Zoodles Pad Thai

Happy New Year! I wanted to start off my new year by taking a break from the sweets and eating lots of veggies.  These zucchini noodles, that I like to call zoodles are the perfect solution.  You get your noodle fix with non of the carbs! I created my zucchini noodles using the KitchenAid 5 Blake Spiralizer with Peel, Core and Slice attachment for my KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. This has been the funnest little gadget.  You can core and peel apples, create shoestring fries, shred carrots - and so … [Read more...]

Greek Quinoa Bowl

I've been really into meals in a bowl lately.  It is so visually appealing to see all of the ingredients in my bowl ready to be tossed together.  I also love having tasty fresh ingredients for a meal.  Some of my favorite flavors are definitely greek flavors.  I love the bite and zing of kalamata olives along with cool cucumber and smooth feta.  So my obsession with bowl meals and my craving for mediterranean food inspired this healthy and easy meal. I marinated some chicken breasts and grilled them up as the … [Read more...]

Deconstructed California Roll Bowl

Bowls are the new plates.  It's true.  Martha Stewart said it, so it's true.  Ha ha!  Really though!  Have you noticed how popular meals served in bowls have become?  I love serving food in the Fiesta bistro bowl.  They are truly one of my favorite pieces of dinnerware.  The depth is perfect, they are chip resistant, and they are beautiful to boot! Today I'm serving up a California roll...in a bowl.  Who is a sushi lover out there?  If I'm being honest - I'm pretty reserved when it comes to sushi.  No sashimi for … [Read more...]

Peach and Shrimp Kabobs

Dinner in 10 minutes?!  Yes please!  This tasty dish will be on your table before it is even set!  I love shrimp, and I love summertime grilling.  Add some juicy fresh peaches and you pretty much have heaven on a platter. My love of seafood started when I was a kid.  I have really fond memories of camping with my family.  My dad would get up early to go fishing and he would catch our dinner.  We feasted on rainbow trout grilled over the camp fire during those trips.  Since then I haven't been afraid to try other … [Read more...]

Chicken and Asparagus Skillet Dinner

Oh my goodness!  This was the best dinner!  And I only dirtied one pan to make it.  I have the pickiest eater known to man - in the form of a 4 year old boy, and he gobbled this right up and asked for more.  The flavors in this dish were so fresh and yummy - it is definitely going on the regular dinner rotation. This meal is perfect for those busy nights when you need a quick dinner and no fuss. I love LOVE my Fiesta cooking ware.  The non-stick is perfect and cleans up like a dream!  Not to mention that they … [Read more...]

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus BLT

Who is a Zupas fan?! My family and I recently went back to visit Utah and play in the mountains (oh, my heart...my poor, aching heart!!!) and I had to have some of my favorites to eat. Plenty of dranky dranks and sugar cookies, and perhaps one of my most nostalgic places, Zupas. We have a few copycat recipes here, like our Nuts About Berries Salad, Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup, and now this. My little family and I were running by my favorite drive-through drink and cookie gas station and needed to pick up some … [Read more...]

Tropical Hot Dogs with Coconut Relish

I have a really fun recipe for you today!  This is a tropical twist on the classic hotdog - perfect for a hot dog bar this 4th of July.  If you didn't catch my 4th of July tables cape post - you must take a look for some fun party ideas! A few years ago my husband and I took a trip to Kauai.  Near our hotel was a little hot dog shack called Puka Dog.  We ate there on a whim and we were hooked!  We had to go back again before we left.  They are unique in the fact that their hotdog buns are tubes of bread that the hot … [Read more...]

Mojito Fruit Salad

One of my favorite things about summer is the juicy, fresh produce. Especially from our farmer's market. ESPECIALLY those of the sugary, sweet variety. Make your simple syrup with juice, lime juice, and sugar. Sometimes I go a little overboard and buy a ton of my favorite fruit, nectarines and peaches, so the other day I busted out a cobbler for a friend I took dinner to (while I ooh'ed and ahh'ed at her new, precious little bebe). Smoothies are always wonderful with ripe fruit, but I almost feel like it … [Read more...]

