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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Dill Pickle Coleslaw – a crunchy tangy twist!

Dill Pickle Coleslaw is a tangy twist on a classic coleslaw recipe! Shredded cabbage, carrots and dill pickles are tossed in a flavorful creamy dressing featuring dill pickle juice & fresh dill!

Summer is a great time for cold and crunchy everything and this colorful and healthy coleslaw side is a real keeper! Enjoy as a side or top a hamburger or pulled pork sandwich.

A bowl of pickle coleslaw topped with dill pickles.

How to Make Dill Pickle Coleslaw

The real star in this recipe is the coleslaw dressing. Just the right amount of dill pickle juice gives this side dish its unique and memorable flavor! I had originally made this recipe with chopped pickles but found they fell to the bottom of the mix. Shredding the pickles adds flavor throughout!

  1. Dressing: Whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  2. Salad: Toss both the green and red cabbage together, add the shredded carrots and pickles.

Once the salad is prepared, add the dressing and chill up to two hours before serving.

Two images of shredded cabbage and shredded pickles.

Can I Make Coleslaw in Advance?

The best coleslaw recipes are easy to make, easy to store, and everybody loves them!

As long as it is kept cold and covered, this dill pickle coleslaw is perfect for making ahead when you have other things to do!

Keep it covered or sealed so it doesn’t absorb the flavors of the other items in the refrigerator and be sure to give it a good stir before serving!

Overhead image of pickle coleslaw ingredients.

How Long Does it Last?

If stored properly, coleslaw should last 3 to 5 days in the fridge. If the coleslaw starts to get a little watery, simply drain in a colander, and refresh the flavor with a little salt and pepper!

More Quick Sides

Dill Pickle Coleslaw

This dill pickle coleslaw is a tangy twist on a classic recipe. Serve as a side, in place of lettuce, or on top a pulled pork sandwich!

  • 6 cups cabbage (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup red cabbage (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup dill pickles (shredded)

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.
  3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

This is the best coleslaw recipe - made with classic ingredients and shredded pickles! The creamy homemade dressing is given an upgrade as well with fresh dill and dill pickle juice. My family can't get enough of this dill pickle coleslaw recipe, especially when served with pulled pork sandwiches! #spendwithpennies #dillpicklecoleslaw #coleslawrecipe #sidedish #salad
This is the best coleslaw recipe - made with classic ingredients and shredded pickles! The creamy homemade dressing is given an upgrade as well with fresh dill and dill pickle juice. My family can't get enough of this dill pickle coleslaw recipe, especially when served with pulled pork sandwiches! #spendwithpennies #dillpicklecoleslaw #coleslawrecipe #sidedish #salad
This is the best coleslaw recipe - made with classic ingredients and shredded pickles! The creamy homemade dressing is given an upgrade as well with fresh dill and dill pickle juice. My family can't get enough of this dill pickle coleslaw recipe, especially when served with pulled pork sandwiches! #spendwithpennies #dillpicklecoleslaw #coleslawrecipe #sidedish #salad

Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Baby Arugula

Crisp, golden, delicious Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Baby Arugula and lemon wedges is one of my favorite dinner recipes!

Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Arugula and lemon wedges is one of my favorite dinners!
Air Fryer Chicken Milanese

Chicken cutlets have always been a way of life growing up. I learned how to make them right about the same time I learned how to boil pasta. As an adult, I swapped my frying pan for lighter methods such as baking. Now that I have an air-fryer, this is hands down my favorite way to make them for crisp golden chicken without all the oil! Here’s a few more Air Fryer Recipes you may also enjoy.

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Tiramisu – a tasty no bake dessert

slice of tiramisu on plate

This Tiramisu recipe is made with a classic creamy filling of tempered egg yolks, mascarpone and cream, coffee-soaked ladyfingers and a dusting of cocoa and chocolate shavings. It’s a summer dessert that everyone will love!

