Avocados filled with Corn Salad make the perfect party appetizer! These are easy to make! I love this Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer recipe!
Avocado, you beautiful thing. Want to know a surprising fact? I had my first avocado in my 20’s. As a kid we would never have them in the house and I never tasted guacamole. Then I slowly started to eat them as a sliced topping on my favorite tortilla soup. Now today, I’m licking clean (TMI?) the guacamole bowl. So yeah, I love you avocado, I’m sorry it took me so long to realize this.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner I’m starting to think about parties. I love a good potluck where all your friends gather together and bring all types of food to enjoy. So I got to thinking about avocados…what could I do besides the usual guacamole? And what I could do fun with them? Then one afternoon it hit me, Avocado Sailboats! And even better they’re filled with my favorite Mexican Corn Salad.
The Best Avocado Appetizer!
These are simple to make. You can easily make a few dozen of these Avocado Sailboats in less than 15 minutes. I love that they’re full of fresh ingredients unlike some other fried finger foods that might make its way to the table. I hope you give these a try!
You’ll need 12 avocados which will make 24 sailboats. If you want to scale it up or down, then do the math accordingly. Or you can just follow the recipe exactly and if you have leftover salsa eat it with a spoon, it’s that good.
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EASY Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches that you can make ahead! This easy recipe makes a ricotta garlic mixture to spread on the bread! Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes in the bread – perfect for a afternoon tea party or baby shower!
There’s something about a afternoon get together with mini sandwiches that makes me happy. Can you imagine a brunch with friends and there’s heart shaped delicious sandwiches waiting for you on the table? Doesn’t that scream love and yum at the same time? In this super easy to put together recipe we’re going to make Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches that you can whip up in just a few minutes.
Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwich Ingredients
You only need a few ingredients for this recipe: bread, ricotta/garlic/basil mixture, diced tomatoes, and more basil. You’ll also need some adorable cookie cutters where you can be creative. I used hearts here because I love you guys, but stars and festive shapes like pumpkins for Thanksgiving would be super cute too. Also, cat cookie cutters are always a good idea. Anything cat is always a good idea. Trust me.
Perfect for Afternoon Tea Parties!
You can use any type of bread, I used whole wheat because that’s always something I have in my refrigerator. Grab a bunch of pieces of bread and start cutting your shapes out.
How to Make Tomato Powder out of tomato skins! You’ll never throw away tomato skins again!
It’s raining tomatoes! Don’t I always say that during July and August? Well it’s true. You won’t believe how many pounds of tomatoes we grew this year and I’m not going to tell you because I will save it for the big Summer harvest weight chart post coming sometime in September. You guys know I love my Stewed Tomatoes recipe but with that comes alot of extra tomato skins. I’ve been composting them for years but this year I was set on using them in a recipe.
How to Use Tomato Skins
I wanted to use the tomato skins in a unique way that can be enjoyed in different recipes and ways throughout the seasons. So making tomato powder and tomato flakes it is!
What can you do with tomato powder?
-Sprinkle on slices of pizza.
-Use on sandwiches on subs.
-Throw in soups, stews and chili.
-Use as a meat seasoning.
-Throw in tomato sauces for more tomato flavor!
-Popcorn. (Thanks Kelly!)
It’s up to you if you want to make tomato powder or tomato flakes. Both are dried the same way, but the decision comes in how you process it. Do you want it flaky? Or fine powder? For a powder use a coffee grinder, and for flakes use a food processor (or even a mortar and pestle would work).
This week was a big harvest weekend where we spent a whole evening picking vegetables and the entire day of Sunday making stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. I am pretty sure that I will never need to buy tomato sauce again. This Summer we bought a mini storage freezer just for our garden and it’s about 75% full and we have a good 2 months left of gardening this year (not counting Fall veggies). I’m going to have open a produce stand, anyone want to stop by? I give veggies out for free! :D)
(I apologize for the quality of these pictures, it was already dark out by the time we got the tomatoes inside)
First up tomatoes. We picked 43 pounds of tomatoes this weekend! Wild, right?
This is a really heavy crate, too heavy for my weak arms. I picked it up, Matthew snapped the picture, I threw the crate down and then fell to the floor in weak power.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It’s perfect for Summer grilling too!
With Summer in full gear are you having outdoor get-togethers around the BBQ? If you’re on a rooftop in NYC and look around you’re guaranteed to almost always find a rooftop full of friends around a grill, laughing and sharing hot dogs.
I really love Mexican food, I mean look at the recipe index I have for it. So when it comes to hot dogs it might not surprise you that I wanted to try to give them Mexican flare. Imagine one delicious beef frank, covered with shredded cheese, salsa, tomatoes and jalapenos on top, inside a taco shell. My mouth is watering just thinking about this.
The key to this dog is you need some quality beef franks.
Now we’re going to place the hot dog inside a taco shell. It’s one of those ideas where if you tried it already you know the magic, but if you never thought of doing that you might have just had a “AHA” moment. By the way, I’m not magic (I wish). I always buy standing shells which if you love tacos will change your life. No more tacos that will fall over!
Now it’s time to load this hot dog up to make it a taco. You’ll need shredded cheese, lettuce, onions, jalapenos and some real delicious salsa. I always use my favorite salsa recipe here.
Now go ahead and put your hot dogs in your taco shells.
As soon as you’ll put the cheese on the dogs it will melt beautifully. Then go ahead and put the rest of the toppings on.
SIMPLE Pea Pasta recipe! This easy and healthy dinner dish uses fresh sugar snap peas and only takes 15 minutes from to start to finish! It’s my favorite Spring and Summer garden recipe! It’s completely vegan too!
Pea Pasta Recipe
There is a strong possibility that while you are reading this I am daydreaming about this pea pasta for dinner. During the Summer time when it’s peak garden season this is our go to dinner that we have a few times a week. Once we start harvesting sugar snap peas by the pound (right now there’s over 10 pounds worth in my fridge!) then we start to sing “It’s pasta time..”.
Let’s start at those fresh ingredients, just picked from the garden. There’s sugar snap peas, chopped lettuce, radishes and one gorgeous tomato. I counted the roma tomatoes a few days ago and there’s over 200 on the plants ready to turn red. July is going to be tomato time!
It’s not often that taking photos of a recipe actually takes longer than how long it took me to make the dish!
We’ve been busy with work lately so when we get home we usually want a quick meal so we can gather in front of the television and watch NBA playoffs (best time of the year, go Cavs, go Net). Pasta is a great quick meal but are you ever so hungry that you can’t even wait for the water to boil? Let me introduce you to Barilla’s Pronto pasta which is one pan, no boil, no drain pasta. I wasn’t sold on it when I first heard about it – I mean seriously, I didn’t have to boil the water? But after multiple recipes, I’m hooked. A great tasting pasta dish with fresh vegetables that actually only takes 10 minutes? Totally sold.
Say hello to No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables, it’s my new favorite quick dinner recipe. Fact: We had it for dinner last night! This recipe calls for red peppers, yellow peppers, tomatoes and basil so it’s a fresh harvest meal! I can’t wait until Summer time when I can pick our peppers and tomatoes from our garden and throw them right in this dish. This dish is entirely customizable too, add whatever vegetables you want! It’s a great dish to clean out that refrigerator! Never let a pepper go bad, life motto to live by. :D)
This Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It’s the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love! This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!
Have you been watching the news? If you have tuned in during the last 24 hours I’m sure you’ve seen titles like:
WINTER STORM JUNO, a Historical Blizzard
NORTHEAST TO MEET A GOLIATH
NYC to get 24 to 36 inches of snow, NYC to shut down, NYC ready to rumble with Juno
Blizzard Warning In Effect!
BREAD SOLD OUT, Incoming Blizzard!
I love snow. I know not everyone likes it. After all, you have to shovel, you might get cold, or the horrors you might run out of chocolate chips (blizzard advise 1: stock up on chocolate).
Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili
There’s one thing I think we can all agree on (as a snow lover or snow hater); comfort food is a must on snowy nights. Let me introduce you to this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili. This chili is a game winner. Curl up to it with inches of snow on the ground. Curl up to it at a tailgating party. Curl up to it during the big game this weekend.
This is a vegetable chili which means it’s great for a meatless Monday meal. It also guarantees to make all your veggie friends happy. It’s also going to leave you happy because it’s so darn full of vegetables. I eat meat, but sometimes I need a break. Chili is typically associated with meat, but honestly in this vegetable chili you won’t even miss the meat. This chili is vegetable packed! You’ll get tackled by carrots, corn and beans! You’ve been carrot sacked!
So when you’re ready to win the hearts of your family and friends during the next sports game party or during a snowstorm, make this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili!
