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Greek Quinoa Salad

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.

Quinoa salad in bowl with sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese and green onions

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 introduced this Quinoa Caprese Salad on the blog a few years ago to rave reviews. Since then I’ve shared recipes for Mexican Quinoa Salad, Quinoa Corn Salad and now this Greek Quinoa Salad!

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!

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Bacon Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad

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!

Serve it on the side of Grilled Tomato Basil Chicken Skewers, Buffalo Turkey Meatball Subs or Onion Fried Cheeseburgers! And don’t forget a glass of Grilled Strawberry Lemonade to go with it!

Pasta salad in bowl with bacon, tomatoes and parmesan cheese

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!

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Strawberry Bruschetta

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!

Strawberry bruschetta topped with balsamic glaze on white plate

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.

This fresh Tomato Basil Bruschetta recipe has been a hit on the blog for years. It’s been so popular, that I’ve taken the topping and served it over chicken in these Bruschetta Chicken Zoodle Bowls. I’ve also added it to Baked Brie, Salmon and Chicken Parmesan.

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!

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Easy Roasted Garlic Parmesan Broccolini

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!

Garlic parmesan broccolini stacked up on top of each other on white plate

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!

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Mexican Rice

Homemade restaurant style Mexican Rice is quick and easy to make at home! This simple recipe is healthy, vegetarian and gluten free!

Mexican rice in orange bowl with cilantro and limes

I originally created this Mexican Rice recipe for my Mom. She requested it to go with Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers and Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn. Those are her two favorite recipes on the blog!

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!

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Mexican Potatoes

Cheesy mashed potatoes are combined with peppers, chilies & spices. This delicious & easy recipe for Mexican Potatoes is the perfect side dish for your next fiesta!

Bowl of mashed potatoes topped with queso fresco, cilantro and green onions

I love potatoes, Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Chipotle Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, Crispy Cast Iron Potatoes. No matter how you serve them, potatoes are one of my favorite veggies!

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.

Serve Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa over these mashed potatoes for a seriously scrumptious meal! Or serve them as a side on Taco Tuesday. They’re great with Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork Tacos or Vegan Grilled Veggie Tacos!

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Bacon Wrapped Dates

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!

Bacon wrapped dates piled up on white plate on top of wood cutting board

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.

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf is hands down, the best meatloaf you’ll ever eat! And this Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin is one of the most popular recipes of all time on the blog!

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!

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Cheesy Garlic Bread Nachos

Cheesy garlic bread nachos are the best new way to eat garlic bread! This recipe is quick, easy and the perfect appetizer for a party or Italian feast!

Cubed garlic bread, covered in cheese and fresh parsley on a baking sheet with a small bowl of marinara sauce

It’s Super Bowl week on the blog and I could not be more excited!

Every year I dedicate an entire week to recipes perfect for the big game like Football Shaped Nutella Rice Krispie Treats, Cheesy Baked Taco Dip and Jalapeno Popper Pigs in a Blanket!

This week I’ve got a seriously delicious line up for you!

I’ve now served these Italian style nachos at three different parties, all to rave reviews!

What’s not to love? It’s buttery bread, covered in three delicious cheeses, topped with a drizzle of white truffle oil. Wow!

It’s totally okay if your mouth is watering right now, mine is too!

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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is an easy, healthy side dish, perfect for serving with your favorite Mexican recipes. It also makes a great base for a gluten free, Whole 30 taco bowl!

Large white bowl of cilantro lime cauliflower rice with two lime wedges on top and wooden spoon in the bowl

Looking to low-carb your meals? Try cauliflower rice!

Use it instead of traditional rice in these Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls or use it instead of quinoa in these Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls!

It only takes 10 minutes to make, start to finish, and is great as the base for a low carb bowl or served as a side dish!

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

 Vegetarian butternut squash mac and cheese is the creamiest, most velvety, delicious mac and cheese ever, it’s so easy to make and kids will love it!

Butternut squash mac and cheese in orange crock with copper spoon, with white crock of mac and cheese in background and fresh parsley

It’s officially Thanksgiving Week on the blog! My favorite week of the year, where I share delicious new appetizers, sides, drinks, desserts and turkey recipes to make for the big meal!

This is my 8th year of sharing Thanksgiving recipes on the blog and with so many fan favorites, I began compiling a list every year of the Top 15 Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipes.

Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast and Cranberry Apple Sangria are a few of my personal favorites!

