Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls made with chunks of fresh tuna, avocado, cucumbers, spicy mayo, scallions cut on the bias served on a bed of steamed rice – YES please!!

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls made with chunks of fresh tuna, avocado, cucumbers, spicy mayo, scallions cut on the bias served on a bed of steamed rice.
Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl

My poke bowl obsession runs as deep as my sushi obsession and I am not alone! In the past year or two, New York has exploded with poke bowl restaurants from the NYC to the end of Long Island. But the great news, it’s just as easy to make from scratch! More recipes like this spicy tuna poke bowl you may like are Ahi Poke Bowls with Mango, California Shrimp Stacks and California Spicy Crab Stuffed Avocados.

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Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Salad

This healthy Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Salad is delicious, a great way to get more vegetables and plant-based foods to your diet.

This healthy Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Salad is delicious, a great way to get more vegetables and plant-based foods to your diet.

Quinoa, black beans, mango and vegetables with cilantro and lime juice – a delicious combination perfect for lunch or as a side dish. (perfect for Meatless Mondays!) Leftovers are great, the flavors only get better the next day.

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Lobster Rolls

Lobster Rolls scream summer to me! Made with chunks of chilled lobster tossed with celery, shallots, chives, light mayonnaise and a little lemon zest served on a hot dog bun – delicious!

Lobster Rolls scream summer to me! Made with chunks of chilled lobster tossed with celery, shallots, chives, light mayonnaise and a little lemon zest served on a hot dog bun – delicious!

When you want an extra special lunch, this is it! This easy lobster roll recipe starts with fresh steamed lobster, if live lobsters aren’t available near you, frozen tails or fresh lump crab or even shrimp would be great! To keep it light, I mix in a little 0% Greek yogurt with the mayo, you can’t tell!

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Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

These easy, low-carb Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps are spicy, light and delicious topped with celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing. Ready in under 15 minutes!

These easy, low-carb Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps are spicy, light and delicious topped with celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing.
Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

I love lettuce wraps, they are my go-to when I want to eat low-carb. In fact, I have so many lettuce wrap recipes here on my site, everything from Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Taco Lettuce Wraps to BLT Lettuce Wraps just to name a few.

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Grilled Cheese with Tomato

 

Grilled Cheese with Tomato is the ultimate comfort food, it doesn’t matter if you are an oldster or a youngster. Soft sourdough bread grilled with gruyere, cheddar cheese, and tomato is always the perfect lunch or snack! 

It’s all about the cheese when it comes to the best grilled cheese sandwich!

2 grilled cheese sandwiches stacked on a plate.

How to Make a Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

A pan-fried grilled cheese with mayo and tomato looks just as good on a plate as it tastes! Why not try a grilled cheese with bacon and tomato for a heartier version?

  1. Sprinkle salt on sliced tomatoes and let drain. This helps it stay a little drier so the tomatoes don’t leak all over the bread.
  2. Spread mayonnaise on the outside of each slice of sourdough bread. Mayonnaise helps the bread get toasty, whereas butter will burn before the cheese is melted all the way.
  3. Place a slice of cheddar, tomato, basil on each slice of bread and sprinkle with gruyere.

Grilled cheese ingredients on a cutting board.

To Cook: Place, mayo side down, on a heated skillet and fry until golden brown. Turn sandwich over and fry on the other side. Both sides should be equally browned and the cheese melted just enough to squeeze out the sides of the sandwich.

Tip: To speed up the frying process, cover the pan for a few  minutes, this will help melt the cheese a bit faster.

Bread topped with cheese and tomatoes, open faced on a frying pan.

What to Serve with Grilled Cheese

Everyone knows it’s a tradition for a grilled cheese sandwich to be paired with creamy tomato soup, of course! It’s a perfect combination of crunchy and creamy, great for a busy weekday or rainy day!

Another great complement to a tomato grilled cheese sandwich is a crispy tossed salad topped with a bright and tangy vinaigrette and some croutons!

Grilled Cheese Heaven!

Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This grilled cheese sandwich is perfectly paired with sliced tomato for a crunchy and fresh sandwich!