Citrus-Infused Elderberry Juice with Takeya

Ok friends. I'm excited about todays post because it's personal and we have a giveaway + coupon code for you! (Head over to Instagram for giveaway details!) I'm sharing a recipe for Citrus-Infused Elderberry Juice made with the Takeya Flavor Infusion Pitcher. We have been using Takeya products for a few years now and are always impressed with the intuitive design and eco-friendly materials. Great company. They are even offering our readers 20% everything on their site! Guys thats huge! Use the code OSD20 to get your … [Read more...]

Quick Crusty Herb Bread

None of us here at Oh So have ever really submitted to a particular diet.  We like our veggies, our fruit, our cookies, our steak, we like it all in moderation. I feel confident in saying that none of us would ever give up bread. It's also safe to say that we like to make things ourselves instead of buying them when we can--and when we have the time (there are 12 1/2 littles between us). I took Des' quick french bread recipe and turned it into a crusty round of bread bursting with garlicky, herby, salty flavors. … [Read more...]

Lentil and Farro Vegetable Soup

You heard of those everything-but-the-kitchen-sink whatevers with such-and-such? Yeah that's what this is. Healthy, easy, cleans out your fridge and stops food waste. High five, friends! I make this soup a lot during the winter months, especially between those indulgent holiday meals. Sometimes I do chicken, sausage, I throw whatever produce is going bad in there, vary the spices, it's really so forgiving! You can crock pot it all day or simmer it on the stove for about 30 minutes. Farro is a wheat grain … [Read more...]

Cranberry Mint Water

Whenever I serve water at a party or holiday, I like to make it extra special.  This twist on serving water is perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner.  Not only is it beautiful, but your guest will love the touch of flavor that cranberries and mint add. I like to serve my water in a decorative punch bowl or a drink dispenser.  That way your guest can see what they are serving themselves, and it adds to the decor.  For this water I've chosen a simple punch bowl. Treat your guests and yourself to this simple, … [Read more...]

Sautéed Apples with Bacon

We are big apple eaters over here. They are a staple around our house. As much as we have chicken, pancakes, and bananas- we have apples. No trip to the store would be complete with out stocking up on apples. So when the girls started brain storming ideas for apple week, I knew just what I would contribute.  A year or so ago I switched up our apple routine and tried sautéing them. It was so amazing! I served them over pancakes and it was a hit with the family. Because of the simplicity and common ingredients, this … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Bruschetta

Well, the holidays are among us. Crazy, right? Parties and house guests and attempts at healthy eating between the indulgences are just around the corner! I love any chance to have a filling, vegetarian meal, so while shopping at Trader Joe's, I ran across these treasures and thought they'd be perfect. Get their Feta Cheese Spread, Balela Bean Salad, and a baguette, and you have yourself the easiest, freshest little appetizer you ever did have! If you don't live near a Trader Joe's, I also wrote a quick little … [Read more...]

Veggie and Cilantro Chive Yogurt Pitas

Sometimes you just get tired of salads and sometimes you just need some dang carbs. Am I right or am I right? Here's a quick, happy medium that'll get you the best of both worlds.    How can you not feel amazing after a lunch like this?! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:165] … [Read more...]

Green Pancake and Chocolate Cherry Trailmix Lunch

My 4-year-old started preschool this year, so I'm a total newbie at this lunch-making business! Over the past year I had seen others using these PlanetBoxes and I knew I had to have one once the time came for me to become a legit mom. Soccer practice started the same week, so I reached all sorts of crazy levels of mommy hood that I'd never done before! I love the safety of stainless steel, the absence of plastic baggies (cost and environmental reasons), how easy it is to clean, how organized it keeps things, and I … [Read more...]

Breakfast Pitas

Breakfast is easily one of my most favorite meals of the day, except I could have it all day. Biscuits and gravy, waffles, bacon, hashbrowns, fruit, cinnamon rolls, eggs, doughnuts, it is all sodang good. Sometimes I need a hearty meal in the a.m. instead of my usual toast, oatmeal or smoothie, or sometimes breakfast is calling my name for dinner! Throw in some sauteéd veggies and homemade salsa and you've got an amazing start to your day. I have Pioneer Woman's salsa recipe memorized and it always gets rave … [Read more...]

