Tasty Treats

Soups, Salads and Sides

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Craving homemade soup? This fix-it-and-forget-it Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham recipe is an easy way to enjoy a bowl of warm comfort food on a chilly day. Let’s be honest; split pea soup will never win any beauty contests. Fortunately what this soup lacks in...

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup

Fight the cold weather with a bowl of this simple, flavorful Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup! It’s February in Minnesota which can only mean one thing: it’s freezing. Fortunately I’ve lived here long enough to know that the best way to fight the cold is to bring the...

Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Our simple Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and a Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe is our go-to side dish for entertaining!  Need an easy way to add greens to your entertaining menu? This Spinach Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe makes a...

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Need a weeknight meal that is hearty, filling and easy? Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup is the answer! It's a family favorite made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.  Do you have the one meal that you can make your whole family happy?...

Easy Coffee Smoothie Recipe

Protein-packed and full of coffee flavor, this Easy Coffee Smoothie makes breakfast a snap! It's no secret that I am a coffee lover, and my day is not complete unless it starts with coffee in some way, shape or form. And even though I'm an early riser, I don't always...

Cheesy Chipotle Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes 

Change up your fall side dishes and serve these make-ahead Cheesy Chipotle Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes! Are you a stickler for tradition and always have the same side dishes on your Thanksgiving table or are you adventurous and like to change things up?   If you...

Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Reinvent your leftover Thanksgiving stuffing with this Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe! It’s hard to say which meal is better - the big Thanksgiving day turkey dinner or feasting on the leftovers all weekend long. Finding ways to reuse our turkey extras...

Creamy Turkey Pumpkin Chili

This savory and smoky Creamy Turkey Pumpkin Chili is a seasonal twist on a fall favorite. Perfect for an easy weeknight meal!  Have you broken out the pumpkin yet? Fall is here, so if you haven’t already, it’s time to jump on the pumpkin train! Now I’m not talking...

Apple, Blue Cheese and Candied Walnut Salad

Salads don't have to be boring. The simple addition of sliced apples, crumbled cheese, and candied walnuts make this Apple, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad our go-to favorite! Salads are often an overlooked part of the menu. This Apple, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad...

Watermelon Feta Salad

This sweet and salty, 4-ingredient Watermelon Feta Salad is a surprising favorite at any summer BBQ or potluck. Easy to make and great for groups! Nothing screams summer like a wedge of watermelon. It is the quintessential summer fruit. My daughter is the biggest...

Classic Macaroni Salad recipe

No one can resist a Classic Macaroni Salad recipe. This creamy comfort food is the perfect side dish for any backyard BBQ, picnic or potluck! There are a lot of ways you can fancy up macaroni salad. Add arugula, toss in tuna, sprinkle it with smoked paprika...You get...

Easy Blueberry Jalapeño Freezer Jam

No canning experience required to make your own flavorful homemade jam with this Easy Blueberry Jalapeño Freezer Jam recipe! What do you do when you visit a blueberry farm and come home with pounds and pounds (and pounds) of fresh blueberries? Make ALL the blueberry...

Mexican Grilled Corn

Put a new twist on one of summer's favorite foods with this lip-smacking Mexican Grilled Corn! We almost always grill our corn in the summer. Heating up the house with a giant pot of boiling water holds no appeal to me when it's already hot and humid. Besides that, I...

Herbed Grilled Potatoes in Foil

Fresh herbs add bright flavor to these quick and easy Herbed Grilled Potatoes in Foil - the perfect BBQ side dish for anything you put on the grill. Long, lazy summer nights are made for BBQs, and these Herbed Grilled Potatoes in Foil are a must have for any seasonal...

10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes

Pin this list of 10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes and never wonder what to bring to another summer grill out again!   Here in Minnesota, we don’t take our summers for granted. We fill every waking minute of warm weather with opportunities to be outside, whether it’s an...

Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

No BBQ is complete with tasty side dishes, and this delicious Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese recipe deserves a spot at every cookout you attend this summer. What is summer without broccoli salad? Spotting a broccoli salad recipe at a summer BBQ is almost as...

Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe with Brown Butter

Stock up on ALL the asparagus because this Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe with Brown Butter is an easy spring side dish that you’ll make all season long! I’m not sure what I’m more excited for this spring: seeing my yard again after a long winter of snow or all the...

Roasted Potato Leek Soup with Arugula

Lighter than most potato soup recipes, this Roasted Potato Leek Soup with Arugula bridges the gap between winter and spring effortlessly. As the weather teases us with hints of warm temps to come, our thoughts turn to spring foods. But since our growing season isn’t...

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