Grilled corn & avocado salad - only 5 ingredients! |

This grilled corn and avocado salad is a perfect pairing with the lime cumin dressing. The lime cumin dressing only has 4 real ingredients, added to this salad with another 4 and you come out with only 8 real food ingredients. That's pretty simple.

You can get the recipe for the lime cumin dressing and head back over here for the salad recipe.

Ingredients for the salad
1 Tbs oil
2 cups corn
1 avocado - diced
1 onion - diced
1 tomato - diced

In a medium frying pan over medium-high heat, add the oil. Once the oil is heated, add the corn and sautee until it just starts to turn brown. Take off heat and let cool.
In a medium bowl, add the cooled corn, avocado and onion.

Toss salad in the lime cumin dressing.

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slow cooker greek yogurt |

This is a simple way to make yogurt at home in your slow cooker. And if you like the thick, Greek-style yogurt, you can easily get that consistency with an extra step.

Making yogurt at home also ensures that you control the ingredients. Store-bought yogurt usually contains a lot of added sugar. And unfortunately, it is getting harder and harder to find plain yogurt. This recipe is so easy, it will be your go-to recipe for making yogurt at home.

4 ingredients lime cumin dressing |

Two of my favorite flavors are lime and cumin. I put cumin in dishes whenever possible. I hadn't even realized how much I used it until a friend mentioned that every recipe I tell her about I have added cumin to. And lime? Refreshing and tangy and perfect in margaritas, guacamole, and Mexican/TexMex dishes.

This dressing is inspired by those 2 ingredients and only has 4 ingredients - total! I wasn't sure how it would taste when I started experimenting. I thought I would need to add more to make it palatable. But after mixing it up and tasting it, I was pleasantly surprised to not need a single other ingredient for this dressing. It's simple, tasty, and made up of real ingredients.

chocolate peanut butter whips - copycat version of the store brand but with real ingredients! |

I was visiting a girlfriend on her bachelorette weekend last fall. Late one night we needed a snack and she brought out heaven in a packaged container. It was whipped peanut butter and chocolate. We got out some graham crackers and went to town. Mind you, we both have master's degrees in nutrition. That did not matter in the wee hours (or maybe 10pm) of the evening.

I was, however, curious to see what the ingredients were and if it was something I could make. Besides all the additives and preservatives and what not, at its heart (and mine) was peanut butter, chocolate, and some sugar. I knew I could make it at home and although I hesitate to say I made a healthier version, it definitely has better ingredients.

It is so good, you can just eat it straight.


1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon honey

~ 3 tablespoons chocolate chips


Place all the ingredients in a food processor or Nutribullet. Blend until all the chips have disintegrated and all the ingredients are mixed nicely. The color should be a dark brown and the consistency should be runny. You could totally pour this over some ice cream at this point and it would be awesome.

Take the mixture and place in the fridge for at least an hour or more. You will have a pretty hard chocolate peanut butter spread. Although you can stop here, if you take it one more step it will be worth it.

Scrape the hardened mixture into a bowl (I used a KitchenAid mixer for this part so I put it in that bowl). With a mixer on high, whip the mixture until it about doubles in size and becomes a nice medium light brown. It only takes about 2 minutes.

Now take a graham cracker just grab the spoon and enjoy.

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simple one pot pasta |

This pasta dish is so unbelievably easy and quick, you are going to wish you found out about it years sooner.

The funny thing is, I did find out about it years sooner. One night when I was experimenting with dinner and a bit lazy, I attempted a one pot Tex Mex pasta. It turned out great. Then I forgot about it until I started seeing one pot pasta dishes all over Pinterest.(click to follow me) I missed my chance of being viral :)

molasses balsamic BBQ sauce |

This homemade molasses balsamic BBQ sauce is so much different than what you find in bottles. It is very tangy and not too sweet. Making homemade barbecue sauce is actually quite simple. Plus you can control what ingredients are used and how much go into it.

If you like sweet, you may have to add more sweetener. I have used both molasses and brown sugar. The molasses version here is actually a bit sweeter, but brown sugar works very well. 

Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis Everyday Italian


1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cup tomato paste
3 Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp patis (or Worcestershire)
1 clove garlic - minced
Pinch salt
Pinch pepper


I followed her directions pretty much as is. I put all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cooked on med-low heat. I only simmered for about 5-10 minutes because I was using this on some slow cooker ribs. So I knew it would cook some more.

I am so glad I know how easy homemade barbecue sauce is now so that I don't have to scour the grocery aisle looking for some that is not made with high fructose corn syrup.

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The simplest slow cooker chicken recipe. It only uses 2 components. This is the perfect weeknight meal for a busy family. |

This truly is the simplest, easiest, best slow cooker chicken recipe I have come across. I have been making it monthly (sometimes weekly) for years. My mom gave me this recipe years ago and it has never failed me.

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