Perfect Pasta Salad

The perfect pasta salad recipe! Tender noodles tossed in a zesty Italian dressing with vegetables, meat, and cheese… great for a potluck or a light meal!

The perfect pasta salad recipe! Tender noodles tossed in a zesty Italian dressing with vegetables, meat, and cheese... great for a potluck or a light meal! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Okay, guys… let’s bring on the summer recipes! I’m so ready for steak kabobs on the grill, glorious slices of apple pie, my famous orange-lemon shake-ups, and this perfect pasta salad. Summertime is AWESOME when it comes to good food. It seems like anytime there’s a potluck or a backyard barbecue, this is my go-to side dish to bring. It serves a ton of people, needs just a few simple ingredients, and seems to be something that everyone loves.

The foundation of this recipe is spiral noodles and Italian dressing. Super easy, right? I’ve tried a few different dressing variations over the years, but this is the one I always come back to: 2 cups of Italian dressing (I just grab a bottle from the store) and 1 packet of Italian dressing seasoning mix (found right next to the salad dressings). Adding in the seasoning packet gives an extra kick of zesty flavor that makes this pasta salad really stand out from the others.

Everyone has their own pasta salad preference, but here’s what I like in mine: cucumber, cherry tomatoes, colby jack cheese and salami (or summer sausage). If you like black olives, go ahead and throw those in there too, but we usually leave them out. I cut all my pasta salad add-ins into nice, big chunks so it’s easy to for picky eaters to eat around anything they don’t like… Wyatt always leaves a pile of tomatoes in his bowl, and Jeremy steers clear of the cucumbers. I personally devour every last bite of mine! [Read more…]

Mushroom Swiss Burger

Meaty mushroom burgers topped with swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms… juicy, flavorful, and great for stretching a dollar!

Juicy, meaty, mushroom burgers topped with swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms - get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

So today is all about burgers, which I think is the perfect way to kick off summer! Summertime in our house tends to get a little crazy with the boys out of school and Jeremy and I both working from home, but then…

… I decided it was time to dive into our master bedroom renovation! We have big plans for this long-awaited makeover, and this week has been full of sawdust, paint cans, and power tools. Our house is a hot mess, the laundry is once again piled up, and we’re stuck sleeping on couches until it’s all done, so I sincerely apologize for it being a little quiet on the blog this week! I have lots of fun posts coming up for the next few weeks though, so hopefully I’ll be able to get all this behind-the-scenes work done and keep new content on the blog for you guys! P.S. I’m sharing sneak peek photos on Instagram, so be sure to follow along!

Okay, so now that I’ve filled you in on life here at the Fourez Farm, let’s talk burgers!

This burger recipe came about for two main reasons: #1 I looooove mushrooms and #2 I’m trying to drop a few pesky pounds. See, not only does this recipe have buttery sautéed mushrooms on TOP of the burger, but I snuck a whole bunch of them INSIDE the burger too! [Read more…]

Strawberry Peach Salad

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. This recipe (plus a fun salad-inspired giveaway) has been sponsored by Kuhn Rikon.

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Guys… I’m obsessed with this salad. Like, I’ve actually eaten salad for lunch almost four times this week, obsessed. Normally I’m a side salad kind of girl… eating bunny food as a main dish doesn’t usually satisfy my carnivorous taste buds, so it usually just ends up as little greenery on the side of my plate. But THIS salad is anything BUT a boring side salad.

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

It’s filled with the best flavors of summer… fresh, sweet, juicy, ripe peaches and strawberries, plus cool cucumber, creamy goat cheese, crunchy almonds, and a honey balsamic dressing that will knock your socks off. So much flavor, so much texture… basically it’s a summertime party in your mouth! Oh yes, I just described salad as a party in your mouth. That’s just how GOOD this salad is!

This recipe is perfect while peaches and strawberries are in season, but feel free to sub in other fruits too… blueberries, watermelon, oranges, cantaloupe… they would all be great options! I’m normally not a huge fan of balsamic dressings, but this one has just the right amount of sweetness to curb the flavor of the vinegar, and it’s super easy to make. Just 3 ingredients (plus a little salt and pepper)! You can reduce this recipe to just make a salad for yourself for lunch or make the full recipe to serve guests at a dinner party, but either way, promise me you’ll try this awesome strawberry peach salad this summer!

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Strawberry Peach Salad
 
Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing.
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 2 fresh peaches, sliced
  • 12 strawberries, sliced
  • ½ large cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

  • Dressing:
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place greens in a large bowl and top with peaches, strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, and almonds. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl (or shake them in a mason jar) and pour over the salad when ready to serve.