If you enjoy no bake desserts as much as we do, you might also like this Oreo No Bake Cheesecake or these Chocolate Macaroons (No Bake)!

Pan of Tiramisu garnished with cocoa and chocolate shavings in a glass dish

All-Time Favorite Dessert

This easy Tiramisu recipe is light, creamy, and flavored with coffee, Kahlua, and cocoa, which are three of my favorite things.

It’s the perfect thing to get through the afternoon slump, especially paired it with a cup of coffee! Think of all the things you can accomplish ;)

And because it’s a no bake dessert, enjoy this tiramisu cake recipe all summer long without heating up the house. Once you temper the eggs that is! But it’s just a few minutes and no oven required!

Side view of a slice of tiramisu on white plate

How to Make Tiramisu

  1. Pick up store-bought ladyfingers or make your own. Most tiramiu ingredients are found right in your kitchen. But I made my own ladyfingers for this recipe only because I couldn’t find any at any of our grocery stores! I used this ladyfinger recipe and they turned out great! If making your own, it’s best to make a few days in advance and let them get hard and slightly stale, or make one day in advance and leave on the counter without being covered.
  2. Make custard filling: this has to cool to room temperature before you can start assembling so it’s a good idea to make it a couple of hours before you need it. I do like to stir in the mascarpone while it’s warm because it incorporates more easily and without lumps.
  3. Whip cream and fold it into custard filling carefully, once it has cooled. You don’t want to add it to hot custard!
  4. Layer: dunk ladyfingers in the coffee and Kahlua mixture, turning over a couple of times to coat all sides. Place in the pan, top with half the custard filling, and repeat layers one more time.
  5. Let chill for at least 6 hours to set up, then dust with unsweetened cocoa powder and top with chocolate shavings if desired just before serving.

close up slice of tiramisu garnished with cocoa and chocolate on a white plate with a pan of tiramisu in the background

How to Make in Advance

Tiramisu is the best dessert for making in advance because it does require a certain amount of time to sit and chill so the flavors come together and the ladyfingers soften.

It needs at least 6 hours to chill in the fridge before serving, but can be made up to 2 or 3 days in advance.

It will last longer than that, so don’t worry if you have leftovers in the refrigerator. But it is best if enjoyed within the first 3 days.

Can I Skip the Alcohol?

Absolutely!

Alcohol is traditionally added to the espresso or coffee that the ladyfingers are soaked in, but it’s an easy thing to leave out.

If making with no alcohol, simply substitute additional water, coffee or espresso for the required amount of Kahlua.

Enjoy the best tiramisu recipe out there!

More Easy No-Bake Desserts:

Tiramisu

This Tiramisu recipe is made with a classic creamy filling of tempered egg yolks, mascarpone and cream, coffee-soaked ladyfingers and a dusting of cocoa and chocolate shavings.

Custard:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 8 ounces mascarpone (225 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Tiramisu:

  • 2/3 cup strong brewed coffee or espresso (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua liquor (or brandy)
  • 18-20 ladyfinger cookies
  • cocoa powder and chocolate shavings (optional, for garnish)
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar, and milk together until combined. Place over medium heat, and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened (don't rush, this can take 10-15 minutes).

  2. Remove from the heat and stir in mascarpone and vanilla and let custard cool to room temperature.

  3. Whip cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into the cooled custard.
  4. In a small bowl, combine coffee and Kahlua.
  5. Dip ladyfingers in coffee mixture, turning in the liquid 2 or 3 times. Place a single layer in the bottom of an 8×8″ pan.
  6. Cover with half of the mascarpone custard, then repeat layers one more time.
  7. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours before serving. Dust with cocoa powder and top with chocolate shavings before serving as desired.