CHEESY Taco Casserole is EASY to make. This simple baked casserole recipe is made with elbow noodles, tomato soup, ground beef and lots of cheddar cheese! This is a yummy dinner that everyone will love – especially the kids!
Some people like to say “Taco Tuesday” but I like to say “Tacos Everyday!”.
Tacos are one of my favorite meals, I can basically eat them every night and never get sick of them. The thing I love about tacos is you can have them so many ways. Maybe you’re in a burrito mood, maybe you’re in a hard shell mood, maybe you’re in a salad moon, maybe you’re in a soup mood, maybe you’re in a pepper steak mood, or maybe you want a casserole. In the case of the casserole, I got you covered.
Say hello to your new favorite dinner, Cheesy Taco Casserole!
This is a good ol comfort meal, perfect after a hard day of work. In the Winter time, this really warms up my bones in all the right spots. It has plenty of fresh vegetables (green pepper, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers), along with tomato soup that is going to hold those noodles together and soak up the good stuff. And that extra cheesy layer on top? Yup, you will fall in love with it.
Step by step instructions on how to dehydrate cherry tomatoes!
In my fun week of acting like a mad scientist in the kitchen (hello dried cantaloupe chips!), throwing vegetables and fruits in the food dehydrator asking the question “How will this taste dried” I had to try tomatoes. With the amount of tomatoes we were harvesting and by the amount of sauces I already have made, I was dying to do something else with them. How about dehydrated tomatoes to snack on?
Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!
Oh you slow cooked tacos with tomatillo salsa roja.
How many ways do I love you? Many.
I made these last week. We already had them twice. They are already being requested a 3rd time. They are out of this world tasty.
What makes them that special? They are slow cooked, they are made with fresh ingredients and they have that authentic taste. Yeah, they are really good.
For this recipe it’s full of fresh ingredients, down to the salsa which is made from just picked tomatillos, so let’s get started!
Salsa Verde Tacos
The salsa is a mixture of salsa verde + red mexican sauce. For the salsa verde I use my favorite recipe (found here) but I cut it in half. If you can’t make it homemade, just buy a jar of it.
The Red Mexican Sauce includes includes tomatoes, peppers, onions, salt, garlic and coriander. In other words, it’s delicious.
Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos Recipe
Just mix these together and we have our Tomatillo Salsa Roja already made! I always take a spoonful of this right away. You know, just to check… 🙂
To give it a little bit of a extra kick I like to add green pickled jalapeno peppers to the slow cooker. Once slow cooked the pickled flavor isn’t strong, but instead it’s more about the spice of the jalapenos.
You’re also going to add some dry black beans to this recipe. See these gorgeous black bean? Yeah, we grew them. And yes, I’m totally proud of them.
When it’s almost ready for dinner time, start preparing your toppings and shells. I like to use tostadas. Tostadas are basically a flat taco shell. They are made with corn and extra crunchy. I can usually find a bag of 25 at the bodega for less than $2 so it’s also a steal.
For more toppings, we love cheese, tomatoes, cilantro and lettuce. Why not throw on some sour cream and avocados too?
I always love to have a little bit of salsa verde left so I can pour on a big spoonful on each. I’m a big salsa verde lover, I can’t get enough.
And hello beatiful, let’s eat these!
Crunch Crunch. Delicious!
Hope you guys enjoy these tacos! Make it for a Mexican fiesta one night this week!
HEALTHY Tomato Tea recipe that is made with 2 ingredients! This easy homemade tomato tea can be served hot or cold and is filled with many health benefits! Whenever my skin is breaking out, I drink a cup of this in the afternoon!
This tomato tea is super easy to make and only has 2 ingredients (tomato and celery salt). You can serve it warm in the Fall or cold in the Summer. This tomato tea is fresh and isn’t loaded with processed ingredients like so many tomato juices are. This is one of my go to recipes in the Summer when we’re up to our ears in tomatoes from the garden. It makes the perfect afternoon tea if you’re seeking something different.
Tomato Health Benefits
Whenever my skin is acting up (AGH! HORMONES!) I drink a cup of this tomato tea in the afternoon! I started adding this tomato tea to my monthly diet, knowing when my skin is prone to breaking out.
But sometimes you might not have a over abundance of cherry tomatoes. Sometimes your garden might be full of beef tomatoes. Can you make a simple and quick oven roasted tomato sauce with them? You bet your tomatoes you can!
