Quick & Easy Pesto Pasta Salad

There are so many reasons I love warmer weather, but for sure I love the change of food. The things that are in season and the foods we start to crave as the temperatures rise changes so much, doesn’t it? There are two things that feel like the true start of the warmer months to me: a cheeseburger and a cold pasta salad. Today, we’re talking about a quick and easy pesto pasta salad with just a few ingredients and almost no effort.

If you entertain a lot during the summer months, or even go to friends’ and family a lot in the summer months, a solid pasta salad is perfect to have in your back pocket. With the right ingredients a pasta salad can be so refreshing and the perfect side dish for grilling.

Burrata & Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Anytime I share a salad “recipe” I really question whether or not this can even be called a “recipe.” I mean, yes, there’s a list of ingredients and a “method,” and therefore it is, but really this is just some straight up #saladporn right now. I love burrata, and in fact I’ve tried on several occasions to make it and failed miserably. But guys. Let’s just put this shit on everything. On salads, sandwiches, on it’s own, on pasta, on pizza. It’s just so freaking good.

I think I love the creaminess of the burrata – doesn’t it just feel so decadent? Not to mention, it’s an excellent vehicle for salt, pepper and balsamic glaze. And for the people in your life that might not be huge fans of salad (looking at you, hubby), it seems that popping a nice ball of burrata on top will convert them – at least for that meal.

Braised Artichokes with Mint Pesto Recipe

It’s artichoke season and. I’m. here. for. it. I love artichokes. And if you can find them for a good price (you know, not $3 a pop), they’re 100% worth the effort it takes to clean them. Last year, I shared a great stuffed artichoke recipe and details on how to clean an artichoke, which you can find right here. To make a braised artichoke, you’ll clean them in a bit of a different way, so keep reading on!

After prepping the artichokes, you whip up a mint pesto with mint, basil, artichokes, olive oil and salt. Then you nestle the artichokes into a simple tomato sauce with white wine to braise for about an hour. Once the artichokes are fork tender they’re ready to be enjoyed – with extra pesto, obvi.

Just look at these beauties! Braised artichokes are definitely my new favorite way to enjoy the veg. You remove all of the rough leaves that don’t have much meat, and really get to enjoy the heart, stem and more meaty leaves. I love the earthiness of an artichoke, and really do love the experience of eating an artichoke. That bit of extra work just slows you down and gives you time to enjoy.

Israeli Couscous Tabbouleh Recipe

I’ve never really liked tabbouleh. To be honest, it’s a texture thing and it always made me feel like I was just gnawing on a literal bunch of parsley. Furthermore, I was never a big fan of the flavor, because, again, parsley. I like parsley, but like a little bit. And there’s nothing in a tabbouleh that says “a little bit of parsley.” Except this one. Well, kind of. Okay, I use the mint to balance the amount of parsley. Stick with me.

In a more traditional tabbouleh, you’ll find bulgar, parsley, mint, lemon, onion, olive oil, tomatoes and cucumber. I’m also not a fan of bulgar, and the owner of quite a large bag of Israeli couscous. So, this Israeli couscos tabbouleh is born!

Let’s start with the greens.

Jalapeno & Spicy Honey Buttermilk Biscuits

Part of my 2019 Bucket List (because resolutions suck, so we do a bucket list around here) were 4 foodie dates with my bestie. A few weeks ago, we had lunch at Intersect by Lexus, which is an incredibly cool concept with rotating restaurant pop ups. The one we were able to enjoy was The Frenchie, a Parisian restaurant that is 100% on my list for our next trip to France.

Anyway, we ordered the fried chicken, which came with this jalapeno bacon scone-meets-biscuit that was to. die. for. And that, my sweet friends, is what inspired today’s recipe for jalapeno & spicy honey buttermilk biscuits.

I adapted this recipe from Joy the Baker’s layered buttermilk biscuits because girlfriend knows how to make a biscuit! And they were to. die. for. The recipe got me about 20 biscuits, which were all lovingly devoured by our friends.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Cilantro Vinaigrette

I’ve taken a serious turn from my go-to vinaigrette to this cilantro vinaigrette I shared earlier in the week. Like a put-that-shit-on-everything serious turn. So now, we are going to talk about roasting fingerling potatoes and dunking them all up in that vinaigrette. You’ll love it.

Let’s chat about the potato choice, first. So a fingerling potato is a waxy potato. These kinds of potatoes, which would also include a red bliss potato (another fan-fav in our house), have less starch than say the classic Russet. A waxy potato has a smoother texture, so when you roast them you get that amazing crispy outer layer with the super creamy inside that has the greatest mouth feel.

My Go-To Couscous Non-Recipe Recipe

Yes, you can make couscous without a recipe! Couscous is definitely one of my phone-it-in side dishes when I’m not sure what to make and want to have something else on the table. I love anything I can customize to my preferences, mood and honestly, pantry. Enter: couscous non-recipe recipe!

You know how much I love a you-do-you-boo recipe, right? Hope so by now! And you can 100% customize your couscous to any of your own favorite flavors and absolutely whatever you have in your pantry. My couscous usually ends up with the same ingredients because they’re things I always, always have on hand in my pantry.

Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Hummus Dressing

Man, this week is turning into a hummus dinner party, isn’t it?! But in all seriousness, I really do love roasting up some broccoli and cauliflower with olive oil, lemon and garlic and then pouring a hummus dressing over it.

You want to know what makes the dressing so easy? It’s 3 ingredients: hummus, water, lemon juice. C’est tout!

How to Roast Garlic

Oh, how I love roasted garlic! And I promise you, it is incredibly easy! Roasted garlic can be used for so many things, from just using it as a spread on a piece of bread to tossing it into a homemade hummus, it’s a great little extra to add to the table. I’ve even put a head of roasted garlic on a grazing platter – it’s great on a cracker!

You don’t even need a muffin tin for this! But it does help keep them from rolling all over and the way I tuck the foil around them, it makes it a little easier to check. But all you need to roast garlic is heads of garlic with their tops cut off and olive oil. Okay, also foil and an oven. But that’s it!

Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn & 4 Food Shows to Watch on Netflix

Get your remotes and popcorn ready, have I got a list for you! If you want some foodie things to watch on Netflix, I’m your girl and this is your post. Plus, I’m sharing my recipe for peanut butter cup popcorn, which you’re gonna want for your next #netflixandchill sesh. Trust me.

Okay, friends, let’s get into the list, while we collectively drool over this peanut butter cup popcorn. I mean….can you even???

 

To make this popcorn, you’ll pop up some in your microwave or follow the directions from my stove top popcorn recipe. Next, you lay it out on a sheet, drizzle with peanutbutter magic shell and sprinkle peanut butter cups on top. Pop it in the fridge until the chocolate hardens and then serve in small bowls! Easy!