Grilled Veggie and Hummus Pitas

It's summertime, so get out your grill and get your veggies on! So this can either be a 30-minute meal, or you can get overzealous and make your own pita pockets (which I did) and your own hummus (which I also did). It's a curse, really. Sometimes I'd like to really just pick up a pack of hummus and pick up some pita pockets, but once you know how to make things at home, it's really hard to give in and just purchase the dang hummus. I mean really. Ughh. Marinate your zucchini, squash, onion, and tomatoes … [Read more...]

Shrimp Boil Foil Packs

When I think of a shrimp boil I envision long picnic tables lined with newspapers and huge pots of boiling water surrounded my lots of family and friends.  A seafood boil is a tradition that started in Louisiana and has spread throughout the south.     I'm a shrimp lover, so I was instantly drawn to this tradition - but I wanted to do it on a smaller scale for my family.  So I came up with the idea to load up some foil packs and grill them.  The result was perfection - and it fits right in with … [Read more...]

Healthy Mama Series // Mommy Makes Things – Jess Hunt // Dill Cucumber Bites

I feel so blessed to have known Jess since we were in grade school.  She and I bonded over handmade paper dolls and have been friends ever since.  She has amazed me as we have grown up together - always going the extra mile to make things beautiful.  She has so many talents from party planning, to baking, to DIYing, and being a super mom.  She has been sharing her handmade creations over on mommymakesthings.com and I am thrilled to have be guest blogging here on Oh So!  Here's Jess: Hi There! I'm Jess. A … [Read more...]

Mango Blueberry and Quinoa Salad

So I'm a total sucker for carbs and sweets. Cake is my weakness. Put a gourmet cupcake in front of me and I'm a puddle. I'm also very aware those cupcakes are doing nothing to help out my post-baby body. While I'll never give up my cake, I'll balance it out with some quinoa. This mango quinoa and blueberry salad is my new craze. It's light and filling and mixed with some fresh mint, because what doesn't go amazing with mint? It's also is making me feel better about eating carbs and keeping my diet a little more … [Read more...]

Citrus & Salmon Salad

I am so excited to share this recipe with you today.  It is so crazy good. I love seafood and citrus together - so this salad is a match made in heaven.  If you don't like seafood - you should!  I'm kidding.  Kind of. There are so many lovely citrus varieties now-a-days.  You can really use whatever citrus you like, but for this salad I used a naval orange, a blood orange, and a red grapefruit.  I made a simple baked salmon seasoned only with salt and pepper, and a sweet citrus honey dressing.  The combo is … [Read more...]

Nuts About Berries Salad

I spent my fair share of lunches and dinners with girlfriends (and a date or two) at Zupas in Utah. This was like the mecca for the perfect soup, salad, and sandwich place. My friend, Ashley and I always got the Nuts About Berries salad and I'd vary between the Cream of Mushroom soup and what she would always get, Wisconsin Cauliflower soup. These lunch or dinner dates were usually to catch up on the current flavor of the week, feed our famished bellies after an afternoon of climbing, or because she got sick of her … [Read more...]

Omelet In A Bag // Zwilling JA Henckels Cookware Giveaway

Years ago at a camping trip family reunion my aunt taught us how to make these omelets in a bag.  Sounds weird.  But trust me - they are amazing.  We were all so so skeptical and stood around the big pot of boiling water while our omelets cooked.  To our surprise we each slid a restaurant perfect omelet onto our paper plates. All you need are a few eggs, a few tablespoons of milk or water, add ins of your choice, a gallon sized freezer bag, and a pot of boiling water. Place your eggs and milk in the bag … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Mini Frittatas // + Weight Watchers Giveaway

Who says eggs are JUST for breakfast?  Nobody. Eggs are a perfect protein for every meal!  This was my lunch today and it was dang good.  I felt satisfied and treated all at the same time. I love Mediterranean food.  The combination of flavors and textures is heaven for me.  So when I created these mini frittatas I knew exactly what I would be putting inside of them.  I added kalamata olives, feta cheese... my fav fav fav!, marinated artichoke hearts, and dill.  If I had had a few tomatoes in my fridge I … [Read more...]

