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Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

Spatchcocked Chicken is not only fun to say it’s fun to make! But just what exactly does that mean? Spatchcocking, also known as the butterfly method, is simply the act of splitting a chicken or any game bird so that it lays flat on the […]

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini makes an excellent side dish. Pair this healthy vegetable with thick and juicy pork chops, tender grilled chicken or just about anything else you can toss over an open flame. It’s hearty enough to forgo the meats all together and can even […]

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Looking to shake things up a bit? Peach Mango Caprese Salad offers a lovely twist on the classic tomato and mozzarella dish. Caprese Salad fans will absolutely adore this lil bowl full of summer. The perfect bite holds wonderfully ripe peaches, juicy mango, tangy tomatoes, milky mozzarella, and just a hint of basil all enveloped in a sweet and savory vinaigrette. Add this beautiful salad to your end of summer meal planning to make the most of the seasonal fruit harvest. It makes a great addition to summer cookouts, sunset dinners on the patio, or even a light lunch. You’ll find every reason possible to make this delicious summer salad again and again.

Here’s all you’ll need: peaches, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese pearls, mango, parsley, basil, balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Peach Mango Caprese Salad ingredients list #capresesalad #peachcapresesalad #peachrecipes #summersalad #capresesaladrecipe

And did I mention like a lot of our recipes this one is just SO easy!! Peel the mango and chop into bitesize pieces. Chop up the peach into small pieces as well. To peel or not to peel, I’ll leave that totally up to you. I’m fine with the skin on…plus less work, obviously…but not everyone is a fan of the fuzzy skin. Don’t forget to cut the grape tomatoes in half too.

Peaches and mangoes chopped into small pieces on a cutting board. #capresesalad #peachcapresesalad #easysummerrecipes #summercookoutideas #summermenu #dinnersides

Add the peaches, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese balls, mango, along with 2 Tablespoons of fresh parsley and 2 Tablespoons of fresh basil to a large bowl. Mix to combine. Mozzarella cheese balls are a seasonal item at our local Sams Club store. We love buying them in bulk when they’re because the price is absolutely amazing and you get a ton!! This version comes marinated (which I love in this recipe) but the plain variety will work too. Pick them up at your local grocer or even a cheese shop.

Peaches, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese balls, mango, parsley and basil are added to a large bowl. #capresesalad #summersalad #saladrecipes #sidedishrecipes #summersidedish #lunchrecipe

Now I bet you can’t believe it but we are already at the halfway point for this recipe! So simple, right?!? Also I hope you’re like me and snatched a lil something from that bowl already. Food needs to be enjoyed…even if we’re not done yet.

Ok so this balsamic vinaigrette is pretty much effortless so there’s absolutely no excuse not to make it. Add the balsamic vinegar, 3 basil leaves, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper to a blender and process. Or you can slice the basil and add all the same ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid and just shake it up. This is a choose your own adventure kind of thing.

Balsamic vinegar, 3 basil leaves, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper are added to a blender and processed. #capresesalad #salad #summersalad #peachrecipes #tomatorecipes #cookoutsidedish #picnicsidedish

Pour my new favorite easy peasy vinaigrette over the salad. Gently toss to coat each and every last bite. Refrigerate Peach Mango Caprese Salad until you’re ready to serve. Another bonus to this fresh and delicious side dish is that it can easily be made ahead of time. If you plan on making in advance, I suggest waiting to add the vinaigrette until just before serving. Otherwise the salad can become a little watered down from the dressing.

Balsamic Vinaigrette is drizzled over the Peach Mango Caprese Salad. #capresesalad #easyrecipes #summerrecipes #easysummersidedish #nobakerecipes #nobakesidedish

And there you have it! Yep, that’s it. The freshest, easiest, most delicious side dish you’ll make all summer. Hope you love this one as much we I do.

