We All Scream for Ice Cream!

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Everyone loves ice cream. How can you not?! Even if it’s not your favorite dessert, you at least have that one flavor you can’t get enough of. For me, my

Classic chocolate ice cream

Classic chocolate ice cream

favorite flavor is classic chocolate. But of course, I like to add a few toppings like marshmallow and fudge. Yum! One of my family members recently invested in an ice cream maker, so we’ve been making use of it! I looked through the Forq app for some tasty ice cream treats to try in it; but don’t worry, there’s some ice cream recipes in case you don’t have an ice cream maker, too!

Vanilla ice cream is by far one of the easiest to make, so of course I had to try that one first! This Old Time Vanilla Ice Cream recipe did just the trick. If you don’t have an ice cream maker at home, this Vanilla Ice Cream calls for whipped cream to be folded in, so you can just freeze and scoop! This recipe can be used for vanilla ice cream, but also has the option of adding fresh strawberries into the mix for a different flavor. These simple flavors are great because you always have the options of adding mix-ins or toppings like chocolate chips, cookie dough, fudge, cookie crumble… The list goes on and on!

Vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles

Vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles

Now let’s get into some other flavors. My mom’s personal favorite is Butter Pecan. This one has a few more steps than others, but my mom says it is worth it! When it comes to ice cream, I definitely trust her taste buds. My dad’s favorite ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, so we are really excited to try a homemade version with this Sweet Cherry Ice Cream. If we add in some chocolate, I think it’ll taste just like his favorite!

Now let’s get a little ~funky~. While scrolling through the Forq app, I came across this Green Tea Ice Cream. Matcha, or green tea powder, is a big food

Green tea ice cream

Green tea ice cream

trend right now. I’ve read about its health benefits and even tried things like matcha lattes and matcha cakes. I love green tea and have enjoyed the matcha flavor, so I am very excited to try this ice cream! Another unique ice cream I’m excited to try is this Marshmallow Ice Cream. I’m thinking I’ll add some chocolate and graham cracker and turn it into a s’mores flavor, which is one of my favorites!

Now for the people that don’t have an ice cream maker, there are a lot of innovative ways to make ice cream yourself! Of course, a maker that does all the work for you is a bit easier, but these ways are just as tasty, if not even more! There’s something about homemade ice cream that is better than all the store-bought brands, so a little extra work is definitely worth it. In the past, I have used this Ice Cream in a Bag recipe and method to make homemade ice cream. It really works, and is super fun for kids to do, too! Another way is to use a coffee can. Both are pretty much the same concept; they use salt and ice to freeze the ice cream ingredients.

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Ice Cream in a Bag

There are tons more ice cream recipes on the Forq appCheck out Forq’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more foodie news and recipes.

Citrus- The “Main Squeeze” of the Summer

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Citrus is one of the best ways to infuse fresh flavors into your cooking. Citrus can be squeezed, used for its zest, as a garnish… the list goes on and on! I love citrus because it’s relatively inexpensive and available year round. My favorite time to use citrus, of course, is summer. The freshness a squeeze of lime can add does wonders!

I recently was inspired to investigate some citrus recipes when I came across a trick for grilling

Grilled Salmon

Grilled Salmon

salmon. I am a very picky seafood eater; if I am going to eat fish it has to be cooked just right. I’ve always had difficulty cooking salmon in the oven, so I decided to try it on the grill. It was tasty, but it left such a mess! After doing a little investigating, I found that if you lay down sliced lemons on the grill and put the salmon on top, cleanup will be much easier afterwards and the lemon flavor will be beautifully infused in the salmon! I am super excited to try this new trick with this grilled salmon recipe.  If you still think cleaning lemon slices off the grill will be too difficult, another way of having minimum cleanup is using tinfoil like these Grilled Salmon Packets. If your not a salmon fan, this Citrus Fish recipe calls for any white fish and will still have that citrusy taste!

Of course, grilling isn’t just for fish! These Lemon Honey Pork Chops can be cooked on the

Lemon Honey Pork Chops

Lemon Honey Pork Chops

grill or on a stovetop grill pan. The honey in the marinade makes the citrus not as harsh; I love some sweetness with my pork! Next, we have some citrusy chicken. What do you prefer, lemon or lime? We have recipes for both! For the lemon lovers, we have this Grilled Lemon Chicken. For the lime lovers, this Basil Lime Chicken is sure to tickle your tastebuds!

