, spoon the mixture into the fillo baskets.

Avocado Mango Salsa Fillo Baskets

Bite sized, light and packed with flavor, perfect for summer!

Mango Avocado Fillo Baskets

This recipe makes 3 cups of Mango Avocado salsa, enough to fill 30 mini fillo baskets, or you can use part of the salsa to fill the baskets and the rest to top another dish!

Mango Avocado Phyllo Basket Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian (and vegan)!

Mango Avocado Fillo Baskets

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 30 fillo baskets

Mango Avocado Fillo Baskets

Ingredients

  • 30 mini fillo baskets
  • 2 avocados (sliced into cubes)
  • 1 mango (sliced into cubes)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the mango into small cubes and add to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Slice the avocado and add to the mango.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro and black pepper.
  4. Top with the lime juice and olive oil, mix together lightly.
  5. Spoon into the fillo baskets.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-a-side-mango-avocado-fillo-baskets/

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

Nothing like taking an already decadent dessert and adding more chocolate AND peanut butter to make it an absolutely amazing, sinful square of ultimate decadence!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Serve with a large glass of milk to wash down all of the chocolate and peanut butter deliciousness!

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Brownie Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 10 oz peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup chocolate candies (such as Hershey’s Kisses)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 325° and coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.

Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe

Add the eggs and blend. Mix in the vanilla.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe

Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a small mixing bowl.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe

Add to the butter mixture.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe

Blend well.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe

Add the peanut butter chips and stir with a spatula to combine. (Pink spatulas work best… just saying 😉 )

Peanut Butter Chip Brownie Recipe

Spread the brownie batter into the baking dish and place in the oven for 45 minutes.

While the brownies are baking make the “brownie frosting”.  This is where that “double” chocolate factor comes in to play!

Place the chocolate candies in a small saucepan over low-medium heat.

As they start to melt add the butter, mix well then add the milk, continue to whisk consistently then add the powdered sugar.

Double Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Make sure to continue whisking the sauce so that the chocolate does not burn or stick to the bottom of the pan.

Double Chocolate Brownie Recipe

After whisking for 4-5 minutes, remove from the heat and let stand until the brownies come out of the oven.

Ding! Diiiiiing! That’s the sound of brownie happiness!

Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

Let the brownies cool for 15 minutes before topping with the chocolate frosting.

Allow the frosting to cool on top of the brownies for 30 minutes then cut into squares.

Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free flour to make these brownies gluten free.

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 15 brownies

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 10 oz peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup chocolate candies (such as Hershey’s Kisses)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325° and coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the eggs and blend. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a small mixing bowl.
  5. Add to the butter sugar mixture and blend.
  6. Add the peanut butter chips and stir with a spatula to combine.
  7. Spread the brownie batter into the baking dish and place in the oven for 45 minutes.
  8. Place the chocolate candies in a small saucepan over low-medium heat.
  9. As they start to melt add the butter, mix well then add the milk, continue to whisk consistently then add the powdered sugar.
  10. Make sure to continue whisking the sauce so that the chocolate does not burn or stick to the bottom of the pan.
  11. After whisking for 4-5 minutes, remove from the heat and let stand until the brownies come out of the oven.
  12. Let the brownies cool for 15 minutes before topping with the chocolate frosting.
  13. Allow the frosting to cool on top of the brownies for 30 minutes then cut into squares.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-dessert-double-chocolate-peanut-butter-chip-brownies/

Kale Artichoke Pasta

Spinach artichoke dip, delicious yes, make it into lunch, yes please! I used the spinach artichoke dip recipe I served at my Pumpkin Carving Party last October with some alterations, including substituting kale for spinach and a creamy, hearty pasta dish was born!

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 3 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 4 oz kale
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 14 oz can artichoke hearts
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan and romano cheese

Get your burners going by boiling water for the pasta on one burner. On another burner add the kale, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/4 cup water in a large skillet with lid.  On the third burner start making the sauce by adding the cream cheese to a medium saucepan to melt.

Next add the greek yogurt, salt and garlic to the melted cream cheese.

Next add the additional 2 tbsp olive oil, white wine vinegar and lemon juice, then drain and chop the artichoke hearts.

Add the artichoke hearts to the pasta sauce.

Stir to combine then add the cooked kale.

Drain the pasta and place into a large bowl. Mix the sauce well then add-on top of the pasta.

