Good morning from Las Vegas!
I hope all you wonderful Live Lean Eat Green readers have a wonderful Easter Sunday.
I know I say it all the time but THANK YOU all so much for all your support and for making this blog possible.
And just because I appreciate you all so much I have ANOTHER easy, delicious Easter treat to share: Candy Dipped “Carrots”.
Easter is THIS WEEKEND! I really can’t believe how quickly these holidays keep coming up AHH!
Growing up my family went all out for Easter. We would wake up to baskets from “The Easter Bunny” then all the kids in the neighborhood would gather for a huge Easter egg hunt.
These days Easter is more about mimosas and food.
I make these Deviled Egg Chicks for Easter every single year and they are always a hit.
They’re cute, festive, somewhat healthy and SO EASY!
Time is just FLYING! I can’t believe that next week is St. Patrick’s Day then just 10 days later is Easter Sunday…WHAT?!
Dear time, please just slow down a little okay?
Normally for St. Patrick’s Day I like to go all out slow cooking some corned beef, baking homemade soda bread and tons of potatoes but this year I’m just not feeling all the heavy, salty food.
Anyone with me?
So when I went to the store today to do my weekly grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s I was so excited to see all the fun green food they had for St. Patrick’s day that wasn’t just the typical corned beef and cabbage.
I was instantly inspired to do a post about the green food at Trader Joe’s to share with you all. Some of this food is actually related to St. Patrick’s day and some is just green and delicious.
Chocolate, candy, cupcakes… sounds a lot like Valentine’s Day doesn’t it?
But what if you don’t like sweets?
I’m not a huge sweets person and Bryce hates all sweets so we’ve always had to think outside the box a little when it comes to Valentine’s Day.
Last year I surprised Bryce with a huge platter of cheeses cut into hearts with meat and his eyes lit up like the crazy heart eyed emoji. This year he said that’s all he wanted again…sure makes my life easy!
His reaction inspired me to think of some other alternatives for sweets on Valentine’s Day so bust out your heart shaped cookie cutters and let’s get cooking!!
5 Valentines Day Treats For People Who Don’t Like Sweets:
- Heart Melting Grilled Cheese- This is so easy- simply make a grilled cheese then use a heart cookie cutter to cut out the center. I ate the crust then served Bryce the heart part with a little soup.
I really wanted to name this post something more fun like,
Because nothing says I love you more than bacon..
or Because men don’t give a shit about flowers, cookies or chocolate..
But I settled for Bacon Roses! They’re a perfect gift to give to anyone for Valentine’s Day especially the man in your life. Men don’t want flowers, cupcakes or some silly card…honestly I think most men would prefer Valentine’s Day didn’t exist. So why not give him something special and creative he will actually enjoy?
I’m here to help!
First let’s get our supplies together- All you need is:
- 1 bunch of fake roses- I got mine 40% off at Michael’s
- 1 pack of bacon- Mine is from Trader Joe’s
- your favorite vase
- a box of toothpicks
- muffin tin
Now when I say “Super Easy Super Bowl Snacks” I mean seriously simple 3 ingredient, 2 step snacks. Super Bowl Sunday is suppose to be about food, friends, fun, relaxing and enjoying the game. Not being a hot mess stressed out slaving in the kitchen.
To make these Super Easy Super Bowl Snacks even easier all of the ingredients are from Trader Joe’s. One stop shopping heyyy! All of the recipes in this post specifically use products from Trader Joe’s but other brands can be subbed in as needed.
If you like these recipes you can check out Trader Joe’s website here or purchase the amazing Cooking with Trader Joe’s cookbooks off Amazon for more ideas. I’m obsessed with these cookbooks for simple meal ideas.
I also got some inspiration for this post from Kelly over at SoCalMommy.com. She has so many delicious recipes that are easy to whip up even for a busy mom so be sure to visit her blog if you like these snack ideas.
Enough chatting, lets get to the food!!!
5 Super Easy Super Bowl Snacks:
Sriracha BBQ Meatballs-
These are only 2 ingredients and are the more delicious blend of spicy and sweet flavors.
I have so many exciting things to share with you all this week! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (which you should) you know I previewed some of the snacks for my “Super Easy Super Bowl Snacks” post that is going live Wednesday. All of the snacks are 4 ingredients or less and all the ingredients were purchased from Trader Joe’s– gotta love one stop shopping!
Well I just couldn’t contain the excitement so to start off this week I wanted to share my Super Easy recipe for Mini Caprese Skewers.
This really isn’t a recipe, you could probably take one look at the picture and know how to make this but hey just in case here you go:
I still can’t get over how delicious A Cup of Kellen’s Butternut Squash & Lentil Salad was last week (pictured above). It was delicious, festive, filling and so healthy- Truly a must try!
Christmas is sneaking up so fast it’s scary and I just realized I haven’t posted a single holiday recipe…oops. I’m really not a huge sweet fan (give me some cheese and crackers all day please) so instead of focusing on holiday cookies and stuff I’m going to do holiday appetizers and breakfast ideas.
If you follow me on Instagram (which you should) you saw a preview of one of my holiday appetizers the other day. My Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Log will be up on the blog Wednesday (drool)!
I’ve had so much fun this week sharing my favorite Thanksgiving sides with you all. Here is a full recap just in case you missed any of these delicious recipes.
Please let me know if you end up making any of the sides for your Thanksgiving feast! I’d love feedback and be sure to hashtag #liveleaneatgreen on Instagram.
Be on the lookout next week for my final Thanksgiving post on how your plate should look, how to approach the meal and much more.
Live Lean Eat Green’s Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: