Quinoa, Avocado and Corn Salad Recipe

Disclosure: Recipe and photo courtesy of Kimberly Snyder/The Beauty Detox foods Book.

The quinoa, avocado, and corn salad recipe is perfect for easy entertaining. The only prep needed is to soak the quinoa overnight. Also,it tastes great at room temperature and is mayonnaise free. This makes it perfect to bring to the barbecue, pool party, park or beach!

Quinoa, Avocado and Corn Salad Recipe
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups dry quinoa
  • Raw kernels or 2 ears of organic corn (preferably white, if available), shaved right from the cob
  • 2 avocados, sliced and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 Tbs. finely chopped red onion
Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. Bragg Liquid Aminos or low-sodium tamari
  • 1 Tbs. brown rice vinegar
  1. Be sure to soak the quinoa overnight in water and rinse well before using.
  2. In a saucepan bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat, add quinoa and simmer until the water is absorbed and the grains become translucent and soft (about 10 to 15 minutes). Pour the quinoa through a strainer and set it to the side in a bowl.
  3. Blend all the dressing ingredients together in a blender until smooth, or simply add them to a small bowl and whisk well with a fork.
  4. Add the kernels of corn to the quinoa, along with the avocado and chopped onion. Mix well. Pour the dressing on top of the mixture and mix well again.

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Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is that special day of the year when you can show your  sweetheart just how much they mean to you. What better way to do this than with a sweet confection. With Baskin Robbins your gift will be sure to take the cake this year!

For the classic romantic, a Conversation Heart Cake(*New this year!*) can add a delicious twist to the traditional Valentine’s Day candy.

If you happen to have a fashionable fiancée, a Delectable Designer Cake Bag may be the perfect fit!

Prefer chocolate for your special someone? A Fudge Heart Cake is a great way to show how rich your feelings are!

Fancy a cookie instead? Baskin Robbins has you covered thanks to Oreo with several Oreo branded cakes, including the Oreo Cookie Cake, Oreo Cookie Pie, and Oreo Ice Cream Cake Bites!

Want something that is red to match the holiday colors? A Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake Bite may be cold, but her lips will be extra hot for you after just one taste!

Looking for something more prim and proper? A Petals and Pearls cake will show your Valentine you can be both sensible and sweet!

So whether you’re looking for something eye catching, classic, or just plain delicious Baskin Robbins has just the treat you need this Valentine’s Day to help win the heart of that person you’ve been longing for. Any girl would love to get a gift this sweet, and you just might find yourself getting a little sugar in return!

Which cake would you most like to receive this Valentine’s Day?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored posts. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Potato Skins Mac and Cheese Recipe

Potato Skins are one of my favorite bar foods. However, I always feel guilty ordering them. After all they’re not really a meal just a snack.

I was wondering how I could turn them into a hearty dish when I found this Potato Skins Mac and Cheese recipe over at the Spicy Perspective.

It’s a classic, creamy Mac and Cheese Topped with crunchy, cheesy potato skin goodness.

I cut the recipe in half for my smaller family, but feel free to double it if yours is larger.

Be sure to add generous amount of salt and pepper. The potatoes increase this recipe’s need for a little extra seasoning.

Recipe Adapted from: A Spicy Perspective

Potato Skins Mac and Cheese Recipe


  • 5-10 Small Potatoes
  • 2 Tb. vegetable oil, divided
  • 8 oz. Elbow macaroni(approx. half a box)
  • 1.5 Tb.butter
  • 1 Tb. flour
  • 1 1/4 cups cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 8 oz. plus a few handfulls of shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 5 oz. cream cheese, divided
  • 12 oz. bacon, fried and crumbled, divided (if desired)
  • 1 cup chopped green onions, divided(if desired)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat Oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut 5-10 small potatoes in half width wise (can also use mini potatoes if your store carries them). Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil, and salt & pepper.
  3. Roast for about 30 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Cook macaroni in a large pot of salted water, according to the package directions.
  5. Drain and set aside.
  6. Melt butter, and add flour. Cook for one minute.
  7. Add milk, sour cream, and most of your cream cheese. Cook until smooth.
  8. Add 8 oz of cheese, and cook until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Add macaroni, and some of the bacon/green onions (if desired). Stir.
  10. Pour mixture into an 8x8 baking dish and set aside.
  11. Preheat oven to broil.
  12. Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out most of the flesh, and set aside.
  13. Brush skins with oil, and add around 1/2 tsp. of cream cheese to each. Cook for 2 minutes.
  14. Sprinkle the crumbled potato over the mac and cheese Place potato skins on the top.
  15. Sprinkle a few more handful of cheddar over the potato skins and add salt/pepper to taste.
  16. For creamy baked mac and cheese, place the baked mac and cheese in the oven under the broiler for 2-3 minutes.
  17. For more a traditional "firm" baked mac and cheese recipe, turn the oven to 400 degrees, and bake for 20 minutes until the tops are golden.
  18. Garnish with remaining green onions and bacon.
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Diet Comfort Food