Citrus isn’t just for grilling; there are plenty of recipes for the stovetop! Classic Orange Chicken is a generally easy meal to make, and packed with orange flavor. Another orange chicken meal is this Orange Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus. This is a bit healthier since nothing is being fried. Both are great with a side of rice!

Now of course to go with these delicious citrusy recipes, we need some citrusy side dishes. Or, if you think it’s too much citrus for one meal, these sides are perfect to add some citrus to any meal! This Cilantro Lime Rice is a great recipe because you can control how much lime flavor you want in the rice. I also like it because it’s healthier than

Strawberry Mandarin Orange Salad

Strawberry Mandarin Orange Salad

adding butter to rice, which is what I normally do! Citrus is also great in a salad, like this Strawberry Mandarin Orange Salad. Mandarin oranges are generally sweet, so it adds great flavor that counteracts the tartness of the dressing, as well as add a great pop of color to the salad!

There are tons more recipes that call for citrus that can be found on the Forq appCheck out Forq’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more foodie news and recipes.

 

Food for… Mom!

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I’m lucky enough that my mom is still around, and boy does that woman deserve to be celebrated! This year, instead of going to the usual

Me, Mom, and brother (circa 2015)

Me, Mom, and brother (circa 2015)

crowded Mother’s Day Brunch or dinner, we are celebrating by cooking at home. And by me, I mean my brother and I! My mom is usually the one to do the cooking, so this should be a special treat for her. I think this year, she will enjoy relaxing at home instead of sitting in a crowded restaurant.

My brother and I have been going back and forth on the Forq app trying to choose recipes for our Mother’s Day lunch. Here is what we have come up with so far:

Of course, we don’t want to keep Mom waiting, so we will have a nice pitcher of this Mango

Mango Pineapple Sangria

Mango Pineapple Sangria

Pineapple Sangria for her (and I, wink wink) to drink while lunch is being prepared. The bits of tropical fruit will hopefully give her thoughts of relaxing on a dessert island somewhere instead of focusing on the inevitable bickering between my brother and I in the kitchen!

To keep Mom from getting “hangry” while she waits, we’ll start with some of her snacking favorites like Deviled Eggs or this Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip… or maybe both! The goal with these apps is to keep mom satisfied before lunch and keep her out of the kitchen!

As for the main course, I am definitely grilling. One of my mom’s favorites on the grill is

Lime Shrimp Kebobs

Lime Shrimp Kebobs

shrimp, so I will be making these Lime Shrimp Kebobs. I’ll also grill up some Lemon Chicken for the family members that don’t appreciate shrimp as much as my mom and I do!

On the side, I think we need something simple and light like this Onion Cucumber Salad. I’m also thinking of a pasta salad like this Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Blue Cheese. Both are super simple and easy to make ahead of time, so it will help with the timing of lunch!

Now for the best part… dessert! My mom absolutely loves chocolate, so of course the dessert

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

has to be 100% chocolate! I am going to make a Chocolate Cake topped with Creamy Chocolate Frosting. I saw that my local grocery store is now selling small boxes of edible flowers, so I think I will garnish it with that! If your grocery store doesn’t sell edible flowers, you can still find them online on sites like this. They’re an adorable, unique way to decorate pretty much any dish!

There are tons more foods that would be perfect for Mother’s Day, or any day at all that can be found on the  Forq appCheck out Forq’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more foodie news and recipes.

Happy May!

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April showers bring May flowers and May brings… food! When a new month arrives, one of my favorite things to do is see what food holidays are coming up. May certainly did not

Strawberry Caprese Bourbon Spritzer

Strawberry Caprese Bourbon Spritzer

disappoint! First of all, May is National Strawberry Month. We are prepared; all I have been blogging about for the past two weeks is summer berries! First, we had A Berry Delicious Taste of Summer where we discussed tons of ways to use berries in everyday meals and snacks, like this  California Giant Strawberry and Jalapeño Salsa. Next, we had A Berry Delicious Taste of Summer- Part 2 where we discussed drink tasty recipes that use berries, such as this Strawberry Caprese Bourbon SpritzerIt looks like we’ve got the National Strawberry Month side of May covered.