This year, the line up includes:

The menu this year includes so many easy, delicious recipes, I can’t wait to share them all this week!

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Buffalo Cheesy Pizza Bread

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!

Pizza bread filled with buffalo garlic butter and cheese, sliced on green plate with small bowl of ranch dressing and green onions

There’s no denying my love of buffalo sauce at this point in my life!

After publishing over 50 recipes with buffalo sauce on the blog and being crowned “The Queen of Buffalo Sauce” (by the official Queen crowning people of the internet 😉 ), buying buffalo sauce by the gallon has just become part of my life!

While my love of buffalo sauce started with this Buffalo Chicken Dip, it quickly led to a full on obsession after this Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Pasta (still my most popular recipe on the blog to date!)

Since then, I’ve shared recipes for Buffalo Crock Pot Mac & Cheese, Buffalo Cheesy Sausage Balls, One Pot Buffalo Taco Spaghetti,  Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers and so many others! If you have a favorite buffalo sauce recipe, comment below and let me know!

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!

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Jalapeno Popper Bread Bowl

 Jalapenos, cream cheese and cheddar cheese are spooned into a round of sourdough bread in this delicious Jalapeno Cheese Bread Bowl recipe, an awesome appetizer for holidays, parties and Super Bowl!

Cheesy sourdough bread bowl with fresh jalapenos and cilantro

My love of all things jalapeno popper is real y’all!

Jalapeno Popper Pigs in a Blanket, Slow Cooker Ham & Cheese Jalapeno Popper Dip, Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls, Cream Cheese Stuffing Jalapeno Poppers, all perfect party apps to go right along side this Jalapeno Popper Bread Bowl!

Since I love themed parties based around food, like building a taco bar or sausage ball bar (yeah that’s a thing!), I might just have to make a Jalapeno Popper Bar at my next party!

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Buffalo Zucchini Chips

Zucchini chips are coated in buffalo sauce, breaded in parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs, then pan fried for a deliciously easy and crispy appetizer recipe! 

Crispy Fried Zucchini Chips with Parmesan Cheese and Buffalo Blue Cheese Sauce

Zucchinis are one of my favorite vegetables because of their amazing versatility!

They can be spiralized into zucchini noodles for Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls, filled with buffalo chicken for Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats, or sliced into chips for Buffalo Parmesan Zucchini Chips!

Zucchinis are a great low carb alternative to traditional noodles or chips, they’re low in calories and high in fiber!

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Bruschetta Baked Brie

This Bruschetta Baked Brie recipe combines two of the most delicious appetizers, tomato basil bruschetta and baked brie bread bowls, into the most scrumptious starter, that’s also so easy to make!

Baked Brie in a Sourdough Bread Bowl topped with Tomato Basil Bruschetta

If you love this Caramelized Pear Baked Brie Bread Bowl in the fall, this Salted Caramel Pecan Baked Brie in the winter and this Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie Bread Bowl in the spring, then you’re going to love this Bruschetta Baked Brie Bread Bowl in the summer and throughout the year!

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!

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Greek Bruschetta

Looking for the perfect Mediterranean appetizer made in just 15 minutes? Try this easy Greek Bruschetta recipe made with fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, hummus and feta cheese!

Greek Bruschetta - Tomato Cucumber, Hummus and Feta Cheese on Toasted Baguettes

If you’re looking for a bruschetta recipe, you’ve come to the right place! From my famous Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe, to twists on the classic, like Avocado Bruschetta, Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta, I love sharing new bruschetta recipes that are perfect for serving as snacks or appetizers!

Heck, why not try them all and set up a Bruschetta bar at your next party!

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Quinoa Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

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!

Gluten Free Quinoa Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

I am all about fresh grilled corn, I’ll eat it straight off the cob, turn it into Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn, make it into Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa or add it to this Fresh Corn Salad recipe. It’s one of my favorite summer staples and I seriously can’t get enough of it!

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Mexican Street Corn Mac & Cheese

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.

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!

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Everything Bagel Stuffing

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!

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:

  1. Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Dijon Dressing
  2. Chipotle Cranberry Mango Sauce
  3. Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes
  4. Slow Cooker Maple Apple Turkey Breast
  5. Apple Strudel with Brie
  6. Cranberry Pomegranate Waffles
  7. Sous Vide Turkey Breast
  8. Everything Bagel Stuffing

Which dish(s) are you going to try this year? Comment below and let me know!

