Daily Inspiration – Celebrating freedom!

I hope you guys had a lovely 4th of July. I spent it with my favorite people doing the things I love most, eating and crafting! HA! Here is to freedom and living in one of the best places this world has to offer.

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Inspiration Nook Cravings – Quinoa Salad with Beets, Spinach & Goat Cheese

I finally did it, I cooked red quinoa at home! It’s been on my “to-do” list for quite some time. HA! I decided to mix whatever ingredients I had in the fridge and ended up with this tasty salad for dinner. It was definitely inspired by different quinoa salads I’ve had out and about. One of my favorite ones is from Mendecino Farms! You must go there. Anyways back to the recipe… I mixed ingredients from a few different ones I’ve had and ended up with this recipe to share with you! I’m no expert so feel free to add and replace ingredients as you please.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Quinoa
  • 2 cups of Spinach
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 can of beets (8oz)
  • 1/4 of red onion (chopped)
  • 3 ounces of goat cheese (my fave)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil and pepper for dressing (to taste)
  • Sliced almonds (to taste)

Here is what you do! Cook the quinoa following your package instructions and set aside. In a bowl toss all other ingredients. Once the quinoa is done add your olive oil and pepper to taste. Finish up with the goat cheese and toss some more. As a special touch I added some sliced almonds for texture and it was amazing. Enjoy!

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Daily Inspiration – Picnic Recipes!

To continue my picnic fever, here are some old time favorite recipes that can help you have the best picnic ever! What do you like bringing to picnics?

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1. Spinach Pasta Salad | 2. Spinach Cream Cheese Rolls | 3. Mom’s Chicken Salad | 4. Zucchini Muffins | 5. Oreo Truffles

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Inspiration Nook Cravings – 2 Ingredient Cookies

I finally did it. I tried the 2 ingredient cookie recipe all over Pinterest. We had some bananas that needed to be eaten so it was destiny HA! The mister and I really liked them. My favorite part was the fact that they were guilt-free. I did add a handful of chocolate chips as some recipes suggested, next time I will be adding raisins! Have you made these before?

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Inspiration Nook Cravings – Black Bean Burgers!

Hello there friends, it’s been a long time huh? Hope this post finds you all well and happy! I’ve been pretty busy lately with work and wedding planning. I’m so looking forward to those extra hours of sunlight thanks to daylight savings. This always inspires me to get more photos done for this little internet corner of mine. Or should I say ours? Anyways, I wanted to share these amazing black bean burgers I made yesterday. I had my first back in the Midwest during the holidays and I was immediately hooked. I came across some pins on Pinterest so I decided to finally make them at home. I had to convince the mister to have them since there isn’t any meat in them. He sure loves “real” burgers! Well, the fact that he finished his first was a huge win in my book! HA! I followed these two different recipes (here & here). I just felt like mixing some ingredients we both liked to be safe and they turned out amazing!!!! I used spicy avocado, pico de gallo and a little bit of feta cheese as our toppings. They were just delicious! Give it a shot if you feel like having a “healthy” burger. Have you ever had a black bean burger?

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Inspiration Nook Cravings – Spinach Pasta Salad

I’ve been craving pasta salad ever since I hosted a little ladies night at home (hi girls!). My friend Amanda brought it and it was incredible. I turned to one of my other good friends for a little help, and he didn’t disappoint. Yes, I’m talking about Pinterest! I came across this great recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod and used it as my base and ended up adding my own little touch at the end. I used bow tie pasta, baby spinach instead of arugula and a lime instead of a lemon. I know, I know, I’m crazy. It was my first attempt ever making pasta salad and the mister and I loved it. As I’m typing this I’m looking forward to finishing the leftovers, HA! I might have to fight him over them. Are you a pasta salad lover? Which one do you like? Please do tell!

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Inspiration Nook Cravings – Grilled-Peach Pizza with Prosciutto!

Oh-My-God! That’s exactly what I said after I took the first bite. I found this recipe last week on Pinterest. The grilled-peaches intrigued me. The prosciutto sold me. I’ve never grilled peaches before and I was up for the challenge. Of course, my friend Martha Stewart came up with this awesome recipe. It took me less than 20 minutes to make it. That my friends is a win after a long day at the office. I ended up using naan bread instead of the pizza crust and added a bit of feta cheese on top after I saw it in our fridge. HA! It wasn’t part of the recipe but it was a great addition. Check out Martha’s recipe here and let me know if you try it. Guys, this one is a keeper. Bon appetite!

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Inspiration Nook Cravings – Prosciutto Appetizer

Oh Pinterest, you scored again. Another easy recipe with one of my favorite things ever, Prosciutto! I’m not kidding, the day I pinned this I went and got whatever I didn’t have to imitate it. I switched it up a bit by using cheddar cheese instead of Gouda as the recipe called for, it simply hit the spot It’s a great combination of flavors that anyone can create based on their own taste. Check out the original idea from She Wears Many Hats.

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Inspiration Nook Cravings – Asparagus + Poached Eggs

I absolutely love both. Do you? Asparagus are so yummy anytime of the day and poached eggs are simply delicious. Sunday morning I woke up wanting something special for breakfast without having to leave the house. I honestly wish I could have this every morning but then again, weekend mornings wouldn’t feel as special then. I made this with what I had in the fridge. I guess the possibilities are endless. To make mine special, I used a slice of prosciutto (my all time fave) and sprinkled a bit of Parmesan & Asiago cheese on top. Perfect mix for the perfect breakfast. Don’t you love crazy concoctions from your fridge?

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Inspiration Nook Cravings – Zucchini Muffins

Have you ever cook or baked something without ever having it before? That’s what I did when it came to these. I’ve heard about zucchini bread and/or muffins but never actually had them. We had some zucchinis in the fridge and I simply went for it. I followed this easy recipe and they were a success. Even though someone had said they weren’t going to have any, at this time, they have had more than me HA! I just love having all the ingredients for a spontaneous baking adventure. They were the perfect snack for the weekend. Have you ever had zucchini bread or muffins before? Let me hear ya!

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