Cranberry Chicken Salad // Enter to Win a free Month on Weight Watchers

My mom buys a chicken salad from a store called Great Harvest up in Utah.  I always look forward to eating that stuff.  It is simple and delicious. If you're like me, you don't like crunchy celery or onions in your chicken salad - and the Great Harvest chicken salad is free from any unwanted crunch.  Well... we don't have a Great Harvest where I live and occasionally I get a craving for that yummy salad.  So - I decided to take a stab at re-creating it, and I think it's pretty darn close! I've really … [Read more...]

Sea Salt Zucchini Chips // Weight Watchers Personal Coaching

Who gets a salty or sugary craving every afternoon at 4:00pm? (Me, raising hand). Who sabotages their healthy eating by giving in to that craving? (Me, raising hand). I have a zero points plus, Weight Watchers friendly fix that you are gonna go bananas over! (P.S. banana are zero points plus too!) Homemade zucchini chips. These babies will satisfy your salty craving and have you swearing off potato chips forever. I mean it! And they are really, really versatile. Add garlic, parmesan, vinegar... whatever your heart … [Read more...]

Chopped Pepperoni Salad // Ninja 2 in 1 review

There is a restaurant in San Diego called Sammy's Wood-fired Pizza.  While their pizza is good, the thing that I always look forward to eating there is their pepperoni salad.  It is one of those things that you think about after you've left the restaurant and crave for the next few days. Now that I no longer live in the San Diego area I had to re-create this salad to satisfy my craving.  Take my word for it - this is such a fun, fresh tasting, and yummy salad!  It pairs perfectly with a delivered pizza, or with … [Read more...]

Chicken Feta Wrap // On Food and Resolutions // Weight Watchers Journey

  Happy New Year!  I love this time of year - I start cleaning out my pantry and closet and thinking about things I can do to better myself.  What are your resolutions? Let’s talk about resolutions for a minute.  We all make 'em, we all break 'em.  According to Wikipedia - 88% of New Year’s Resolutions are not kept.  That's a pretty big failure rate!  But - putting it out there, writing it down, and talking to people about those resolutions significantly improves your success rate.  So leave me a comment - tell me what … [Read more...]

Pear Pomegranate Salad // Count Me Healthy Giveaway

I have been so excited to share this post with you all!  About a year ago I was introduced to the company Chelsea Charles.They create beautiful jewelry and I was instantly drawn to their Count Me Healthy Bracelet.  The bracelet it such a unique idea - the beads move, but will stay where you place them - so you can easily keep a health journal right on your wrist.  You can count whatever you're working on - calories, carbs, points, pounds lost, fruits and veggies consumed, vitamins, prescriptions, hours between meals, … [Read more...]

Apple and Coriander Sweet Potato Rice

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and Smithfield, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PutPorkontheMenu  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Last month I went to a girls' night where we were all supposed to bring something with apples in it. With the cooler months approaching, I wanted to pair my apples with some savory, fall flavors. Sweet potatoes! HELLO. I threw in some coriander and the smell of sweet potatoes and apples roasting in coconut oil and the … [Read more...]

Salsa Verde Chicken and Kale Soup

I've been making this soup for a couple years now, and every time I do, I can't get over how easy and how delicious it is. I know those terms are used quite loosely in the foodie world, but this is pretty dang foolproof, takes 5 minutes to throw in the crock pot, and the flavors are incredible. Start with a great salsa verde (Trader Joe's for the win, but any will do) and that does most of the work for you with it's tangy tomatillo, savory garlic, and yummy onion and garlic. We fight over leftovers, and I even make baby … [Read more...]