Now toss and serve topped with the red pepper flakes and parmesan and romano cheeses!

Yummy!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free pasta.

Spicy Chicken Chorizo Paella

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Paella

I started making this chicken chorizo paella about 2 years ago and the only thing that’s changed is that it got SPICIER! If you’re a fan of some Spanish heat, this is the dish for you!

Chicken and Chorizo Paella Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz pork chorizo
  • 1/2 large red onion (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups medium grain rice
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, then add the chorizo.

Cook for 2-3 minutes then add the onion, bell pepper and garlic.

Chicken and Chorizo Paella Recipe

Add the paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.

Spicy Chicken and Chorizo Paella Recipe

Then add the rice.

Chicken and Chorizo Paella Recipe

Toss to coat then add the chicken broth and lemon juice.

Chicken and Chorizo Paella Recipe

Mix well then add the shredded chicken.

Chicken and Chorizo Paella Recipe

Add the tomatoes on top.

Chicken and Chorizo Paella Recipe

Place in the oven for 45 minutes or until the liquid has cooked down.

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Now it’s ready to serve!

Spicy Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Grab a fork and dig in!

Spicy Chicken and Chorizo Paella

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit chicken and pork chorizo and substitute with soy chorizo.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Spicy Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: 4-6

Spicy Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • 12 oz pork chorizo
  • 1/2 large red onion (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups medium grain rice
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, then add the chorizo.
  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes then add the onion, bell pepper and garlic.
  4. Add the paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.
  5. Then add the rice.
  6. Toss to coat then add the chicken broth and lemon juice.
  7. Mix well then add the shredded chicken.
  8. Add the tomatoes on top.
  9. Place in the oven for 45 minutes or until the liquid has been cooked down.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-dinner-spicy-chicken-and-chorizo-paella/

Lemon Herb Salmon

Healthy Lemon Herb Salmon

This might be the most unique post on the blog to date because I’m posting it from 30,000 feet in the air!  Yes, I’m on a plane from Miami to Los Angeles that is WiFi enabled and allowing me to post to all of you amongst the clouds in the sky!

This post is also special because it involves a meal I made for two of my favorite people, my best friend and her boyfriend, who also happens to be one of my best friends! I am so beyond happy that the two of them found each other because they couldn’t be more perfect together!  I love staying with them when I’m in Phoenix because they enjoy many of the same things I do such as food, fashion and relaxation!

My last night in Phoenix I wanted to cook them a “Thank You” dinner for allowing me to stay at their beautiful condo while in town for the weekend. I asked my best friend what she wanted to eat and she said fish so I suggested salmon. It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly because the only seafood recipe I’ve posted thus far on LLB was my yummy chili-lime-garlic shrimp, so adding a fish main course seemed necessary at this point!

Lemon Herb Salmon

I paired the salmon with an Italian Corn Salad and Buffalo Potato Salad. I know it sounds interesting, but her boyfriend loves all of my buffalo sauce recipes so I had to incorporate it into the meal and came up with this delicious little side dish!

Lemon Herb Salmon Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 lbs salmon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 large lemons
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Add the olive oil to a small mixing bowl, then chop the fresh herbs.

Add the herbs to the olive oil.

Next, zest two of the lemons into the olive oil herb mixture.

Then add the minced garlic.

Squeeze in the juice of the two lemons.

Whisk well.

Place the salmon skin side down in a shallow baking dish.

Top with the lemon herb mixture.

Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Thinly slice the additional lemon and place on top of each piece of salmon.

Paleo Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for an hour to marinate.

Remove from the refrigerator and cook at 400° for 30 minutes.

Baked Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Simple as that, dinner is served!

Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Delicious served with Italian Corn Salad, Buffalo Potato Salad,  Garlic Lemon Asparagus or Nutty Greens with Bacon and Bleu Cheese.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Lemon Herb Salmon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Lemon Herb Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs salmon
  • 1/2 cup Enzo Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 large lemons
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Chop the fresh herbs and add to the olive oil.
  3. Zest two of the lemons into the olive oil herb mixture.
  4. Add the minced garlic.
  5. Squeeze in the juice of the two lemons and whisk well.
  6. Place the salmon skin side down in a shallow baking dish.
  7. Top with the lemon herb mixture.
  8. Thinly slice the additional lemon and place on top of each piece of salmon.
  9. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for an hour to marinate.
  10. Remove from the refrigerator and cook at 400° for 30 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-dinner-lemon-herb-salmon/

Garlic Herb Breadsticks

Garlic Herb Breadstick Recipe

In continuing with my bread baking obsession I made homemade breadsticks to compliment my Three Cheese Raviolis at last weeks LA Family Dinner! The result was a thick, flavorful breadstick which was perfect by itself or dipped in my homemade Tomato Basil Marinara!