Not only is May National Strawberry Month, it is also National BBQ month. And National Beef Month. And National Hamburger Month. Don’t these all kind of overlap?! I love it! I have been grilling for the past month, even though it is still a little chilly up here in the

Backyard Baby Back Ribs

Backyard Baby Back Ribs

Northeast sometimes! But nothing beats the taste of a burger fresh off the grill, or skewered meats and/or veggies like these Beer and Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers. But of course, it can’t be a BBQ without something like these Backyard Baby Back Ribs. Making ribs like this takes a decent amount of time and effort, but once you bit into that rib it is worth it! Another ribs recipe that is a little less time-consuming are these Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Country Ribs. And of course if you like classic steak, (let’s face it, who doesn’t!?)

Steaks basted with Chimichurri Marinade

Steaks basted with Chimichurri Marinade

you should definitely try this Chimichurri Marinade next time you grill up a steak! I find that it is most commonly found used with rare flank steak. Originally of Argentinian cuisine, this easy sauce can be used as a marinade, to baste while grilling, and/ or to pour on top of your steak.

And of course at any barbecue, you have to have side dishes! My favorites are the kind you can grill, like this Grilled Vegetable Platter. It’s super simple to do, yet super tasty and super healthy! Or, you could try this spin on the traditional Caprese Salad: Grilled Green Tomatoes Caprese.

Grilled Green Tomatoes Caprese

Grilled Green Tomatoes Caprese

Speaking of salad… May also just happens to be National Salad Month! Everything is

Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

coming together. The month of May food holidays cover an entire meal! I have two favorite salads I love eating at barbecues: potato salad and pasta salad. Both of them just scream “summer” to me. Plus, they’re easy to make and should be made in advance so they can cool. I have found that the longer they sit in the fridge, the better the flavors come together. That’s perfect for my busy schedule!

There are tons more foods that are celebrated all throughout May. Don’t worry, I have them all in my calendar! Check out Forq’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more foodie news and food holidays!

A Berry Delicious Taste of Summer- Part 2

berries-erfrischungsgetrank-drink-healthy-162841Last week I decided that its time to break out one of the best summer foods– berries! Summer may be two months away, but the weather has made me feel like I need summer food ASAP. Berries are healthy, tasty, and readily available! They’re a perfect way for me to get my summer flavor fix before the rest of the summer foods are available.

In summary of last week’s post, berries can be used for so much more than you may think! I love putting berries in salads, salsas, and of course desserts. You’re supposed to eat between five and thirteen servings of fruits and veggies a day, depending on a few things such as age and weight, so make sure to eat your berries!

Not only are berries great in foods, they’re great in drinks! Nothing says summer more than fresh berries infused into a drink with some leftover as a garnish. One of my favorite

Berry drinks are perfect for drinking with friends!

Berry drinks are perfect for drinking with friends!

things to do is infuse fresh berries into my water or seltzer. I just mash them a little and stir them in!

Another great way to get your berry fix is through smoothies. There are countless recipes for smoothies. I personally have tried so many that I have finally figured out the perfect ratio of fruits, veggies, yogurt, and protein that I like to add. But until you figure it out, smoothie recipes are always a great help! For example, this Berry Smoothie with a Twist is full of healthy berries! This Blueberry Smoothie is also super tasty. Similar to a Blueberry Smoothie is this Frozen Blueberry Lemonade… except it is more of an adult drink. Of course, the alcohol in these next few drinks make them not as healthy as a smoothie, but they taste like summer and are perfect for entertaining or just enjoying after a long day! Although, of course these beverages should be consumed responsibly.

If you don’t would rather a regular refreshing blueberry lemonade minus the vodka, try this recipeOr you can feel free to add vodka if you would like, of course! My favorite thing is to make recipes my own. If I’m feeling adventurous that day, what not try to switch things up?! Another tasty berry-based lemonade is this Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade. It’s insanely refreshing!

Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

Getting back to the party drinks, there are tons of recipes for a good berry-based sangria in the Forq app! To get a taste of all the berries, try this Mixed Berry SangriaMade with red wine, it’s more of a traditional sangria. There is also the option of this Strawberry Lemonade Sangriamade with a white wine base. Similar to that is this Strawberry and Lime Moscato PunchIt’s similar to white sangria but very sweet because of the moscato wine!

Last but certainly not least, we have a Strawberry Caprese Bourbon Spritzer for all

Strawberry Caprese Bourbon Spritzer

Strawberry Caprese Bourbon Spritzer

the whiskey lovers out there! This may be the prettiest, most refreshing-looking drink we have seen so far.

Some of these recipes come with the ingredients to garnish them while some do not. My favorite way to garnish drinks like these is with things like leftover fresh berries, citrus wedges, and mint leaves. Sometimes I will even mull the berries first to give the drink some more flavor!