This Tiramisu recipe is made with a classic creamy filling of tempered egg yolks, mascarpone and cream, coffee-soaked ladyfingers and a dusting of cocoa and chocolate shavings. #spendwithpennies #tiramisu #dessert #cake #recipe #nobake
This Tiramisu recipe is made with a classic creamy filling of tempered egg yolks, mascarpone and cream, coffee-soaked ladyfingers and a dusting of cocoa and chocolate shavings. #spendwithpennies #tiramisu #dessert #cake #recipe #nobake
This Tiramisu recipe is made with a classic creamy filling of tempered egg yolks, mascarpone and cream, coffee-soaked ladyfingers and a dusting of cocoa and chocolate shavings. #spendwithpennies #tiramisu #dessert #cake #recipe #nobake

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

Baked Corn on the Cob – (So easy)

 

Baked Corn on the Cob is an easy way to enjoy corn during the summer. Almost every farmer’s market and supermarket will be brimming with fresh yellow or white summer corn. It’s an American staple on dinner tables all summer long!

Did you know that baking is a great alternative to boiling corn?

Baked corn on the cob stacked in a serving dish with a pat of butter on top.

How to Bake Corn on the Cob

Baking fresh corn on the cob in the oven keeps it moist and flavorful. Just a couple of pats of melted butter (or even Garlic Butter), a splash of water, and a dash of salt and pepper will bring out the sweet flavors of tender summer corn.

  1. Preheat oven and husk ears of corn removing the silks.
  2. Brush each ear generously with butter.
  3. Add water, cover and bake.

Remove ears of corn and season with salt and pepper.

The fastest way to husk corn: Cut off the stem end of the ear of corn about 1 inch from the bottom. Microwave 2 minutes. Then, with one hand, let the corn simply slide out of the cut end! The husk and silk stay in one piece and the corn is ready to cook!

Corn cobs brushed with butter, seasoned and lined up in a baking tray.

To Bake From Frozen

If you want to bake frozen ears of corn, the best way is to thaw naturally. Then bake per directions, decreasing the water to 1/4 cup. Freezing corn breaks up the cell walls of the kernels and in order to refresh them as they are baking, less water is needed.

To bake corn from frozen preheat oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

Baked corn on the cob in a baking tray.

What to Serve with Corn on the Cob

This easy baked corn on the cob recipe literally matches with everything and anything! Pair with grilled chicken, or of course Classic Hamburgers; pretty much anything coming off the grill! Heavier filets of fish like salmon and halibut all pair well with to this baked corn on the cob recipe.

All you need is a crisp tossed salad, some garlic bread and you have the makings of an easy, hearty weeknight dinner or weekend barbecue!

Feeling Corny?

Baked Corn on the Cob

This baked corn on the cob recipe takes minutes to prep and makes deliciously moist but firm! Just brush with butter, season and serve!

  • 4 ears corn on the cob (husked)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Brush corn with melted butter. Place in a 2qt baking dish.
  3. Add water and cover with foil.
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Toss corn with butter, salt & pepper.

 

Made with only 2 ingredients, this baked corn on the cob recipe is a healthy, quick and delicious side dish for families. Just bake, brush with butter, and season! #spendwithpennies #bakedcornonthecob #ovenbaked #sidedish #cornrecipe #healthy
Made with only 2 ingredients, this baked corn on the cob recipe is a healthy, quick and delicious side dish for families. Just bake, brush with butter, and season! #spendwithpennies #bakedcornonthecob #ovenbaked #sidedish #cornrecipe #healthy

Skinnytaste Meal Plan (July 15-July 21)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers SmartPoints®.

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers SmartPoints®.

This week I added an air fryer recipe to the plan, but no worries if you don’t have an air fryer you can make it in the oven.

If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, 7-day flexible healthy meal plans (you can see my previous meal plans here) that are meant as a guide, with plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food, coffee, beverages, fruits, snacks, dessert, wine, etc or swap recipes out for meals you prefer, you can search for recipes by course in the index. You should aim for around 1500 calories* per day.

There’s also a precise, organized grocery list that will make grocery shopping so much easier and much less stressful. Save you money and time. You’ll dine out less often, waste less food and you’ll have everything you need on hand to help keep you on track.