Spicy Marinara (Arrabbiata Sauce) with Shrimp

I have been known to like a little kick to my food.  I love a burst of flavor and a little heat.  The first time I had arrabbiata sauce was while I was in college and working at Olive Garden.  I was pretty much in heaven.  I loved that sweet tomato paired with the spicy crushed red pepper.  Since then I have ordered this sauce at numerous restaurants and always enjoyed every last bite.  I like it with shrimp - but feel free to swap out the shrimp for - pre-cooked chicken - or even ground beef or turkey for a flavorful … [Read more...]

Hot Pastrami Sandwich

I get in lunch ruts so easily.  I grow tired of the same ol' same ol'.  Recently my husband brought me home a sandwich from a local deli and I was majorly hooked!  Hot pastrami on toasted bread with cool avocado and creamy melted cheese.  Heaven. We all know how expensive deli sandwiches are - so why not create this gourmet lunch at home?  I promise you will enjoy every bite of this sammy. My toddler thought he could steal my apple and take a bite during my photo shoot.  He is so funny. To make this … [Read more...]

Beef & Cheese Enchiladas with Homemade Red Sauce

Growing up beef and cheese enchiladas were always a favorite...that love has spilled over into my own little family as well.  These are always a delicious, easy, comfort food that we enjoy. My mom always relied on the seasoning packet for these babies - 'cause lets face it - canned red sauce is...well...yucky. I actually really like the good ol' seasoning packet as well, but making homemade is nearly as easy and twice as good! You probably have all of the seasoning in your spice cabinet, so there are no … [Read more...]

Herb Crusted Salmon

I grew up with a family that loved to hunt and fish and camp.  I have really fond memories of fishing with my dad and then cooking up our catch for dinner.  Some have an aversion to sea food, but I kind of adore it.  It is packed with healthy omegas and leaves you satisfied without feeling like you ate a brick. I've been making this recipe every since I was a newly-wed.  Its fast and tasty, which is kind of my motto. The combination of the flakey salmon, and the seasoned, flavorful crust are a perfect harmony … [Read more...]

Roasted Asparagus

This is our go-to, always easy, always tasty, fresh veggie side.  It goes with practically everything and I've found that asparagus is nearly always available at the grocery store year round.  I hesitated posting this recipe because it is sooooooo easy.  But - it's a basic and a staple at our house, so I thought it was worth sharing. Prepping asparagus is really a cinch.  All you need to do is wash and trim.  To figure out where you should trim your ends take on and bend until is snaps in to two pieces.  Use that … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Picnic

all photography by Taylor Cole Photography Yesterday we featured some amazing products from JJ Cole to show our readers how great their products are for anyone while out and about. My family went and hiked down Crystal Cove Beach Trail. It was a beautiful warm night. I knew we would be hiking so I really wanted to keep our picnic small, but filling. Compact but enough variety to satisfy our needs. I made one large mason jar meal for my husband and I, one large mason jar meal for my kids to share, and one large mason … [Read more...]

Leprechaun’s Lime Lunch Munch // Guest Post by So Festive!

We have a special guest over here on Oh So today!! Melissa from her darling blog So Festive! is sharing with us her party planning series... Hello Oh So Delicioso readers! I'm Mel from SoFestive -- a blog dedicated to real and simple ideas to make your party, holidays, and life a bit more festive. One of the biggest myths when it comes to party planning and entertaining is that it's complicated, hard, and has to be Pinterest-worthy to be a success. Sure, we all like an awesome party, but planning doesn't have to … [Read more...]

Healthy Bow Tie Pasta Salad With Feta and Avocado

This salad is my go to salad for any potluck, baby shower or party of any kind.  It is ALWAYS a crowd favorite and it is sooo easy.  Last year I was throwing a baby shower for my sister and her best friend and I had just had a baby.  I was a little overwhelmed but wanted to make this a food baby shower no one would forget.  We had avocado corn salad, individual veggie straw cups, pesto toasts, fruit with our fluffy fruit cream whip, artichoke dip with baguettes...it was soo good.  Last minute my sisters friend threw in … [Read more...]

Alla Checca

I love pasta! I do! I just lovely love it! It maybe loaded with carbs that go straight to my lover handles but I just love it. I would never survive a low carb diet. I eat healthy in many ways and choose whole grain pasta’s, brown rice, whole wheat bread and all that whole stuff, but I will never be able to give up my pasta. (or chocolate for that matter). It just isn’t going to happen and it’s who I am. But pasta isn’t all that bad. In fact it can be quite refreshing with real herbs, garden tomatoes and a light sauce… … [Read more...]