A Berry Delicious Taste of Summer

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This past Easter weekend has been the best weather I have experience in a long time. It has gotten me 100% ready for summer! We still have about two months left before summer officially starts, but I am ready to eat summer foods. I can’t wait for the BBQs and bonfires that accompany my summer season.

The other day, I was at the grocery store thinking about what I should eat as a side dish for dinner that night. Usually I go with a veggie, but the burgers I was about raspberry-2023403_960_720to grill seemed more fitting with something that screamed “summer.” I walked by the case filled with precut fruit and saw a beautiful container filled with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. That was exactly what I needed. It was a taste of summer!

Not only do berries taste like summer, they’re also healthy! You’re supposed to eat between five and thirteen servings of fruits and veggies a day, depending on a few things such as age and weight. There are easy ways to use fruit in everyday meals.

One of my favorite ways to incorporate berries into meals is through salads. They add an extra sweetness that mixes amazingly with a vinaigrette. This is a great way to get in some servings of fruit and veggies! One of my favorites is Berry Pistachio Spinach Salad With Berry Vinaigrette. This recipe even includes steps to make your own vinaigrette, or you could buy a tasty one at the store! This Berry, Bulgur, and Spinach Salad with Spicy Maple Sunflower Seeds includes a directions for a vinaigrette as well, and is super tasty! These salads can be a side dish or be turned into a meal by adding a little more protein. They’re perfect with grilled chicken!

Similarly, this California Giant Strawberry and Jalapeño Salsa is full of summer flavor. It’s perfect for entertaining, or just to have on hand. It’s incredibly fresh, and healthy too!

California Giant Strawberry and Jalapeno Salsa

California Giant Strawberry and Jalapeno Salsa

On another note, sometimes sometimes berry recipes can go in a less healthy direction. My motto has been everything in moderation, so some berry-filled

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

desserts are more than okay! In my opinion, one of the best summer desserts is Strawberry Shortcake. This particular recipe uses biscuits as opposed to cake, which I love! Of course there are probably hundreds of variations on this classic dessert, but this recipe is easy and delicious.

Next, pretty much any recipe that has blueberries is tasty. Blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins, blueberry scones… the list could go on forever! In my opinion, one of the best is Lemon Blueberry Cake. You can eat it for dessert, indulge in a slice for breakfast, or eat some with fresh cup of coffee.

Last but not least, the healthiest option is this Summer Berry Frozen Yogurt. This option calls for an ice-cream maker, but it is so worth it! It is very easy to

Summer Berry Frozen Yogurt

Summer Berry Frozen Yogurt

make, has minimal ingredients, and is super yummy! The batch calls for a cup of sugar, but I have tried with less and it’s still delicious. My next try will be with a sugar substitute like agave or honey.

These are just a few out of the many berry recipes on the Forq app. If you have any favorite berry recipes, share them for all your foodie friends (like me) to see! I’m always in search for a taste of summer.

Let’s Taco ‘Bout It

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I’m just going to come right out and say it- I love tacos and everything taco-related. That includes the most popular drink to accompany tacos… margaritas!! But alas, we have already talked about how to make the perfect margarita in this blog post.

I love tacos so much because there are so many options. First, there’s the shell. Hard shell or soft shell? Or do you go a healthier route, and have a taco salad? Speaking of healthy, you also get to

Fresh cilantro

Fresh cilantro

decide what you add to your tacos. You get to choose how healthy you make them. I suggest trying to stay away from adding deep-fried items into your tacos and take a fresher route. Some of my favorite tacos include freshly grilled chicken, fresh guacamole, corn (for sweetness), salsaand sautéed peppers and onions. I squeeze some fresh lime juice on top and sprinkle with fresh cilantro. Cilantro is my secret ingredient– it makes everything taste super fresh!

Tacos can also be super easy to make. Like I said before, you get to decide what goes in them! You have the options to make everything from scratch, or you can buy a ton of ingredients pre-made.

Taco seasoning

Taco seasoning

For example, you could buy taco shells, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, and shredded lettuce all pre-done. All you would have to worry about would be cooking the meat! Ground beef is a classic, but if you are going for something healthier, ground turkey is also a great option. In order to get that taco taste, you need some taco seasoning. You can buy this at the store, but I suggest making your own with a recipe like this so you can critique it, know exactly what you like, and know exactly what kind of ingredients are going into your seasoning! For instance, I personally don’t like my tacos super spicy so I always hold back a little on things like chile powder, cayenne, and red pepper flakes.