Lastly, if you’re on Facebook join my Skinnytaste Facebook Community where everyone’s sharing photos of recipes they are making, you can join here. I’m loving all the ideas everyone’s sharing! If you wish to get on the email list, you can subscribe here so you never miss a meal plan!

Also, if you don’t have the Skinnytaste Meal Planner, now would be a great time to get one to get organized for 2019! There was a print error last year, but it’s perfect now! You can order it here!

THE DETAILS:

Breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, are designed to serve 1 while dinners and all meals on Saturday and Sunday are designed to serve a family of 4. Some recipes make enough leftovers for two nights or lunch the next day. While we truly believe there is no one size fits all meal plan, we did our best to come up with something that appeals to a wide range of individuals. Everything is Weight Watchers friendly, I included the updated Weight Watcher Freestyle Points for your convenience, feel free to swap out any recipes you wish or just use this for inspiration!

The grocery list is comprehensive and includes everything you need to make all meals on the plan. I’ve even included brand recommendations of products I love and use often. Cross check your cabinets because many condiments you’ll notice I use often, so you may already have a lot of them.

And last, but certainly not least, this meal plan is flexible and realistic. There’s plenty of wiggle room for cocktails, healthy snacks, dessert and dinner out. And if necessary, you can move some things around to make it work with your schedule. Please let me know if you’re using these plans, this will help me decide if I should continue sharing them!

MONDAY (7/15)
B: Meal Prep Breakfast Taco Scramble* (5)
L: Tomato, Mozzarella and Arugula Tower (8) (½ recipe)
D: Summer Cavatelli with Corn, Tomatoes and Zucchini (7)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 20, Calories 1,025**

TUESDAY (7/16)
B: Meal Prep Breakfast Taco Scramble (5)
L: LEFTOVER Summer Cavatelli with Corn, Tomatoes and Zucchini (7)
D: Colombian-Style Zucchini Rellenos (3) with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower “Rice” (1)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 16, Calories 1,023**

WEDNESDAY (7/17)
B: Meal Prep Breakfast Taco Scramble (5)
L: LEFTOVER Summer Cavatelli with Corn, Tomatoes and Zucchini (7)
D: Honey Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Vegetables (4)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 16, Calories 1,021**

THURSDAY (7/18)
B: Meal Prep Breakfast Taco Scramble (5)
L: LEFTOVER Honey Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Vegetables (4)
D: Slow-Cooker Banh Mi Rice Bowls (10)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 19, Calories 1,076**

FRIDAY (7/19)
B: 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (0) with a chopped peach (0)
L: LEFTOVER Honey Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Vegetables (4)
D: Smoky Spice Rubbed Grilled Salmon with Black Beans and Corn (1)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 5, Calories 860**

SATURDAY (7/20)
B: 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (0) with ½ cup mixed berries (0)
L: BLT Salad with Avocado (5)
D: DINNER OUT!

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 5, Calories 369**

SUNDAY (7/21)
B: Breakfast BLT (6) (recipe x 4)
L: Grilled Stone Fruit Salad with Honey Goat Cheese Dressing (6)
D: Buttermilk Marinated Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken (***) with Quick Cabbage Slaw (2)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP variable, Calories 937**

*Prep Sunday night, if desired.
**This is just a guide, women should aim for around 1500 calories per day. Here’s a helpful calculator to estimate
your calorie needs. I’ve left plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food such as coffee, beverages, fruits,
snacks, dessert, wine, etc.
***Points will vary depending on whether you eat the skin and which part of the chicken you eat.

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No Bake Key Lime Pie – (10 minute prep)

No Bake Key Lime Pie uses minimal ingredients and is completely ready in just 15 minutes. A graham cracker crust is filled with a sweet and tangy lime cheesecake filling to create an amazing combination of flavors.

During the hot summer days, no-bake desserts like No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake and No Bake Strawberry Pie are the perfect treat.

overhead of a whole key lime pie in a graham crust in a clear pie plate garnished with lime slices

Hello! It’s Valentina sharing my favorite homemade Key Lime Pie Recipe.

