Summer Salad Series – Cucumber Salad

Summer Salad Series 1

Swimsuit season is here, but more importantly, it is finally hot outside, so for dinner in the Georgia heat, I like to trade in my chunky chili and hearty pasta for some light, chilled and refreshing meals. And so begins the start of my Summer Salad Series.

This cucumber salad has the perfect mix of crunchy cucumber and juicy tomato with chickpeas and goat cheese. I add in a splash of apple cider vinegar so that it keeps its taste and gets better overnight and into the next few days. We ate this as a side next to our hotdogs and hamburgers on Memorial Day.

INGREDIENTS:
1 MEDIUM CUCUMBER, THINLY SLICED
1/2 CUP CHOPPED TOMATOES
1/2 CUP THINLY SLICED RED ONIONS
1 CAN OVEN BAKED CHICKPEAS
1/4 CUP CHOPPED CILANTRO
1/4 CUP CRUMBLED MEDITERRANEAN FETA CHEESE
1/2 LIME, JUICED
1/4 CUP EVOO
2 TSBP APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
PINCH OF RED PEPPER FLAKES
PINCH OF SALT, PEPPER, CAYENNE POWDER

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, toss the cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, chickpeas, and cilantro. Slowly add in the lime juice, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar and then sprinkle on the red pepper flakes, spices, and feta cheese. Toss again gently. Allow the salad to chill in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with basil leaves, if desired.

Enjoy!

Power Breakfast: Egg Stuffed Avocado

On mornings when I do a cardio and strength intensive workout (Cyc, kickboxing, Flywheel, etc) I like to make sure I follow it up with a quick and easy power breakfast. One of my go-to’s is the egg stuffed avocado.  This recipe is super easy to make, healthy (avocado AND eggs!), and absolutely delicious.

egg stuffed avocado

Calories: 281

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Difficulty Level: Easy

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 AVOCADO (SKIN ON, PIT OUT)
1 LARGE EGG
SHREDDED CHEDDAR CHEESE

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Take the avocado with the pit out and crack the egg in the center of the avocado, just like you would if you were making eggs sunny side up. Depending on the size of the pit and the size of your egg, you may need to scoop out a little bit more of the avocado’s center. Pop the avocado in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the egg is cooked.  I waited until there was about 5 more minutes left, and sprinkled on some shredded cheese, but you can use whatever toppings you like–bacon, chives, etc. Enjoy!

Rise up Falcons – Super Bowl Sunday

Today is a day Atlanta has been waiting for for so many years. Today is Atlanta’s time to shine. I have always enjoyed Super Bowl parties – great food, Sunday fun-day with friends, amazing commercials and halftime shows… but this year is way more exciting than any other year because this year the Falcons are playing! I am so pumped — so I’m reposting one of my go to appetizers for anyone who has some last minute cooking to do. This app is seriously so easy and quick to make, plus it is extra delicious. Enjoy & RISE UP!

pimento

This is my boyfriend and my go-to app to bring to parties. It’s super easy to make and it’s loaded with flavor. We randomly came up with this recipe after trying Terrapin Ridge‘s hot pepper bacon  jam. And then of course, anything involving pimento cheese is a winning recipe to me.

PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: SUPER EASY

INGREDIENTS:
CRACKERS OR BITE SIZED GRILLED BREAD
HOT PEPPER BACON JAM
PIMENTO CHEESE
COOKED BACON, BROKEN INTO TINY PIECES

INSTRUCTIONS:

Spread the bacon chili pepper jam on top of the crackers. Then layer on the pimento cheese. Finally, put a small piece of bacon on top. Enjoy! Trust me, it will be amazing.