If you’re looking to jazz up your tacos a bit, you can always make a specific kind. For example, this Teriyaki Chicken Taco recipe can bring in some asian-style flavor into your meal! One of my absolute favorite tacos to order when I am at a restaurant are fish tacos. Mahi mahi is my favorite! I just found this recipe for Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos with Kiwi Nectarine Salsa— I can’t wait to try to make them!

If you don’t want to make classic tacos but you’re craving that taco taste, there are tons of options! One of my all-time favorites is taco salad. It’s easy to make without a recipe by just putting your usual taco ingredients on top of a bed of lettuce and adding a lime-based dressing, or you could use this Loaded Chicken Taco Salad recipe! This recipe even includes the ingredients and steps to make your own taco salad dressing. What is great about a taco salad is that again, you get to decide what goes on it so you get to decide how healthy you want to make it.

Another healthy taco-inspired option are these Taco-Stuffed PeppersThey’re similar to

Taco soup

Taco soup

traditional stuffed peppers, except that have that sought-after taco flavor. Yum! The recipe even gives you the ingredients you need to make your own taco seasoning at home. Last but not least, we have this delicious taco soup. It is very similar to chili, but has all those delicious taco seasonings. I highly recommend topping it with some tortilla chips for an added crunch!

Of course, there are tons of variations and endless toppings to tacos! Don’t forget to share them with us on the Forq app!

April- the month of Garlic

food-652448_960_720Garlic makes my world go round. It gives amazing flavor to any dish it’s added to. I recently came across the fact that April is National Garlic Month, so I couldn’t resist writing about it! There’s so many options; garlic powder, garlic salt, jarred garlic, fresh garlic… I use them all!

However, my all time favorite is fresh garlic. Garlic cloves last a long time, so don’t be scared to buy fresh. Full bulbs will last 3-5 months in your pantry and even longer if frozen. Once the bulb is broken, it will last for a week to ten days before going bad.

Garlic press

Garlic press

One of the best kitchen buys I have ever made was getting a garlic press. I used to use a tiny grater, but that would leave me with wasted garlic and a fear I was going to grate my fingers! My garlic press has definitely changed my cooking experience for the better, and they are not even expensive! If you cook with garlic as much as I do, it is an investment you should definitely make.

Garlic is such a simple seasoning to use. I’m guilty of putting it on pretty much everything. One of my go-to lunches has been melting butter and adding fresh garlic and shrimp until the shrimp is cooked fully through, then putting it on top of brown rice and whatever veggies I have in my fridge. Healthy, simple, easy to make… yet full of flavor!

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Garlic shrimp scampi

Of course, we think of using garlic in foods we associate with Italian cuisine, like pasta. One of the simplest garlic sauces I like to make is found in this Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta recipe. I like to jazz it up a bit by adding veggies like broccoli and some grilled chicken for protein. Another garlic pasta dish that everybody loves is Garlic Shrimp Scampi. If you’re making pasta, why not keep the carbs coming with some tasty Grilled Garlic Bread! 

Cheddar garlic biscuits

Cheddar garlic biscuits

Garlic chicken, zucchini, and corn

Garlic chicken, zucchini, and corn

Another variation of garlic bread I love are these Cheddar Garlic Biscuits. In my opinion, these are just as good as garlic bread but have a lot more use. If you serve garlic bread with anything besides Italian food, it seems a little off. But these biscuits are a great side for a picnic, BBQ, or pretty much any other dinner you can think of! For example, they would go absolutely perfect with this Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn skillet dish.

Garlic also goes great with combinations like honey. For example, these Honey Garlic Pork Chops are absolutely delicious! I bet the Cheddar Garlic Biscuits would go great with those, too. Or, you could always go with a more traditional garlic side, such as these Garlic Herb Skillet Potatoes. This particular recipe calls for quite a few ingredients, mostly herbs. I have also had great luck just making them simply, almost more as home fries, by cubing potatoes and putting them in hot oil with garlic, salt, and pepper!

Of course, there are thousands of recipes that call for garlic that we haven’t covered today. If you have a favorite, you should definitely share it on the Forq app!

Spring Veggies

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Spring is finally here! If you’re up north like me, it may be hard to believe due to this terrible weather we’ve been having, but March 20th officially marked the first day of spring.