Key Lime Pie

With summer in full swing, no-bake desserts are our favorite. They are so easy to make and always a crowd pleaser for kids and adults alike. No bake desserts are always a winner, especially this key lime pie recipe. The cheesecake filling, from the zest and juices of the lime, combined with the sweetness of the condensed milk gives the pie so many amazing flavors in every bite.

Whenever I make this easy key lime pie recipe, we barely give it enough time to set and it’s gone. It’s one of our favorite summertime desserts! And since it is a no-bake dessert, it’s basically foolproof.

overhead shot of key lime pie ingredients of limes, cream cheese, condensed milk, butter, and graham crumbs, garnished with lime zest with a zester

How to Make No Bake Key Lime Pie

CRUST: Though you can substitute store-bought crust, this homemade crust is extremely easy to make (and kids love helping).

  1. Crush graham crackers in a zip top bag with a rolling pin or a food processor.
  2. Stir in butter and press crumb mixture into the bottom and sides of the pan.

FILLING: This easy filling is made with just 5 ingredients!

  1. Combine filling ingredients until creamy and spread evenly over crust.
  2. Top with lime zest, whipped cream or lime slices.

Allow the pie to chill at least 4 hours in the refrigerator or overnight before serving.

TIPS: Add parchment paper to the bottom of the pan for neater and easier removal of pie pieces. For clean slices, run the knife under warm water after each cut.

Slice of key lime pie on a plate with a bite missing and a spoon of key lime pie

How Long Will It Last

The pie may be kept covered and refrigerated 2-3 days. The crust will get softer the longer it’s stored.

If freezing, this pie will last well for up to 2-3 months. Thaw the frozen key lime pie overnight in the refrigerator and top with the desired garnish before serving. This key lime pie dessert is a great option to make and freeze if you’re prepping for a party and want to start baking early.

TIP: Frozen key lime pie is also a great option to serve partially frozen during the hot summer days for a cool treat and is always a hit at parties!

Close up of a Key Lime Pie in a graham crust garnished with lime slices, lime zest, and mint leaves.

More Delicious No-Bake Desserts

No Bake Key Lime Pie Recipe

No Bake Key Lime Pie Recipe uses minimal ingredients and is ready in just 15 minutes. The graham cracker crust with the sweet and tangy lime cheesecake filling is an amazing combination of flavors.

Crust

  • 1 2/3 cups graham cracker (crushed )
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

Pie

  • 16 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  1. In a bowl, combine crushed graham crackers and melted butter. Press firmly into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie dish.

  2. Combine the softened cream cheese with condensed milk, lime juice, sugar and lime zest in a bowl until creamy and well incorporated.

  3. Pour the cheesecake pie filling over the crust. Spread evenly and refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight.

  4. Garnish as desired with limes, lime zest, or whipped cream.

This easy Key Lime Pie Recipe is made from only 5 ingredients and is a no bake dessert. The graham cracker crust combined with the sweet lime cheesecake pie filling are sure to become a hit! #spendwithpennies #keylimepie #nobake #dessert #classicrecipe
This easy Key Lime Pie Recipe is made from only 5 ingredients and is a no bake dessert. The graham cracker crust combined with the sweet lime cheesecake pie filling are sure to become a hit! #spendwithpennies #keylimepie #nobake #dessert #classicrecipe
This easy Key Lime Pie Recipe is made from only 5 ingredients and is a no bake dessert. The graham cracker crust combined with the sweet lime cheesecake pie filling are sure to become a hit! #spendwithpennies #keylimepie #nobake #dessert #classicrecipe

Arugula Salad (3 ingredient dressing)

Arugula Salad is a great side dish that’s light, refreshing and easy. You’ll love the fruitiness and crunch that come from the addition of berries, cherries and toasted nuts.