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Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

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!

Warm rosemary herb infused 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!

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Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls

Crispy, cheesy, delicious jalapeno popper egg rolls are the perfect appetizer for parties or game day! They’re also so easy to make in under 30 minutes!

Crispy, cheesy, delicious jalapeno popper egg rolls are the perfect appetizer for parties or game day! They're also so easy to make in under 30 minutes!

Epic news alert people, there’s only 18 days until college football kicks off and pre-season NFL games have already started! That’s right, football season is upon us and I could not be more excited!

What goes best with epic football games, epic football food, of course!

Today I combined two of my favorite party appetizers, the almighty jalapeno popper and the delicious egg roll, into one delicious dish worthy of an epic football party!

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Buffalo Potato Salad

Traditional potato salad is given a spicy twist with the addition of buffalo sauce in this vegetarian and gluten free buffalo potato salad recipe!

Traditional potato salad is given a spicy twist with the addition of buffalo sauce in this vegetarian and gluten free buffalo potato salad recipe!

Whether you’re packing up a potato salad for a picnic or serving it as a side dish at your next BBQ, this Buffalo Potato Salad is sure to get people talking!

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Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn

Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn combines grilled corn “off the cob”, cilantro, sour cream, lime juice & parmesan cheese for an amazingly flavorful side dish recipe!

Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn combines grilled corn "off the cob", cilantro, sour cream, lime juice & parmesan cheese for an amazingly flavorful side dish recipe!

If you haven’t experienced Mexican Street Corn, you must not live in Southern California or New York City!

This delectable dish is typically served by a street vendor and combines sweet grilled corn with spicy cayenne pepper, creamy sour cream and rich parmesan cheese.

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Tomato Basil Bruschetta

This tomato basil bruschetta recipe is a recreation of BJ’s Restaurant favorite, it’s healthy and easy to make in only 10 minutes!

This Italian tomato basil bruschetta recipe is a recreation of BJ's Restaurant appetizer favorite, it's healthy and easy to make in only 10 minutes!

I’ve been making this tomato basil bruschetta recipe for years! I can’t say enough good things about how easy and flavorful it is!

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Spicy Buffalo Macaroni Salad

This easy Spicy Macaroni Salad recipe gives a flavorful kick to a classic pasta salad with the addition of jalapenos, cayenne pepper & buffalo sauce!

Spicy macaroni salad with diced jalapenos, tomatoes and onions

This spicy macaroni salad recipe was originally posted on the blog in May 2012 when the Bond family threw a BBQ for Memorial Day Weekend.

The post has since been updated with shiny new photos and a fancy little video!

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Crispy Goat Cheese Avocado & Strawberry Salad

Crispy goat cheese, creamy avocado & juicy strawberries top spinach & arugula, tossed with avocado vinaigrette, for the perfect vegetarian Spring salad!

Crispy goat cheese, creamy avocado & juicy strawberries top spinach & arugula, tossed with avocado vinaigrette, for the perfect vegetarian Spring salad!

Oh Spring, how I love you! You provide warmer, longer days, and a new season of fresh produce to play with!

With the arrival of juicy strawberries and ripe avocados at my local farmers market, I couldn’t help but put them in a delicious new salad for Spring, that’s also perfect as an Easter side dish!

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Salt & Vinegar Potato Wedges

Roasted salt and vinegar potatoes are a super simple side dish that’s gluten free and vegan, and takes only 5 minutes to prep!

Roasted salt and vinegar potatoes are a super simple side dish that's gluten free and vegan, and takes only about 5 minutes to prep!

Earlier this week on the blog, I introduced a recipe for Reuben Stuffed Chicken. To pair with that delicious chicken, I made these Salt and Vinegar Potato Wedges.

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Roasted Tomato Soup

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!

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!

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Bundt Pan Sausage Stuffing

Preparing Sausage Stuffing in a bundt pan is so easy, the presentation is beautiful and it frees up casserole dishes for other sides at Thanksgiving, or any time of the year!

Preparing Sausage Stuffing in a bundt pan is so easy, the presentation is beautiful and it frees up casserole dishes for other sides at Thanksgiving!

It’s Day 5 of Thanksgiving Week, the last day of this delicious week of Cajun Turkey, Roasted Cajun Mashed Potatoes, Chili Roasted Sweet Potato Salad and Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch! But don’t worry, I’ve saved my favorite part of Thanksgiving for last, the stuffing!

