5.27.2015

Chicken Caprese Burgers


Happy Wednesday everyone! How was your Memorial Day weekend? The weather could not have been more perfect for us here in Jersey. We had a great time outdoors and one of the highlights of our weekend was grilling up these delicious chicken burgers!


We're huge fans of chicken in my house so you definitely won't find a shortage of chicken recipes on this blog. I'm always looking for different ways to cook chicken breast, and discovering chicken meatballs was one of the greatest things to ever happen to me. This weekend, I took it one notch further and made burgers! And because I LOVE Italian food so much, I added an Italian twist.


With a beautiful basil leaf, a slice of ripe tomato, and a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese, these are instantly transformed into caprese burgers! Can you even?

Biting into this was seriously heavenly.  I seasoned the chicken with more fresh basil, garlic, onion powder, and gave it a spicy kick with some crushed red pepper flakes. No lack of flavor here! I'm already counting the seconds until I make these again :-D

5.20.2015

Rocky Road Macarons


I'm ready for summer and I've got the macarons to prove it.


Check out these limited edition chocolate shells filled with a swirl of marshmallow buttercream and a dollop of chocolate ganache scattered with itty bitty almond pieces. I am obsessed, people!


I was actually inspired to make these macarons after eating Ben & Jerry's Phish Food ice cream. Ironic, right? I probably could have left out the almonds, added a swirl of salted caramel and called these Phish Food macarons. But I went with the classic American favorite. Seeing as how Memorial Day is right around the corner, these would be the perfect treat!

5.15.2015

ALDI 101


A couple of weeks ago, when I announced that I would be traveling to Chicago to visit the ALDI headquarters, quite a few people asked me "What's ALDI?". While I was a bit taken back by their question, I realized that not everyone has an ALDI near them (that's going to change soon!), so I was more than willing to share a detailed post today on what exactly ALDI is and why everyone and their mama should be shopping there!


ALDI cares. They care about saving their customers money and they care about providing them with high quality products. This is a pretty good combination, wouldn't you say? The first way ALDI saves us money is by requiring us to insert a quarter to use a cart during our shopping trip. When we're done with the cart and have returned it to the designated cart area, we get our quarter back. By removing the middle man from the equation, AKA the employee who has to push all the carts back, they are saving themselves money and then passing the savings on to us! And they're protecting our cars from possible damage by wandering carts!


The same idea is applied to ALDI bags. You have to pay for a bag if you need to carry your groceries back to the car, or you can bring our own bag. You're probably thinking that other supermarkets give you bags for free, but the cost of the bag is actually included in your grocery prices! With ALDI, you're only spending between 0.5 - 0.15 cents on a sturdy bag that is reusable for consecutive shopping trips. Oh, and there's more. Not only does ALDI save you money by allowing you to bring your own bags, but it also doesn't hire any baggers to pack your stuff. No money spent on hiring a bagger means lower prices on grocery items!

5.13.2015

No-Bake Snickers Pie


You guys, we had such a cruel winter this year that 60 degrees feels like a blessing and 80 feels like we're dying. Literally. I went to a picnic at the park on Mother's Day and thought I might actually pass out from the heat and it was only around 82 degrees.


There is an upside to this though. Because it's so hot, humid, and sticky outside, I am allowed to start posting no-bake desserts that require barely any effort to make! What may have previously been considered "lazy", is now considered "seasonal"! :-P


I have had this pie bookmarked for five-ever and I'm deeply saddened that it took me this long to try it because it's probably one of the best things to ever happen to my taste buds. Literally, the coolest, creamiest, airiest, delicious-est no-bake pie you'll ever have the pleasure of tasting. I mean, it's Snickers inspired for crying out loud. That should say enough.


But if you needed me to say more, there is an Oreo crust involved, along with dulce de leche, chopped Snickers bars, peanuts, Cool Whip, cream cheese---all things that taste amazing on their own so imagine the flavor bomb they are when combined?

5.06.2015

Biscoff Buttermilk Pancakes


The verdict is in y'all! I finally tried Biscoff spread and I thought it was...okay. I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, though the blogosphere did really hype it up for me. I'm more just, unimpressed. Don't get me wrong, it's not BAD. It's just not amazing. Basically, I love Nutella and I'm #TeamNutella all the way. BUT, for those of you who are in love with the Biscoff, I've got just the pancakes for you.


A spin on the traditional buttermilk pancake, these pancakes encompass that cookie butter flavor you all adore so much. They're fluffy, super tender, and are made with white whole-wheat flour for a hearty, healthy breakfast. Did you know that Biscoff cookie spread actually has no preservatives, artificial colors, or GMO ingredients? And it's vegan and nut-free! You learn something new every day.


While I wouldn't encourage making these for breakfast every day, they're good to indulge in every now and again. Matter of fact, make them for your mamas this Sunday on Mother's Day! Breakfast in bed is always appreciated!