Garlic Herb Breadstick Ingredients

Ingredients – Breadsticks

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 package (.25 oz) yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tbsp butter (softened)
  • olive oil cooking spray

Topping

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (shredded)

Start by combining the yeast, sugar and warm water in a small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes or until the mixture begins to bubble.

Combine the salt and flour in a large mixing bowl then add the yeast mixture and stir well. Next fold in the butter.

Breadstick Dough Recipe

Once a solid ball of dough forms place it on a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.

Breadstick Dough Recipe

Place the ball of kneaded dough in a large bowl sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap.

Allow to set for 45 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.

Breadstick Dough Recipe

Now that the dough has doubled, separate into 12 equal sized ovals.

Homemade Breadstick Recipe

One by one stretch each breadstick out to about 12 inches in length.

Homemade Breadstick Recipe

Next fold in half.

How to make homemade breadsticks

Now twist the two sides together.

Homemade Twisted Breadstick Recipe

Once all 12 have been twisted, cover and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.

While they’re rising pre-heat the oven to 400° and prepare the garlic herb topping.

Start by melting the butter in a small mixing bowl, then add the remaining ingredients.

Garlic Herb Topping for Breadsticks

Mix well.

Garlic Herb Topping for Breadsticks

Brush the mixture over the breadsticks.

Garlic Herb Breadstick Recipe

Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

Remove when the garlic herb mixture starts to brown.

Homemade Garlic Herb Breadstick Recipe

Remove from baking sheet and place on a serving dish.

Homemade Garlic Herb Breadsticks

Serve these flavorful, scrumptious homemade treats with raviolis, chicken parmesan, pizza or whatever your favorite Italian dish is!

Homemade Garlic Cheese Breadsticks

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

Garlic Herb Breadsticks

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 12 breadsticks

Garlic Herb Breadsticks

Ingredients

    Breadsticks
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 package (.25 oz) yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tbsp butter (softened)
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • Topping
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (shredded)

Instructions

  1. Start by combining the yeast, sugar and warm water in a small bowl.
  2. Let stand for 10 minutes or until the mixture begins to bubble.
  3. Combine the salt and flour in a large mixing bowl then add the yeast mixture and stir well.
  4. Fold in the butter.
  5. Once a solid ball of dough forms place on a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  6. Place the ball of kneaded dough in a large bowl sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap.
  7. Allow to set for 45 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
  8. Now that the dough has doubled, separate into 12 equal sized ovals.
  9. One by one stretch each breadstick out to about 12 inches in length.
  10. Next fold in half.
  11. Now twist the two sides together.
  12. Once all 12 have been twisted, cover and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.
  13. While they’re rising pre-heat the oven to 400° and prepare the garlic herb topping.
  14. Start by melting the butter in a small mixing bowl, then add the remaining ingredients.
  15. Mix well.
  16. Brush the mixture over the breadsticks.
  17. Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-a-side-garlic-herb-breadsticks/

Sweet and Sour Chicken Lettuce Wraps

PF Chang’s Sweet and Sour Chicken dish is recreated without frying and placed in lettuce wraps for a gluten free, delicious Chinese dinner recipe!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Little Leopard Book}

Sticking with the theme on the blog of giving fun twists to traditional favorites, I took my two favorite dishes from PF Chang’s and combined them!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This sweet and sour chicken tastes almost identical to the PF Chang’s version yet is lighter and healthier because it is not deep-fried!

PF Changs Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

While the ingredient list for the recipe is rather lengthy, most of the items are kitchen staples!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg (whisked)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce (not pictured)

Start by chopping the chicken into large chunks. Prepare a shallow dish with the whisked egg and another with the corn starch and brown sugar.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Next, place the chicken into the egg then lightly coat in the corn starch mixture. Add the breaded chicken to a large skillet with the olive oil heated over medium-high heat.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Begin browning then add the bell peppers and onions.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Next, make the sauce. Combine all of the remaining ingredients (except the pineapple chunks and lettuce) in a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Now, pour the sauce over the chicken.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Toss to cover the chicken and vegetables in sauce.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Cook for 10 minutes then add the pineapple chunks.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes then get ready to wrap!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Place the lettuce leaf on a plate then add the chicken on top.