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Farro with Prosciutto, Pine Nuts & Provolone

This farro recipe combines the nutty Italian grain with prosciutto, pine nuts and provolone for an easy and delicious main or side dish.

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. 

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Chili Roasted Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad

This Chili Roasted Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad recipe combines sweet, savory & tart ingredients to make the most flavorful vegetarian salad ever!

This Chili Roasted Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad recipe combines sweet, savory & tart ingredients to make the most flavorful vegetarian salad ever!

The first day of “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog is here, and I couldn’t be more excited!

This week’s lineup includes:

All of these recipes are twists on Thanksgiving classics passed down from generations of Bond ladies!

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Slow Cooker Cornbread

This slow cooker cornbread recipe makes preparing cornbread easy without the use of an oven, and it only takes 10 minutes to prep!

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!

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Pesto Smashed Potato Salad

Boiled, then baked garlic, parsley smashed potatoes are tossed in basil pesto with arugula & green onions for a delicious twist on traditional potato salad!

Pesto Smashed Potato Salad Recipe

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!

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Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad

Cheese tortellini is tossed with black beans, bell peppers, tomatoes and corn in this vegetarian Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe!

Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

BBQ’s, dinners on the patio, picnics on the beach, these are a few of the reasons I can’t stop smiling because it’s officially Summer and that means all of these things are happening on the regular!!!

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Blackberry Serrano Cornbread

Fresh blackberries and serrano peppers add sweet, tangy and spicy flavors to this quick and easy homemade cornbread recipe.

Blackberry Serrano 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!

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Israeli Couscous & Avocado Salad

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base for this delicious, vegetarian salad filled with fresh veggies & creamy avocado cilantro dressing!

Couscous Avocado Salad Recipe

Today’s post is sponsored by Litehouse!

With spring right around the corner, I’m so excited to share this yummy new salad recipe that’s full of bright, delicious flavors!

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base to the salad, while vitamin packed pomegranate seeds add a sweet and tart burst on top!

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Roasted Garlic & Kale Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Soy milk and olive oil add a delicious creaminess to this recipe for Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Kale!

Garlic Kale Vegan Mashed Potatoes

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!

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Buffalo Cheddar Biscuits

In this scrumptious, easy biscuit recipe, everyone’s favorite garlic cheddar biscuits are given a spicy twist with the addition of buffalo sauce!

Buffalo Cheddar Biscuit Recipe

Since I released my cookbook Buffalo Style over 2 years ago, one of the most requested recipes by my friends, from the book, is this Buffalo Cheddar Biscuit Recipe!

If you love Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits, then you’re really going to love this biscuit recipe with a Buffalo Style Twist!

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Apples

This delectable vegan & gluten free recipe for Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or a fall dinner party!

Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples Recipe

It’s day five & the last day of “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com!

While I certainly couldn’t pick a favorite between all of the recipes this week including Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing, Oven Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Jalapeno Relish, Baked Sweetpotato & Three Cheese Dip, Cranberry Apple Sangria, and this recipe for Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples, my boyfriend made his favorite immediately known, and it was this recipe for brussels sprouts.

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Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta

Butternut squash & apples are roasted in fall spices for a delicious twist on bruschetta, making this vegetarian recipe the perfect appetizer for fall!

Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta Recipe

Today is the day that one of my favorite appetizers, meets some of my favorite fall flavors, and makes one of the most delicious dishes ever!

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Kale Apple Slaw

Kale Apple Slaw is a delicious & healthy twist on traditional coleslaw. This vegan and gluten free recipe is perfect served as a side dish at BBQs or added to pulled pork or brisket sandwiches.

Kale Apple Slaw Recipe

With summer and swimsuit season in full swing, I’m always looking for ways to make new recipes a little bit lighter and healthier, while still totally delicious!

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Nectarine Fig Burrata Bruschetta

Nectarines and figs top this light and delicious Burrata Bruschetta recipe, perfect served as an appetizer at summer parties!

Nectarine Fig Burrata Bruschetta Recipe

Over the years, I’ve heard people mention the 5 Love Languages. I went to look them up and I found Burrata nowhere on the list, so I’m pretty sure they made a mistake! 😉

Just in case anyone was wondering, my 5 love languages go something like this:

  1. Coffee
  2. Burrata
  3. Tacos
  4. Beer
  5. Pizza

I believe my next book will be entitled “The 5 Love Languages of a Foodie” haha!