The beef tomatoes are cut up into bite size pieces, a little olive oil is poured on then a little onion powder is sprinkled on top. At this time the good smells are about to start. Then they go into the oven for 35 minutes. Now the good smells are really starting to happen. I dare you not to get hungry after smelling this Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce in the oven. It won’t happen, you’ll immediately want to eat it, trust me.
What can you do with this sauce? Anything! Pour it on some pasta. Bake some lasagna. Use it in a stew. Eat it by the spoonful (hey, it happens, and it should!).
Enjoy this Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce! It’s a garden favorite!
Summer Pasta Salad recipe that uses fresh seasonal ingredients! Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms! This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch.
Summer Pasta Salad
Guys, it’s August 21st. We’re in the 20’s already! Soon it will be September! September…already? Don’t get me wrong you know I love Fall, Halloween and everything that comes along with it but there will be a few memories I miss from Summer.
It’s not over yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be dramatic and romantic about the sweltering garden days of picking tomatoes, weeding out the boxes and nurturing seedlings to grow big and strong.
Healthy Pasta Salad
A basket full of harvest is one of the proudest things I could carry. Seeing the fresh colors of red, green, yellow and more topple over the basket makes me a happy girl. Although we’re picking tomatoes, lettuce, radishes and melons as the Summer continues, we’re also getting ready for the Fall garden.
Some plants have already been transplanted while others wait their turn downstairs for containers to be cleared away on the roof. There seems to never be a empty day in the garden, there’s always something that needs to be transitioned and moved in or out.
Mushroom Pasta Salad
Mushroom is one of my favorite ingredients to add to a pasta salad!
For this recipe here I’m really layering in freshness with cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms! What a combo, right?
Enjoy the end of Summer with this Summer Pasta Salad!
Summer Pasta Salad recipe that uses fresh seasonal ingredients! Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms! This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch.
Main Course, Salad
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1pintof cherry tomatoeshalved
1green pepper chopped up
3radishes chopped up
1packed cup of lettuce chopped up
1/2cupItalian salad dressing
Prepare your pasta as directed. Drain.
Put your pasta in a big bowl.
Add your chopped vegetables, salad dressing and dried herbs.
Mix together so everything is coated in salad dressing.
Can you guys believe it’s August already? Even though Fall is my favorite Season and I’m ready for the months to leap ahead and the leaves to change, there is still something romantic about the Summertime. There’s the gathering of friends in a park for a picnic, there’s barbecues on a rooftop, there’s farmers market stands bursting with the most tasty plums and peaches and there’s full force ahead garden season happening on the roof.
How can’t I love and respect Summer when I can run up to the roof and grab all these beauties from their container? Hello beautiful tomato!
When you think cherry tomatoes you probably imagine them as bite size snacks, or tomatoes that can be thrown in a salad. What I see them as (besides throwing in the air and catching them in my mouth and by catching them I mean not catching them and then running after them as they roll on the roof) is a delicious creamy tomato sauce.
My Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce is one of my favorite tomato sauce recipes ever. I love that cherry tomatoes can turn that creamy with some oven heat. So with a bunch of cherry tomatoes and jalapenos being picked in the garden I decided to mix them together and make some tomato sauce with a kick!
Collection of 4 Mason Jar Salad Recipes. These salads are healthy and easy to pack for lunch. Recipes include Watermelon and Feta Salad, Caprese Salad, Green Bean and Feta Salad and Southwestern Salad.
Mason Jar Salad Recipes
I’m obessed with Mason Jar Lunches! They are just the perfect lunch time choice because you get to pack lunch. Also, since you’re packing lunch it’s a economical choice. Plus.. they look pretty cute!
Mason jars work great because it’s a vertical layered lunch. Instead of mixing it together like a salad, you stack it together. This allows you to keep some vegetables inside more crunchier instead of wilting at the touch of a salad dressing. I also love how quick it is to make a Mason Jar lunch. I can make the entire weeks worth in 30 minutes. Because you are packing all the ingredients together in the jar you are keeping the vegetables fresher longer.
Easy to make Mason Jar Watermelon and Feta Salad. Ingredients include watermelon, feta, tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette and parsley!
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2 to 3tablespoonsSherry Vinaigrette
1cuphalved cherry tomatoes
⅓cuproughly chopped fresh parsley
2cupscubed seedless watermelon
2ouncescrumbled feta cheese
1pint-size Mason jar
Layer the salad ingredients in the Mason jar, starting with the vinaigrette dressing and continuing with the tomatoes, parsley, watermelon, and feta cheese, in that order. Seal the jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
Easy to make Mason Jar Carpese Salad Recipe. Ingredients for this healthy salad include tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and basil.
