Friday, April 18, 2014

Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread | by Life Tastes Good | #bananabread #chocolate
Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread - I am NOT a fan of banana bread. I really don't like anything banana flavored except bananas...covered in chocolate, of course! 

So why am I making banana bread? Because it's covered in chocolate, and I do love chocolate covered bananas, so why not?! My challenge was keeping Don from eating all the dang bananas before I could make the bread!

He was as happy as a monkey in a banana factory when he got home from work! Honestly, as soon as he got home he honed in on the fruit basket! "Oooooh bananas!" Seriously? They aren't dipped in gold or anything. Just plain old bananas and I need at least three of them, so "Keep your mitts off 'em", I said!

Don and I both like this!! He even remarked about the crispy crust on the outside and the inside is soft and moist. Great combo!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easy Grilled Chicken Thighs

Easy Grilled Chicken Thighs | by Life Tastes Good #grilled #chicken
Easy Grilled Chicken Thighs grill up quickly in a Grill Pan! We're talking 10 minutes max folks! That's my kind of busy day dinner! The spice rub is spicy and delicious and works well with the grilled flavor. It's versatile too, so you can add more or less heat depending on how you like it!

I've said it before, but it is worth saying again - Chicken Thighs are where it's at!! The dark meat of the chicken thigh is much more flavorful, tender, and juicy than a chicken breast! AND they are less expensive too! Winner Winner Chicken Thigh Dinner!!

This chicken even made great leftover sandwiches. I topped some slider buns I had on hand with caramelized onions and some leftover spicy ranch dressing from my Spicy Chicken Pasta Recipe and we had yummy sandwiches with baked sweet potato fries for dinner! When in doubt add caramelized onions and you'll always have a winning sandwich!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Caramelized Onion Smashed Potatoes

Caramelized Onion Smashed Potatoes | by Life Tastes Good #Easter #Horseradish
Caramelized Onion Smashed Potatoes makes a beautiful side dish perfect for special occasions! From the caramelized onions to the tangy Maille Dijon Mustard with Horseradish, these potatoes are loaded with flavor! Using fresh, quality ingredients, such as this award winning French mustard, will ensure the best tasting dishes and your taste buds will be happy happy!

I have once again teamed up with some of my best blogging friends to bring you a delicious holiday meal you can enjoy at home! Our Maille Easter Menu is a gourmet meal that will delight your senses and impress your guests!

To make this special meal even better, Maille and Revol have teamed up to give one of YOU an incredible prize package!! Be sure to enter for your chance to win this beautiful array of products that will help you create all of the tasty recipes featured in this post plus many more!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jelly Bean Easter Bark Recipe

Jelly Bean Easter Bark | by Life Tastes Good #Easter #Snack
Jelly Bean Easter Bark and a Giveaway! Jelly Bean Bark is quick and easy and makes a fun treat for kids and adults alike! 

The kids will sure love making this sweet treat!! From dropping all the different colored jelly beans into the melted candy to cracking the bark up into bite sized pieces, it's a fun treat to make and share with family and friends.

When Madison was younger the Easter Bunny would fill her basket with lots of fun little gifts and some candy sprinkled here and there. I was always on the look out for unique and fun ideas with which to fill her basket! Madison would end up with fun new books, horsey things, hair ties, and other fanciful odds and ends on Easter morning. It was always so much fun watching her find delight in the simplest of things.

The perfect place to find whimsical goodies such as these is Catching Fireflies. This store is loaded with fun gift ideas for all ages! I'm so excited to announce that Catching Fireflies is going to give one of my readers a $43 gift certificate!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spicy Chicken Pasta Recipe

Spicy Chicken Pasta Recipe | by Life Tastes Good #Mexican #Orzo
Spicy Chicken Pasta is loaded with fresh ingredients! I mean to tell you this stuff tastes good! It's so pretty too! If it didn't taste so good, I just might be able to stare at it all day long, but truth be told, I'd rather be stuffing my face with all the fresh tasting, spicy goodness of this Mexican inspired dish! Oh yeaaaaah!!