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Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad

Crispy pan fried eggplant & prosciutto are added to a traditional caprese salad in this recipe that’s perfect as an appetizer, side dish or main dish.

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad Recipe

Ever since I created the Stacked Beet Salad on the blog in March, I’ve had the idea to create another stacked dish of sorts with Eggplant Parmesan.

I ended up with a quick and easy eggplant parmesan that I paired with one of my favorite salads of all time, the caprese salad.

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Garlic Lemon Grilled Asparagus with Feta Cheese

Garlic & lemon give great flavor to this grilled asparagus recipe, topped with feta cheese for a delicious side dish at your next BBQ!

Garlic Lemon Grilled Asparagus with Feta Cheese

I just redecorated my balcony with all new furniture and decor, and now all I want to do is grill everything and hang out on the balcony!

And that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing for a week straight!

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Buffalo Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Buffalo sauce & blue cheese make these mashed potatoes super creamy & flavorful. This delicious recipe is made in under 45 minutes for a quick & easy side dish!

Buffalo Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Last week as I was preparing this Blue Cheese Buffalo Chicken & Pork Meatloaf for dinner, I thought, what goes better with meatloaf than mashed potatoes?

Then I thought, I must make a Buffalo Cheesy Mashed Potato Recipe to go with the meatloaf, and here we are!

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Stacked Beet Salad

This stacked beet salad is simple but elegant, a delicious gluten free and vegetarian appetizer or side dish for any meal.

Stacked Ricotta Beet Salad Recipe

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of trying one of San Diego’s newest restaurants, Stella Public House (updated 2019: Stella has since closed).

From the food and drinks, to the hospitality and decor, I immediately fell in love with this place!

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Gluten Free Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

These gluten free biscuits are filled with garlic flavor and cheddar cheese, just like the Red Lobster favorites, but gluten free!

Garlic Cheddar Gluten Free Biscuits Recipe

When it comes to my cookbook, Buffalo Style, one of the most popular recipes in the book is the recipe for Buffalo Cheddar Biscuits.

They have a little spicy kick from the buffalo sauce and they’re totally delicious!

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Creamy Cheesy Polenta

This simple recipe for Creamy Cheesy Polenta is gluten free and vegetarian, perfect as a side or topped with roasted vegetables or slow cooked meats.

Creamy Cheesy Polenta Recipe

I’m a big fan of polenta. It’s easy, creamy, cheesy and perfect as a side or as part of a main dish. It’s also vegetarian and gluten-free, making it a dish that everyone can enjoy!

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Rich & creamy butternut squash risotto is the perfect gluten free & vegetarian fall & winter entree, or a delicious side dish for a holiday dinner.

Butternut Squash Risotto

This Dish. Two words. Mouth Watering.

One bite of this risotto and you’ll be in creamy, cheesy heaven!

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Roasted Cranberry Pancetta Sweet Potato Skins

This simple side dish or appetizer combines classic Thanksgiving flavors like cranberry & sweet potatoes into tart, sweet & salty sweet potato skins.

Roasted Cranberry Pancetta 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!

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Portobello Mushroom & Brussels Sprouts Casserole

This portobello mushroom & brussels sprouts casserole is a fresh, healthy, gluten free alternative side dish to the traditional green bean casserole.

Portobello Mushroom Brussels Sprouts Casserole

It’s officially “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog!

Two weeks from today, the actual week of Thanksgiving will be here and I want to make sure you’re prepared with some delicious new recipes for the big feast!

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Greek Crescent Rolls

Greek Crescent Rolls combine feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes & tons of other delicious ingredients in this scrumptious vegetarian appetizer recipe!

Greek Crescent Rolls

Let me introduce you to my latest must make recipe! Seriously y’all, the recipe idea sounded great in my head, but the end result was even better than what I could have imagined!

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Brown Sugar Coffee Baked Beans

Brown sugar and coffee give these baked beans a great balance of flavor with the sweetness of the sugar and the strong, bold taste of the coffee.

Brown Sugar Coffee Baked Beans

I love coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee, you make me happy, you give me energy, I love the way you smell, I love the way you taste. You, coffee, are one of my favorite things in life!

I love coffee so much, that I try to find other ways to incorporate it into my life, besides just drinking it…. like cooking with it!

