My Take on Tuna Fish

I absolutely love tuna fish.  And let’s be honest, there is nothing better than making tuna fish salad, loaded with mayo, chopped celery and onions piled between two pieces of hearty wheat bread.  When you feel like something lighter though, tuna fish can be delicious on it’s own.  Not to mention it’s extremely healthy.  So,…

Brie & Grape Salad – Not Really

I must have started writing this post a hundred times.  I would type the first sentence, then promptly hit backspace to the beginning.  Deleting every….single…word.  I found myself suffering from a terrible case of writer’s block.  Recipes typically run right out of my head, into my fingers and onto the key board.  Not with this…

Pesto Pasta Primavera

Pesto Pasta Primavera ~ Cook time: 20 minutes | Serves 4 This Pesto Pasta Primavera was such a yummy dinner the other night.  All of the freshest ingredients, easy steps and great flavor you would expect.  The second dish of START Fresh! is here just for you! Ingredients: 1- pint of grape tomatoes, halved 1- bag of frozen broccoli…

Peanut Chicken Stir Fry

Peanut Chicken Stir Fry ~ Cook time: 35 minutes | Serves 2 The first recipe of START Fresh! was a success.  Peanut chicken stir fry is a healthy and easy dinner that’s perfect after a long day.   Packed with protein and fresh vegetables, this dish is a winner. The peanut sauce can be made up…

2017 ~ START Fresh!

2017 is the year Blended & Balanced is going to START Fresh!  START Fresh on my ol’ cooking blog here is going to focus on fresh, delicious and easy recipes. Straight from my heart to your inbox!  Almost all of the best recipes begin with the freshest ingredients. It’s pretty apparent by now that I’ve been slacking when…

Shrimp & Sundried Tomato

Shrimp & Sundried Tomato ~ Cook time: 40 minutes | Serves: 4 It will please some of you to know that when I posted this luscious picture above on my Instagram account, I labeled it as Shrimp Risotto.  The outpouring of compliments I received was endless.  The truth is, this isn’t risotto at all.  Risotto requires a ton of…

Garlic Snap Peas

Garlic Snap Peas ~ Cook time: 10 minutes | Serves 2 I’m a huge fan of easy side dishes.  These garlic snap peas are so easy to make and can be paired with your favorite chicken, fish, or steak dinner.  They are delicious and a snap to make.  See what I did there?  With the…

Spicy Sliced Potatoes

Spicy Potatoes ~ Cook time: 30 minutes | Serves 4 You’ve probably noticed that I love spicy foods.  These potatoes are right up my alley, but you can certainly make this dish your own and use your own spices.  This is a great alternative to baked or mashed potatoes.  I served it alongside of the…

Chicken Tray Bake

Chicken Tray Bake ~ Cook time: 45 minutes | Serves: 2-4 Tray bakes are the best thing since sliced bread!  All you do is throw some veggies on a tray, cover them in olive oil and place seasoned chicken (or other protein) right on top of the veggies.  Bake in the oven until the meat…

A Restaurant and a Chicken Bake

Hi Everyone!  I know you’re out there somewhere.  I actually have a very legitimate reason for my lack of posting.  My husband and I embarked on a crazy journey about 6 months ago and joined a team to open a new restaurant!  It’s crazy.  It’s surreal.  It’s exhausting.  But mostly, it’s wonderful!  My hubby has…

Greek Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Salad ~ Cook time: 30 minutes | Serves: 2-4 There’s nothing better than a good Greek salad.  I married a Greek, after all.  But, there’s one problem.  Both my husband and I hate olives.  So, we usually tweak our Greek salads from the norm.  Please feel free to add olives to your version. …

Easy Pizza

Easy Pizza ~ Prep & Cook Time:  30 minutes | Serves 4 Happy Monday, friends!  Life is moving full steam ahead.  I swear it was June about 2 seconds ago.  I blinked and all of a sudden, fall was around the corner!  How about an easy pizza recipe to whip up for dinner tonight?  I…