Have the whole salad on the table in 10 minutes. Top this easy arugula salad with Oven Baked Chicken Breasts  or grilled chicken for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Overview of an arugula salad with dressing on the side.

A Fruity Summer Salad

Arugula salad is a fresh salad with arugula leaves as the base. Arugula is sometimes called “rocket” and it’s a dark leafy green from the broccoli family. It has a unique, intense flavor that is peppery, tart and pleasantly bitter.

Often, like here, arugula salad is mixed with fruits or berries to cut the bitterness (peaches are also great with this recipe). It is also tossed in a delicious and equally simple homemade arugula salad dressing made with olive oil, honey, and rice vinegar.

3 ingredient dressing with an arugula salad in the background.

How to Make Arugula Salad

Simple arugula salad comes together in a flash, especially when using pre-washed baby arugula found at most grocery stores! Sometimes the ends of the stems are quite tough, especially on larger leaves. These should be trimmed off before mixing the salad.

  1. Whisk arugula salad dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Toast and roughly chop the nuts, slice the onion and pit the cherries (I use this cherry pitter, the best ever)!
  3. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, crumble in the feta, pour over the dressing and toss.

To Toast Nuts: Place them in a single layer on a foil lined cookie sheet in a preheated 350°F oven or toaster oven for about 5 minutes. Be sure to watch them carefully, as they toast quickly, and easily burn.

Arugula Salad on a white serving tray with dressing and pecans on the side.

Add Your Favorites

As mentioned, arugula has an intense taste that makes it almost more like an herb than a vegetable. I like to serve it with roasted or grilled meats like baked chicken thighs or a tender pork tenderloin.

As with any salad, substitutions or additions are totally appropriate, and encouraged! Try adding some of these ingredients for an arugula salad that is totally your own.

  • Cheese: goat cheese or shaved parmesan instead of, or in addition to the feta.
  • Fruit: grapes, strawberries, raspberries, peaches
  • Nuts: toasted pine nuts or pecans
  • Legumes: chickpeas or cannellini beans
  • Vegetables: If you want a milder salad, you can also try mixing in some romaine or spinach leaves.

More Tasty Side Salads

Arugula Salad

Arugula salad is made with baby arugula, strawberries, feta cheese, red onion, and toasted pecans. It is the perfect side salad for summer with its light and fresh flavors.

Salad

  • 6 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup cherries (pitted)
  • 1 cup blackberries (or strawberries/raspberries)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted walnuts (or pecans)

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Assemble the arugula, berries, feta cheese, red onion and nuts in a medium bowl.

  2. Combine all dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake well. 

  3. Pour over salad and toss.

This simple arugula salad is made with baby arugula, strawberries, toasted pecans, and feta, all tossed in a simple vinaigrette dressing.  Have this easy summer salad on the table in 10 minutes, with it's light and refreshing flavors it is sure to become a family flavor! #spendwithpennies #arugulasalad #summersalad #sidedish #10minutesalad
This simple arugula salad is made with baby arugula, strawberries, toasted pecans, and feta, all tossed in a simple vinaigrette dressing.  Have this easy summer salad on the table in 10 minutes, with it's light and refreshing flavors it is sure to become a family flavor! #spendwithpennies #arugulasalad #summersalad #sidedish #10minutesalad
This simple arugula salad is made with baby arugula, strawberries, toasted pecans, and feta, all tossed in a simple vinaigrette dressing.  Have this easy summer salad on the table in 10 minutes, with it's light and refreshing flavors it is sure to become a family flavor! #spendwithpennies #arugulasalad #summersalad #sidedish #10minutesalad

Creamy Corn Chowder – so much more than just soup!

Creamy Corn Chowder is so much more than just soup. Made with sweet fresh summer corn, cream and chicken broth, it’s a delicious combination of savory and sweet, all in one filling and satisfying dish.

This easy chowder can be a meal in itself, served with cheesy breadsticks, corn bread, or oyster crackers. It can also be served on the side or as a prelude to a dinner of grilled chicken.