I get excited for spring because it means the start of warmer weather and finally some leaves on the trees. Food-wise, it means finally fresh, in-season produce! As you know from the blog post “A Healthy New Year,” I have been trying to make some more health-conscious choices in my eating habits this year. One of the easiest ways to do this has been to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Spring means that more fruits and veggies will finally be in season!

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A list of vegetables that are harvested in the spring can be found here. Many leafy green veggies are harvested in the spring, making spring time the perfect season to start eating fresh salads again. Some of the in-season veggies I like to include in my salads are sliced radishes, shredded carrots, lettuce (obviously), mixed with a bit of kale for its nutrients. Kale is very

White Bean and Kale Soup

White Bean and Kale Soup

low in calories, but high in iron and other vital vitamins. I prefer to tear some up into small pieces and mix it in with my other greens, or eat it cooked. One healthy recipe from the Forq app I am dying to try is this White Bean and Kale Soup!

Cauliflower and broccoli are also spring veggies, and are some of my favorite things to cook with. In a previous blog post, I discussed my love of cauliflower and my first attempt at making a cauliflower pizza crust. It is such a versatile vegetable! Its closely related family member, broccoli, is one of my all-time favorite veggies. I could eat it every day just steamed with a bit of butter, salt, and pepper. If it is cooked right (not overcooked to become mushy), it is incredibly flavorful all on its own. Broccoli goes hand-in-hand with cheese like in this Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta, or is perfect in other dishes such as this Slow Cooker Beef And Broccoli.

Last but not least, we have to talk about carrots! In my opinion, they are highly underrated. The most I see of carrots lately seems to be a few slices to add a pop of color to a boring salad. Carrots are packed with vitamins and minerals that help with vision, clear skin, and give the immune system a boost. Raw carrots are a great snack, or boiled with just some butter, salt, and pepper as a side dish to dinner. Or, if you want to make a healthy meal out of it, this 5-Ingredient Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup is the way to go!

Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup

Bringing Home the Bacon

bacon-1142659_960_720Bacon makes everything better. I cannot think of one food I’ve eaten with and without bacon and not preferred the latter. Now I’m not saying I add bacon to my three meals a day– I’m just saying I like to indulge a little.

Even the sound of bacon sizzling on the pan is magical. Back when I was younger, I used to sleep over at my grandmother’s house frequently. Every morning when I would wake up, she’d ask me what I would like for breakfast. It always had to be scrambled eggs and bacon. First, the bacon would be sliced into tiny squares. Next, it would be fried to a crisp and beaten eggs added. So simple, but tasty enough to keep me wanting to go back for more. Looking back now, I probably shouldn’t have eaten so much bacon…

But, like I said before, bacon makes everything better. And also like I said before, bacon-1323412_960_720it’s okay to indulge a little! When I was in elementary school, I had a gym teacher that would eat a pound of bacon every snow day. Living in Connecticut, we had snow days a lot! Now that is a little too much bacon.

I believe that bacon is a little too good to be cut out of our diets altogether, even if we are trying to be healthy. Plus, as I’m sure we all know, a little bacon goes a long way!

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Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Apricots

Now, let’s get to the recipes. I find excuses to cook bacon probably more than I should. But the excuse I have found most convincing is to use bacon during entertainment cooking. If you’re in question of what to cook when you’re cooking for other people, whether it be at your own get together or someone else’s, you can rarely go wrong when you use bacon. One of my favorite dishes to eat at an outdoor BBQ (besides the actual BBQ, of course) are Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Apricots.  It is such an unexpected, sophisticated dish that everyone will love!

Of course, a grill isn’t available everywhere. Another bacon-wrapped dish that is sure to be a hit are these Bacon-Wrapped Scallops. The recipe also includes a tasty spicy cilantro mayonnaise to dip in. Yum!

Now, let’s get to using bacon in our everyday meals. I absolutely love bacon in my pasta dishes! For example, bacon gives this Chicken, Bacon and Spinach Spaghetti the boost it needs to be delectable. The same goes for this Bacon and Egg Fried Rice. Bacon takes normal dishes like pasta and rice to the next level.

Bacon and Egg Fried Rice

Bacon and Egg Fried Rice

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Vinaigrette

Last but definitely not least, I could not have talked about bacon without talking about brussels sprouts. I never really liked them growing up, or even as an adult. That is, until I tried them with a recipe that called for– you guessed it– bacon. These Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Vinaigrette are absolutely delicious. Bacon really does make everything better!

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