This Greek Quinoa Salad is bursting with delicious Mediterranean flavors, healthy ingredients & plant based protein! It’s vegetarian, gluten free & easily made vegan! This recipe is easy to make, perfect for meal prep and can be served hot or cold.
I love creating quinoa salads. They’re filling enough to eat as a meal, but they’re also great as a side side! They’re filled with plant based protein, healthy and gluten free.
I love incorporating the flavors of the Mediterranean into my recipes. Sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs all add a ton of flavor to this Mediterranean style quinoa salad.
Chickpeas and quinoa are both wonderful sources of plant based protein. This is a great recipe for vegetarians or vegans looking to add more protein to their diet. It’s easy to make this quinoa salad vegan by simply omitting the crumbled feta cheese on top.
I love to meal prep this salad at the beginning of the week, then eat it for lunches throughout the week. A little drizzle of lemon juice and a dash of salt and pepper really brightens up this salad after taking it out of the fridge! Trust me, after trying this salad once, you’ll be hooked!
Crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and creamy avocado dressing make THE BEST pasta salad recipe! This BLT Pasta Salad is quick and easy to prepare. It’s delicious served warm or cold and the perfect side dish for summer BBQ’s!
I was never a big fan of potato or pasta salads growing up. Blasphemy, I know! I’m not a big fan of mayonnaise, which is the base for a lot of potato and pasta salad dressings.
I also found a lot of pasta salads to be boring. They were lacking in that delicious kick of flavor I was looking for!
But today, I’m here to introduce you to THE SECRET ingredient for making a creamy, flavorful pasta salad dressing without mayonnaise. Avocado! That’s right, the creamy avocado dressing in this salad packs a serious punch of flavor and the texture is deliciously creamy.
Bonus, it’s so much healthier than a mayonnaise based dressing! And you only 6 ingredients to make it, two of which are salt and pepper! Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender and boom, you’ve got one tasty pasta salad dressing!
I love replacing mayonnaise with avocado on a BLT sandwich. So I decided to make a BLT Pasta Salad with my homemade avocado dressing. Who can deny the combination of crispy bacon, creamy avocado and juicy tomatoes?! I know I sure can’t!
This recipe will be your new go-to summer and BBQ staple! My family loves this recipe. And every time I make it for a party or BBQ, it gets rave reviews from all my friends!
Strawberry Bruschetta is made with fresh basil, strawberries, balsamic vinegar & goat cheese. It’s an easy recipe, made in just 10 minutes, perfect for brunch, appetizers or dessert! It’s wonderful as a Summer snack or the start to a Valentine’s Day meal!
To say I’m a huge fan of bruschetta would be a total understatement. Traditional bruschetta is an Italian appetizer that consists of grilled bread, rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. Most commonly in America, it’s also topped with diced tomatoes.
I’ve also taken the base of bruschetta, grilled bread with toppings, and put my own spins on it. From Avocado Bruschetta, to Greek Bruschetta, to this delicious Strawberry Bruschetta. The bruschetta toppings really are endless!
This Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta recipe is totally versatile and super easy to make. It can be served as part of brunch, an appetizer or dessert. It can easily be made for parties in just 10 minutes.
You can even make the strawberry mixture ahead of time. Place it in the refrigerator and simply toast the baguette and top it when guests begin to arrive!
Creamy goat cheese, fresh strawberries and balsamic vinegar are a winning combo! Serve it all on top of a crispy baguette and you’ve got yourself one delicious recipe!
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Broccolini is the easiest, most delicious side dish recipe. It’s healthy, vegetarian, gluten free & easy to make in just 25 minutes!
Roasted veggies are so easy to make, they’re one of our go-to sides for weeknight meals. This roasted broccolini recipe is regularly seen on our dinner table with Bruschetta Baked Salmon and Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin. It bakes right along these delicious main dishes so dinner is ready in no time!
I love the simple seasoning of garlic, olive oil, steak seasoning and parmesan cheese in this recipe. You can even leave off the parmesan cheese to make it vegan! With about 5 minutes prep time and 20 minutes in the oven, this recipe is ready to go!
If you don’t know my Mom yet, allow me to introduce you. Her name is Muffet, yes like the one that sat on the tuffet! She’s always been a huge supporter of the blog.
She traveled with me on my cookbook tour. She flies from Oklahoma to San Diego to assist me on big shoot days. And most recently she took over my e-mail newsletter.
That’s right, sign up at the bottom of this post to receive e-mails from my Mom! Each e-mail includes a new recipe and a word from Momma Bond. She also throws in a picture of me as a kid, our family or our adventures together!
