kale salad with grilled lemon chicken, asparagus, farro & goat cheese

this kale salad will keep you coming back for more! perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls' night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week's worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper. tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette. | salad recipe, homemade dressing, meal prep, girls night idea, spring recipe, summer recipe, healthy recipe |

a kale salad perfect for the spring!  kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper.  tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette.  tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette, this kale salad will keep you coming back for more!  perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls’ night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week’s worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! soooooo…i kinda…

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springtime kale pesto pasta with perfectly seared scallops

a kale pesto pasta perfect for springtime! al dente pasta tossed with homemade kale pesto & topped with perfectly seared sea scallops & toasted pine nuts. seriously easy to throw together, & elegant enough to serve for date night, girls' night, or any dinner party you have this spring! | pasta, italian food, pesto, scallops, italian recipe, seafood recipe, healthy |

a kale pesto pasta perfect for springtime!  whole wheat pasta tossed with homemade kale pesto & topped with perfectly seared sea scallops & toasted pine nuts.  this springtime dish has bold, fresh flavors, while still feeling hearty & comforting.  seriously easy to throw together, & seriously elegant enough to serve for date night, girls’ night, or any dinner party you are hosting this spring! guess what? this kale pesto pasta with perfectly seared scallops is going…

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the best guacamole ever. (period.)

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a foolproof, restaurant-worthy method to making the best guacamole at home, every single time.  this guacamole recipe will soon become a staple recipe in your house.  don’t be surprised when all your friends start requesting it whenever you see them!  there are a few guiding principles in my life: there is no such thing as too many pairs of pretty shoes. celebrations call for some bubbly (even if the only thing you’re celebrating is the…

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three ingredient weeknight palomas with izze sparkling grapefruit

weeknight palomas with three simple ingredients, perfect for when you need a cocktail without frills or fuss. these weeknight palomas are perfect for whenever you'd like to have some girlfriends over on a whim for some laughs (+ chips & guac, of course). plus…cinco de mayo is right around the corner…#justsayin! | cinco de mayo recipe, cocktail recipe, girls night idea, girls night cocktail, paloma recipe, easy cocktail, tequila |

weeknight palomas with three simple ingredients, perfect for when you need a cocktail without any frills or fuss thanks to the beautiful grapefruit flavor of izze sparkling grapefruit!  these weeknight palomas are perfect for whenever you’d like to have some girlfriends over on a whim for some laughs (+ chips & guac, of course). plus…cinco de mayo is right around the corner…#justsayin! you know those weeks when it’s tuesday but it feels like it should be…

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croque monsieur paninis

croque monsieur paninis are an easy & delicious lunch or brunch meal. a seriously simple, yet seriously elegant way to use up easter ham leftovers or to entertain a couple of girlfriends for a casual weekend lunch (just don't forget the rosé!) | croque monsieur, sandwich, french recipe, girls night, easy recipe, easter, easy entertaining |

these croque monsieur paninis have everything there is to love about croque monsieur PLUS everything there is to love about paninis:  creamy béchamel, salty ham, melty & gooey swiss cheese & good, chewy french sourdough grilled & pressed to golden perfection.  a seriously simple, yet seriously elegant way to use up easter leftovers or entertain a couple of girlfriends for a weekend lunch (just don’t forget the rosé!).  can we talk about guilty pleasures for a…

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buffalo chicken sliders

buffalo chicken sliders make the perfect game day snack & the best part is that they come together in 20 minutes from start to finish & feed a crowd of up to 12 people…it doesn’t get easier than that! | game day recipe, easy entertaining, buffalo chicken recipe, sliders recipe |

hawaiian sweet rolls stuffed full of spicy buffalo chicken, topped with tangy feta (or bleu cheese, if you prefer!) & thinly sliced roasted red peppers & baked until warm & crusty, these buffalo chicken sliders are the perfect game day snack!  the best part is that these buffalo chicken sliders coming together in 20 minutes from start to finish & feed a crowd of up to 12 people…it doesn’t get easier than that! so let’s…

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25 make-ahead meals for an easy & healthy week

25 more make-ahead meals via playswellwithbutter | with just a little planning in advance & a little organization over the weekend, you can set yourself up with a week’s worth of delicious meals that will come together faster than you could order pizza or pick up chipotle.

it’s no secret that i’m a huge fan of meal prep sunday & make-ahead meals.  with just a little planning in advance & a little organization over the weekend, you can set yourself up with a week’s worth of delicious meals that will come together faster than you could order pizza or pick up chipotle.  check out these 25 ideas for make-ahead meals that will help you make it through your busy week! well, i…

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spicy white chili with pulled chicken & beer

white chili via playswellwithbutter | packed with flavor from a carefully built base of onions, chili peppers, & warm spices, this white chili is braised with beer, loaded with pulled roasted chicken breast, & thickened with masa harina. oh, & if that didn't win you over, spoonfuls of white chili make for the perfect vessel for guacamole. #boom.

white chili is the perfect warm & comforting meal for a chilly fall day.  packed with flavor from a carefully built base of onions, chili peppers, & warm spices, this white chili is braised with beer, loaded with pulled roasted chicken breast, & thickened with masa harina.  oh, & if that didn’t win you over, spoonfuls of white chili make for the perfect vessel for guacamole.  #boom.   i told you a while back that september is my all-time…

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best-ever weeknight eggplant lasagna

best ever eggplant lasagna via playswellwithbutter | with its layers of hearty bolognese, creamy ricotta, melty mozzarella, & grilled eggplant, eggplant lasagna the perfect make-ahead dish for a busy weeknight. with less than one lasagna noodle per serving enjoy all the best flavors of lasagna with none of the guilt.

with its layers of hearty bolognese, creamy ricotta, melty mozzarella, & grilled eggplant, eggplant lasagna the perfect make-ahead dish for a busy weeknight.  with less than one lasagna noodle per serving enjoy all the best flavors of lasagna with none of the guilt.  so…i totally have a confession to make.  when i told you a few weeks back about all why september is the best month ever, i left out one very, very important reason: …

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pasta bolognese with bucatini

pasta bolognese with bucatini via playswellwithbutter | classic italian comfort food lightened up as a "fauxlognese" by using ground turkey & tons of veggies without compromising any of the flavor! bring an authentic taste of italy into your home with zero guilt!

bolognese, a traditional meat sauce hailing from the bologna region of northern italy, is quintessential italian comfort food.  both rustic & elegant at the same time, it is so, so easy to make at home, requiring nothing more than a high-quality flavorful meat, pantry staples, aromatics, vino & some tlc.  i lighten up my bolognese up as a “fauxlognese” by using ground turkey & amping up the veggies with extra carrots & onions.  served with…

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