PF Changs Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Yummy!

PF Changs Sweet and Sour Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I love the fun, light lettuce wraps but if you really feel the need for a more traditional sweet and sour dish, you can serve it with white rice.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

This dish is perfect for a weeknight and can easily be cut in half for one or doubled for a large family!

PF Changs Sweet and Sour Chicken

♦ Gluten Free Option: Make sure the soy sauce is gluten-free.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Sweet and Sour Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg (whisked)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce

Instructions

  1. Chop the chicken into large cubes.
  2. Prepare a shallow dish with the whisked egg and another with the corn starch and brown sugar.
  3. Place the chicken into the egg then lightly coat in the corn starch mixture.
  4. Add the breaded chicken to a large skillet with the olive oil heated over medium-high heat.
  5. Begin browning then add the bell peppers and onions.
  6. Prepare the sauce by combining all of the remaining ingredients (except the pineapple chunks and lettuce) in a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  7. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  8. Toss to cover the chicken and vegetables in sauce.
  9. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
  10. Cook for 10 minutes then add the pineapple chunks.
  11. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes then place the sweet and sour chicken in lettuce leaves.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-dinner-sweet-and-sour-chicken-lettuce-wraps/

Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese

Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese

I have to give props to my friends at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach for the idea for this recipe.

Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese

This sandwich is sweet, buttery and it comes with a warning: this will become your favorite grilled cheese sandwich ever!

Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 10 mini sandwiches)

  • 1/2 sourdough baguette
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 large pear (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 oz brie cheese

Start by placing 2 tbsp of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once butter has melted add the sliced pears to the skillet.

Caramelizing Pears

Then add the brown sugar to the pears.

Cook for 5 minutes or until pears are caramelized.

Mini Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

While the pears are caramelizing begin thinly slicing the baguette and brie cheese.

Prepare each sandwich by spreading the tops of each slice of bread with the remaining butter, then layering with a slice of brie cheese.

Mini Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

When the pears are ready place them on top of the brie cheese.

Mini Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Add another slice of brie cheese and buttered bread on top and grill on the stove top over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side.

Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese

After both sides are the perfect shade of golden brown, place on a plate and get ready to chow down!

Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese Recipe

Now lets take a closer look at this amazing little sandwich of cheesy delight!

Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Oh yeah, I want a bite!

Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese

My mouth is watering just looking back at these pictures!!

Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese Recipe

These sandwiches make for really fun little party appetizers or you can make a small plate of them for a decadent, cheesy lunch!

Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese Recipe

♦ Gluten Free Option: Use a gluten-free baguette instead of sourdough to make this recipe gluten-free.

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese

Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1/2 sourdough baguette
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 large pear (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 oz brie cheese

Instructions

  1. Start by placing 2 tbsp of butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Once butter has melted add the sliced pears to the skillet.
  3. Then add the brown sugar to the pears.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes or until pears are caramelized.
  5. While the pears are caramelizing begin thinly slicing the baguette and brie cheese.
  6. Prepare each sandwich by spreading the tops of each slice of bread with the remaining butter, then layering with a slice of brie cheese.
  7. When the pears are ready place them on top of the brie cheese.
  8. Add another slice of brie cheese and buttered bread on top and grill on the stove top over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-lunch-caramelized-pear-and-brie-grilled-cheese/

BLT Caesar Wrap

Kale Bacon Caesar Wrap

Every once in a while an unplanned “what’s in the fridge?” meal turns into a new favorite and last week that most definitely happened!

I turned a classic favorite, the BLT, into a new, fun wrap with kale instead of lettuce and caesar dressing instead of mayonnaise!

BLT Caesar Wrap Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 2 tbsp caesar dressing
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 slices cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (shredded)

Start by cooking the kale in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Next, add 1/4 cup of water and cover the skillet, steam for 4-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, spread the dressing into the middle of a tortilla.

BLT Caesar Wrap Recipe

Next add the cooked kale and bacon on top.

Bacon and Kale Wrap

Top with the tomatoes and parmesan cheese.

BLT Caesar Wrap Recipe

Wrap it up and dig in!

