All Things Pumpkin

Who loves all things pumpkin? Me! And I know lots of you do, too. I recently reached out to my blog friends and asked for sweet and savory pumpkin recipes to add to my pumpkin roundup. They did not disappoint!

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Lots of recipes that you have to try this pumpkin season! Click on the picture above or click here to check out all these tasty pumpkin recipes!

for even more pumpkin, check out my For the Love of Pumpkin board on Pinterest.

Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe to share? I’d love to add more recipes to my roundup (especially savory recipes!) Leave a link in the comment section if you’ve got a must-try pumpkin recipe.

Kids Lunch Ideas: Mini Turkey Sandwiches

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Disclosure: I received compensation to write this post on behalf of Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey. All opinions are expressed are my own.

With the new school year right around the corner, I’m already thinking about kids lunch ideas that are healthy, that they will actually eat, and that I can easily switch up so they aren’t eating the same thing day in and day out.

One of the only things that all three of the kids will eat is a turkey sandwich. The problem is that they don’t eat a whole sandwich. So I came up with a yummy, satisfying sandwich that they will all eat – they like to call them Mini Turkey Sandwiches.

Looking for kids lunch ideas? You'll find one of my favorite recipes here, along with links to other sandwich, sandwich spreads & grilled sandwich recipes.

I make them with our homegrown arugula and tomatoes (Lila likes avocado on hers, too!) and use soft rolls instead of sandwich bread. There’s a tangy surprise in these sandwiches as well, and of course Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey.

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If you haven’t tried Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey yet, you’re missing out! I love them for many reasons – like the fact this turkey tastes like turkey you’d find at a deli…it’s anything but basic lunchmeat. Thick slices mean you don’t have to use as many to bulk up a sandwich, which saves money too. And the kids enjoy the turkey by itself as a snack.

Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey contains no chemicals of preservatives, and is lower sodium and has no nitrates or nitrites. And just like Foster Farms chickens, these turkeys are raised without hormones or steroids. Did I mention how good they taste, too? They come in two different flavors: Oven Roasted or Honey Roasted & Smoked.

Kids Lunch Ideas: Mini Turkey Sandwiches

Looking for kids lunch ideas? You'll find one of my favorite recipes here, along with links to other sandwich, sandwich spreads & grilled sandwich recipes.

I know, you’re going to read the ingredients and think it sounds weird, and maybe it does. But these mini sandwiches get 6 thumbs up from the Hoage kids…they absolutely love them!

Looking for kids lunch ideas? You'll find one of my favorite recipes here, along with links to other sandwich, sandwich spreads & grilled sandwich recipes.

It all came about one day when I was making sandwiches and Ethan wanted mustard and olive tapenade on his. I said it would be too salty, and to pick just one. He picked the olives. He ended up eating two more sandwiches after that first one! Now, I make sure to have the ingredients all ready for the kids to get to if they want to make a sandwich. Mia makes hers by herself all the time.

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Ingredients

  • 4 rolls, cut horizontally across or 8 bread slices
  • 1 tablespoon chopped olives or olive tapenade
  • Lettuce, spinach, or argula
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 2 slices smoked Provolone cheese, cut in half
  • 4 Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey, Oven Roasted or Honey Roasted & Smoked

Instructions

  1. Top one slice of roll or bread with the olives
  2. Place lettuce on top of olives.
  3. Top lettuce with a tomato slice.
  4. Top tomato slice with Provolone cheese.
  5. Top cheese with 1 (or more!) turkey slices.
  6. Put the top slice or roll or bread on and enjoy!
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Now these mini turkey sandwiches are so versatile. Use either the Oven Roasted or Honey Roasted & Smoked Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey. Add any veggies, cheese, condiments that your kids love. Don’t like the little rolls? Use your favorite bread. Wanna give your sandwich some pizzazz? Try my Feta Aioli or Gouda & Green Onion sandwich spreads! Warm them up or serve them cold.

Looking for kids lunch ideas? You'll find one of my favorite recipes here, along with links to other sandwich, sandwich spreads & grilled sandwich recipes.