– adapted from Comfort of Cooking


Did you notice that gorgeous cutting board and knife while I was chopping up my produce? Kuhn Rikon was kind enough to send me some supplies to help with my summer-inspired salad… a salad spinner, box mandoline and grater, peeler, cutting board, and several of their knives… all very high-quality and perfect for easy kitchen prep!

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Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal

Easy and delicious baked oatmeal topped with a sweet cinnamon drizzle and cream cheese icing! Tastes just like a decadent cinnamon roll but without all the guilt… a perfect breakfast treat!

Delicious, easy baked oatmeal with a sweet cinnamon drizzle and cream cheese icing! Cinnamon roll perfection! Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com



Who doesn’t love a big, fluffy cinnamon roll dripping in sugary-sweet icing?

Oh man… I’m already drooling! I could eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast every day of my life, but that’s probably not the healthiest way to go… a girl can dream though, right?

So the next best thing is a healthy bowl of easy baked oatmeal topped with a cinnamon-filled brown sugar drizzle and a smear of cream cheese icing. Definitely lighter, but still EVERY bit as delicious!

You guys know I’m a big fan of baked oatmeal… apple cinnamon, blueberry lemon… I make it all the time. Not only is it a good meal to start your day with, but this recipe can feed a crowd and happens to reheat beautifully if you don’t eat it all right away. You can make a big batch of oatmeal on the weekend and have a good breakfast ready to go for the rest of the week! Now this particular version of baked oatmeal probably isn’t the healthiest of the flavors I’ve made, but it is definitely the most delicious. The cinnamon drizzle gives a sugary crunch to the oatmeal that I just love!

Go ahead… grab a spoon and dive right in, my friends! This cinnamon roll is waiting for you! [Read more…]

Vanilla Italian Cream Soda

Learn how to make Italian Cream Sodas at home! This cross between creamy vanilla ice cream and fizzy soda is the perfect sip when you want a sweet treat. Keep reading for the recipe and a big giveaway sponsored by KitchenAid and Rodelle.

Learn how to make Italian Cream Sodas at home! This cross between creamy vanilla ice cream and fizzy soda is the perfect sip when you want a sweet treat. Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

Have you ever made Italian cream sodas at home? If not, you are in for a BIG treat today! Imagine pouring a glass of the creamiest vanilla ice cream blended with a simply sweet fizzy soda and topping it off with a giant pile of whipped cream and maraschino cherries… welcome to Heaven, my friends. [Read more…]

Smoothie Popsicles

Turn your favorite smoothie into a delicious popsicle for a healthy treat that will keep you cool all summer long! Learn how to make these tasty popsicles and get a brand new Green Kiwi Smoothie recipe, sponsored by my friends at ADA Mideast.

Turn your favorite smoothie into a delicious popsicle for a healthy treat that will keep you cool all summer long! Get a new Green Kiwi Smoothie recipe and popsicle how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com

We are now OFFICIALLY on summer break… woo-hoo! Bring on the lazy days at the pool, s’mores around a campfire, trips to the lake and…

Oh wait… that’s not real life. Not even close. Here’s what summers REALLY look like in our house:

“Mom, I’m bored…”
“It’s too hot to play outside.”
“He stole my Lego pieces!”
“Can’t we go to pool yet?”
“I’m SOOO bored!”

Meanwhile, I’m over here trying to keep the blog rockin’ and rollin’, my hollow-leg children fed, and MOST importantly… my sanity during the 3 long months of summer break. HOW many days till school starts again?? Just keeping it real, guys… keeping it real. 😉

So in an effort to help all the moms out there this summer, I have a special recipe for you that is going to BLOW your mind. Okay, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but I thought it was pretty cool… Smoothie Popsicles!

Yep, we’re taking your favorite smoothies and turning them into POPSICLES today. I’m kind of giddy about it. Imagine turning that nutritious, fruit-filled (and sometimes veg-filled) drink into a frozen treat that will keep you cool and your kids happy all summer long. High fives all around!

You can do this with any of your favorite smoothies, but here are some of our favorites: Strawberry Banana Oatmeal, Blueberry Pomegranate, Tropical, and Pumpkin. And today, just because I love you and want to further expand your smoothie repertoire, I’m sharing a brand new flavor: Green Kiwi Smoothie! [Read more…]

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Perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken and broccoli. Everyone loves this easy weeknight meal!

Perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken and broccoli. Everyone loves this easy weeknight meal! Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

We’re serving up some good, ‘ol mac and cheese today! Only this version feels a little more grown up than the Spongebob-shaped stuff my kids try to sneak in the shopping cart.  I’ve rounded out the dish with a helping of tender chicken and fresh broccoli to make it a full-blown meal vs. just a side item, and I promise you… there won’t be any leftovers! [Read more…]