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Bacon Chipotle Guacamole

Chipotle Bacon Guacamole is the perfect combination of spice, flavor and crisp bacon crunch, great for dipping or on top of tacos.

Bacon Chipotle Guacamole

It was almost a year ago when I met the love of my life… Bacon Guacamole, haha!

I showed up to my friends annual Comic Con Party (yes, in San Diego, that’s a thing!) and low and behold, there it was, delicious creamy guacamole, filled with crispy scrumptious bacon!

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Roasted Tomato Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Roasted tomatoes & blueberries add bright, delicious flavors to this gluten free & vegetarian summer quinoa salad recipe!

Roasted Blueberry Tomato Quinoa Salad

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.

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Crispy Rosemary Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato Fries

These gluten free crispy baked sweet potato fries are crusted in crispy cereal, parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary for a scrumptious side dish!

Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries

Let me introduce you to your new favorite side dish! Crispy, flavorful, amazing sweet potato fries!

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Gluten Free Chickpea Tater Tots

Baked Chickpea Tater Tots are a healthy, gluten free side dish that both kids and adults will love. They’re easy to make with just a few simple ingredients!

Chickpea Tater Tots

I’m really not sure where the idea for this recipe came from. Maybe it stemmed from my growing obsession with chickpeas. (See Greek Quinoa Salad, Roasted Beet Hummus, Zucchini Quinoa Burgers, I’ve basically been adding these babies to everything lately!)

Maybe it came from my general love of tots, either way this is one healthy side dish that everyone will love!

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Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Creamy butternut squash is added to these stuffed poblano peppers for a rich, creamy, flavorful, vegan side dish, perfect for Thanksgiving!

Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Looking for a last minute, unique Thanksgiving side dish? Look no further than these Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers!

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Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip

This black bean dip is simple and scrumptious with a kick of spice from buffalo sauce, jalapeños and chipotle powder. It’s easy to make in just 5 minutes!

Buffalo Black Bean Dip

I’m so excited to share another “buffalo style” recipe with all of you!

I premiered this recipe with these Buffalo Chicken Tacos this morning on the San Diego 6 Morning News.

Spicy Black Bean Dip Ingredients

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)

Black Bean Dip Instructions

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!

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Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip

This black bean dip is simple and scrumptious with a kick of spice from buffalo sauce, jalapeños and chipotle powder. It's easy to make in just 5 minutes!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups bean dip
Calories 251 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 15 oz can 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 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno seeded 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.

Tomato Herb Cheddar Bread Pudding

This savory cheddar bread pudding recipe combines fresh herbs and tomatoes with sharp cheddar cheese for a delicious vegetarian side dish!

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

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.

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

Tomato Herb Skillet Bread Pudding
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Tomato Herb Cheddar Bread Pudding

This savory cheddar bread pudding recipe combines fresh herbs and tomatoes with sharp cheddar cheese for a delicious vegetarian side dish!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 200 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

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 shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  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.

Recipe Notes

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.

Paleo Sweet Potato Skins with Sage Pesto and Bacon

Vitamin packed sweet potatoes are filled with healthy, paleo, sage walnut pesto, crispy bacon and fresh arugula for delicious Paleo Sweet Potato Skins.

Sweet Potato Skins with Sage Pesto and Bacon

I am so excited to share this totally delicious and totally unique new recipe with all of you!

My roommate asked me yesterday where in the world I got the idea for this dish and my response was, “I have no earthly idea!”

Paleo Sweet Potato Skins Recipe

No matter how I came up with this recipe, I’m just glad I did! It is is so scrumptious and a great alternative to traditional potato skins that are not quite on the “healthy list”!

Healthy Sweet Potato Skins

This recipe tastes like Thanksgiving in a bite combining the flavors of sweet potato and sage!

Paleo Sweet Potato Skin Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes (scrubbed clean)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Walnut Sage Pesto
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup arugula

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Brush the olive oil on the sweet potatoes and place in the oven on a baking sheet for 45 minutes.

Sweet Potato Skins Recipe

Place the bacon on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes or until crispy.

Remove the sweet potatoes and bacon from the oven.  Allow the potatoes to cool for 10-15 minutes then slice in half lengthwise.

Scoop out 2-3 tbsp of potato from the middle.

Paleo Sweet Potato Skin Recipe

Place a tablespoon of pesto in the center of each potato.

Sage Pesto Sweet Potato Skins

Crumble the crispy bacon and place on top of the pesto.

