kidney beans

Roasted Vegetables with Chipotle Cream Over Crispy Pita A Taste Test Tuesday feature from Giada's Feel-Good Food!

There isn’t a recipe I’ve tried of Giada De Laurentiis’ that I didn’t like, and this one is no exception! It’s perfection on a plate! Her Roasted Vegetables with Chipotle Cream Over Crispy Pita is delicious, clean-eating at it’s best! Skip the pita if need be, the veggie mixture is delightful all by itself! It’s super easy to make, and an awesome way to use up veggies you have on hand. I tweaked the recipe a bit just for that reason.

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Instant Pot Minestrone Soup Taste Test Tuesday features a traditional Minestrone soup! Just 160 calories/5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving!

I’m looking forward to doing a Taste Test Tuesday series of recipes that I’ve been anxious to try from cookbooks, magazines, Pinterest, etc. So, to kick this off, I chose this Minestrone Soup from Bob Warden’s ‘Great Food Fast’ book of pressure cooker recipes. I made it in my Instant Pot, it’s a multi-cooker: a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot all in one. This recipe worked beautifully using it! I honestly could have soup of any kind every day, all months of the year! I tweaked the recipe slightly using kale instead of spinach and elbow instead of shell pasta, because that what I had on hand. You’ll love that one serving is only 160 calories and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints!

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup |


Bean Salad with Ham


Cherry Blossom Kitchen | Bean Salad with Ham

I’m revisiting my Bean Salad with Ham recipe post from a couple of years ago and updating it with much needed new photos! Actually, there was just one photo, taken in the prep stage…because when I added the mayo, most of it was eaten before I could take any more! Anyway, it’s the same delicious salad, perfect for hot days like we’re having right now, although we did have a cool front come through which resulted in the temps dropping to the high 90’s. 🙂  This is one of those delightful, tried and true family recipes. It was my Grandmother’s creation; my Mom made it when I was growing up and still does, and I make it every summer as well. This old recipe is alive and well, and still very much loved. My parents always enjoyed the salad with the buttery Townhouse or Club crackers, but, it’s equally tasty scooping it up with blue corn tortilla chips!


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