And speaking of serving them cold, here’s a mom tip for you: Purchase some ice packs to put on top of the kids’ lunch in their lunch boxes. They work really well to keep everything cold!

Do you love making sandwiches? I do! I have lots of my favorite sandwich recipes here on my blog and on Pinterest, too. I’m a huge fan of them, and so is Foster Farms. Foster Farms is holding a sandwich-making contest to prove that sandwiches made with new Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey lunchmeat are anything but “basic.” I’m telling you, this turkey is GOOD!

Looking for kids lunch ideas? You'll find one of my favorite recipes here, along with links to other sandwich, sandwich spreads & grilled sandwich recipes.

The Don’t Call Me Basic contest is looking for the most creative turkey sandwich creation. The grand prize winner will receive their choice of a luxury weekend getaway for two to the gorgeous Napa Valley or $4,000 cash! I think I’d take the trip!

It’s simple to enter. You just create a turkey sandwich using Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey lunchmeat and any other ingredients. Then, post a photo of your sandwich to Instagram (make sure your profile is public and comment on your photo with this info: the list of ingredients, tag @FosterFarms, and use the hashtag #DontCallMeBasic). Simple, right? If you don’t have Instagram, entries may also be emailed to dontcallmebasic@fosterfarms.com. For more details on the contest and the official Rules & Regulations, visit www.fosterfarms.com/dontcallmebasic.pdf.

Now I know you want to try Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey! You can “Save a Dollar Now” by downloading the coupon here.

Do you have kids lunch ideas or a turkey sandwich recipe to share? Please leave a link for me and I’ll add it to my Pinterest board!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of  Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey.

 

Healthy Salads: Berries With A Sweet Twist

I’m always looking for recipes for healthy salads. This arugula salad with tomatoes, cheese, and capers is one of my favorite healthy salad recipes, even if you leave the cheese out. So is this hot spinach salad; just use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon. And since I’m on a ridiculously strict diet right now (more on that later), I’ve been on the lookout for even more healthy salads. Which is why I’m sharing this recipe for Berry Salad With A Sweet Twist.

Healthy Salads: Berry Salad With A Sweet Twist

Looking for healthy salads that will help you lose or maintain weight? This one is for berries with a sweet twist, with links to many more delicious salads!

I first discovered this berry treat at my brother’s girlfriend’s baby shower. And while I didn’t taste it that day, it was the first thing that was gone off of the table. So I decided to make it for my family’s annual 4th of July party. It was also the first thing gone on a table full of food! I did taste it (minus the sweet treat part) and it is absolutely delicious! If you’re watching your weight, it’s going to feel like a cheat instead of a one of those healthy salads you can eat every day.

This is one of those recipes that tastes way more complex than it actually is. The first thing people ask me (that I asked at the baby shower) was what is the sweet sauce the berries are in made of? It’s actually not a sauce…just the berries macerating in their own juices!

Healthy Salads: This One's Berries With A Sweet Twist

Get a big bowl and fill it up with a mix of berries! You can't mess this recipe up!

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Ingredients

  • Strawberries, cleaned and cut into halves or quarters
  • Blueberries, cleaned
  • Blackberries, cleaned
  • Raspberries, cleaned
  • Stevia, to taste
  • A few drops of Vanila Cream liquid Stevia (optional)
  • White chocolate chips, 1/4 - 1/2 cup (or more!)

Instructions

  1. Put all of the berries into a large bowl.
  2. Stir in a few tablespoons of Stevia. If you'd like, you can also put in a dropperful of the liquid Stevia (it will make it taste like berries and cream!)
  3. Refrigerate at least an hour or until ready to serve.
  4. When you're ready to serve, add in the white chocolate chips. Stir until the berries and white chocolate chips are mixed.
  5. Enjoy!
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So good! I use Stevia because it’s all natural and has no calories. Nobody noticed that it wasn’t regular sugar. I  added the Vanilla Cream liquid Stevia just to give it a bit of that “berries and cream” flavor. And aside from the white chocolate chips, really you’re just eating a bowl full of berries!

In the future, I think adding bananas and even a little bit of mint would be good, too.

Looking for healthy salads that will help you lose or maintain weight? This one is for berries with a sweet twist, with links to many more delicious salads!

