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Quinoa Tabouli {or Tabbouleh}

Enjoy this Quinoa Tabouli with Crunchmaster™ crackers for a tasty, satisfying, gluten-free side dish or snack.  It's a perfect pairing for healthier snacking!  Thank you to Crunchmaster for sponsoring this recipe's creation and this #NewBeginnings post.

Quinoa Tabouli {or Tabbouleh} ~ A gluten-free version of tabouli, loaded with fabulous flavor from fresh vegetables, parsley, & mint. Great as a side dish or with crackers for a snack.


Back in May, I embarked upon an adventure to make a positive change in my life, going along with Crunchmaster's #NewBeginnings launch of their new logo and packaging.  And let me just tell you, when Crunchmaster challenged me to make a new beginning like they are with their fabulous cracker line, it wasn't hard at all to decide what mine would be ~ more wholesome snacking for ME!

Because when it comes to choosing and preparing healthy snacks for our 7-year-old daughter, I do a pretty darn good job.  But when it comes to me?  Not so much.  It seems that's always the way with us parents, right? ... We take great care of our little ones, without being so diligent for ourselves.

Well after introducing this new adventure in my Creamy Feta Dip and Lemony White Bean Salad posts, my quest for healthier snacking continues!  This time, with this super tasty and satisfying Quinoi Tabouli.

Easy Baked Chicken Cacciatore

Flavorful, tender, and easy ... this Easy Baked Chicken Cacciatore is simple enough to be a great weeknight go-to meal.
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Easy Baked Chicken Cacciatore Image ~ Flavorful, tender, & easy ... this dish is simple enough to be a favorite weeknight go-to meal.


Do you have delicious main dishes in your food arsenal that you just seem to forget about sometimes?  This Easy Baked Chicken Cacciatore is one of those dishes for me.

I was thumbing through my family cookbook the other night and ... there this recipe was.  Just staring me in the face saying, ...

Quick Weeknight Chicken Penne Alfredo {Skinnier, too!}

Two words ~ fast & flavorful.  Which make this Chicken Penne Alfredo, with fresh carrots and broccoli, just perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  Another bonus?  It's a skinnier version of Alfredo, too!
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Two words ~ fast & flavorful.  Which make this Chicken Penne Alfredo, with fresh carrots and broccoli, just perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  Another bonus?  It's a skinnier version of Alfredo, too!

It seems I'm always running ragged with trying to keep up with our family's schedule.  Add in squeezing in some extra fun as we near the end of summer, and starting to get ready for back-to-school, and I've needed to rely on quick and easy recipes lately {or take out!} to get meals on the table.  Fortunately, this Chicken Penne Alfredo is ready in a flash, and definitely qualifies in the quick and easy category.

Virgin White Sangria

Looking for a special beverage treat for your little ones?  Give Virgin White Sangria a try!  It's a tasty, beautiful, no-alcohol version of sangria perfect to make those kiddos feel extra special.  And hey, the grown-ups will love it, too.

Virgin White Sangria ~ a tasty kid-friendly, no alcohol version of sangria just perfect for the little ones to enjoy!


Do your kids ever feel left out when you're enjoying a "special" drink?

Yes, that absolutely happens in our house.  Just about any time my husband or I are enjoying a grown-up beverage, we can count on hearing the same old refrain from our sweet 7-year-old Little Miss H. ...

Marinated Summer Vegetable Salad

Combine all that summer zucchini and yellow squash with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and radishes to whip up this tasty Marinated Summer Vegetable Salad.  It's sure one flavor-packed way to enjoy your vegetables!

Marinated Summer Vegetable Salad ~ Zucchini, yellow summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, fresh mushrooms, & radishes in a lemony dressing marinade. It's sure one flavor-packed way to enjoy your vegetables!


So who's got a summer garden?  When it comes to summer vegetable gardens, we all know that typically means a harvest of lots and lots of zucchini and yellow summer squash.  Which is a wonderful thing ... except for the fact that it can  get challenging to figure out different ways to enjoy all that harvest bounty.

There are only just so many stir-fry's and loaves of zucchini bread you can make.  So what are my two favorite other ways to enjoy zucchini and summer squash?

Banana Pudding Cake {Dang, it's good}

You know those desserts that ... after just one bite ... make you say, "Dang!  This stuff's GOOD!"  Yup, Banana Pudding Cake is one of those  desserts.  It'll have you going back for seconds ... or even thirds.
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Oh my word, we are in love with this Banana Pudding Cake.  It was infatuation at first sight.  But then quickly turned to true love at first bite.  And I think the recipe for this creamy cake will be in our lives for a very, very long time.

Yes, it's that  good.

Parmesan Broiled Tomatoes

Parmesan Broiled Tomatoes ~ This super quick and easy way to enjoy fresh tomatoes goes from prep to table in just minutes!

Parmesan Broiled Tomatoes ~ This super quick & easy way to enjoy fresh tomatoes goes from prep to table in just minutes.


Have you got oodles of tomatoes coming out of the garden?  I just adore fresh-off-the-vine homegrown tomatoes ... especially their smell.  Yes, I'm totally enamored with the smell of a freshly-picked tomato.

And I'm totally enamored with the flavor, too.

One of our favorite super easy ways to enjoy fresh tomatoes from the garden is as this simple side dish of Parmesan Broiled Tomatoes.
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