Kale Bacon Wrap

Oh my gosh, the crispness of the bacon with the mild bitterness of the kale and the creaminess of the caesar dressing, this was such a great, random concoction and I’m not going to lie to you all, I ended up making it two other times last week!

BLT Caesar Wrap Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon or substitute veggie bacon strips to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten free tortillas to make this recipe gluten free.

BLT Caesar Wrap

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 wrap

BLT Caesar Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 2 tbsp caesar dressing
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp shaved parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the kale in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of water and cover the skillet, steam for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, spread the dressing into the middle of a tortilla.
  4. Next add the cooked kale and bacon on top.
  5. Top with the tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
  6. Wrap it up and dig in!
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-lunch-blt-caesar-wrap/

Basil Pesto

Homemade Basil Pesto

When making my “Green Pizza” for St Patty’s Day I knew I had to use a pesto to make the sauce green to go with the theme of the pizza!

Basil Walnut Pesto Sauce

I made a pesto sauce in a Home Ec class in Middle School and that was the first and only time I had the sauce until a few years ago. Not a lot of pesto in Oklahoma 😉

So glad it is back in my life now and I wanted to make my own to top the super fresh and healthy “green pizza”!!

Basil Pesto Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 1/2 cup)

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Begin by placing the basil and garlic in a blender or food processor.

Basil Pesto Recipe

Next, add the walnuts.

How to make Walnut Basil Pesto

Blend well.

Food Processor Basil Pesto

Add the salt, pepper and olive oil.

Homemade Pesto in a Food Processor

Blend well, then add the cheese by hand.

Basil Pesto Recipe

Voila, a delicious pesto sauce for pizza, pastas and more!

Basil Pesto Recipe

I’ve used this delicious homemade pesto in recipes from Gluten-Free Green Pizza to Basil Raviolis!

Easy Basil Pesto Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: The recipe is gluten-free.

Basil Pesto

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1/2 cup pesto

Basil Pesto

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Place the basil and garlic in a blender or food processor.
  2. Add the walnuts and blend well.
  3. Add the salt, pepper and olive oil, blend well.
  4. Stir in the cheese by hand.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-a-side-basil-pesto/

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes with Strawberry Kiwi Creamy Frosting

Cupcakes with Strawberry Kiwi Creamy Frosting

In continuation with my season of strawberry recipes I decided to make strawberry cupcakes.

Fresh Fruit Cupcakes

Then as I walked through the produce section of Trader Joe’s the kiwis started calling my name “Whitney, Whitney, put us in your strawberry cupcakes!”

Fresh Fruit Strawberry and Kiwi Cupcakes

I couldn’t say no to these cute little green guys so I picked some up and Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes were born!

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcake Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 24 cupcakes)

  • 2 cups strawberries (sliced)
  • 2 kiwis (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk, coconut milk or regular milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Start by peeling the kiwi using a vegetable peeler. (Thanks roomie for being my photographer in this shot!)

Next, slice the kiwis and strawberries.

Freshly Sliced Strawberries and Kiwi

Place the fruit in a blender or food processor.

Fresh Fruit in Food Processor

Blend into a puree consistency, set aside and begin to make the batter.

First, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt in a small mixing bowl.

Next cream together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, then add the eggs one at a time and mix well.

Then add the oil, almond milk, vanilla and fruit puree.

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcake Batter

Blend well then add the flour mixture.

How to make strawberry kiwi cupcakes

Combine all of the ingredients until a dark pink batter forms.

Now pour the batter into pre-lined muffin pans.

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes

Bake the cupcakes at 350° for 22-25 minutes.

Baked Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes

Now it’s time to make the frosting.

I used my cream cheese frosting recipe and added fresh strawberries and kiwi. Simple and delicious!

Creamy Strawberry Kiwi Cupcake Frosting Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 8 oz packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar (sifted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 strawberries (diced)
  • 1 kiwi (peeled and diced)

Start by peeling and dicing the strawberries and kiwi.

Combine all ingredients with an electric hand mixer.

Strawberry Kiwi Creamy Frosting

Now place the frosting onto the cupcakes with a cake decorator or spread on top with a knife. Add additional sliced fruit as a garnish if you like!

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

I went a little crazy with the picture-taking because they were so pretty! Here are a few of my favorites!

