Date Balls


Dear readers, my family and I are about to move for the second time this year. We are about to embark on an 8 hour car ride with all of our things and three kids in tow.¬† We need snacks. Healthy ones. Enter: the miraculous date ball. I first started making these when my cravings for Lara bars got too extreme (they’re expensive, guys!). When my third baby came around and I was nursing every second of every night and day, these quick bites saved my life. They’re packed with nuts and fruit, sweet and a bit salty, good fiber and fast energy. I have to hide them from my kids so they don’t eat them all. I’m not sure if that’s a selling point or not.

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Perfect Pressure Cooker Tomato Basil Risotto

Have I mentioned my pressure cooker? When we first bought it, I was scared to death. It gets ridiculously hot. Steam shoots up 3 feet into the air. It’s under pressure,¬†meaning, it could explode at any minute. But it doesn’t. And it probably won’t. Once you get over that, it’s pretty amazing. It gets dinner (or lunch) done in a fraction of the time and energy it would normally take. How can you go wrong, really. Making a perfect and flavorful risotto is only 10 minutes away.

Today on the blog, we’re doing a tomato basil rendition. I am all over anything tomato basil this summer. Go get yourself some market fresh tomatoes (the absolute BEST) and whip this up.

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Ultimate Cowboy Caviar


This one comes from my husband, who hates (and I mean hates) the term ‘cowboy caviar’, but loves to make and eat it. I have to admit, I’m not too fond of it myself. The name, that is. But what else do you call the iconic chip dip made up of beans and corn? This recipe is a little bit pico de gallo, a little bit bean salad, but all good. And apparently cowboys think it’s something fancy.

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