If you were talking to Momma Bond right now, she would tell you that she loves this recipe for three reasons. It’s easy to make, light on the spice and deliciously flavorful!
If you love Mexican restaurants rice, you’re going to love this recipe!
While making a Mexican Meatloaf to celebrate my Dad’s birthday in 2012, I decided that I needed the perfect potato recipe to accompany the meatloaf.
I was inspired by one of my favorite Oklahoma Mexican food restaurants, Ted’s Escondido, to make these Mexican Potatoes. On their menu, they’re called “Pappas Mexicanos” and they’re described as a delicious combination of potatoes, cream, onions and spices.
I knew that they would be the perfect side dish for the Mexican Meatloaf. So I created my own version at home!
These Mexican Potatoes have been a staple at my house ever since! I still love serving them with the meatloaf, but they’re also the perfect side dish for a number of Mexican recipes.
Sweet, delicious dates are stuffed with flavorful blue cheese, wrapped in smokey bacon & baked in the oven. This quick & easy 3 ingredient recipe for Bacon Wrapped Dates is perfect as an appetizer or party snack!
There’s no denying my love of wrapping things in bacon. This Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast is the most popular recipe on the blog every Thanksgiving.
These bacon wrapped main courses are super delicious and you should definitely try them all! But if you’re looking for a bacon wrapped party app, look no further than these Bacon Wrapped Dates.
These little “parties on a stick” make an appearance at every cocktail party I throw! They are easy enough to make a dozen for a dinner party or make 100 for a holiday party. They’re sweet and salty and so delicious!
In this easy Buffalo Cheesy Pizza Bread recipe, pizza dough is topped with garlic butter, buffalo sauce and cheese, rolled up, then topped with more buffalo garlic butter and Italian seasoning to create the ultimate game day or party appetizer!
There’s no denying my love of buffalo sauce at this point in my life!
Today’s recipe for Buffalo Cheesy Pizza Bread is an all-time party favorite that originally appeared in my cookbook 5 years ago. It’s been such a hit at parties over the last few years, that I had to share it on the blog!
Inspired by the most popular recipe on the blog, Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls (4.8 MILLION views on Facebook & counting!), I combined the deliciously simple Tomato Basil Bruschetta recipe that tops the zoodle bowls, with luscious, creamy, baked brie, all snuggled in a delightfully crisp sourdough bread bowl. And let me tell you, it was amazing!
The freshness of the bruschetta, paired with the creaminess of the brie is a match made in heaven! This is the perfect appetizer for an Italian dinner or a party starter!
Quinoa Corn Salad is the perfect side dish for summer! Fresh grilled corn, nutty quinoa and juicy cherry tomatoes are tossed with a creamy avocado dressing for a vegetarian & gluten free salad full of flavor and nutrition!
Mexican Street Corn is taken off the cob and tossed into this incredible mac and cheese recipe, which can be served as a side dish or vegetarian entree.
OMG y’all! This creamy, dreamy mac and cheese recipe is EVERYTHING!
As the biggest Mexican Street Corn fan ever, I’m determined to add it to as many recipes as possible. I began this recipe journey last fall when I made Mexican Street Corn Enchiladas and they turned out to be the BEST ENCHILADAS EVER! I then had the idea to make Mexican Street Corn Mac & Cheese. Because what could be better than creamy, spicy Mexican street corn paired with cheesy, velvety mac and cheese?! Nothing, I tell you, absolutely nothing!
Everything Bagel Stuffing is a fun twist on traditional stuffing that’s easy to make for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving or as a side dish anytime of the year!
Today is the last day of Thanksgiving Week 2 on the blog. Over the last 2 weeks I’ve had so much fun sharing 8 delicious new recipes, perfect for your upcoming Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebration!
Just in case you missed any of the last two weeks of deliciousness, you can find all of the recipes at the following links:
Warm rosemary herb butter is added to these blue cheese mashed potatoes for the best potato side dish you’ll ever have in your life!
It’s day 3 of Thanksgiving Week on the blog and I’m so excited to share this side dish that first appeared on the blog in 2013. Now with delicious new images to match this incredibly delicious potato dish!
Roasted cherry tomatoes, garlic and onions are pureed into a vegan and gluten free tomato soup recipe, that’s so easy to make in only 29 minutes!
I love roasted cherry tomatoes! Like seriously, in love with these flavorful little bursts of sunshine! I love them on steak, in casseroles and on bruschetta!
After making Roasted Sweet Potato Soup earlier this winter, I got the idea to make Roasted Tomato Soup! Genius, right? Flavorful roasted tomatoes pureed into a warm, comforting soup, perfect for dunking your favorite grilled cheese sandwich into!
