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Easy Caprese Salad Skewers with Balsamic Glaze

This quick and easy appetizer is sure to be a hit at your next party. Traditional elements of a Caprese salad, tomato, basil and mozzarella are arranged on a short skewer for an instant and savory appetizer.

This quick and easy appetizer is sure to be a hit at your next party. Traditional elements of a Caprese salad, tomato, basil and mozzarella are arranged on a short skewer for an instant and savory appetizer.

I like to think of this appetizer as a deconstructed Caprese salad. You can have this colorful appetizer ready in just minutes. I like to use varied tomato colors just to make it that more interesting, but you can totally use just red tomatoes and it will still be eye-catching!

Make sure you keep a set of these 6-inch skewers on hand to make this quick and easy appetizer. This is one of those appetizers that is perfect for just about any type of party or special occasion. Works well for summer BBQs, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s celebrations. See why I mentioned keeping a set of skewers on hand? ūüėČ

Drizzle the balsamic glaze on it just before serving to give it the finishing touch. Note: The warm balsamic glaze will start to melt the cheese on contact, so wait until you’re ready to serve it to add it.
This quick and easy appetizer is sure to be a hit at your next party. Traditional elements of a Caprese salad, tomato, basil and mozzarella are arranged on a short skewer for an instant and savory appetizer.

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Easy Caprese Salad Skewers with Balsamic Glaze
 
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This quick and easy appetizer is sure to be a hit at your next party. Traditional elements of a Caprese salad, tomato, basil and mozzarella are arranged on a short skewer for an instant and savory appetizer.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 red grape tomatoes
  • 8 yellow/orange grape tomatoes
  • 32 medium fresh basil leaves, washed and patted dry
  • 16 mini-Mozzarella balls‚Ä®1 c. balsamic vinegar
  • Optional:
  • ‚Ä®‚Ä®2 T. high-quality extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle
Instructions
  1. Thread one tomato onto a wooden skewer. Next, fold one basil leaf in half, dark side facing out, and add it to the skewer. Add one mini-Mozzarella ball, followed by another folded basil leaf, and end with another tomato in an alternate color.

  2. Repeat Step #1 with the remaining tomatoes, basil, and Mozzarella until you have 16 completed skewers. Arrange on a serving platter and set aside.

  3. To prepare the glaze, add balsamic vinegar to a small saut√© pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vinegar is reduced to about ⅓ of its original volume.

  4. Remove glaze from heat and let cool slightly. Drizzle over the skewers, along with some extra virgin olive oil, if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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This quick and easy appetizer is sure to be a hit at your next party. Traditional elements of a Caprese salad, tomato, basil and mozzarella are arranged on a short skewer for an instant and savory appetizer. Drizzle with a rich balsamic glaze and serve.
This quick and easy appetizer is sure to be a hit at your next party. Traditional elements of a Caprese salad, tomato, basil and mozzarella are arranged on a short skewer for an instant and savory appetizer. Drizzle with a rich balsamic glaze and serve.


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Healthy Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps

These Healthy Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps come together quickly thanks to rotisserie shredded chicken. With minimal time at the stove, you can prepare a tasty meal in under 30 minutes.

These Healthy Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps come together in quickly thanks to rotisserie shredded chicken. With minimal time at the stove, you can prepare a tasty meal in under 30 minutes.This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

These healthy chicken fajita lettuce wraps get a zesty kick from my creamy cilantro avocado jalape√Īo sauce which can be made the day before and kept in the fridge until you need it. (Caution: this stuff is addictive – might want to make a double batch!)

I’ve also included my homemade fajita seasoning that I like to use. Why not use store-bought? You can, no problem, but I like to personalize my seasoning with the flavors that I would rather have intensified and that I know my family likes. Play around with the amounts to personalize it your own tastes. For example, you may like a heavier amount of chili powder or cayenne pepper, or less. Adjust it according to your tastes and keep a batch on hand for all your Tex-Mex recipes. Store it in an airtight container, or glass jars like these for later use.
These Healthy Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps come together in quickly thanks to rotisserie shredded chicken. With minimal time at the stove, you can prepare a tasty meal in under 30 minutes.

Plan ahead with this meal by purchasing a rotisserie chicken or two and pre-shredding it. That will make this recipe go even more quickly on those busy nights when you want to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible.

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Healthy Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • Creamy Cilantro Avocado Jalape√Īo Sauce


  • Homemade Fajita Seasoning:
  • 3 T. chili powder
  • 1¬Ĺ T. smoked paprika
  • 2 t. onion powder
  • 2 t. garlic powder
  • 2 t. ground cumin
  • ¬Ĺ t. cayenne pepper
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • ‚Ä®2 t. sea salt
  • Fajitas:
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 orange pepper, sliced thin
  • ¬Ĺ small red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 T. balsamic vinegar
  • ‚Ä®Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 c. rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • ‚Ä®2-3 T. homemade fajita seasoning
  • ¬ľ c. chicken stock, preferably organic
  • ¬ľ c. fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ‚Ä®3 green onions, green parts only, sliced
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and separated into individual leaves
Instructions
  1. Prepare the fajita seasoning by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and stirring until thoroughly blended. Store any excess in an airtight container for later use.