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcake Tower

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes

Spring Cupcake Recipes

How cute are all the little spring-y accessories?  All from my favorite spot, World Market!

Spring Cupcake Tower

Strawberry Kiwi Fresh Fruit Cupcakes

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes

These cupcakes are perfect for spring, would be so cute at a picnic, birthday party or baby shower!

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes with Creamy Strawberry Frosting

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcake Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free baking flour for traditional flour to make this recipe gluten-free.

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes with Strawberry Kiwi Creamy Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes with Strawberry Kiwi Creamy Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries (sliced)
  • 2 kiwis (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk, coconut milk or regular milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Creamy Strawberry Kiwi Frosting
  • 2 8 oz packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar (sifted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 strawberries (diced)
  • 1 kiwi (peeled and diced)

Instructions

  1. Peel the kiwi using a vegetable peeler.
  2. Slice the kiwis and strawberries.
  3. Place the fruit in a blender or food processor.
  4. Blend into a puree consistency and set aside.
  5. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt in a small mixing bowl.
  6. Cream together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
  8. Add the oil, almond milk, vanilla and fruit puree.
  9. Blend well then add the flour mixture.
  10. Combine all of the ingredients until a dark pink batter forms.
  11. Pour the batter into pre-lined muffin pans.
  12. Bake the cupcakes at 350° for 22-25 minutes.
  13. Creamy Strawberry Kiwi Frosting
  14. Start by peeling and dicing the strawberries and kiwi.
  15. Combine all ingredients with an electric hand mixer.
  16. Now place the frosting onto the cupcakes with a cake decorator or spread on top with a knife.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-dessert-strawberry-kiwi-cupcakes-with-strawberry-kiwi-creamy-frosting/

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

While seeking menu inspiration for my Superbowl Party I ran across a recipe for spicy, cheesy pull-apart bread, this is what gave me the idea to concoct this recipe a couple of months later.

Loaded Bacon Cheddar Potato Bread

I took one of the loaves of rustic potato bread I baked last week and packed it with all of my favorite baked potato toppings!

Loaded Baked Potato Bread Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 1 loaf)

  • 1 loaf potato bread
  • 4 bacon slices (cooked and crumbled)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)

Start by melting the butter in a small mixing bowl.

Loaded Cheesy Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Add the cheese, green onions and bacon.

Loaded Cheesy Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Slice the potato bread loaf both horizontally and vertically 3/4 of the way through.

Be sure not to slice all the way through, but enough to reach in there and stuff the loaf with your mixture of baked potato toppings!

Loaded Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Now use your fingers to stuff the topping mixture into the bread.

Loaded Cheesy Baked Potato Bread

Wrap foil tightly around the bottom and sides of the loaf, leaving the top exposed.

Add another piece of foil over the top and place in a 350° oven for 15 minutes.

Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Remove the top piece of foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

After the cheese is melted completely remove the bread from the oven and discard the foil. Place the loaf on a serving plate.

Loaded Baked Potato Pull Apart Bread

I served this with Baked Buffalo BBQ Chicken for a nice twist on a traditional southern meal!

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Simply pull the pieces away from the bread and enjoy!

Pull Apart Baked Potato Bread

♣ Vegetarian Option: Remove the bacon to make this recipe vegetarian.

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf potato bread
  • 4 bacon slices (cooked and crumbled)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add the cheese, chives and bacon.
  3. Slice the potato bread both horizontally and vertically 3/4 of the way through.
  4. Use your fingers to stuff the topping mixture into the bread.
  5. Wrap foil tightly around the bottom and sides of the loaf, leaving the top exposed.
  6. Add another piece of foil over the top and place in a 350° oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the top piece of foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-a-side-loaded-baked-potato-bread/

Bacon Maple Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffins

Bacon. Maple Syrup. Brown Sugar. Three things that when combined equal serious tummy satisfaction!

Maple Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble

I’ve had bacon maple donuts before, but decided to skip the frying and turn these goodies into bacon maple muffins! Then I decided, why not add my favorite sweet ingredient, brown sugar, to take these muffins over the top!

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffin Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 slices cooked bacon (crumbled)
  • 2 cups and 2 tbsp flour (separated)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Start by combining 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Next combine the vegetable oil, milk and egg in a large mixing bowl.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Whisk together, then add the maple syrup.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Next add the flour mixture.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Mix together.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Crumble the bacon and add to the batter.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Mix the bacon in then spoon the batter into lined muffin tins.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

I doubled the recipe and made half large and half mini muffins!