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8ouncesfresh mozzarella cheese
6 to 8fresh basil leaves
2pint-size Mason jars
Slice the tomatoes and the mozzarella cheese horizontally into ¼-inch rounds. Place 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette in the bottom of each Mason jar. Starting with the tomatoes, layer the salad — tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves — repeating the layers until the jar is full. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
Easy to make Mason Jar Green Bean and Feta Salad. Ingredients for this healthy salad include green beans, tomatoes, shallots, balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese and basil.
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¾cuphalved cherry tomatoes
¼cupthinly sliced shallots
6or 7 basil leaves
2ouncescrumbled feta cheese
1quart-size Mason jar
Trim the ends from the green beans; cut the beans in half crosswise. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat (don’t salt the water), add the beans, and boil for 5 minutes. Transfer the beans to an ice-water bath for a minute to stop the cooking process and preserve their color. Drain. When the green beans have cooled, layer the salad ingredients in the Mason jar, beginning with the vinaigrette and continuing with the tomatoes, shallots, cooked beans, basil leaves, and feta cheese. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
Easy to make Mason Jar Southwestern Salad. This healthy salad includes lime, black beans, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, corn, salad green and cheddar cheese.
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½cupblack beansrinsed and drained
½red vine-ripened tomatodiced
¼red bell pepperdiced
¼yellow bell pepperdiced
½cupcorn kernelsfresh or frozen
2cupsmixed salad greens
1quart-size Mason jar
Start by pouring the vinaigrette dressing into the Mason jar. Then layer in the black beans, tomato, bell peppers, avocado, and corn. Finish with the salad greens and, finally, the Cheddar cheese. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
FAST and EASY Canned Salsa recipe made with diced tomatoes! Just add green peppers and onions to this simple recipe and you’ll have a delicious chunky salsa ready to serve in minutes! This canned salsa recipe tastes just like the salsa at your favorite Mexican restaurant!
It happens to us all. We’re out of tomatoes so we can’t make Fresh Tomato Salsa from our garden. Maybe we need salsa for a get together. Maybe we need it for a recipe. Maybe we’re just craving it with some chips. I’m here to help save the day by letting you know that you can make great tasting salsa with canned tomatoes!
Let’s check out this easy diced tomato salsa recipe that you’re going to love!
For this Taco Tuesday recipe we’re going to turn it into a quick casserole – using only one pan. The casserole includes lettuces, tomatoes and corn on top and is made with Instant rice making it super quick! There’s also a layer of cheese to make it all stick together. Plus cheese is just delicious! 🙂
The first time I made this for dinner it was a hit. So much that I made it 2 time that week. And don’t get me started on the leftovers… they are equally delicious!
Easy Taco Casserole Ingredients
Here’s the ingredients you need for this easy casserole, you probably already have everything in your kitchen!
shredded Mexican cheese
cilantro to garnish
So next time you’re craving tacos, try this One Pan Taco Casserole! You’ll be done in no time and will only have to dirty up one pan! Enjoy!
Doesn’t a big bowl of pasta just fill you up with happiness for dinner? How about we add a touch of spice with some crushed tomatoes? Magic, right?
That’s how I feel about this recipe, it’s absolutely magical. I think most times when we think of tomato sauce it doesn’t have that kick to it, but this Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce definitely has some spice. It’s not overly spicy, but there’s enough that gives it a extra zip zap taste. Also, can we talk about the aroma that that this sauce has? It’s delicious. If you give this sauce a shot, just watch your kitchen start to fill up with people asking when dinner is ready. Tell them them a few more minutes and kick them out of your kitchen. Then take a few big spoonfuls of this sauce first.
Speaking of tomatoes… our tomatoes have adjusted from their transplanting period and are now firm in their containers. I love seeing them start to add a few inches of height and turn a nice green color. Expect a big garden update post at the end of this week! The other fresh star of this recipe is the basil. I was able to throw in a big bunch of basil chopped up in this sauce and it was a perfect fit (not to mention the smell was amazing!). Don’t you just love fresh basil? Mmmm!
You can totally use whatever pasta you want to use. This was one of those nights where I threw a bunch of quarter filled boxes together for a pasta mix!
Now go on and have a great pasta dinner tonight.. enjoy!