  2. Prepare the cilantro-lime sauce by thoroughly combining all ingredients in a medium glass or other non-reactive bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers, onion, and balsamic vinegar to the skillet and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until the onions and peppers are crisp tender.

  4. Add the shredded rotisserie chicken, fajita seasoning, and chicken stock to the skillet and stir to combine. Cook until heated through and excess liquid is gone, approximately 3-4 minutes. Season with additional salt or fajita seasoning, if desired.

  5. Remove skillet from heat and stir in the cilantro, green onions, and fresh lime juice. To serve, spoon mixture onto individual Romaine lettuce leaves and top with a drizzle of cilantro-lime sauce. Enjoy!

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These Healthy Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps come together quickly thanks to rotisserie shredded chicken. With minimal time at the stove, you can prepare a tasty meal in under 30 minutes.These Healthy Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps come together quickly thanks to rotisserie shredded chicken. With minimal time at the stove, you can prepare a tasty meal in under 30 minutes.These Healthy Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps come together quickly thanks to rotisserie shredded chicken. With minimal time at the stove, you can prepare a tasty meal in under 30 minutes.

 

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15 Simple Summer Mocktails

Celebrate at your next party with one or more of these 15 simple summer mocktails. Perfect for any holiday, such as 4th of July, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, brunch or any gathering where you want a refreshing, fruity alcohol-free cocktail.

Celebrate at your next party with one or more of these 15 simple summer mocktails. Perfect for any holiday, such as 4th of July, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Father's Day, brunch or any gathering where you want a refreshing, fruity alcohol-free cocktail. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
Here are 15 delicious and gorgeous simple summer mocktails to try at your next gathering. They’re not oly kid-friendly, but they’re infused with yummy fruit flavors. Some are kicked up a notch with spices and herbs! Check them out:

Raspberry Sangria Mocktail by Rachna’s Kitchen
Good Morning Sunburst Рan Orange Juice Mocktail by The Worktop



Watermelon Lime Mocktail by Eat Yourself Skinny

Virgin Banana Daiquiris by Strength and Sunshine


Non-alcoholic Sangria by Simple Vegan Blog



Cherry Bomb Mocktail by Julia’s Eats and Treats

Orange Mint Coconut Water by Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Non-Alcoholic Frozen Strawberry Margarita by Mom Endeavors

Grilled Pineapple & Lime Mocktail by The Merry Thought



5-Calorie Raspberry Lime Margarita Fizz (non-alcoholic) by Averie Cooks
Layered 4th Of July Mocktail by This Mama Loves

Blackberry Lemon Mocktail by Running To The Kitchen

Orange Creamsicle Shirley Temple by The Kitchen Is My Playground

Simple Blackberry Mocktail by Elisabeth McKnight

Lemon Lime Margarita Mocktail by My Crazy Good Life

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Celebrate at your next party with one or more of these 15 simple summer mocktails. Perfect for any holiday, such as 4th of July, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Father's Day, brunch or any gathering where you want a refreshing, fruity alcohol-free cocktail. 

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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie

Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.

Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Vitamix has never been so happy! These are a few of my favorite things: smoothies, cheesecake, and strawberries. So when I decided to throw a dollop of cream cheese into my Vitamix one morning, I also grabbed a few frozen strawberries, because #strawberrycheesecake, ya’ll! Of course, I kept it healthy with unsweetened coconut milk and my favorite vanilla protein powder. For sweetness, I added frozen banana chunks, but if you need to keep this Keto, just leave the bananas out; the strawberries may provide enough sweetness for you!

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie

As always, I like to blend my smoothies in stages¬†in a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec (I use this one) to ensure the most, uh… smooth outcome. I mean, it’s called a smoothie, right? ūüėČ

First to go in the blender is the liquid. I use coconut milk (from the carton) but almond milk would work fine, too. Then I add my protein powder and blend. Then I add the cream cheese and blend again. Lastly, I add the frozen banana and frozen strawberries. If at this point your smoothie is too thick, just add a dash of water to thin it out.

Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.

I hope you try this yummy smoothie, especially while fresh strawberries are in season. I love to get a bucket of gorgeous, ripe strawberries at our farmer’s market, wash and dry them well, trim the green leaves off the top and bag them up for the freezer for my smoothies. Ah ~ the goodness! Enjoy!
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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
 
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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • ¾ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ⅓ cup cream cheese
  • water to thin out if too thick
Instructions
  1. Note: This smoothie yields the best consistency if blended in stages.

  2. In a high-powdered blender, add coconut milk, protein powder, and blend until combined.

  3. Add cream cheese and blend again.

  4. Add in frozen banana and frozen strawberries and blend well.

  5. Pour into glass and enjoy!

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Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.Try this healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie for a delicious variation on a fruit-based smoothie. The cream cheese adds just the right amount of cheesecake-like creaminess to make this smoothie a decadent, yet healthy treat.

 

 

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