Italian Couscous Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Italian couscous salad with toasted chickpeas |

Bonus! This Italian couscous salad is really two recipes in one: one for crispy, spicy toasted chickpeas that are perfect for eating by the hand full and a second for a tasty salad that’s great either as a side dish or by itself for lunch.  This couscous salad is packed full of awesome flavors and […]

Peppers Stuffed with Everything Good {#PepperParty}

peppers stuffed with everything good

These Peppers Stuffed with Everything Good (like sausage and gruyere) are a simple and easy weeknight meal everyone will enjoy! Today is the last day of the Pepper Party – and I’m a little sad that it’s over already. I’ve really been enjoying coming up with fun pepper recipes and I love seeing what everyone […]

Grilled Asparagus + Provolone Flatbread

Grilled Asparagus and Provolone Flatbread |

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sargento Foods, Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine. Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen dozens of blog posts and even more Pinterest pins about what to pack in your kid’s lunchbox. It’s that time of year so it’s to be expected, but what about […]

Chicken Chopped Salad with Sweet Italian Dressing

Chopped Salad with Sweet Italian Dressing | Healthy. Delicious.

Chopped Salad with Sweet Italian Dressing | Healthy. Delicious.  Chopped Salad with Sweet Italian Dressing | Healthy. Delicious.

This salad has a surprise ingredient: pasta!

Pasta isn’t a salad ingredient that you typically see here in the northeast. The only other time I’ve seen it was when I was in Minnesota last spring, and from what I can tell it’s a midwest thing. I kind of love it though! It adds a nice chewy component to the salad and bulks it up to make it more filling – in fact, that one little bowl was more than enough for me for dinner.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadews

Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadew Peppers. Perfect as tapas or a light snack!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadew Peppers. Perfect as tapas or a light snack!

Last Friday, Shawn and I were driving around looking for a place to eat dinner when we ended up at the Maraconi Grill. We hadn’t eaten there in years, but we couldn’t think of anything else that we wanted so we figured we would give it a shot. I have to admit, I was pretty impressed! First off, they’re having a half off wine special for the rest of the summer… my glass of chianti rang in at $2.75. Score! We ordered a few items off the tapas menu to eat as appetizers and immediately fell in love with the goat cheese stuffed peppadew peppers.

Cajun Chicken Pasta (Secret Recipe Club)

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta

This Cajun chicken pasta takes me back to the 90′s. I feel like there used to be some variation of it on the menu of every casual dining restaurant, but I haven’t had anything like it in years!

The inspiration for this recipe comes from Amy at Fearless Homemaker, who I was paired up with for this month’s Secret Recipe Club.  Her photos of this dish looked so amazing that I simply had to make it right away!