  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 large tomato (sliced)
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese (sliced)
  • 2 oz gruyere cheese (or mozzarella, grated)
  • pinch of dried basil
  1. Slice tomato 1/4″ thick and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place on paper towels and let drain 10 minutes.

  2. Spread mayonnaise over the outside of each slice of bread.
  3. Place 1 slice of cheddar on each slice of bread. Add tomato slices and basil. Top with gruyere and remaining slice of bread.
  4. Preheat a small skillet over low heat. Place mayonnaise side down in the skillet.
  5. Grill until golden, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and grill the other side until golden.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are great whether served for lunch, dinner or just a snack! This grilled cheese with tomato takes comfort food one step further. It's an easy recipe combining your favorite bread with 2 types of cheese and tomatoes and grilling until golden brown! #spendwithpennies #grilledcheesewithtomato #grilledcheese #sandwich #comfortfood #kidfriendly
Grilled cheese sandwiches are great whether served for lunch, dinner or just a snack! This grilled cheese with tomato takes comfort food one step further. It's an easy recipe combining your favorite bread with 2 types of cheese and tomatoes and grilling until golden brown! #spendwithpennies #grilledcheesewithtomato #grilledcheese #sandwich #comfortfood #kidfriendly
Grilled cheese sandwiches are great whether served for lunch, dinner or just a snack! This grilled cheese with tomato takes comfort food one step further. It's an easy recipe combining your favorite bread with 2 types of cheese and tomatoes and grilling until golden brown! #spendwithpennies #grilledcheesewithtomato #grilledcheese #sandwich #comfortfood #kidfriendly

Black Bean and Corn Salad (ready in 20 mins!)

Black Bean and Corn Salad is a fresh, crunchy, tangy, and nutritious salad recipe. Beans, tomatoes, corn and peppers are tossed with a tangy vinaigrette and a dash of cumin and chili powder

This is the perfect summer side with grilled BBQ chicken and keeps well in the fridge making for great lunches all week!

Close up of a black bean corn salad garnished with jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro.

A Summer Favorite

A summery corn salad is a mixture of fresh veggies and flavors combined with boiled or grilled corn. Our favorite corn and black bean salad starts fresh corn cut right off the cob.

How to Cook Corn for Salad

Here are a few of my favorite methods for cooking corn on the cob for this recipe:

You can also use frozen or canned corn for this recipe meaning it’s great any time of year! If using frozen corn it should be defrosted but does not need to be cooked (it’s already been blanched in preparation for freezing).

Bowl of black bean and corn salad ingredients.

How to Make Black Bean and Corn Salad

Easy corn and black bean salad is a simple process. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients, and set aside to give flavors a chance to develop.
  2. Prep the veggies and combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Refrigerate for about an hour.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley or cilantro leaves and a slice of avocado or two if you’d like and serve fresh.

Bowl full of black bean and corn salad ingredients, topped with feta and cilantro.

To Store Leftovers

Tomatoes, especially after being cut, have a tendency to get mushy in the fridge. If you’re going to be serving this recipe over a period of a few days, add fresh tomatoes to each serving.

Leftovers of this recipe do not freeze well.

More Corny Favorites

Black Bean and Corn Salad

This Black Bean and Corn Salad get a Mexican flair by spicing up the tangy dressing with cumin and chili powder!

  • 3 cups corn kernels ((about 4 cobs of corn))
  • 1 cup black beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • 1/2 cup green pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup orange pepper (diced)
  • 1/3 cup red onion (diced)
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese (or feta)

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Combine corn, beans, tomatoes, bell pepper and onion in a medium bowl.
  2. Add dressing ingredients and toss to combine. Generously season with salt & pepper. Marinate at least 1 hour.

  3. Top with feta and additional cilantro if desired.

Nutritional information does not include optional ingredients.

