Roasted Asparagus Skinny Guacamole

by Donna on April 19, 2014

Guacamole – minus the avocados! 

Join us for week two of our Clean Eating Challenge with Donna’s Roasted Asparagus Guacamole recipe.  You’ve got to see it to believe it… delicious!

Roasted Asparagus Skinny Guacamole

Yes, you read that right. Avocado-free guacamole.

This is what happens when you are craving guacamole but you have no avocados in your fridge and the ones at the store are rock hard.

What I did have was several bunches of asparagus just begging to be roasted. And so, I thought - Why Not? Desperation, not inspiration, is often the Mother of Invention in my kitchen.

This guacamole with roasted asparagus is delicious – and has much less fat than avocados – win -win, I say.

I just added all the things I normally add to guacamole – ok, I did also add one tablespoon of mayo just for the creaminess. (You could omit that if you’re being extra virtuous). But everything else is what I typically use in guacamole: green chiles, a little lime juice and a bit of hot sauce.

I asked the hubs to guess the “secret ingredient” before we started the photo session, and he couldn’t guess. Then when I told him that I had used asparagus, he not only didn’t believe me – he actually went to the garbage can to look for avocado peels. No, I am not making that up. He raved and raved about this and asked me to make it this way from now on. I plan to – for at least as long as asparagus is cheaper than avocados!

Give this Roasted Asparagus Guacamole a try and then head over to the other blogs in our Clean Eating Challenge.    [click for recipe…]


Fun Summertime Badminton Giveaway

by Sandy on April 18, 2014

Summer is coming!  Actually it is already here in the Ol’ Southwest so, to have a little fun and beat the heat, we are joining with a group of fun bloggers to host some summertime giveaways.  First up is a terrific Badminton set that can easily be transported to the beach, family cabin or your own backyard.  We like to set up the badminton game under the sprinklers for a little extra fun.

We are giving away TWO badminton sets, come join the giveaway!  It’s easy, the “how to” is at the end of the post.  Good luck!




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Healthy and Easy Lazy Summer Salsa Recipe

by Sandy on April 12, 2014

Who said Southwest recipes can’t be light and healthy or fit into a clean eating lifestyle?  My Lazy Summer Salsa is made from fresh, roasted tomatoes and jalapenos and makes a fast and easy sauce for grilled chicken or beef.

Healthy and Easy Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe

 When you think about healthy, clean eating, you probably don’t think about Southwest food.  I hope to change your mind.  This summer, we are sharing lots of our favorite light and healthy Southwest recipes made with fresh ingredients.

First on the list is my Lazy Summer Salsa Recipe.  This roasted tomato and jalapeno salsa is the base of most of my summer cooking.  It is a fast, easy and the vegetables can be roasted outside on the grill or indoors in the oven or skillet.  Just roast the veggies and pulse them in a food processor into a nice chunky salsa and serve with chips and guacamole or as a light sauce for all of your summer grilling recipes.

To start the season of with a bang, I’ve joined with some other amazing bloggers for an “Eat Clean 2014 Challenge.”  We are joining our blogs together once a week for the next four weeks and offering some healthy, “clean” recipes that have no processed ingredients.  At the end of the four weeks, we will put all of our recipes together in an e-cookbook to make them easy for you to download and keep on hand for the busy summer. [click for recipe…]


Southwest Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

by Sandy March 18, 2014

Turn the traditional Shepherd’s Pie into an everyday weeknight meal with the great Southwest taco flavor of tender ground beef and a kick of jalapenos. I had to laugh when I read my friend Barbara’s Shepherd’s Pie post on her Pressure Cooking Today website.  She said her husband’s response to her beautiful, potatoes piped on […]

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Taco Bar and Family Game Night

by Sandy March 12, 2014

Put some fun into your family dinner with a Game Night and Taco Bar.  Everyone has more fun when there is food involved so, spread out the taco “fixin’s” and start the par-tay! Thanks for stopping by today! I’m over at Kelli Miller’s today doing a guest post on Family Game Night dinners for her […]

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Mini Chocolate Pie Parfaits Recipe

Mini Chocolate Pie Parfaits Recipe by Sandy February 23, 2014

Sometimes you just need a fancy little dessert with all of the creamy, lusciousness of the Ultimate Classic Chocolate Pie wrapped up in a pretty package. My super-secret, needs two keys to access the code, Chocolate Pie Recipe is out of the pocket.  Until last month, I had never shared this recipe with another living […]

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The Classic Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe and a Love Story

Best Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe by Sandy February 14, 2014

This is simply the Ultimate Classic Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe.  It’s creamy and milk chocolate-y with a touch of crunch from the nutty crust and a hint of cinnamon , the perfect chocolate dessert. This is  not your average chocolate pie.  This is a pie with a past, a pie with a story.  It’s a […]

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The Ultimate Graham Cracker Pie Crust Recipe

Best Graham Cracker Crust Recipe by Sandy February 12, 2014

Not all graham cracker crusts are created equal.  My Southwest spin on the traditional pie crust has a nutty flavor from toasted pecans and a hint of Mexican cinnamon.  You will find yourself using it in all sorts of desserts or just eating it with a spoon. Trust me when I say this is the […]

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