Feeling peachy? Try our Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa or our Peach Cobbler Bars next!Peach Mango Caprese Salad by Happylifeblogspot.com #capresesalad #peachcapresesalad #peachrecipes #summersalad #summersidedish #saladrecipes #easysalad #healthyrecipes #tomatorecipes #tomatobasil #sidedish

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

August 21, 2020
: 6 servings

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Ingredients
  • FOR THE SALAD:
  • 2 medium peaches, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella cheese pearls, drained
  • 1 cup chopped peeled mango
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
Directions
  • Step 1 Peel the mango and chop into bitesize pieces. Chop up the peach into small pieces. Slice the grape tomatoes in half.
  • Step 2 Add the peaches, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese balls, mango, along with 2 Tablespoons of fresh parsley and 2 Tablespoons of fresh basil to a large bowl. Mix to combine.
  • Step 3 FOR THE DRESSING: Add the balsamic vinegar, 3 basil leaves, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper to a blender and process. Or you can slice the basil and add all the same ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake.
  • Step 4 Pour the vinaigrette over the salad. Gently toss to coat. Refrigerate ready to serve. Enjoy!

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No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie

No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie

Raise your hand if you’re enjoying every last bit of summer! We sure are!! And that means getting our fill of all the wonderful summer flavors before the days start getting cooler. Key Lime Cream Pie is the most perfect dessert for June, July, and […]

Citrus Steak Salad

Citrus Steak Salad

Summer nights are made for quick and easy dinner recipes. Citrus Steak Salad is the most perfect all in one dinner salad to get the job done. Crunchy greens, tender steak, juicy strawberries, mandarin oranges and a citrusy, made from scratch vinaigrette make for a meal […]

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Serve up a little slice of sunshine with our White Chocolate Fruit Tart! As summer heats up it’s only natural to crave juicy fruits and refreshing desserts and this beautiful tart is both. This marvelous dessert is super versatile and perfect for brunch, picnics and summer BBQs. The delicious shortbread style crust is super easy to make and requires no rolling or chilling. Its decadent white chocolate cream cheese filling is perfectly balanced by an assortment of colorful glazed fruit. You can easily add your own spin on this recipe by mixing up the combination of fruits. Try adding in some mixed berries or going a little more tropical with mango and coconut. The possibilities are really endless! Hope you’re ready to party because your friends and family will be swarming as soon as you pull this baby out. Seriously there won’t be a single crumb left behind.

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, confectioners’ sugar, white chocolate chips, heavy cream, cream cheese, mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, strawberries, kiwi, white sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and mint for garnish (optional). White Chocolate Fruit Tart ingredients list #fruittart #tart #whitechocolatefruittart #summerdessert #holidaydessert

In a medium sized bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. The confectioners’ sugar is the secret ingredient that keeps this pastry so light yet crisp. Gradually add in the flour (about 1/2 cup at a time) and mix well with each addition.

Butter, confectioners' sugar, and flour are creamed together in a large bowl with a hand mixer. #fruittart #pastry #fruitpastry #howtomakeafruittart #tropicalfruittart

Grease an 11-in. fluted tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. If you don’t have a tart pan with a removable bottom, a pizza pan with sides would work great as well. Press the pastry dough into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Pierce the pastry dough with a fork multiple times. This helps to prevent bubbles from forming in the pastry crust while it’s baking.

Pastry dough is pressed into the bottom and sides of a tart pan. #fruittart #whitechocolatefruittart #brunchrecipes #holidaydessert #tart

Bake the tart shell in a 300 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Tart crust baked in a tart pan cooling on the stovetop. #fruittart #whitechocolatedessert #dessert #fruitdessert #freshfruittart #brunchrecipes

While we’re waiting for the tart shell to cool we can go ahead and get started on the white chocolate cream cheese fruit tart filling. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and generously stir. Continue to heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until the white chocolate chips are melted and smooth. Melted white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. #fruittart #dessertrecipes #summerdessert #homemadetartshell #pastryrecipe

Allow the melted chips to cool slightly, then mix in the heavy cream at a low speed. Add the cream cheese to the bowl and mix at a medium speed until smooth (about 5 minutes). Look at that creamy dreamy goodness! I might have done a little taste test. LOL Can you see it?!?