Paleo Bacon Pesto Sweet Potato Skins

Top each potato skin with a few pieces of fresh arugula and serve.

Bacon Arugula Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

These would make an amazing side dish for a fall dinner menu or an awesome appetizer at a Sunday football party. By the way, is it football season yet?  49 days?  Let the countdown begin!

Paleo Sweet Potato Skins

Vitamin packed sweet potatoes are filled with healthy, paleo, sage walnut pesto, crispy bacon and fresh arugula for delicious Paleo Sweet Potato Skins.
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Paleo Sweet Potato Skins with Sage Pesto and Bacon

Vitamin packed sweet potatoes are filled with healthy, paleo, sage walnut pesto, crispy bacon and fresh arugula for delicious Paleo Sweet Potato Skins.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 potato skins
Calories 177 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes scrubbed clean
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup walnut sage pesto click link for recipe
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup arugula

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Brush olive oil on the sweet potatoes and place in the oven on a baking sheet for 45 minutes.
  3. Place the bacon on a wire rack on top of another baking sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes or until crispy.
  4. Remove the sweet potatoes and bacon from the oven.
  5. Allow the potatoes to cool for 10-15 minutes then slice in half lengthwise.
  6. Scoop out 2-3 tbsp of potato from the middle.
  7. Place a tablespoon of pesto in the center of each potato.
  8. Crumble the crispy bacon and place on top of the pesto.
  9. Top each potato skin with a few pieces of fresh arugula and serve.

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta combines flavorful roasted tomatoes & garlic with creamy ricotta cheese for a scrumptious vegetarian Italian appetizer!

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

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta 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
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup arugula

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

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

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta Recipe
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Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Bruschetta combines flavorful roasted tomatoes & garlic with creamy ricotta cheese for a scrumptious vegetarian Italian appetizer!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 pieces bruschetta
Calories 54 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

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
  • ½ baguette sliced
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup arugula

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  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, top with the black pepper and fresh basil.

  4. Place into the oven for 25 minutes.
  5. While the 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 and garlic from the oven. Chop the roasted 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.

Italian Corn Salad

Italian Corn Salad combines fresh tomatoes, basil, grilled corn and parmesan cheese in the perfect summer salad recipe that’s made in under 30 minutes!

Italian Corn and Tomato Salad

This salad is my new favorite recipe!  I know I say that a lot, but seriously, this dish has so much flavor, it’s light, healthy and super easy to make!

Tomato Basil Corn Salad

Lets just say this salad will be tossed together a few more times before summer corn season is over!

Italian Corn Salad Ingredients

Italian Corn Salad Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn (grilled)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • ¼ cup red onion (diced)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Italian Corn Salad Instructions

Remove the kernels from the ears of corn using a sharp knife. Place the corn in a large bowl with the tomatoes and red onion.

Italian Corn Salad Recipe

Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil together in a small bowl.

Italian Corn Salad Dressing

Pour the dressing over the corn and toss.

Italian Corn Salad Recipe

Add the parmesan cheese, mix together and serve.

Italian Corn Salad with Basil Infused Olive Oil

This salad was perfect with Lemon Herb Salmon and Gluten Free Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread at Sunday’s Summer Dinner Party!

Corn Inspired Summer Dinner Menu

I look forward to preparing this salad for BBQ’s all summer long!

It’s easy to take to a party and can be enjoyed by everyone because it’s vegetarian and gluten free!

Italian Corn Salad

Italian Corn and Tomato Salad
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Italian Corn Salad

Italian Corn Salad combines fresh tomatoes, basil, grilled corn and parmesan cheese in the perfect summer salad recipe that's made in under 30 minutes!

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 196 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 4 ears corn grilled
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup red onion diced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  1. Remove the kernels from the ears of grilled corn using a sharp knife.

  2. Place the corn in a large bowl with the tomatoes and red onion.
  3. Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil together in a small bowl.
  4. Pour the dressing over the corn and toss.
  5. Add the parmesan cheese, mix together and serve.

Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Fresh corn, jalapenos and cheddar cheese add a burst of flavor to this simple Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread recipe!

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!

If you would like to follow the publishing process and get sneak peeks from the book, be sure to follow us on Facebook!

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

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 (shredded)

Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

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.

Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
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Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Fresh corn, jalapenos and cheddar cheese add a burst of flavor to this simple Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread recipe!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 slices cornbread
Calories 295 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground 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 shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  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.
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