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FOOD, LUNCH, MAIN COURSE, SIDE DISHES

Hummus Greek Salad

Here in Michigan we have an abundance of Coney Island restaurants. Each one is a little different, but they all serve pretty similar food. They’ll have coney dogs of course, which is a hot dog with chili, mustard, and diced onions. They’ll also have lots of Greek inspired foods like gyros, Greek salads, saganaki, and more. No matter where you go in the metro Detroit area, you won’t be far from a Coney restaurant.

There are a few that my husband and I eat at on a regular basis. Our go-to meal is usually a Greek or Caesar salad with chicken. Last year we discovered a new twist on a salad we love from a place called Greek Islands – the Hummus Greek Salad. It’s basically a warm piece of pita bread spread with hummus, then piled high with a Greek salad and topped off with grilled chicken. And yes, it is just as amazing as it sounds.

Naturally, we had to try our hand at making these ourselves, and I’m happy to share that they came out perfectly! It’s super easy to throw together, and an interesting twist on a regular grilled chicken salad. The great thing about this kind of food is that it’s also super easy to make vegetarian. Just swap out the chicken for some garbanzo beans and you’ve got an incredibly filling and flavorful meatless dinner. Perfect for a light and fresh summertime meal! Continue Reading

DESSERTS, FOOD

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Spring is finally here! I know it technically started last month, but this week I’ve really started to notice the first signs. This morning the birds were chirping when I woke up, and I’ve heard the spring peepers twice now. My mom used to tell me that when you’ve heard them three times, it’s officially spring. We’re starting to see more nature walks, bike rides, and kayaking in our near future, which totally beats working out inside the gym. All of these things indicate the beginning of spring, but in my mind, spring hasn’t officially started until we’ve celebrated Easter.

Growing up, Easter Sunday always consisted of a special church service, pretty spring dresses, Reese’s eggs, and a family dinner at my mema and grandpa’s house. The dinner table was usually filled with ham, deviled eggs, my mom’s homemade rolls, potato salad, baked beans, mac and cheese, and plenty of dessert. I remember my aunt used to make those bunny shaped cakes with coconut flakes, which us kids loved. One year we had a pineapple cake with coconut cream cheese frosting, another year we had lemon cake. Every dessert I can remember has been incredible, but my favorite dessert at Easter will always be a classic carrot cake, with plenty of pecans and cream cheese frosting, of course! Continue Reading

BEVERAGES, FOOD

Mango Coconut Smoothie

Wow, what a week it has been here in the Stark household. Between a three day power outage and both my husband and I getting sick in the midst of it, we’ve certainly been having a time over here. Thank God for our parents who gave us hot meals and a place to shower, and thank God for my husband who kept our water supply stocked and our generator running while dealing with his own illness. Luckily, the power is back on today and we’re both finally starting to recover. I’m beyond happy to feel like myself again, and especially to have running water. Continue Reading

APPETIZERS, FOOD

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potato Bites

Yesterday I posted my recipe for garlic redskin mashed potatoes, and I promised you another recipe today using the leftovers. Cooking for two people can sometimes be a challenge for me. I always seem to make way too much food. Because of this, I love coming up with creative ways to use leftovers.

I’ve made my mashed potato recipe about a gazillion times now, so I have the measurements figured out pretty well for just the two of us. But whenever we do end up with leftovers, I love turning them into these mashed potato bites. I discovered this awesome idea on The Kitchn. They’re super easy to throw together, and they make the perfect little finger food for snacking on. Sometimes I purposely make extra mashed potatoes just so we can enjoy these little bites later in the week. You could certainly use fresh mashed potatoes made just for this recipe if you want, but it’s a great way to use up leftovers if you do have some. Continue Reading

FOOD, SIDE DISHES

Garlic Redskin Mashed Potatoes

I have to tell you something you may never believe. Something almost unimaginable. For years I refused to accept it. I was convinced that it couldn’t be real, but it’s the honest truth.

Here it is.

When I met my husband, he didn’t like mashed potatoes. Seriously! This was something I had honestly never encountered in my entire life before. At first I didn’t know how to handle it. I knew he was a picky eater, but mashed potatoes? Isn’t that what picky eaters actually like? Like when you have Thanksgiving dinner and you’ve got someone who won’t touch half the food, you at least know they’re going to eat some mashed potatoes, right? The idea of someone disliking them was just something I couldn’t wrap my brain around. Continue Reading

APPETIZERS, FOOD, MAIN COURSE

Barbecue Chicken Nachos

This weekend my husband Robby and I made one of our favorite meals of all time – barbecue chicken nachos. We started making these a couple of years ago, and we have been hooked ever since. We literally cannot get enough of them. This usually ends up being our Friday night cheat meal, and honestly I think we both love it even more than going out to eat.

I simply cannot express enough how much I love these nachos. If you’ve never made nachos this way before, you definitely need these in your life. And I am SO excited to introduce them to you!

You don’t need much to make these nachos. Just make sure you have some chicken and your favorite barbecue sauce as well as plenty of tortilla chips and cheese. The rest of the toppings can be adjusted to your preferences.

Making these couldn’t be easier. We always assemble them on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Sometimes in the summer we will make them in little foil pouches and throw them on the grill. Doing it this way also makes for an AWESOME camping recipe! Nachos are perfect for almost any occasion – a party, the Super Bowl, camping, or just because you can. Continue Reading

BEVERAGES, FOOD

Glowing Green Smoothie

Yesterday when I was leaving yoga class, I felt so healthy and good about myself that I thought, what better way to keep those feelings going than with a green smoothie? Green smoothies are everywhere these days, and for good reason! They’re delicious, energizing, and incredibly healthy. So many nutrients are packed into these refreshing treats, and the best part about them is that most don’t taste “green” at all.

I rarely ever make smoothies anymore that aren’t green. I love drinking one of these as a sort of detox after a weekend of poor eating choices. No matter how bad I’ve been, these always get me back on track and help me to feel clean again. As the weather starts to get warmer, I find myself craving these more and more. They’re perfect for an on-the-go snack or even as a meal. In the summertime, I love starting my mornings with a nice tall green smoothie.

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MAIN COURSE

5 Dinner Ideas When You Have No Clue What to Make

0.You know how it goes.

You come home from work. You’re tired, hungry, and you have no idea what to make for dinner. You don’t want to order out again, but you don’t feel like chopping up a bunch of veggies and you don’t have any meat thawed out. You want something quick and easy, but not boring either.

We all have those days. While I try to meal plan as much as possible to avoid these situations, it still happens. That’s why I try to keep a rotation of easy and delicious dinner ideas in my back pocket. You’ll want to make sure you have a few basic staples on hand at all times. Dry pasta, canned sauces, a few types of veggies, stuff like that.

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APPETIZERS, FOOD

Simple & Perfect Homemade Guacamole

Just in time for the Super Bowl, I thought I would share with you one of my most requested party recipes – homemade guacamole. If you’ve been searching for the perfect guacamole recipe, or if you are looking for an appetizer that will impress everyone, stop right here. You’ve come to the right place. This is without a doubt THE BEST guacamole I’ve ever had.

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