Melted white chocolate chips, heavy cream, and cream cheese are mixed together until smooth. #dessert #desserttable #partydessert #dessertforacrowd #poolpartydessert #tropicalfruittart

Spread that amazingly delicious filling all over the pastry crust. Then pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow it to set up. I know, the waiting kills me too! But I promise you this one’s totally worth it!!White chocolate cream cheese filling is spread over the pastry shell. #tart #fruittart #whitechocolatefruittart #creamcheesefruittart #howtomakeatart #howtomakeatartshell

Drain the oranges, reserving 1/4 cup of fruit juice to be used later for the glaze. Drain the pineapples, again reserving 1/4 cup of the juice to use for the glaze. Peel the kiwi and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Cut the stems from the strawberries and cut the fruit into 1/4-inch slices as well. Next layer the fruit onto the filling. You can opt for a pretty pattern or design if you wanna get all fancy on us. But to me just the layers and layers of fruit are pretty enough. I mean just look at that fruit tart masterpiece! Mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, kiwi and strawberries are layered on top of the tart filling. #fruittart #dessertideas #dessertrecipes #brunchdessert #holidaydessert #partydessert #backtoschoolrecipes

And let’s not forget about that citrusy sweet fruit glaze to really make this baby shine! Combine the white sugar and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Stir in the lemon juice and reserved pineapple and orange juices from earlier. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Allow the glaze to cool and then gently brush it over the fruit to cover. Look at that shine! Refrigerate White Chocolate Fruit Tart for 1 hour before serving. Citrus glaze is brushed over the fruit tart with basting brush. #fruittart #whitechocolatedessert #whitechocolatetart #summerrecipes #refreshingdessert #fruitdessert

Add a little mint garnish before serving and Voila! A true work of art. Seriously I can’t get over how easy this dessert is to make and how AHH-MAZING the results are. I honestly think I love this even more on day two after all of the fruit flavors have meshed together. Grab a fork and dig in! If you loved making this recipe then you should try our Fresh Strawberry Tart or Rustic Apple Tart next.

White Chocolate Fruit Tart by Happylifeblogspot.com #tart #whitechocolatefruittart #fruittart #tropicalfruittart #summerdessert #summerparty #holidaydessert

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

July 27, 2020
: 8-16 servings (depending how you slice it)
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (12 ounces) white baking chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • fresh mint, optional (to garnish)
Directions
  • Step 1 FOR THE TART SHELL: In a medium sized bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the flour (about 1/2 cup at a time) and mix well with each addition.
  • Step 2 Grease an 11-in. fluted tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. Press the pastry dough into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Pierce the pastry dough with a fork multiple times. Bake the tart shell in a 300 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Step 3 FOR THE FILLING: Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and generously stir. Continue to heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until the white chocolate chips are melted and smooth.
  • Step 4 Allow the melted chips to cool slightly, then mix in the heavy cream with a hand mixer set at a low speed. Add the cream cheese to the bowl and mix at a medium speed until smooth (about 5 minutes).
  • Step 5 Spread the filling over the pastry crust to cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Step 6 Drain the oranges and pineapples reserving 1/4 cup of fruit juice from each to be used later for the glaze. Slice the strawberries and kiwi. Layer the fruit over the filling to cover.
  • Step 7 FOR THE GLAZE: Combine the white sugar and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Stir in the lemon juice and reserved pineapple and orange juices from earlier. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Allow the glaze to cool and then gently brush it over the fruit to cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

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S’mores Sandwich Cookies

S’mores Sandwich Cookies

Hey Y’all! Soooo….I’m about to change your life right now with S’mores Sandwich Cookies!! You don’t even need a campfire to create this delightful little treat. The cookies on their own are completely amazing so you’re going to have to resist devouring them hot out […]

Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet

Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet

Rise and shine! Our mouth-watering Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet is a great way to start the day. I’m talking a good old fashioned down home country breakfast with a whole lotta substance. Right from the start I knew this hearty skillet would quickly become a […]

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

If you like sweet potato fries, then you’ll love Grilled Sweet Potatoes! I’ve always been a sweet potato fan whether they’re fried, baked or all dolled up in a holiday casserole, but grilling them puts it on a whole new level for me. Grilling not only highlights their natural sweetness but also leaves behind a charred and smoky flavor that just tastes fantastic. This healthy and delicious recipe is a nice change of pace to your dinner routine and beyond easy to prepare. We’re talking on the table in a matter of minutes! The potatoes get a head start in the microwave and finish on the grill right alongside with your main course. This one’s a keeper for sure! And don’t skip out on the creamy Gorgonzola spread. It pairs wonderfully with this simple grilled veggie.