A pot of creamy corn chowder topped with bacon and chives

What is Corn Chowder?

Corn chowder is a thick and chunky soup with a creamy (or milk) based broth. This recipe uses both, giving it extra yumminess. It is a great way to use fresh corn on the cob or even leftover grilled corn.

A potato corn chowder with bacon is a hearty favorite. Try adding in additional veggies or seasoning to suit your taste!

  • Vegetables: onion, celery, potatoes, and corn.
  • Seasonings: bay leaf, thyme, and pepper
  • Creamy Base: chicken broth, heavy cream and milk

If you want a little more heat and bite, throw in some minced jalapeños. Diced green peppers also combine nicely in corn chowder.

Two images showing bacon being fried and onions and celery being sautéed.

How to Make It

There are a few steps involved in making this corn chowder, so to speed things up we love using leftover boiled corn on the cob.

Prep work is just 2 easy steps – one if you’re using leftover oven-baked bacon!

  1. Dice the potatoes and onion and slicing the celery.
  2. Fry the bacon until crisp, drain and crumble.

Two images showing the steps to prepare corn chowder.

To Make Corn Chowder

  1. Sauté the onion and celery until softened. Add potatoes, chicken broth, and seasonings. Simmer until potatoes are soft.
  2. Add the corn, simmering a few minutes more before adding milk and cream. Simmer until slightly thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the bacon.

Adjust seasonings to taste and serve hot with a warm homemade biscuits

Close up of a bowl of corn chowder, topped with crumbled bacon and corn chunks.

Can You Freeze Chowder?

Leftover corn and potato chowder can be refrigerated for up to three days, but shouldn’t be stored in the freezer. Freezing won’t affect the taste, but it will cause the milk solids to separate as they thaw, and the broth will be grainy and look unappetizing.

How to Freeze Creamy Soups

But don’t despair! You can make it in advance for the freezer, just follow the recipe, but leave out the dairy. Cool in freezer containers, leaving an inch of head space for expansion. When ready to thaw, pop it back into a pot on low heat. When liquefied and simmering, stir in the milk and cream, and you’ll have steaming bowls of delicious corn chowder on the table in no time!

Try These Tasty Chowders

Corn Chowder

Creamy Corn Chowder is a meal in itself, the perfect side or the perfect start to dinner. Made with crumbled bacon, heavy cream and chicken broth, it’s a delicious combination of savory & sweet.

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/2 medium onion (diced)
  • ½ cup celery (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 cups potato (peeled and diced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  1. Cook bacon until crisp. Set aside reserving drippings.
  2. Saute onion and celery over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add potato, thyme, bay leaf, pepper and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and let simmer 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

  4. Add corn and simmer an additional 2-3 minutes for fresh corn, 5-6 for frozen corn.

  5. Whisk together milk and cream. Add into soup mixture and bring to a boil while stirring. Simmer 2 minutes to thicken. Remove 2-3 cups soup and blend. Stir blended mixture back into the soup.

  6. Remove from heat and stir in half of the bacon. Garnish with remaining bacon and green onions if desired.

This creamy corn chowder is made with crumbled bacon, potatoes, heavy cream, and chicken broth. My family thinks this is the best soup, especially when topped with extra bacon and jalapeños for a little extra spicy-ness! #spendwithpennies #cornchowder #chowderrecipe #creamysoup #30minmeal
This creamy corn chowder is made with crumbled bacon, potatoes, heavy cream, and chicken broth. My family thinks this is the best soup, especially when topped with extra bacon and jalapeños for a little extra spicy-ness! #spendwithpennies #cornchowder #chowderrecipe #creamysoup #30minmeal
This creamy corn chowder is made with crumbled bacon, potatoes, heavy cream, and chicken broth. My family thinks this is the best soup, especially when topped with extra bacon and jalapeños for a little extra spicy-ness! #spendwithpennies #cornchowder #chowderrecipe #creamysoup #30minmeal