Don was so excited when he got home and saw this on the stove-top, but he's well trained and asked if I still needed to get pictures! I love that! He had a great idea to put this in a wrap and make a burrito out of it - too bad we were fresh out of wraps. I like how he thinks though, and am already making plans for leftover sandwich wraps!

This is a quick dinner to make any night of the week and economical too! I was lucky to get a great sale on chicken, but even without the sale you can feed four for under $10! You can't beat that!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lemon Pudding Cookies

Lemon Pudding Cookies | by Life Tastes Good #Easter #Dessert
Lemon Pudding Cookies are made from a boxed cake mix with tangy lemon pudding to give them flavor and the beautiful pastel yellow color - perfect for Spring!

I love how easy these cake box cookies are to make, and with the addition of the pudding, they are very versatile! Check out my Pistachio Pudding Cookies too. You can make any flavor of pudding you desire!

Cookies made from a boxed cake mix have a soft and chewy texture that makes me so happy! Don't get me wrong, I love a crunchy cookie from time to time, but soft and chewy is much more comforting to me.

I can just picture a plate of these beautiful yellow cookies set out for an Easter gathering, and if you mix in some gorgeous pastel green Pistachio Pudding Cookies you'll have a beautiful cookie tray to set out for guests to enjoy! They won't last long though!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Greek Style Pork Chops

Greek Style Pork Chops | by Life Tastes Good #lowcarb #healthy
Greek Style Pork Chops with a Cucumber and Tomato Salad is a low carb, healthy meal full of flavor!

My body responds better when I eat a low carb diet full of protein and vegetables. I have tried all sorts of diets over the years, and have always felt my best when limiting carbohydrates.

I'm always on the hunt for new low carb ideas, and when I stumbled upon this Greek Style Pork Chop, I knew I had to try it!

I love this recipe because it is easy to make, quick, and loaded with fresh ingredients which means lots of flavor! Also, pork is probably my favorite protein. I've never liked picking favorites, so I'll say "probably" to avoid committing. Don't ask me to pick a favorite movie, song, book, etc... There are just too many good choices to nail it down to one!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tilapia and Mango Salsa

Tilapia and Mango Salsa | by Life Tastes Good #seafood #healthy
Tilapia and Mango Salsa with avocado is a healthy and delicious meal that will please even the fussiest of fish eaters! 

If you've been following the blog, you know I'm not a fan of fish! Not even close! This, however, is the first fish recipe I tried and loved! It's turned into one of my favorite meals! 

I know this is good for me, so eating it makes me feel like a full fledged grown up! HA Never thought that would happen!

Tilapia is a very mild fish with very low mercury levels. Additionally, tilapia is a good source of protein and micronutrients, and it is low in calories, saturated fat, and carbohydrates! See, I told you it was good for you!!

The marinade in this recipe is very good and pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the salsa. Don't be afraid to change up the flavors! Sometimes I'll add in a little more jalapeno when I'm feeling spicy! Definitely adjust the flavors to suit your tastes. It's easy to make this dish your own! I love versatility which is why I even made this same recipe in burger form! Check out my Tilapia Burger with Mango Salsa recipe!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Baked Apricot Chicken

Baked Apricot Chicken | by Life Tastes Good #easyrecipe #economical
Baked Apricot Chicken - Do you love chicken thighs? I used to turn my nose up to dark meat, but now it's my fave!! I especially love how affordable they are! If being married to Don has taught me anything in the past 24 years, it has taught me to save money where and when I can!!

Not only are chicken thighs a less expensive cut, but they are juicy and more flavorful too! I prefer to buy them with the skin and bones as that adds even more flavor!

This recipe for Baked Apricot Chicken is bursting with deliciousness! The sweetness from the apricot preserves mixed with the tangy Catalina dressing is a perfect combo! With just 4 ingredients, it is super easy to make too!!

Serve this up with a salad and you have an economical, delicious dinner the whole family will LOVE!