Tex-Mex Chicken Sammies Appetizer

I have this thing for parties. I love them. The food, the people, the music, the games, and everything about them. I have always been a more the merrier type of person. Even as a young girl, my parents let me have friends over to the house after football games or for dance dinners. With me and Des being only a grade apart in high school, many of our friends were the same. The party size grew and grew as we got older, sometimes 40-50 teenagers. Honestly remembering now, I’m kind of surprised that my parents allowed this … [Read more...]

Strawberry Basil Mint Salad Dressing

At our most recent 'blog meeting' (where we ordered Thai food that we didn't have to cook or photograph, and talked about pregnancy and The Bachelorette), Anna brought some fresh herbs from her garden. We all swooned over the lovely aroma that filled air as soon as she opened the bag. Basil, mint, and parsley, divine! I already had a salad dressing recipe I was tossing around in my head for the last couple of days, so the next morning when I looked at the herbs, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Inspiration was … [Read more...]

Avocado Tomato Pita

Sometimes food just gets annoying. It really is quite the task to sit down and eat three+ times per day, not to mention feeding an entire family. We're all busy rushing off to work, packing kids up for school, emotionally supporting our husbands in grad school and/or brand new big-boy jobs, cuddling newborn babies on little to no sleep, all while trying to keep ourselves fueled. Healthily might I add. Some of us got together and this week we will be sharing with you some of our favorite simple, mostly no-cook and … [Read more...]

Marinated Cucumber Salad

Growing up my mom would slice a fresh cucumber from the garden and put them in a tubberware bowl with white vinegar and salt and pepper.  We loved eating those vinegar-y cucumber slices.  She would make them for all of our summer BBQs and family get togethers over the summers.  I have really fond memories of running barefoot and eating lots of yummy summer foods.   Fast forward about 20 years - my husband and I had dinner at his parents house one summer evening and she served a salad very similar to this one.  My mind … [Read more...]

Teriyaki Chicken Foil DInner

Hello Friends! Have you noticed anything different about our site??! Our long renovations are finally wrapping up. We are fine tuning a few kinks and loving the fantastic indexing. And thank goodness. (Who knew it was so intense to build a website?!) We are ready to get back to the kitchen and parties making up fun recipes. We hope you enjoy the new site and are always open for feedback! Let us know what you think! All of us girls live in Southern California and within 20 mins (sans traffic) of two beautiful … [Read more...]

Brazilian Limeade

    Do you like lemonade?  Then you'll love limeade!  It is refreshing and tart and delicious!  This recipe is a twist on a classic limeade - Brazilian Limeade!  It has a creamy, sweet component that will keep you pouring glass after glass.  I recently made this at a party and I received an inbox full of recipe requests the next day! First you want to make a simple syrup - equal parts sugar and water.  I did two cups sugar and two cups water.  Heat on your stove top just until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from … [Read more...]

Tomato Basil & Mozzarella Bites

I have a little confession. I kinda just dread going grocery shopping. I haven't always felt this way, but the last year or so I just don't wanna go darn it. These feelings of disdain developed after a few embarrassing trips while taking a certain unruly toddler of mine. Who refuses to sit in the cart, loves running down isle 13, sticks everything in his mouth and thinks a tomato is a ball that must be launched across the produce section. (there was a little mess.) It's either shop with him or at 8:30pm when I can go … [Read more...]

Salted Dark Caramel Sauce

My better half doesn't do chocolate. Um, excuse me? {Right??} So when I do dessert and I feel like including him, I usually do some type of fruity something or other, or with cookies I'll do the base, split the dough, and do dark chocolate chips in one half and white chocolate chips in the other....vanilla cake and ice cream are actually pretty satisfying, when done right. Last year for our Thanksgiving Series, I was in charge of the pumpkin pie. Gross, right? I thought i'd create all sorts of twists to … [Read more...]