 

Black bean corn salad is an easy healthy summer recipe full of fresh veggies like corn, black beans, tomatoes, and peppers! Topped with a Mexican flair dressing and feta cheese this delicious side is full of flavor and perfect for your next barbecue! #spendwithpennies #blackbeancornsalad #sidedish #salad #cornrecipe #grilled #healthy
Black bean corn salad is an easy healthy summer recipe full of fresh veggies like corn, black beans, tomatoes, and peppers! Topped with a Mexican flair dressing and feta cheese this delicious side is full of flavor and perfect for your next barbecue! #spendwithpennies #blackbeancornsalad #sidedish #salad #cornrecipe #grilled #healthy

Creamy Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad (Easy!)

Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad is packed with flavor, texture and color! While our favorite Italian pasta salad recipe is often served as a side, this hearty dish eats like a meal!

Loaded with chicken, pasta, bacon and veggies this dish is tossed in a rich ranch mayo dressing for the perfect meal to satisfy a crowd.

Chicken pasta salad mixed and garnished with green onions and dill.

This chicken pasta salad is an easy way to stretch any leftover baked chicken breast or you can use rotisserie chicken or leftover roast chicken! You can serve it as a main dish, or as a side at a potluck (and it makes great lunches throughout the week).

What Goes in Pasta Salad

When making a cold pasta salad you can add in as many or as little ingredients are you want. A classic version will always start with a pasta base, meat, veggies and cheese.

  • Pasta: tri-color penne or rotini pasta but of course any medium pasta will work
  • Meat: diced cooked chicken, crumbled bacon… use leftover turkey or ham instead
  • Veggies: opt for a variety of colors and textures to make a pretty and flavorful pasta salad
  • Flavors: get a flavor boost from cheese, onions, fresh herbs or even add sliced olives (black or green)

You can use regular pasta, substitute cheeses according to your preference, and add in what you have on hand. Try some chopped red, yellow and orange bell pepper for a fresh flavor and crunch.

Overview of chicken pasta salad ingredients in a glass bowl.

Chicken Pasta Salad Dressing

For the tastiest pasta salad dressing, I create a delicious and easy ranch style dressing. Making chicken pasta salad with mayo makes it rich and creamy. The addition of fresh herbs adds extra flavor!

Overview of chicken pasta salad ingredients and dressing on top, in a glass bowl before being mixed.

How to Make Chicken Pasta Salad

Chicken ranch pasta salad comes together quickly, once you’ve prepped your veggies and shredded the cheeses. Just follow these steps:

  1. Cook the pasta al dente, drain and rinse.
  2. Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl, and mix in the dressing.
  3. Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour.

Before serving, sprinkle with fresh chopped green onion and extra bacon.

Close up of chicken ranch pasta salad garnished with green onions and dill.

Can You Freeze It?

Unfortunately, chicken bacon ranch pasta salad is not a good candidate for the freezer. Too many of the ingredients just don’t hold up well. Mayonnaise separates, sour cream turns grainy and watery and fresh tomatoes turn to icky mush. But don’t worry. Everyone loves chicken pasta salad, and you probably won’t have to worry about leftovers!

Like most cold pasta salad recipes, this hold in the refrigerator for about three days, so if you need to make it in advance, plan accordingly.

Popular Pasta Salads

Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is packed with flavor and color! Rotini pasta, diced chicken, and a homemade ranch dressing make this tasty side dish!

  • 12 oz tri-color rotini pasta (cooked and cooled)
  • 2 cups chicken (cooked and diced )
  • 6 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (diced)
  • 3 green onions (sliced)
  • fresh parsley and dill for garnish (optional)

Dressing

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with dressing.
  3. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Garnish with green onions and serve.

Serve this ranch chicken pasta salad as a main dish when feeding a crowd! Leftover rotisserie chicken, rotini, and a creamy homemade ranch dressing made with mayo and sour cream make the perfect dish. #spendwithpennies #ranchchickenpastasalad #pastasaladrecipe #sidedish #leftoverchicken
Serve this ranch chicken pasta salad as a main dish when feeding a crowd! Leftover rotisserie chicken, rotini, and a creamy homemade ranch dressing made with mayo and sour cream make the perfect dish. #spendwithpennies #ranchchickenpastasalad #pastasaladrecipe #sidedish #leftoverchicken