Here’s all you’ll need: sweet potatoes, Gorgonzola cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and chives.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes ingredients list #grilledsweetpotatoes #grillrecipes #summerentertaining #sidedish #summersides #cookoutrecipes

Wash and scrub the potatoes and then pierce with a fork. Leave the skins on, there’s no need to peel. Using the fork make several deep incisions in the potatoes. This will allow the steam to escape and prevent a mess in the microwave. Place on a microwave safe plate and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes). Be sure to turn over the potatoes once about halfway through cooking. Don’t forget that we’ll finish cooking the potatoes on the grill so we don’t need them to be cooked all the way through. We’re just giving them a little help.

Sweet potatoes are pierced with a fork before cooking. #grilledsweetpotatoes #grilledpotatoes #potatorecipes #sidedish #easysummersides

Allow the potatoes to cool until easy to handle. Meanwhile let’s whip up that amazing Gorgonzola spread. This spread reminds me of one of the dipping sauces that they bring out for the veggie course at the Melting Pot. It’s SOOO good and pairs well with most vegetables. In a small bowl, combine the Gorgonzola cheese, mayo, and lemon juice. That’s it! So simple. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Gorgonzola cheese, mayonnaise and lemon juice mixed together in a small bowl. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatoesonthegrill #potatorecipes #sweetpotatorecipes

Now back to those sweet potatoes. Once the potatoes have cooled, cut them into 1/2 inch thick rounds.

Sweet potatoes sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds on a cutting board. #sweetpoatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #grillrecipes #healthyrecipes #healthydinnerrecipes #cookoutrecipes #summerfood

Brush the sweet potato rounds lightly with olive oil and sprinkle on some salt and pepper. I love that a simple sprinkle of salt and pepper is all that’s needed because obviously I always have both on hand which means I can whip up a batch of Grilled Sweet Potatoes even on short notice. Who doesn’t love that?!? Of course you can absolutely experiment with your favorite flavor combinations to spice things up a bit.Sweet Potato rounds brushed with olive oil then sprinkled with salt and pepper. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #grilledpotatoes #howtogrillsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatorecipes #dinneronthegrill

Fire up the grill to medium heat. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, turning once. Lightly brush the potato rounds with olive oil and don’t forget the sprinkle of salt and pepper below turning. We use a grill mat on a regular basis but it’s not necessary for this recipe and potatoes can be grilled directly on the grates. The benefits of a grill mat are easy cleanup and of course none of the veggies will fall or slip through the grill grates. We love trying all the latest gadgets!

Sweet potato rounds cooking on a grill mat over medium heat. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatorecipes #howtogrillsweetpotatoes #howtogrillpotatoes #potatorecipes #potatoesonthegrill Remove from the grill, sprinkle with chives, and serve with Gorgonzola spread. My garden kicks out so many chives that we sprinkle them on just about EVERYTHING! Well hello my little sweet potato…Come to Momma!! Grilled Sweet Potatoes are a good start for dinner but why not add some Grilled Brussels Sprouts and our Best Grilled Pork Chops too?!? Yum!!!

Grilled Sweet Potatoes by Happylifeblogspot.com #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #grillrecipes #summersidedish #howtogrillsweetpotatoes #summerrecipes #grillrecipes #bbqfood #cookoutfood

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

June 26, 2020
: 8
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced chives, for garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Wash and scrub the potatoes and then pierce with a fork. Place on a microwave safe plate and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes). Turn potatoes over once about halfway through cooking. Allow the potatoes to cool until easy to handle.
  • Step 2 In a small bowl, combine the Gorgonzola cheese, mayo, and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Step 3 Once the potatoes have cooled, cut them into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Step 4 Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, turning once. Lightly brush the potato rounds with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper before turning.
  • Step 5 Remove from the grill, sprinkle with chives, and serve with Gorgonzola spread. Enjoy!

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No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Happy First Day of Summer!!! What better way to celebrate than with a fun new recipe? No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day. This recipe is amazing for so many reasons. It starts off […]


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Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

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Aunt Lisa’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Aunt Lisa’s Sweet Potato Casserole

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