This farro recipe combines the nutty Italian grain with prosciutto, pine nuts and provolone for an easy and delicious main or side dish.
Today’s post is sponsored by Anolon Cookware.
It’s Day 4 of Thanksgiving Week on the blog, and I’m so excited to share this delicious farro recipe from my friends at Anolon Cookware.
While Farro isn’t the most widely-known grain, what it lacks in notoriety, it makes up for in health benefits, adaptability to various dishes, and complex taste! The nutty, elegant grain can be used in a number of different ways, and would be a unique addition to any holiday menu.
This slow cooker cornbread recipe makes preparing cornbread easy without the use of an oven, and it only takes 10 minutes to prep!
With chili and soup season in full swing, I felt like it was time to introduce a new cornbread recipe to dip in, crumble on and serve with all of those deliciously warm soups and chilis!
Now I know that you all are familiar with making soups and chilis in the slow cooker, but have you ever made slow cooker cornbread? It’s so easy, frees up space in the oven and makes a perfectly moist cornbread in no time at all!
If your oven is full of turkey, stuffing and brussels sprouts this Thanksgiving, how are you going to bake your cornbread? That’s right, in the slow cooker!
Boiled, then baked garlic, parsley smashed potatoes are tossed in basil pesto with arugula & green onions for a delicious twist on traditional potato salad!
Growing up, I was never a fan of potato salad. To be fair, I wasn’t a fan of a lot of foods. Blasphemy, I know! The food blogger that was a picky eater growing up, say it ain’t so, oh, but it is!
A few years after moving to California for college, I started trying new foods and recipes, and realized what I had been missing all of these years! Ahem, guacamole, the green stuff, freaking delicious! Fish, sushi, yes, please! But one thing I can say I’ve never really taken a liking to is potato salad. I’m guessing my aversion to mayonnaise might have a little something to do with that!
So today I’m making a potato salad that’s colorful, flavorful, sans mayonnaise and filled with tons of green goodness!
Fresh blackberries and serrano peppers add sweet, tangy and spicy flavors to this quick and easy homemade cornbread recipe.
Growing up in Oklahoma, cornbread was a regular staple in our house, at my grandmas house, at my great grandmas house, pretty much everyone in the fam was serving up cornbread as a side dish with everything from chili to roast!
For years I’ve been whipping up this Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread recipe to go with just about everything, but today I’m putting a twist on my classic cornbread recipe!
Soy milk and olive oil add a delicious creaminess to this recipe for Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Kale!
When thinking about mashed potatoes, the words cream and butter are usually the first to come to mind, but for those that are dairy-free or vegan, that means no mashed potatoes in their life. Until now that is!
By cooking the potatoes in soy milk, they keep their nice creamy mashed potato texture, while remaining dairy-free and vegan!
This simple side dish or appetizer combines classic Thanksgiving flavors like cranberry & sweet potatoes into tart, sweet & salty sweet potato skins.
It’s day three of “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog and to say I’m a big fan of sweet potatoes would be a total understatement. Although this wasn’t always the case.
Growing up in “meat and potatoes land”, AKA Oklahoma, I pretty much stuck with the good ‘ol russet potato. Baked, fried, mashed, anyway it was cooked I liked it, but sweet potatoes were something I just wasn’t into. This was until I got older, and much, much wiser and realized how amazing they are!
Now, one of my favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes are sweet potato skins. I’ve filled them with Turkey Chili for game day and last Thanksgiving I filled them with Sage Pesto and Bacon, YUM!
Roasted tomatoes & blueberries add bright, delicious flavors to this gluten free & vegetarian summer quinoa salad recipe!
As a food blogger, whenever a holiday rolls around, you have one goal in mind, come up with something that’s festive, delicious and hasn’t already been done. And for me, something that doesn’t just involve throwing food dye in everything to make it color coordinate to the holiday.
Last week I shared my recipe for Gluten Free Dessert Cups that are naturally red, white and blue, and perfect for the 4th of July, but I still kept the holiday in the back of my mind over the last week to see if any more brilliant ideas would hit me.
All of these recipes were born out of a combination of ingredients which I had in my refrigerator that needed to be used!
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
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
Tomato Herb Cheddar Bread Pudding Instructions
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Whisk the eggs, milk, pepper, basil, rosemary, parsley, green onions and garlic together in a small bowl.
Place the bread in a large skillet or baking dish and pour the mixture over the bread.
Toss lightly until all of the bread is coated then top with the tomatoes.
Sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly across the top.
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!)
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!