Homemade BBQ Ranch Dressing & The $12 Salad!

We’ve had this dish twice now in the last two weeks. It is delicious! 
This is such a simple thing to put together and I promise you, everyone will love it! 
My dad raved about this dressing and told my mom she had to get the recipe, so here you go mom….and all other people interested in a delicious homemade dressing with the $12 salad. 

Okay, okay, okay…it’s not really $12. We were joking the first night we had this that if you were to order this salad at somewhere like ‘Chili’s’, it would be $12.

Ingredients for Dressing:

1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Mayonaise 
1/4 cup Buttermilk
1/3 cup BBQ Sauce Of Your Choosing
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried dill 
Salt and Pepper To Taste

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. 
I like to make this ahead of time and let it chill in the fridge for a little while, but however you do it is up to you. 

Salad:

1 Head Romaine Lettuce
1/2 Can Black Beans
1/2 Can Corn
1-2 Avocados 
2 Tomatoes
2 Green Onions
2 Grilled Chicken Breasts

YEILD:
THIS MAKES ENOUGH FOR 2 PEOPLE


The awesome thing about this salad? It is SO versatile. You can truly add whatever you would like in it. This is what we have found works for our tastebuds, but again you can add anything you want! 
Add all ingredients into a bowl, mix, & enjoy! 

salad, homemade dressing, delicious

homemade dressing, salad, delicious

salad, homemade dressing, delicious



This dressing can be used on so many different things! It can be used as a dip, in wraps, and even on sandwiches! Try this one out, I promise you won’t regret it! 

Have you ever made homemade dressings before?
What is your favorite kind?!

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Homemade Pizza!

Let’s talk about how heavenly pizza is. The possibilities for pizza are endless and that’s why I would put pizza on my list of ‘Top 5 Favorite Foods’. Even better than just regular pizza? Making “homemade” pizza. Not only is it fun to do, but I love the different combinations you can come up with. Making pizzas are incredibly easy and also a great thing for kids to take part in! Last night I made two kinds; Pesto Spinach Artichoke and Buffalo BBQ Chicken.

Ingredients:

Pesto Artichoke Spinach Pizza
-One crust
-Parmesan cheese
-Pesto (I used store bought but you could use homemade if you like it better)
-Artichokes

Buffalo BBQ Chicken Pizza
-One crust
-Fully cooked shredded chicken.
-Buffalo sauce
-BBQ sauce
-Pizza cheese

For the Pesto Artichoke Spinach pizza I lightly brushed the crust with olive oil. Then I spread an even amount of pesto on the crust, followed by a few handfuls of spinach, artichokes, and a few handfuls of parmesan cheese. It’s as simple as that people! 

Next I did the Buffalo Chicken Pizza. I had leftover buffalo chicken from appetizers I made the night before. However, it doesn’t take much to make the chicken. Cook up the chicken, shred it, and toss it in buffalo sauce. There you have it. For this pizza, I also brushed the crust with olive oil. I then spread BBQ sauce on the crusted, spread the buffalo chicken around evenly, and topped it off with a few handfuls of cheese. 

I baked each of these in the oven at 425 degrees for about 10 mins. 10 MINS PEOPLE! 



I promise you all, there is no easier dinner! And the best part? It’s about what YOU like! Don’t like spinach? Don’t use it. Want less cheese? By all means don’t use so much cheese!!

Do you like homemade pizza?
What’s your favorite combination?

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First attempt at Homemade Almond Milk!

M and I have been wanting to try homemade almond milk for some time now. Its not difficult, by any means. We just never found the time to get around to it. I think our first attempt was pretty successful! This is literally the easiest recipe ever. And it is FAR cheaper than buying the stuff at the store! I became allergic to dairy after I got pregnant and it has been the most challenging thing for me to overcome. Lets be honest, I’m TERRIBLE at cutting dairy out. This almond milk was really tasty though and i’m excited to keep trying new things! 
Step 1. Soak almonds overnight up to 48 hours. 

Step 2. Rinse almonds and place in a blender. Add 4 cups of water per 1 cup of dry almonds soaked overnight. We added 2 tsp vanilla, and 2 tsp agave nectar but each of these can be played around with for taste. Let the blender go for two minutes. 

Step 3. You will need a strainer and a cheese cloth. Place a strainer over a bowl, then the cheese cloth over the strainer. This part was a little tricky for us seeing as we never have done it before, but we managed! We ended up straining it twice because the first time was still a little gritty. 
Step 4. Place in container, and enjoy! How simple is that?!?!

Have you ever made homemade almond milk before?!
What is your favorite way to make it?


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