If you’re looking for more healthy salads and healthy recipes, you’ll find them here. You can also find more on my Healthy Eats & Drinks board on Pinterest.

What healthy salads do you have to share? Like I said, I’m always looking for good ones!

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Pesto Salad Dressing (Copycat Recipe for Old Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Dressing)

Not gonna lie…this salad dressing is A-MAZ-ING. Once again, I’m sharing one of my sister Angie’s recipes. What can I say? The girl can cook. This recipe is for pesto salad dressing, and it’s a copycat recipe of Old Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Dressing. I think this recipe actually is better than the original!

If you are looking for an amazing pesto salad dressing recipe, you've just found it! This recipe is a copycat recipe for Old Spaghetti Factory's Creamy Pesto Dressing. It's easy to make, versatile, and delicious!

This pesto salad dressing is simple to make, can be made far in advance, and will stay good in the fridge for more than a week. Not that you’ll have any of this pesto salad dressing left, but if you did, it would keep.

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Foodie Friday: Pesto Salad Dressing (Copycat Recipe for Old Spaghetti Factory's Creamy Pesto Dressing)
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons crushed dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 clove garlic, minced

Instructions

  1. Whisk together oil and mayonnaise. Add buttermilk, cheese, basil, salt & garlic. Mix thoroughly. Cover and let flavors combine overnight in refrigerator.
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Almost too easy to make right?! And this pesto salad dressing can be served with more than just a salad. Use it as a sandwich spread (I’ve got some more yummy sandwich spreads here). Use it as a dip for chips or nuggets. Mix it in to chicken or egg salad in place of the mayo. Spread it on a hamburger bun. It’s super versatile and it’s so good that you’ll want to eat it with everything!

If you are looking for an amazing pesto salad dressing recipe, you've just found it! This recipe is a copycat recipe for Old Spaghetti Factory's Creamy Pesto Dressing. It's easy to make, versatile, and delicious!

If this pesto salad dressing sounds yummy, you should see some of Angie’s other recipes! You can find more of Angie’s recipes here and more sandwich, soup, and salad recipes here. Want even more salad recipes? Check out my board Salads on Pinterest.

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Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana‏ (Copy Cat Recipe)

It is pouring rain here in  So Cal, which means it is a perfect day for soup…and a perfect day for my sister Angie’s copy cat recipe for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana. It’s quite possibly one of the best soups on the planet.

So let’s hear what Angie has to say about this copy cat recipe for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight!

If you love soup, you'll love this copy cat recipe for Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana‏! It's easy to make and very filling. Contains links to other soup recipes.

Copy Cat Recipe: Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana

This soup is my favorite thing to make and my favorite thing to eat. My kids ask me to make this soup all of the time, especially when it is cold and rainy! It is very similar to Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana (soup).

Every time I go there though, I feel like I get lots of broth, a few potatoes and that’s about it. I took that recipe and tweaked it to where this is a very hearty soup with tons of potatoes, bacon, spicy sausage and kale. You can add more water if you want it thinner. But, like my daddy always told me, go big or go home! There is no skimping here…This soup makes great left overs too. If you have young kids, you can use mild Italian sausage instead of spicy… Enjoy!!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground Hot Italian sausage
  • 1 large diced white onion
  • 1 lb bacon cut into small 1/2" pieces
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (I love garlic so more OR less to suit your taste)
  • 8 cups water
  • 8 tsp chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 large Russet potatoes peeled & diced into bite size pieces
  • 1 bunch of kale take thick stem out of middle and cut up

Instructions

  1. Sauté Hot Italian sausage in a large pot (at least a 6qt pot). Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.
  2. In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 15 mins. or until the onions are soft.
  3. Add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until it starts to boil.
  4. Add the sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.
  5. Add the heavy cream and just cook until thoroughly heated.
  6. Stir in the sausage and the kale, let all heat through and serve. Delicious!
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Doesn’t that Angie’s copy cat recipe for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana sound AMAZING?! And it’s so easy to make…try it tonight!

You can find more of Angie’s recipes here and more of my soup recipes here. Want more soup recipes? Check out my board Soups on Pinterest.

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