Like most American’s  I made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, and maybe drop a few pounds.
However, I know if I eat nothing but veggie burgers, and celery sticks I’m doomed before I even start.

For me, food has to taste good,and look appealing. Here are some of favorite lightened up versions of classic comfort foods.

Skinny Baked Broccoli Mac and Cheese has the delicious cheesy goodness I crave, but without the guilt.

These Garlic French Fries
are baked not fried.

This Light Potato Soup is perfect for chilly winter evenings.

Mozarella Sticks are my favorite pizza shop treat. I love that the healthy version still includes the stringy goodness I love.

These onion rings are so crispy, you’ll never guess they’re baked!

This Veggie Lasagna is only 200 calories

Can you believe these healthy potato chips are made in the microwave?

Popcorn Chicken won’t make you feel guilty going back for seconds.

Maple Cheeseburgers are made with ground turkey

You’ll never guess what the Low Carb Pizza Crust is made out of!

Which diet comfort food looks best to you?

New Years Eve Appetizers

When having a party, I prefer to offer a bunch of different appetizers. It’s usually less work, and gives you a bigger variety so picky eaters (like me!) can pick and choose what they enjoy.

This also makes it much easier to eat and socialize at the same time.

Here are some of my favorite appetizers that would be perfect for a New Year’s Eve (or any other) party!

New Years Eve Appetizers

My grandma always says that a meal needs a “sour” element. In our family, this is usually pickles and olives. These Oven fried pickles are a crunchy chip that you can dip in almost anything!

2. I always order Mozzarella sticks at our local pizza joint. However, this version made with cheese sticks looks easy, and can even be made ahead!

3.These Pepperoni Pizza stuffed mushrooms make a great bite sized appetizer. You could even use veggie pepperoni or leave it out entirely to make the recipe vegetarian.

4. Spice up your party with a Buffalo Chicken Cheeseball

5. Get great burger flavor in a portable package with Mini Meatball Sliders .

6. This Onion Dip looks 10x better than the kind you buy at the store.

7. Parmesan Potato Bites are an easy,delicious way to feed a crowd!

8. Shrimp Dip will go perfectly with crackers or cut vegetables.

9. Ever wonder how restaurants make Jalapeno Poppers? Click to find out!

10. BBQ Chicken Bites: Betcha can’t eat just one!

What is your family’s favorite New Year’s Eve Appetizer?

Hope your new year is the best ever!

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Sundays in our house are Football Days. We spend most of the afternoon/evening in the living room rooting on our teams.

My family are Steelers Fans. However, I cheer on the Dallas Cowboys. This past Sunday was an epic Steelers vs. Cowboys match!

I knew I needed a quick recipe that could cook without my assistance. That’s why I was so excited to find out that you can make Mac and Cheese in the Crock Pot.

It was very smooth and creamy. However, the cheddar flavor was on the mild side. If your family likes spice you may want to add some addition heat like red pepper flakes.

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (Roughly 1/2 of a 16 oz size box)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. 1. Boil the macaroni in plenty of water until tender (about 7 minutes). Drain.
  2. 2. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts.
  3. 3. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and the eggs, sour cream, soup, milk, and pepper. Stir well. Then add drained macaroni and stir again.
  4. 4.Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
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Slightly adapted from a recipe by Paula Deen.