aglio olio zoodles with summer vegetables and shrimp

zoodles tossed into a garlic-infused olive oil with lemon & loads of summer vegetables. topped off with shrimp, grated cheese, and a good sprinkle of crushed red chili, these aglio olio zoodles are going to be your new favorite this summer! | gluten free, healthy recipe, summer food, summer party, vegetables, farmers market recipe, easy recipe |

zoodles tossed into a garlic-infused olive oil with lemon & loads of summer vegetables.  topped off with shrimp, grated cheese, and a good sprinkle of crushed red chili, these aglio olio zoodles are going to be your new favorite this summer! guys! it’s officially summer! happy summer solstice 2017!!! *raises both hands & does a happy dance* i honestly could not be happier about summer’s arrival this year. our days in minnesota are longer &…

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prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe with balsamic glaze

a three-ingredient recipe for prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe topped with balsamic glaze. this appetizer is perfectly balanced, super simple, & most importantly - so delicious! prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe with balsamic glaze are perfect for summer parties & easy entertaining on hot summer nights. | prosciutto, easy appetizer for a crowd, summer food, summer party, healthy appetizer recipe, make ahead appetizer, girls night recipe, date night recipe |

a three-ingredient recipe for prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe topped with balsamic glaze.  this appetizer is perfectly balanced, super simple, & most importantly – so delicious!  prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe with balsamic glaze are perfect for summer parties & easy entertaining on hot summer nights.    ummm…can i tell you a secret? i don’t really love cantaloupe. i’m a total cantaloupe-loving imposter. & after much serious contemplation of my lack of a love for cantaloupe, i think it comes…

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georgie’s shredded chicken spring rolls

shredded chicken spring rolls (+ a to die for dipping sauce!) are the perfect summer appetizer for a dinner or lunch! super fresh & super easy to whip up!!

ALOOOOOOHA!  a couple of my blogging besties are pinch-hitting for me while i’m enjoying vacation island vibes with chris & the hawaiian side of my family.  today comes an amazingly fresh & summery recipe from my gal pal georgie.  g is the sweetest aussie-transplant & she lives with her hubs in portland, oregon.  the home cook’s kitchen is g’s culinary internet playground & she’s seriously like my blogging soul sister.  she knows a thing or 2 about…

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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.)

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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