Mini Bacon Maple Muffins

Prepare the brown sugar crumble by combining the sugar, 2 tbsp flour and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.

Mini Bacon Maple Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble

Fold in the butter and use your hands to mix into a course crumble.

Mini Bacon Maple Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble

Sprinkle the mixture on top of the muffins.

Mini Bacon Maple Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble

Place into the oven for 18 minutes (15 minutes for the mini muffins).

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Crumble Muffins

I am completely obsessed with the way these muffins turned out!  I just love the way the crispy brown sugar shines on top of these amazing bacon maple filled muffins!

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffins

Oh and the mini version of these muffins were so totally adorable!

Mini Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffins

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour to make this recipe gluten-free.

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 9 large or 36 mini muffins

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffins

Ingredients

  • 6 slices cooked bacon (crumbled)
  • 2 cups and 2 tbsp flour (separated)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Combine the vegetable oil, milk and egg in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk together, then add the maple syrup.
  5. Add the flour mixture and combine well.
  6. Crumble the bacon and add to the batter.
  7. Mix the bacon in then spoon the batter into lined muffin tins.
  8. Prepare the brown sugar crumble by combining the sugar, 2 tbsp flour and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.
  9. Fold in the butter and use your hands to mix into a course crumble.
  10. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the muffins.
  11. Place into the oven for 18 minutes (15 minutes for mini muffins).
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-brunch-bacon-maple-brown-sugar-muffins/

BBQ Buffalo Baked Chicken

Baked BBQ Buffalo Chicken

This will probably be the simplest recipe I ever post on LLB!

BBQ Buffalo Sauce Chicken

I grew up eating the BBQ baked chicken version of this recipe, but you all keep asking for more and more buffalo chicken recipes and I love to eat them so I added the delicious buffalo sauce to make a delectable sweet and spicy chicken dish!

BBQ Buffalo Chicken Ingredients

Ingredients (serves four)

  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce

Place the chicken breasts in an oven-safe dish with lid, top with BBQ sauce.

Baked BBQ Chicken

Then add the buffalo sauce.

Mix the sauce’s together on top of the chicken breast.

Easy Recipe for Buffalo Chicken

Cover and place in the oven at 375° for one hour.

Baked Buffalo Chicken

That’s all! Just wait for it to cook and soak in all the sauces. After one hour, remove the lid and the sauce will be bubbling and chicken cooked through.

Easy BBQ Buffalo Chicken Recipe

Baked Buffalo Potato Wedges are the perfect side to throw in the oven along side the chicken!

BBQ Buffalo Chicken

Loaded Baked Potato Bread is also an awesome option as a side!

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Baked BBQ Buffalo Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Baked BBQ Buffalo Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in an oven-safe dish with lid, top with BBQ and buffalo sauce.
  2. Mix the sauce’s together on top of the chicken breast.
  3. Cover and place in the oven at 375° for one hour.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-dinner-baked-bbq-buffalo-chicken/

Gluten-Free Green Pizza

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Not being a big fan of corned beef, I still wanted to keep with the holiday spirit and make something to celebrate St Patty’s Day, so I went with my Italian roots and made pizza!

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It started out as a cute idea and ended up as the most healthy and delicious pizza I’ve ever had! I’ve been wanting to try the pizza crust made from cauliflower that I saw on Pinterest about a month ago and this gave me the perfect opportunity to do so!

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I also finally gave in and jumped on the kale bandwagon! Throw in some green heirloom tomatoes and a homemade basil pesto and you have one fresh, veggie-filled pizza!!

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Ingredients (for crust – makes 3)

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Begin by pre-heating the oven to 450°.

Now turn that cauliflower into a flour like substance, prepare to be amazed!

Begin by removing the leaves and stems from the cauliflower and chopping the vegetable into large chunks.

Next, place the cauliflower into a food processor and blend until “riced”.

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Remember not to puree the cauliflower, yet “rice” the vegetable into a flour-like substance.  It should look like the picture above.

Now place the cauliflower in the microwave for 8 minutes, it will cook down to about 3 cups of “riced” cauliflower.

Add the mozzarella, eggs, basil, oregano, salt and garlic to the riced cauliflower and form into 3 individual-sized crusts.

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Brush the crusts with olive oil then place i